<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Eco-Briefs]]> <![CDATA[A little extinction is OK]]> “I don’t speak for the scientific community, of course, but I believe the world’s getting warmer. I can’t prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer. And number two, I believe that humans contribute to that.]]> <![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[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 | Groundwater contaminated after fracking fluid leak in Canada]]> An investigation into a fracking fluid leak near Calgary, in Canada, has confirmed groundwater contamination.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> <![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]]> 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[eco-briefs]]> Once a testament to human ingenuity, river dams are now more often cited as examples of human intervention gone too far in manipulating the natural world. We’ve begun to better understand the effects of dams on river ecology and fish populations and raise concerns about their effects on the life and health of rivers. DamNation, a documentary film, explores that evolution from the welcome the Hoover Dam received to the welcomed destruction of dams and the free flow of water that resumed.]]> <![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]]> According to the American Heart Association, pollutants related to fuel combustion are the most serious because they are tiny and harder prevent. They lead to irritation of the lungs and blood vessels around the heart. Short-term exposure can increase risk of stroke and heart attack.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | We'll drink to that]]> <![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 | Driving home your environmental self-image]]> Consumers age 60 and older purchase hybrid vehicles to boost self-esteem and image, as well as help the environment, according to a consumer study published in the journal Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing and Service Industries.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Save the chubs]]> The once abundant Rio Grande chub has declined by as much as 75 percent and disappeared from the main stem of the Rio Grande, prompting WildEarth Guardians to submit a proposal to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the Rio Grande chub under the Endangered Species Act.]]> <![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 | So you're saying there's a chance?]]> Climate change scientists have just a 5 percent slice of hope that human industrial flatulence is not warming the planet.]]> <![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[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 | 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.]]> <![CDATA[Save Monsanto now!]]> If the “Farmer’s Assurance Provision,” currently making its way through Congress as a rider to the House Agricultural Appropriations Bill, passes, it will allow the biotech industry to continue to sell unapproved, genetically modified seeds to farmers even during legal challenges to the seeds’ safety.]]>