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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.
Thursday, November 13,2014

Wildfire prevention or forest destruction?

Mountain communities question forest service clearcutting

By Josh Schlossberg
But some locals, upset about the changes to the forest they know and love, are questioning if logging can really protect their homes and whether wildfire is as much of a threat to the forest as they’re being told.
Thursday, November 6,2014

Climate scientists say effects of global warming are more urgent than once believed

By Alex Kirby
Without drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, the report says, global average temperatures will probably increase by another 2 degrees Celsius by mid-century over their 1986-2005 levels. This implies temperatures nearly 4 degrees Celsius higher by 2100.
Thursday, October 30,2014

All’s fair in love and war (and industrial agriculture)

Big Ag spends millions of dollars to fight grassroots GMO labeling measures

By Caitlin Rockett
The war began at the federal level in 2002 when former U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich introduced five bills addressing the need to regulate genetically engineered crops — this included legislation to label consumer goods containing GMOs, as well...
Thursday, October 23,2014

The full reach of addiction

A look at how addictive substances are damaging the environment

By Caitlin Rockett
Humankind’s relationship with psychoactive substances can be traced back thousands of years to religious trances induced by specific plants and fungai. But some substances are more addictive than others, and opium, caffeine and nicotine have become commonplace, in some senses socially acceptable, vices.
Thursday, October 16,2014

Wind turbines may lure bats into fatal errors

Researchers find bats may confuse turbines for trees

By Tim Radford
Scientists might just be about to answer one of the great puzzles of biodiversity and renewable energy: why one of nature’s most agile flyers, a creature with the most sophisticated ultrasonic tracking system, should be so fatally attracted to wind turbines.