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Thursday, April 30,2015

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The Vermont legislator is an independent who caucuses with Democrats and had been hinting at a primary run, though which flag he’d fly for it wasn’t clear.
Thursday, April 30,2015

Well drilling has deep impact on Great Plains’ health

Loss of vegetation on North America’s vast rangelands as a result of a huge increase in oil and gas wells invokes memories of the 1930s Dust Bowl disaster.

By Tim Radford
Oil wells and natural gas may have made individual Americans rich, but they have impoverished the great plains of North America, according to new research. Fossil fuel prospectors have sunk 50,000 new wells a year since 2000 in three Canadian provinces and 11 U.S. states, and have damaged the foundation of all economic growth: net primary production — otherwise known as biomass, or vegetation.
Thursday, April 30,2015

High density, low confidence

With changes looming, Boulder struggles to strike balance on building, population density

By Matt Cortina
Perhaps the biggest issue in Boulder, and Boulder County to a growing extent, is density. How will we accommodate the ever-growing number of people who work and live here if we can’t build up and we can’t build out?
Thursday, April 30,2015

News Briefs

The case, Obergefell v. Hodges, consolidates four cases dealing with gay marriage. For the prosecution, Mary Bonauto represented 12 couples and two widowers challenging bans on gay marriage. Four states — Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky — defended their bans.
Thursday, April 23,2015

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Noble Energy has agreed to pay $8.95 million in penalties and funding for environmental mitigation projects along the Front Range after several Noble facilities were found to be out of compliance for volatile organic compound emissions in 2012.
Thursday, April 23,2015

Feeding change

Forward Food Summit tackles food insecurity in Boulder County and its intersection with race

By Matt Cortina
We waste a lot of food in Boulder County. At the same time, some people go to sleep hungry here. And those people tend to fall into racial and economic minorities. That was the problem up for discussion at the second annual Forward Food Summit, which took place this past weekend, April 18 and 19. It brought together food insecurity organizations and experts to address how to solve those issues of food waste and food insecurity, and to figure out why they often intersect with racial issues.
Thursday, April 23,2015

Queering the classroom

Colorado educators and advocates team up to help bring queer literature into education

By Caitlin Rockett
A group of educators at the University of Colorado Boulder have created a oneof-a-kind event — perhaps the first of its kind in the world. On Saturday, April 25, the Queer Young Adult Literature Conference will bring together educators, middle and high school students, college students, university staff and faculty, and community members to learn more about young adult literature featuring lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning themes and characters.
Thursday, April 23,2015

black holes

Can conflict reporting survive the digital age?

By Joel Dyer
On April 2, four members of the Somali-based terrorist group al-Shaba stormed the campus of Garissa University in Northern Kenya. By the end of the ensuing standoff with Kenyan authorities, 147 people were dead and another 79 wounded. But why was the university attacked?
Thursday, April 23,2015

Where’s the heat?

Global warming may have slowed, but that doesn’t make it any less real

By Travis Metcalfe
According to a report issued by NASA and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) earlier this year, 2014 was the warmest year on record, and the top 10 hottest years have all occurred since 1998. But the Earth has been getting warmer more slowly than in previous decades, something that climate change deniers are quick to point out.
Thursday, April 16,2015

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According to Ken Cook, president and co-founder of Environmental Working Group, “When chemical agriculture blankets millions of acres of genetically engineered corn and soybean fields with hundreds of millions of pounds of glyphosate, it’s not a surprise babies are now consuming Monsanto’s signature chemical with breast milk and infant formula.
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