<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Boulderganic]]> <![CDATA[BIFF 2013: Buying some time for a climate change movement]]> Tim DeChristopher was a 27-year-old University of Utah economics student who’d spent five years teaching at-risk kids and was just beginning to get involved in activism around climate change when he found himself at a Bureau of Land Management land sale bidding on $1.8 million in leases.]]> <![CDATA[With mud season’s arrival comes questions about mudslides]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Organics going international]]> Colorado’s organic farms may soon get a big boost from some faraway customers: members of the European Union.]]> <![CDATA[The hidden effects of green homes]]> Though inactivity, smoking, and a lack of time spent in the great outdoors have all contributed to the staggering rise in asthma in past decades, some of the factors that contribute to asthma, which now affects an estimated 24.6 million Americans, may be aggravated by the way indoor air quality changes in green homes.]]> <![CDATA[A bright future outside plastics]]> When Michael SanClements set out on an eco-dare to create no plastic waste for two weeks, he says it changed the way he saw the world by opening his eyes to just how prevalent plastics are. In his book, Plastic Purge: How to Use Less Plastic, Eat Better, Keep Toxins Out of Your Body, and Help Save the Sea Turtles, he documents a day in the life of a modern plastic consumer.]]> <![CDATA[Harvest the rain: Know what's legal]]> <![CDATA[New Colorado wilderness held hostage in partisan congressional gridlock]]> After the budget battles of the last few years, it’s clear that Congress is fiscally dysfunctional, but our elected lawmakers also face challenges including finding the political will to support public land preservation bills, including several proposals in Colorado, where the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act, the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act and the Browns Canyon National Monument and Wilderness Act are all stalled in the fog of partisan gridlock.]]> <![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[A new place for old waste]]> 'It's a state-of-the-art facility,' says David Nightingale, principal at Special Wastes Association in Olympia, Wash., author of the HHW Collection Facility Design Guide and a consultant to the Boulder County project.]]> <![CDATA[An evolving education model]]> The divine art of sculpting mud pies could be one of many ways children learn about the environment, and profoundly impacts their development and identity as an environmental steward for the rest of their lives.]]> <![CDATA[Short film, big message]]> there was more work than time to do it — the students of Damian Tate’s Career Digital Arts program and Heather Riffel’s Urban Agriculture program at Arapahoe Ridge High School had seven weeks, from Jan. 6 to Feb. 21, to make a short film about how climate change affects agriculture.]]> <![CDATA[Rainbow trout making big comeback in Colorado]]> Initial reports from biologists suggested that whirling disease might not be a problem for wild rainbow trout populations, so the Colorado Division of Wildlife continued stocking infected trout for four or five years after they first discovered the disease. By the time they realized their mistake, it was too late. By the early 1990s, rainbow populations had simply collapsed, disappearing entirely from some rivers and lakes, with only a few remnant populations holding on.]]> <![CDATA[Where’s the beef (coming from)?]]> <![CDATA[Farm-friendly]]> “What I think is really cool about CSA is you sort of thrive and perish with the farmer,” says Mary Rochelle of Pastures of Plenty, a local farm north of Niwot. “You’re really tied to them.]]> <![CDATA[Food out of water]]> Mickey Mouse has never been known for his green thumb, but a ride dedicated to aquaponics at Disney’s Epcot Center (surely a death-defying thrill) highlights the public curiosity for this growing trend.]]> <![CDATA[The long shadow of a decade of loose enforcement]]> Pennsylvania and Colorado may be a nation apart, but they’re side-by-side when it comes to having recently seen explosive increases in oil and gas development, specifically through the use of hydraulic fracturing in shale formations that are often drilled horizontally.]]> <![CDATA[The great age divide in environmentalism]]> Research has shown that younger generations, specifically Millennials — those born after 1980 — are more supportive of environmental legislation, if only by a small margin. The age gap among people who work for environmental groups allows for new viewpoints and experiences to be shared, but it sometimes can cause issues.]]> <![CDATA[Bill McKibben leads divestment campaign to Boulder]]> Three figures were all author and environmental activist Bill McKibben needed to fuel his national roadshow.]]> <![CDATA[Bike-sharing program launches in Boulder]]> <![CDATA[Colorado grappling with greenhouse gas inventory]]> Tallying up greenhouse gas emissions may not be quite as easy as counting your fingers and toes, but it’s a necessary step toward taming the global warming beast, according to experts who have been working hard to complete an updated greenhouse inventory for Colorado.]]>