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Thursday, September 24,2015

Tussock moth invasion

Colorado may be at the beginning of a multi-year infestation that’s destroying Douglas-fir trees — but there are ways to fight back

By Andrew Richard Sander
The Colorado State Forest Service has reported that Douglas-fir trees growing on roughly 2,500 acres in the foothills are currently experiencing defoliation caused by the Douglas-fir tussock moth and caterpillar.
Thursday, September 24,2015

Please, not another euphemism

Reusable menstrual products could help end the social stigma that surrounds having a period

By Emma Murray
Researchers, such as Ingrid Johnston-Robledo and Joan C. Chrisler, have argued that menstruation has a social stigma, and some say it obstructs the path toward women’s social equality. Without the acceptance of your body, asserting egalitarianism on behalf of your gender is challenging.
Thursday, September 24,2015

Anxious? Angry? Meditate.

How meditation can help anyone, everyone

By Emma Murray
hosting a center where those interested in meditation can go and take classes, the nonprofit organization of qualified mindfulness instructors brings programs to the people that need it most. They have worked in various organizations like schools, the Red Cross and homeless shelters.
Thursday, September 24,2015

The good in letting food go ‘bad’

Author Sandor Katz talks bacteria, fermentation and health

By Caitlin Rockett
In 2012, scientists working on the Human Microbiome Project (HMP), a five-year study by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, were able to publish a complete database — a map, if you will — of the microbial makeup of a healthy human, finally giving...
Thursday, September 24,2015

The small footprints of craft brewing

How Boulder craft brewers are leaders in sustainability

By Tiffany Lutke
Brewing beer has the potential to be pretty wasteful. Without mindfulness in brewing practices, it would be easy to cause harm to our environment. Although most beer is brewed with natural ingredients (water, malt, hops and yeast), it is not naturally occurring.
Thursday, September 24,2015

A new shock to an old system

The Alliance for Sustainable Colorado is revamping energy sources

By Emma Murray
The Alliance for Sustainable Colorado is located in the world’s first LEED certified historic building, but the nonprofit isn’t stopping there — the century-old building will soon convert their electricity system from pure alternating current (AC) to also include direct current (DC).
Thursday, September 24,2015

Climate change in Colorado

On the forecast: longer summers, shorter springs and heat

By Mollie Putzig
A Weather Channel report from mid-July ranked Denver No. 7 in a list of U.S. cities most at risk because of climate change. The Denver entry reads, “In some iterations of this list, with different factors weighted differently, Denver took the number 1 spot.
Thursday, September 24,2015

Living and learning lab

A local nonprofit wants to help people make homes more sustainable and create a more environmentally conscious generation.

By Nicole McNulty
Sustainability has become a buzzword of the 21st century as it saturates public discussion. Most know being sustainable is vital to the continuance of human life as oceans rise, the climate changes and humanity hits the panic button.
Thursday, September 24,2015

Is school food better than it was five years ago?

BVSD takes part in federal lunch program while going beyond its nutritional standards

By Maalikah Hartley
It’s a late August morning, just at the start of the school year, and on today’s menu at Douglass Elementary the kids are given a choice between natural pepperoni pizza or a natural meatball sub.
Thursday, September 24,2015

Good to the last drop

A look at Boulder County’s love for coffee

By Renee Moen
Coffee; there are hymns sung about it, altars erected to it and shops dedicated to it on every corner of the globe. Coffee madness has engulfed the United States. With a calculation of more than 400 million cups consumed on a daily basis, Americans hold the title of most caffeinated country in the world.