<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Eco-Briefs]]> <![CDATA[Eco-briefs | Aerosols from one side of world influence rainfall on the other]]> A field study conducted by researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of California San Diego (UCSD) shows that dust and microorganisms help spur precipitation, which California counts on for its water supply.]]> <![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[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]]> 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]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> The innovation lies in the replacement of the fossil-fuel component of asphalt called bitumen, which constitutes about 5 percent of a complete asphalt composite. Researchers substituted bitumen with lignin, a plant-based polymer found in the cell walls.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is solely to blame for the Aug. 5 blowout and spill of the Gold King Mine, according to a recent report from the Department of the Interior (DOI).]]> <![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 | 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]]> The report finds that the exposure of crude oil to Pacific herring and pink salmon embryos may affect their development into adults. Oil-contaminated embryos were found to develop abnormal hearts and reduced cardiorespiratory abilities, among other detriments, resulting in slower and weaker fish that are more susceptible to predators.]]> <![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[Battle cry issued from 180,000 opponents of Pebble Mine]]> Opponents of the proposed Pebble copper mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska, have come out in full force, flooding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during a public comment period on the proposal with about 200,000 comments in opposition to the project, and the EPA is still counting.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]> “What it shows is the continuation of a long-term campaign by specific fossil fuel companies and interests to undermine the scientific consensus on climate change,” said Kert Davies, executive director of the Climate Investigations Center, to the New York Times.]]> <![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]]> 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 | Appeal of BLM drilling projects in Wyoming advances in federal court]]> <![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]]> The EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a final ruling at the end of June 2015 to change the definition of WOTUS under the Clean Water Act to include streams and wetlands. The EPA states that roughly 117 million Americans get their drinking water from streams formally unprotected by the Clean Water Act.]]> <![CDATA[eco-briefs]]>