UCI News

Orange County Register, Sept. 3, 2019
UCI tops list of green U.S. colleges
For the fourth time in six years, UC Irvine was named as the most environmentally sustainable college in the United States by a Sierra magazine ranking that considers curriculum, research and on-campus practices. … “We are seen as a university that moves from research discoveries to solutions with determination, and our sustainability innovations are being adopted across the nation and now in other countries,” said Wendell Brase, UCI associate chancellor for sustainability. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

CBS Los Angeles, Sept. 3, 2019 (Video)
Expert Gives Insight on Climate Change Study
Adam Martiny from UCI talks new studies and how it can possibly help aid climate change. [Martiny states,] “As part of our global collaboration, we made the first high resolution map of an essential nutrient in the ocean which is phosphate. What we found was there was a surprising variability and how much phosphate was available for plankton in the ocean.”

Popular Science, Sept. 3, 2019
Having too much time to prepare for a hurricane could actually be a bad thing
This long lead time, coupled with the unpredictability, can affect how people prepare for and experience a storm. “When they’re feeling worried or uncertain, people tend to spend more time consuming media about those events,” says Rebecca Thompson, who studies collective traumas, particularly natural disasters, at the University of California, Irvine. “We also know that spending more time, especially when people are being consumed by coverage, isn’t actually helpful—it does more harm than good.”

U.S. News & World Report, Sept. 3, 2019
How to Address America’s Lead Crisis and Provide Safe Drinking Water for All
Qi Bing, a Ph.D. student and Maura C. Allaire, assistant professor of water economics and policy at the University of California at Irvine, [write] “While most water systems in the United States provide reliable, high-quality drinking water, our research has shown that as of a few years ago, 21 million people in the United States relied on water from utilities with health violations. Why? Infrastructures are aging, environmental hazards are evolving and cities lack the funds to make fixes.”

Men’s Journal, Sept. 3, 2019
Can CBD Live Up to the Hype?
Because cannabis was banned for so long, CBD hasn’t undergone rigorous enough testing to know if taking it regularly might be good for you—or terribly bad. “There is no data on toxicity,” says Daniele Piomelli, the director of the University of California Irvine Center for the Study of Cannabis. “Drugs have a strange way of coming back to hurt you, especially if you use them for a very long time. If you take aspirin for a week, it’s a great drug. If you take it for two months, you’ll need to replace your stomach.”

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