<![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[Contesting the rules of roadlessness]]> Six years ago, in the interest of protecting Colorado’s pristine wilderness areas while the national roadless area rule was being contested in court, the state began development of a roadless rule. Two drafts and 200,000 public comments later, local conservation organizations are now looking to scrap that rule and go back to the national roadless rule, which has since been validated twice by circuit courts, including the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver in October. Not only is a state rule no long necessary, conservation groups say, the Colorado roadless rule doesn’t offer protections for Colorado’s forests that are as strong as the national rule. They’re putting pressure on the Obama administration to block the proposed Colorado Roadless Rule.]]> <![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[The boy and the buffalo]]> The government’s controversial management activities for buffalo includes hunting; hazing with helicopters, horseback riders and ATVs; and baiting capture facilities with hay then hauling buffalo away for slaughter. Colorado native Comfrey Jacobs had watched, helpless, for months. And then he had enough]]> <![CDATA[Boulder going Beta]]> <![CDATA[Are flame retardants causing toxic couches?]]> Flame retardants in U.S. furniture are on the rise, with a new study finding them in nearly all couches tested. The findings, published Nov. 28, confirm that household furniture remains a major source of a variety of flame retardants, some of which have been building up in people’s bodies and in the environment.]]> <![CDATA[CU prof: Don’t buy the promise of nuclear energy]]> Frank Kreith argues that the pro-nuclear stance outlined in the documentary Pandora’s Promise is not realistic, given that the technology needed to make it a viable source of energy is decades away]]> <![CDATA[Fire rebuilders keep eye on green goals]]> <![CDATA[No environmental regulations in this House]]> Though Congress this year may be better known as the session that failed to accomplish anything, a report commissioned by three ranking members of the House shows this year’s collection of Representatives has cast more anti-environment votes than any other in history. The total averages out to one anti-environmental vote for every day in session in 2011. The votes were split by party, with 94 percent of Republicans voting anti-environment and 86 percent of Democrats voting pro-environment.]]> <![CDATA[‘The Human Quest’ calls for new Industrial Revolution]]> Through the “language of art and science,” writer Johan Rockström and photographer Mattias Klum work to steer the world’s “drivers” down a different road. Without a serious change, they argue, we are doomed to a future in which the “world drives at an ever faster pace toward the escarpment, along our unsustainable and undesirable development highway.]]> <![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[Fire aftermath: Prove your structure wasn't toxic]]> <![CDATA[Environmental engineers]]> A three-wheeled, alien vehicle that can be lifted with relative ease by three or four young men is carrying the hopes of five engineering students at the University of Colorado. They believe the car may be able to last for 1,500 miles on one gallon of gas during the Shell Eco-marathon this weekend.]]> <![CDATA[Green pets]]> Though pets have a much smaller carbon footprint than humans, making a few changes in a pet’s diet, shampoo and toys does make a difference in the environment, and the market for environmentally friendly pet products is growing.]]> <![CDATA[Green sandwiches and the invasion of the carrots]]> This coming Earth Day, the Carrotmob will descend upon University Hill at Half Fast Subs in an effort to raise enough money to help the sub shop become more energy-efficient. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, all revenues from Half Fast will be used to make the outdated restaurant more green.]]> <![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[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[Media coverage misleading on Stanford’s organic vs. conventional food study]]> You probably came away with the impression that a new Stanford University study released on Tuesday concluded that there are no health benefits to eating organic food compared to eating conventional food. It’s a pretty sensational headline. Unfortunately, it’s also completely wrong.]]> <![CDATA[Act legalizes cottage chefs]]> Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed the “Local Foods, Local Jobs Act” into law, exempting small food producers who sell directly to their customers from having to use commercial kitchens and paying for health department inspections.]]> <![CDATA[Cultivating farmers on small farms]]> Rows of squash, beans, corn, broccoli, lettuce, potatoes and tomatoes are tended by apprentice farmers, coming out even on the recent blazing hot afternoons to plant seeds, pull weeds and cover potato plants in hay and dirt on a small farm off the Diagonal Highway near Niwot. The one-acre Everybody Eats! farm is planted on 3.5 acres of land leased from the Shepherd Valley Waldorf School.]]>