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Thursday, September 25,2014

Profile of a sustainability hub

The century-old Alliance Center in Denver emerges from a renovation more sustainable than ever

By Christi Turner
It’s been 10 years since the Alliance Center took up residence as a multitenant co-working space on Wynkoop Street in Denver; grassroots powerhouses like Conservation Colorado have anchored the center since it opened its doors in 2004. But this August, it emerged from eight months of multimillion-dollar renovation as a true bastion of sustainability.
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Thursday, September 25,2014

The pros and cons of industrial-scale solar

The world’s largest solar thermal power plant is intended to lessen reliance on traditional forms of energy, but some question whether the environmental impacts outweigh the benefits

By Christi Turner
It’s an undeniably gruesome image: A bird soars over the Mojave desert, and suddenly, revoltingly, catches fire, streaks momentarily like a small meteor, and then seems to disappear, leaving only smoke. Seen from afar, some are calling them “streamers.
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Thursday, September 25,2014

Soot on snow

A Colorado native researches how ‘black carbon’ from increased wildfire is changing snowmelt, and consequently water supplies, in the West

By Christi Turner
The duo of snowmobiles has climbed to over 6,000 feet elevation, halfway to the study site where researcher Susan Kaspari and her small team will dig into six feet of snow and sample for soot, more accurately known as black carbon.
Thursday, May 1,2014

With mud season’s arrival comes questions about mudslides

Researchers work to collect data, provide predictions despite unprecedented conditions

By Christi Turner
Geologists and emergency managers are working to improve our ability to predict and prepare for future mudslides in the Front Range region — an increasingly visible issue after September’s historic flooding led to roughly 1,000 mudslides — but there’s still a long way to go in that area of natural disaster prediction and planning.
Thursday, February 27,2014

Burning down current wildfire management

Fire-severity study challenges conventional wisdom on preventing all severe fires

By Christi Turner
Fire-severity study challenges conventional wisdom on preventing all severe fires.
Thursday, February 6,2014

Mobile methane detection

Boulder scientist building a better way to monitor air emissions on the go

By Christi Turner
An array of equipment and an independent power source have converted a research scientistīs sturdy pickup truck into a mobile methane emissions detection unit.
Thursday, January 9,2014

A darker shade of snow

A Colorado native studies the effects of soot on ice and snowmelt

By Christi Turner
“I was under a lot of pressure, because I had to prove that the project was not just a publicity stunt,” says Jason Box, climatologist and founder of the Dark Snow Project, designed to measure the impact of black carbon on the melting of the Greenland ice sheet.
Thursday, December 19,2013

Carbon offset not a free pass

Purchasing credits doesn’t cancel emissions, but can contribute to reducing climate change

By Christi Turner
Despite the name “offset” — which can mean to “cancel out,” — it may be more helpful to consider carbon offsets as a long-term investment in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, rather than a write-off.
Thursday, December 5,2013

More ivory to crush

Can destroying ivory stockpiles really slow elephant slaughter?

By Christi Turner
Samwel Tokore has seen countless elephant carcasses in his time as wildlife operations officer for the Kenya Wildlife Service. But he is still disturbed by what he calls the slaughter and torture of these creatures by poachers.
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Thursday, September 26,2013

Ahead of the game

Simple Energy makes reducing energy use a win

By Christi Turner
The figurative rules of the game have changed for America’s electric utilities. Gone are the days of simply providing cheap, reliable energy to the masses; under the new rules, they are tasked with persuading their customers to use their energy more efficiently as well, and it is a task they struggle to perform.
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