climate change

Human behavior sabotages CO2-reducing strategies

A study found that the “rebound effect” negates some of the benefits of U.S. states’ policies aimed at improving efficiency and renewable energy sources in the residential sector.


A desert landscape with striped layers of sediment colors, from auburn to shades of brown.

Tracking fossils to follow Utah’s past climate

A paleontologist and her team documented over 600 new fossil finds from the Age of Mammals, a record in the multi-decade Uinta Basin Project.


U scientists on the 2021 IPCC climate report

Learn what the findings mean for the future of research and our planet.


Harmful algal blooms in Utah

Learn about the phenomenon and how to stay safe.


Digging up the past to understand our climate future

During a summer that’s already marked by record-breaking heat, the quest to find these fossils is more important than ever.


A hydoelectric dam is damaged, nestled in the Himalayan mountain scape.

Cause and scope of the Uttarakhand disaster

In February, the Uttarakhand region of India experienced a humanitarian tragedy when a wall of rock and ice collapsed and formed a debris flow.


Rare event that amplified Australia’s 2019 fires unlikely to reoccur

Researchers using U supercomputers study how a rare atmospheric phenomenon affects the weather.


A town in the forest where buildings are burned down, trees are blackened ash, with smokey air.

Evacuating under dire wildfire scenarios

A study proposes a new framework for simulating dire scenarios, defined as when there is less time to evacuate an area from a wildfire than is required.


Microscopic fossils record ancient climate conditions

Magnetic particles left behind by bacteria provide paleoclimate clues.


Wildfire smoke trends worsening for Western U.S.

A new study shows how the timing and location of smoke impacts shift in August and September.