Eco-Briefs

Eco-briefs | Mars on the mind

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NASA has announced that a recent rock sample taken from Mars indicates the planet could have once supported living micro-organisms — just as the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado announced it has crossed another milestone in ...

Eco-briefs | Aerosols from one side of world influence rainfall on...

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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. The ...

Eco-briefs | New University of Colorado study shows biodiversity protects against...

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Biodiversity has become an increasingly important topic among scientists studying infectious disease, but can be tricky to test because of the complexity of ecosystems...

Eco-briefs | Fort Collins bans fracking

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Following in the footsteps of Longmont, the Fort Collins City Council voted to approve an initial ban on hydraulic fracturing within city limits...

Eco-briefs | Nuclear sensors could be used to predict tsunamis and...

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A network of sensors used to track nuclear weapons since the Cold War could be used for environmental monitoring instead, according to a study published in Science last week...

Eco-briefs | Greenland´s ice cores may map future warming

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A study released by a team of international scientists indicates that Greenland’s ice core layers, which date back 100,000 years, may shed light on the future of global warming...

Eco-briefs | Colorado third among top LEED states

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The U.S. Green Building Council has announced the top 10 states for new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications in 2012, and Colorado landed third on the per-capita list...

Eco-briefs | Appeal of BLM drilling projects in Wyoming advances in...

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An administrative judge at the Interior Board of Land Appeals in Wyoming has ruled against a Bureau of Land Management request to dismiss an appeal filed by the Wyoming Wildlife Federation and the National Wildlife Federation. The two conservation groups have ...

Eco-briefs | Groundwater contaminated after fracking fluid leak in Canada

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An investigation into a fracking fluid leak near Calgary, in Canada, has confirmed groundwater contamination. On Sept. 22, 2011, Crew Energy Inc. workers “inadvertently perforated above the base of groundwater protection” and proceeded with hydraulic fracturing ...

Eco-briefs | Greenpeace continues to detox retailers

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The presence of toxins in various clothing brands has met its opposition, and it is growing by the thousands. Greenpeace’s Detox campaign, launched in 2011, was created in an effort to get the fashion industry to eradicate toxins from its products by 2020...

Eco-briefs | New bacterium explains symbiosis with insects

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NEW BACTERIUM DISCOVERED IS ‘MISSING LINK’ IN UNDERSTANDING INSECT-BACTERIUM SYMBIOSIS...