Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder


CIRES Director Rafts, Talks Climate Resilience, with Western Senators
September 20, 2021

CU Boulder climate scientist Waleed Abdalati, a professor of geography and director of CIRES, rafted a stretch of the Colorado River Satu

First Annual Report Highlights Links Between Air Quality and Climate Change
September 07, 2021

Human-caused emissions of air pollutants fell during last year’s COVID-19 economic slowdowns, improving air quality in some parts of the world, while wildfires and sand and dust storms in 2020 worsened air quality in other places, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

It’s Not Just SARS-CoV-2: Most Respiratory Viruses Spread by Aerosols
August 26, 2021

SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind today’s global coronavirus pandemic, spreads primarily by inhalation of virus-laden aerosols at both short and long ranges—and a comprehensive new assessment of respiratory viruses finds that many others probably do as well. MERS-CoV, influenza, measles, and the rhinoviruses that cause the common cold can all also spread via aerosols that can build up in indoor air and linger for hours, an international interdisciplinary team of researchers reports in a review published in Science August 27.