<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Environment Today]]> <![CDATA[Why fight against fracking could determine Earth's future]]> As obscure as the war against fracking is in Boulder County — it gets front-page headlines less often than marijuana and a bad football team — the oil-drilling practice is even less well-known across the country.]]> <![CDATA[‘Monsanto Protection Act’ would keep GMO crops in the ground during legal battles ]]> It’s that exciting time of the year again when the Senate and House Appropriations Committees gets together to hash out the annual agriculture budget. I know, right? Really fun stuff.]]> <![CDATA[One dead, two injured in Utah oil well explosion]]> An explosion at a well site in eastern Utah has killed one worker and injured two others.]]> <![CDATA[Undead laws: ‘Ag-gag bills’ are back to keep factory farm abuse a secret]]> The progressive left likes to use the term “zombie lies” to refer to untruths that are repeatedly debunked and yet remain endlessly parroted by the media. The phrase may or may not have been coined by blogger Duncan Black (aka atrios), who quipped, “No matter how hard we try to kill them, they keep coming back to eat our brains.”]]> <![CDATA[Farmers Continue to Fight Monsanto’s ‘Seed Police’]]> Seventy-five family farmers, seed businesses and agricultural organizations representing more than 300,000 individuals and 4,500 farms filed a brief on July 5 with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. asking the appellate court to reverse a lower court’s decision from February dismissing their protective legal action against agricultural giant Monsanto’s patents on genetically engineered seed.]]> <![CDATA[Imported oil: It isn't a Middle Eastern thing]]> Imported oil and gas is often invoked as an evil specter in American politics, calling to mind shadowy anti-American regimes profiting off of our oil addiction.]]> <![CDATA[White rhino poaching hits record levels in 2013]]> The BBC is reporting that 2013 was the worst year on record for the poaching of white rhinos in South Africa.]]> <![CDATA[Small Town Gets Court To Ban Fracking]]> Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," has been linked to everything from polluted water to earthquakes but the rush toward developing the practice hasn't slowed much.]]> <![CDATA[U.S. power plant emissions down]]> A new study shows that natural gas power plants that use a new technology to extract more energy from the fuel release significantly less carbon dioxide than coal-fired plants do.]]> <![CDATA[See time-lapse animated GIFs of environmental changes over 28 years]]> Using annual photos from space, Google has compiled animated images that provide an overhead look at some major environmental changes over 28 years.]]> <![CDATA[Why fixing up old homes is greener than building new ones]]> Looking for the ultimate earth-friendly bungalow? No need to engineer some LEED certified space pod. Buy an old house and gird yourself for an eco-friendly remodel.]]> <![CDATA[Amazonian Tribes Try Harvesting Rainwater After Oil Drilling Polluted Their Water ]]> Oil companies started drilling around Ecuador’s Lago Agrio in 1972. Texaco had found oil here a few years before, in the middle of the Amazon, and for decades the oil industry harvested the oil gushing from the ground. Chevron took over when it bought Texaco, and Ecuador’s state oil company took over from Chevron. All the while, the drilling operations were pouring pollution in the area’s air and water—so much pollution that last year an Ecuadorian judge ordered Chevron to pay a total $18 billion to a group of 30,000 indigenous people, represented by a coalition of lawyers from Ecuador and North America.]]> <![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[Full coverage of the lively climate change discussion at the GOP convention]]> <![CDATA[The end of fall foliage: Why leaves' colors are fading]]> The much-beloved colors of fall — the golds, reds, oranges and even browns of leaves in autumn — might not last forever.]]> <![CDATA[Americans want more fruits and veggies for everyone]]> If you’ve noticed more carrot-crunching, more orange-peeling, and an abundance of leafy green salads lately, it’s probably not a coincidence. As The Washington Post reported earlier this week, Americans eat more fresh foods than they did five years ago.]]> <![CDATA[NASA study: Polar ice melting more rapidly]]> Ice at both poles is melting faster every year, a new study from an international group including NASA reports. And the study has found the melting is leading to rising sea levels.]]> <![CDATA[BLM lands suspended during federal shutdown]]> Public land is suspended.]]> <![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[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.]]>