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The New Statesman, Nov. 2, 2021
Can the world trust China on climate change?
In his recent book, Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink, Jeffrey Wasserstrom, [Chancellor’s Professor of history] at the University of California, Irvine, recalls British prime minister Margaret Thatcher’s 1990 belief that China would honour its commitments to Hong Kong because it would wish to be seen doing so “in the forum of the world”. That hope was dashed, however, by China’s 2020 imposition of harsh new laws. “It is one clear recent example of the Party’s readiness at times to just say it is no longer convenient to keep a promise and [then] break it,” Wasserstrom told New Statesman.

KQED, Nov. 2, 2021 (Audio)
Justices Hear Challenges to Restrictive Texas Abortion Law
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of SB 8, the controversial Texas law that bans abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy and deputizes private citizens to enforce it. We’ll analyze what the justices’ responses may signal about the fate of the law, and we’ll look ahead to other cases on the Court’s docket bearing on the regulation of guns, greenhouse gas emissions and immigration. Guests: Michele GoodwinChancellor’s Professor and director, Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy, UC Irvine School of Law.

MarketWatch, Nov. 3, 2021 (Opinion)
Opinion: Why a Fed rate hike could be just the medicine stocks need to keep this bull market going
For example, as Eric Swanson told me in an interview, the Fed raises rates when it worries that the economy may be overheating. Swanson is a finance professor [of economics] at the University of California, Irvine. … Indeed, according to research from UC Irvine’s Swanson, quantitative easing appears to have just as much impact on the stock market as cutting the Fed funds rate used to have in the decades before any of us had ever heard of QE.

Tech & Learning, Nov. 3, 2021
5 Ways to Make Edtech More Inclusive
Gillian Hayes, vice provost for graduate education and dean of the Graduate Division at University of California, Irvine, has studied edtech accessibility extensively. Making technology more accessible in the classroom is one of her goals at The Connecting the EdTech Research EcoSystem (CERES), which she co-leads with UCI colleague Candice Odgers, [professor of psychological science]. She shares strategies for how educators, programmers, and researchers can help foster more accessibility in edtech.

WSJM (ABC Audio), Nov. 3, 2021
Scientists investigate the steep costs of climate change and US wildfires
Climate change is making wildfires in the western United States larger and more destructive, and the effects are felt across the country, according to a study by Steve Davis, [associate] professor of Earth system science at the University of California Irvine. … According to Davis, “It’s not just relegated to California, there’s places beyond California that are being affected.” … His team found the cost of the 2018 wildfire season to have totaled about $150 billion in losses. That amounts to .7 percent of the gross domestic product of the U.S.

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