<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Environment Today]]> <![CDATA[How the Soy Industry Is Making Factory Fish Farming Even Worse]]> In 2010, the CEO of the American Soy Association reported that the organization has been closely monitoring progress in the development of offshore fish farming legislation and meeting with congres­sional staff on the topic. In March 2011, it endorsed a controversial plan that would allow such fish farming or “aquaculture” in the Gulf of Mexico. In September 2011, a press release was issued announcing a new marine fish farm project that would “revolutionize sustainable agriculture.” The source of the release? The Illinois Soybean Association.]]> <![CDATA[Boulder ocean group opposes SeaWorld float in Macy's parade]]> News that Macy's intends to include a SeaWorld float in its celebrated Thanksgiving Day Parade has led a Boulder group dedicated to defending oceans to oppose the inclusion of the float.]]> <![CDATA[Some like it hot (or cold): How weather affects carbon emissions ]]> As we take climate change more seriously, we’ll need better ways of measuring carbon emissions. That doesn’t just mean reporting and monitoring systems, but also better conceptual models, a sense of how best to compare emissions between regions or countries.]]> <![CDATA[Foreign countries stop buying US wheat, fearing GMOs]]> A rogue, illegal strain of genetically modified wheat was found in Oregon May 30. And its impact is already being felt on U.S. exports.]]> <![CDATA[Washington will decide whether to label GMO food]]> The battle to put labels on foods that contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, continues in the state of Washington this November.]]> <![CDATA[Obama heeding the echoes of Katrina]]> For many Americans, Hurricane Katrina was more than just a storm. Its damage also reached even farther than the extensive damage it did to New Orleans and other parts of the Gulf Coast.]]> <![CDATA[EPA catches Kia, Hyundai overstating MPG claims]]> The Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that two car companies, Hyundai and Kia, would lower the miles-per-gallon estimates on their 2012-2013 models after the EPA found they didn't perform to the levels they claimed.]]> <![CDATA[U.S. Bottled Water Sales Are Booming (Again) Despite Opposition]]> Despite organized anti-bottled-water campaigns across the country and a noisy debate about bottled water’s environmental impact, Americans are buying more bottled water than ever. In 2011, total bottled water sales in the U.S. hit 9.1 billion gallons — 29.2 gallons of bottled water per person, according to sales figures from Beverage Marketing Corp.]]> <![CDATA[Solar power could replace fossil fuels, utilities acknowledge]]> How much could renewable energy shake up the energy industry? It depends who you ask.]]> <![CDATA[How catching salmon can save a forest ]]> I lean over the rail, whispering sweet nothings to the salmon in the water below. Hooked through the cheek, she stares at me with a turquoise eye. I raise the baseball bat-like gaff with my right hand and promise her, “This will be quick.” When I slam the gaff against her head, her opal scales quiver faintly, then go still. I yank her out of her universe, and into mine. A pool of crimson spreads on the deck. “Thank you.”]]> <![CDATA[Russian Scientists Breach Antarctica's Lake Vostok]]> Russian scientists have confirmed that they have penetrated Antarctica's Lake Vostok, an event that may "expand the limits of life on Earth," a U.S. scientist says.]]> <![CDATA[Feeding the Planet Without Destroying It]]> Climate change is the environmental problem that obsesses us, the one that's the focus of high-flying international summits and hardcore national politics. But it's not the only environmental problem — and it's not even the biggest one. That happens to be the crisis in agriculture and land use, the subject of what Jon Foley — the head of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment — calls the "other inconvenient truth." Put simply, the act of feeding 7 billion plus human beings already puts more stress on the planet than any other single activity — and with both population and global wealth continuing to grow, we're going to need to figure out a way to produce more food without further damaging the environment. Otherwise we may end up running out of both food and the planet.]]> <![CDATA[Six more takedowns of Stanford organic study — and media's reporting on it]]> A Stanford study that concluded organic food doesn't provide greater nutritional benefit than conventionally grown food is taking its licks in the media.]]> <![CDATA[10 reasons not to frack California's dirty oil]]> Fracking is already a nationwide debate. Soon, it might become a nationwide practice.]]> <![CDATA[U.S. coal is on the decline, and utility execs know it ]]> Every week brings a new story about coal’s decline in America. Here are two from last week.]]> <![CDATA[New study finds increase in birth defects near fracking sites]]> A new study examining possible health risks to babies born within 10 miles of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells was released January 28. ]]> <![CDATA[Plastic Trash Is Altering Ocean Habitats in Unexpected Ways]]> A 100-fold upsurge in human-produced plastic garbage in the ocean is altering habitats in the marine environment, according to a new study led by a graduate student researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.]]> <![CDATA[Banned Pesticides Found in Popular Chinese Tea Brands]]> A Greenpeace investigation has found pesticides banned for use on tea in the products marketed by some of China’s top tea companies. Some of the firms, which include China Tea, Tenfu Tea and China Tea King, export tea products to Japan, the U.S. and Europe.]]> <![CDATA[U.S. military kicks more ass by using less fossil-fuel energy ]]> To understand the promise of renewable energy for the U.S. military, it helps to start as far from Washington, D.C., as possible. (This is true for most forms of understanding.) Start far from the politicians, even from the military brass, far from the rooms where big-money decisions are made, far out on the leading edge of the conflict, with a small company of Marines in Afghanistan’s Sangin River Valley.]]> <![CDATA[Shell Preemptively Sues Environmental Groups over Arctic Drilling]]> You’ve probably heard that Shell is planning to drill in Arctic waters. But now the plot thickens—In a bizarre move, Shell has decided to preemptively sue a group of environmental groups, including Oceana, to attempt to silence our voices and remove our right to challenge their spill response plan.]]>