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Capital Public Radio

Less Snow Could Be Coming To California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains

Capital Public Radio -
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.
Cleveland.com

Fuel cells combined with wind, solar are the next clean energy tech

Cleveland Plain Dealer -
Wind and solar farms are generating clean power at lower and lower prices, but not always when it is needed. Fuel cells, which generate electricity by combining hydrogen and oxygen, could change that equation …. Jack Brouwer, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at University of California-Irvine, made the claim to a group of fuel cell manufacturers gathered … for the 18th annual Ohio Fuel Cell Symposium.
Government Technology

Fuel Cells Will Help Bring Balance to the Changing Grid, Researchers Say

Government Technology -
Fuel cells, which generate electricity by combining hydrogen and oxygen, could change that equation, says a University of California researcher, eliminating the need for large coal and nuclear power plants and leading to a zero-emissions electric grid. Jack Brouwer, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at University of California-Irvine, made the claim…
Forbes

This Company Says You Can Design Your Own Autonomous Vehicle

Forbes -
The company has a partnership with UC Irvine and will debut the DragonFly in November 2018.
Nature International Weekly Journal of Science

How Do Natural Hazards Cascade to Cause Disasters?

Nature -
UCI Associate Professor Amir AghaKouchak, PhD Scholars Laurie Huning and Omid Mazdiyasni and others write, “Risk assessments should be expanded to consider cascading hazards. Otherwise, we cannot plan for the scale and nature of upcoming disasters. Researchers must find answers to these questions: how will climate change alter the risk of disastrous domino effects? … Here we outline how such a risk framework should be developed.”
CNBC

This Building Material Can Protect Homes During Natural Disasters, and the US is Missing Out

CNBC -
"One of the major push for that technology actually was the adoption of that system by our former President Carter," said Ayman Mossallam, a civil and engineering professor at the University of California, Irvine.
Salon

Extreme Flooding from Florence Likely, Due to Convergence of Threats

Salon -
“We have ignored it in the past, we cannot ignore it in the future,” says Amir AghaKouchak, a civil engineer at the University of California, Irvine …. AghaKouchak is studying how sea level rise might affect such flooding; a 2017 study he co-authored found that when compound flooding and sea level rise were factored in, the chances of floods that exceed what local infrastructure was built to accommodate went up considerably.
Science Friday

Water, Water, Everywhere

Science Friday -
As Hurricane Florence nears land, one engineer notes the rising risk of a flooding double whammy as sea levels rise and the climate changes. Guest: Amir AghaKouchak, associate professor of civil engineering at the University of California, Irvine.
Scientific American

Extreme Flooding from Florence Likely, Due to Convergence of Threats

Scientific American -
“We have ignored it in the past, we cannot ignore it in the future,” says Amir AghaKouchak, a civil engineer at the University of California, Irvine …. AghaKouchak is studying how sea level rise might affect such flooding; a 2017 study he co-authored found that when compound flooding and sea level rise were factored in, the chances of floods that exceed what local infrastructure was built to accommodate went up considerably.
Venture Beat

PerceptIn’s Self-driving Vehicles Go on Sale in November for $40,000

Venture Beats -
While autonomous cars aren’t as expensive as they used to be, they’re not exactly competitive with midrange family sedans. … Dr. Shaoshan Liu says it doesn’t have to be that way. The University of California Irvine graduate … is the founder and CEO of PerceptIn, a robotics startup headquartered in Santa Clara, California that’s been developing an in-house self-driving car platform since 2016. It today unveiled the DragonFly Pod, an autonomous vehicle priced at just $40,000 that’ll go on sale in November.

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