<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Eco-Briefs]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> Scientists at North Carolina State University conducted the as-yet unpublished research. They tested 20 rivers and streams throughout North Carolina for contaminants known to disrupt hormones finding 43 of the 135 contaminants they were looking for.]]> <![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[Monumental messaging]]> Eight hundred volunteers for President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign have signed a letter asking the president to create new protections for natural areas in Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada, including 341 people from Colorado.]]> <![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 | 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]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> Governor Hickenlooper signed House Bill 13-1044 into effect in 2013 and with it legalized the use of graywater for certain plumbing and agricultural uses. Currently, the State Plumbing Board is proposing to allow use of graywater only for outdoor irrigation and not toilet flushing.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> <![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]]> “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 | '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[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[eco-briefs]]> Center. As a consequence, serious flooding occurred, leaving thousands of people displaced, hundreds of homes destroyed and eight people dead, according to a FEMA disaster report. While memories of these tragic events may be all too fresh at this point, that will not always be the case.]]> <![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]]> “We used to think global warming would happen someday, but someday is now,” said Anna McDevitt, campaign organizer for Environment Colorado, in a press release. “We are already seeing record heat and more extreme weather, and without bold action, the next generation will be left a dangerous inheritance.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | The Second Kitchen food co-op plans to expand on the Hill]]> If passed by the House, SB 252 would require rural cooperatives with more than 100,000 meters to obtain 25 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020. To help compensate for extra costs, the bill would also allow co-ops to tack on an extra 2 percent to customer bills, rather than the 1 percent that gets added now.]]> <![CDATA[Guns don't kill birds, bullets do]]> This week’s “endangered bird becomes more endangered” news story is brought to you by the California condor, which researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the University of Colorado have found are continuing to be poisoned by lead from bullets, despite restrictions on the use of lead-based bullets in condor areas.]]> <![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]]> 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.]]>