<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - environment]]> http://gazette.com/rss/environment Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:28:28 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[27-year experiment suggests climate change in the Rockies will lead common Colorado wildflower to extinction]]> http://gazette.com/27-year-experiment-suggests-climate-change-in-the-rockies-will-lead-common-colorado-wildflower-to-extinction/article/1621454?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/27-year-experiment-suggests-climate-change-in-the-rockies-will-lead-common-colorado-wildflower-to-extinction/article/1621454?custom_click=rss

A creamy jasmine wildflower once common across the Colorado mountains may be vanishing forever as climate change brings warmer and drier conditions.

That’s the conclusion unveiled Wednesday by scientists who conducted a 27-year experiment above Crested Butte near Gothic at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory tracking northern rock jasmine, a delicate white-petaled species also known as fairy candelabra. These wildflowers, a type of non-fragrant primrose, are typically found at elevations between 5,000 feet and 17,000 feet across the northern hemisphere at elevations between.



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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:29:39 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs lagging as state's utilities accelerate switch from coal to renewable energy]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-lagging-as-states-utilities-accelerate-switch-from-coal-to-renewable-energy/article/1621279?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-lagging-as-states-utilities-accelerate-switch-from-coal-to-renewable-energy/article/1621279?custom_click=rss

While other Front Range utilities are accelerating the switch to renewable energy, Colorado Springs remains committed to coal to a much greater degree to keep rates from spiking.

"The change is now driven by economics," said Xcel Energy Colorado president, David Eves, at the Colorado Communities Symposium early this month. "In the words of Gov. Hickenlooper, 'I don't know what people are opposed to, cleaner air or lower costs.' Truthfully that's where we're at."

Xcel Energy Colorado, which supplies power to Metro Denver and many other areas of the state, is on track to produce more than half its power - 55 percent - from renewable sources by 2026.



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Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:58:04 -0700
<![CDATA[Jeep in hot water over ad with SUV romping in wild waters]]> http://gazette.com/jeep-in-hot-water-over-ad-with-suv-romping-in-wild-waters/article/1621044?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jeep-in-hot-water-over-ad-with-suv-romping-in-wild-waters/article/1621044?custom_click=rss

RENO, Nev. — The head of one of the nation's largest fish conservation groups says Fiat Chrysler's Super Bowl ads "glorified" the destruction of aquatic habitat in an apparent attempt to appeal to off-road thrill-seekers.

It's the second time ads by the automaker have drawn complaints since the Feb. 4 game.

Trout Unlimited President and CEO Chris Wood said Wednesday that one ad gave the impression a Jeep Cherokee was splashing down the middle of a wild streambed.

Fiat Chrysler is defending the ads but says there are no plans to run them again. It says the spot with the Cherokee was shot on a flooded county road and another with a Jeep Wrangler was filmed in a man-made lake with a man-made waterfall on



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Wed, 14 Feb 2018 21:21:03 -0700
<![CDATA[Sea level rise is accelerating and its rate could double in next century]]> http://gazette.com/sea-level-rise-is-accelerating-and-its-rate-could-double-in-next-century/article/1620940?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sea-level-rise-is-accelerating-and-its-rate-could-double-in-next-century/article/1620940?custom_click=rss

Global sea level rise has been accelerating in recent decades, rather than increasing steadily, according to a new study based on 25 years of NASA and European satellite data.

This acceleration, driven mainly by increased melting in Greenland and Antarctica, has the potential to double the total sea level rise projected by 2100 when compared to projections that assume a constant rate of sea level rise, according to lead author Steve Nerem. Nerem is a professor of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, a fellow at Colorado's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), and a member of NASA's Sea Level Change team.



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Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:11:44 -0700
<![CDATA[County OKs permit for Colorado's second-largest solar farm]]> http://gazette.com/county-oks-permit-for-colorados-second-largest-solar-farm/article/1620803?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/county-oks-permit-for-colorados-second-largest-solar-farm/article/1620803?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The second-largest solar farm in Colorado could be coming to fields south of Bennett.

The Denver Post reports Arapahoe County commissioners last week approved a permit for the 75-megawatt Hunter Solar project, which would rank as Colorado's second-largest solar farm after the 120-megawatt Comanche solar site near Pueblo.

The proposed 333,000-panel facility just east of Denver would boost the state's solar power portfolio by nearly 8 percent.

The Solar Energy Industries Association says Colorado ranks 11th nationally for installed solar capacity — including residential rooftop and solar gardens — with 974 megawatts. Nearly 200,000 homes are powered by solar-generated electricity,



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Sun, 11 Feb 2018 11:51:47 -0700
<![CDATA[Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument expansion gains support]]> http://gazette.com/florissant-fossil-beds-national-monument-expansion-gains-support/article/1620562?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/florissant-fossil-beds-national-monument-expansion-gains-support/article/1620562?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON - A Teller County commissioner told Congress Tuesday that expanding the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument would help prevent wildfires and protect wildlife.

Norm Steen testified for a bill that would add 280 acres to the northwest border of the national monument 35 miles west of Colorado Springs.

"We received no public opposition to the idea and we unanimously agreed to support the expansion of the Fossil Beds Monument," Steen said in his testimony.

The 280 acres abutting the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument are privately owned.



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Thu, 08 Feb 2018 15:57:06 -0700
<![CDATA[It's trout vs. Trump in new energy policies for public lands]]> http://gazette.com/its-trout-vs.-trump-in-new-energy-policies-for-public-lands/article/1620476?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/its-trout-vs.-trump-in-new-energy-policies-for-public-lands/article/1620476?custom_click=rss Anglers and environmentalists say President Trump's plan to reshape the federal lease approval process for oil and gas is a means to muzzle their concerns.

The plan will "hand over public lands to the oil and gas industries," according to the Wilderness Society.

The Interior Department released a memo last week instructing its field offices "to simplify and streamline the leasing process" for oil and gas leases with the Bureau of Land Management.

BLM will have 60 days to process a proposed lease, and the BLM offices "may" allow public participation, but it's no longer mandatory. The window for public opposition to finalized leases is 10 days, and unresolved opposition can't hold up a sale, according to the memo.



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Tue, 06 Feb 2018 15:14:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs can be held liable for Smokebrush site contamination, state Supreme Court rules]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-can-be-held-liable-for-smokebrush-site-contamination-state-supreme-court-rules/article/1620411?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-can-be-held-liable-for-smokebrush-site-contamination-state-supreme-court-rules/article/1620411?custom_click=rss

The City of Colorado Springs can be held liable in a 2013 lawsuit alleging that workers at a downtown business were sickened by hazardous materials from a city-owned property, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday.

The city is "finally going to have to face the music," said Randall Weiner, the Boulder-based environmental attorney for the nonprofit Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts. "And hopefully reimburse the neighbor for the contamination it created."

Smokebrush claimed in its lawsuit that its employees in the Trestle Building, 218 W. Colorado Ave., were exposed to carcinogenic materials that blew over to the property when the city demolished its Gas Administration Building next door earlier that year.



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Tue, 06 Feb 2018 06:30:29 -0700