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Thursday, September 12,2013

Unfair share

How oil and gas drillers avoid paying royalties

By Abrahm Lustgarten
Don Feusner ran dairy cattle on his 370-acre slice of northern Pennsylvania until he could no longer turn a profit by farming. Then, at age 60, he sold all but a few Angus and aimed for a comfortable retirement on money from drilling his land for natural gas instead.
Thursday, September 5,2013

Building the will to fund biking and walking

Seminar focuses on how and why to fund pedestrian- and bike-friendly city transportation

By Zak Weinberg
There’s an adage that says cars run on gas and make you fat, bikes run on fat and save you money, but this year’s Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals convention will be focused on how communities can find ways to invest in infrastructure to support bikers and walkers in a time when government legislation could steer all of that cash to cars.
Thursday, August 29,2013

Something in the air: High methane found near oil and gas operations

Latest research shows methane releases from oil and gas production are much higher than EPA estimates in Front Range and Utah

By Elizabeth Miller
The Uintah Basin, south of Vernal, Utah, had been swept clean by high winds on Feb. 2, so the next day, with steady air patterns above the basin, CIRES researchers flew back and forth over the basin with instruments for measuring methane and other natural gases.
Thursday, August 22,2013

Stirring the dust at Rocky Flats

Book re-release chronicles new developments at Rocky Flats and the history and value of civil disobedience

By Camilla Sterne
When the 23-year-old Joe Daniel was assigned to cover the Rocky Flats protests in 1978 as a reporter and photojournalist for the Colorado Daily, he didn’t realize the story he was sitting on. He couldn’t foresee that a one-day protest would turn into an anti-nuclear-weapons movement, and that it would result in him publishing not one book, but two.
Thursday, August 15,2013

Ivory poaching rears its head

By David Frey
Uhuru lay in a clearing surrounded by acacias, far from any roads, legs bent as if ready to run. He was headless, and whatever glory he had when he was alive had bled from the open wound.
Thursday, August 8,2013

Mary Pipher: Take action before the ship sails

Author, activist discusses getting over our denial about climate change

By Elizabeth Miller
Get in the boat. That’s where the advice starts. Get on board with the reality of global climate change and grab a friend to help row the boat. And then keep believing that with a little progress every day, you can cross any ocean.
Thursday, August 1,2013

The great age divide in environmentalism

How age differences affect environmental groups

By Boulder Weekly Staff
Research has shown that younger generations, specifically Millennials — those born after 1980 — are more supportive of environmental legislation, if only by a small margin. The age gap among people who work for environmental groups allows for new viewpoints and experiences to be shared, but it sometimes can cause issues.
Thursday, July 25,2013

Animal behaviorists flock to Boulder

By Camilla Sterne
The Superb Starling is named for its iridescent blue and orange plumage and is evoked in a Wynton Marasalis song for its complex and collective birdsong, consisting of warbling, trills and chattering.
Thursday, July 18,2013

Critics: EPA used out-of-date research to defend its chemical testing of low-dose hormone effects

By Brian Bienkowski
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that current testing of hormone-altering chemicals is adequate for detecting low-dose effects that may jeopardize health. It comes in response to a report written last year by 12 scientists who criticized the government’s decades-old strategy for testing the safety of many chemicals found in the environment and in consumer products.
Thursday, July 11,2013

Getting lost leads to building community

By Camilla Sterne
In April 2003, Pam Gilbert was hiking through the rocky and canyon-laden Andes when she and her Ecuadorian tour guide lost their way. It was sunny, and the steep slopes were sprinkled with thatched-roof huts. Two young boys planting fava beans noticed their plight from across the canyon, and walked an hour and a half out of their way to lead the two to safety. Gilbert was struck by the boys’ altruism and sense of community, and then the boys, Pedro and Lautaro, mentioned that they walked two hours every day in an attempt receive an education.