<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - environment]]> http://gazette.com/rss/environment Wed, 23 Aug 2017 03:58:04 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Hanging Lake's new plan for visitor limits rings familiar for outdoor enthusiasts around Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/hanging-lakes-new-plan-for-visitor-limits-rings-familiar-for-outdoor-enthusiasts-around-colorado-springs/article/1609618?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hanging-lakes-new-plan-for-visitor-limits-rings-familiar-for-outdoor-enthusiasts-around-colorado-springs/article/1609618?custom_click=rss

Hanging Lake near Glenwood Springs has a problem that rings familiar to fans of the Manitou Incline. Outdoor enthusiasts are loving it to death.

Tuesday The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reported that the U.S. Forest Service released a management plan for Hanging Lake that would place a capacity limit of 615 people on the park with fee-based permits and require tourists to take a shuttle during the summer. The area has experienced some 1,200 visitors a day in the summer, leading to overcrowding that could damage the lake ecosystem and already has triggered illegal overflow parking. The plan would be implemented in 2018.



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Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:44:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado to tighten pipeline rules after fatal gas explosion ]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-to-tighten-pipeline-rules-after-fatal-gas-explosion/article/1609622?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-to-tighten-pipeline-rules-after-fatal-gas-explosion/article/1609622?custom_click=rss DENVER — Colorado officials say they will strengthen regulations for oil and gas pipelines to reduce the chances of another home explosion like one that killed two people in April.

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced the rule-tightening on Tuesday. It's one of seven steps recommended by state regulators who reviewed oil and gas operations at Hickenlooper's direction after the explosion.

Investigators blamed the explosion on gas leaking from a severed pipeline that was thought to be abandoned but was still connected to a well.

Hickenlooper endorsed another recommendation for the state to set up a service that lets landowners have trained workers identify the locations of pipelines on their property.



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Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:02:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Only 28 years until Colorado Springs gets eclipse totality]]> http://gazette.com/only-28-years-until-colorado-springs-gets-eclipse-totality/article/1609588?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/only-28-years-until-colorado-springs-gets-eclipse-totality/article/1609588?custom_click=rss

The next total solar eclipse to be seen in Colorado Springs will be on Aug. 12, 2045. 

Much of southern Colorado - including Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Cañon City and Salida, will be in the path of totality.

The 2045 eclipse will start in northern California before swooping across Colorado.

Other parts of the United States will get total eclipse on April 8, 2024, with a path cutting northeast from Mexico to Texas and all the way to Maine.



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Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:30:12 -0600
<![CDATA['A primal experience': Americans dazzled by solar eclipse]]> http://gazette.com/a-primal-experience-americans-dazzled-by-solar-eclipse/article/1609574?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-primal-experience-americans-dazzled-by-solar-eclipse/article/1609574?custom_click=rss

Millions of Americans gazed in wonder through telescopes, cameras and disposable protective glasses Monday as the moon blotted out the sun in the first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. from coast to coast in nearly a century.

"It's really, really, really, really awesome," said 9-year-old Cami Smith as she watched the fully eclipsed sun from a gravel lane near her grandfather's home at Beverly Beach, Oregon.

The temperature dropped, birds quieted down, crickets chirped and the stars came out in the middle of the day as the line of darkness raced 2,600 miles (4,200 kilometers) across the continent in about 90 minutes, bringing forth oohs, aahs, shouts and screams.



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Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:00:11 -0600
<![CDATA[The Latest: 'The sun set and rose within about 3 minutes' ]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-the-sun-set-and-rose-within-about-3-minutes/article/1609577?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-the-sun-set-and-rose-within-about-3-minutes/article/1609577?custom_click=rss

The Latest on the total solar eclipse crossing the U.S., from Oregon to South Carolina (all times EDT):

4 p.m.

Some cruise passengers have watched the solar eclipse as Bonnie Tyler sang her hit, "Total Eclipse of the Heart."

The Welsh singer was backed on the ballad by Joe Jonas' band, DNCE, during a Monday afternoon performance in an outdoor theater on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas.

"Total Eclipse Cruise" left from Florida on Sunday, sailing through the Caribbean toward St. Maarten on Monday, when the moon passed in front of the sun. A total eclipse was viewable in a narrow band across the sea.

"Total Eclipse of the Heart" topped the Billboard charts for four weeks in 1983.



