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Mashable, Oct. 11, 2018
Sea ice in the central Arctic should be growing. It’s not.
“For the most part, Arctic sea ice normally begins rapidly refreezing this time of year,” Zack Labe, a climate scientist and Ph.D. candidate at the University of California Irvine, said over email. … “Arctic climate changes and extremes are now happening during all seasons of the year,” said Labe. “The last several autumns have all featured well-above average temperatures and low levels of Arctic sea ice.”

Capital Public Radio, Oct. 10, 2018 (Audio)
Less Snow Could Be Coming To California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains
In a study released this week a UC Irvine team found that if winter temperatures increase by 1 degree Celsius, it will lead to a 20 percent jump in the likelihood of below-average snow accumulation in the high country. “Warmer winter temperatures tend to decrease the amount of water stored as snow,” said the report’s lead author, Laurie Huning with UC Irvine. She says less snow makes it more likely for drought conditions, and could make the wildfire season longer.

Quanta Magazine, Oct. 9, 2018
Forests Emerge as a Major Overlooked Climate Factor
To Michael Pritchard, a climatologist at the University of California, Irvine, Swann’s results were “very provocative … and a big wake-up call,” he said. “This effect seemed to be rewriting the maps of the drought severity outlook in the future.” … The knowledge inspired him to join a group led by Gabriel Kooperman, a climate scientist then at UC Irvine, investigating the future effects of enhanced carbon dioxide over the three major tropical forest regions — the Amazon, Central Africa and Southeast Asia.

The Chicago Tribune, Oct. 10, 2018
Here’s what peak performers do
Eliminate electronic distractions. … According to a study by the University of California, Irvine, it can take up to 23 minutes before you’re able to refocus on the work you were doing before you were interrupted. To start, set up temporary barriers to help keep you focused.

Newsmax Health, Oct. 9, 2018
Is White Coat Hypertension Harmless?
A study found that white coat hypertension — a common condition where patients have high blood pressure readings in a medical setting but normal levels outside the doctor’s office — is most likely harmless for most. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine, looked at 653 patients with white coat hypertension and compared them to 653 patients of similar age and risk for developing heart disease.

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