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Thursday, May 21,2015

From seed to harvest

The story of Boulder’s newest community garden

By Mary Reed
It’s late April and Polly Ruff pulls a few weeds growing from the outside edge of her raised bed at Living Harvest Garden. The 30 plots surrounding her are in various stages of preparation for the first season of this freshly minted community garden..
Thursday, May 14,2015

Temporary nature

Artist uses drawings to start the conversation on climate change

By Amanda Moutinho
In the past, Rice has dabbled in several art forms, but he says when he started doing performance art he began exploring political themes. For this show, he says he wanted to address the serious environmental crisis happening in the world.
Thursday, May 7,2015

Getting to ‘zero’

A new ordinance requiring businesses to recycle and compost could propel Boulder toward a zero waste future

By Steven Grossman
Despite initiatives aggressively geared toward making Boulder earn its green reputation, the new Universal Zero Waste Ordinance, which got universal approval during a first reading in front of the Boulder City Council on May 5, suggests the community may need an extra push to achieve its zero waste aspirations.
Thursday, April 30,2015

Cultivating community

Longmont food activists teach communities the significance of growing your own food

By Devin Blomquist
After one year of labor intensive farm work, August Miller and his wife decided to pack up and take the knowledge and experience they learned while working on a farm in Paonia, Colo., to their own community in Boulder County. Their mission: to offer residents backyard gardenbuilding and coaching that reconnects people with the nation’s agrarian roots.
Thursday, April 23,2015

Scientists warn solvents may impact hormone systems

Common chemicals may cause harm at levels deemed ‘safe’ by feds

By Brian Bienkowski
Four chemicals, present both inside and outside homes might disrupt our endocrine systems at levels considered safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to an analysis released on April 15.
Thursday, April 16,2015

Race to waste

Pyrolysis is a developing technology that converts waste to energy, but developers may be rushing the process

By Steven Grossman
With the costs and difficulties often associated with recycling, especially in Colorado’s rural communities, our state’s 72 solid waste landfills are filling up and expanding.
Thursday, April 9,2015

New ocean energy plan could worsen global warming

An apparently promising way of producing energy from the world’s oceans could cause catastrophic harm by warming the Earth far more than it can bear

By Tim Radford
One of renewable energy’s more outspoken enthusiasts has delivered bad news for the prospects of developing ocean thermal energy. His prediction is that although the technology could work for a while, after about 50 years it could actually exacerbate long-term global warning.
Thursday, April 2,2015

In the market for something new

The Boulder County Farmers’ Markets bring new events and programming

By Caitlin Rockett
You know spring is in full swing when the farmers’ market opens, which Boulder County’s will do in both its Boulder and Longmont locations this Saturday, April 4. And this year, along with the local foods you expect at the farmers’ market, both Boulder County markets are bringing new events and new programming to local shoppers.
Thursday, March 26,2015

Rewear, reuse, recycle

With textile waste steadily climbing in the U.S., solutions aimed at diverting used clothing from landfills are becoming crucial

By Steven Grossman
On average, the U.S. generates about 25 billion pounds of textiles each year — 85 percent of which end up in landfills, according to the nonprofit Council for Textile Recycling. With post-consumer textile waste accounting for more than 5 percent of all municipal solid waste generated in the U.S. each year, the need for convenient solutions to a complex problem are becoming crucial.
Thursday, March 19,2015

Old King Coal is sick — but not yet dying

Construction of coal-fired power stations is declining, but the trend is not enough to avert the risk of climate change reaching dangerous levels.

By Alex Kirby
A global investigation into every coal-fired power plant proposed in the last five years shows that only one in three of them has actually been built. Researchers say that for each new plant constructed somewhere in the world, two more have been shelved or cancelled. They say this rate is significantly higher in Europe, South Asia, Latin America and Africa. In India, since 2012, six plants have been cancelled for each one built.