• New concept in solar energy poised to catch on across US

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS — A new concept in renewable energy is catching fire across the country, allowing customers who might find solar panels too expensive or impractical to buy green energy anyway. Community solar gardens first took off in Colorado a few years ago, and the model — also known...

  • Environmental issues top major legislative meeting in China

    Updated: Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — China's severe environmental problems and government pledges to fix them have dominated the start of the country's annual legislative meeting, as leaders try to ease public worries about air, water and soil contamination that threaten to derail the country's economic...

  • Popular environmental documentary removed from China's Web

    Updated: Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — A popular documentary about China's environmental woes that has been viewed hundreds of millions of times over the past week was removed from Chinese websites as the country's legislature holds its closely watched annual meeting. The 104-minute film called "Under the...

  • Ban on plastic beads in cosmetics advances in Colorado

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    DENVER — A measure to ban tiny plastic particles from soaps and cosmetic products has advanced in the Colorado Legislature. A Senate committee voted 4-1 Thursday in favor of a bill banning "microbeads" by 2020. The "microbeads" turn up in face scrubs, acne treatments and...

  • Colorado landscape marred by oil and gas boom scars

    Associated Press
    Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    DENVER — Oil and gas companies have yet to fully restore land around half of the 47,000 inactive wells in Colorado and 72 percent of those unrestored sites have been in the process for more than five years, The Denver Post reported Sunday. The state requires oil and gas companies to...

  • Human waste taints Animas River near state border

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Elevated levels of bacteria from human waste have been found in the Animas River near the Colorado-New Mexico border. The San Juan Watershed Group says it found the bacteria as part of a two-year study of the Animas and the San Juan rivers. Researchers say the...

  • Waste Management closing public recycling site in Colorado Springs

    By rich laden rich.laden@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Waste Management is closing the public drop-off portion of its Colorado Springs recycling center, citing the cost of cleaning up blowing litter and problems with contaminated items left at the site. The center, at 604 4th St. in a mostly industrial area northeast of Nevada Avenue and...

  • CU professor claims 'witch hunt' over global warming testimony

    Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    DENVER — A University of Colorado environmental studies professor says he is the target of a congressman's "witch hunt" because he expressed doubt in congressional testimony about whether climate change is making natural disasters worse. Roger Pielke Jr. made his comment this week...

  • Governor: Oil, gas rules must protect mineral owners' rights

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    DENVER — Any attempt to give local governments more control over oil and gas drilling in Colorado must protect the rights of people who own underground mineral rights, Gov. John Hickenlooper said Friday. Some people have owned or leased those rights for decades, long before...

  • US to spend $57 million more on stream damage from '13 flood

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    DENVER — The U.S. Agriculture Department said Thursday it will spend another $57 million on recovery work on Colorado rivers and streams that were damaged by the 2013 flood. Most of the work will be done in Boulder, El Paso and Larimer counties, along with other projects in...

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