Environment

A Doppler radar system sits on the flatbed of a truck.

Cloud seeding aims to increase mountain snowfall, power generation

Jan. 13, 2017

A joint research project involving what's called cloud seeding aims to beef up mountain snowfall and, subsequently, power generation. The results hopefully will be applicable to many mountain ranges in the western U.S.Read more »
Jessie Creamean

Smoke, dust from Pacific Northwest fires affect Colorado's air quality

Dec. 27, 2016

During poor air quality days in Denver last year, CU Boulder and NOAA scientists found that specks of mineral dust swept into the region along with smoke from Pacific Northwest wildfires. Both smoke and mineral dust have consequences not only for health, but also for climate.Read more »
solar panels on a roof

Just Transition Collaborative aids development of city resolutions on climate justice

Dec. 7, 2016

With a focus on building a green economy that benefits all community members, the city of Boulder's climate plan includes a roadmap to advance social justice in the transition to renewable energy. The focus on social justice emerged from community input into the draft climate plan, facilitated by CU Boulder's Just Transition Collaborative and partner organizations.Read more »
power plant stacks

Boosting power plants’ efficiency can cause emissions rebound, study finds

Nov. 29, 2016

Increasing the efficiency of power plants’ efficiency is often assumed to be an effective means of reducing carbon emissions. However, an empirical analysis of plants’ efficiency and emission led by a University of Colorado Boulder sociology professor casts some doubt on that conventional wisdom.Read more »
Taylor Valley in the McMurdo Dry Valleys. Credit: Dave Haney, NSF

Season of intense melting in Antarctica offers insights into continent's future

Oct. 13, 2016

Scientists and students working with the National Science Foundation, including Associate Professor Michael Gooseff of environmental engineering and INSTAAR, have authored a series of papers on how a single season of intense melting in Antarctica in 2001-02 may affect the continent’s ecological future, including its potential impact on global climate change.Read more »
Different types aircrcraft gathered data for the new study

Study finds fossil fuel methane emissions greater than previously estimated

Oct. 5, 2016

Methane emissions from global fossil fuel development are up to 60 percent greater than previous estimates, according to a new study.Read more »
Greenland's Zachariæ Isbræ.

Greenland Ice Sheet may be losing more glacial mass than previously estimated

Sept. 21, 2016

Previous estimates of ice mass loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet—already known to be shrinking—may be underestimates, according to a new study co-authored by CU Boulder researchers. Photo credit: Greenland's Zachariæ Isbræ, Anders A. BjørkRead more »
a satellite image showing Arctic sea ice cover

2016 Ties 2007 for Second Lowest Arctic Sea Ice Minimum

Sept. 15, 2016

The Arctic’s ice cover appears to have reached its minimum extent on September 10, 2016, according to scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), part of CIRES and the University of Colorado Boulder.Read more »
Arctic sea ice with snow cover

The difficulty of predicting an ice-free Arctic

Sept. 14, 2016

The Arctic is nearing its seasonal sea ice minimum this month, but predicting exactly when the region will see its first ice-free summer may be more difficult than previously believed.Read more »
Graduate students install and monitor a seismometer

Preventing human-caused earthquakes

Aug. 25, 2016

While the earthquake that rumbled below Colorado’s eastern plains May 31, 2014, did no major damage, its occurrence surprised both Greeley residents and local seismologists. To some Greeley residents, the magnitude-3.2 earthquake felt like a large truck hitting the house.Read more »

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