<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Boulderganic]]> <![CDATA[Betting on conservation]]> Twenty years of wishful thinking by lottery ticket buyers all over the state has made all the rest of us winners when it comes to living in Colorado. For the last two decades, revenue from the Colorado Lottery has been used to build parks and trails, create open space and protect wildlife habitat.]]> <![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[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[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[Let worms eat your garbage]]> <![CDATA[Governor’s Water Plan could ignite water war]]> In May of last year, Governor John Hickenlooper issued an executive order to create the Colorado Water Plan. As a part of the process established by the governor’s order, nine regional roundtables were empowered to create water plans for the river basins in their particular areas.]]> <![CDATA[Report criticizes EPA oversight of injection wells]]> The report, released Monday, July 28, by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, is critical of the Environmental Protection Agency’s inconsistent handling of safety inspections, poor record keeping and failure to adjust its guidelines to adapt to...]]> <![CDATA[Something in the air: High methane found near oil and gas operations]]> The Uintah Basin, south of Vernal, Utah, had been swept clean by high winds on Feb. 2, so the next day, with steady air patterns above the basin, CIRES researchers flew back and forth over the basin with instruments for measuring methane and other natural gases.]]> <![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[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[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[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[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.]]> <![CDATA[Growing wilder]]> Saving a piece of land from human activity actually requires a whole lot of human activity and cooperation. Years of it, really. In addition to those years of effort on the part of people, it takes a couple ingredients that also seem to be in short supply these days, not the least of which is a Congress capable of coming to bipartisan agreement.]]> <![CDATA[A river running]]> Boulder Creek dried up, and the bridge on Broadway spanned nothing but an empty stretch of sand, and it stayed that way for decades, eventually people would forget what it had meant to see a stream running there.]]> <![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[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[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[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[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.]]>