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CU Boulder kicks off development of Climate Action Plan

Oct. 21, 2022

CU Boulder recently launched efforts to develop its Climate Action Plan. The guide will work toward achieving the institution-wide goal of 50% greenhouse gas emissions reduction by 2030 and total carbon neutrality no later than 2050. See who's part of the steering committee.

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Scientists call for setting limits, possible moratorium on fishing in Antarctica’s Southern Ocean

Oct. 20, 2022

Published only days before the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources' annual meeting, this evidence-based commentary published in Science notes that current levels of fishing, combined with climate change, are taking a concerning toll on this diverse ecosystem of global importance.

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Researchers studying climate futures shouldn’t jump to extremes

Oct. 19, 2022

A CU Boulder-led team is pushing for climate scientists to put the more likely and plausible middle-of-the-road scenarios at the research forefront instead of solely the worst-case futures.

Galápagos Penguin

Ocean currents have sheltered the Galápagos from global warming. Now it’s time to protect them

Oct. 13, 2022

New research shows that a cold equatorial ocean current—which provides a buffer for the Galápagos Islands against an otherwise warming Pacific Ocean—has been getting stronger for decades. It's encouraging news, and another reason to safeguard this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Architectural engineering receives zero-energy design designation

Oct. 6, 2022

Among just 17 programs nationwide, CU Boulder's architectural engineering program received this Department of Energy designation as an acknowledgement of its focus on zero-energy design, which means a building produces as much energy as it consumes.

Hurricane Ian

Following Fiona and Ian, what’s next for hurricanes in 2022? 

Oct. 4, 2022

Two Category 4 hurricanes made landfall on U.S. coastlines within two weeks of each other in September. Kris Karnauskas explains why hurricanes form when they do and why Fiona and Ian may not be the end of this season.

Hurricane Fiona aftermath

Puerto Rico’s precarious relationship between power and water

Sept. 30, 2022

Five years after Maria, Hurricane Fiona exposes continued problems with Puerto Rico’s infrastructure. Fernando Rosario-Ortiz explains when the power goes out, so does access to clean water.

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RASEI represented prominently among Department of Energy centers tackling climate change

Sept. 29, 2022

The Department of Energy awarded $400 million for research into clean energy technologies and low-carbon manufacturing through 43 Energy Frontier Research Centers, six of which feature 13 Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) members.

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How tiny seeds might reduce our huge dependence on fossil fuels

Sept. 23, 2022

The Fox Group, led by Jerome Fox, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering, was awarded $1.1 million of a five-year, $12.8 million U.S. Department of Energy grant that involves seven universities and institutions and paves the way for broader use of non-food oilseed crops in the chemical industry.

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The do’s and don’ts of campus composting

Sept. 13, 2022

Get tips to follow campus compost guidelines: what you can compost, where you can compost and more. Do your part to ensure healthier compost.