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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.
Thursday, November 14,2013

Endangered again

Fish and Wildlife Service proposal prompts debate from wolf advocates

By Elizabeth Miller
No one expects wolves to return to everywhere in the world they once roamed — they’ll hardly be able to find comfortable dens in the wilds of Central Park in New York City — but how much territory wolves can be expected to recover, and whether they’ll need the Endangered Species Act to protect them along the way, is up for debate.
Thursday, November 7,2013

What happened after Congress passed a climate change law? Very little

By Theodoric Meyer
Congress did something unusual last year. It passed a bill that acknowledged that sea levels are rising — i.e., that climate change is happening.
Thursday, October 31,2013

Taking a wide-angle view of the world

Front Range Bioneers returns with discussion on environmental and social issues

By Zak Weinberg
The Front Range Bioneers Conference returns to the University of Colorado Boulder Nov. 8-10 for a satellite forum of the larger national conference in California that brings together professionals to speak about the environment, health and social justice.
Thursday, October 24,2013

Toxic turtles

Long-lasting chemicals could be harming sea turtles

By Brett Israel
Scientists are discovering that sea turtles, long ignored by toxicologists who study wildlife, are highly contaminated with industrial chemicals and pesticides.