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2021

Tue, 08/17/2021
AirUCI faculty Michael Kleinman is quoted in an NBC News article on the apparent correlation between wildfire smoke and Covid cases observed in multiple studies. “About two weeks after we had these smoke exposure events, we saw an uptick in the Covid-19 incidents, even in a low-density pollution area, that were beyond what you would have predicted normally,” said Mike, who co-wrote the Orange County study as a co-director of UCI's Air Pollution Health Effects Laboratory. "And then, as the smoke dissipated, the peak went back down. This happened three times with three...
Thu, 08/12/2021
An August 11, 2021 New York Times article discusses a new peer-reviewed study that casts doubt on the use of hydrogen as a clean source of energy.  Most (blue) hydrogen used today is extracted from natural gas in a process that requires a lot of energy, emits vast amounts of CO2 and also releases methane. In fact, the energy used to make hydrogen usable as a sustainable fuel emits more across its entire supply chain than simply burning natural gas, according to the study.   Jack says that, "... green hydrogen would ultimately need to be made using renewable energy, which......
Wed, 08/11/2021
AirUCI faculty Michael Dennin is the subject of an article in the Orange County Business Journal that is following up on recipients of their 2020 Business Innovators Award.  They note that Mike has kept up his role as “the Superhero Scientist” on a YouTube show called Fascinating Gadgets, Gizmos, & Gear Based Technologies. In addition to teaching Physics courses, over the past year he has also kept busy with his full time job as Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and as Dean of Undergraduate Education at UCI. Mike has also managed to find time for five new episodes of...
Mon, 08/09/2021
On August 9th, after release of the 2021 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, AirUCI faculty Michael Prather was interviewed on KCRW radio's Press Play With Madeleine Brand program.  Michael, who is a contributor to this as well as several previous IPCC reports, described the changes we can expect in weather patterns and other issues based on the report's findings.    He also says there is hope for stabilizing global warming if we act now.  “You must have a concerted effort. … You're looking at these goals for governments arguing [that...
Mon, 08/09/2021
AirUCI faculty Michael Prather was a major contributor to the 2021 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. In addition to his research citations, he was involved in the scoping (outlining) of the report and as a Review Editor.  Michael, who has been a regular contributor to several previous IPCC reports, was also cited more than 30 times in this report which was released on August 9, 2021 and which received much attention around the world.  Unlike most recent IPPC reports which have included a greater AirUCI and University of California presence, this one had only Michael...
Sat, 08/07/2021
In 2020, AirUCI Project Scientists Lisa Wingen and Veronique Perraud, along with recent PhD recipient Allison Vander Wall (all from the Finlayson-Pitts group), submitted a paper entitled "Evidence for a kinetically controlled burying mechanism for growth of high viscosity secondary organic aerosol" to the journal Environmental Sciences, Processes and Impacts.  They are running an initiative on ESPI to highlight the best content published in the journal during 2020, and after a selection process involving the journal’s Editorial and Advisory Board members, their paper has...
Tue, 08/03/2021
KABC-TV reporter David Ono traveled to Japan while the focus is on the Olympics to report on the progress made to convert power generation and fuel sources to green energy, specifically hydrogen.  AirUCI faculty Jack Brouwer is featured in the interview talking about the benefits of using and storing hydrogen as a power source.  "If we really want to achieve zero emissions in all sectors of the economy, we absolutely need hydrogen to do it," says Jack.  View the video
Mon, 08/02/2021
AirUCI Co-Director Sergey Nizkorodov is the recipient of the 2021 Daniel G. Aldrich, Jr. Distinguished University Service Award. This prestigious award, established in 1990, is given to professors who are respected scholars and who have made outstanding contributions of service to the University of California and/or public service.   An outstanding contribution is not defined simply as having served on a large number of Senate Committees, although such may be one of the factors, but as service which leads to the betterment of the academic and/or personal lives of large segments of the...
Tue, 07/27/2021
AirUCI faculty James Randerson is quoted in an MIT Technology Review article on the effects of wildfires in carbon storage.  Climate change is making wildfires worse in most forested areas of the globe, he says, and fires, droughts, insect infestations, and shifting climate conditions will convert major parts of California’s forests into shrublands.  Among other impacts, that will clearly complicate the state’s reliance on its lands to capture and store carbon through its forestry offsets program and other climate efforts.  Read the article
Mon, 07/26/2021
In an article in the Orange County Register, AirUCI faculty Jack Brouwer is taking issue with potential changes to solar energy policy that encourages rooftop panels but neglects energy storage.  California is reviewing its solar incentive program at the urging of large utility companies, who argue that non-solar customers unfairly foot the bill.  Proponents of green energy want to increase the state's solar generation, but a problem with increasing the rooftop capacity is that most of the excess energy is sent back to the power grid during the middle of the day, when demand for...