<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Eco-Briefs]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Road-tripping to raise awareness for wild lands]]> Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune is roadtripping through Colorado this week to launch the Our Wild America campaign, designed to draw increased attention to America’s wild places in need of protection.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Mars on the mind]]> NASA has announced that a recent rock sample taken from Mars indicates the planet could have once supported living micro-organisms — just as the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado announced it has crossed another milestone in building NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN).]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | GMO documentary to screen at eTown Hall]]> The search for food that’s not genetically modified — and answers to why and how genetically altered foods may affect the people who consume them and live near where those crops are grown — drove writer, director and producer Jeremy Seifert to create the feature-length documentary GMO OMG.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> Once a testament to human ingenuity, river dams are now more often cited as examples of human intervention gone too far in manipulating the natural world. We’ve begun to better understand the effects of dams on river ecology and fish populations and raise concerns about their effects on the life and health of rivers. DamNation, a documentary film, explores that evolution from the welcome the Hoover Dam received to the welcomed destruction of dams and the free flow of water that resumed.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Fuel scandal sends Texas man to prison]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | So you're saying there's a chance?]]> Climate change scientists have just a 5 percent slice of hope that human industrial flatulence is not warming the planet.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Boulder engineer competing for grant to jumpstart water reserve concept]]> There are only five finalists left from a field of thousands of competitors in the GQ and Ketel One “A Gentleman’s Call” competition, which is handing out $100,000 to the winning business concept. Tom Rachlin, a 27-year-old engineer from Boulder, is one of the finalists.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs]]> “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.”.]]> <![CDATA[Rally to protest dolphin hunting Aug. 31]]> The filmmakers from The Cove estimate that more than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises are killed each year off the coast of Japan.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | A drier coastline]]> The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report on Nov. 21 announcing that the U.S. lost more than 80,160 acres of coastal wetlands each year between 2004 and 2009.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Driving home your environmental self-image]]> Consumers age 60 and older purchase hybrid vehicles to boost self-esteem and image, as well as help the environment, according to a consumer study published in the journal Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing and Service Industries.]]> <![CDATA[Boulder becomes a clean air city]]> Boulder recently joined the Center for Biological Diversity’s “Clean Air Cities” initiative, becoming the newest of the program’s 26 cities to sign on to the resolution in an attempt to pressure President Barack Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency to properly enforce the Clean Air Act.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Save the chubs]]> The once abundant Rio Grande chub has declined by as much as 75 percent and disappeared from the main stem of the Rio Grande, prompting WildEarth Guardians to submit a proposal to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the Rio Grande chub under the Endangered Species Act.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> According to researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Joint BioEnergy Institute, improvements must still be made to the process if the high energy biofuel is to reach the potency where it could be used in place of petroleumbased fuel.]]> <![CDATA[Boreal Toad one hop closer to protection]]> Fish and Wildlife Service announced what is called a 90-day finding regarding the Boreal Toad. What this means is that a full review of the toad’s status will now be conducted and a final decision as to whether or not the toad will be placed under Endangered Species Act protection must be made within one year.]]> <![CDATA[A little extinction is OK]]> “I don’t speak for the scientific community, of course, but I believe the world’s getting warmer. I can’t prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer. And number two, I believe that humans contribute to that.]]>