CIRES-ATOC Seminar Series Begins August 28

August 27, 2014

Ever wonder what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report says? Learn more on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons this fall during a seminar series by IPCC authors and contributors. This fall’s focus is on Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis (Working Group I’s contribution to the IPCC 5th Assessment Report). Thursday, Aug. 28, 2 - 3:15 p.m. • CIRES Auditorium (Room 338 CIRES), IPCC Chapter: Policymakers/Technical summaries With Speaker: Jerry Meehl Upcoming and Future Seminars: Tuesdays 2 - 3:15 p.m.• CIRES Auditorium (Room 338 CIRES) Tues, Sept. 2, IPCC Ch. 1: Introduction With Speaker: Linda Mearns Tues, Sept... Read more »

New Grounds & Recycling facility in the works

August 27, 2014

Exciting plans are in the works at the parking lot just east of the Regent AutoPark. In September, Facilities Management will break ground there for the construction of a two-story, 14,000-square-foot facility that will provide a permanent home for Grounds & Recycling. The facility, which is expected to open in May, will replace the Grounds & Recycling buildings that formerly were located on Stadium Drive, an area that currently is under construction as part of the Athletics expansion. Grounds & Recycling has moved to a temporary location in Lot 416 near the Coors Events Center while the new facility is... Read more »

New climate documentary featuring Boulder scientists to air Aug. 28

August 25, 2014

A new documentary about measuring past climate change as a way to better understand human-caused warming of the planet, which features several Boulder scientists, will be broadcast on Colorado Public Television on Thursday, Aug. 28. Titled Taking Earth’s Temperature – Delving into Climate’s Past , the film features University of Colorado Boulder Professor Jim White as well as scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. White, director of CU-Boulder’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, is an international climate expert who has used ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica to help reconstruct... Read more »

New report highlights how climate change may affect water in Colorado

August 11, 2014

As Colorado’s climate continues to warm, those who manage or use water in the state will likely face significant changes in water supply and demand, according to a new report on state climate change released today by the Western Water Assessment and the Colorado Water Conservation Board . Rising temperatures will tend to reduce the amount of water in many of Colorado’s streams and rivers, melt mountain snowpack earlier in the spring, and increase the water needed by thirsty crops and cities, according to the new report, “Climate Change in Colorado: A Synthesis to Support Water Resources Management and Adaptation,”... Read more »

Boulder Food Rescue recovers produce from markets to feed needy

August 11, 2014

Home Food & Dining Story By Claire Martin The Denver Post Posted: 08/11/2014 12:01:00 AM MDT 8 Comments | Updated: 34 min. ago Boulder Food Rescue volunteer Ana Reyes gets ready to unload her trailer of food. ( Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post ) BOULDER — Every Thursday morning, Boulder Food Rescue volunteer Ana Reyes rides her bicycle to Sprouts Market on Baseline Road, hooks up a waiting bicycle trailer and loads it with sturdy boxes of yellow squash, apples, peaches and other produce. Then she pedals a few blocks to the nearby Harvest of Hope food pantry and... Read more »

Judge rejects Longmont's fracking ban as sides gird for ballot fight

July 29, 2014

By Steve Raabe The Denver Post Longmont's ban on oil and gas fracking was struck down Thursday in a ruling that portends even more political divisiveness in the November elections. Boulder County District Court Judge D.D. Mallard ruled that state law supersedes Longmont's 2012 voter-approved ban on the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing in oil and gas wells. Mallard issued a stay of the order pending an appeal. As a result, well fracking won't take place in Longmont until the case is heard again. Fracking is the practice of injecting water, sand and chemicals under heavy pressure into wells to... Read more »

CU-Boulder and NCAR ozone gardens reveal harmful effects of pollution

July 24, 2014

Everyone has heard about the harmful effects of pollution on human and plant health, but until recently, visualizing such effects took some imagination. Now, new “ozone gardens” at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Museum of Natural History and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Mesa Laboratory make the evidence startlingly clear. Visits to the gardens are free and open to the public. Scientists at CU-Boulder and NCAR are growing plants that develop brown and black spots on their leaves when exposed to harmful air pollution. “Many air pollutants are not visible to the naked eye,” said Kateryna Lapina, a... Read more »

Udall, Bennet, Polis, Perlmutter herald decision for CU, CSU to host U.S. hub for International Future Earth Initiative

July 3, 2014

U.S. Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet and Congressmen Jared Polis and Ed Perlmutter heralded the International Council for Science's decision today to locate one of the five international hubs for the Future Earth Initiative at the University of Colorado-Boulder and Colorado State University. The 10-year international initiative is aimed at leveraging scientists, researchers and students worldwide to find innovative ways to confront global environmental change and develop strategies to encourage sustainability. Udall, Bennet, Polis and Perlmutter urged the International Council for Science in November 2013 to select the University of Colorado-Boulder and Colorado State University to host one of... Read more »

Colorado research universities to lead U.S. contribution to global environmental initiative

July 2, 2014

The United States has been selected as one of five international hubs for Future Earth, an ambitious 10-year research initiative to address global environmental change solutions and actions. The U.S. hub will be headquartered in Colorado and managed jointly by Colorado State University and the University of Colorado Boulder. Other Future Earth global hubs will be located in Canada, France, Japan and Sweden. In addition to these global hubs, a number of regional hubs are established or in development in Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and in Africa. The selection was announced today by the International Council for Science,... Read more »

Warming trend boosts nitrogen in Boulder watershed

July 1, 2014

Trend occurs despite lower rainfall levels, which should lower nitrogen levels, CU-Boulder researchers conclude By Lara Herrington Watson Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, University of Colorado Boulder alumna Rebecca Barnes conducted research in 2010 that showed inorganic nitrogen levels are increasing in water catchments in Colorado’s Green Lakes Valley, and thawing glacial features are the culprit. When Barnes began her post-doctoral dissertation at CU-Boulder in conjunction with the United States Geological Survey, she was perplexed to find that nitrogen exports from Green Lakes Valley had not responded to the recent drought, which caused decreases in “atmospheric... Read more »