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INSTAAR buys carbon offsets for its researchers’ flights

INSTAAR will counteract the carbon footprint of its researchers’ business flights by paying into CU Boulder’s carbon offset plan.

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Accelerating boreal wildfires releasing old carbon to the atmosphere, study reveals

Accelerating boreal wildfires releasing old carbon to the atmosphere, study reveals

More frequent and larger wildfires are releasing old carbon stored in soils that in the past was able to escape burning, according to a new study involving incoming INSTAAR director Merritt Turetsky.

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Merritt Turetsky to become new INSTAAR director

Merritt Turetsky to become new INSTAAR director

Ecologist and carbon cycle scientist Merritt Turetsky has been named the director of INSTAAR and will step into her new role in January. Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation Terri Fiez appointed Turetsky following the recommendation of the INSTAAR Directorate.

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A new book looks at the complicated politics around China’s international infrastructure loans

A new book looks at the complicated politics around China’s international infrastructure loans

In 2013, China launched a $4 trillion-dollar initiative to finance infrastructure projects in dozens of countries. Loans are designed to put countries on a fast track to development or to aid in further development--and to gain China superpower status. But secrecy around such loans has raised concerns that they are debt traps disguised as diplomacy. A new book by authors at the Consortium For Capacity Building (CCB) has just been released on the complicated international politics of development around OBOR.

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Marine organisms face fatal horizon in Southern Ocean

Marine organisms face fatal horizon in Southern Ocean

Marine microorganisms in the Southern Ocean may find themselves in a deadly vise grip by century’s end as ocean acidification creates a shallower horizon for life, new INSTAAR-led research finds. The modeling study, published today in the journal Nature Climate Change, forecasts that at current carbon dioxide emission rates, the depth at which some shelled organisms can survive will shrink from an average of 1,000 meters today to just 83 meters by the year 2100, a drastic reduction in viable habitat. The steep drop, which could happen suddenly over a period as short as one year in localized areas, could impact marine food webs significantly and lead to cascading changes across ocean ecosystems, including disruptions of vital global fisheries.

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Professor Tim Seastedt receives Chase Faculty Community Service Award from CU System

Professor Tim Seastedt receives Chase Faculty Community Service Award from CU System

INSTAAR fellow Timothy Seastedt has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Chase Faculty Community Service Award. The award is sponsored by an endowment from the Chase Corporation through the CU Foundation, and given to a full-time CU System faculty member who, in addition to university responsibilities, has provided exceptional educational, humanitarian, civic or other service in the community pro bono.

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