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Thursday, December 19,2013

Eco-briefs | Fuel efficiency in vehicles continuing slow increase

“Today’s new vehicles are cleaner and more fuel-efficient than ever, saving American families money at the gas pump and helping to keep the air that we breathe cleaner,” Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation said in a press release.
Thursday, December 5,2013

Eco-briefs | A drier coastline

By Boulder Weekly Staff
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report on Nov. 21 announcing that the U.S. lost more than 80,160 acres of coastal wetlands each year between 2004 and 2009.
Thursday, November 14,2013

Eco-briefs | Southern Utah land use plan struck down in federal court

By Boulder Weekly Staff
A Federal District Court in Utah struck down part of the Bureau of Land Management’s Richfield Plan, a land-use plan that would have designated 4,277 miles of trails and routes for off-road vehicle traffic in Southern Utah.
Thursday, October 31,2013

Eco-briefs | Those emerald shores just might be toxic

By Boulder Weekly Staff
Cyanobacteria, some of the oldest microorganisms on Earth and the bacteria believed to have produced the oxygen that made life possible, are turning against us as they adapt to a changing climate.
Thursday, October 17,2013

Eco-briefs | Driving home your environmental self-image

By Boulder Weekly Staff
Consumers age 60 and older purchase hybrid vehicles to boost self-esteem and image, as well as help the environment, according to a consumer study published in the journal Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing and Service Industries.
Thursday, October 10,2013

Eco-briefs | Save the chubs

By Boulder Weekly Staff
The once abundant Rio Grande chub has declined by as much as 75 percent and disappeared from the main stem of the Rio Grande, prompting WildEarth Guardians to submit a proposal to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the Rio Grande chub under the Endangered Species Act.
Thursday, October 3,2013

Eco-briefs | Week of October 03, 2013

By Boulder Weekly Staff
A new solar cell structure has measured an efficiency rating of 44.7 percent, edging out the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s previous record of 43.5 percent.
Thursday, September 26,2013

Eco-briefs | Week of September 26, 2013

By Boulder Weekly Staff
The House Natural Resources Committee held two full committee field hearings in Casper, Wyo., and Billings, Mont., to open discussion with the public about authorizing the Endangered Species Act to protect the sage grouse.
Thursday, September 5,2013

Eco-briefs | The dirty past of European glaciers

By Boulder Weekly Staff
Black carbon dust — soot — from coal burnt to fuel rapid industrialization in Europe is suspected as the cause for rapid glacier retreat in the Alps in the 1860s, during a period the weather was showing cooling temperatures on average, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Thursday, August 22,2013

Eco-briefs | So you're saying there's a chance?

By Boulder Weekly Staff
Climate change scientists have just a 5 percent slice of hope that human industrial flatulence is not warming the planet.