ENVS Alumn Kosmenko to give talk 'Sustainability is the New Competitive Advantage' Feb. 9

February 8, 2016

Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m., for a workshop and discussion with Kimberly Kosmenko. Kosmenko will give a talk titled, "Do Well by Doing Good: Sustainability is the New Competitive Advantage," at the Idea Forge (2445 Kittredge Loop Drive). The rules of business are constantly changing, with recent years bringing corporate responsibility front and center. Businesses that leverage a true commitment to social and environmental sustainability are now gaining the upper hand in many industries. Leaders earn competitive advantage with customers and hiring the best talent, while laggards risk losing ground. Learn about the drivers... Read more »

Rocky Mountain meltdown: CU scientists find glaciers shrinking

January 13, 2016

Colorado scientists using ground-penetrating radar have found climate change is shrinking glaciers and other icy terrain in the Rocky Mountains — raising concerns about water supplies. The Arikaree Glacier — likely more than 1,000 years old — has been thinning by about 1 meter a year over the past 15 years and will disappear completely in 25 years, a team of scientists concluded. Their peer-reviewed research, unveiled Tuesday, found that rock glaciers and other ice that holds water west of Boulder also will vanish. The Arikaree Glacier, which feeds North Boulder Creek, had held steady from 1965 through 1997. Read entire article .Read more »

Patty Limerick receives state and national honors

January 13, 2016

Patty Limerick, faculty director of the Center of the American West, seizes every opportunity to demonstrate the value of the humanities. As an influential historian of the American West, she tries to help in the resolution of contemporary dilemmas and conflicts by applying a combination of historical perspective and humor. The recipient of frequent recognition for these approaches, including a MacArthur Fellowship, she is adding two additional honors announced today to the list: member of the advisory board for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and Colorado State Historian. - See more at: more »

Clouds amplify warming in Arctic, study finds

December 16, 2015

PULLMAN, Wash. – Clouds can increase warming in the changing Arctic region more than scientists expected, according to a new study published Dec. 10 in the journal Nature Communications. Read the study at . “As the Arctic atmosphere warms and moistens, it better insulates the surface,” said Christopher Cox, lead author of the paper. “While we expected this to reduce the influence from clouds, we find that clouds forming in the Arctic appear to further warm the surface, especially in the fall and winter.” “The effect of clouds is very important for the future of the Arctic,” said Von... Read more »

CU Wins 2015 Pac-12 Zero Waste Bowl!

December 9, 2015

The Green Sports Alliance is honored to announce the winner of the 2015 Pac-12 Zero Waste Bowl, The University of Colorado Boulder! In partnership with the Green Sports Alliance, all twelve members of the NCAA Pac-12 Athletic Conference participated in this competition to see which campus could divert the most waste from the landfill at a selected home game during the 2015 football season. The competition, which follows on the heels of the successful 'Pac-12 Road to Zero Waste Challenge' around basketball last spring, provides a friendly and spirited platform for Pac-12 universities to engage on best practices in Athletics... Read more »

Citizen ‘sparkplugs’ can reduce red-zone fire danger

December 8, 2015

From the Colorado Arts & Sciences Magazine Citizen ‘sparkplugs’ can reduce red-zone fire danger An official with the Colorado Springs Fire Department discusses fire mitigation with members of a neighborhood group. “Citizen entrepreneurs” helped the CSFD spread the word effectively about fire-mitigation practices after the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire, a CU-Boulder study has found. Photo courtesy of the Colorado Springs Fire Department. Study finds that busy government agencies get help from individuals who motivate neighbors to protect homes from wildfire By Clay Evans Following a catastrophic wildfire, there is a crucial, one-year window during which memories burn hot and citizens... Read more »

CU-Boulder one of 200-plus signatories to White House climate pledge

December 4, 2015

CU-Boulder joined a national effort Nov. 19, comprising more than 200 institutions of higher education, pledging to accelerate our campus's transition to low-carbon energy while helping enhance sustainable and resilient practices among our communities. Led by the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the day of action brought together leaders from universities and colleges around the country to collectively call for action on climate change and encourage a strong agreement at the upcoming United Nations conference on climate change that ultimately sets a viable path toward a low-carbon sustainable future. The White House Act on Climate Pledge reinforces CU-Boulder's climate... Read more »

A Dispatch from the Paris Climate Conference

December 3, 2015

December 3, 2015, PARIS, FRANCE — The 2015 Paris Climate Conference (also known as COP21: the 21st meeting of the conference of parties) is well underway and several of our CIRES and NOAA colleagues are there. We reached out to Max Boykoff, who’s with the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research; below is a short Q&A with him about his experience so far. Q) What’s the general mood there? There’s a great deal of anticipation but also something of a reflective and sober mood. The rhetoric from world leaders, who were here at the opening of the conference, is... Read more »

Less ice, more water in Arctic Ocean by 2050s

November 4, 2015

By the 2050s, parts of the Arctic Ocean once covered by sea ice much of the year will see at least 60 days a year of open water, according to a new modeling study led by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder. “We hear all the time about how sea ice extent in the Arctic is going down,” says Katy Barnhart, who led the research while at CU-Boulder’s Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR). “That’s an important measurement if you are trying to understand broad impacts of climate change in the Arctic, but it doesn’t tell us about... Read more »

New study finds some chemicals less damaging to ozone layer can degrade to long-lived greenhouse gases

November 4, 2015

From By: American Geophysical Union (AGU) WASHINGTON, DC November 3, 2015 - Some substitutes for ozone-damaging chemicals being phased out worldwide under international agreements are themselves potent greenhouse gases and contribute to warming. Now, a new study published Nov. 2 in Geophysical Research Letters, a publication of the American Geophysical Union, shows for the first time how some of those replacement chemicals can break down in the atmosphere to form a greenhouse gas that can persist for millennia, much longer than the substitute chemicals themselves. Specifically, when some chemicals widely used as refrigerants break down in the stratosphere—a layer... Read more »