Satellites can quickly detect and monitor wildfires from space, like this 2017 fire that encroached on Ventura, California. NASA Earth Observatory/Joshua Stevens

Bringing tech innovation to wildfires: 4 recommendations for smarter firefighting as megafires menace the US

June 8, 2021

Record-breaking fires over the past decade suggest the western U.S. has entered a new era of megafires. Fire itself is not the problem – it has been characteristic of the North American West for millennia. The problem is when fires, fueled by dry and overgrown forests, grow into giant blazes...

Migrants hoping to reach the distant U.S. border walk along a highway in Guatemala in January 2021. AP Photo/Sandra Sebastian

As more climate migrants cross borders seeking refuge, laws will need to adapt

June 8, 2021

Climate change and other environmental stresses have increasingly become drivers of displacement, Climate change is upending people’s lives around the world, but when droughts, floods or sea level rise force them to leave their countries, people often find closed borders and little assistance. Part of the problem is that today’s...

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Seventeen students are named 2021 Van Ek Scholars

May 12, 2021

This year’s recipients of the notable College of Arts and Sciences’ award are especially distinct, the chair of the award committee notes Seventeen exceptional undergraduates are this year’s recipients of the Jacob Van Ek scholarship, one of the College of Arts and Sciences’ highest honors. The award recognizes faculty-nominated students...

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Green New Deal author champions empathy and a thick skin

May 7, 2021

Working for a better climate won’t be easy, but will always be right, Rhiana Gunn-Wright tells CU Boulder environmental studies graduates.

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Outstanding grad seeks common ground on climate and elsewhere

April 30, 2021

Renae Marshall, the College of Arts and Sciences’ Outstanding Graduate for spring 2021, produced an ‘impressive’ thesis examining the fate of more than 700 decarbonization bills in the past five years.

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Comedians and students joke about climate change. Wait, what?

April 15, 2021

CU Boulder’s Stand Up for Climate Comedy Show will air on Earth Day, April 22.

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Award prompts students to rethink the last year and the West

March 9, 2021

The Thompson awards from the Center of the American West urge students to write about the West and show them the year that was for a $500 prize.

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Learning to live with fear

Jan. 25, 2021

Joanna Lambert’s research in evolutionary biology carries lessons for coexisting with coyotes, COVID-19 and each other.

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Soil degradation costs U.S. corn farmers a half-billion dollars every year

Jan. 15, 2021

Researchers have found that a whopping one-third of the fertilizer applied to grow corn in the U.S. each year simply compensates for the ongoing loss of soil fertility, costing farmers a half-billion dollars.

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Marine protection falls short of the 2020 target to safeguard 10% of the world’s oceans. A UN treaty and lessons from Antarctica could help

Dec. 14, 2020

Stronger Antarctic leadership is urgently needed to safeguard the Southern Ocean — and beyond. Two-thirds of the world’s oceans fall outside national jurisdictions – they belong to no one and everyone. These international waters, known as the high seas, harbour a plethora of natural resources and millions of unique marine...

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