<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Environment Today]]> <![CDATA[Rio Environment Meeting Focuses On 'Energy For All']]> Diplomats and activists from around the world are meeting in Rio de Janeiro this week to talk about how the planet's growing population can live better lives without damaging the environment. The Rio 20 meeting marks the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio, a watershed meeting to address topics as diverse as climate change and biodiversity.]]> <![CDATA[Food industry seeking federal GMO law]]> The most powerful players in the food industry say they are simply trying to find a national solution for GMO labeling, rather than having to navigate a patchwork of dozens of state laws.]]> <![CDATA[Mysterious Dark-Skinned Stone Age People Found]]> A newly found Stone Age people featured darker skin, an unusual mix of primitive and modern features and had a strong taste for venison.]]> <![CDATA[10 reasons not to frack California's dirty oil]]> Fracking is already a nationwide debate. Soon, it might become a nationwide practice.]]> <![CDATA[Can a Denim Kilt Fight Climate Change?]]> Clothing made from organic cotton or other eco-friendly materials may lessen an outfit's environmental impact. But what about garments that benefit the air by sucking up pollutants? A futuristic collaboration between a nanotechnologist and fashion designer is raising the bar for environmentally friendly fashion with concept line Catalytic Clothing.]]> <![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[Scientist cleared in reports of polar bear drowning]]> Wildlife researcher Charles Monnett wasn't kidding or making it up, an investigation has found: Polar bears really did appear to be drowning in the Arctic for lack of ice, as he reported.]]> <![CDATA[The Clean Water Act: America's greatest environmental law turns 40]]> The Clean Water Act is entering its 40th year of preventing rivers from catching fire.]]> <![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[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[EU announces energy and climate goals]]> The BBC is reporting that The European Commission has announced an outline of its energy and climate policy goals until 2030. "The Commissioners want a bindi]]> <![CDATA[Bag fee reduces paper and plastic bag use by 68 percent]]> It started costing $.10 each at the grocery line six months ago when a new city initiative began requiring grocery stores to charge a fee per disposable bag. Here's the results. ]]> <![CDATA[Honey makes the world go ’round]]> In 2005, Andrew Coté found himself in northern Iraq, walking hand-in-hand with a Kurdish beekeeper. This was not some Bush-era publicity stunt to put a gloss of false friendship over the country’s violent reality.]]> <![CDATA[Warm Spring May Mean Drought and Wildfires in West]]> The early spring of 2012 raised both temperatures and eyebrows, including President Obama's.]]> <![CDATA[Romney implies Colorado has no green jobs, even though the state has over 70,000]]> Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney campaigned in Craig, Colo., this morning, where he slammed the Obama administration for its energy policies. Romney implied in his speech that there are no clean energy jobs in Colorado, an assertion that is blatantly untrue:]]> <![CDATA[World cities seek solutions for 'heat island' effect]]> Temperatures have been off the charts across the country this summer, and America's cities are particularly hard-hit.]]> <![CDATA[Ethnicity and the environment: Latinos join green movement]]> If Republicans thought immigration was the only issue that drove Latino voters away, they might be very wrong.]]> <![CDATA[Monsanto’s new seeds could be a tech dead-end ]]> When I wrote recently about the next generation of genetically engineered seeds, I was in truth referring to the next next generation. The fact is that the next actual generation of seeds is already out of the lab and poised for approval by the USDA.]]> <![CDATA[Study Finds that U.S. Gas Prices Will Increase if Keystone XL Pipeline Is Built]]> American drivers will face higher gasoline prices if the Keystone XL Tar Sands pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico were built, according to a new analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).]]> <![CDATA[Are pro-fracking online comments coming from paid shills?]]> Here at Boulder Weekly, we welcome robust discussion of our stories. We hope that whenever we tackle an issue in an article, those with opinions from all sides of the political spectrum can]]>