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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.
Thursday, March 12,2015

A changing climate in gender equality

Environmental group highlights women-led projects to address global climate change

By Sidni Giordano
What do gender equality and the environmental crisis have in common? “Everything,” according to Terry Odendahl, executive director of Global Greengrants Fund, a Boulder-based environmental fund that supports grassroots action on a global scale. On March 8, International Women’s Day, Odendahl was recognized for her leadership in advancing the rights of women working toward environmental justice — both locally and internationally — at a luncheon hosted by WorldDenver. Odendahl has been at the helm of Global Greengrants Fund for the past six years. She previously served as the executive director of two women’s funds and has a diverse background in anthropology, philanthropy and gender studies.
Thursday, March 5,2015

Acid attack

Antarctic Ocean acidification is slowing the growth of an important food source for marine life

By Tim Radford
As the planet’s oceans become more acidic, the diatoms — a major group of alga — in the Antarctic Ocean could grow more slowly. And since tiny, single-celled algae are a primary food source for an entire ocean ecosystem, the discovery seems ominous. Bioscientist Clara Hoppe and colleagues from the Alfred Wegener Institute at the Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany, report in the journal New Phytologist that they tested the growth of the Antarctic diatom Chaetoceros debilis under laboratory conditions.
Thursday, February 26,2015

From the cove to the globe

Boulder’s Oceanic Preservation Society broadens its call to action with ‘Racing Extinction’

By Caitlin Rockett
Hidden cameras, undercover reconnaissance, international travel — the folks at the Boulder-based Oceanic Preservation Society are at it again, following up their 2010 Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove with more high-risk, covert campaigns, stunning camerawork and an even bigger call to action in Racing Extinction. In this new, ambitious endeavor, director Louie Psihoyos tackles the role humans play in advancing what is shaping up to be the world’s sixth mass extinction — an annihilation scientists say could lead to the loss of 50 percent of the world’s species in the next 100 years.