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Thursday, January 15,2015

Tiny homes and tiny roadblocks

How small can you live in Boulder County?

By Christi Turner
An entrepreneur and construction expert, Fears says he thinks the Aspen has used its square footage optimally. The 24 feet by 7 feet of space occupied by this “Tiny,” as Fears affectionately refers to all super-small dwellings — otherwise known as tiny homes, tiny houses or micro-homes — is permanently mounted to a specially designed steel trailer.
Thursday, January 8,2015

Fracking’s future is in doubt as oil price plummets

There are warnings that the industry faces a crisis

By Kieran Cooke
Fracking has become a victim of its own success. The industry in the U.S. has grown very fast. In 2008, U.S. oil production was running at five million barrels a day. Thanks to fracking, that figure has nearly doubled, with talk of U.S.
Wednesday, December 31,2014

Conserving water, energy and food on campus

A CU Boulder student pushes to examine the effects of trayless dining in campus cafeterias

By April Nowicki
“It’s supposed to save water and save energy, and people also take less food when they don’t have a tray, because they can’t stack it up as much. So you don’t have as much food waste,” says Courtlyn Carpenter, a sophomore who researched trayless dining during her freshman year at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Tuesday, December 30,2014

Roots in the water

Sustainable wastewater treatment from Boulder to ‘The Smiling Coast of Africa’

By Christi Turner
That’s how the Boulderbased company Agua Inc describes its rich collection of macrophytes, a class of plants that dominate wetlands, streams and shallow lake ecosystems in the wild. Macrophytes are also the key to Agua’s vision: helping to make clean, safe water attainable in the poorest and least developed corners of the globe.
Thursday, December 18,2014

Climate talks take a rocky road to Paris

The UN climate talks in Lima have ended with the setting of deadlines for the world to come up with plans to curb emissions and adapt to climate change.

By Paul Brown
By Nov. 1 the secretariat of the United Nations Climate Change Convention is supposed to have assessed whether the commitment of these 196 nations is enough to stop the world overheating — and, if it is not, to point out by how far they will miss the target.
Thursday, December 11,2014

Filling the gap

Planning for population growth and water scarcity

By Taylor Winchell
According to a 2014 report by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, the population of Colorado is expected to see an additional 2.5 million people by 2040.
Thursday, December 4,2014

Eco-challenged tech

Though 3-D printing may lead in new manufacturing processes, it lags in sustainability

By April Nowicki
Three-D printing is the new industrial revolution. Ty Syt, a member of the Boulder hackerspace Solid State Depot, says interest in 3-D printing will only continue to grow as more people learn to use the technology.
Monday, December 1,2014

Saving forests not enough

Seasonal swings in temperatures and CO2 levels are evidence of agricultural advances and population explosion tilting nature’s balance

By Tim Radford
Researchers believe they now know why global warming has begun to announce itself both in annual rises in temperature and in the seasonal records of carbon dioxide in the northern hemisphere — the same seasonal variation in atmospheric chemistry...
Monday, December 1,2014

Demonized science

New book argues climate change messengers are seeing unparalleled attacks

By Tim Radford
According to a new book by veteran environmentalist George Marshall, thousands of abusive emails — including demands that he commit suicide or be “shot, quartered and fed to the pigs, along with your family” — were received by climate scientist...
Thursday, November 20,2014

Reduce, reuse, re-what?

Boulder recycling dragged down by commercial sector

By April Nowicki
Two years ago, Boulder was diverting 41 percent of the waste stream to be recycled or composted. In 2013, that number had decreased to 32 percent, according to the city of Boulder’s website, even though regulations make recycling as easy and inexpensive as possible for residents.