<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Eco-Briefs]]> <![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]]> The report, approved by representatives from 195 nations around the world, stated that from their review of climate change research they concluded that the evidence of climate changing impacts is most prevalent and obvious among natural ecosystems.]]> <![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 | 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 | 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[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 | Week of Jan. 23]]> The EPA releases final assessment of potential impacts of mining on Bristol Bay and a NSF study says biofuel production is about more than just yield.]]> <![CDATA[Climate change could cause 900 bird extinctions]]> Scientists at the University of Utah and Boston University have recently completed a study regarding the impacts of climate change on potential bird extinctions in the coming century.]]> <![CDATA[ECO BRIEFS | Week of February 06]]> National parks launch film series to revive the adoration for national parks through true and diverse stories of people’s relationships with these parks.]]> <![CDATA[A few fun ways to celebrate Earth Day]]> If you feel like traveling a bit farther, all National Parks in the U.S. are offering free admittance during Earth Week.]]> <![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[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]]> 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 | Appeal of BLM drilling projects in Wyoming advances in federal court]]> <![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 | Groundwater contaminated after fracking fluid leak in Canada]]> An investigation into a fracking fluid leak near Calgary, in Canada, has confirmed groundwater contamination.]]> <![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[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 | 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 | Week of Feb. 27]]> The ability to convert plastic bags into fuel may reduce the environmental impact produced by the 1 trillion bags produced each year in the U.S.]]>