Go Green with the Team

For the first time since joining the PAC-12 in 2011 the Colorado Buffaloes are competitive in the league. With their current conference record of 6-1 the Buffs are performing better than they have in over a decade. Even when the Buffs were trailing in the rankings, they were leading the pack in green sports. CU Boulder had one of the first major collegiate sports sustainability initiatives in the country, and the athletics department has embraced this aspect of their identity. The greening process began in 2008 when Dale Newport, head of CU’s Environmental Center, reached out to then … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

New Video Explores Arctic Sea Ice, Variability, and Climate Models

The heartbeat of the arctic impacts climate worldwide. Join Jen Kay, CU-Boulder assistant professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences fellow, to learn about the “heartbeat”— or melt cycles of the arctic — climate modeling, and climate change in the new video, Arctic Sea Ice, Variability, and Climate Models: Kay studies cloud processes, polar climate, recent and projected Arctic sea ice loss, and evaluation and improvement of climate models. In this video she briefly explains how climate models work and the important role … [Read more...]

Introducing the Learn More About Climate Teacher Advisory Board

The Learn More About Climate Initiative is pleased to introduce the following educators to our teacher advisory board. The board will help guide the priorities for the Learn More About Climate initiative, share best practices with other educators, and inspire regional climate education resources for the classroom. We are thrilled to welcome this stellar group of accomplished teachers who bring a wealth of expertise and variety of experiences to our program. The advisory board will meet in person in August and virtually throughout the school year. Stay tuned for great things from this great … [Read more...]

Colorado’s Water Future: A Dr. Seuss-like Tale

In this five-minute video, the University of Colorado Boulder's Jeff Lukas channels Dr. Seuss to describe the importance of water resources and the state of Colorado's water future projections from the report Climate in Colorado: A Synthesis to Support Water Resources Management and Adaption. “The state was concerned with the weather getting hotter. What might climate change do to our water?” reads Lukas, associate scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences’ Western Water Assessment. “So we put together a most thorough report, even longer than the last … [Read more...]

New report charts Colorado’s climate change
 vulnerabilities

Sea-level rise may not be eating away at Colorado’s borders, but climate change exposes other critical vulnerabilities in the state, according to a new report. Rising temperatures likely will take a toll on cattle and crops, for example, and could more often leave junior water rights holders with little water and few options. The new report, “The Colorado Climate Change Vulnerability Study,” was commissioned by the Colorado Energy Office in accordance with the Colorado Legislature’s House Bill 13-1293, according to a CU-Boulder news release. It’s a sector-by-sector analysis of the … [Read more...]

Top 10 Most Viewed Climate Change Reports of 2014

The following reports published during 2014 have been instrumental in guiding the conversation, planning and actions of communities, governments and institutions that are concerned about climate change. These are the top 10 most-viewed reports for 2014 on the Learn More About Climate SlideShare channel. 1. World Economic Forum: Global Risks 2014 The World Economic Forum lists "failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation" as #5 on its list of Ten Global Risks of Highest Concern in 2014. The Global Risks report is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading publications on … [Read more...]

Turning down the heat on controversial topics like Climate Change – Dr. Waleed Abdalati at TEDx

At the September 2014 TedxMileHigh event in Denver, Dr. Waleed Abdalati shared his insights on creating meaningful conversations about difficult, divisive topics. This 15-minute talk will change the way you engage in conversation about controversial topics like climate change. Dr. Abdaltai describes the tools of communication: Words - set the tone and convey your opinion. They put the person you’re speaking to in a particular posture. Attitude - More than what you say, your audience is going to remember how you make them feel. Clarity of Purpose – you need to be clear on your … [Read more...]

New report highlights how climate change may affect water in Colorado

As Colorado’s climate continues to warm, those who manage or use water in the state will likely face significant changes in water supply and demand, according to a new report on state climate change released today by the Western Water Assessment and the Colorado Water Conservation Board. Rising temperatures will tend to reduce the amount of water in many of Colorado’s streams and rivers, melt mountain snowpack earlier in the spring, and increase the water needed by thirsty crops and cities, according to the new report, “Climate Change in Colorado: A Synthesis to Support Water Resources … [Read more...]