<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Environment Today]]> <![CDATA[2012 heat wave records not likely to last through 2013]]> Almost every month in the spring and summer of 2012 has set records for heat.]]> <![CDATA[Monsanto’s Endless Pipeline of Bad Ideas]]> As if the disaster of RoundUp resistant superweeds sweeping our farmland weren’t enough, Monsanto is now preparing to launch an even greater disaster—a new soybean engineered to be resistant to the older, more toxic weedkiller, dicamba. The seed—which Monsanto plans to market in 2014 if approved—will also come stacked with the company’s RoundUp Ready gene, and is designed to be used with Monsanto’s proprietary herbicide “premix” of dicamba and glyphosate.]]> <![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[EPA releases final assessment of potential impacts of mining on Bristol Bay ]]> A new report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emphasizes the negative impacts that large-scale gold and copper mining in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region could have ]]> <![CDATA[Without Passage of RESTORE Act, BP Could Get Sweet Settlement Deal]]> BP could soon squirm its way to a sweet settlement deal this week for the Gulf oil disaster—a move that would allow the company’s pockets to continue to expand on the heels of their record profits, while leaving more uncertainty for restoring the Gulf of Mexico to an environmentally and economically healthy state.]]> <![CDATA[Let's Make Sustainable Food Less Elitist]]> It's hard to argue with the mission of the Women, Infants and Children Farmers Market Nutrition Program. This federal initiative aims to boost health among those most vulnerable to malnutrition, obesity, heart disease, cancers, and other health maladies by helping supply low-income women and young children with fresh fruits and vegetables they could not otherwise afford. More than 2 million Americans received benefits from WIC’s farmers market program in 2010 alone.]]> <![CDATA[How EPA helps big corporations greenwash]]> While I generally have nothing but praise for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), its Green Power Partnership program falls short of the agency’s usual standard. In particular, the program, by providing media recognition for participating companies who procure renewable energy, inflates the activities of large companies at the expense of businesses whose clean energy transformation is much more meaningful.]]> <![CDATA[The Key to Addressing Climate Change – Indigenous Knowledge]]> The precipitous rise in the world’s human population and humankind’s ever-increasing dependence on fossil fuel-based ways of living have played a significant role in raising the concentration of atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHG).]]> <![CDATA[Why Pat Robertson Wants to Legalize Marijuana]]> The other day, we got solid proof that the media is biased toward the left. On a cable-news show seen by millions, a white-haired host declared that although the U.S. has 5% of the world’s population, it detains a quarter of the world’s prisoners. “I just think it’s shocking to see how many of these young people wind up in prison,” he said. “And then they get turned into hard-core criminals because they have possession of a small amount of a controlled substance. The whole thing is crazy.”]]> <![CDATA[Colorado grandparents deliver anti-fracking letter]]> A day after National Grandparent's Day, grandparents from around Colorado will deliver a letter to Gov. John Hickenlooper and other governors protesting against the oil and gas drilling process known as fracking.]]> <![CDATA[A New Green Agenda for Commuters ]]> As gasoline prices passed $3.50 a gallon nationally, the politicking predictably kicked into overdrive. “There’s no reason we can’t get gasoline down to $2 and $2.50 a gallon,” said Newt Gingrich, who in February promised he would accomplish this via an agenda he called “Drill here, drill now, pay less.” Two days later three prominent Democrats, including Representative Ed Markey, called for President Obama to release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to lower gas prices.]]> <![CDATA[Shake It Off: Earth's Wobble May Have Ended Ice Age]]> The last big ice age ended about 11,000 years ago, and not a moment too soon — it made a lot more of the world livable, at least for humans.]]> <![CDATA[Fracking leak causes methane to contaminate groundwater in Pa.]]> Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection has acknowledged that methane from a fracking operation has contaminated groundwater and wellwater in Leroy Township, Pa.]]> <![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[Greenback cutthroat trout nearly completely extinct]]> No, bud, you didn't catch a greenback. We're sorry.]]> <![CDATA[As gov., Romney flip-flopped on addressing climate change]]> Flip-flopping isn't a new accusation on the campaign trail, but Mitt the governor started switching positions years before he was ever running.]]> <![CDATA[Citing industry 'misinformation,' anti-fracking group launches videos]]> Frack Free Colorado, a statewide environmental organization that is opposed to the oil and gas practice of hydraulic fracturing, has started a series of videos arguing against the practice.]]> <![CDATA[Protecting more than a postage-stamp-sized ecosystem]]> Yukon First Nations and Yukon-based environmental organizations are taking legal action to secure protections for the Peel River Watershed.]]> <![CDATA[EPA Creates Website To ID Biggest Emitters Of Greenhouse Gases]]> Ever wondered who the big greenhouse-gas emitters are in your neck of the woods? The answer is now just a click away. The US Environmental Protection Agency today unveiled a new website that identifies most of the nation's biggest emitters of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases.]]> <![CDATA[Climate Warming Denial: Big Business]]> What to do when adults persist in believing that the burning of fossil fuels is causing climate change? You know, on account of that pesky overwhelming scientific evidence and stuff? Simple. Target kids instead, and try to convince them, as early as possible, that it's all a crock - or at least that it's highly controversial.]]>