<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Environment Today]]> <![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[Carbon dioxide in atmosphere eclipses 400 parts per million]]> For the first time in human history, the amount of carbon dioxide in the air has passed 400 parts per million, a symbolic mark that has not been reached for 3 to 5 million years.]]> <![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[Across eastern US, dams 'hold toxic legacy']]> The eastern United States is dotted with dams, blocking streams and rivers of any size. The explosion of industry in the U.S. led to damming of any possible source of power for mills.]]> <![CDATA[Banned Pesticides Found in Popular Chinese Tea Brands]]> A Greenpeace investigation has found pesticides banned for use on tea in the products marketed by some of China’s top tea companies. Some of the firms, which include China Tea, Tenfu Tea and China Tea King, export tea products to Japan, the U.S. and Europe.]]> <![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[September ties record for warmth worldwide]]> After a summer that broke record after record for heat, some good news: September was only tied for the hottest September since 1880.]]> <![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[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[See time-lapse animated GIFs of environmental changes over 28 years]]> Using annual photos from space, Google has compiled animated images that provide an overhead look at some major environmental changes over 28 years.]]> <![CDATA[Firefighting in photographs: Hotshot firefighter's stunning Instagram]]> You’ll probably never venture to the front lines of a wildfire, but Hotshot firefighter Greggory Boydston spends half his year there.]]> <![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[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[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[New Study Links Diesel Exhaust to Elevated Cancer Risk]]> In a study of non-metal miners in the U.S., federal government scientists reported that heavy exposure to diesel exhaust increased risk of death from lung cancer. The study was carried out by researchers from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, both parts of Health and Human Services (HHS). The results were distributed in two papers on March 2 from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute and they will be posted to the JNCI website on March 5.]]> <![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[EPA Tells Beekeepers to Buzz off Despite Chronic Bee Kills Linked to Pesticides]]> On July 19 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it formally refused to recognize that honey bees face an “imminent hazard” and denied a request by beekeepers to immediately suspend the use of pesticides that pose harm to pollinators. The decision comes in response to a legal petition filed earlier this year by 25 beekeepers and environmental organizations, citing significant acute and chronic bee kills across the U.S. linked to neonicotinoid pesticides.]]> <![CDATA[The long Romney-Monsanto romance]]> As much as he runs on his business record, not a lot is really known about Republican Mitt Romney's business record.]]> <![CDATA[GE Food Labeling Initiatives Gaining Momentum]]> Earlier this week, 55 Members of Congress signed on to a letter that calls on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, M.D. to require the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) food. The bicameral letter, led by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR), was written in support of a legal petition filed by the Center for Food Safety (CFS) on behalf of the Just Label It campaign and its nearly 400 partner organizations and businesses, including Beyond Pesticides. So far, more than 950,000 people have submitted comments in support of labeling since CFS filed the legal petition in October 2011.]]>