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Climate talks take a rocky road to Paris

The UN climate talks in Lima have ended with the setting of deadlines for the world to come up with plans to curb emissions and adapt to climate change.

By Paul Brown

By Nov. 1 the secretariat of the United Nations Climate Change Convention is supposed to have assessed whether the commitment of these 196 nations is enough to stop the world overheating — and, if it is not, to point out by how far they will miss the target.

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Filling the gap

Planning for population growth and water scarcity

By Taylor Winchell

According to a 2014 report by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, the population of Colorado is expected to see an additional 2.5 million people by 2040.

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Eco-challenged tech

Though 3-D printing may lead in new manufacturing processes, it lags in sustainability

By April Nowicki

Three-D printing is the new industrial revolution. Ty Syt, a member of the Boulder hackerspace Solid State Depot, says interest in 3-D printing will only continue to grow as more people learn to use the technology.

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Demonized science

New book argues climate change messengers are seeing unparalleled attacks

By Tim Radford

According to a new book by veteran environmentalist George Marshall, thousands of abusive emails — including demands that he commit suicide or be “shot, quartered and fed to the pigs, along with your family” — were received by climate scientist...

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Saving forests not enough

Seasonal swings in temperatures and CO2 levels are evidence of agricultural advances and population explosion tilting nature’s balance

By Tim Radford

Researchers believe they now know why global warming has begun to announce itself both in annual rises in temperature and in the seasonal records of carbon dioxide in the northern hemisphere — the same seasonal variation in atmospheric chemistry...

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Reduce, reuse, re-what?

Boulder recycling dragged down by commercial sector

By April Nowicki

Two years ago, Boulder was diverting 41 percent of the waste stream to be recycled or composted. In 2013, that number had decreased to 32 percent, according to the city of Boulder’s website, even though regulations make recycling as easy and inexpensive as possible for residents.

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Wildfire prevention or forest destruction?

Mountain communities question forest service clearcutting

By Josh Schlossberg

But some locals, upset about the changes to the forest they know and love, are questioning if logging can really protect their homes and whether wildfire is as much of a threat to the forest as they’re being told.

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Climate scientists say effects of global warming are more urgent than once believed

By Alex Kirby

Without drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, the report says, global average temperatures will probably increase by another 2 degrees Celsius by mid-century over their 1986-2005 levels. This implies temperatures nearly 4 degrees Celsius higher by 2100.

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All’s fair in love and war (and industrial agriculture)

Big Ag spends millions of dollars to fight grassroots GMO labeling measures

By Caitlin Rockett

The war began at the federal level in 2002 when former U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich introduced five bills addressing the need to regulate genetically engineered crops — this included legislation to label consumer goods containing GMOs, as well...

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The full reach of addiction

A look at how addictive substances are damaging the environment

By Caitlin Rockett

Humankind’s relationship with psychoactive substances can be traced back thousands of years to religious trances induced by specific plants and fungai. But some substances are more addictive than others, and opium, caffeine and nicotine have become commonplace, in some senses socially acceptable, vices.

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ECO-BRIEFS

The list includes poachers, smugglers, traffickers and polluters that contribute to what Interpol says is a $70-$213 billion dollar industry annually. According to Interpol, one East African terror group makes up to $56 million a year in illegal coal trade.

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By Joel Dyer

The outcome was not a surprise to most observers who knew that Monsanto and the industrial food complex would stop at nothing to defeat the measure. Meetings had been held by industry insiders several months ago at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs to create a strategy for defeating this Colorado citizens’ proposition.

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By Elizabeth Miller

The first ever Boulder Rights of Nature Film Festival will be showcasing films that recognize those long-forgotten inalienable rights for ecosystems, wildlife and traditional cultures.

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CLIMATE CHANGE EVANGELIST TO SPEAK AT CHAUTAUQUA AUDITORIUM

By Cassie Moore

She is an atmospheric scientist who studies climate change and its effect on humans and the natural environment, and she is also a conservative Christian. Hayhoe is coming to Boulder on a campaign to bridge the gap between those who believe in climate change and those who believe it is incompatible with their faith-based be.

