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Thursday, April 12,2012

Green pets

Natural and sustainable practices for your animals

By Blair Madole
Though pets have a much smaller carbon footprint than humans, making a few changes in a pet’s diet, shampoo and toys does make a difference in the environment, and the market for environmentally friendly pet products is growing.
Thursday, April 5,2012

Of mountains and molecules

Taking on industry in the name of safety

By Arlene Blum
My memoir of mountains and molecules called Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life describes how my life changed after Bruce Carson, a brilliant young climber and environmentalist, tragically fell to his death through a summit cornice on our expedition to Mount Trisul in India in 1975. Devastated by the loss, I decided to continue Bruce’s work of helping protect the world’s environment.
Thursday, March 29,2012

Environmental engineers

The CU students who are sacrificing their social lives for an energy-efficient car

By Blair Madole
A three-wheeled, alien vehicle that can be lifted with relative ease by three or four young men is carrying the hopes of five engineering students at the University of Colorado. They believe the car may be able to last for 1,500 miles on one gallon of gas during the Shell Eco-marathon this weekend.
Thursday, March 22,2012

Act legalizes cottage chefs

Local Foods, Local Jobs Act allows for sales of food from home kitchens

By Elizabeth Miller
Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed the “Local Foods, Local Jobs Act” into law, exempting small food producers who sell directly to their customers from having to use commercial kitchens and paying for health department inspections.
Thursday, March 15,2012

Boulder celebrates its love affair with bicycles

By Hadley Vandiver
Boulder’s bicycle culture is thriving and lively, and we habitually capture and celebrate it in visual form and as a group. Compare the single man polishing the chrome bumper of his car to the workshop of Community Cycles, which has now graduated 1,000 Earn-a- Bikers from its community workshop.
Thursday, March 8,2012

Wilder paths to rejoining civilian life

How the great outdoors are helping veterans and their spouses cope

By Blair Madole
The Women’s Wilderness Institute, a Boulderbased non-profit organization focused on helping women build strength and courage through wilderness experiences, recently teamed up with the Sierra Club and the University of Michigan to research the benefits of outdoor activities for veterans.
Thursday, February 23,2012

Song of The River

‘Chasing Water’ tells the tale of the once-mighty Colorado River

By Traci Hukill
In a sense, photographer Pete McBride has been preparing to make Chasing Water all his life. Raised on a cattle ranch in the Roaring Fork River Valley, he grew up working hay fields irrigated by the snowmelt that carved the Grand Canyon and slaked the thirst of the Southwest.
Thursday, February 16,2012

Biff 2012 | Bitter stories

‘Bitter Seeds’ leads a call to action against GMOs

By Blair Madole
The story that unfolds in the documentary Bitter Seeds, featured at the Boulder International Film Festival, is about farmers who wager it all on what are promised to be miracle seeds, but land dust and failed crops rather than a magic bean pole.
Thursday, February 9,2012

Gimme all your gas money

State alleges that ConocoPhillips has misused environmental cleanup funds

By Elizabeth Miller
The state of Colorado has filed a complaint against the ConocoPhillips Company alleging that ConocoPhillips has profited from the state’s fund for pollution cleanup at service stations by taking $70 million in state funds for clean-ups its insurance company later reimbursed it for.
Thursday, February 2,2012

Searching for a CSA

By Blair Madole
If you are trying to avoid GMOs and the potential for strange growths or zombie-like qualities this summer, participating in a CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, may be a good choice.
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