<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Boulderganic]]> <![CDATA[The other oil import]]> Deforestation is at the top of the CIA’s list of environmental issues facing Indonesia, and much of it can be attributed to the creation of palm oil plantations, built to satisfy demands of the American market, which has increased the import of palm oil by 485 percent over the last decade.]]> <![CDATA[An ocean to learn from]]> Journalist and ocean organizer David Helvarg is attending this month’s Colorado Ocean Coalition Blue Drinks to talk about his new book, The Golden Shore. On its surface, Helvarg’s latest book offers a lengthy history of California and Californians’ relationship to the ocean and their 11,000 miles of coastline.]]> <![CDATA[Creatively building community]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs | Week of March 6]]> Keeping bees and greasing with palms.]]> <![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[Vulture lookout]]> In the big picture, vultures are everywhere. They are comprised of two groups, Old World vultures and New World vultures. You can watch them fly almost anyplace except the colds of the Antarctic and, surprisingly, Australia, a continent that would seem well-suited for the birds.]]> <![CDATA[Beyond green homes]]> <![CDATA[Sprayed trespass]]> A recent decision from a district court in Delta County could affect the view of trespassing, aerial spraying and the restitution available to farmers who lose crops due to drift.]]> <![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[Peeking in on priceless plants]]> <![CDATA[Unfair share]]> Don Feusner ran dairy cattle on his 370-acre slice of northern Pennsylvania until he could no longer turn a profit by farming. Then, at age 60, he sold all but a few Angus and aimed for a comfortable retirement on money from drilling his land for natural gas instead.]]> <![CDATA[Open streets, open minds]]> The average pedestrian might not realize how wide Boulder’s sidewalks tend to be, and drivers might be annoyed at the barriers in the Goss Grove neighborhood that make 21st Street an impassable shortcut from Arapahoe Avenue to Canyon Boulevard.]]> <![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[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[Lacking labels]]> Natural,” “organic,” “whole grain,” “hormone free”: the labels in grocery store aisles are endless, all designed to tell consumers more about the products available for purchase.]]> <![CDATA[Can the state water plan bridge the gap?]]> When Colorado’s earth cracked open in the great drought of 2002, it may have also cracked open a new corner of consciousness about the finite nature of the state’s water supplies.]]> <![CDATA[Grant Farms offshoot revives CSA on limited basis]]> A remnant of Grant Family Farms, the large Wellington organic farm that declared bankruptcy in late 2012, has revived its community-supported agriculture (CSA) program, but on a much smaller scale.]]> <![CDATA[Fish on the line]]> When it comes to fresh seafood, many of us consider sushi the grand master. But these days, with the health of the environment pushing us to make more sustainable choices when it comes to what we put into our bodies, texture and flavor are not the only criteria we use when we decide what or where to eat.]]> <![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 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.]]>