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Thursday, June 27,2013

Lead taints economy

Loss to developing nations calculated at $992 billion

By Brian Bienkowski
Childhood lead exposure is costing developing countries $992 billion annually due to reductions in IQs and earning potential, according to a new study published June 25.
Thursday, June 20,2013

Gas well emissions continue while farmsteader mounts case

By Elizabeth Miller
Even as Rod Brueske continues to hone his argument that Encana’s operations at a gas well near his house have posed an environmental and health risk, he’s seeing ongoing off-gassing at the well near his Longmont-area home.
Thursday, June 13,2013

Therapy and better eating

YMCA of Boulder Valley and Growing Gardens offer seniors organic gardening classes

By Ainslee Mac Naughton
Boulder-area seniors are soon gaining another way to get involved with the community, eat better and improve their quality of life: taking organic gardening classes.
Thursday, June 6,2013

Taking a monkey wrench to climate change

Renegade naturalist Doug Peacock on saving ourselves from a bleak future

By Elizabeth Miller
While the grizzlies near his Montana home hibernate, Doug Peacock retreats to southern Arizona to a town near the Mexican border where he can wander 100 miles before hitting another town. The self-described desert rat honed his wilderness affinities under legendary conservationist Edward Abbey, author of Desert Solitaire, and was the inspiration for George Hayduke, the eco-saboteur central to the The Monkey Wrench Gang.
Thursday, May 30,2013

Diesel program cutting emissions, but funding to be slashed

By Brian Bienkowski
More than 50,000 high-polluting diesel engines have been cleaned up or removed from U.S. roads in a federal program designed to reduce smog and greenhouse gases, according to a new Environmental Protection Agency report to Congress.
Thursday, May 23,2013

Home, home on the grange

By Jefferson Dodge
Many people, when they hear the word “grange,” think of a ZZ Top song, or, at best, something about a farm.
Thursday, May 16,2013

The other oil import

Why palm oil is key to cutting the carbon emissions from our food system

By Elizabeth Miller
Deforestation is at the top of the CIA’s list of environmental issues facing Indonesia, and much of it can be attributed to the creation of palm oil plantations, built to satisfy demands of the American market, which has increased the import of palm oil by 485 percent over the last decade.
Thursday, May 9,2013

A batty battle

Local, federal agencies accused of 'caving' to special interests

By Cecelia Gilboy
Near dark iron gates that cover cave openings in the Flatirons, a sign explains that the caves have been closed because white-nose syndrome has already killed more than 5 million bats. Local author and cave expert Richard Rhinehart informed the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) office of an inaccuracy on the signs.
Thursday, May 2,2013

Beetle-mania

Is Colorado ready for a new beetle infestation?

By Abby Faires
After suffering more than 15 years of a mountain pine beetle outbreak, Colorado’s forests are now facing another bark beetle epidemic. Last year, 183,000 acres of Colorado’s forests were infested with the spruce beetle, bringing the total acreage affected by spruce beetles to just under 1 million since the initial outbreak in 1996.
Thursday, April 25,2013

Putting your money where your meal is

New philanthropic fund aims to invest in local food system

By Jessie Lucier
A nonprofit fund called Soil Trust, which will be officially launched at Slow Money’s upcoming National Gathering in Boulder on April 29 and 30, aims to enable local citizens to up the food sustainability ante and put their money where their meal is — or, rather, where it comes from.
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