<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - 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 | Appeal of BLM drilling projects in Wyoming advances in federal court]]> <![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[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[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[Eco-briefs | Colorado Bioneers turns 10]]> Bioneers, a gathering of environmental visionaries who offer practical solutions to the most pressing environmental and social issues of our time, will celebrate its 10th year as a Colorado satellite forum Nov. 9-11 at the University of Colorado Boulder campus.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> According to Raise the Riverís website, its goal is to raise $10 million by 2017. These funds will be put toward planting native trees and purchasing permanent water rights dedicated to the delta.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Religious organization commits to divesting from fossil fuel companies]]> The United Church of Christ, a Protestant denomination with more than 1 million members, has become the first major religious organization to vote to divest from fossil fuel companies in the United States. A resolution approved at a national gathering on July 1 was part of a collection of strategies for addressing climate change approved by the church.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | We'll drink to that]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Breweries unite with nonprofit to promote awareness of water quality]]> The Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), a nonprofit environmental advocacy group, is joining forces with more than 20 craft breweries to campaign for clean water.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> Funded by the Gates Foundation and developed by Peter Janicki, the machine operates by boiling “sewer sludge,” causing water to exit as steam that is filtered in its vapor phase and subsequently condensed before going through water treatment.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs | Week of March 13]]> “Most likely, these alien lowland species are becoming increasingly successful in alpine terrain due to the warmer weather we have experienced in the past decades,” Ann Milnau, assistant professor at the Climate Impacts Research Centre in Sweden and one of the.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> <![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]]> The groups argue that the predictions for Grand Junction and White River BLM districts are grossly underestimating the amount of water that will be required. The new estimate is that each well would require 250,005 gallons of water. However, groups claim water use for horizontal drilling between 2011 and 2014 averaged 3.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> This new figure comes from Mark C. Urban of the University of Connecticut, who analyzed 131 published studies on how climate change will affect biodiversity. His investigation showed species in Australia, New Zealand and South America would be worst affected, primarily because there are organisms there found nowhere else on Earth.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | New University of Colorado study shows biodiversity protects against disease]]> The National Geographic Society funded a research project at the University of Colorado that was designed to further understanding of the correlation between biodiversity and disease.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Fuel efficiency in vehicles continuing slow increase]]> “Today’s new vehicles are cleaner and more fuel-efficient than ever, saving American families money at the gas pump and helping to keep the air that we breathe cleaner,” Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation said in a press release.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> “They are about the same size as fish eggs, which means that, essentially, they look like food,” Sherri Mason, an associate professor of chemistry at the State University of New York, Fredonia, said to NPR. “So our concern is that, essentially, they are making their way into the food web.]]>