• Snowpack is declining in valleys where Colorado River begins

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    DENVER — Snowpack in the mountains and valleys where the Colorado River originates has been shrinking since the beginning of March, a federal water expert said Tuesday. The snow ranged between 89 and 91 percent of the long-term average, depending on which measurement is used. "We...

  • El Paso County residents say they intend to seek injunction to halt wind farm construction

    By Ryan Maye Handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    Eastern El Paso County residents say they intend to file for an injunction to try to halt the construction of a controversial wind farm project until their lawsuit is heard. Nearly 200 angry and emotional residents filled the Falcon Fire Station on Tuesday evening to learn more about...

  • Residents sue El Paso County commissioners over wind farm project

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    A group of disgruntled homeowners has filed a lawsuit against the El Paso County commissioners, alleging that the board abused its power when it approved an above-ground transmission line for a wind farm project last month. The suit is another development in an ongoing effort by...

  • 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...

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