Jim White: Climate science: Do you believe in climate change?

February 23, 2015

By Jim White Special to the Daily Camera "Do you believe in climate change?" It's a common question, and after being posed the question, most of us would probably pause, try to assess our questioner to judge how ugly or pleasant this conversation might soon get, and then possibly offer an answer. But to a climate scientist, it's a rather strange, even bizarre question. The obvious answer is no, but not because climate is not changing, which it is, and not because humans are not a cause, which we are. The problem is that word, "believe." To climate scientists, climate... Read more »

CU regents approve creation of new master's of the environment

February 23, 2015

The University of Colorado's Board of Regents approved the creation of a new master's of the environment degree for the Boulder campus. The 17-month professional master's degree was proposed to help address challenges such as protecting human health, ensuring adequate mineral and energy resources for future generations and ensuring adequate food and water for a growing population. ArticleRead more »

CU-Boulder proposes 3 new degrees tied to the environment

February 20, 2015

Board of Regents to consider the degrees Friday By Sarah Kuta, Daily Camera The University of Colorado's Boulder campus is proposing new degrees this week related to solving environmental challenges. Campus officials are asking the Board of Regents to consider three new degrees: a master's degree in environmental engineering; a doctoral degree in environmental engineering; and a master's of the environment degree. Provost Russ Moore, who approved the new degrees on the campus level, declined to comment ahead of the presentation to the board Friday. Proposed CU-Boulder degrees • Master's degree in environmental engineering • Doctoral degree in environmental engineering... Read more »

Sustainable CU: The Environmental Improvement Initiative

February 12, 2015

In spring 2005, University of Colorado Boulder students voted to dedicate a portion of student fees to implement on-campus projects incorporating renewable energy, energy efficiency, recycling and waste reduction, and other innovative projects to reduce the CU-Boulder campus' impact on climate and environment. Sustainable CU funds are used for: capital investment, the purchase of infrastructure necessary for the initiatives, installation of capital projects, educational displays related to the capital projects, and any other non-staff operating costs associated with the initiatives. Particular attention is paid to initiatives created and led by students. The Sustainable CU fund is administered by the Environmental... Read more »

Climate Change and Sea Level Rise with Dr. James White

February 11, 2015

Join Green Builder Media on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 2pm ET as we talk with Dr. James White on climate change and sea level rise. Dr. White is the Director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. He is the founding Director of Environmental Studies Department at CU, which now has about 1,000 majors per year. He is actively engaged in exploring new paradigms of interdisciplinary education, and has worked steadily to break down barriers between the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, journalism, arts and business to better educate and train students and conduct research in the area... Read more »

CU-Boulder researcher forecasts broad climate change impacts in state

February 10, 2015

Report: Less snowpack, earlier runoff, severe drought and water shortage on horizon By Charlie Brennan , The Daily Camera Colorado could see more infectious disease, negative impacts on the elderly and people living in poverty, as well as stresses to water, cattle and crops as byproducts of future climate change, according to a comprehensive new report commissioned by the Colorado Energy Office. "The important takeaway is, here's what's important to Colorado," said Eric Gordon, co-lead editor of the 176-page report and managing director of the Western Water Assessment at the University of Colorado. "We're not talking about things that have... Read more »

Still pressing the science of climate change, four decades of research later

February 2, 2015

Eyeing the Rocky Mountains out his office window on the University of Colorado’s East Campus in Boulder, geochemist, climatologist and director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research Jim White describes his youth in East Tennessee. Then, the Smoky Mountains were his big backyard. “They shaped my thinking,” he says of the ancient yet vibrant range. “From the first time my friends and I could drive, we went camping in the Smokies.” The beauty of the Smokies stoked his passion for nature; that passion brought with it a zeal for understanding how the planet works. Over time, he channeled... Read more »

Inside the imprecise art of weather forecasting

February 2, 2015

Mother Nature took a huge swing at New York City and missed by miles . And while the Blizzard of 2015 turned into the Fizzard of 2015 for the Big Apple, just up the coast, Providence and Boston got walloped as scheduled. Beantown conspiracy theorists are wondering: Did this blizzard get bribed? Not quite, it just got shoved a few miles to the east at the last minute, which changes everything as storms move up the Atlantic coast. That more easterly track is exactly what computer models had been predicting until three days before storm hit—but a critical shift by... Read more »

Limerick: The complicated history of extraction in Colorado

January 21, 2015

On Sept. 8, I learned that I had not been appointed to the Governor's Task Force on Oil and Gas Development. I moved through the stages of grief and loss at a brisk pace. Wasting not a second on Denial, I accepted reality, and barely paused for Anger and Bargaining. I did make a brief stop at Depression, moping over the fact that the people of Colorado had not spoken with one voice to ask for my help in navigating this contentious terrain. But in short order, I raced on to Acceptance, where I have reposed for four and half... Read more »

Forecasting and explaining bad air days in Utah’s oil and gas fields

January 16, 2015

To accurately forecast wintertime bad air days in Utah’s Uintah Basin, researchers must use real atmospheric measurements to estimate chemical emissions from nearby oil and natural gas fields, a new study in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics has found. When a team of researchers, including those from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), fed an air quality model with emissions estimated instead from national and state inventories, they couldn’t reproduce those bad air days “We can accurately simulate these events,” says Stuart McKeen, a CIRES scientist working at NOAA’s Earth... Read more »