Media Watch


Can Iran and Afghanistan cooperate to bring an oasis back from the dead?

Science -
Yet Soroosh Sorooshian, a water expert at the University of California, Irvine, is convinced that the Hamouns are not a lost cause. “Experience has shown that water bodies that have dwindled to nothing can bounce back,” he says. “It might take decades, but there is still hope.”
The Sacramento Bee

Minute by minute: What if Oroville Dam’s spillway had failed one year ago?

The Sacramento Bee -
Here’s a conceptual chronology of the near-catastrophe, based on a sophisticated UC Irvine computer analysis that wasn’t available to state officials during the emergency. … This chronology of a hypothetical Oroville spillway failure is based on an analysis by FloodRise, a research project led by UC Irvine that uses computer models to map flood risks.
New Food Economy

How cow poop could power the emissions-free hydrogen car of the future

New Food Economy -
But who’s going to make sure all the equipment is working properly and negotiate with the gas companies? … “In this day and age, it’s all case by case,” says Scott Samuelsen, a professor and director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center and the Advanced Power and Energy Program at the University of California, Irvine.

Mega Cities Poised to Become the Hottest and Most Dangerous Places Under Climate Change

Futurism -
A team of researchers from the University of California, Irvine analyzed data from 9,000 weather stations around the world and determined the global temperature has increased by 0.19 degrees Celsius each decade for the last 50 years. They also noted that the increase was even more pronounced in the last 30 years — a 0.25 degree-increase each between 1986 and 2015.

The 10 CEOs Transforming Healthcare In America

Forbes -
As a $3.3 trillion business comprising 17.9% of our GDP, healthcare in America is not only a major economic force but something that impacts each of us personally.

Hotter summer highs means cities face increasingly deadly risks

Reuters -
“There are more than a billion people living in extreme poverty, with many of them living in megacities and large urban centres. These are people struggling to survive,” said Simon Michael Papalexiou, … [UCI] environmental engineer and the lead author of the study. … Amir AghaKouchak, a civil engineer and co-author of the study, said growing urban heat risk will require city authorities to think about new measures save lives - something some are already putting in place.

Will Clean Air Fade Away?

Amir Aghakouchak, professor of engineering at UC Irvine, et al., write: “Clean air is fundamental for human survival, yet it is often compromised in urban areas, and megacities emit enormous quantities of pollutants into the air.”
NGT News

University-Run Hydrogen Station Sees Record Year in 2017

NGT News -
The National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC) at the University of California, Irvine has announced that 2017 was a record year for its hydrogen fueling station, with the amount of hydrogen dispensed into fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) more than doubling that of 2016.
News Deeply

How Hydrogen Could Help Clean Up the Global Shipping Industry

News Deeply -
Scott Samuelsen, director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine, sees electricity produced from hydrogen as the inevitable choice of the shipping industry for three reasons ... “It will be an evolution and a changeover in the population of ships over many decades,” Samuelsen said.
Daily Pilot

UC Irvine grad works to make a self-driving car costing under $10,000

Daily Pilot -
Shaoshan Liu, 33, said the company’s demo vehicle will debut on the global market this year. At its manufacturing facility in Shenzhen, China, PerceptIn is developing vehicles capable of sensing their environment and navigating without human input.