Media Watch

The Washington Post

Hurricane Harvey shows how we underestimate flooding risks in coastal cities, scientists say

The Washington Post -
“Always when there is a hurricane, you have compounding effects of ocean flooding — surge — and terrestrial flooding,” said Amir AghaKouchak, an associate professor of hydrology and remote sensing at the University of California at Irvine.
E&E News

5 questions and answers about climate change and Harvey

E&E News -
The threat to low-lying coastal areas, such as Houston, from both rising sea levels and terrestrial flooding will only increase as the climate warms, said Amir AghaKouchak, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Irvine.

In Latest Hyperloop Design Competition, a Need for Speed

KQED News -
Design teams from all over the globe gathered near Los Angeles over the weekend for an unusual competition. The prize was a claim to nerd fame: Who can design the fastest Hyperloop pod in the world?
CBS Los Angeles

Students Compete To Design Elon Musk’s Hyperloop

CBS Los Angeles -
“We actually designed, prototyped and built these air levitation skis ourselves,” said Arwa Tizani, UC Irvine team captain. Tizani just graduated with a civil engineering major and is doing her masters at UC Irvine as well in mechanical and aerospace engineering. “I love this. This project has changed my life,” said Tizani.

Desalting seawater:the costs and benefits of bringing water.

PBS SoCal -
Some say it is the best solution to finding a drought proof source of water for California, others say it is an environmental disaster for our beloved beaches.
Voice of America

Study: Heat Waves in India Hit Urban Poor Hardest

Voice of America -
Amir AghaKouchak, an associate professor at the University of California, Irvine who co-authored the study, said they found that even small variations in temperature are causing the change.

Calimari Camo

Southern California Public Radio -
University of California Irvine scientist Alon Gorodetsky knows. His lab studies materials inspired by the skin cells of squid. Turns out their skin's reflective quality is due to a structural protein called, fittingly, reflectin.
Science Friday

The Cephalo-Inspired Technology Of The Future

Science Friday -
Cephalopods are such exciting sources of inspiration,” says Alon Gorodetsky, a materials scientist at the University of California, Irvine.
The Indian Express

Twin studies forecast deadlier and more sweeping heatwaves in India and world

The Indian Express -
“Small increases in global temperatures can lead to large increases in the frequency and intensity of extreme events, including heatwaves, cold waves, droughts, and floods,” lead author Omid Mazdiyasni, a civil and environmental engineer at the University of California, Irvine, told The Indian Express.
The Guardian

A third of the world now faces deadly heatwaves as result of climate change

The Guardian -
Global warming is a potent instigator of deadly heat, with research from University of California, Irvine this month finding the probability of a heatwave killing in excess of 100 people in India has doubled due to a 0.5C increase in temperature over the past 50 years.