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Thursday, October 1,2015

Capturing carbon

Wastewater treatment could be a cost effective combatant of climate change

By Mollie Putzig
In the U.S., we treat more than 100 trillion gallons of wastewater every year, enough to submerge a mile-wide swath from Boulder to Colorado Springs, one mile deep in wastewater. Treating that water requires 15 gigawatts of electricity, the equivalent of 6,000 wind turbines running full tilt.
Thursday, September 24,2015


Western Apicultural Society Conference brings opponents to the table as pollinators take the political stage

By Sarah Haas
The Western Apicultural Society conference, in Boulder Oct. 1–3, will host the key players in regional pollinator issues including beekeepers, industrial agriculture companies, ecosystem biologists and policy makers. These groups don’t always get along or see eye to eye, but the conference is an important forum to host the vital discussions of how to promote pollinator health. It is a rare opportunity for apiculturists and bee enthusiasts to be a part of the conversations that are forming our national and state level policies to protect pollinator health.
Thursday, September 17,2015

Green cycling

The Tour de Fresh raises money for salad bars in schools

By Angela K. Evans
Diet and exercise are staples of a healthy lifestyle. So naturally, cycling to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to school age children makes sense. On Oct. 19-22, 50 riders from the natural foods industry will participate in the second annual Tour de Fresh and Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) will be one of the beneficiaries.
Thursday, September 10,2015

The possible effect of best management practices in agriculture

By Angela K. Evans
The agricultural sector is responsible for 9 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. and methane from the raising of livestock represents almost one-third of these emissions, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But researchers at Colorado State University’s Natural Resources Ecology Lab have developed best management practices that, if implemented, could result in a net zero greenhouse gas emission rate from agriculture in the Great Plains alone, with hopes to study other regions as well.
Thursday, September 3,2015

Wildfires put the heat on Congress to fund fire suppression

By Sarah Haas
“This year, the United States Forest Service received $1.011 billion for wildfire suppression and as of August 10, we had spent $671 million,” says Jennifer Jones, public affairs specialist from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Washington Office says.
Thursday, August 27,2015

The US and India compete to have the largest solar power field in the world

By Paul Brown
The U.S. Navy is investing in what will be the largest solar farm in the world in order to provide power for 14 of its bases. The climate of Arizona, where the two earlier phases of the Mesquite solar farm are already up and running, provides 300 days of sunshine a year. And the Navy’s deal to extend the farm is the largest purchase of renewable energy ever made by a U.S. federal government agency.
Thursday, August 20,2015

Collaboration at its finest

‘FRESH’ exhibit pairs Boulder County artists and farmers

By Angela K. Evans
“In some ways people that are in local agriculture don’t realize all the stuff going on in local arts or vice versa. There might be people who support local art but don’t realize there is this thriving local food scene,” Guttridge says. “So it makes a lot of sense to join forces and highlight each other and.
Thursday, August 13,2015

The trickle-down effect

‘The Great Divide’ examines the water crisis in Colorado and surrounding states

By Matt Dubois
The American West has always been an arid place, often only supplied with water running down from Colorado. But while the supply chain is the same, mounting population, as well as economic and environmental pressures, have inspired a film with a comprehensive perspective on the water issues in the state.
Thursday, August 6,2015

Climbing for change

Local nonprofit Second Mile Water’s second annual Colorado 54 event seeks to end water poverty

By Natalia Bayona
In 2003, while hiking miles through the Himalayas of Southern China, Travis Ramos realized he needed to make a change. He traveled door-to-door through a community of potato farmers known as the Nuosu people, who carve out their homes high on the mountainsides of Yunnan.
Thursday, July 30,2015

Emissions threaten age of uncertainty for carbon dating

New study warns rising CO2 levels will undermine scientific dating of once-living things

By Tim Radford
Climate change driven by increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide will not just damage the health of the planet. A UK scientist now warns that it will also make life increasingly difficult for archaeologists, forensic scientists, art experts, fraud and forgery detectives and people who detect ivory poachers.