<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Environment Today]]> <![CDATA[Citing industry 'misinformation,' anti-fracking group launches videos]]> Frack Free Colorado, a statewide environmental organization that is opposed to the oil and gas practice of hydraulic fracturing, has started a series of videos arguing against the practice.]]> <![CDATA[Environmental fashion: Check out the shirt that you only wash three times a year]]> First of all, since we're in Boulder: No, not every shirt is a shirt you wash only three times a year.]]> <![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[Colorado grandparents deliver anti-fracking letter]]> A day after National Grandparent's Day, grandparents from around Colorado will deliver a letter to Gov. John Hickenlooper and other governors protesting against the oil and gas drilling process known as fracking.]]> <![CDATA[Who’s really hurting Aspen’s environment — jet-setters or immigrant workers?]]> The exclusive resort town of Aspen, Colo., has an international reputation for high-end service and a stunning landscape of pristine mountains, all configured to welcome wealthy tourists. Like many communities in the U.S., Aspen depends on low-wage immigrant labor to fuel its service economy. Also like many communities in the U.S., Aspen passed a resolution calling on the federal government to restrict both documented and undocumented immigration in order to preserve the economic and cultural integrity of the nation.]]> <![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[Major papers reduce coverage of environmental issues]]> Despite the alarming number of severe weather events that are tied to climate change — and despite the constantly increasing emissions of greenhouse gases — and despite the approaching climate issues as China and other developing nations continue to rely on fossil fuels — the New York Times and Washington Post have both decided to reduce their coverage of environmental issues.]]> <![CDATA[How Rural America Got Fracked]]> If the world can be seen in a grain of sand, watch out. As Wisconsinites are learning, there’s money (and misery) in sand—and if you’ve got the right kind, an oil company may soon be at your doorstep.]]> <![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[Report: All Fracking Wastewater Disposal Methods Fail to Protect Public Health and Environment]]> All currently available options for dealing with contaminated wastewater from fracking are inadequate to protect human health and the environment, but stronger federal and state protections can better safeguard against the threats posed by this byproduct, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The report reveals how gas companies in Pennsylvania disposed of more than 30 million gallons of wastewater last year and details the dangers presented by the disposal methods used.]]> <![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[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[Boulder's NOAA can't afford greenhouse gas monitoring]]> Faced with a rapidly shrinking budget, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced that it has stopped measuring greenhouse gas emissions at 12 locations and has slashed measuring practices across the country.]]> <![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[Oil & gas industry agrees to — non-binding — fracking standards]]> The oil & gas industry and environmental groups are kind of not friends. But even not-friends can agree on some things, evidently.]]> <![CDATA[Can silica-dwelling superbugs clean fracking fluid?]]> Minnesota researchers say they may have uncovered a way to clean up fracking fluid after it returns from under the Earth's surface using living organisms that usually reside in silica formations.]]> <![CDATA[Solar panels' quality questioned]]> "Corners are being cut," an executive in the solar energy industry says, and it could be a black mark for the burgeoning industry.]]> <![CDATA[U.S. Bottled Water Sales Are Booming (Again) Despite Opposition]]> Despite organized anti-bottled-water campaigns across the country and a noisy debate about bottled water’s environmental impact, Americans are buying more bottled water than ever. In 2011, total bottled water sales in the U.S. hit 9.1 billion gallons — 29.2 gallons of bottled water per person, according to sales figures from Beverage Marketing Corp.]]> <![CDATA[Communities help pay for ecosystem services provided by forests ]]> Strontia Springs Reservoir, 30 miles south of Denver, Colo., looks like water you'd want to scoop up in your dipper. Sunshine and pine reflect off its aqua-blue surface. But 16 years ago, it looked more like a latte clogged with cinnamon bark. In 1996 and 2002, major forest fires scorched the Upper South Platte River watershed.]]>