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What lives in your dirt?

Jan. 18, 2018

Researchers have compiled the first global atlas of soil bacteria, identifying a group of around 500 key species that are both common and abundant worldwide.Read more »
A western bluebird

Noise pollution causes chronic stress in birds, hindering reproduction

Jan. 9, 2018

Study: Birds nesting near noisy oil and gas operations had changes in stress hormones similar to those in people with PTSD. Also, some laid fewer eggs or had chicks with stunted growth.Read more »

Decadal survey lays out key Earth science priorities

Jan. 5, 2018

CU Boulder researchers contributed to a new report that prioritizes Earth science research to reduce climate uncertainty, improve weather forecasts and more.Read more »

A classic Darwinian ecological hypothesis holds up—with a twist

Dec. 27, 2017

New research shows that a long-held hypothesis about the factors that govern species ranges largely holds true, but may be the result of a previously underappreciated ecological mechanism.Read more »
wind turbines

Global wind energy to shift southward in years to come

Dec. 11, 2017

The rapidly growing wind energy industry may be challenged by changes in locations of wind resources due to climate change.Read more »
A man stand near a prescribed burn.

Understanding megafires: The biggest, most destructive fires on Earth

Dec. 8, 2017

In a book adaptation for the Coloradan, Michael Kodas describes how a tiny blaze sparked his enduring curiosity about wildfire, a phenomenon that has grown much worse especially in the American West.Read more »
A satellite illustration of oil flares in Syria.

NOAA satellites reveal new information on ISIS oil production

Dec. 7, 2017

A new satellite technique developed by NOAA allows for rapid assessments of oil production anywhere in the world, notably Iraq and Syria.Read more »
Sepulveda lab

The hard science of soft substances

Dec. 4, 2017

INSTAAR researcher Julio Sepúlveda uses lipids to decode ancient ecosystems.Read more »
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Climate observations offer major return on investment

Nov. 8, 2017

New CIRES research shows how a well-designed climate observing system could help scientists answer knotty questions about climate while delivering trillions of dollars in economic benefits.Read more »
Colorado Front Range

Studying bad ozone days on the Front Range

Nov. 3, 2017

A new CIRES and NOAA study examines the factors that contribute to high ozone days in Colorado's Front Range.Read more »