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Pacific Ocean, not ice sheet, shifted West Coast storms south

Nov. 12, 2021

A new CIRES-led study shows that ocean temperatures, not ice sheets themselves, were directly responsible for the southward shift in West Coast precipitation patterns during the last Ice Age.

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New report examines potential for meaningful climate impact through building materials

Nov. 11, 2021

Associate Professor Wil Srubar has co-authored a new report through the Carbon Leadership Forum examining the potential for meaningful climate impact through building materials that serve as carbon sinks.

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Female bushbabies more stressed, may be more vulnerable to changing environment

Nov. 10, 2021

Life isn't always easy for small primates in the Soutpansberg Mountains of South Africa––foraging for food, contending with cold temperatures and fighting off rivals. A new study explores how they may weather the environmental changes ahead.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Celebrities team up on climate crisis ‘cause flash’

Nov. 3, 2021

As world leaders assemble at COP26, over 30 celebrities, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Quincy Jones and Cher, launched a social campaign aiming to mobilize over 650 million followers to push for action. CU Boulder with United Nations Human Rights will host the Right Here, Right Now Global Climate Summit in 2022.

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CU Boulder, UN Human Rights to co-host global climate summit next fall

Nov. 1, 2021

As the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties begins in Glasgow, Scotland, CU Boulder and U.N. Human Rights are announcing plans to co-host the Right Here, Right Now Global Climate Summit in 2022.


Runoff, sediment flux in High Mountain Asia could limit food, energy for millions

Nov. 1, 2021

Average temperatures in high-altitude areas have risen twice as fast as the global average, causing more river runoff and sediment flux, and the trend could get worse, scientists have found.

The events center in Glascow, Scotland. (Photo from PxHere)

What is the COP26 climate conference and why does it matter?

Nov. 1, 2021

Thousands are now gathered for what is known as COP26, a significant international conference on climate change. Countries must decide how they will act to limit global warming to no more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels.

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Hunting for emissions thousands of feet up

Oct. 27, 2021

Recent scientific flights above the Front Range will help scientists and policymakers cut unnecessary emissions, reduce greenhouse gases and help local residents breathe better.

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4 winter savings tips

Oct. 19, 2021

As winter approaches, you may spend more money on keeping warm. Get tips from the Environmental Center to help you save money and energy this winter, wherever you live.

Scientists on a Greenland ice sheet (Photo by Jason Gulley, July 2020)

Got questions about the Arctic? INSTAAR’s journal has ‘Arctic answers’

Oct. 18, 2021

INSTAAR’S open access journal “Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research” now offers Arctic Answers, science briefs to help everyone understand how climate change in the Arctic affects the Earth.