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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.
Thursday, April 18,2013

Smart fashion: Clothing ethics under the microscope

H&M set to open in Boulder while shifting towards conscious trends

By Erica Lindberg
No need for the herald: It’s a well-known fact that American society is a consumerist culture.
Thursday, April 11,2013

Forest Service says when trees die, people die

Study explores intersections of forest health and human health

By Abby Faires
Forest Service researchers have used the emerald ash borer, a beetle that has killed more than 100 million trees in the eastern and midwestern U.S., to study the correlation between human health and forest health. They conclude that counties severely impacted by the emerald ash borer also had higher human mortality rates.
Thursday, April 4,2013

An unbalanced equation

Conference on World Affairs panelists discuss biases and the struggle for equal opportunity and equal confidence

By Abby Faires
Shortly after Ben Barres, a professor of neurobiology at Stanford University, gave a speech about his discoveries regarding nerve cells at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998, an MIT faculty member was overheard saying, “Ben Barres gave a great seminar today, but then again, his work is much better than his sister’s.”
Thursday, March 28,2013

Is water Colorado’s earthship-limiting factor?

Colorado's rainwater harvesting laws pose a challenge for 'biotecture' homes

By Nicolene Durham
Earthships aiming to land in Colorado pour on a slew of questions about rights to the rain. Permaculture-minded and rather postmodern, the gridfree homes are designed to catch rainwater for consumptive, gray water and black water use. But in most parts of the state, catching rainwater is illegal.
Thursday, March 21,2013

Lingering problems from a banned pesticide

DDT linked to high blood pressure in women

By Lindsey Konkel
Women exposed before birth to the banned pesticide DDT may have a greater risk of developing high blood pressure later in life, according to a study published March 12.
Thursday, March 14,2013

An ocean to learn from

Author David Helvarg comes to talk about how California’s ocean management techniques could apply in Colorado’s mountains

By Elizabeth Miller
Journalist and ocean organizer David Helvarg is attending this month’s Colorado Ocean Coalition Blue Drinks to talk about his new book, The Golden Shore. On its surface, Helvarg’s latest book offers a lengthy history of California and Californians’ relationship to the ocean and their 11,000 miles of coastline.
Thursday, March 7,2013

Pesticide problems persist

Study finds pesticides leading cause of grassland bird deaths

By Erica Lindberg
Pesticides are made to kill something somewhere — it says it in the name and there is always a trade-off, says Pierre Mineau, Ph.D., co-author of a new study that found that pesticides are the leading cause of grassland bird deaths.
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