<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Eco-Briefs]]> <![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 | New University of Colorado study shows biodiversity protects against disease]]> The National Geographic Society funded a research project at the University of Colorado that was designed to further understanding of the correlation between biodiversity and disease.]]> <![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 | 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 | 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]]> “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]]> “What it shows is the continuation of a long-term campaign by specific fossil fuel companies and interests to undermine the scientific consensus on climate change,” said Kert Davies, executive director of the Climate Investigations Center, to the New York Times.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> “As a result, in much of the state, it is illegal to divert rainwater falling on your property expressly for a certain use unless you have a very old water right or during occasional periods when there is a surplus of water in the river system,” the division writes on their website.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Appeal of BLM drilling projects in Wyoming advances in federal court]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> “They are about the same size as fish eggs, which means that, essentially, they look like food,” Sherri Mason, an associate professor of chemistry at the State University of New York, Fredonia, said to NPR. “So our concern is that, essentially, they are making their way into the food web.]]> <![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.]]> <![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]]> <![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]]> The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reopened the public comment forum concerning the western yellow-billed cuckoo being added to the threatened species list for a second time in response to public demand and to allow researchers more time to finish collecting scientific information.]]> <![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]]> 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 | 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[Solar energy program creates opportunity for low-income families in Lafayette]]> Energy bills are no small matter for families with low income. ]]>