<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - environment]]> http://gazette.com/rss/environment Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:29:37 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[New Colorado College library shoots for net zero carbon footprint]]> http://gazette.com/new-colorado-college-library-shoots-for-net-zero-carbon-footprint/article/1597222?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-colorado-college-library-shoots-for-net-zero-carbon-footprint/article/1597222?custom_click=rss

Two large construction projects destined to change the skyline of the Colorado College campus are about halfway completed and on track to advance 21st century learning and living come fall.

"We're down to a critical point, and with the great weather, you'll see things start to move really quickly," said Chris Coulter, director of facilities services for CC, a private liberal arts college north of downtown Colorado Springs.

A $45 million renovation and expansion of Tutt Library, one of the oldest academic libraries in Colorado, started right after graduation last year and will be completed at the end of May, Coulter said. Demolition of Tutt South, a part of the library that has contained the college's rare book collection of

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Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:17:47 -0700
<![CDATA[Woolly Mammoths could be 'de-extinct' in 2 years]]> http://gazette.com/woolly-mammoths-could-be-de-extinct-in-2-years/article/1597166?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woolly-mammoths-could-be-de-extinct-in-2-years/article/1597166?custom_click=rss

This whole nostalgia thing is getting out of control because scientists are about to bring back the woolly mammoth, the Guardian reports.

Harvard professor George Church—who New Scientist calls a "maverick geneticist"—is leading a "de-extinction" team that says it's about two years away from creating a hybrid embryo combining mammoth traits with Asian elephant DNA.

Woolly mammoths went extinct about 4,000 years ago due to human hunting and warming temperatures. But in the past few years, Church and his team have managed to splice 45 mammoth edits into Asian elephant DNA, including ones that control for a mammoth's shaggy hair, small ears, fat layers, and more.

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Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:35:52 -0700
<![CDATA[NASA study based in Colorado Springs could change how world sees snow]]> http://gazette.com/nasa-study-based-in-colorado-springs-could-change-how-world-sees-snow/article/1597105?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nasa-study-based-in-colorado-springs-could-change-how-world-sees-snow/article/1597105?custom_click=rss

A Navy plane making frequent flights over Colorado's western mountains is part of a big NASA push to build a satellite that can measure the moisture in snowpack.

In addition to the plane, the space agency is working with more than 100 scientists and technicians on the ground to see if sensors aboard the Lockheed P-3 Orion can reliably determine the depth of snow blanketing the Rockies this winter and how much water that snow contains.

"Snow is really critical to society," said NASA scientist Edward Kim during a news conference at Peterson Air Force base where the effort is centered.

The agency has long dreamed of examining snow from space in a new way. Satellites now can show when snow falls and easily record the extent

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Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:13:13 -0700
<![CDATA[Researchers discover new underwater continent, 'Zealandia']]> http://gazette.com/researchers-discover-new-underwater-continent-zealandia/article/1597080?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/researchers-discover-new-underwater-continent-zealandia/article/1597080?custom_click=rss

Another week, another newly discovered continent.

Researchers determined a piece of land just east of Australia qualifies as a continent called, "Zealandia." The news comes days after scientists unearthed evidence of an ancient lost continent, "Mauritia."

The boot-shaped region, about the size of greater India, contains New Zealand and New Caledonia, an island to the north. Most of Zealandia, about 94% of it, is submerged underwater, according to the findings published earlier this week by The Geological Society of America.

A team of New Zealand-based researchers made the discovery, which they described as a "gradual realization" based on reassessing years of data. The researchers tested Zealandia's attributes

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Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:33:16 -0700
<![CDATA[Northeast Denver neighborhood is nation’s most polluted]]> http://gazette.com/northeast-denver-neighborhood-is-nations-most-polluted/article/1596980?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/northeast-denver-neighborhood-is-nations-most-polluted/article/1596980?custom_click=rss

No other populated area in the country carries as high an environmental risk as a few square miles just northeast of downtown Denver, according to a study from ATTOM Data Solution.

That hasn’t dampened enthusiasm for development, however.

Normally, high levels of past contamination and heavy industry nearby would weaken or kill off the surrounding housing market. But northeast Denver’s 80216 ZIP code, home to the Globeville and Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods and the River North Art District and National Western complex, is experiencing some of the strongest developer interest and home price gains along the Front Range.

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Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:49:24 -0700
<![CDATA[Republicans explore curbing the Endangered Species Act]]> http://gazette.com/republicans-explore-curbing-the-endangered-species-act/article/1596877?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/republicans-explore-curbing-the-endangered-species-act/article/1596877?custom_click=rss

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing Wednesday with Republicans focused on curbing the Endangered Species Act, the latest front in the conservative push to rein in regulations they see as harmful to business.

The law is a flashpoint: The agriculture industry says it imposes far-reaching regulatory burdens. James Holt of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federations told the committee, "farmers and ranchers consider it their personal responsibility to be stewards of the land. However, the ESA creates many challenges for them to balance agriculture production with wildlife habitat."

Republican lawmakers have also complained the Endangered Species Act has had a negative impact on drilling, logging and

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Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:31:26 -0700
<![CDATA[Feds seek to dismiss claims over Colorado mine waste spill]]> http://gazette.com/feds-seek-to-dismiss-claims-over-colorado-mine-waste-spill/article/1596813?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/feds-seek-to-dismiss-claims-over-colorado-mine-waste-spill/article/1596813?custom_click=rss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Attorneys with the U.S. Justice Department are asking a federal judge to dismiss claims by New Mexico and the Navajo Nation that stem from a 2015 mine waste spill that fouled rivers in three Western states.

