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Thursday, October 31,2013

Taking a wide-angle view of the world

Front Range Bioneers returns with discussion on environmental and social issues

By Zak Weinberg
The Front Range Bioneers Conference returns to the University of Colorado Boulder Nov. 8-10 for a satellite forum of the larger national conference in California that brings together professionals to speak about the environment, health and social justice.
Thursday, October 24,2013

Toxic turtles

Long-lasting chemicals could be harming sea turtles

By Brett Israel
Scientists are discovering that sea turtles, long ignored by toxicologists who study wildlife, are highly contaminated with industrial chemicals and pesticides.
Thursday, October 17,2013

Women living near pesticide-treated fields have smaller babies

By Lindsey Konkel
Women in Northern California farm towns gave birth to smaller babies if they lived within three miles of strawberry fields and other crops treated with the pesticide methyl bromide, according to researchers.
Thursday, October 10,2013

Delving into the questions raised by ‘GMO OMG’

While scientists debate studies examining health effects of GMOs, film director argues for awareness, community-building

By Zak Weinberg
Genetically modified corn could contribute to cancer in test rats, according to a controversial two-year study currently dividing scientists, media and politicians as they try to determine what that could mean to the genetically engineered food industry and public safety.
Thursday, October 3,2013

Food out of water

Mainstream aquaponics faces economic and environmental challenges

By Zak Weinberg
Mickey Mouse has never been known for his green thumb, but a ride dedicated to aquaponics at Disney’s Epcot Center (surely a death-defying thrill) highlights the public curiosity for this growing trend.
Thursday, September 26,2013

Digging out from carbon dioxide emissions

New EPA rules on power plants only confirm energy industry’s move away from coal

By Elizabeth Miller
In announcing the first carbon dioxide emissions standards for new coal-fired power plants on Friday, Sept. 20, the Environmental Protection Agency in some sense brought to a close a 10-year struggle by environmental groups to see the agency regulate carbon dioxide emissions.
Friday, September 20,2013

A green city works to save a blue planet

Boulder dries out enough to host third annual Making Waves

By Elizabeth Miller
While Boulder will always be better known for its mountains than its beaches, this week, the city will be recognized as a community invested in ocean health.
Thursday, September 19,2013

Washing away a harvest: Contamination ruins Boulder County crops

Floodwater-exposed crops may be total loss

By Steve Weishampel and Zak Weinberg
Due to potential pathogens and contamination in the floodwater, many farmers with flooded property are still uncertain if their fall harvest can safely be consumed. Farmers are waiting for word from a government agency to help make that decision.
Thursday, September 12,2013

Unfair share

How oil and gas drillers avoid paying royalties

By Abrahm Lustgarten
Don Feusner ran dairy cattle on his 370-acre slice of northern Pennsylvania until he could no longer turn a profit by farming. Then, at age 60, he sold all but a few Angus and aimed for a comfortable retirement on money from drilling his land for natural gas instead.
Thursday, September 5,2013

Building the will to fund biking and walking

Seminar focuses on how and why to fund pedestrian- and bike-friendly city transportation

By Zak Weinberg
There’s an adage that says cars run on gas and make you fat, bikes run on fat and save you money, but this year’s Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals convention will be focused on how communities can find ways to invest in infrastructure to support bikers and walkers in a time when government legislation could steer all of that cash to cars.