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...]

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

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...]

The Future of Our Forests: Join Scott Ferrenberg and RMBL on July 23

Join the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory for “A Science Affair: An evening benefiting the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory” featuring Speaker Scott Ferrenberg on July 23. Ferrenberg is a U.S. Geological Survey ecologist who recently earned his Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Colorado Boulder. He will discuss “Colorado’s Trees and the Bark Beetles — What Will Our Future Forests Look Like?” as part the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory event on Thursday, July 23 from 6-9 p.m. at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Community Center in … [Read more...]

Teachers Invited to Power of Water Workshops

Teachers are invited to join the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences for workshops in July and August that address the power of water. Learn how water impacted stream ecosystems and geomorphology as a result of the great flood of 2013 and the ways in which water and invasive species can affect stream flows and stream structure. Hear from CU-Boulder scientists and learn about activities your students can do related to their research. These workshops are geared toward secondary science teachers but are open to all K-12 teachers. Sign up for one or both workshops, but … [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...]

Teacher Scholarships Available for Water Conservation Tour June 11-12

Want to learn firsthand about water conservation and reuse along the Front Range? Learn More About Climate will sponsor two FREE scholarships for educators to attend the Colorado Foundation for Water Education’s Annual Water Efficiency Tour on June 11-12 in Denver. These much-anticipated, informative tours draw educators, citizens, lawmakers, water managers, and others from across the state. You will gain an understanding of the challenges and successes of water conservation in Colorado. Current conservation practices are being incorporated into the Colorado Water Plan, which will shape the … [Read more...]

Mountains Warming Faster than Expected as Climate Changes, Scientists Report

An international team of scientists is calling for urgent and rigorous monitoring of temperature patterns in mountain regions after compiling evidence that high elevations could be warming faster than previously thought. Without substantially better information, people risk underestimating the severity of a number of already looming environmental challenges, including water shortages and the possible extinction of some alpine flora and fauna, according to the research team, which includes Henry Diaz and Imtiaz Rangwala from CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental … [Read more...]

Join the Colorado Biology Teachers’ Association Symposium at CU-Boulder on April 11

Wondering how to teach the science of climate change? Need new ways to engage students in the effects of climate change? Register now for the Colorado Biology Teachers’ Association’s Spring Symposium on Climate Change and spend a day with some of the leading climate scientists from the University of Colorado Boulder. Open to educators in every discipline, this day-long workshop offers opportunities to: talk with climate scientists; practice hands-on, classroom-ready lessons; view online lessons; and earn recertification or graduate credit. Date:  Saturday, April 11 Time:  8 a.m. – 4 … [Read more...]