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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Critics: EPA used out-of-date research to defend its chemical testing of low-dose hormone effects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.
Wednesday, July 3,2013

Grant Farms offshoot revives CSA on limited basis

By Jefferson Dodge
A remnant of Grant Family Farms, the large Wellington organic farm that declared bankruptcy in late 2012, has revived its community-supported agriculture (CSA) program, but on a much smaller scale.
Thursday, June 27,2013

Lead taints economy

Loss to developing nations calculated at $992 billion

By Brian Bienkowski
Childhood lead exposure is costing developing countries $992 billion annually due to reductions in IQs and earning potential, according to a new study published June 25.
Thursday, June 20,2013

Gas well emissions continue while farmsteader mounts case

By Elizabeth Miller
Even as Rod Brueske continues to hone his argument that Encana’s operations at a gas well near his house have posed an environmental and health risk, he’s seeing ongoing off-gassing at the well near his Longmont-area home.
Thursday, June 13,2013

Therapy and better eating

YMCA of Boulder Valley and Growing Gardens offer seniors organic gardening classes

By Ainslee Mac Naughton
Boulder-area seniors are soon gaining another way to get involved with the community, eat better and improve their quality of life: taking organic gardening classes.
Thursday, June 6,2013

Taking a monkey wrench to climate change

Renegade naturalist Doug Peacock on saving ourselves from a bleak future

By Elizabeth Miller
While the grizzlies near his Montana home hibernate, Doug Peacock retreats to southern Arizona to a town near the Mexican border where he can wander 100 miles before hitting another town. The self-described desert rat honed his wilderness affinities under legendary conservationist Edward Abbey, author of Desert Solitaire, and was the inspiration for George Hayduke, the eco-saboteur central to the The Monkey Wrench Gang.
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.