A polar landscape

Warming at the poles will have global consequences

Dec. 4, 2019

The poles may be warming faster than anywhere else on Earth. A new study explores the consequences for these icy regions—and for the rest of the world.

An Arctic ice storm affects the RV Polarstern

A ship frozen in the Arctic ice confronts the first big storm

Dec. 4, 2019

A powerful winter storm swept over the German RV Polarstern icebreaker recently, tearing new cracks in the ice floe next to the ship, sending ice-based instruments adrift and forcing a rescue-and-reconstruction process that could take weeks of work by CU Boulder and other scientists.

Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica (Photo provided by British Antarctic Survey)

Thwaites Glacier: Antarctica’s wild card

Dec. 4, 2019

Nearly 100 scientists and staff from around the world, including CIRES scientist Ted Scambos, departed recently to conduct fieldwork in one of the most remote and inhospitable areas on Earth: Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica.

Reindeer nuzzling hand

Vanishing ice puts reindeer herders at risk

Nov. 20, 2019

Mongolia's Tsaatan reindeer herders depend on munkh mus, or eternal ice, for their livelihoods. Now, soaring global temperatures may be threatening that existence.

Peacock mantis shrimp

Mantis shrimp vs. disco clams: Colorful sea creatures do more than dazzle

Nov. 18, 2019

Eight years ago, Lindsey Dougherty encountered a colorful creature called a disco clam in an Indonesian reef. Now, she thinks she may be getting closer to answering why this bivalve looks so wild.

Assyrian artifacts

Climate may have helped crumble one of the ancient world’s most powerful civilizations

Nov. 18, 2019

New research suggests it was climate-related drought that built the foundation for the collapse of one of the most powerful civilizations in the ancient world—the Assyrian Empire, whose heartland was based in today’s northern Iraq.

Smoke stacks in New York City

Climate change already damaging health of world’s children

Nov. 13, 2019

A new report finds that children are at serious risk from a number of climate change impacts, including crop failures and worsening air quality.

Karl Linden looks at a bacterial culture in his lab.

Engineering a world of safer water

Nov. 11, 2019

Karl Linden believes that wherever you are in the world, you should be able to turn on a tap and receive clean drinking water. He's working on new ways to make that happen.

Postdoctoral researcher Emily Fusco researching invasive grasses and their effect on wildfires

Study finds invasive grasses promote wildfires

Nov. 4, 2019

CIRES and CU Boulder Earth Lab research finds that in places across the country, cheatgrass and at least seven other non-native grasses can increase wildfire risk as much as climate change does.

Cheesman Dam spills water down its spillway, a 220-foot high wall of boulders, in June 2019. Photo: Denver Water.

CU researchers recognized with 3 governor’s awards for high-impact research

Oct. 31, 2019

CO-LABS has announced the winners of the 2019 Colorado Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research, and CU Boulder researchers contributed to all three winning projects.