Two mountain streams come together, one with rusty red acid rock drainage

New contamination concern for Colorado streams (EOS)

Oct. 14, 2021

Abandoned hardrock mines and climate change cause metals and other elements to leach into streams. They also put rare earth elements into the water, as found by Garrett Rue and Diane McKnight in their new study.

While kneeling in the snow, Bruce Vaughn displays an ice core segment, northeast Greenland

Faces of the Front Range: Bruce Vaughn and Bradley Markle look to save the world by understanding it (Denver Post)

Oct. 11, 2021

Denver Post profile of a visit to the Stable Isotope Lab, where Bruce Vaughn and Brad Markle shared ice cores, knowledge, and what keeps them going while researching the climate past and present. To read this article, you may need to enter your email address.

Part of the Capitol dome and a U.S.A. flag

Climate change: 10 key things (Daily Camera)

Oct. 7, 2021

In this opinion piece in the Daily Camera, Rob Motta and James White share 10 key facts to understand about climate change. To read this article, you may need to enter your email address.

Two students examine grafted apple trees in the CU Boulder Greenhouse.

Participate in a historic (and tasty) science project this fall (CU Boulder Today)

Sept. 22, 2021

This weekend, the CU Boulder-based Boulder Apple Tree Project, founded by Katherine Suding in 2017, invites the community to help preserve our local apple tree legacy by locating and collecting data on apple trees in Boulder backyards and on public lands.

Two mountain streams come together, one with rusty red acid rock drainage

Climate change increases rare earth elements in Colorado’s Snake River (High Country News)

Sept. 16, 2021

A new study by Garrett Rue and Diane McKnight suggests lower stream flows, caused by climate change, as a primary culprit.

brightly colored coneflower

Plants could be even better at fighting climate change. A garden shows ozone is holding them back (CPR News)

Sept. 15, 2021

Danica Lombardozzi's ozone garden at NCAR documents damage to plants from ozone; hints at carbon absorption possible if ozone precursors are limited.

Diane McKnight kneeling by a streambed in the sub alpine

Congratulations to the 2021 AGU Union medal, award, and prize recipients (EOS)

Sept. 15, 2021

Diane McKnight is the recipient of the Robert E. Horton Medal, bestowed for outstanding contributions to hydrology

Bird, bug, and botanical murals on glass outside the SEEC building

NEST mural quest takes public art to new level (CU Boulder Today)

Sept. 9, 2021

Seven science-inspired, larger-than-life artworks are welcoming students, staff and faculty back to campus this fall. They include the drawings of birds, bugs and botanicals that now adorn the glass at the entrance of our Sustainability, Energy and Environment Community (SEEC) building.

Photo of Sam Illingworth

Rare Earth Water (The Poetry of Science)

Sept. 4, 2021

An original poem and science podcast episode of The Poetry of Science, by Sam Illingworth, inspired by Garrett Rue and Diane McKnight's new paper reporting on climate change as a driver of acid rock drainage and rare earth element contamination of the Snake River, Colorado.

Students involved in Diane McKnight's ongoing research on water quality in the Snake River collect tracer samples along a tributary.

Rare earth elements and old mines spell trouble for Western water supplies

Aug. 30, 2021

Acid rock and mine drainage into Western streams is a problem. Climate change is making it worse.