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By Cassie Moore

In 1939, Rossby waves were discovered in jet streams and were linked to high and low pressure systems at ground level, which form Earth’s daily weather. The weather on Earth’s surface is controlled by jet streams, which are high winds in the atmosphere.

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By Scott Fromberg

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.

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By Scott Fromberg

“From our perspective, we are looking forward to working with the county and state to promote extra tourism and recreation in the area,” says Megan Crandell, a Bureau of Land Management representative. But, she adds, “There’s no official proposal yet.”.

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A recent study from the Institute for Geophysics at The University of Texas at Austin reveals that geothermal heat is melting the glacier from below. This heat under the glacier might be a key factor in the ice sheet’s ability to slide, which impacts the glacier’s stability as a whole.

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“Online databases, smartphone apps, crowd-sourcing and new hardware devices are making it easier to collect data on species,” Stuart L. Pimm, Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology at Duke, said in a press release. “Most species remain unknown to science, and they likely face greater threats than the ones we do know.

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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.

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The plentiful bounty of fall

We go beyond food to look at how Colorado hemp farmers struggle to grow this newly regulated (and highly useful) crop, the difficulties the marijuana industry confronts in producing a truly organic product and how one century-old building is leading the way in sustainable architecture.

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Fish food

A local business looks to help schools across America learn about sustainable food production through grants for aquaponic systems

By Mallane Dressel

The Aquaponic Source, a company based out of Longmont, hopes to increase the number of aquaponic systems being used in classrooms across that nation with their new Grants for Plants Foundation, but some Boulder County students are already reaping the benefits.

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Processed food nation

Boulder author Melanie Warner discusses the dangers of processed foods

By Andrea Neville

“I first started writing about the food industry about 10 years ago,” Warner continues. “When I started talking to people in the field of food science, they started telling me all these crazy things about the incredible technical complexity that goes into making our food.

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Full backpacks, full stomachs

Colorado Friendship improves food security for Longmont students

By Mallane Dressel

As the temperature drops and the leaves change color, kids around the nation get back into the swing of school. For some students it means little more than early mornings and evenings lost to homework, but for others, it means knowing they won’t go home hungry — at least during the week.

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The dirt on reusing soil

Save money and up your gardening IQ by reconditioning and reusing this year’s potting soil for next season

By Caitlin Rockett

In places where winters can get harsh — and there will be at least a couple of harsh winter weeks here on the Front Range — soil will expand and contract, so a mindful gardener will want to empty plastic, ceramic or clay containers to prevent them from cracking.

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Soot on snow

A Colorado native researches how ‘black carbon’ from increased wildfire is changing snowmelt, and consequently water supplies, in the West

By Christi Turner

The duo of snowmobiles has climbed to over 6,000 feet elevation, halfway to the study site where researcher Susan Kaspari and her small team will dig into six feet of snow and sample for soot, more accurately known as black carbon.

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The pros and cons of industrial-scale solar

The world’s largest solar thermal power plant is intended to lessen reliance on traditional forms of energy, but some question whether the environmental impacts outweigh the benefits

By Christi Turner

It’s an undeniably gruesome image: A bird soars over the Mojave desert, and suddenly, revoltingly, catches fire, streaks momentarily like a small meteor, and then seems to disappear, leaving only smoke. Seen from afar, some are calling them “streamers.

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Profile of a sustainability hub

The century-old Alliance Center in Denver emerges from a renovation more sustainable than ever

By Christi Turner

It’s been 10 years since the Alliance Center took up residence as a multitenant co-working space on Wynkoop Street in Denver; grassroots powerhouses like Conservation Colorado have anchored the center since it opened its doors in 2004. But this August, it emerged from eight months of multimillion-dollar renovation as a true bastion of sustainability.

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Marijuana Growing Practices

So, what exactly are you smoking?

By Melissa Schaaf

The passage of Amendment 64 in Colorado legalized recreational marijuana for those 21 years of age or older, and House Bill 1317 initiated mandatory potency testing — but only for the recreational stuff.

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Zero waste heroes

One sustainably minded couple’s quest to open a zero-waste grocery store

By Gloria Dickie

Such plastic purging is slowly catching on in North America as awareness about plastic pollution and negative health effects grows. But for many practitioners, divesting their lifestyles of plastic waste can be challenging — and inconvenient. The Mandersons hope to change that.

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