<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Boulderganic]]> <![CDATA[Jumping the power lines]]> Forget the grid. For the developing world, professors forget the power lines and the coal-fired electricity they deliver. In developing you countries, renewable energy sources are their the answer to getting people online, was, powering up their cell phones and running computer labs in schools.]]> <![CDATA[Grant helps communities kick-start zero-waste efforts]]> Thanks to a zero-waste grant from the Department of Agriculture, residents of Allenspark, Lyons, Jamestown, Gold Hill, Nederland, Eldorado Springs, Eldora and Ward will benefit from technical assistance, education and outreach provided by a new part-time hire.]]> <![CDATA[A life less plastic]]> <![CDATA[Peeking in on priceless plants]]> <![CDATA[More ivory to crush]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Pesticide problems persist]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Drifting toward answers on lost crops]]> If you shop with any regularity at the Abbondanza stall at the farmers’ market, you might have noticed some gaps in their inventory this fall. Dried beans and winter squash are mostly what Shanan Olson, co-owner, says people have commented on missing. They ask why, and she’s not sure how to reply. Pesticide drift on their organic-certified farm in 2010 cost most of their fall harvest, a $250,000 loss. At least, that’s what they can piece together. What really happened to their crop has been a complicated puzzle to solve. ]]> <![CDATA[Ivory poaching rears its head]]> Uhuru lay in a clearing surrounded by acacias, far from any roads, legs bent as if ready to run. He was headless, and whatever glory he had when he was alive had bled from the open wound.]]> <![CDATA[Last minute thrift]]> If nothing else, these kinds of purchases recycle usable items and help sustain our local economy. Some stores are also run as nonprofit charities, and the money goes to a number of good causes. Others help people who simply need extra cash (and who doesn%uFFFDt these days?) to sell unwanted items.]]> <![CDATA[Fight for your right (to know what's in your food)]]> Larry Cooper describes he and his wife Tryna simply as “concerned citizens” — proud grandparents seven times over, owners of a meeting and event company. Their concern over the safety of American food became so great, however, that the couple placed themselves at the helm of a citizen-led movement in Colorado to require labeling products that contain genetically engineered ingredients.]]> <![CDATA[Global warming meltdown in the Rockies?]]> Anyone who tackles a tough summit like Tenmile Peak, above Frisco, probably is already tuned in to the risks of the high alpine zone — rockfall, changeable weather, equipment failure. But a snowboarder who was injured in a May 2010 avalanche on the peak may add a new item to the list of dangers — climate change.]]> <![CDATA[Mosquito control]]> It’s an unfortunate fact of life that along with those endless dog days of summer — perfect for barbeques, biking, hiking and swimming — also comes the height of mosquito season. While these blood-sucking members of the fly family are often little more than nuisances, certain species of mosquitoes can carry dangerous diseases, such as West Nile.]]> <![CDATA[Put your money where your mouth is]]> Raitz says the focus of the current campaign by Fossil Free CU is to show how the divestment would benefit the campus by bringing in talented leadership and students in the environmental and social entrepreneurial fields.]]> <![CDATA[Hands-on help for gardening, beekeeping]]> <![CDATA[Poor air quality and health problems could become the summertime norm throughout the US]]> Gabriele Pfister, an atmospheric scientist at the National Center for Atmosphere Research (NCAR), and research colleagues report in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres that Americans face a rise of 70 percent in summertime ozone levels by 2050.]]> <![CDATA[Is water Colorado’s earthship-limiting factor?]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[4-H: It's not just for farm kids anymore]]> It's still an organization devoted to shaping a better future for tomorrow's adults and encouraging community service. However, today's members, mostly between ages 9 and 19, are as likely to come from the city as the country.]]> <![CDATA[Recycling the hard-to-recycle]]> It will tell you what the drop-off center at 5880 Butte Mill Rd. in Boulder accepts, its hours, and how to transport it safely. Itís free for most Boulder County residents. Louisville charges residents a $10 copay per visit to help pay program costs. For more information, call 720- 564-2220.]]> <![CDATA[Business takes baby steps in eco-entrepreneurship]]> Lisa and Glenn Cratty were looking for a better quality of life when they relocated their young family to Louisville from Los Angeles in 2009. But while looking for another job in her field of corporate management, Lisa realized that the dream could still elude her.]]> <![CDATA[Boulder company comes clean on green]]> %uFFFDWhen possible, I would recom- %uFFFDKeep in mind, though, that in mend buying products in concentrate order to kill germs you are going to formulas that require adding water at have to use a product that kills living home,%uFFFD he says. %uFFFDThese ready-to-use organisms,%uFFFD he says.]]>