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November 15, 2017

Office of the Governor & the California Museum announce the California Hall of Fame 11th Class

The Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and First Lady Anne Gust Brown, in partnership with the California Museum,  announced the 11th class of the California Hall of Fame. The new inductees will join 104 inspirational Californians previously inducted for embodying the state’s spirit of innovation.

The inductees of the California Hall of Fame 11th class are: entertainer Lucille Ball; bioscientist Susan Desmond-Hellmann; artist and activist Mabel McKay; atmospheric chemist Mario J. Molina; quarterback Jim Plunkett; poet Gary Snyder; filmmaker Steven Spielberg; musician Michael Tilson Thomas and vintner Warren Winiarski.

“These Californians represent the dynamic spirit and imagination that is the hallmark of the Golden State,” said Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. “Their exceptional skill and craft enrich our culture and inspire us all.”

California Hall of Fame inductees are selected by the Governor and First Lady for achievements and contributions in areas such as science, philanthropy, sports, business, entertainment, the arts, literature, technology, activism and politics.

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Prof. Molina will be inducted into the California Hall of Fame

October 11, 2017

In the scientific community, the big question is not whether action on climate change is required, but what form it should take — and the part that scientists should play. Three Nobel laureates and three early-career researchers gave their thoughts to Nature on the current state of climate action worldwide and the place of science in society.

September 2017

New Climate Risk Classification Created to Account for Potential “Existential” Threats by UCSD´s Scripps Institution of Oceanography

August 1, 2017

Dr. Mario Molina is co-author of the paper recently featured in PNAS: “Reassessing the atmospheric oxidation mechanism of toluene”.


Aromatic hydrocarbons account for 20 to 30% of volatile organic compounds and contribute importantly to ozone and secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation in urban environments. The oxidation of toluene, the most abundant aromatic compound, is believed to occur mainly via OH addition, primary organic peroxy radical (RO2) formation, and ring cleavage, leading to ozone and SOA. From combined experimental and theoretical studies, we show that cresol formation is dominant, while primary RO2 production is negligible. Our work reveals that the formation and subsequent reactions of cresols regulate the atmospheric impacts of toluene oxidation, suggesting that its representation in current atmospheric models should be reassessed for accurate determination of ozone and SOA formation. The results from our study provide important constraints and guidance for future modeling studies.

"Reassessing the atmospheric oxidation mechanism of toluene" -PNAS

JUNE, 2017

With concerns about climate change dominating the news (C&EN, June 5, page 14), it’s fitting that the American Chemical Society awarded one of its most recent National Historic Chemical Landmark designation to the 1974 discovery by F. Sherwood Rowland and Mario J. Molina of the University of California, Irvine, that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) can lead to ozone depletion. Atmospheric ozone helps absorb potentially damaging ultraviolet radiation. Without it, human life cannot survive.

Research on chlorofluorocarbons designated a chemical landmark. Rowland and Molina’s groundbreaking discovery changed the way humans saw their impact on Earth

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mario Molina talks about Climate Change to Chinese News Agency, Xinhua.


UC San Diego Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Named to California Hall of Fame – SIO

Gov. Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown, in partnership with the California Museum, recently announced inductees of the 11th Class of the California Hall of Fame. Among the new members is Mario Molina, a University of California San Diego distinguished professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemisty and Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

The Montreal Protocol: triumph by treaty – UNEP

By Mario Molina, Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry and Durwood Zaelke, President, Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development.

Clouds’ warming potential is frightening researchers – E&E News

The signatories of the study suggesting that global warming threatens the human race included policymakers and scientists from China, India, Europe, Australia and leading U.S. universities. Mario Molina, a Nobel Prize winner who co-authored it, predicted that “we have less than a decade to put these solutions in place.”


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