UCI News

The New Yorker, Nov. 28, 2022
Chinese Protesters Warily Tell Xi Jinping, “Don’t Push Me”
“The perfect storm is happening right now with the World Cup,” Jeffrey Wasserstrom, [Chancellor’s Professor], a historian of China at the University of California, Irvine, who has studied protest movements, told me. He recalls seeing people in Shanghai in 2010, gathering in bars to watch a World Cup match in one of the neighborhoods that was awash in protests this week. “One of the things they can’t do easily now is watch the World Cup games in public settings,” he said, because many small businesses have been shuttered by the lockdown measures.

TIME, Nov. 29, 2022
The 2022 Midterms Show Just How Stuck We Are
Michael Tesler, [UCI political science professor], John Sides and Lynn Vavreck write, “The 2022 midterm elections delivered something unexpected: very little changed. … Part of the reason is what we call the “calcification” of electoral politics in the U.S. Just as it does in the body, calcification creates rigidity: most voters stick with the party they tend to support because the two parties increasingly differ not only on public policy but on basic values. They offer contrasting visions of what America should be, and who can be American.”

Los Angeles Times (The Conversation), Nov. 29, 2022 (Op-Ed)
Op-Ed: California’s carbon-offset forests aren’t trapping much carbon. Here’s how to do better
James Randerson, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of Earth system science and Shane Coffield write, “On paper, carbon offsets appear to balance out a company’s carbon emissions: The company pays to protect trees, which absorb carbon dioxide from the air, reducing the company’s net impact on the climate. However, our new satellite analysis reveals what researchers have suspected for years: Forest offsets might not be doing much for the climate. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

KCRW – Greater LA, Nov. 28, 2022 (Podcast)
Drought-stricken CA increasingly turning to desalination of ocean water
“[When] you don’t have many alternatives … desalination is an appealing option,” says David Feldman, professor of urban planning and public policy and political science at UC Irvine. … “[Dana Point] is a community in which there are not a whole lot of other options for water supply … so desalination has some appeal,” says Feldman. The lack of water options in Dana Point eventually led the community to embrace the construction of a desalination plant. “I think this is a very good lesson in the importance of public engagement.”

The New York Post, Nov. 26, 2022
Twitter liberals nervous about Elon Musk in direct messages
“If you continue to use Twitter direct messages for personal or sensitive communications, understand that Elon Musk or, for that matter, any other Twitter insider with sufficient authority can read them. This is because such messages are not end-to-end encrypted, unlike a number of other easy-to-use applications,” said Bryan Cunningham, [executive director] of the UC Irvine Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute.

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