Media Watch

EOS

We Can Work It Out: Avoiding Disasters

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Amir AghaKouchak, [associate professor] University of California, Irvine; and Ben van der Pluijm, write, “The key question is, What does it take to prevent natural hazards from becoming human disasters? … This leads to another important question: How can the scientific community inform societies about critical thresholds and strengthen their resilience against natural hazards?”
The Guardian

'Apocalyptic threat': dire climate report raises fears for California's future

The Guardian -
The “apocalyptic threat” the governor described would present itself in myriad ways in a state prone to extreme weather events like drought and wildfires, said Amir AghaKouchak, an associate professor at the University of California, Irvine, and a researcher who contributed to the assessment.
The New Zealand Herald

Australia Battling the Big Dry

The New Zealand Herald -
Wild animals moving closer to human populations is a common side effect of drought, Amir AghaKouchak, a civil and environmental engineering professor at the University of California at Irvine, told the Washington Post. "It happens all the time - in Australia with kangaroos, and in some other countries, even cheetahs and jaguars get closer to farms when there's a lack of water," he said.
The Washington Post

In Australia, Farmers Dealing with Drought Can Kill Kangaroos that Compete with Their Livestock

The Washington Post -
Wild animals moving closer to human populations is a common side effect of drought, Amir AghaKouchak, a civil and environmental engineering professor at the University of California at Irvine, told The Washington Post. “It happens all the time — in Australia with kangaroos, and in some other countries, even cheetahs and jaguars get closer to farms when there’s a lack of water,” he said.
Circa

Trump's Water Policy Tweets Spur Debate, Confusion Amid Record Wildfires

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Amir AghaKouchak, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Irvine, recently co-authored a study in “Science Advances” showing that regions facing drought conditions have warmed four times faster than parts of the country with average weather conditions. That combined effect of heat waves and droughts is contributing to an uptick in the severity of wildfires in California. “Fires are getting more frequent, more intense,” he said. “Not only that, the fire season is changing.”
International Environmental Technology

Are Droughts Getting Hotter?

International Environmental Technology -
A new study from the University of California Irvine (UCI) has found that temperatures are increasing during droughts in large parts of the United States. The researchers analysed temperature and precipitation records from the 20th and 21st century and found that the mercury was rising at a faster rate in areas affected by drought than other more moderate climates.
Arizona Public Media

Study: Droughts Are Growing Hotter Under Climate Change

Arizona Public Media -
"We've observed a shift of approximately 0.6 degrees Celsius [1.0 Fahrenheit] between the first and the second half of the 20th century. But if you only include months classified as dry, you see that there's almost double the shift in temperature," said lead author Felicia Chiang, a graduate student researcher in civil and environmental engineering at UC Irvine.
Los Angeles Times

A Vicious Climate Cycle: Droughts are Becoming Hotter, Raising Risk of Wildfire, Scientists Say

Los Angeles Times -
A team from UC Irvine that compared temperature changes across the U.S. found that temperatures rise faster in places under drought conditions than they do in places with average climates. This relationship could also raise the risk of concurrent heatwaves and wildfires, the researchers say.
KJZZ 91.5

Study: Droughts Are Growing Hotter Under Climate Change

KJZZ 91.5 -
Now, scientists at University of California, Irvine have found that areas experiencing dry conditions are heating up faster than the rest of the country. "We've observed a shift of approximately 0.6 degrees Celsius [1.0 Fahrenheit] between the first and the second half of the 20th century. But if you only include months classified as dry, you see that there's almost double the shift in temperature," said lead author Felicia Chiang, a graduate student researcher in civil and environmental engineering at UC Irvine.
Michigan Radio

Study: Droughts and heat waves happening at the same time

Michigan Radio -
Felicia Chiang is the lead author of a new study on droughts and climate change, from the University of California-Irvine. “Essentially we found that droughts are warming faster than the average climate in the southern, the midwestern and the northeastern states of the U.S.,” she says.

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