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Thursday, March 26,2015

Rewear, reuse, recycle

With textile waste steadily climbing in the U.S., solutions aimed at diverting used clothing from landfills are becoming crucial

By Steven Grossman
On average, the U.S. generates about 25 billion pounds of textiles each year — 85 percent of which end up in landfills, according to the nonprofit Council for Textile Recycling. With post-consumer textile waste accounting for more than 5 percent of all municipal solid waste generated in the U.S. each year, the need for convenient solutions to a complex problem are becoming crucial.
Thursday, March 19,2015

Old King Coal is sick — but not yet dying

Construction of coal-fired power stations is declining, but the trend is not enough to avert the risk of climate change reaching dangerous levels.

By Alex Kirby
A global investigation into every coal-fired power plant proposed in the last five years shows that only one in three of them has actually been built. Researchers say that for each new plant constructed somewhere in the world, two more have been shelved or cancelled. They say this rate is significantly higher in Europe, South Asia, Latin America and Africa. In India, since 2012, six plants have been cancelled for each one built.
Thursday, March 12,2015

A changing climate in gender equality

Environmental group highlights women-led projects to address global climate change

By Sidni Giordano
What do gender equality and the environmental crisis have in common? “Everything,” according to Terry Odendahl, executive director of Global Greengrants Fund, a Boulder-based environmental fund that supports grassroots action on a global scale. On March 8, International Women’s Day, Odendahl was recognized for her leadership in advancing the rights of women working toward environmental justice — both locally and internationally — at a luncheon hosted by WorldDenver. Odendahl has been at the helm of Global Greengrants Fund for the past six years. She previously served as the executive director of two women’s funds and has a diverse background in anthropology, philanthropy and gender studies.
Thursday, March 5,2015

Acid attack

Antarctic Ocean acidification is slowing the growth of an important food source for marine life

By Tim Radford
As the planet’s oceans become more acidic, the diatoms — a major group of alga — in the Antarctic Ocean could grow more slowly. And since tiny, single-celled algae are a primary food source for an entire ocean ecosystem, the discovery seems ominous. Bioscientist Clara Hoppe and colleagues from the Alfred Wegener Institute at the Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany, report in the journal New Phytologist that they tested the growth of the Antarctic diatom Chaetoceros debilis under laboratory conditions.
Thursday, February 26,2015

From the cove to the globe

Boulder’s Oceanic Preservation Society broadens its call to action with ‘Racing Extinction’

By Caitlin Rockett
Hidden cameras, undercover reconnaissance, international travel — the folks at the Boulder-based Oceanic Preservation Society are at it again, following up their 2010 Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove with more high-risk, covert campaigns, stunning camerawork and an even bigger call to action in Racing Extinction. In this new, ambitious endeavor, director Louie Psihoyos tackles the role humans play in advancing what is shaping up to be the world’s sixth mass extinction — an annihilation scientists say could lead to the loss of 50 percent of the world’s species in the next 100 years.
Thursday, February 19,2015

Whose lands should those be?

Proposed bill presses for increased state control over public lands; opponents express concerns over expense and access

By Elizabeth Miller
Among the bevy of bills introduced at the start of the Colorado legislative session in January was Senate Bill 15-039, which takes a complex spin on a question that’s increasingly coming up in western states’ legislatures: Who should hold jurisdiction over public lands?.
Thursday, February 12,2015

Climate data gives mixed message on storm forecasts

New research suggests that climate change won’t lead to more storms, but the bad ones could be even more devastating

By Tim Radford
Keep calm and hold on to your hat. The atmosphere will not become increasingly stormy as the planet warms and the climate changes. The downside is that while the number of storms will probably remain unchanged, and weak storms could even become weaker, new research warns that the strongest storms could become significantly stronger. For at least three decades, researchers have worked on the assumption that as the average energy of the atmosphere increased with warming, so would the potential for extremes of heat and drought, flood and cyclone, typhoon or hurricane.
Thursday, February 5,2015

Banking on the environment

A growing movement in Boulder sees public banking as the answer to a greener future

By Caitlin Rockett
Banking might not seem like the answer to a healthier environment, but there’s a growing movement in Boulder that believes public banking could fund environmental projects from solar development to local organic farms… even a municipalized electric grid.
Thursday, January 29,2015

Fire mitigation tangles with marketplace

Homeowners needing work done to keep insurance struggle to find willing contractors

By Caitlin Rockett
So in January of last year, the county rolled out a program called Wildfire Partners, a group of specialists tasked with helping these residents assess vulnerabilities in their property and do work — from large jobs like cutting trees and replacing...
Thursday, January 22,2015

Climate’s threat to wheat is rising by degrees

One degree of warming could cause devestating shortages of this staple

By Paul Brown
An international consortium of scientists have been testing wheat crops in laboratory and field trials in many areas of the world in changing climate condition and discovered that yields drop on average by 6 percent for every one degree Celsius rise in temperature.
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