<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Boulderganic]]> <![CDATA[Too much of a good thing]]> Environmental legislation often masquerades under other banners. Few come at it as straightforwardly as H.R. 1126, the latest incarnation of legislation to require the secretary of the interior to auction off federal lands.]]> <![CDATA[An unbalanced equation]]> Shortly after Ben Barres, a professor of neurobiology at Stanford University, gave a speech about his discoveries regarding nerve cells at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998, an MIT faculty member was overheard saying, “Ben Barres gave a great seminar today, but then again, his work is much better than his sister’s.”]]> <![CDATA[Ill winds paint dusty picture for Colorado snowpack]]> In the past few years, the desert has come to some ski slopes long before those first snowbirds hit the road, in the form of orange desert dust that coats high country peaks with an eerie tint. The dust arrives on strong southwest winds preceding spring snowstorms.]]> <![CDATA[Power cut]]> As the solar industry continues to boom nationally, Colorado could be falling behind. The National Solar Foundation found Colorado’s solar job growth to have stagnated in 2013, while 90 percent of the country saw solar job growth. The organization’s National Solar Job Census, released in February, dropped Colorado by three ranks in terms of solar jobs, though still claiming the respectable rank of nine.]]> <![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[Animal behaviorists flock to Boulder]]> The Superb Starling is named for its iridescent blue and orange plumage and is evoked in a Wynton Marasalis song for its complex and collective birdsong, consisting of warbling, trills and chattering.]]> <![CDATA[Searching for a CSA]]> If you are trying to avoid GMOs and the potential for strange growths or zombie-like qualities this summer, participating in a CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, may be a good choice.]]> <![CDATA[Delving into the questions raised by ‘GMO OMG’]]> Genetically modified corn could contribute to cancer in test rats, according to a controversial two-year study currently dividing scientists, media and politicians as they try to determine what that could mean to the genetically engineered food industry and public safety.]]> <![CDATA[The weaker sex?]]> Contrary to cultural assumptions that boys are stronger and sturdier, basic biological weaknesses are built into the male of our species. These frailties leave them more vulnerable than girls to life’s hazards, including environmental pollutants such as insecticides, lead and plasticizers that target their brains or hormones.]]> <![CDATA[Biff 2012 | Bitter stories]]> The story that unfolds in the documentary Bitter Seeds, featured at the Boulder International Film Festival, is about farmers who wager it all on what are promised to be miracle seeds, but land dust and failed crops rather than a magic bean pole.]]> <![CDATA[Solar thermal offers alternative to natural gas]]> <![CDATA[Keeping up with beekeeping]]> “Everybody wants to be a beekeeper these days. Well, you don’t keep bees; you’re married to ‘em,” he says. “And not everyone wants to be married to bees. People think they’ll take care of themselves, but it’s not like hanging a birdhouse. It’s more like having a dog or a garden.]]> <![CDATA[Endangered again]]> No one expects wolves to return to everywhere in the world they once roamed — they’ll hardly be able to find comfortable dens in the wilds of Central Park in New York City — but how much territory wolves can be expected to recover, and whether they’ll need the Endangered Species Act to protect them along the way, is up for debate.]]> <![CDATA[Boulder celebrates its love affair with bicycles]]> Boulder’s bicycle culture is thriving and lively, and we habitually capture and celebrate it in visual form and as a group. Compare the single man polishing the chrome bumper of his car to the workshop of Community Cycles, which has now graduated 1,000 Earn-a- Bikers from its community workshop.]]> <![CDATA[Feed your local economy, your tummy, your yard ]]> As an alternative to the regular U.S. dollar, the Gaian creates a closed micro-economy of local businesses. Consumers participate by buying Gaian coins and using them at participating retailers. Business owners participate by accepting Gaians %uFFFD at a discount for customers %uFFFD and exchanging them with other businesses in the network.]]> <![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[Taking a monkey wrench to climate change]]> While the grizzlies near his Montana home hibernate, Doug Peacock retreats to southern Arizona to a town near the Mexican border where he can wander 100 miles before hitting another town. The self-described desert rat honed his wilderness affinities under legendary conservationist Edward Abbey, author of Desert Solitaire, and was the inspiration for George Hayduke, the eco-saboteur central to the The Monkey Wrench Gang.]]> <![CDATA[Nice title, terrible bill]]> Every so often those people we elect in Washington attempt to do something so egregious for their corporate donors that it shakes the very foundation of our democracy.]]> <![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[Where’s the beef (coming from)?]]>