Sunflower in front of the Flatirons

Are sunflowers Colorado’s best hedge against climate change?

July 21, 2023

During a Colorado summer, you’ll likely spot vibrant yellow sunflowers growing wherever they can. In the state’s dry, nutrient-deficient soil, CU Boulder researchers and others aim to learn if the crop can survive and even thrive in a hotter, drier future.

Highway road sign reads: "Extreme heat. Save power 4-9 p.m. Stay cool."

Heat waves are more dangerous than you think. Here’s why, and how to stay safe

July 20, 2023

Large portions of the U.S., including parts of Colorado, are reeling this month from extreme temperatures. CU expert Colleen Reid, who studies the health impacts from natural disasters, says these events seem to disproportionately hurt communities where people have less access to air conditioning and green space.

A blooming agave plant on the CU Boulder campus.

Campus agave plants showcase once-in-a-lifetime blooms

July 13, 2023

Thirty years after the late linguistics professor Allan Taylor planted two rare agave plants outside a CU Boulder greenhouse, his legacy is sporting a once-in-a lifetime burst of color.

Plastic bottles and other trash on a beach

The future of recycling could one day mean dissolving plastic with electricity

July 5, 2023

Every year, consumers in the United States produce millions of tons of plastic waste, and most of it winds up in landfills. New research from chemists at CU Boulder takes a first step toward making all that trash vanish.

Polar Postdoc Leadership Workshop participants posing for group photo

Next generation of polar scientists work toward more inclusive future

July 5, 2023

After the week-long Polar Postdoc Leadership Workshop, led by the Polar Science Early Career Community Office, participants not only grew their skills and knowledge—they bonded over a shared vision to make the polar sciences more inclusive and welcoming and identified how they can support and lead their vision.

Campus community members gather around electric bikes during the 2018 Alternative Fuel Vehicle Ride-n-Drive event

14 CU staff members receive electric bikes

July 5, 2023

A grant through the Can Do Colorado initiative allowed Community Cycles to give electric bikes to 14 CU Boulder employees.

Orange light and smoke billow over mountain tops. (Photo by Malachi Brooks on Unsplash)

To prevent the next major wildfire, we need a ‘Smokey Bear for the suburbs’

June 29, 2023

With the Fourth of July approaching and a thick green carpet of fuel covering much of the West after a rainy spring, CU Boulder fire ecologist Jennifer Balch is calling on people to do their part to prevent the next megafire.

Antarctica's George VI Ice Shelf

Antarctic ice shelves see only minor changes in surface melt since 1980

June 23, 2023

Antarctic ice shelves have experienced only minor changes in surface melt rates over the past four decades, unlike the rapid increase in surface melt experienced by Greenland’s glaciers during the same time period, according to new CU-led research.

Nguyễn Trinh Thi, Letters from Panduranga (2015), video still

Eyeing environmental issues through a camera lens

June 19, 2023

In her latest research, Brianne Cohen, a contemporary art history professor, examines the intersection of art and environmental activism.

doctoral students outside the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory

Following the pandemic, CIRES students venture out

June 14, 2023

One professor decided it was time to get her doctoral students in environmental science real-life experience by taking them on a four-day field trip to a remote research station up high in Colorado’s mountains.