<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Environment Today]]> <![CDATA[Hundreds of Canadian Websites Go Dark To Protest Treatment of Environmental Charities]]> As dysfunctional as the American political system appears to be right now, it at least provides some checks and balances to unlimited power. In a parliamentary system like Canada's, if a government is in power long enough to pack the Senate and the Supreme Court and gets a majority government, it can pretty much do what it wants. Now that Stephen Harper has his majority (earned with only 39% of the vote, but that's what happens with a first-past-the-post system and a Liberal party meltdown) he is doing exactly what he wants.]]> <![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[EPA chief Lisa Jackson stepping down for Obama's 2nd term]]> The administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson, will resign her post at the beginning of President Barack Obama's second term, Jackson has announced.]]> <![CDATA[CU aims to streamline recycling for students]]> Is recycling in multiple containers too complicated? The University of Colorado Boulder will be simplifying the process for students this year, providing single-stream recycling receptacles in dining and housing areas.]]> <![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]]> <![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[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[Victory in the Senate—No Revival of the Rejected Keystone XL Pipeline]]> In a victory for people across the U.S., the Senate defeated an attempt to approve the already rejected Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Backers of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline just do not seem to learn—the country does not want a rush to judgment when it comes to building a massive dirty energy project through our heartlands that would be so damaging to our climate, water, land and health.]]> <![CDATA[Amid Economic Concerns, Carbon Capture Faces a Hazy Future]]> For a world dependent on fossil fuels, carbon capture and storage (CCS) could be a key to controlling greenhouse gas emissions. But the technology meant to scrub carbon dioxide pollution from the air is experiencing stiff headwinds that have stalled many projects at the bottom line.]]> <![CDATA[The truth about renewable energy: Inexpensive, reliable, and inexhaustible ]]> We’ve all heard the common myths about renewable energy: It’s expensive; it can’t be relied upon; there just isn’t enough of it to meet our energy needs. But as technological advances and plummeting costs drive explosive growth — U.S. installed wind capacity has grown sevenfold to nearly 47 gigawatts in the last seven years — real-world experience is shattering long-held assumptions every day. Even ardent supporters of renewables may be surprised by what we’re learning.]]> <![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[Big Oil’s Banner Year: Higher Prices, Record Profits, Less Oil]]> General economic theory holds that companies will produce more of a good if its price is higher, or if it receives subsidies. Funny that these rules didn’t seem to apply to Big Oil in 2011, when the highest oil price since 1864 and $2 billion in subsidies to the five largest oil companies—BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Royal Dutch Shell—yielded lower oil production than in 2010. But these five oil companies combined made a record-high $137 billion in profits in 2011—up 75 percent from 2010—and have made more than $1 trillion in profits from 2001 through 2011.[1] This exceeds the previous record of $136 billion in profits in 2008.]]> <![CDATA[Global Nuclear Retreat? Armenia, Others Aim to Keep Plants Alive]]> While Japan is now trying to run its economy without nuclear energy for the first time since 1970, the post-Fukushima world's continued dependence on atomic power is probably best illustrated on the other side of Asia.]]> <![CDATA[Your last-minute guide to a sustainable Valentine’s Day]]> With Singles Appreciation Day just around the corner, you’re no doubt looking to Grist to guide you through it in the greenest way possible. Surveys indicate that over three-quarters of Americans find eco-mindedness an attractive quality in a partner, so if you’re not concerned yet about the PVC in your sex toys or the child slavery that produced your dark chocolate, it’s time to get conscious.]]> <![CDATA[Investigation Finds Toxic Pesticides in Lipton Tea]]> A Greenpeace investigation has found that Lipton, the world’s best-selling tea brand, sold tea bags to Chinese consumers that violated Chinese laws and failed European Union (EU) safety standards.]]> <![CDATA[The Next Generation of Renewable Energy May Be Created Under Water]]> When reporters, politicians, and environmental advocates talk about renewable energy, they talk about wind and solar. This makes sense: Of the newer generation of renewables, wind is contributing the lion's share of electricity generation. California’s wind energy association just announced that 5 percent of California’s power now comes from wind farms. Solar plants still provide only a tiny slice of energy, but last year, with prices dropping, the industry was booming.]]> <![CDATA[Chemical Linked to Cancer Found in 99 Percent of Americans]]> An independent scientific panel approved by the DuPont company as part of a class action lawsuit has linked an industrial chemical known as C-8 or PFOA to kidney and testicular cancer in humans.]]> <![CDATA[Urban Farming Is Growing a Green Future]]> With seven billion mouths to feed, human agriculture exerts a tremendous toll on the planet, from water draws to pollution, and from energy use to habitat loss. But there is also a growing set of solutions, from organic agriculture to integrated pest management.]]> <![CDATA[Is "Meat Glue" As Gross As It Sounds?]]> Broadcast news and social-media sites have been aflame with reports about something called "meat glue." ]]> <![CDATA[Battle over fracking hits New York airwaves]]> The state of New York will announce new rules to allow fracking, ending a long holdout against the oil and natural gas drilling technique, reported CBS News Sunday.]]>