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Thursday, January 9,2014

A darker shade of snow

A Colorado native studies the effects of soot on ice and snowmelt

By Christi Turner
“I was under a lot of pressure, because I had to prove that the project was not just a publicity stunt,” says Jason Box, climatologist and founder of the Dark Snow Project, designed to measure the impact of black carbon on the melting of the Greenland ice sheet.
Thursday, January 2,2014

Study finds a large slice of climate denial donations funneled through organizations that conceal donor

A new study found that the amount of money flowing through third-party, pass-through foundations like DonorsTrust and Donors Capital, whose funding cannot be traced, has risen dramatically over the past five years.
Thursday, January 2,2014

Rivers in wintry cities remain salty year-round

Road salts polluting rivers

By Brian Bienkowski
In icy Wisconsin, where salt is liberally dumped on roads, the Menomonee and the Kinnickinnic have chloride levels in late winter and early spring 10 to 15 times higher than a federal level set to protect fish, amphibians and tiny crustaceans.
Thursday, December 26,2013

CU prof: Don’t buy the promise of nuclear energy

Pandora's Promise is not realistic

By Jefferson Dodge
Frank Kreith argues that the pro-nuclear stance outlined in the documentary Pandora’s Promise is not realistic, given that the technology needed to make it a viable source of energy is decades away
Thursday, December 19,2013

Carbon offset not a free pass

Purchasing credits doesn’t cancel emissions, but can contribute to reducing climate change

By Christi Turner
Despite the name “offset” — which can mean to “cancel out,” — it may be more helpful to consider carbon offsets as a long-term investment in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, rather than a write-off.
Thursday, December 12,2013

First Nations Families Exposed to Industrial Chemicals

Hormone-blocking chemicals found in First Nations families

By Brian Bienkowski
Mothers and children of a First Nations tribe living in one of Canada’s most industrialized regions are highly exposed to estrogen-blocking chemicals, according to a new study, which may help shed some light on why the tribe has an unusually low percentage of baby boys.
Thursday, December 5,2013

More ivory to crush

Can destroying ivory stockpiles really slow elephant slaughter?

By Christi Turner
Samwel Tokore has seen countless elephant carcasses in his time as wildlife operations officer for the Kenya Wildlife Service. But he is still disturbed by what he calls the slaughter and torture of these creatures by poachers.
Wednesday, November 27,2013

Attorney: Draft air quality regulations a mixed bag

By Jefferson Dodge
Matt Sura, an attorney representing the groups Weld Air and Water and Grand Valley Citizens Alliance, says he views the proposed air quality rules announced by Gov. John Hickenlooper last week as a vast improvement over an earlier draft, although more needs to be done.
Wednesday, November 27,2013

Hickenlooper's new oil and gas regulations: Real substance or fracking greenwash?

By Jefferson Dodge and Joel Dyer
The new regulations may turn out to be little more than the latest ploy by the industry to fulfill its goal of rapidly drilling up Colorado’s remaining gas reserves before the lucrative natural gas export market dries up.
Thursday, November 21,2013

An evolving education model

Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center and Thorne Nature Experience support environmental approach in Boulder schools

By Zak Weinberg
The divine art of sculpting mud pies could be one of many ways children learn about the environment, and profoundly impacts their development and identity as an environmental steward for the rest of their lives.