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Thursday, September 25,2014


Area dentists join the call for removing mercury from mouths, our environment

By Matthew Schniper
In a video called “Smoking Teeth” on the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology’s website, a man takes an extracted tooth and rubs its 25-year-old amalgam filling with a pencil eraser. A phosphorescent screen in the background illuminates mercury offgassing — more than 1,000 times higher than what the Environmental Protection Agency allows for our air.
Thursday, September 18,2014

Vulture lookout

Getting acquainted with critical, if a bit creepy, neighbors

By Tom Winter
In the big picture, vultures are everywhere. They are comprised of two groups, Old World vultures and New World vultures. You can watch them fly almost anyplace except the colds of the Antarctic and, surprisingly, Australia, a continent that would seem well-suited for the birds.
Thursday, September 11,2014

Open streets, open minds

A car-free day encourages Boulder residents to think about whether streets can be used for something other than cars

By Cassie Moore
The average pedestrian might not realize how wide Boulder’s sidewalks tend to be, and drivers might be annoyed at the barriers in the Goss Grove neighborhood that make 21st Street an impassable shortcut from Arapahoe Avenue to Canyon Boulevard.
Thursday, September 4,2014

A river running

Pulse flow feeds more than the dry Colorado River delta

By Elizabeth Miller
Boulder Creek dried up, and the bridge on Broadway spanned nothing but an empty stretch of sand, and it stayed that way for decades, eventually people would forget what it had meant to see a stream running there.
Thursday, August 28,2014

Growing wilder

Examining the James Peak Wilderness Area 50 years after the creation of the Wilderness Act

By Elizabeth Miller
Saving a piece of land from human activity actually requires a whole lot of human activity and cooperation. Years of it, really. In addition to those years of effort on the part of people, it takes a couple ingredients that also seem to be in short supply these days, not the least of which is a Congress capable of coming to bipartisan agreement.
Thursday, August 21,2014

A bright future outside plastics

Local author charts a course toward a life without the modern era’s most ubiquitous material

By Elizabeth Miller
When Michael SanClements set out on an eco-dare to create no plastic waste for two weeks, he says it changed the way he saw the world by opening his eyes to just how prevalent plastics are. In his book, Plastic Purge: How to Use Less Plastic, Eat Better, Keep Toxins Out of Your Body, and Help Save the Sea Turtles, he documents a day in the life of a modern plastic consumer.
Thursday, August 14,2014

The long shadow of a decade of loose enforcement

Report from Pennsylvania speaks to local fracking bans across U.S.

By Elizabeth Miller
Pennsylvania and Colorado may be a nation apart, but they’re side-by-side when it comes to having recently seen explosive increases in oil and gas development, specifically through the use of hydraulic fracturing in shale formations that are often drilled horizontally.
Thursday, August 7,2014

Growing resistance

Bacteria that don’t respond to antibiotics are spreading while FDA fails to ban their use in livestock

By Elizabeth Miller
The World Health Organization statement on the matter reads like the setup to a sci-fi horror film — a once hypothetical problem has now become a major threat to public health. And no, we’re not talking about Ebola flying home on airplanes.
Thursday, July 31,2014

Governor’s Water Plan could ignite water war

By Boulder Weekly Staff
In May of last year, Governor John Hickenlooper issued an executive order to create the Colorado Water Plan. As a part of the process established by the governor’s order, nine regional roundtables were empowered to create water plans for the river basins in their particular areas.
Thursday, July 31,2014

Report criticizes EPA oversight of injection wells

By Naveena Sadasivam, ProPublica
The report, released Monday, July 28, by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, is critical of the Environmental Protection Agency’s inconsistent handling of safety inspections, poor record keeping and failure to adjust its guidelines to adapt to...