<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Eco-Briefs]]> <![CDATA[Monumental messaging]]> Eight hundred volunteers for President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign have signed a letter asking the president to create new protections for natural areas in Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada, including 341 people from Colorado.]]> <![CDATA[Boreal Toad one hop closer to protection]]> Fish and Wildlife Service announced what is called a 90-day finding regarding the Boreal Toad. What this means is that a full review of the toad’s status will now be conducted and a final decision as to whether or not the toad will be placed under Endangered Species Act protection must be made within one year.]]> <![CDATA[ECO BRIEFS | Week of February 06]]> National parks launch film series to revive the adoration for national parks through true and diverse stories of people’s relationships with these parks.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs | Week of Feb. 27]]> The ability to convert plastic bags into fuel may reduce the environmental impact produced by the 1 trillion bags produced each year in the U.S.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Nuclear sensors could be used to predict tsunamis and track greenhouse gases]]> A network of sensors used to track nuclear weapons since the Cold War could be used for environmental monitoring instead, according to a study published in Science last week.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Coffee production could be shaken by climate change]]> The world’s most consumed coffee species, Arabica, could be pushed to extinction in the wild in 70 years by the hand of climate change, according to a new study.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Xcel Energy: Turn dead trees into a power source]]> Xcel Energy has filed with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission for approval of a project that would produce electricity by burning dead wood and using the steam to turn an electrical turbine.]]> <![CDATA[Solar energy program creates opportunity for low-income families in Lafayette]]> Energy bills are no small matter for families with low income. ]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Transformations in ornithology in Sri Lanka]]> Professor Arjun Guneratne will be presenting a talk on the changes in ornithology, or the study of birds, in Sri Lanka on Nov. 29 at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Southern Utah land use plan struck down in federal court]]> A Federal District Court in Utah struck down part of the Bureau of Land Management’s Richfield Plan, a land-use plan that would have designated 4,277 miles of trails and routes for off-road vehicle traffic in Southern Utah.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs]]> “From our perspective, we are looking forward to working with the county and state to promote extra tourism and recreation in the area,” says Megan Crandell, a Bureau of Land Management representative. But, she adds, “There’s no official proposal yet.”.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> Center. As a consequence, serious flooding occurred, leaving thousands of people displaced, hundreds of homes destroyed and eight people dead, according to a FEMA disaster report. While memories of these tragic events may be all too fresh at this point, that will not always be the case.]]> <![CDATA[ECO BRIEFS | Week of Jan. 30]]> The damage the invasive population of lionfish in the Atlantic Ocean is doing to native species can be reduced if lionfish are eliminated in isolated, small areas, according to a new study from Oregon State University, Simon Fraser University, Reef Environment Education Foundation and other institutions.]]> <![CDATA[ECO BRIEFS | Week of Jan. 23]]> The EPA releases final assessment of potential impacts of mining on Bristol Bay and a NSF study says biofuel production is about more than just yield.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Fuel efficiency in vehicles continuing slow increase]]> “Today’s new vehicles are cleaner and more fuel-efficient than ever, saving American families money at the gas pump and helping to keep the air that we breathe cleaner,” Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation said in a press release.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Fort Collins bans fracking]]> Following in the footsteps of Longmont, the Fort Collins City Council voted to approve an initial ban on hydraulic fracturing within city limits.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | The dirty past of European glaciers]]> Black carbon dust — soot — from coal burnt to fuel rapid industrialization in Europe is suspected as the cause for rapid glacier retreat in the Alps in the 1860s, during a period the weather was showing cooling temperatures on average, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> The Galapagos National Park teamed up with the San Diego Zoo Global to create a captive breeding program to save the critically endangered Mangrove finch.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Week of September 26, 2013]]> The House Natural Resources Committee held two full committee field hearings in Casper, Wyo., and Billings, Mont., to open discussion with the public about authorizing the Endangered Species Act to protect the sage grouse.]]>