Theatre Projects Place Youth Center Stage in Discussions about Building Resilient Communities

Sol-Her Energ-He

Fresh from the “Urban Thinkers Campus: The City We Need” conference in New York, Beth Osnes, associate professor of theatre, explains why involving youth is key to building more resilient communities. Osnes has created a methodology specific to energy development using theatre as a tool. Her many projects work with youth and communities near and far to shine a light on a new energy future. Based on her ongoing research, Osnes has also developed the Solar-Powered Shadow Puppet Performance project. Here, students participate in an energy forum and engage in a collective conversation about … [Read more...]

Belief in Climate Change Not Linked to Wildfire Mitigation Actions


People who believe that climate change is increasing the risk of devastating wildfires in Colorado are no more likely to take mitigation actions to protect their property, a new study led by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder and the U.S. Forest Service has found. The study, which was recently published in the journal Environmental Hazards, examined the role that climate change beliefs play in a homeowner’s choice to undertake risk mitigation activities such as installing a fire-resistant roof to reduce the ignitability of their home or thinning surrounding vegetation that … [Read more...]

10 Highlights from the President’s GLACIER Conference Speech


President Barack Obama has been traveling in Alaska this week to shine a spotlight on climate change. During the tour, which included a historical visit for a sitting president to cross the Arctic Circle, Obama made stirring closing remarks at the Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) Conference in Anchorage, where attendees are focused on international and domestic priorities in the Arctic. Watch the President’s speech from the GLACIER Conference Here are 10 highlights of the President’s GLACIER speech: 1. Climate change is … [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...]

Study: Western Forests Decimated by Pine Beetles Not More Likely to Burn

High Park Fire, Colorado 2012, Courtesy U.S. Department of Agriculture

Western U.S. forests killed by the mountain pine beetle epidemic are no more at risk to burn than healthy Western forests, according to new findings by the University of Colorado Boulder that fly in the face of both public perception and policy. The CU-Boulder study authors looked at the three peak years of Western wildfires since 2002, using maps produced by federal land management agencies. The researchers superimposed maps of areas burned in the West in 2006, 2007 and 2012 on maps of areas identified as infested by mountain pine beetles, according to a CU-Boulder news release. The … [Read more...]

Free Online Course Offers in Depth Look at Water in the West


Why is water at the heart of so much conflict in the American West? How have major cities and extensive agricultural systems been able to thrive despite most of the region being either a desert or semi-desert environment? How will a warming climate affect the availability and use of water in a region populated by tens of millions of people? Join “Water in the Western United States,” a free, Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) featuring leading University of Colorado Boulder scientists who will provide an overview of the science behind water and climate. In addition, they will discuss the … [Read more...]

Top 10 Most Viewed Climate Change Reports of 2014

Climate Change heat map

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...]

Seven trends spotted at United Nations climate talks


Need help making sense of the 20th annual United Nations Climate Change Conference? Lauren Gifford, a CU-Boulder doctoral student, was at the Conference of the Parties that took place in Lima, Peru on Dec. 1-14. Gifford and fellow PhD student Jonas Bruun, from the University of Manchester, were part of the Institute for Policy Studies delegation at the talks. They called the conference a “dress rehearsal” for talks that should conclude with a new international climate agreement in 2015. With several strands of negotiations between governments and hundreds of events held in parallel, Gifford … [Read more...]

Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability – IPCC Working Group II Report Now Available

IPCC Working Group II

Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released its full contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The report provides the most comprehensive look to date at the worldwide impacts of climate change and the opportunities for response. View and download the report here: IPCC Working Group II: Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability - Summary for Policymakers In addition to the final versions of the 30-chapter report, cross-chapter materials, technical summary, and summary for policymakers, this latest release includes … [Read more...]

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...]