ESS Professor Eric Rignot featured in NY Times article

But there are clear warnings that the ice sheets have entered a phase of dangerous and unknown instability. … ‘‘We know the ice can change fast,’’ Eric Rignot, a professor of Earth [system] sciences at the University of California, Irvine, told me …. ‘‘We’ve never seen it. No human has ever seen it.’’ Rignot is fairly confident, however, that we are seeing it now − a conclusion borne out by the ice-sheet data he scrutinizes every week.

Article featuring ESS professor Saewung Kim - National Parks Fail EPA Ozone Mandates

The EPA's newest ozone pollution threshold has placed 26 national parks at non-compliant levels. ... "Usually ozone pollution is caused by traffic rather than power plants," said Dr. Saewung Kim, an assistant professor of atmospheric chemistry at the University of California, Irvine. "Power plants have done a great job cleaning up their emissions and ozone-causing pollutants."

New ESS Publication - Microbiomes in light of traits: A phylogenetic perspective

Microbial communities—microbiomes—are intricately linked to human health and critical ecosystem services. New technologies allow the rapid characterization of hundreds of samples at a time and provide a sweeping perspective on microbiome patterns. However, a systematic understanding of what determines microbiome diversity and composition and its implications for system functioning is still lacking. A focus on the phenotypic characteristics of microorganisms—their traits—offers a path for interpreting the growing amount of microbiome data.

Article featuring ESS Professor Eric Rignot: If This Part of Antarctica Collapses, Sea Levels Could Rise 10 Feet

Eric Rignot, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, as well as a senior research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, was the lead author on an alarming study last year that analyzed the retreat of the glaciers in this region. He said that the Amundsen Sea sector alone … contains enough ice to raise global sea levels by over one meter.

ESS Professor Steve Allison named a 2015-2016 Faculty Climate Action Champion

As the University of California steps up efforts to eliminate its carbon footprint, it has named Faculty Climate Action Champions at each campus to work with students on projects aimed at building community engagement and awareness.

2015–16 Faculty Climate Action Champions

UC Berkeley: Whendee Silver, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management

UC Davis: Kurt Kornbluth, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

UC Irvine: Steven Allison, Departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Earth System Science

New ESS Publication: Targeted opportunities to address the climate–trade dilemma in China

International trade has become the fastest growing driver of global carbon emissions, with large quantities of emissions embodied in exports from emerging economies. International trade with emerging economies poses a dilemma for climate and trade policy: to the extent emerging markets have comparative advantages in manufacturing, such trade is economically efficient and desirable. However, if carbon-intensive manufacturing in emerging countries such as China entails drastically more CO2 emissions than making the same product elsewhere, then trade increases global CO2 emissions.