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PBS Newshour, May 4, 2022 (Video)
Anti-abortion and abortion rights advocates reckon with a potential Roe v. Wade reversal
If the Supreme Court strikes down Roe v. Wade it will have a major impact in states across the U.S. that have already signaled their intention to restrict or ban abortion. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, and Michele Goodwin, law [Chancellor’s] Professor at the University of California, Irvine and author of “Policing the Womb,” join Geoff Bennett to discuss.

 

Spectrum News 1, May 4, 2022
100 x 100 Beaches Project to measure changes in SoCal
A team of students at the University of California, Irvine is working to document how much the beaches have narrowed using just pictures of the beach. One of the students is Victoria Lee, third-year civil engineering major. … She is part of the university’s 100 by 100 Beaches Project. Lee explained that it’s a “project where we measure beach change over 100 years, every 100 meters.” The focus, according to Lee, is beach erosion. … Daniel Kahl is a graduate student helping the team of undergrads.

 

National Geographic, May 4, 2022
Polluters are using forests as ‘carbon offsets.’ Climate change has other plans.
Climate change is already leaving unprecedented marks on forests. In the Sierra Nevada, up to 19 percent of adult giant sequoias, many of which have stood since the days of Aristotle, died in fires in just the last two summers. Five of the eight most abundant tree species in the West have declined significantly just since the year 2000. Using satellite data, archival records, and machine learning, Jon Wang, at the University of California, Irvine, determined that California likely lost nearly 7 percent of its tree cover between 1985 and 2021.

 

Yahoo News, May 5, 2022
Here’s what experts say is causing the United States’ recent spike in violence
Violence can quickly turn into a homicide with the presence of firearms, according to a University of California, Irvine criminology professor Charis Kubrin. “It’s a really potent combination of both rise in violence and sales in guns,” she said. “Absent a gun, you might just have an assault. Absent a gun, you might just have a robbery.”

 

Long Beach Business Journal, May 3, 2022
Housing prices and asking rents continue to rise amid strained inventory
In March of this year, the median price of a home in Los Angeles County was $875,000, up nearly 13% compared to the same time last year, according to Redfin. “Personal experience, I’m checking my home value on Zillow and it hasn’t stopped going up,” Edward Coulson, [professor of economics and] director of the Center for Real Estate at UC Irvine, said. “The house price surge is still with us but it’s flattening out a bit.” The continued velocity in sales and other indicators do not show any signs that the market is a bubble about to pop, Coulson said.

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