First-of-its kind project in Colorado will bury 350,000 tons of planet-warming carbon that would have been released into the air

“Regulations and the guidance from the federal government is extremely rigorous,” said Anna Littlefield, a research associate at the Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines who works with Carbon America.
May 12, 2022

Get digging

It’s worth noting mining lithium won’t immediately solve everything, said Jordy Lee, a program manager at the Colorado School of Mines’ Payne Institute for Public Policy.
May 12, 2022

Colorado fracking disclosure bill changed to allow trade secrets

The steel lining of oil wells can corrode as they age, leaving open the possibility that long-lasting chemicals used during fracking could migrate to aquifers over time, said John Spear, a Colorado School of Mines professor who studies subsurface ....
May 11, 2022

Air-Conditioning Should Be a Human Right in the Climate Crisis

Morgan Bazilian, director of the Payne Institute for Public Policy, was a co-author of this opinion piece about the importance of protecting vulnerable people from killer heat without destroying the environment.
May 10, 2022

Scientists in Antarctica discover a vast, salty groundwater system under the ice sheet – with implications for sea level rise

Matt Siegfried, assistant professor of geophysics, and Mines Geophysics alum Chloe Gustafson spent 61 days living in tents on an Antarctic ice stream to collect data about the land under half a mile of ice beneath their feet. Here, they explain what ....
May 5, 2022

Here’s how Colorado oil and gas companies say they are getting to net-zero emissions

The old way, or current way, uses thermographic cameras that can see methane. But to capture that, operators rely on either drones, satellites or people driving around trucks with the cameras, said Morgan Bazilian, director of the Payne Institute ....
April 20, 2022

Analysis: Musk's tweets fuel mining industry's hopes of a buyout by Tesla

"There's a huge disconnect in this country about metals refining," said Corby Anderson, who teaches metallurgy at the Colorado School of Mines. "And yet the public expects the materials to be available to do the things they want."
April 19, 2022

Can oil companies use their extra money to ease pain at the pump? It’s complicated.

Morgan Bazilian, who heads up the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines, said, “I don’t know if that has any precedent at all.”
April 12, 2022

Wooden Skyscrapers are on the Rise

“We need to find a way to make these buildings earthquake-resistant, since it’s a new building type, and nobody’s ever done this before,” says Shiling Pei, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Colorado School of Mines and ....
April 11, 2022

Problems with presidential records are not just about Trump

Ken Osgood, professor of history at Colorado School of Mines, co-wrote this opinion piece with Jeremi Suri of the University of Texas at Austin.
April 8, 2022

Opinion: Removing patent rights to lower drug costs is dangerous precedent

Walter G. Copan, vice president for research and technology transfer at Colorado School of Mines, wrote this opinion piece about the importance of protecting the Bayh-Dole Act.
April 6, 2022

The Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medal to be honored

Fabian Jimenez, a freshman studying civil engineering at Colorado School of Mines, is the winner of the 2021 Emerging Community Leader Medal.
April 6, 2022