<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Eco-Briefs]]> <![CDATA[Climate change could cause 900 bird extinctions]]> Scientists at the University of Utah and Boston University have recently completed a study regarding the impacts of climate change on potential bird extinctions in the coming century.]]> <![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]]> The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is solely to blame for the Aug. 5 blowout and spill of the Gold King Mine, according to a recent report from the Department of the Interior (DOI).]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> The innovation lies in the replacement of the fossil-fuel component of asphalt called bitumen, which constitutes about 5 percent of a complete asphalt composite. Researchers substituted bitumen with lignin, a plant-based polymer found in the cell walls.]]> <![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 | GMO documentary to screen at eTown Hall]]> The search for food that’s not genetically modified — and answers to why and how genetically altered foods may affect the people who consume them and live near where those crops are grown — drove writer, director and producer Jeremy Seifert to create the feature-length documentary GMO OMG.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Breweries unite with nonprofit to promote awareness of water quality]]> The Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), a nonprofit environmental advocacy group, is joining forces with more than 20 craft breweries to campaign for clean water.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> The groups argue that the predictions for Grand Junction and White River BLM districts are grossly underestimating the amount of water that will be required. The new estimate is that each well would require 250,005 gallons of water. However, groups claim water use for horizontal drilling between 2011 and 2014 averaged 3.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | City to hand out free reuseable bags ahead of fee]]> In the days preceding the July 1 effective date for the 10-cent bag fee the Boulder City Council approved in November, the city will be distributing free bags at grocery stores throughout the city.]]> <![CDATA[Energy companies outbid farmers for water]]> It takes millions of gallons of water to hydraulically fracture a well. Not good news considering that this looks to be a very dry year going forward from one of the driest Marches in Colorado history. ]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> Colorado ranks eighth for the capacity of its solar infrastructure, according to a new report from the Environment Colorado Research and Policy Center. The state has 398 megawatts of total capacity, or 74 watts per person.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> This new figure comes from Mark C. Urban of the University of Connecticut, who analyzed 131 published studies on how climate change will affect biodiversity. His investigation showed species in Australia, New Zealand and South America would be worst affected, primarily because there are organisms there found nowhere else on Earth.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Chimney Rock designated a national monument]]> A thousand years ago, members of the Chaco civilization chose Chimney Rock as the site of a village of more than 200 homes.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> President Obama gave Shell Oil approval to begin drilling offshore this summer in the Chukchi Sea near Alaska on Wednesday, July 22. The permit only allows the company to drill into the top layer of seabed until a capping stack, able to cap oil wells in an emergency, is repaired.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> Scientists from Beihang University in Beijing and Stanford University recently published findings showing that mealworms are capable of eating and digesting plasticbased products, debunking the long-accepted notion that plastic-based products are non-degradable.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> “There is an urgent need to hold the world’s largest corporations accountable for the massive environmental destruction, human rights violations and climate pollution they cause,” Lindsey Allen, executive director for Rainforest Action Network, said in a press release.]]> <![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[Rally to protest dolphin hunting Aug. 31]]> The filmmakers from The Cove estimate that more than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises are killed each year off the coast of Japan.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]>