Look ahead

The effects of climate change are too far away? A campaign of the Climate Access in partnership with the City of San Francisco is currently visualizing the future sea-level rise in three locations in San Francisco to realize the impacts of climate change. With the help of virtual reality (VR), the app „Look ahead“ projects weiterlesen…

Green up!

San Francisco and Toronto mandate them, most of European countries promote them and even the Vikings knew about them: green roofs. Now Colorado’s capitol, Denver, made up the leeway with a controversial mandate that every new building with a gross floor area of 25,000 square feet or bigger must be built with a roof garden weiterlesen…

How a little girl affects Boulder’s water

With the U.S. Winter Outlook released recently, the upcoming winter in Colorado is likely to be colder and snowier than normal, thanks to a climatic phenomenon known as La Nina – the little girl. But if that forecast comes true, it will run counter to the long-term trend: Over the past 50 years, less late-winter weiterlesen…

Light up, light up…

Christmas time is coming and all cities and homes get dressed up with lights. Thanks to the invention of affordable and highly efficient, energy-saving LED lights, homeowners do not longer have to worry about there energy bills at the end of the months since then. But as researchers recently revealed in the Science Advances, the weiterlesen…

Visit from an interstellar cigar

As I heard the message this morning, it didn’t really capture me immediately: An interstellar asteroid that passed through our solar system. It was first detected Oct. 19 by the telescope at the University of Hawaii and is going to visit our solar system until January 2019. The asteroid was named ‚Oumuamua, which is the weiterlesen…

Fracking – Exploration at any costs?

Everyone is relying on oil for the car or gas for heating in one or the other way. Bur are well pads near schools and pipelines running underground through cities and residential areas a good way to make use of this resources? By September 2017, 2479 new drilling permits were issued in Colorado. And by weiterlesen…

Where have all the insects gone…

A study published October 18, 2017 in the PLOS one magazine, describes an alarming scenario: Over 75 percent of flying insects have disappeared in the last 27 years. Researchers measured total biomass of flying insects caught in traps, which were located in 63 nature protection areas in Germany. Although protected areas were chosen to control weiterlesen…

How to communicate climate change?

Last week, we discussed what the most efficient and proper way could be to write about science and especially climate change. Could local newspapers implement science news even, if they could not pay (or attract) a science journalist? How to represent proportions properly when discussing controversies? How to respond to climate change deniers? Are catchy weiterlesen…

Moose-um

This morning, a moose crossed the street on our way down to Boulder. For me, this was a „wow“-moment, I had never seen a free-living moose before. Neither had my family. „Why was there a moose,“ asked my daughter. Hmmh, yes, why was there a moose? I did some research and found some interesting facts weiterlesen…

How good do forests recover from anthropogenic disturbances?

Since ages, humans are relying on forests, as a source for fire wood, furniture or food. According to the Global Forest Resources Assessment in 2010, the earth is covered with around 1.4 billion hectares of primary forests, which is roughly 1.5 times the size of the US. On the other hand, there are at least weiterlesen…