<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Boulderganic]]> <![CDATA[Getting smarter about sustainability]]> On Earth Day in 1970, a group of dedicated students on the University of Colorado Boulder campus did something unprecedented. They created the first-ever student-facilitated and -organized environmental center.]]> <![CDATA[All’s fair in love and war (and industrial agriculture)]]> The war began at the federal level in 2002 when former U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich introduced five bills addressing the need to regulate genetically engineered crops — this included legislation to label consumer goods containing GMOs, as well...]]> <![CDATA[Alternative fuel gaining speed]]> <![CDATA[Fixing instead of fretting]]> <![CDATA[Beetle-mania]]> After suffering more than 15 years of a mountain pine beetle outbreak, Colorado’s forests are now facing another bark beetle epidemic. Last year, 183,000 acres of Colorado’s forests were infested with the spruce beetle, bringing the total acreage affected by spruce beetles to just under 1 million since the initial outbreak in 1996.]]> <![CDATA[Turn up the heat]]> Capsaicin positively affects internal conditions as well as external ones. It reduces triglycerides in the blood, speeds up cholesterol breakdown, and reduces the risk of internal blood clots that trigger heart attacks.]]> <![CDATA[Wildfire prevention or forest destruction?]]> But some locals, upset about the changes to the forest they know and love, are questioning if logging can really protect their homes and whether wildfire is as much of a threat to the forest as they’re being told.]]> <![CDATA[Amalgam-nation]]> In a video called “Smoking Teeth” on the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology’s website, a man takes an extracted tooth and rubs its 25-year-old amalgam filling with a pencil eraser. A phosphorescent screen in the background illuminates mercury offgassing — more than 1,000 times higher than what the Environmental Protection Agency allows for our air.]]> <![CDATA[Wind turbines may lure bats into fatal errors]]> Scientists might just be about to answer one of the great puzzles of biodiversity and renewable energy: why one of nature’s most agile flyers, a creature with the most sophisticated ultrasonic tracking system, should be so fatally attracted to wind turbines.]]> <![CDATA[Growing resistance]]> The World Health Organization statement on the matter reads like the setup to a sci-fi horror film — a once hypothetical problem has now become a major threat to public health. And no, we’re not talking about Ebola flying home on airplanes.]]> <![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[The full reach of addiction]]> Humankind’s relationship with psychoactive substances can be traced back thousands of years to religious trances induced by specific plants and fungai. But some substances are more addictive than others, and opium, caffeine and nicotine have become commonplace, in some senses socially acceptable, vices.]]> <![CDATA[Interview: Pete McBride, director of 'Water Tower']]> <![CDATA[Carbon offset not a free pass]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Reduce, reuse, re-what?]]> Two years ago, Boulder was diverting 41 percent of the waste stream to be recycled or composted. In 2013, that number had decreased to 32 percent, according to the city of Boulder’s website, even though regulations make recycling as easy and inexpensive as possible for residents.]]> <![CDATA[Washing away a harvest: Contamination ruins Boulder County crops]]> Due to potential pathogens and contamination in the floodwater, many farmers with flooded property are still uncertain if their fall harvest can safely be consumed. Farmers are waiting for word from a government agency to help make that decision.]]> <![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[Unwelcome visitors: Invasive fish species spell trouble for Colorado waterways]]> The next time you consider ways of getting rid of a pet fish, dead or alive, know that dumping it into the nearest lake or flushing it down the toilet are not valid options.]]> <![CDATA[Local farm loses the battle against local government]]> After years of fighting Boulder County land use codes and regulations, Zia Parker is selling her farm and moving with her husband to Ecuador in hopes that running a permaculture farm will encounter fewer obstacles in the South American country.]]> <![CDATA[Climate scientists say effects of global warming are more urgent than once believed]]> Without drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, the report says, global average temperatures will probably increase by another 2 degrees Celsius by mid-century over their 1986-2005 levels. This implies temperatures nearly 4 degrees Celsius higher by 2100.]]>