<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Boulderganic]]> <![CDATA[Bill McKibben leads divestment campaign to Boulder]]> Three figures were all author and environmental activist Bill McKibben needed to fuel his national roadshow.]]> <![CDATA[Is water Colorado’s earthship-limiting factor?]]> Earthships aiming to land in Colorado pour on a slew of questions about rights to the rain. Permaculture-minded and rather postmodern, the gridfree homes are designed to catch rainwater for consumptive, gray water and black water use. But in most parts of the state, catching rainwater is illegal.]]> <![CDATA[A darker shade of snow]]> “I was under a lot of pressure, because I had to prove that the project was not just a publicity stunt,” says Jason Box, climatologist and founder of the Dark Snow Project, designed to measure the impact of black carbon on the melting of the Greenland ice sheet.]]> <![CDATA[Bike-sharing program launches in Boulder]]> <![CDATA[Day-long party coming to east Pearl Street]]> A samba-style parade/march will begin at 2 p.m. at 15th Street, with everyone invited to join as a show of support for firefighters battling the Fourmile fire. There will also be a drop-off site for donations benefiting victims of the wildfire and evacuations.]]> <![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[A high-powered mom]]> Heather Bailey is Boulder’s new czar of municipalization, and she knows a thing or two about regulatory agencies and cities running their own electric utilities.]]> <![CDATA[Solar thermal offers alternative to natural gas]]> <![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[Bill McKibben's climate change]]> Environmentalist and author Bill McKibben says global warming has accelerated to the point that it's no longer about stopping it, but about slowing it down and mitigating it as much as possible.]]> <![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[Forest Service says when trees die, people die]]> Forest Service researchers have used the emerald ash borer, a beetle that has killed more than 100 million trees in the eastern and midwestern U.S., to study the correlation between human health and forest health. They conclude that counties severely impacted by the emerald ash borer also had higher human mortality rates.]]> <![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[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[Mobile methane detection]]> An array of equipment and an independent power source have converted a research scientistīs sturdy pickup truck into a mobile methane emissions detection unit.]]> <![CDATA[Grant helps communities kick-start zero-waste efforts]]> Thanks to a zero-waste grant from the Department of Agriculture, residents of Allenspark, Lyons, Jamestown, Gold Hill, Nederland, Eldorado Springs, Eldora and Ward will benefit from technical assistance, education and outreach provided by a new part-time hire.]]> <![CDATA[Can third time be the charm in the uphill battle for GMO labeling?]]> U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, knows his numbers. He knows that more than 90 percent of Americans believe that all foods that contain or are made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) should be required to have labels that state as much.]]> <![CDATA[The hidden effects of green homes]]> Though inactivity, smoking, and a lack of time spent in the great outdoors have all contributed to the staggering rise in asthma in past decades, some of the factors that contribute to asthma, which now affects an estimated 24.6 million Americans, may be aggravated by the way indoor air quality changes in green homes.]]> <![CDATA[Paving a contaminated parkway]]> Rather than expose those workers and people living downwind by moving dirt, the EPA opted to leave the contaminants — arsenic and plutonium — in place in the hopes that the occasional windstorm and the activity of as many as 18 burrowing species of animals and insects in the area would present less risk than moving tons of dirt.]]>