Throwing sand

To study impacts of longer, hotter summers, ecologists haul 5,000 pounds of sand up a mountain

Sept. 12, 2022

An annual experiment based out of CU Boulder’s century-old Mountain Research Station aims to measure the effects of warming temperatures and faster snowmelt on alpine ecosystems by coating snowpack with thousands of pounds of black sand.

Houses on Alaska coast

How a human rights approach to climate change can spark real change

Sept. 7, 2022

Sheila Watt-Cloutier made a bold move and helped kick-start what many describe as a sea change in how the international community thinks about climate change.

Pearl Street Mall in Boulder

City, university team up to study urban heat island effect

Sept. 7, 2022

The city of Boulder plans to use CU Boulder data to study the effect of trees on urban heat for climate-mitigation planning.

Gathering data

What does the Inflation Reduction Act do to address climate change?

Aug. 17, 2022

President Biden has now signed the largest bill the U.S. has ever passed to address climate change. Professor Max Boykoff discusses the legislation’s impact with CU Boulder Today.

researcher collecting water from a stream

Researchers develop highly accurate sensor for E. coli risk detection

Aug. 16, 2022

Researchers at CU Boulder have developed and validated a new sensor for E. coli risk detection that features an impressive 83% accuracy rate when detecting contamination in surface waters.

Researchers with CU Boulder and CSU signs at the Everest base camp

CU professor treks to the top of the world to share urgent wildlife and climate message 

Aug. 15, 2022

This past May, Joanna Lambert traveled around the globe, met with world leaders and hiked up the world’s highest mountain to speak about how climate change is increasing human and wildlife conflict around the world.

Vanderford Glacier reflection

Unlocking the secrets of the East Antarctic ice sheet

Aug. 12, 2022

New research suggests the world's largest ice sheet may be more susceptible to climate change than previously thought. If the sleepy giant were to completely melt, it would cause global sea levels to rise by 52 meters, or about 170 feet.


Scientists call for ‘Western Rewilding Network’ to support wolf, beaver populations, improve biodiversity on public lands

Aug. 9, 2022

In a paper published this week, CU Boulder Professor Joanna Lambert and 19 other scientists call for a portion of federal land in 11 states to be used to ‘rewild’ the American West.

Bison grazing in Konza prairie, Kansas

Oft-overlooked grasslands build biodiversity, resilience over centuries

Aug. 4, 2022

The restoration of grassland ecosystems may need more of a guided, hands-on approach over time, according to a new review of global conservation efforts.

Wind farm in New Zealand

New center to allow explorations of human dimensions of environmental challenges

Aug. 4, 2022

Bringing together social and environmental scientists, CIRES’ new Center for Social and Environmental Futures will facilitate cutting-edge research, education and outreach activities focused on the human dimensions of environmental problems.