A powerful green laser helps visualize the aerosol plumes from a toilet when it’s being flushed. Photo by Patrick Campbell/University of Colorado)

CU scientists shine a light on what comes up when you flush

Dec. 8, 2022

A new visualization of pathogen exposure risk in public bathrooms also provides a methodology to help reduce it.

Grace Leslie plays the flute in front oof computer screens while a small group of people look on

Can music heal? This artist and researcher wants to find out

Dec. 6, 2022

When Grace Leslie steps onstage, she wears a high-tech cap that transforms the pulses in her body and brain into haunting, hypnotic sounds. She hopes that same kind of musical connection can help people heal.

Distinguished CU Professor James S. Anaya addresses the audience during the closing ceremony

Vetting of human rights commitments next step in global climate summit

Dec. 5, 2022

After three days of dynamic and thought-provoking panels and keynotes at the inaugural Right Here, Right Now Global Climate Summit co-hosted by United Nations Human Rights and CU Boulder, the work now begins on moving the talk about the human rights crisis that climate change is to action.

Panelist Ewi Stephanie Lamma addresses the audience during the Developing Climate Solutions with the Human Rights of Future Generations in Mind panel in the Glenn Miller Ballroom as part of the Right Here, Right Now Global Climate Summit at the University of Colorado Boulder. (Photo by Casey A. Cass/University of Colorado)

Youth, women at center of climate change fight

Dec. 4, 2022

Four panelists at the Right Here, Right Now Global Climate Summit, all young women, expressed the same sentiment: Women and youth are most burdened by climate change, but they are also key to solutions needed now.

Audience members listen to keynote speaker Kumi Naidoo as he provides the keynote speech on the third day of the Right Here Right Now Climate Summit at the Glenn Miller Ballroom in the University Memorial Center on the CU Boulder campus on Dec. 4, 2022. Photo by Patrick Campbell/University of Colorado)

4 key ways to address the climate crisis now

Dec. 4, 2022

Day three of the Right Here, Right Now Global Climate summit at CU Boulder was filled with discussions of concrete solutions and urgent calls for collective action to reduce the human toll of the climate crisis today and fend off a catastrophic future.

Kumi Naidoo, South African-born human rights and climate activist, provides the keynote speech on the third day of the Right Here Right Now Climate Summit at the Glenn Miller Ballroom in the University Memorial Center on the CU Boulder campus on Dec. 4, 2022.   Photo by  Patrick Campbell/University of Colorado)

Kumi Naidoo resists ‘climate apartheid,’ calls for more voices, joy to address climate change

Dec. 4, 2022

During a presentation that conjured reflections from Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King Jr., Matt Damon, Cree elders, and the late South African rapper Riky Rick, Naidoo called for a new kind of collective action to push back on what he calls “climate apartheid”—one that includes more voices, communicates more clearly and even incorporates a little joy.

Caitlyn Kim, CPR Washington, D.C.-based public affairs reporter, left, introduces the members of panel 4 of the Engage Locally series: Achieving Effective Climate Policy: How Do We Bridge the Political Divide?on the second day of the Right Here Right Now Climate Summit at the auditorium of the CASE building on the CU Boulder campus on Dec. 3, 2022.  From second from left: Joe Neguse, US Congressman, Jameka Hodnett, Green for All campaign director, Dream.org; and Chris Barnard, national policy director, Amer

3 ways to hold government, industry accountable for addressing climate change

Dec. 3, 2022

After an at-times emotional first day of the summit Friday, in which panelists from around the globe made the undeniable case that climate change is a humanitarian crisis, speakers on Day 2 focused on accountability, called for action and suggested that a human rights framing is precisely what’s needed to spark action.

Youth activists with Mary Robinson

Women need to lead next phase of climate justice movement, Mary Robinson says

Dec. 3, 2022

On the second day of the Right Here, Right Now Global Climate Summit, keynote speaker and former Irish President Mary Robinson took the stage to get people riled up and excited about making change on the climate change front through women-led efforts, such as Project Dandelion.

Panelists Robert C. Robbins, Joan T.A. Gabel, Kristina M. Johnson, and Philip P. DiStefano discuss the research, innovation, education and public engagement efforts needed to accelerate climate solutions that respond to the needs of individuals and communities, and show respect for human rights.

6 ways universities can address climate change, boost resilience

Dec. 2, 2022

From groundbreaking research to community engagement to optimizing their own operations, universities are positioned to play a leading role in addressing the human rights crisis of climate change–both globally and locally.

A guest takes a smartphone photos of the panel discussion (1.2) on the Experiences of Those Whose Human Rights Are Disproportionately Impacted by Climate Change at the Right Here Right Now Climate Summit at the Glenn Miller Ballroom in the University Memorial Center on the CU Boulder campus on Dec. 2, 2022. (Photo by Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado)

90 countries represented in first day of global climate summit focused on human rights

Dec. 2, 2022

Nearly 4,000 people from 90 countries convened at CU Boulder, either virtually or in-person Friday, for a day-long, candid exploration of something speakers contend isn’t talked about enough: how climate change impacts people’s lives right now.

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