<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Eco-Briefs]]> <![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[Battle cry issued from 180,000 opponents of Pebble Mine]]> Opponents of the proposed Pebble copper mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska, have come out in full force, flooding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during a public comment period on the proposal with about 200,000 comments in opposition to the project, and the EPA is still counting.]]> <![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[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[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]]> Funded by the Gates Foundation and developed by Peter Janicki, the machine operates by boiling “sewer sludge,” causing water to exit as steam that is filtered in its vapor phase and subsequently condensed before going through water treatment.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> According to researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Joint BioEnergy Institute, improvements must still be made to the process if the high energy biofuel is to reach the potency where it could be used in place of petroleumbased fuel.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> The first ever Boulder Rights of Nature Film Festival will be showcasing films that recognize those long-forgotten inalienable rights for ecosystems, wildlife and traditional cultures.]]> <![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 | Aerosols from one side of world influence rainfall on the other]]> A field study conducted by researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of California San Diego (UCSD) shows that dust and microorganisms help spur precipitation, which California counts on for its water supply.]]> <![CDATA[Tropical birds of Boulder]]> Why spend all that money to fly to the tropics to experience the sights and sounds of tropical birds? After all, they will soon be arriving in Boulder.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> In 2008, the Wyoming Weather Modification Pilot Project embarked on a $13 million endeavor to study snowfall created from cloud seeding over the course of six winters in southern Wyoming.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Appeal of BLM drilling projects in Wyoming advances in federal court]]> <![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[Consumers see through greenwashing]]> According to a recent article on the Marketplace website, “American consumers expect companies to address the full environmental impact of a product’s lifecycle, from the impacts associated with manufacturing the product (90 percent), to using it (88 percent), to disposing of it (89 percent).]]> <![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[A few fun ways to celebrate Earth Day]]> If you feel like traveling a bit farther, all National Parks in the U.S. are offering free admittance during Earth Week.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> Stream flows in watersheds with bark beetle infestation increase by about 30 percent, according to new research from the National Science Foundation, and can be connected to previous research that found an increase in carcinogenic disinfection by-products in water.]]> <![CDATA[Pine beetles appear to share Santorum’s views on sex]]> According to new research by Jeffry Mitton, a CU-Boulder professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and one of his graduate students, Scott Ferrenberg, the destructive pine beetles actually produce two tree-killing generations of offspring every year instead of one, as previously believed.]]>