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Wednesday, November 25,2015

Skipping school

COP21 youth demonstrations call for a student walk out

By Sarah Haas
For the first time in more than 20 years of United Nations negotiations, the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) aims to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the goal of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius and taking monumental steps toward global governance on climate change.
Thursday, November 19,2015

A drop in the bucket

Solar Benefits Colorado helps residents become more energy efficient

By Angela K. Evans
“People are waking up to the reality that they do have a choice when it comes to where they get their electricity,” says Willie Mein, owner of Custom Solar, a Boulderbased company. “They can choose clean, renewable energy from the sun that’s produced on site.
Thursday, November 12,2015

Balancing recreation and conservation

How overcrowding is challenging management at national parks

By Emma Murray
Roger W. Toll stands tall in dirt-crusted work boots. He places his large, weathered hand on the brim of his forehead to shade from the sun, setting his gaze on the expanse before him: a broad formation of earth that gradually rises to sheer stone, guarding the alpine jewel of Longs Peak.
Thursday, November 5,2015

A need to see

Local film fest aims to change the way we think about nature

By Grant Stringer
The Boulder Valley is no stranger to advocacy groups, especially of the environmental variety. With the abundance of voices here, Boulder residents can be flooded with so much information that local organizations often have to find creative ways to get their message out. For local environmental group Boulder Rights of Nature (BRON), that creative method is the upcoming BRON Film Festival, which runs this weekend from November 5-8 at the Dairy Center for the Arts.
Thursday, October 29,2015

Wheels, willpower and Way to Go

October marks region’s first annual Go-Tober smart-commuting competition

By Carolyn Oxley
An initiative of the Way to Go division of the Denver Regional Council of Governments, Go-Tober is a month-long, innovative competition challenging employees in the Denver region to opt for smart-commuting methods such as biking, walking, carpooling, vanpooling, public transit and teleworking.
Thursday, October 22,2015

Beware the brutality of the averted gaze

‘Grow’ takes an up close and personal look at Denver’s urban food revolution

By Sarah Haas
For a successful investigative author, it’s tough to sell a book of stories about Denver’s urban food scene to a publisher. “[Grow: Stories from the Urban Food Movement] certainly isn’t marketable in the traditional sense,” says Stephen Grace about his most recent book. “I was told that again and again by publishers, which is exactly why I wanted to do it. Grow is a reaction to the whole commercial paradigm, it’s my way of pushing pack and of being gently subversive.”
Thursday, October 15,2015

Front Range Bioneers Conference fosters planetary discussions

CU Boulder hosts 13th annual summit

By Maalikah Hartley
When international visionaries and leading innovators come together to discuss the planet’s most pressing environmental, health and social justice issues, nothing but positivity can come out of it — that or at least thought-provoking conversation and some lively debate.
Thursday, October 8,2015

A tale of two talons

Claw and Talon Tattoo parlor to host fundraiser for prominent raptor conservation group

By Grant Stringer
Rocky Mountain Raptor Program (RMRP) has worked since 1979 for the conservation of raptors, or birds of prey, on the Front Range. According to Lisa Winta, assistant director of RMRP, protection of raptors is some of the most important conservation work in Colorado.
Thursday, October 1,2015

Capturing carbon

Wastewater treatment could be a cost effective combatant of climate change

By Mollie Putzig
In the U.S., we treat more than 100 trillion gallons of wastewater every year, enough to submerge a mile-wide swath from Boulder to Colorado Springs, one mile deep in wastewater. Treating that water requires 15 gigawatts of electricity, the equivalent of 6,000 wind turbines running full tilt.
Thursday, September 24,2015


Western Apicultural Society Conference brings opponents to the table as pollinators take the political stage

By Sarah Haas
The Western Apicultural Society conference, in Boulder Oct. 1–3, will host the key players in regional pollinator issues including beekeepers, industrial agriculture companies, ecosystem biologists and policy makers. These groups don’t always get along or see eye to eye, but the conference is an important forum to host the vital discussions of how to promote pollinator health. It is a rare opportunity for apiculturists and bee enthusiasts to be a part of the conversations that are forming our national and state level policies to protect pollinator health.