AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network Invites Colorado Communities to Explore Impacts of Oil and Gas Development


Community, tribal and K-12 groups are invited to submit project proposals that explore impacts of oil and gas development on their local communities with support from the AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network based at the University of Colorado Boulder. The grants of up to $5,000 each aim to improve understanding of the risks and benefits of oil and gas development as identified by community organizations. Grant recipients will work with AirWaterGas researchers for the duration of their one-year projects. Proposals are due by 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Grants will be awarded … [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...]

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...]

Interested in a Research Experience at RMBL this Summer?


Want to spend a summer doing ecology research in Crested Butte? Participate in a research project with scientists at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL) in Gothic, a historic mining town just up the road from Crested Butte. RMBL is seeking K-12 teachers for a summer 2016 Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program funded by the National Science Foundation. Teachers will work on research topics such as pollination, changing climate, and high-altitude ecosystems. To learn more, email Ian Billick. … [Read more...]

Call for Applications: NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project


Join educators across the United States supporting climate resilience. Apply to become part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 2016 Climate Stewards Education Project Stewardship Community. Selected educators who meet project requirements will be eligible for: • Mini-grants up to $2,000 to support a climate stewardship action project. • Travel reimbursements to attend select workshops and/or national conferences. • Special professional development opportunities. • Additional monetary and educational resources. Applications are due by midnight Sunday, Nov. … [Read more...]

Meet Us at the Colorado Science Conference

CU Boulder climate-water webinar

Learn More About Climate will be at the Colorado Science Conference on Friday, Nov. 20 at the Denver Mart. The goal of the Colorado Science Conference is to provide professional development opportunities that strengthen science content and pedagogy, provide access to educational resources, and help build strong, professional networks that support the great work of Colorado science teachers. Much like the Colorado Science Conference, Learn More About Climate’s mission also aims to support science teachers across our state and beyond. Come see us in the exhibition hall or drop by our … [Read more...]

High School Class Builds Snow Depth Sensor: How You Can Too

Snow Sensor

Students at Pagosa Springs High School have great opportunities to collect authentic environmental data in their classes, and they have recently expanded their capacity to monitor snow depth thanks to a resourceful peer, Connor Burkesmith. With support from Learn More About Climate and technical support from Andrew Wickert, an alumnus of the CU-Boulder Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, Burkesmith built a snow sensor as part of his independent study project to collect low-elevation snow depth data near downtown Pagosa Springs. Wickert developed the sensor, called an ALog Data Logger, … [Read more...]

Behind the Ozone Garden: Ozone, Climate Change, and Our Health


Ground-level ozone (a.k.a “bad” ozone) is harmful to humans and plants. Ozone can make it difficult to breath, especially for those with asthma or other respiratory infections. High levels of ground-level ozone are hazardous for all people, but the young and elderly are often most affected. When an Ozone Action Alert is issued because of high ozone levels, the young and elderly are encouraged to stay inside and plan outdoor exercise early in the morning when ozone levels are lowest. While people can go inside on Ozone Action Alert days, plants cannot. Spikes in ozone levels are dangerous to … [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...]

Teachers Wanted for Learn More About Climate Advisory Board


Teachers, please consider offering your vital input to Learn More About Climate as we work to strengthen and improve the website’s educational resources. We are establishing an advisory board comprised of Colorado teachers to aid in guiding the priorities for the Learn More About Climate initiative, sharing best practices with other educators, inspiring climate science resources for the classroom, and participating in an ongoing community of practice for Colorado and regional climate education. As a Learn More About Climate advisor, you will be: invited to our high-country teacher retreat … [Read more...]