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The ground is softening. Something is shifting in Antarctica’s McMurdo Dry Valleys

The first water measurements here were taken in 1903. Long-term monitoring since then tells the tale of an abrupt ecosystem shift. This Science Friday story on Massive Science features Mike Gooseff and Diane McKnight.

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Ocean acidification prediction now possible years in advance

CU Boulder researchers, led by PhD student Riley Brady and PI Nikki Lovenduski, have developed a method that could enable scientists to accurately forecast ocean acidity up to five years in advance. This would enable fisheries and communities that depend on seafood negatively affected by ocean acidification to adapt to changing conditions in real time, improving economic and food security in the next few decades. The new method, described today in Nature Communications, offers potential to forecast the acceleration or slowdown of ocean acidification.

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Global warming may increase risk of sudden glacier detachments

CU Boulder-led study, which includes PhD student Ethan Welty, IDs triggers of destructive glacial process that buried kilometers of Alaskan forest.

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How to collect climate data during coronavirus? Strap on your skis

The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a toll on science. But some research has kept going through it all, including a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration–led effort to keep tabs on the amount of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere: the Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network. This Grist story quotes Bruce Vaughn and Jen Morse.

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As Earth Day marks 50th, a quieter world draws scientists’ scrutiny

A Boulder scientist noted that in recent days an email has traveled through his circle that goes like this: “Everybody: You can’t shut down the whole world; Mother Nature: Hold my beer.” Humankind is living through a prolonged and unintended test case of what it might look like if homo sapiens’ footprint on the planet — and much of their attendant emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants — was dramatically reduced. The jury is still out, but the early evidence is sufficient for some local scientists to at least talk about what it might mean — but also, what we can’t yet know. This Daily Camera story quotes Bruce Vaughn, Arlyn Andrews, and others and features a photo of Alyssa Johnson working in SIL.

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CU Boulder inventories, donates 130,000 pieces of PPE for health care workers, first responders

The shortfall of so-called personal protective equipment (PPE) has left health care professionals in danger of becoming ill from COVID-19 as they treat patients. CU Boulder joined an array of relief and supply efforts last week with a donation of more than 130,000 pieces of PPE. Dozens of departments, units and labs across campus donated gloves, N-95 masks, face shields, shoe covers and other PPE. The donation went to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management (OEM), which will distribute the supplies to health care providers, long-term care facilities and first responders throughout the county.

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