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Pollution exposure in infancy alters gut microorganisms, may boost disease risk

September 6, 2022 – Exposure to air pollution in the first six months of life impacts a child’s inner world of gut bacteria, or microbiome, in ways that could increase risk of allergies, obesity and diabetes, and even influence brain development, suggests new CU Boulder research. The study, published this month in the journal Gut Microbes, is the […]

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Geologists dig into Grand Canyon’s mysterious gap in time

A new study led by CU Boulder reveals the complex history behind one of the Grand Canyon’s most well-known geologic features: A mysterious and missing gap of time in the canyon’s rock record that covers hundreds of millions of years. The research comes closer to solving a puzzle, called the “Great Unconformity,” that has perplexed geologists […]

Posted inEnviro

CU Boulder study: most print media report humans contribute to climate change but inaccuracies lurk in conservative outlets

Good news: Major print media in five countries have been representing climate change very factually, hitting a 90 percent accuracy rate in the last 15 years, according to an international study out today with CU Boulder and CIRES authors. Scientifically accurate coverage of man-made climate change is becoming less biased—headlining the idea that print media […]

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Study: People are behind costly, increasing risk of wildfire to millions of homes in the U.S.

September 14, 2020 – People are starting almost all the wildfires that threaten U.S. homes, according to an innovative new analysis combining housing and wildfire data. Through activities like debris burning, equipment use and arson, humans were responsible for igniting 97 percent of home-threatening wildfires, a CU Boulder-led team reported this week in the journal Fire.  Moreover, one […]

Posted inEnviro

Agriculture replaces fossil fuels as largest human source of sulfur in the environment

August 10, 2020 – A new paper out today in Nature Geoscience identifies fertilizer and pesticide applications to croplands as the largest source of sulfur in the environment—up to 10 times higher than the peak sulfur load seen in the second half of the 20th century, during the days of acid rain.  As a result, CU Boulder […]

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Alaska is getting wetter. That’s bad news for permafrost and the climate

July 28, 2020 – Alaska is getting wetter. A new study spells out what that means for the permafrost that underlies about 85% of the state, and the consequences for Earth’s global climate. The study, published today in Nature Publishing Group journal Climate and Atmospheric Science, is the first to compare how rainfall is affecting permafrost thaw […]

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Physicians report high refusal rates for HPV vaccine in the U.S. and need for improvement

Sept. 16, 2019 – Despite its proven success at preventing cancer, many adolescents are still not getting the HPV vaccine. A new study from the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus shows that physicians’ delivery and communication practices must improve to boost vaccination completion rates. Health care providers must also […]

Posted inWorld

Study: When more women make decisions, the environment wins

March 22, 2019 – When more women are involved in group decisions about land management, the group conserves more—particularly when offered financial incentives to do so, according to a new CU Boulder study published this week in Nature Climate Change. The study, involving 440 forest users from three developing countries, sheds new light on the role gender quotas […]

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Fatal horizon, driven by acidification, closes in on marine organisms in Southern Ocean

March 11, 2019 – 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 University of Colorado Boulder research finds. The modeling study, published today in the journal Nature Climate Change, forecasts that at current carbon dioxide emission […]

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New study finds US oil & gas methane emissions 60 percent higher than estimated

June 22, 2018 – The U.S. oil and gas industry emits 13 million metric tons of the potent greenhouse gas methane from its operations each year, 60 percent more than estimated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new study published yesterday in the journal Science. Significantly, researchers found most of the emissions […]

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