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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.
Thursday, July 23,2015

Only you can prevent West Nile virus

Recent tests show the virus has arrived across Boulder County

By Mollie Putzig
With a backpack full of specialized bacteria, a force of technicians patrols Boulder-area still waters for miniature pests that can metamorphose into airborne vectors of disease. Acting like the Ghostbusters for mosquitoes, technicians seek out larvae and douse them with a spray of tiny bacteria called Bti — Bacillus thuringiensis israelenis. Bti is derived from naturally occurring soil bacteria and act as a larvicide that kills infantile mosquitoes before they can emerge from their watery breeding grounds.
Thursday, July 16,2015

The new DDT

Activist Jeffrey Smith teams with rocker Neil Young to warn communities about glyphosate

By Mollie Putzig
It’s sprayed on crops, schoolyards, parking lots and possibly your yard. The World Health Organization says it probably causes cancer. It’s the world’s most-used herbicide and the active ingredient in Roundup: glyphosate.
Thursday, July 9,2015

Who’s heard of HERS?

The energy scoring system for homes is complex and inflexible — so why do we use it?

By Christi Turner
Walk onto any car lot and you’ll find every vehicle’s fuel economy rating plastered to its window, just like you’ll see a yellow EnergyGuide tag on every large appliance in any department store. Whether for cars or fridges, these tags showcase simple numbers that communicate long-term costs and savings from energy usage.
Thursday, July 2,2015

Boulder building efficiency

Commitment to EnergySmart makes Boulder a national contender in energy efficiency

By Mollie Putzig
If Boulder was big enough to qualify for the list of largest U.S. cities ranked for energy efficiency, it would knock Denver out of the top 10, coming in at No. 7. On the City Energy Scorecard, released in May by the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy, Boulder outscored Denver by 10 points in building efficiency, earning a total of 69.25 out of 100. Denver came in 10th with 58.5 points.