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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.
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.