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Thursday, January 10,2013

Paving a contaminated parkway

Activists warn of plutonium under proposed Jefferson Parkway

By Elizabeth Miller
Rather than expose those workers and people living downwind by moving dirt, the EPA opted to leave the contaminants — arsenic and plutonium — in place in the hopes that the occasional windstorm and the activity of as many as 18 burrowing species of animals and insects in the area would present less risk than moving tons of dirt.
Thursday, January 3,2013

Hungry for a smarter food system

Organizations strive to alleviate food waste, hungry families

By Jessie Lucier
At 8:30 a.m. on a chilly December morning outside of Community Food Share, a local food bank just off of Highway 119, people of all shapes, sizes and colors line up with shopping carts waiting for the doors to open so they can acquire the groceries needed to feed their families for the week.
Thursday, December 27,2012

Getting smarter about sustainability

CU, Naropa students demand more sustainable policies and practices from their schools

By Jessie Lucier
On Earth Day in 1970, a group of dedicated students on the University of Colorado Boulder campus did something unprecedented. They created the first-ever student-facilitated and -organized environmental center.
Thursday, December 20,2012

Lessons from the sky

Students on Flight Across America learn about water in the West — by airplane

By Cayte Bosler
Wearing hardhats and safety goggles, a group of college students from Colorado huddle in the control room at the Four Corners Coal Power Plant in Farmington, N.M.
Thursday, December 13,2012

The future of wind energy in question

Deadline approaches for renewal of the wind energy Production Tax Credit

By Alyssa Hurst
Each year that the wind Production Tax Credit has been allowed to expire, the wind energy industry has seen major declines. This year, wind energy faces that possibility for a fourth time in the credit’s 20-year life span.
Thursday, December 6,2012

Are flame retardants causing toxic couches?

Retardant chemicals on the rise in furniture, study finds

By Brett Israel
Flame retardants in U.S. furniture are on the rise, with a new study finding them in nearly all couches tested. The findings, published Nov. 28, confirm that household furniture remains a major source of a variety of flame retardants, some of which have been building up in people’s bodies and in the environment.
Thursday, November 29,2012

Bill McKibben leads divestment campaign to Boulder

Bill McKibben, ‘Do the Math’ tour organize divestment campaign to decrease carbon emissions

By Adelina Shee
Three figures were all author and environmental activist Bill McKibben needed to fuel his national roadshow.
Wednesday, November 21,2012

Unwelcome visitors: Invasive fish species spell trouble for Colorado waterways

By Hayley Proctor
The next time you consider ways of getting rid of a pet fish, dead or alive, know that dumping it into the nearest lake or flushing it down the toilet are not valid options.
Thursday, November 15,2012

Colorado forests, they are a-changin’

CU-Boulder scientist Tim Seastedt says climate change will affect wildfires, change forests

By Alyssa Hurst
The heat of climate change has been felt with intensity here in Colorado. This summer, fires like the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs and Boulder’s Flagstaff Fire ravaged the state.
Thursday, November 8,2012

Betting on conservation

Great Outdoors Colorado celebrates 20 years

By Elizabeth Miller
Twenty years of wishful thinking by lottery ticket buyers all over the state has made all the rest of us winners when it comes to living in Colorado. For the last two decades, revenue from the Colorado Lottery has been used to build parks and trails, create open space and protect wildlife habitat.