November 17th, 2008Increasing levels of nitrogen deposition associated with industry and agriculture can drive soils toward a toxic level of acidification, reducing plant growth and polluting surface waters, according to a new study published online in Nature Geoscience.
November 5th, 2008Vegetation and soils already subjected to long-term acid rain could face even more stress in the form of nitrogen-laden precipitation, according to INSTAAR fellow William D. Bowman. His study of acid precipitation on grassland soils of the Western Tatra Mountains of Slovakia was just released.
September 25th, 2008Scientists from CU-Boulder and the USGS have provided Dot Earth with a closeup view of the remarkable rate of erosion along parts of Alaska’s thawing Arctic Ocean coast. The video clip is one month of crumbling, from late June through late July this year, at a point east of Barrow.
September 25th, 2008A program that helps poor countries reduce their vulnerability to floods, drought and other climate-related hazards will move to the University of Colorado, Boulder, under a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, foundation and university officials said Wednesday.
September 25th, 2008The Rockefeller Foundation has given a $1 million grant to CU-Boulder to reestablish the Consortium for Capacity Building, directed by Michael "Mickey" Glantz, to help link decision-makers in developing countries with institutes, government agencies and individuals to share their climate, water and weather-related knowledge and reduce their vulnerability to climate-related changes.
September 8th, 2008A University of Colorado at Boulder team working at 16,400 feet in the Peruvian Andes has discovered how barren soils uncovered by retreating glacier ice can swiftly establish a thriving community of microbes, setting the table for lichens, mosses and alpine plants.