2012 Flagstaff fire

Wildfires in the West: How we need to learn to live with fire

May 22, 2019

In this episode of Brainwaves, we’ll hear from experts on the explosion of “megafires” across the West, the rising cost of fighting wildfires and we’ll get an update on what wildfire season will look like this year.

sweat on human skin

How sweat leaves your skin and builds up on your wall

May 3, 2019

A CIRES study reveals the fate of indoor chemical emissions, including the unexpected buildup of lactic acid from human sweat.

Water droplet

How drinking recycled toilet water could ease scarcity

Worried about water shortages in the western United States? This episode of the Brainwaves podcast dives into the effort to protect rivers and reservoirs by recycling toilet water.

Two Gouldian finches rest on a branch

Birds break evolutionary rules when it comes to feather color

April 23, 2019

A species of rainbow-colored finch from Australia seems to break all of the rules of avian evolution, scientists say.

Colorado River

CU Boulder launches initiative to support coverage of the Colorado River Basin

April 3, 2019

A journalism initiative to expand coverage of Western water issues is launching this month with support from a two-year, $700,000 grant from the Walton Family Foundation.

Hyla rufitela

The unseen microbial world of amphibian skin

March 27, 2019

A far-reaching global study led by EBIO scientists has found that climate is a critical determinant of microbial diversity on amphibian skin.

Boulder flatirons

Untangling methane emissions

March 22, 2019

Using cutting-edge instrumentation, CIRES researchers are able to track and differentiate sources of methane, a greenhouse gas and air pollutant.

women farmers in tanzania

When more women are decision-makers, the environment wins

March 21, 2019

When more women are involved in group decisions about how to manage land, the group conserves more—particularly when offered financial incentives, new research shows.

An alpine landscape in Colorado.

Alpine tundra releases long-frozen CO2

March 21, 2019

Thawing permafrost in high-altitude mountain ecosystems may be a stealthy, underexplored contributor to atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions.

NASA sea ice

Arctic sea ice reaches maximum extent for 2019

March 20, 2019

Arctic sea ice likely reached its maximum extent for the year at 5.71 million square miles, effectively tied for seventh lowest in the 40-year satellite record.