<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Environment Today]]> <![CDATA[Groundhog Day 2012: Punxsutawney Phil's Forecast Is In]]> In the afterglow of early morning fireworks on Groundhog Day 2012, the Inner Circle of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania—human handlers of the word's most famous groundhog—took the stage at rural Gobbler's Knob to introduce what Vice President Mike Johnston called "the Great Oz of weather forecasting."]]> <![CDATA[EPA: Colorado wildfires could have 'severe' water impacts]]> Many of us know wildfires can affect water quality. What many of us may not know is the extent of the damage.]]> <![CDATA[In-depth: Future of industry, health of planet at stake in Keystone XL pipeline debate]]> The upcoming decision from President Barack Obama on the future of the Keystone XL pipeline is a momentous decision for the future of an industry, the environment and the nation's economy.]]> <![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[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[Could Superweeds Mean the End of Genetically Engineered Crops?]]> Forget the lowly dandelion. There’s a bigger menace threatening the American landscape: “superweeds,” agricultural intruders that are all-but-impossible to kill because they’ve evolved a resistance to traditional chemical herbicides. These virulent growers are choking out the country’s corn, cotton, and soybeans, costing farmers millions of dollars in lost crops. Superweeds have spread their roots to more than 12 million acres of American crop fields so far, and they show no signs of being uprooted.]]> <![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[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[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[10 reasons not to frack California's dirty oil]]> Fracking is already a nationwide debate. Soon, it might become a nationwide practice.]]> <![CDATA[How the Greenest Cities in the World Clean Up Their Trash]]> The greenest city in the world, depending on who you ask, might be San Francisco, California, or Curitiba, Brazil, or Copenhagen, Denmark, or Vancouver, Canada. These cities and others like them have freed their citizens from car-dependency, switched to clean energy, and made room for green spaces that let everyone breath a little freer. But one key function they’ve also worked hard on? How to deal with their trash.]]> <![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[Five packaged foods you never need to buy again]]> What did you resolve to do this year? Eat healthier? Avoid processed foods? Stay away from GMOs? Stop buying products foisted on you by the man? Reduce the size of your weekly garbage bag? Become a domestic god(ess)?]]> <![CDATA[5 Simple Ways To Drastically Reduce Our Plastic Consumption]]> We’re not going to stop making plastic any time soon. But to prevent that plastic from spreading everywhere, we need to do a better job managing it. A recent conference brought together experts to think of some easy ways to do just that.]]> <![CDATA[NOAA: Expect almost ice-free summers in Arctic soon]]> The federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that soon, possibly within the next few decades, there will be almost no ice in the Arctic during the summer.]]> <![CDATA[Full coverage of the lively climate change discussion at the GOP convention]]> <![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[French government: No fracking 'til 'clean technologies' used]]> France will retain its ban on extracting natural gas from shale until "clean technologies" are invented and replace fracking, the country's industry minister has announced.]]> <![CDATA[Jane Goodall's new book: How extensive is the plagiarism?]]> Widely respected primatologist and author Jane Goodall, who has worked for decades with apes in Africa, has been found to have plagiarized sections of her newest book, Seeds of Hope.]]> <![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.]]>