<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Eco-Briefs]]> <![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 | 'Chasing Ice' filmmaker to discuss and debut footage at free event]]> Boulder-based photographer James Balog will discuss his work, which captures the effects of climate change on glaciers around the world, at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 1, at the University of Colorado’s Macky Auditorium.]]> <![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[House votes for increased oversight in energy loans]]> The Republican-led House of Representatives passed the ‘No More Solyndras’ Act in a 245-161 vote Sept. 14.]]> <![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]]> <![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 | 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 | A drier coastline]]> The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report on Nov. 21 announcing that the U.S. lost more than 80,160 acres of coastal wetlands each year between 2004 and 2009.]]> <![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 | Those emerald shores just might be toxic]]> Cyanobacteria, some of the oldest microorganisms on Earth and the bacteria believed to have produced the oxygen that made life possible, are turning against us as they adapt to a changing climate.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> <![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 | Artists organize against fracking]]> Frack Free Colorado, a collaborative group of organizations hoping to raise awareness of fracking, will team up with Patagonia’s Boulder store to host a gathering at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 5.]]> <![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[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 | 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[eco-briefs]]> “Online databases, smartphone apps, crowd-sourcing and new hardware devices are making it easier to collect data on species,” Stuart L. Pimm, Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology at Duke, said in a press release. “Most species remain unknown to science, and they likely face greater threats than the ones we do know.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Study measures sea rise caused by glaciers, ice sheets]]> As the world’s glaciers melt, the runoff contributes as much to sea rise as melting ice sheets, according to a study led by Clark University in Worcester, Mass., and the University of Colorado Boulder.]]> <![CDATA[Boulder becomes a clean air city]]> Boulder recently joined the Center for Biological Diversity’s “Clean Air Cities” initiative, becoming the newest of the program’s 26 cities to sign on to the resolution in an attempt to pressure President Barack Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency to properly enforce the Clean Air Act.]]>