Ozone gardens at CU-Boulder and NCAR reveal harmful effects of pollution

Ozone Garden

Most people have heard about the harmful effects of pollution on human and plant health, but until recently, visualizing such effects took some imagination. Now, new “ozone gardens” at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Museum of Natural History and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Mesa Laboratory make the evidence startlingly clear. Visits to the gardens are free and open to the public. Scientists at CU-Boulder and NCAR are growing plants that develop brown and black spots on their leaves when exposed to harmful air pollution. The ozone gardens feature particular … [Read more...]

Attend the Alpine Hydrology Workshop in Durango, Colorado

Durango, Colorado

Plans are underway for an exciting, full-day Alpine Hydrology workshop in Durango, Colorado. Join scientists from CU-Boulder as they guide workshop attendees through cutting-edge research from the Niwot Ridge Long Term Ecological Research site. These researchers are changing what we know about the limits of survival for microorganisms found within the extreme environments located in high elevations, and availability of limiting nutrients across the Colorado alpine. Workshop attendees will: Discover new ways to bring the Colorado alpine into the classroom. Explore the links between … [Read more...]

CU-Boulder and NCAR researchers seek to reduce deadly air pollution from cooking emissions

cookstoves

A $1.5 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency will help researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Center for Atmospheric Research measure pollution from residential cooking and better understand a problem that kills millions of women and children each year in the developing world. According to the EPA, more than 3 billion people worldwide rely on the burning of wood, plant matter, coal and waste for cooking or heating. Exposure to cookstove emissions, particularly indoor exposure, ranks as one of the five worst overall health risk factors in poor … [Read more...]

Energy and water professionals: CU-Boulder offers expanded degree options

CU_Boulder graduation

This is an excerpt of an article that originally appeared on Colorado.edu. A new educational partnership at the University of Colorado Boulder will provide expanded degree options for working professionals interested in specialized graduate education focused on energy and water. Beginning this fall, qualified students can earn both a Master of Engineering (ME) degree and a Professional Certificate in Renewable and Sustainable Energy or a Professional Certificate in Water Engineering and Management. The degree and certificates can be earned either via distance education or in campus … [Read more...]

Crowdfunding to fight climate change with CO2 conversion project

Crowdfunding CO2 conversion

As part of a new crowdfunding initiative at University of Colorado Boulder, students Chern-Hooi Lim, Yu-Ching Kuo, Alan Aguirre with project advisor Professor Charles Musgravee are working to raise $10,000 to build a photocatalyst which will convert carbon dioxide into liquid fuel. Crowdfunding is the practice of sourcing small contributions from a large number of people to provide funding for a particular project or campaign. The CO2 "recycling" project is one of eight projects in a pilot online fundraising platform that allows CU-Boulder individuals and organizations to create and … [Read more...]

4 Reasons to Attend the Martz Summer Conference at the Getches-Wilkinson Center

Wolf Law Building at University of Colorado Boulder School of Law

Getches-Wilkinson Center in conjunction with the Air-Water-Gas Sustainability Research Network will host its 35th Annual Martz Summer Conference June 5-6, 2014 in Boulder at the University of Colorado Law School, Wolf Law Building. This year’s conference theme is: Water Quality Issues in Oil and Gas Development: The Evolving Framework of Regulation and Management In addition to participating in this timely natural resource law and policy discussion, here are four reasons you won’t want to miss the 2014 Martz Summer Conference: Engage in a civil and rational discussion of oil and gas … [Read more...]

CU-Boulder teams up with Mesa County to make snow-depth data free to water managers, farmers, public

Mesa County GPS Network

New from Colorado.edu: A University of Colorado Boulder professor who developed a clever method to measure snow depth using GPS signals is collaborating with Western Slope officials to make the data freely available to a variety of users on a daily basis. CU-Boulder aerospace engineering sciences Professor Kristine Larson and her colleagues discovered in 2009 that GPS signals that bounce off Earth’s surface before hitting the receivers, once considered bothersome “noise,” could be used to measure snow depth, soil moisture and even vegetation moisture. Larson also is a pioneer in the … [Read more...]

CU climate scientists available to speak on National Climate Assessment (NCA)

US Global Change Research Program

Several University of Colorado Boulder scientists can talk about global climate change as it relates to the new National Climate Assessment (NCA) released May 6, 2014 by the White House This includes two co-authors of the assessment, Kristen Averyt and Mark Serreze. Kristen Averyt, associate director for science at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), a joint venture of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and CU-Boulder, can talk about water resources as they relate to a changing climate. She was at the White House for the release of the … [Read more...]

CLEAN Wins Webby Award for Teaching Climate on NOAA’s climate.gov

The Webby Awards

Congratulations to our colleagues at the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)! The Teaching Climate portion of the NOAA climate.gov website, which draws most of its content from the CLEAN collection, won both the juried and People’s Choice awards in the Green category of the 18th Annual Webby Awards. The overall site won in the Government category. Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international award honoring excellence on the … [Read more...]

Teaching Climate nominated for a Webby Award – vote now!

CLEAN - Teaching Climate

The International Academy of the Digital Arts & Sciences has chosen NOAA Climate.gov as one of five nominees for the annual Webby Awards for online excellence. The Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) collection is syndicated to the climate.gov website and serves there as the official Teaching Climate section. This section was nominated for the Webby Awards. The CLEAN collection assembles peer-reviewed digital collection as part of the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) featuring teaching materials centered on climate and energy science for grades 6 through 16 as well as … [Read more...]