A plume of smoke rising into the air

Wildfire smoke provides clues on nuclear war, geoengineering

Aug. 8, 2019

Wildfire smoke can persist for months in the stratosphere, giving scientists an opportunity to fine-tune models of climate change, nuclear winter and geoengineering.

An ice sheet in Antarctica, which scientists are now better able to measure

A clearer picture of global ice sheets

July 9, 2019

Improvements in satellite imaging and remote sensing equipment have allowed scientists to measure ice mass in greater detail than ever before.

Lara Vimercati examines a nieves penitentes structure on Volcán Llullaillaco in Chile

Even in jagged volcanic ice spires, life finds a way

July 8, 2019

High in the Andes Mountains, dagger-shaped ice spires house thriving microbial communities and an oasis for life in one of Earth’s harshest environments.

2013 Boulder flood

More than weather: How climate change is changing economics and infrastructure

June 11, 2019

Your house may be worth less. Your stuff might take longer to deliver. Whether you believe in it or not, climate change is changing the world around you. That and more on this episode of the Brainwaves podcast.

Large boulders in a river

Large boulders help shape huge canyons, researchers find

June 10, 2019

CU Boulder geology graduate student research argues that boulders play a major role in the geologic evolution of river canyons across vast spans of time.

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.

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