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Thursday, May 30,2013

Diesel program cutting emissions, but funding to be slashed

By Brian Bienkowski
More than 50,000 high-polluting diesel engines have been cleaned up or removed from U.S. roads in a federal program designed to reduce smog and greenhouse gases, according to a new Environmental Protection Agency report to Congress.
Thursday, May 23,2013

Home, home on the grange

By Jefferson Dodge
Many people, when they hear the word “grange,” think of a ZZ Top song, or, at best, something about a farm.
Thursday, May 16,2013

The other oil import

Why palm oil is key to cutting the carbon emissions from our food system

By Elizabeth Miller
Deforestation is at the top of the CIA’s list of environmental issues facing Indonesia, and much of it can be attributed to the creation of palm oil plantations, built to satisfy demands of the American market, which has increased the import of palm oil by 485 percent over the last decade.
Thursday, May 9,2013

A batty battle

Local, federal agencies accused of 'caving' to special interests

By Cecelia Gilboy
Near dark iron gates that cover cave openings in the Flatirons, a sign explains that the caves have been closed because white-nose syndrome has already killed more than 5 million bats. Local author and cave expert Richard Rhinehart informed the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) office of an inaccuracy on the signs.
Thursday, May 2,2013


Is Colorado ready for a new beetle infestation?

By Abby Faires
After suffering more than 15 years of a mountain pine beetle outbreak, Colorado’s forests are now facing another bark beetle epidemic. Last year, 183,000 acres of Colorado’s forests were infested with the spruce beetle, bringing the total acreage affected by spruce beetles to just under 1 million since the initial outbreak in 1996.
Thursday, April 25,2013

Putting your money where your meal is

New philanthropic fund aims to invest in local food system

By Jessie Lucier
A nonprofit fund called Soil Trust, which will be officially launched at Slow Money’s upcoming National Gathering in Boulder on April 29 and 30, aims to enable local citizens to up the food sustainability ante and put their money where their meal is — or, rather, where it comes from.
Thursday, April 18,2013

Smart fashion: Clothing ethics under the microscope

H&M set to open in Boulder while shifting towards conscious trends

By Erica Lindberg
No need for the herald: It’s a well-known fact that American society is a consumerist culture.
Thursday, April 11,2013

Forest Service says when trees die, people die

Study explores intersections of forest health and human health

By Abby Faires
Forest Service researchers have used the emerald ash borer, a beetle that has killed more than 100 million trees in the eastern and midwestern U.S., to study the correlation between human health and forest health. They conclude that counties severely impacted by the emerald ash borer also had higher human mortality rates.
Thursday, April 4,2013

An unbalanced equation

Conference on World Affairs panelists discuss biases and the struggle for equal opportunity and equal confidence

By Abby Faires
Shortly after Ben Barres, a professor of neurobiology at Stanford University, gave a speech about his discoveries regarding nerve cells at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998, an MIT faculty member was overheard saying, “Ben Barres gave a great seminar today, but then again, his work is much better than his sister’s.”
Thursday, March 28,2013

Is water Colorado’s earthship-limiting factor?

Colorado's rainwater harvesting laws pose a challenge for 'biotecture' homes

By Nicolene Durham
Earthships aiming to land in Colorado pour on a slew of questions about rights to the rain. Permaculture-minded and rather postmodern, the gridfree homes are designed to catch rainwater for consumptive, gray water and black water use. But in most parts of the state, catching rainwater is illegal.