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Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:28:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Forest Service to unveil Hanging Lake plan]]> http://gazette.com/forest-service-to-unveil-hanging-lake-plan/article/1609563?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/forest-service-to-unveil-hanging-lake-plan/article/1609563?custom_click=rss

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The U.S. Forest Service is set to unveil its long-awaited proposed Hanging Lake Area Management Plan.

The Post Independent reports (http://bit.ly/2fZhRce ) the Forest Service will unveil the plan Tuesday and is expected to propose a fee and shuttle system that would eliminate the parking crunch caused by increasing crowds at the lake.

The Forest Service said Friday Hanging Lake has continued to see a large increase in visitation over the last decade. Up to 1,200 visitors venture to the lake a day during the summer.

Release of the proposed management plan will initiate a 30-day public scoping period where the Forest Service will solicit public and stakeholder feedback on the proposed



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Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:49:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Can't be there? How to watch solar eclipse on TV, online]]> http://gazette.com/cant-be-there-how-to-watch-solar-eclipse-on-tv-online/article/1609549?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cant-be-there-how-to-watch-solar-eclipse-on-tv-online/article/1609549?custom_click=rss

If you can't witness the total solar eclipse in person, you can still see it online or via TV.

Here are some of the viewing options: 

— NASA will offer hours of coverage online and on NASA Television beginning at noon. It plans livestreaming of the eclipse beginning at 11 a.m. with images from satellites, research aircraft, high-altitude balloons and specially modified telescopes.

— CNN coverage will include reporting from Oregon, Missouri, Tennessee and South Carolina. In partnership with Volvo, CNN also plans two hours of livestreaming, 360-degree coverage accessible in virtual reality through Oculus headsets beginning at 11 a.m.

— The PBS science series NOVA is planning a quick turnaround with an hourlong eclipse documentary at 7 p.m.



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Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:12:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse turns little Casper, Wyoming, into a boom town]]> http://gazette.com/once-in-a-lifetime-solar-eclipse-turns-little-casper-wyoming-into-a-boom-town/article/1609529?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/once-in-a-lifetime-solar-eclipse-turns-little-casper-wyoming-into-a-boom-town/article/1609529?custom_click=rss

CASPER, Wyo. - Finn Lynch stood in the middle of the party with his telescope.

"It's called a hydrogen alpha," the man said to the people who stopped along Second Street in Casper's downtown, which on any other day could be called modest with its old Western storefronts and 1960s style movie theaters.

But this was Sunday, the eve of America's total solar eclipse. And this was a big moment for Casper, being conveniently located on the portion of Earth that will turn dark in the day as the moon spends minutes directly between the planet and the sun. Some 35,000 were expected to come from afar, hell bent on getting themselves under the "path of totality."

And so the town of 59,000 threw the Wyoming Eclipse Festival. An



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Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:43:29 -0600
<![CDATA[SpaceX Dragon delivers scientific bounty to space station]]> http://gazette.com/spacex-dragon-delivers-scientific-bounty-to-space-station/article/1609233?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/spacex-dragon-delivers-scientific-bounty-to-space-station/article/1609233?custom_click=rss

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A SpaceX shipment arrived at the International Space Station on Wednesday, delivering a bonanza of science experiments.

The SpaceX Dragon capsule pulled up following a two-day flight from Cape Canaveral. NASA astronaut Jack Fischer used the space station's hefty robot arm to grab the Dragon 250 miles (400 kilometers) above the Pacific, near New Zealand.

The Dragon holds 3 tons of cargo, mostly research. The extra-large science load includes a cosmic ray monitor, a mini satellite with cheap, off-the-shelf scopes for potential military viewing, and 20 mice for an eye and brain study.

Lucky for the station's six-person crew, a big variety of ice cream is also stashed away in freezers,



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Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:54:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Science Says: Lightning is zapping fewer Americans, not more]]> http://gazette.com/science-says-lightning-is-zapping-fewer-americans-not-more/article/1609152?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/science-says-lightning-is-zapping-fewer-americans-not-more/article/1609152?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — Lightning — once one of nature's biggest killers —is claiming far fewer lives in the United States, mostly because we've learned to get out of the way.

In the 1940s, when there were fewer people, lightning killedmore than 300 people annually. So far this year, 13 people have died after being struck, on pace for a record low of 17 deaths. Taking the growing population into account, the lightning death rate has shrunk more than forty-fold since record-keeping began in 1940.

