This Giving Tuesday, support ESS!

UCI's Department of Earth System Science has been working towards creating the Ralph J. and Carol M. Cicerone Endowed Chair and Fellowship Fund in Earth System Science for several years. Unfortunately the untimely passing of Dr. Cicerone gives us renewed commitment and a sense of urgency to this priority. This Giving Tuesday, please consider donating to the creation of the Cicerone Endowed Chair and Fellowship Fund and be part of this enduring legacy and vision that Dr. Cicerone had for ESS.

Eric Rignot quoted in The Washington Post

"Science likes to surprise us. That’s the extraordinary, mind-opening thing about it.

It’s possible that is now happening with one of the most stunning stories yet in the climate change saga — the finding that the enormous glaciers of West Antarctica appear to be retreating in an “unstoppable” way. It’s a process which, if it continues, could ultimately turn the West Antarctic ice sheet into an area of wide open ocean and raise global sea levels by 10 feet."

Zack Labe interviewed in Mountain Beltway, an AGU Blog

"Climate change science communication is not working. While broader public acceptance continues to grow, there remain significant challenges in how to tell this story. I’ve found that a big barrier exists in our science figures. Many times these plots are full of jargon, unclear labels, and/or poor choices of color schemes. I’ve used social media (Twitter) as an outlet for sharing science data and observations that (I hope) bridges the gap between science and non-science backgrounds."

Steve Davis cited in NY Times piece about the hard realities of climate change

A growing body of evidence suggests that the power plants, buildings, cars, trucks, ships and planes in use today are likely to emit enough CO2 over their lifetime for the world to miss that target. Coal plants alone could blow the carbon budget for 1.5 degrees C of warming, the lower threshold also mentioned in the agreement, unless they are shut down early.

Steve Davis' Research featured in the OC Register

The key ingredient in bridges, roads, building foundations and skyscrapers – cement – has long been viewed as a significant contributor of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.

But a study released Monday by researchers at UC Irvine found that the material’s carbon footprint might not be as bad as once thought, and that over time cement even soaks up some of the harmful gases emitted into the atmosphere.

Steve Davis talks with The Washington Post about German climate goals

A growing body of evidence suggests that the power plants, buildings, cars, trucks, ships and planes in use today are likely to emit enough CO2 over their lifetime for the world to miss that target. Coal plants alone could blow the carbon budget for 1.5 degrees C of warming, the lower threshold also mentioned in the agreement, unless they are shut down early.

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