March 4th, 2019High levels of harmful atmospheric pollutants (such as nitrogen oxides, methane and volatile organic compounds (VOCs)) are regularly blown into Boulder County from oil and gas wells to our east. The wind carries these emissions across the plains, an invisible gaseous river, flowing over county lines and between jurisdictions.
February 28th, 2019Chicago Tribune: Today, the Barnes Ice Cap, a glacier about the size of Delaware on Baffin Island in Canada, is the last remnant of the mighty Laurentide Ice Sheet. But after 2,000 years of stability, the ice cap is expected to vanish in the next 300 years as an unparalleled rise in heat-trapping greenhouse gases has brought on an alarming rate of melting since the 1960s. Giff Miller and colleagues say the warmth of the past century exceeds any in the last 115,000 years, and perhaps even longer, according to a study published last month.
February 22nd, 2019Hundreds of volcanoes could be hiding beneath almost 2,000 meters of solid Antarctic ice, an area twice the size of Texas, according to data collected by a magnetic sensor on an aircraft of Antarctica’s subglacial topography. INSTAARs John Behrendt and Wes LeMasurier weigh in on the likelihood of their presence and effects.
February 20th, 2019INSTAAR postdoc Mette Bendixen and her husband, Lars Iversen, an ecologist and landscape geographer, are both are early-career scientists who are raising a child together.
February 15th, 2019Our NPS colleague Maria Caffrey lost her job after refusing to remove references to anthropogenic climate change from a scientific report.
February 14th, 2019Greenland could start to export sand in a rare positive spinoff from global warming that is melting the island's vast ice sheet and washing large amounts of sediment into the sea, scientists said on Monday.