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Thursday, July 31,2014

Governor’s Water Plan could ignite water war

By Boulder Weekly Staff
In May of last year, Governor John Hickenlooper issued an executive order to create the Colorado Water Plan. As a part of the process established by the governor’s order, nine regional roundtables were empowered to create water plans for the river basins in their particular areas.
Thursday, July 31,2014

Report criticizes EPA oversight of injection wells

By Naveena Sadasivam, ProPublica
The report, released Monday, July 28, by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, is critical of the Environmental Protection Agency’s inconsistent handling of safety inspections, poor record keeping and failure to adjust its guidelines to adapt to...
Thursday, July 24,2014

The boy and the buffalo

After chaining himself to a Yellowstone gate to stop bison slaughter, Comfrey Jacobs faces three years without access to the buffalo herds

By Elizabeth Miller
The government’s controversial management activities for buffalo includes hunting; hazing with helicopters, horseback riders and ATVs; and baiting capture facilities with hay then hauling buffalo away for slaughter. Colorado native Comfrey Jacobs had watched, helpless, for months. And then he had enough
Thursday, July 17,2014

Put your money where your mouth is

Students ask CU to divest from fossil fuels 

By Steven Kreimendahl
Raitz says the focus of the current campaign by Fossil Free CU is to show how the divestment would benefit the campus by bringing in talented leadership and students in the environmental and social entrepreneurial fields.
Thursday, July 10,2014

Mosquito control

Managing disease comes with environmental concerns

By Caitlin Rockett
It’s an unfortunate fact of life that along with those endless dog days of summer — perfect for barbeques, biking, hiking and swimming — also comes the height of mosquito season. While these blood-sucking members of the fly family are often little more than nuisances, certain species of mosquitoes can carry dangerous diseases, such as West Nile.
Thursday, July 3,2014

Global warming meltdown in the Rockies?

Mountain ecosystems take early hit

By Bob Berwyn
Anyone who tackles a tough summit like Tenmile Peak, above Frisco, probably is already tuned in to the risks of the high alpine zone — rockfall, changeable weather, equipment failure. But a snowboarder who was injured in a May 2010 avalanche on the peak may add a new item to the list of dangers — climate change.
Thursday, June 26,2014

Fight for your right (to know what's in your food)

Colorado takes its place in a growing grassroots movement that believes citizens have a right to know when their food contains genetically engineered ingredients

By Caitlin Rockett
Larry Cooper describes he and his wife Tryna simply as “concerned citizens” — proud grandparents seven times over, owners of a meeting and event company. Their concern over the safety of American food became so great, however, that the couple placed themselves at the helm of a citizen-led movement in Colorado to require labeling products that contain genetically engineered ingredients.
Thursday, June 19,2014

Eco vehicles difficult to integrate

Wait ten years to see signs of zero-emissions vehicle market saturation

By Scott Fromberg
Despite the City of Boulder’s ongoing efforts to install charging stations, zero-emissions vehicles still have a long way to go to catch up with their gas-fueled competitors on the highway of American automobiles. But last year, the Electric Drive Transportation Association reported a 330 percent sales increase in zero-emissions vehicles. Though that’s a boom, we’re still looking at a decade before zero-emissions vehicles make up a significant portion of the cars on the road.
Thursday, June 12,2014

Climate change or global warming?

New Yale study finds that which term we use makes big difference in how we gauge the threat and what actions we take.

By Steven Kreimendahl
More Americans say the term “global warming” is bad news than take that view when the term “climate change” is used instead, according to a recent study from the Yale Project on Climate Change Communications and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communications.
Thursday, June 5,2014

Will El Nino bring more flooding misery?

Historic climate records suggest a wet summer for Boulder

By Bob Berwyn
Meeting with colder air, the entire mass is nudged into a counter-clockwise swirl, recognizable as a near-spiral cloud band, or a comma-shaped plug, moving toward the west coast of North America in cyclical undulations.
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