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Fri, 09/21/2018
AirUCI faculty Manabu Shiraiwa participated in the organization of the "Air Pollution and its Biological Effects" workshop that was held at the 2018 Tsukuba Global Science Week (TGSW) conference in Tsukuba, Japan. Tsukuba and Irvine are sister cities which were founded at approximately the same time about 50 years ago. As part of TGSW 2018, additional AirUCI faculty (Alex Guenther, Sergey Nizkorodov, Manabu Shiraiwa, and Jim Smith) delivered lectures on various aspects of atmospheric sciences.
Fri, 09/07/2018
AirUCI faculty Steven Davis will receive the American Geophysical Union's 2018 James B. Macelwane Medal at the AGU's December meeting as a conferred fellow.  This award is given annually to three or up to five honorees in recognition for “significant contributions to the geophysical sciences by an outstanding early career scientist.”  The AGU noted Steve's work in developing a science that links global climate change and society, acknowledging the impact of trade and other economic forces on greenhouse gases and air pollution.  Details
Tue, 09/04/2018
AirUCI faculty Steven Davis is co-author of a study that is quoted in a New York Times article on the issue of nations that reduce their carbon footprint by shifting pollution sources to developing countries. “Just as China’s starting to deal with its emissions, it’s been pushing some of its more carbon-intensive activities into countries like Cambodia, Vietnam and India,” said Steve. “From a climate policy context,” he added, “it’s like a game of whack-a-mole.” Read the article
Tue, 09/04/2018
The research group of AirUCI faculty Don Blake conducted air sampling in preparation for a University of California project to construct a biomethane facility in Louisiana.  The facility will be adjacent to an existing landfill owned by the City of Shreveport in Louisiana.  Currently, the gases (primarily methane) that originate from the landfill through the decomposition of buried waste are burned on-site without energy recovery.  Once the project is completed, the collected landfill gas will be treated using a UC-owned processing facility then injected into an...
Mon, 08/13/2018
In the 2018 elections held by the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR), AirUCI co-Director Sergey Nizkorodov was voted in as the organization's vice president elect.  His term will begin at the conclusion of the 10th International Aerosol Conference to be held in St. Louis, Missouri September 2-7, 2018.  Congratulations, Sergey!
Thu, 08/02/2018
AirUCI Faculty Manabu Shiraiwa has received the Paul J. Crutzen Award for Early Career Scientists of the International Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution. The award is given in recognition of an outstanding research contribution in atmospheric sciences by an early career scientist.  Congratulations, Manabu!
Thu, 07/26/2018
AirUCI Co-Director Barbara Finlayson-Pitts has been awarded the prestigious Polanyi Medal from the 25th International Symposium on Gas Kinetics and Related Phenomena which will take place July 22- 26 in Lille, France. Barb will be giving the keynote address in addition to the medal ceremony. Congratulations, Barb! Dr. Christa Fittschen (Université de Lille, France), our Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, and Andrew Rickard (University of York, UK)
Thu, 07/12/2018
In an article on CNBC's web site, AirUCI faculty Rufus Edwards is quoted in an article about problems associated with cooking stoves used by 3 billion impoverished people worldwide.  The dangerous smoke — from wood, dung, or charcoal — shortens the lives of these populations, especially the women and children nearest the hearths.  In addition, the smoke is a significant source of air pollution, while cutting down trees diminishes forests, one of nature’s carbon-absorbing bulwarks against greenhouse gases.   Projects backed by governments, corporations...
Tue, 07/03/2018
AirUCI faculty Jun Wu is quoted in a July 3, 2018 article in the Los Angeles Times on air pollution issues created by fireworks on the 4th of July.  With so many fireworks going off at once, levels of fine-particle pollution — a stew of tiny, lung-damaging specks of toxic soot, smoke, and ash known as PM2.5 — surge several times higher than federal health standards across Southern California, air monitoring data show.  Read the article
Thu, 06/28/2018
AirUCI faculty Steven Davis is quoted in an article in Inside Climate News which was prompted by his recent paper published in Science on June 27, 2018.  In addition to energy production and transportation as sources of CO2 emissions, other sources of climate pollution will prove particularly difficult.  The paper focused on three sectors—long-haul shipping and transportation, cement and steel production, and power generation facilities that are turned on only when needed—that won't be addressed by most current efforts to cut emissions.  "If we want to get...