Boulderganic

Just an icefield

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The air was thirty-four degrees Fahrenheit, and wind swept across the mountains at thirty miles per hour. A thin layer of snow covered the...

Rancher has radical ideas about water

If Jim Howell, a fourth-generation rancher in Western Colorado, has a guru, he’s Allan Savory, the champion of intensive cattle grazing even on semi-arid...

The long road to carbon-free energy

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Earlier this year, Xcel Energy made a commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 85% by 2030. With that goal in mind it’s launched the...

Facing the climate penalty

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Colorado is no stranger to wildfires. Last year our state saw one of the most active fire seasons in history, with three of the...

In Wyoming, fences are coming down to make way for wildlife

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Article originally published in National Geographic. On a warm July morning, roughly two dozen volunteers gathered at a ranch outside Cody, Wyoming, carrying wire...

Progress on the roadmap

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Colorado has a goal to run on 100 percent renewable energy by 2040—how far along the path are we, and is it still achievable?

We looked for some of the hottest places in California. We...

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The first time ProPublica traveled to Thermal, California, in June 2020, the temperature happened to be 114 degrees, and we felt stupefied, literally unable...

Fighting for indoor air quality, mid-fire season

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2020 was a historically bad year for wildfires across the western U.S. And 2021 is on pace to be even worse. So far, this...

What’s up with microgrids?

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Dr. Peter Lilienthal has been in the renewables business a long time. In 1979 he started selling wind turbines from “the first small wind...

Tree-free paper is saving forests and farmers in Washington state

In 2013, about 20 wheat farmers gathered at a local pizza joint in Dayton, Washington to hear John Begley, CEO of Columbia Pulp, make...

CSU research helps remediate Superfund contaminated by mining operations

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Despite its decline in the past 100 years, mining continues to impact communities around Colorado as contaminated effluence from abandoned mines leaches into local...

Americans want more renewable energy. Can ‘community choice’ help them get...

 Editor’s note: A bill to study community choice energy (or aggregation) at the Public Utilities Commission, sponsored by Rep. Edie Hooten from Boulder, is...