<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Environment Today]]> <![CDATA[Floods likely to worsen in next century]]> New research published in the journal, Nature,  investigates the risks of flooding in the coming decades and the outlook is grim.]]> <![CDATA[Activists Occupy Shell Icebreaker in Finland]]> In an effort to prevent destructive oil drilling in the Arctic, dozens of Greenpeace Nordic activists have boarded and occupied a Shell-contracted icebreaker in Helsinki harbour on May 1 as it prepared to leave for the Alaskan Arctic.]]> <![CDATA[Fracking leak causes methane to contaminate groundwater in Pa.]]> Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection has acknowledged that methane from a fracking operation has contaminated groundwater and wellwater in Leroy Township, Pa.]]> <![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[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[New study shows apex predators in decline]]> The BBC is reporting that large, apex predators have been found to be in decline in a new study published in Science. From the article... "When they looked at 31 big meat eaters, they]]> <![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[The lighter side of environmental news: A really cute baby manatee]]> Unfortunately, you'll have to follow the jump to see photos of the lil guy but we'll give you his story here.]]> <![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[Genetic Engineers Explain Why GE Food Is Dangerous]]> Aren’t critics of genetically engineered food anti-science? Isn’t the debate over GMOs (genetically modified organisms) a spat between emotional but ignorant activists on one hand and rational GM-supporting scientists on the other?]]> <![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[A climate change fix conservatives can love ]]> Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer advocates for a tax on carbon-spewing companies, an approach to climate action steeped in conservative economics.]]> <![CDATA[The Plastic Bag War Is Moving Toward the Produce Aisle]]> At grocery stores across the country, the campaign to end the use of plastic bags has staked a claim on the checkout line. But in the produce department, plastic still reigns supreme. A selection of apples, a bunchy of kale dewy from the produce misters, or a pound of pinto beans from the wholesale bin—these items get dumped into single-use plastic produce bags.]]> <![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[How the Soy Industry Is Making Factory Fish Farming Even Worse]]> In 2010, the CEO of the American Soy Association reported that the organization has been closely monitoring progress in the development of offshore fish farming legislation and meeting with congres­sional staff on the topic. In March 2011, it endorsed a controversial plan that would allow such fish farming or “aquaculture” in the Gulf of Mexico. In September 2011, a press release was issued announcing a new marine fish farm project that would “revolutionize sustainable agriculture.” The source of the release? The Illinois Soybean Association.]]> <![CDATA[Green walls: How leaf-covered buildings can reduce pollution]]> While much attention has been given to reducing air pollution and exhaust from cars, a new concept is taking hold in Paris, Frankfurt, Madrid and other cities across Europe: green walls.]]> <![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[As Bear Population Grows, More States Look At Hunts]]> Wildlife officials don't usually base hunting policies on how the public feels about an animal. But the black bear seems to be different. The revered king of the forest has bounced back from near-extinction to being a nuisance in some areas. Some states are trying to figure out if residents can live at peace with bears, or if they'd rather have hunters keep numbers in check.]]> <![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[Rhino decimation in one infographic]]>