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American Association for the Advancement of Science

Feature: Saving Iran's great salt lake

Science -
Some Iranian officials have tended to blame the weather – droughts and rising temperatures. But others concede that policy has had a major impact. Water management in the basin “has played the central role in the lake’s demise,” says Soroosh Sorooshian, director of the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing at the University of California, Irvine.
USA Today

Partners in crime: U.S. heat waves, droughts occurring together more frequently

USA Today -
The double whammy of overlapping droughts and heat waves is happening more frequently than it used to, according to a new study by climate scientists. “Heat waves can kill people and crops while worsening air quality, and droughts exacerbate those serious impacts,” said lead author Amir AghaKouchak, an environmental engineer from the University of California, Irvine.
Nature International Weekly Journal of Science

Water and climate: Recognize anthropogenic drought

Nature -
California's current extreme drought must be a lesson for managing water in a warmer, more densely populated world, say Amir AghaKouchak and colleagues. ... Amir AghaKouchak is an assistant professor in the Center for Hydrology and Remote Sensing, ... David Feldman is a professor in the Department of Planning, Policy and Design, ...and Travis Huxman is a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology [at UCI.]
Orange County Register

UCI grad named a Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change winner

Orange County Register -
Nithin Jilla, a 22-year-old University of California, Irvine graduate, is one of only two winners of the Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change 2015 from the United States, and the only winner from the United States for his age group. … I was out of college and I was working on building AppJam+, a project that began during my career at UC Irvine.
The Washington Post

Global warming worsened the California drought, scientists say

The Washington Post -
Amir AghaKouchak, a hydrology professor at the University of California, Irvine who said in June that science did not support connecting the drought to warming, said the report’s results show that human influences are having an effect.
ABC 7

Eyewitness News 5:00PM

ABC7 -
We’d like to introduce to a pretty impressive young man. He graduated high school in May, and college in June, at the age of 15. Tjah'Mari DuCloux ... attended Riverside City College and just graduated with three ... associate degrees. He says he owes a lot of his success to mom. ... Up next, UC Irvine, to major in mechanical engineering. Tjah'Mari tells us, what he really wants to do is be an entrepreneur.
Orange County Register

Blueprints become reality for Team Orange as components arrive to begin building its Solar Decathlon home

Orange County Register -
Founder of the U.S. Department of Energy competition ... [Richard] King’s stop provided an unexpected burst of excitement to Team Orange, a collaboration among four Orange County schools: UC Irvine ... Recent UCI graduate Andy Truong is heading the project’s construction management and plumbing teams. ... Gregory Washington, dean of UCI’s engineering school, said the competition gives students experiences that are impossible to replicate in a classroom setting.
NPR

California's drought spurs unexpected effect: eco-friendly development

NPR -
Alex McDonald, of the University of California, Irvine, is project manager for Team Orange County, a group studying drought-friendly housing models. "The industry ... is trending toward this notion of net-zero," he says, referring to communities that produce as much energy as residents use.
LA Weekly

Should we be expecting El Niño to blow us away with rain?

LA Weekly -
Amir AghaKouchak, UC Irvine hydrologist, engineer and climatologist, is an expert in such matters. He says it's too soon to tell. But he does admit that the signs so far are pointing in the direction of a strong El Niño winter and spring.
KPCC

The Loh Down on Science - Calamari camo

Southern California Public Radio -
Squid, also known as calamari, are geniuses of camouflage. But how do they do it? University of California, Irvine scientist Alon Gorodetsky knows. His lab studies materials inspired by the skin cells of squid.

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