L.A. smog

Household cleaners are almost as dirty as cars

Feb. 15, 2018

Chemical products like household cleaners, pesticides, paints and perfumes now rival motor vehicle emissions as the top source of urban air pollution, according to a surprising NOAA-led study.Read more »
Photo of waves crashing in the ocean.

Sea level rise accelerating

Feb. 12, 2018

Current sea level rise projections assume a constant rate, but CIRES fellow Steve Nerem found the rate is actually accelerating.Read more »

When it comes to genes, lichens embrace sharing economy

Feb. 8, 2018

The first-ever molecular evidence of obligate symbiosis in lichens could shed new light on how and why some multicellular organisms consolidate their genomes in order to co-exist.Read more »
West Antarctic ice sheet

North American ice sheet decay changed Antarctic climate

Feb. 5, 2018

The changing topography of ice sheets in the Northern Hemisphere during the last Ice Age forced changes in the climate of Antarctica, a previously undocumented inter-polar climate change mechanism.Read more »
two hands pressing down on grass and dirt

What lives in your dirt?

Jan. 18, 2018

Compiling the first global atlas of soil bacteria, researchers have identified 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 »