The Guardian, Nov. 17, 2016
“We can’t let the bullies win”: Elizabeth Loftus awarded 2016 John Maddox Prize
Loftus was awarded the 2016 John Maddox Prize on Thursday for promoting sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest in the face of deep, personal hostility. … Sir Colin Blakemore, a neuroscientist and Maddox Prize judge, said Loftus had had an “enormous impact” on cognitive science.
The New York Times, Nov. 18, 2016
Today’s energy system could blow Paris climate goals
Coal plants alone could blow the carbon budget for 1.5 degrees C of warming, the lower threshold also mentioned in the agreement, unless they are shut down early. “For 1.5 degrees we would have to start retiring things like crazy and we wouldn’t be able to build anything new,” says University of California, Irvine, scientist Steven Davis. “Two degrees is starting to look equally bleak.”
The Washington Post, Nov. 17, 2016
The North Pole is an insane 36 degrees warmer than normal as winter descends
Twitter’s expert Arctic watchers also are stunned. Zack Labe, a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Irvine who studies the Arctic, tweeted out an image on Wednesday from the Danish Meteorological Institute showing Arctic temperatures about 20 degrees Celsius higher than normal above 80 degrees North Latitude.
Independent, Nov. 18, 2016
North Pole above freezing in sign of ‘sudden’ and ‘very serious’ climate change
Zack Labe, a Ph.D. student studying climatology at University of California, Irvine, tweeted a graph showing the average temperature across the Arctic falling towards the end of this year, but then starting to move back up again with “quite an anomalous spike”. The amount of Arctic sea ice this year has been significantly below the average for 1981 to 2010.
The Atlantic, Nov. 18, 2016
Civics lessons from the 2016 election
“It’s possible that the best thing we did yesterday,” [Inez] Tan, a graduate-student instructor at the University of California, Irvine, wrote in an email the day after the election, “was to carry on with the course material of rhetoric composition. It’s as important as it’s ever been to consider the effects our words have on others.”
OC Weekly, Nov. 17, 2016
Orange County conservation and development subjects of UCI exhibit
Conservation and development of Orange County are the subjects of the UCI Libraries Fall 2016 Exhibit that opens this evening with a reception.
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