Impacts of Palm Oil Production on Climate – 5 Questions for Phil Taylor

Philip Taylor is a CU Boulder postdoctoral scholar whose research ranges from nutrient cycling in tropical rainforests to addressing sustainability challenges of industrial agriculture. He is the lead author of a 2014 publication on the potential for creating energy from methane emissions from wastewater produced by palm oil production plants.. Methane is a powerful heat trapping gas, thirty four times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide over 100 years. Phil is featured in the latest Learn More About Climate video, “Impacts of Palm Oil Production on Climate Change: Realities … [Read more...]

CU Boulder ice experts report: Arctic sea ice at lowest maximum for second consecutive year

Arctic sea ice was at a record low maximum extent for the second straight year, according to scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado Boulder and NASA. "I've never see such a warm, crazy winter in the Arctic,” said NSIDC director Mark Serreze. “The heat was relentless." Air temperatures over the Arctic Ocean for the months of December, January, and February were 2 to 6 degrees Celsius (4 to 11 degrees Fahrenheit) above average in nearly every region. Sea ice extent over the Arctic Ocean averaged 14.52 million square kilometers (5.607 million … [Read more...]

Teaching Climate Change Conference June 14-15 at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

The National Park Service and the Friends of the Florissant Fossil Beds, Inc. are hosting a 2-day climate change seminar based out of Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument June 14-15, 2016.  A world renowned fossil deposit, the Florissant Fossil Beds are 35 miles west of Colorado Springs. Featured speakers include Dr. Dena Smith and Dr. Cesar Nufio, who will present on Biological Climate Change topics. Dr. Dena Smith is Professor of Geological Sciences at CU Boulder and executive director of STEPPE (Sedimentary Geology, Time, Environment, Paleontology, Paleoclimatology, Energy).  Dr. Cesar … [Read more...]

The People Behind the Science: CU Researchers Featured on More Than Scientists

More Than Scientists is a series of films that highlights the personal lives, concerns, and motivations of climate scientists. Several of CU Boulder's climate scientists including Jim White, Ted Scambos, Phil Taylor, Mike MacFerrin, Bill Bowman, Tyler Jones and Eve Hinckley are featured on the More Than Scientists website. These videos were filmed and edited by CU undergraduate and graduate students who are part of the Inside The Greenhouse project. Jim White reflects on the world he’s leaving his grandchildren and how climate change is about ethics and morals: A first hand report as … [Read more...]

Power Dialog

On Monday, April 4, Power Dialog will support 10,000 students to participate in face-to-face dialog with state-level leaders in all fifty states about what is needed to shift to a clean energy economy. Here in Colorado, the Dialog gives students and community members a voice in critical decisions that will determine their future, and the future of the the earth.  Join us on Monday, April 4 at 3:00pm (a reception will begin at 2:30pm) in the CIRES Auditorium. If you would like to organize a webcast of the event at your high school or college, please email Katya.Hafich@colorado.edu for … [Read more...]

Comedy for Climate Change

Humor is an underutilized tool in the area of climate change, yet comedy has the power to connect people, ideas, information and innovative ways of thinking.  CU Boulder's Inside the Greenhouse (ITG) is experimenting with creative climate comedy and is hosting a Comedy & Climate Change short video competition. In this call, ITG is seeking to harness the powers of climate comedy through compelling, resonant and meaningful short videos (up to 4 minutes in length). The winning entry will receive a cash prize, and be shown during the upcoming ‘Stand Up for Climate: An Experiment with … [Read more...]

Announcing the BoCo Youth Climate Challenge, a Competition for Middle and High School Students in Boulder County

How can we shift attitude and behaviors and unite the Boulder community to create a more just, sustainable, and climate friendly future?  Announcing the BoCo Youth Climate Challenge, a competition for middle and high school students in Boulder County, facilitated by CU's Learn More About Climate, the Boulder Climate Culture Collaborative (C3 Boulder) and the City of Boulder. Earlier this year, Boulder published a draft of the Boulder Climate Commitment, a document that explains how we can, and why we must, reduce carbon emissions 80% by 2050. The document is divided into three sections … [Read more...]

Climate and Colorado’s Water Future Workshop March 11

What is the impact of climate change on Colorado's water future? Experts from CU Boulder, CSU, NCAR, the Colorado Water Conservation Board, and the Center for ReSource Conservation will prepare you to think critically about the intersection of climate science and water resource issues. The workshop, hosted by the Colorado Foundation for Water Education, will be hosted at the new CU Boulder Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex. Workshop attendees will get to tour the INSTAAR Stable Isotope Lab, where you will learn how scientists extract data from ice core samples taken in polar … [Read more...]

Energy Savings Opportunity for Rural and Low Income Schools

Are you looking for ways to cut energy costs at your school, but are lacking the resources to do so?  The Energy Savings for Schools (ESS) Program provides energy management assistance and project implementation support to Colorado K-12 public schools, with an emphasis on rural and low-income communities. The ESS program is Colorado Energy Office's (CEO) comprehensive  K-12 energy efficiency program that consolidates all of CEO’s K-12 program offerings and statutory obligations. The program provides free energy and water audits, technical assistance, coaching, and implementation support for … [Read more...]

Power to the People: Professor David Ciplet Discusses Power Dynamics and Climate Negotiations

With an interesting research and career portfolio that blends social movements and climate change, David Ciplet joined the Environmental Studies Department at the University of Colorado Boulder earlier this academic year bringing with him a focus on power and inequality in climate change and global politics. Ciplet joined researchers and international policymakers in Paris for the United Nations’ climate change conference (Conference of the Parties, COP21) in December. In his book, Power in a Warming World, which was published in September, he and his co-authors argue that international … [Read more...]