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Solar geoengineering research: Proceed with caution

April 5, 2021

Given the urgency of the risks posed by climate change, the U.S. should pursue a research program for solar geoengineering—in coordination with other nations, subject to governance and alongside a robust portfolio of climate mitigation and adaptation policies, according to a new report co-authored by Lisa Dilling.

A researcher at the MoSAIC study site (Photo by Lianna Nixon)

Frozen in ice, frozen in time

April 5, 2021

A CU team froze their ship in Arctic ice in the name of science and storytelling. The crew conducted groundbreaking research, studying everything from the atmosphere above their heads to the sea ice beneath their feet during the largest-ever expedition of its kind.

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Increased winter snowmelt threatens western water resources

April 5, 2021

More snow is melting during winter across the West, a concerning trend that could impact everything from ski conditions to fire danger and agriculture, according to a new CU Boulder analysis of 40 years of data.

Agricultural irrigation

Research on soil moisture aims to improve irrigation models

March 29, 2021

Irrigated agriculture is the planet's largest consumer of freshwater, producing more than 40% of food worldwide. Yet the exact amounts of water being used in irrigation remains largely unknown. Finding answers would provide insight into the global water balance.

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Heat waves could cause 10 times more crop damage than now projected

March 29, 2021

Heat waves, which are projected to become more frequent and intense as the century progresses, could cause as much as 10 times more crop damage than is now projected, a team of researchers led by CU Boulder has found.

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Bees form scent-driven phone tree to pass along messages

March 25, 2021

Think of it as a testament to a honeybee's love for its queen: Bees build what looks like a telecommunications network to pass messages, in the form of pheromones, from their queen to other members of a colony.

American Bushtit at the Carpinteria salt marsh, one of the three salt marshes studied (Channel City Camera Club/Flickr).

Extinction cascading through ecosystems could spell trouble for humans

March 19, 2021

Ecosystem services might be more vulnerable to extinction than previously thought, a new study finds.

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Arctic was once lush and green, could be again, new research shows

March 17, 2021

Recent analysis of ancient DNA gathered from lake beds in the Arctic may not only be a glimpse of the past but a snapshot of our potential future.

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Green meal planning with plant-based foods

March 3, 2021

Eating a plant-based diet doesn’t mean eating a salad for every meal! Here are some tips for incorporating meatless meals into your life.

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Campus adds 16 electric vehicle stations including Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant spaces

March 2, 2021

With recent additions, 50 electric vehicle charging stations are available on the CU Boulder campus. Two of these are located at ADA-compliant parking spots.