<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Eco-Briefs]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | The dirty past of European glaciers]]> Black carbon dust — soot — from coal burnt to fuel rapid industrialization in Europe is suspected as the cause for rapid glacier retreat in the Alps in the 1860s, during a period the weather was showing cooling temperatures on average, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Transformations in ornithology in Sri Lanka]]> Professor Arjun Guneratne will be presenting a talk on the changes in ornithology, or the study of birds, in Sri Lanka on Nov. 29 at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> The Galapagos National Park teamed up with the San Diego Zoo Global to create a captive breeding program to save the critically endangered Mangrove finch.]]> <![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 | 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]]> “Online databases, smartphone apps, crowd-sourcing and new hardware devices are making it easier to collect data on species,” Stuart L. Pimm, Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology at Duke, said in a press release. “Most species remain unknown to science, and they likely face greater threats than the ones we do know.]]> <![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 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[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]]> 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[eco-briefs]]> <![CDATA[ECO-BRIEFS]]> <![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 | The Second Kitchen food co-op plans to expand on the Hill]]> If passed by the House, SB 252 would require rural cooperatives with more than 100,000 meters to obtain 25 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020. To help compensate for extra costs, the bill would also allow co-ops to tack on an extra 2 percent to customer bills, rather than the 1 percent that gets added now.]]> <![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]]> “There is an urgent need to hold the world’s largest corporations accountable for the massive environmental destruction, human rights violations and climate pollution they cause,” Lindsey Allen, executive director for Rainforest Action Network, said in a press release.]]> <![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 | Appeal of BLM drilling projects in Wyoming advances in federal court]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Study measures sea rise caused by glaciers, ice sheets]]> As the world’s glaciers melt, the runoff contributes as much to sea rise as melting ice sheets, according to a study led by Clark University in Worcester, Mass., and the University of Colorado Boulder.]]>