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Thursday, March 14,2013

An ocean to learn from

Author David Helvarg comes to talk about how California’s ocean management techniques could apply in Colorado’s mountains

By Elizabeth Miller
Journalist and ocean organizer David Helvarg is attending this month’s Colorado Ocean Coalition Blue Drinks to talk about his new book, The Golden Shore. On its surface, Helvarg’s latest book offers a lengthy history of California and Californians’ relationship to the ocean and their 11,000 miles of coastline.
Thursday, March 7,2013

Pesticide problems persist

Study finds pesticides leading cause of grassland bird deaths

By Erica Lindberg
Pesticides are made to kill something somewhere — it says it in the name and there is always a trade-off, says Pierre Mineau, Ph.D., co-author of a new study that found that pesticides are the leading cause of grassland bird deaths.
Thursday, February 28,2013

Just a little toxic

Despite water treatment, Boulder Creek tests above standards for arsenic levels

By Cecelia Gilboy
When scientists tested arsenic levels at 38 sites along Boulder Creek over six months in 2011, every sample contained arsenic levels at least 10 times above the applicable state standard.
Thursday, February 21,2013

Can third time be the charm in the uphill battle for GMO labeling?

By Joel Dyer
U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, knows his numbers. He knows that more than 90 percent of Americans believe that all foods that contain or are made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) should be required to have labels that state as much.
Thursday, February 14,2013

BIFF 2013: A final watery frontier

'The Last Ocean' presents international call to save an ocean ecosystem from fishing

By Abby Faires
Nearly seven years ago, John Weller and Peter Young traveled to the southern tip of Antarctica and started filming The Last Ocean. By capturing the pristine beauty of the Ross Sea, Weller and Young were documenting one of the last intact marine ecosystems on earth.
Thursday, February 14,2013

BIFF 2013: Buying some time for a climate change movement

Tim DeChristopher’s fraudulent auction bids and activism in 'Bidder 70'

By Elizabeth Miller
Tim DeChristopher was a 27-year-old University of Utah economics student who’d spent five years teaching at-risk kids and was just beginning to get involved in activism around climate change when he found himself at a Bureau of Land Management land sale bidding on $1.8 million in leases.
Wednesday, February 13,2013

Interview: Pete McBride, director of 'Water Tower'

By Cayte Bosler
National Geographic photographer Pete McBride, known in his native Colorado for documenting the story of the drying up Colorado River, traveled to central Kenya, in 2012, in pursuit of the legendary water god, Ngai.
Thursday, February 7,2013

Women building a greener and profitable tomorrow

Panel draws together female business owners who are leading the way

By Cayte Bosler
Creating a forum for women to explore their own potential in the growing world of sustainable business practice motivated Seleyn DeYarus to bring together three of Boulder’s examples of women leading the way towards a vision for a green economy.
Thursday, January 24,2013

The hidden effects of green homes

Energy-efficient houses raise questions about increase in asthma

By Cayte Bosler
Though inactivity, smoking, and a lack of time spent in the great outdoors have all contributed to the staggering rise in asthma in past decades, some of the factors that contribute to asthma, which now affects an estimated 24.6 million Americans, may be aggravated by the way indoor air quality changes in green homes.
Thursday, January 17,2013

Fish on the line

The search for sustainable sushi poses unique problems

By Meredith J. Graham
When it comes to fresh seafood, many of us consider sushi the grand master. But these days, with the health of the environment pushing us to make more sustainable choices when it comes to what we put into our bodies, texture and flavor are not the only criteria we use when we decide what or where to eat.