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Thursday, November 20,2014

Reduce, reuse, re-what?

Boulder recycling dragged down by commercial sector

By April Nowicki
Two years ago, Boulder was diverting 41 percent of the waste stream to be recycled or composted. In 2013, that number had decreased to 32 percent, according to the city of Boulder’s website, even though regulations make recycling as easy and inexpensive as possible for residents.
Thursday, November 13,2014

Wildfire prevention or forest destruction?

Mountain communities question forest service clearcutting

By Josh Schlossberg
But some locals, upset about the changes to the forest they know and love, are questioning if logging can really protect their homes and whether wildfire is as much of a threat to the forest as they’re being told.
Thursday, November 6,2014

Climate scientists say effects of global warming are more urgent than once believed

By Alex Kirby
Without drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, the report says, global average temperatures will probably increase by another 2 degrees Celsius by mid-century over their 1986-2005 levels. This implies temperatures nearly 4 degrees Celsius higher by 2100.
Thursday, October 30,2014

All’s fair in love and war (and industrial agriculture)

Big Ag spends millions of dollars to fight grassroots GMO labeling measures

By Caitlin Rockett
The war began at the federal level in 2002 when former U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich introduced five bills addressing the need to regulate genetically engineered crops — this included legislation to label consumer goods containing GMOs, as well...
Thursday, October 23,2014

The full reach of addiction

A look at how addictive substances are damaging the environment

By Caitlin Rockett
Humankind’s relationship with psychoactive substances can be traced back thousands of years to religious trances induced by specific plants and fungai. But some substances are more addictive than others, and opium, caffeine and nicotine have become commonplace, in some senses socially acceptable, vices.
Thursday, October 16,2014

Wind turbines may lure bats into fatal errors

Researchers find bats may confuse turbines for trees

By Tim Radford
Scientists might just be about to answer one of the great puzzles of biodiversity and renewable energy: why one of nature’s most agile flyers, a creature with the most sophisticated ultrasonic tracking system, should be so fatally attracted to wind turbines.
Thursday, September 25,2014

Amalgam-nation

Area dentists join the call for removing mercury from mouths, our environment

By Matthew Schniper
In a video called “Smoking Teeth” on the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology’s website, a man takes an extracted tooth and rubs its 25-year-old amalgam filling with a pencil eraser. A phosphorescent screen in the background illuminates mercury offgassing — more than 1,000 times higher than what the Environmental Protection Agency allows for our air.
Thursday, September 18,2014

Vulture lookout

Getting acquainted with critical, if a bit creepy, neighbors

By Tom Winter
In the big picture, vultures are everywhere. They are comprised of two groups, Old World vultures and New World vultures. You can watch them fly almost anyplace except the colds of the Antarctic and, surprisingly, Australia, a continent that would seem well-suited for the birds.
Thursday, September 11,2014

Open streets, open minds

A car-free day encourages Boulder residents to think about whether streets can be used for something other than cars

By Cassie Moore
The average pedestrian might not realize how wide Boulder’s sidewalks tend to be, and drivers might be annoyed at the barriers in the Goss Grove neighborhood that make 21st Street an impassable shortcut from Arapahoe Avenue to Canyon Boulevard.
Thursday, September 4,2014

A river running

Pulse flow feeds more than the dry Colorado River delta

By Elizabeth Miller
Boulder Creek dried up, and the bridge on Broadway spanned nothing but an empty stretch of sand, and it stayed that way for decades, eventually people would forget what it had meant to see a stream running there.
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