<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Eco-Briefs]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | City offers events on water and weeds]]> The City of Boulder is holding two events on May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the East Boulder Community Center, 5660 Sioux Drive, to cover some summer concerns: water restrictions and a noxious weed eradication program.]]> <![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 | Fort Collins bans fracking]]> Following in the footsteps of Longmont, the Fort Collins City Council voted to approve an initial ban on hydraulic fracturing within city limits.]]> <![CDATA[Save Monsanto now!]]> If the “Farmer’s Assurance Provision,” currently making its way through Congress as a rider to the House Agricultural Appropriations Bill, passes, it will allow the biotech industry to continue to sell unapproved, genetically modified seeds to farmers even during legal challenges to the seeds’ safety.]]> <![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[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 | Week of October 03, 2013]]> A new solar cell structure has measured an efficiency rating of 44.7 percent, edging out the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s previous record of 43.5 percent.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Gasland's Josh Fox requests meeting with Obama administration]]> Josh Fox, the director of the two-part film series, Gasland and Gasland Part II, on the health, economic and political impacts of fracking, has released an open letter in which he requests a meeting with President Barack Obama’s administration to discuss fracking.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Xcel Energy: Turn dead trees into a power source]]> Xcel Energy has filed with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission for approval of a project that would produce electricity by burning dead wood and using the steam to turn an electrical turbine.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Appeal of BLM drilling projects in Wyoming advances in federal court]]> <![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[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.]]> <![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[Consumers see through greenwashing]]> According to a recent article on the Marketplace website, “American consumers expect companies to address the full environmental impact of a product’s lifecycle, from the impacts associated with manufacturing the product (90 percent), to using it (88 percent), to disposing of it (89 percent).]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> <![CDATA[Energy companies outbid farmers for water]]> It takes millions of gallons of water to hydraulically fracture a well. Not good news considering that this looks to be a very dry year going forward from one of the driest Marches in Colorado history. ]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reopened the public comment forum concerning the western yellow-billed cuckoo being added to the threatened species list for a second time in response to public demand and to allow researchers more time to finish collecting scientific information.]]> <![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]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Catch a free ride between Lyons and Boulder]]> CATCH A FREE RIDE THIS SUMMER GOING BETWEEN LYONS AND BOULDER The great dilemma for reconciling your sweet summer plans with your interest in preserving the planet home to your favorite bluegrass bands often comes down to transportation. Which is why this summer, from May 25 until Aug. 31, a free shuttle will run between Boulder and Lyons on weekends. The Lyons-to-Boulder Shuttle runs from the Boulder Transit Center at 14th and Walnut to the Lyons Park-n- Ride at Fourth Avenue and Broadway, stopping along the way in multiple locations. Catch a free ride Friday evenings and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.]]>