<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Eco-Briefs]]> <![CDATA[Solar energy program creates opportunity for low-income families in Lafayette]]> Energy bills are no small matter for families with low income. ]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> Scientists at North Carolina State University conducted the as-yet unpublished research. They tested 20 rivers and streams throughout North Carolina for contaminants known to disrupt hormones finding 43 of the 135 contaminants they were looking for.]]> <![CDATA[Tropical birds of Boulder]]> Why spend all that money to fly to the tropics to experience the sights and sounds of tropical birds? After all, they will soon be arriving in Boulder.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> Governor Hickenlooper signed House Bill 13-1044 into effect in 2013 and with it legalized the use of graywater for certain plumbing and agricultural uses. Currently, the State Plumbing Board is proposing to allow use of graywater only for outdoor irrigation and not toilet flushing.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Those emerald shores just might be toxic]]> Cyanobacteria, some of the oldest microorganisms on Earth and the bacteria believed to have produced the oxygen that made life possible, are turning against us as they adapt to a changing climate.]]> <![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]]> <![CDATA[Monumental messaging]]> Eight hundred volunteers for President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign have signed a letter asking the president to create new protections for natural areas in Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada, including 341 people from Colorado.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> President Obama gave Shell Oil approval to begin drilling offshore this summer in the Chukchi Sea near Alaska on Wednesday, July 22. The permit only allows the company to drill into the top layer of seabed until a capping stack, able to cap oil wells in an emergency, is repaired.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Southern Utah land use plan struck down in federal court]]> A Federal District Court in Utah struck down part of the Bureau of Land Management’s Richfield Plan, a land-use plan that would have designated 4,277 miles of trails and routes for off-road vehicle traffic in Southern Utah.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Colorado third among top LEED states]]> The U.S. Green Building Council has announced the top 10 states for new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications in 2012, and Colorado landed third on the per-capita list.]]> <![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[Eco-briefs | Chimney Rock designated a national monument]]> A thousand years ago, members of the Chaco civilization chose Chimney Rock as the site of a village of more than 200 homes.]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Appeal of BLM drilling projects in Wyoming advances in federal court]]> <![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 | Week of Jan. 30]]> The damage the invasive population of lionfish in the Atlantic Ocean is doing to native species can be reduced if lionfish are eliminated in isolated, small areas, according to a new study from Oregon State University, Simon Fraser University, Reef Environment Education Foundation and other institutions.]]> <![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]]> 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[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.]]>