<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Environment Today]]> <![CDATA[Natural Gas a Weak Weapon Against Climate Change, New Study Asserts]]> Although natural gas burns more cleanly than coal, a new study argues that replacing all the world's coal power plants with natural gas would do little to slow global warming this century.]]> <![CDATA[After Greenpeace protests, Apple promises to dump coal power]]> Apple is cleaning up its energy act. The computer company says that by early next year, the energy used to power its worldwide data centers will all come from renewable sources, such as solar, wind power, or hydroelectric dams. It announced the news Thursday in a post on its website.]]> <![CDATA[How Making Food Safe Can Harm Wildlife And Water]]> We'd probably like to think that clean, safe food goes hand in hand with pristine nature, with lots of wildlife and clean water. But in the part of California that grows a lot of the country's lettuce and spinach, these two goals have come into conflict.]]> <![CDATA[Sea Levels Rising Fast on U.S. East Coast]]> Sea level rise on the U.S. East Coast has accelerated much faster than in other parts of the world—roughly three to four times the global average, a new study says.]]> <![CDATA[USGS: Recent Earthquakes ‘Almost Certainly Manmade’]]> A U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) research team has linked oil and natural gas drilling operations to a series of recent earthquakes from Alabama to the Northern Rockies.]]> <![CDATA[Crisis of ice for Greenland]]> Ice caps melting was among the first tangible signs of global warming, and it's time to bring the focus back to them, says environmentalist Bill McKibben, especially as they continue to melt rapidly.]]> <![CDATA[Support dropping for fracking regulations]]> A 10 percent drop in the polls would be a killer for a presidential candidate. In fact, the reality may be much more drastic.]]> <![CDATA[Climate Change Is Forcing Entire Countries to Migrate]]> The people of Kiribati are going to have to move. Slightly more than 100,000 people live in this country, a chain of 33 atolls in the South Pacific, about as many as live in a small American city like Erie, Pennsylvania, or Flint, Michigan.]]> <![CDATA[National, Community, Labor and Food Leaders Speak Out against Walmart]]> On the steps of New York City Hall on Feb. 23, national, community, food, urban and labor group leaders hosted a press conference to address Walmart’s negative impact on the food system. Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter and Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU), spoke at the event, which also marked the release of the new Food & Water Watch report, “Why Walmart Can’t Fix the Food System,” an analysis of the rift between Walmart’s marketing claims and the true impact the company has on the food system.]]> <![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[Top Climate Scientists Urge Clinton to Fully Consider Keystone XL’s Impact on Climate Change]]> Ten of the nation’s top climate scientists released a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today, urging the State Department to conduct a serious review of the climate change impacts of the Keystone XL pipeline.]]> <![CDATA[High temps increase erosion, pollution in Rocky Mountain streams]]> Higher temperatures may be contributing to greater erosion of metals into Rocky Mountain streams, which in turn is causing fish and other wildlife to die.]]> <![CDATA[Chemical Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know about the Dangers of Styrene]]> One of the largest labor organizations in the U.S., a leading environmental advocacy group, and one of the top physicians in occupational medicine filed legal papers late Friday aimed at making sure government can alert the American public to the potential dangers of styrene, a chemical used extensively in the manufacture of plastics, as well as boats, cars, bathtubs and products made with rubber, such as tires and conveyer belts. The groups filed a motion to intervene in D.C. District Court, seeking to help defend the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ listing of styrene as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” The motion is in response to a chemical industry lawsuit attempting to force the agency to withdraw the styrene warning.]]> <![CDATA[Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono release anti-fracking song 'Don't Frack My Mom']]> Artist Yoko Ono and her son Sean Lennon have established themselves as leaders in the movement against fracking, which we hardly need to bother identifying as a natural gas extraction method.]]> <![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[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[Study finds one-in-four shark species faces extinction]]> A first-ever global study of the conservation status of over 1,000 shark, ray and related species reveals that at least one in every four existing species are heading toward extinction]]> <![CDATA[Rhino decimation in one infographic]]> <![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[Can Adding Iron To Oceans Slow Global Warming?]]> A noted oceanographer once quipped that if you gave him a tanker half-filled with iron, he could give you an ice age. He was only half-joking.]]>