April 18th, 2016Natural gas has been touted as a “bridge fuel” which would allow us to transition towards cleaner alternatives in the future while leaning away from emission-heavy carbon based fuels. We looked at some of the atmospheric consequences for using natural gas last week, and this week we’re taking a closer look at water. Water lost to fracking may be mitigated by water savings during power generation.
April 8th, 2016A look at the complex climate-related tradeoffs of coal-fired electricity vs. natural gas.
March 4th, 2016A new study pinpoints higher than reported emissions of carbon tetrachloride, an ozone-depleting chemical banned for uses that result in it escaping to the atmosphere.
February 1st, 2016The first direct evidence that humans played a substantial role in the extinction of the huge, wondrous beasts inhabiting Australia some 50,000 years ago--in this case a 500-pound bird, Genyornis newtoni--has been discovered by a University of Colorado Boulder-led team.
January 12th, 2016Our friend and colleage Diana Nemergut passed away on the last day of 2015 after battling a brain tumor. She left behind a community of friends who mourn her deeply, and who celebrate her memory.
December 14th, 2015INSTAAR faculty and graduate students will share new research at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco, 14 to 18 December. They will present new research on abrupt climate change, air quality and fracking, polar environments, atmospheric chemistry, deltas and risk, forests and snow, plants and soils, and isotopic analysis. This is a partial list of presentations and posters.