People seem to be capturing the phenomenon more on camera than before, making it seem like something new and sizzling is going on in the air. Separate videos last month of a Florida lifeguard and an airport worker being



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Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:52:37 -0600
<![CDATA[EU plans talks as tainted egg scandal hits 17 countries]]> http://gazette.com/eu-plans-talks-as-tainted-egg-scandal-hits-17-countries/article/1608915?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eu-plans-talks-as-tainted-egg-scandal-hits-17-countries/article/1608915?custom_click=rss

BRUSSELS — The European Union said Friday that it plans to hold an extraordinary meeting late next month over a growing tainted egg scandal as it revealed that products contaminated with an insecticide have now spread to 17 countries.

Millions of eggs have been destroyed or pulled from supermarket shelves since July 20, when it was made public that the pesticide Fipronil, which is dangerous to human health, was found mixed with another treatment sprayed on chickens for ticks, fleas and lice, known as Dega 16.

Almost all lab tests show that only very low levels of Fipronil — seven to 10 times lower than the maximum permitted — have been detected in eggs from the treated chickens, although one test in



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Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:05:02 -0600
<![CDATA[U.S. scientists contradict Trump's climate claims ]]> http://gazette.com/u.s.-scientists-contradict-trumps-climate-claims/article/1608774?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/u.s.-scientists-contradict-trumps-climate-claims/article/1608774?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — Federal scientists warn that burning fossil fuels is already driving a steep increase in the United States of heat waves, droughts and floods — even as President Donald Trump touts new oil pipelines and pledges to revive the nation's struggling coal mines.

A draft report representing the consensus of 13 federal agencies concludes that the evidence global warming is being driven by human activities is "unambiguous." That directly undercuts statements by Trump and his Cabinet casting doubt on whether the warming observed around the globe is being primarily driven by man-made carbon pollution.

The report cites thousands of peer-reviewed studies.



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Wed, 09 Aug 2017 08:13:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado town's water is 'undrinkable,' residents say ]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-towns-water-is-undrinkable-residents-say/article/1608548?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-towns-water-is-undrinkable-residents-say/article/1608548?custom_click=rss

WELLINGTON — Residents of a northern Colorado town have used words like "disgusting" and "undrinkable" to describe the smell and taste of their drinking water this summer.

The Coloradoan reports that town officials say Wellington's water is safe to drink, but tastes and smells bad because blue-green algae developed in the main water source during the summer's high temperatures.

A recent reservoir treatment beat the algae down, but completely eradicating it could cost the town hundreds of thousands of dollars and could take years.

People living in larger cities with better-funded utilities have flocked to Wellington the past few years, boosting its population above 8,000.

Kelly Nehls moved to the town in



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Sat, 05 Aug 2017 21:13:27 -0600
<![CDATA[EPA chief Pruitt blasts predecessor as he visits Gold King Mine spill site]]> http://gazette.com/epa-chief-pruitt-blasts-predecessor-as-he-visits-gold-king-mine-spill-site/article/1608499?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/epa-chief-pruitt-blasts-predecessor-as-he-visits-gold-king-mine-spill-site/article/1608499?custom_click=rss

SILVERTON - Two years after the Las Animas River was turned a bright yellow from the Gold King Mine spill, Colorado politicians remain confident the federal Environmental Protection Agency will eventually address the contamination.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt toured the mine Friday accompanied by Colorado's U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet, Gov. John Hickenlooper and 3rd Congressional District Rep. Scott Tipton.

"Pruitt showed today that he is committed to making this a priority," said Gardner, a Republican. "He said the EPA walked away from this effort and that he will make it right."

Colorado's senior senator, Democrat Bennet, echoed Gardner's desire to see the Gold King Mine be a top EPA priority.



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Sat, 05 Aug 2017 10:44:35 -0600
<![CDATA[EPA chief expected to tour Colorado mine where agency triggered spill ]]> http://gazette.com/epa-chief-expected-to-tour-colorado-mine-where-agency-triggered-spill/article/1608496?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/epa-chief-expected-to-tour-colorado-mine-where-agency-triggered-spill/article/1608496?custom_click=rss

SILVERTON — Colorado officials expect the head of the Environmental Protection Agency to join them on a tour of an old gold mine where the EPA inadvertently triggered a spill of 3 million gallons of tainted wastewater.

The tour is Friday at the Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado.

Note: The Gazette has a reporter in the Durango and Silverton area for coverage.

Jacque Montgomery, a spokeswoman for Gov. John Hickenlooper, said state officials expect EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to be present. The EPA refused to say whether Pruitt would attend.

Pruitt was in the Denver area Thursday.

Hickenlooper, U.S. Sens. Michael Bennett and Cory Gardner and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton are scheduled be at the



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Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:35:49 -0600