<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Boulderganic]]> <![CDATA[Study finds a large slice of climate denial donations funneled through organizations that conceal donor]]> <![CDATA[A life less plastic]]> <![CDATA[Greener skiing]]> <![CDATA[Developer dips in wetlands]]> Work at the site by Brynn Grey Partners violated the terms of a federal permit and could drain a wetlands area near the intersection of Interstate 70 and U.S. Highway 9. The wetlands help moderate flooding risks during wet times and also help sustain base flows in a nearby mountain stream during the dry season.]]> <![CDATA[ONE WOMAN, ONE FARM]]> Audrey Levatino is a self-sufficient farmer — she has to be since, she runs it singlehandedly. So when it came to using a chainsaw, she knew she had to overcome her trepidation. “I didn’t start using a chainsaw when I first started farming for three or four years because I was afraid of it. I always asked my husband to do it. But once you learn how, it’s easier than a lot of things women do every day,” Levatino says. “It’s intimidating because it always seems like it’s been in the realm of the man’s world, but it’s not. It’s just another tool.”]]> <![CDATA[The new DDT]]> It’s sprayed on crops, schoolyards, parking lots and possibly your yard. The World Health Organization says it probably causes cancer. It’s the world’s most-used herbicide and the active ingredient in Roundup: glyphosate.]]> <![CDATA[Alternative fuel gaining speed]]> <![CDATA[So-called organic marijuana]]> We only use 100 percent organic soil and nutrients.” “Quality medication, which is … chemical free.” “Consistently high-quality, organic medical marijuana.” “All natural.” These are a few claims made by some of the 10 marijuana-growing companies that Colorado investigated for pesticide-related violations this spring on the Front Range.]]> <![CDATA[Tiny homes and tiny roadblocks]]> An entrepreneur and construction expert, Fears says he thinks the Aspen has used its square footage optimally. The 24 feet by 7 feet of space occupied by this “Tiny,” as Fears affectionately refers to all super-small dwellings — otherwise known as tiny homes, tiny houses or micro-homes — is permanently mounted to a specially designed steel trailer.]]> <![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[Colorado grappling with greenhouse gas inventory]]> Tallying up greenhouse gas emissions may not be quite as easy as counting your fingers and toes, but it’s a necessary step toward taming the global warming beast, according to experts who have been working hard to complete an updated greenhouse inventory for Colorado.]]> <![CDATA[Lynx are back in Colorado, but still facing threats]]> Like many Colorado skiers, the state’s native lynx must also have enjoyed this past winter. Cruising along on their huge, tufted paws, the wild cats come into their own when the snow piles up soft and deep in high country spruce and fir forests.]]> <![CDATA[Toxic trout for dinner?]]> Mercury levels in some fish exceeded U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) health thresholds for potential impacts to fish, birds and humans, according to National Park Service and U.S. Geological Survey scientists. The study sites spanned 21 national parks in 10 western states, including Alaska, including samples from 1,400 fish.]]> <![CDATA[Putting your money where your meal is]]> A nonprofit fund called Soil Trust, which will be officially launched at Slow Money’s upcoming National Gathering in Boulder on April 29 and 30, aims to enable local citizens to up the food sustainability ante and put their money where their meal is — or, rather, where it comes from.]]> <![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.]]> <![CDATA[Fire rebuilders keep eye on green goals]]> <![CDATA[Talking about the environment]]> When it comes to environmental issues like climate change, where do you get your information? Unless you’re a scientist, it’s likely that someone is relaying the information to you — say, a newspaper journalist, a TV meteorologist or your Facebook friends.]]> <![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[Roots in the water]]> That’s how the Boulderbased company Agua Inc describes its rich collection of macrophytes, a class of plants that dominate wetlands, streams and shallow lake ecosystems in the wild. Macrophytes are also the key to Agua’s vision: helping to make clean, safe water attainable in the poorest and least developed corners of the globe.]]> <![CDATA[From seed to harvest]]> It’s late April and Polly Ruff pulls a few weeds growing from the outside edge of her raised bed at Living Harvest Garden. The 30 plots surrounding her are in various stages of preparation for the first season of this freshly minted community garden..]]>