Thomas Fire

The key triggers of 2017's costly wildfire season

June 5, 2018

Three major "switches" affecting wildfire—fuel, aridity, and ignition—were either flipped on and/or kept on longer than expected last year, triggering one of the largest and costliest U.S. wildfire seasons in recent decades.


Examining the risks and rewards of interdisciplinary climate science

May 30, 2018

A new assessment identifies early-career barriers, and solutions, to improve climate research.


A new wrinkle to the limits of life on Earth

May 25, 2018

A new study of post-glacial environments upends previous ecological assumptions and could expand scientists’ understanding of the limits to life on Earth.

historical boulder

Uncovering Boulder's forgotten apple tree legacy

May 22, 2018

CU Boulder students and researchers are studying Boulder's historical apple trees in the hopes of preserving one of the town's agricultural legacies.

Boulder Reservoir

Tracking airborne pollutants, ozone precursors in Boulder

May 14, 2018

An automated monitoring system found that wind direction is the strongest predictor of hourly air quality in Boulder.

Smoke stacks

Natural gas and wind energy killed coal, not 'war on coal'

May 7, 2018

Cheap natural gas prices and the increasing availability of wind energy are pummeling the coal industry more than regulation, according to an analysis from CU Boulder and North Carolina State University.

wind turbines

High-res forecasts could help U.S. expand offshore wind power

May 2, 2018

A new NOAA dataset of wind forecasts could help the energy industry identify which offshore areas in the United States have the best potential for wind resource development.


Rapid changes in the high Arctic

May 1, 2018

A new study led by an INSTAAR postdoctoral researcher has found dramatic shifts in the ecosystem of a remote archipelago in the Arctic Ocean.

Boulder traffic

A pollution 'rush hour' in Boulder

April 30, 2018

A new NOAA-led study shows that chemical emissions from personal care products are comparable to car emissions and contribute to air pollution in Boulder.

greenland sea ice cover

Ice-free Arctic summers could hinge on small climate warming range

April 2, 2018

When it comes to the probability of future ice-free summers in the Arctic, a small range of climate warming over the next century could make all the difference.