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Thursday, February 20,2014

eco-briefs | Week of Feb. 20

By Mallane Dressel
Emerald Ash Borers are on the move while Canadian bees are settling down in a nice plastic hive.
Thursday, February 20,2014

Colorado grappling with greenhouse gas inventory

Draft version shows some gains, but state has a long way to go to meet emissions reduction goals

By Bob Berwyn
Tallying up greenhouse gas emissions may not be quite as easy as counting your fingers and toes, but it’s a necessary step toward taming the global warming beast, according to experts who have been working hard to complete an updated greenhouse inventory for Colorado.
Wednesday, February 12,2014

BIFF: A tale of two mining towns

‘Uranium Drive-In’ gives voice to rural communities

By Elizabeth Miller
Film examines two years in the life of two Colorado communities grappling with economic and environmental conflicts.
Thursday, February 6,2014

Developer dips in wetlands

Deadlines missed after permit violations

By Bob Berwyn
Work at the site by Brynn Grey Partners violated the terms of a federal permit and could drain a wetlands area near the intersection of Interstate 70 and U.S. Highway 9. The wetlands help moderate flooding risks during wet times and also help sustain base flows in a nearby mountain stream during the dry season.
Thursday, February 6,2014

Mobile methane detection

Boulder scientist building a better way to monitor air emissions on the go

By Christi Turner
An array of equipment and an independent power source have converted a research scientist´s sturdy pickup truck into a mobile methane emissions detection unit.
Thursday, January 23,2014

The chemistry of personal care

By Lindsey Konkel
Phthalates have been linked to a variety of health effects in animal tests and some human studies, including hormone disruption, altered male genital development, diabetes, asthma, attention disorders, learning disabilities and obesity.
Thursday, January 16,2014

BPA exposure linked to prostate cancer

Findings from new study at University of Illinois

By Brian Bienkowski
The study, which uses a new model of implanting human stem cells into mice, is the first to link early-life BPA exposure to human prostate cancer. It adds to a growing body of research that suggests exposure to low doses of the chemical alters cells and can lead to diseases later in life.
Thursday, January 16,2014

For your carbon footprint, it’s location, location, lifestyle

Study: Where and how you live makes the biggest difference in household climate change impacts — and urbanites tread lighter

By Lindsey Konkel
New research shows that the carbon footprint of urban dwellers is around a quarter that of those that live in the suburbs. But, there´s once catch.
Thursday, January 9,2014

A darker shade of snow

A Colorado native studies the effects of soot on ice and snowmelt

By Christi Turner
“I was under a lot of pressure, because I had to prove that the project was not just a publicity stunt,” says Jason Box, climatologist and founder of the Dark Snow Project, designed to measure the impact of black carbon on the melting of the Greenland ice sheet.
Thursday, January 2,2014

Study finds a large slice of climate denial donations funneled through organizations that conceal donor

A new study found that the amount of money flowing through third-party, pass-through foundations like DonorsTrust and Donors Capital, whose funding cannot be traced, has risen dramatically over the past five years.