The Justice Department filed its motion Monday, following up on arguments first made by the Obama administration that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is protected by sovereign immunity and doesn't fit the definition of a liable party.

Triggered by an EPA-supervised work crew, the spill sent 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater containing arsenic, lead and other heavy metals into the Animas River near Silverton, Colorado.

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Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:39:45 -0700
<![CDATA[Veterans unite for second 'deployment' against Dakota Access Pipeline]]> http://gazette.com/veterans-unite-for-second-deployment-against-dakota-access-pipeline/article/1596509?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/veterans-unite-for-second-deployment-against-dakota-access-pipeline/article/1596509?custom_click=rss

The troops are mobilizing for a second "deployment."

The Veterans Stand group is once again raising funds for protesters who have been fighting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. So far, the GoFundMe effort for the new campaign has raised $186,767 of the $500,000 goal, according to the group's GoFundMe page. The funds will go toward supplies for the North Dakota protest camp, transportation of veterans to and from Standing Rock Indian Reservation and operations. The Facebook page sites increased "turmoil and uncertainty" as a motivation to continue efforts.

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Fri, 10 Feb 2017 20:11:52 -0700
<![CDATA[Victoria's Secret billionaire, BLM moving ahead with land swap in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/victorias-secret-billionaire-blm-moving-ahead-with-land-swap-in-colorado/article/1596359?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/victorias-secret-billionaire-blm-moving-ahead-with-land-swap-in-colorado/article/1596359?custom_click=rss CARBONDALE — The Bureau of Land Management plans to complete a land swap with a billionaire retail magnate that will open up nearly 670 acres of land to the public and unite portions of his ranch near Aspen.

The BLM says it will sign final documents with Leslie Wexner, the owner of Victoria's Secret and Bath and Body Works, and his wife Abigail of New Albany, Ohio Thursday.

The Wexners will get nearly 1,300 acres of land at the base of Mount Sopris. The land they are giving up includes a popular area for mountain biking.

The Daily Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2lkXPdz ) reports that the swap is still subject to an appeal which claims the BLM underestimated the worth of the land going to the Wexners. The BLM says

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Wed, 08 Feb 2017 17:38:10 -0700
<![CDATA[Pueblo County seeks to join EPA stormwater lawsuit against Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/pueblo-county-seeks-to-join-epa-stormwater-lawsuit-against-colorado-springs/article/1596307?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pueblo-county-seeks-to-join-epa-stormwater-lawsuit-against-colorado-springs/article/1596307?custom_click=rss

Pueblo County - having already received a commitment of $460 million in stormwater projects from Colorado Springs over 20 years - now wants to join in a federal and state lawsuit citing Colorado Springs for violating its federal stormwater permit.

Fountain Creek and its tributaries were degraded, eroded and widened, and those waters combined with surface runoff to create excessive sedimentation and substandard water quality, audits by the Environmental Protection Agency found in 2013 and 2015.

The city's failures since 2009 violated its federal storm sewer system permit, the EPA reported, with the Department of Justice filing the lawsuit on the EPA's behalf last November. The Colorado Department of Public Health and

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Wed, 08 Feb 2017 17:15:28 -0700
<![CDATA[Battery bill could make it easier to store power at home]]> http://gazette.com/battery-bill-could-make-it-easier-to-store-power-at-home/article/1596303?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/battery-bill-could-make-it-easier-to-store-power-at-home/article/1596303?custom_click=rss

Senate Bill 89 before the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee Wednesday afternoon would make it easier to collect energy for later in a home battery.

Sponsored by Democratic Sen. Steve Fenberg from Boulder and Republican Rep. Kevin Lundberg of Berthoud, the legislation allows homeowners to store up to 25 kilowatts and assures that utilities won't discourage it with extra fees.

Such storage is important to those who rely on medical equipment that must remain powered up, even in an outage, proponents say.

Energy providers are nervously watching advancements in battery and renewable energy technologies that might eventually allow people to become energy self-sufficient, someday storing power when the sun

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Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:42:04 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado U.S. representatives cite bipartisanship on public land bills]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-u.s.-representatives-cite-bipartisanship-on-public-land-bills/article/1596267?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-u.s.-representatives-cite-bipartisanship-on-public-land-bills/article/1596267?custom_click=rss

Last week was Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner teaming up on legislation to promote Colorado's public lands. This week it's Reps. Doug Lamborn, Scott Tipton and Jared Polis doing the bipartisanship thing over state public lands projects.

Monday the House passed three bills led by Tipton, a Republican from Cortez, Lamborn, a Republican from Colorado Springs, and Polis, a Democrat from Boulder. The bills overlap the Senate proposals by Republican Gardner and Democrat Bennet.

The Bolts Ditch Access and Use Act: This legislation the would allow Minturn to use its existing water right to fill Bolts Lake via special use of the Bolts Ditch headgate and the segment of the Bolts Ditch within the Holy Cross Wilderness Area.

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Tue, 07 Feb 2017 18:58:48 -0700
<![CDATA[Army to allow completion of controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline]]> http://gazette.com/army-to-allow-completion-of-controversial-dakota-access-oil-pipeline/article/1596234?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/army-to-allow-completion-of-controversial-dakota-access-oil-pipeline/article/1596234?custom_click=rss

BISMARCK, N.D. — The Army told Congress on Tuesday that it will allow the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota, completing the disputed four-state project.

The Army intends to allow the Lake Oahe crossing as early as Wednesday, according to court documents the Justice Department filed that include letters to members of Congress from Deputy Assistant Army Secretary Paul Cramer.

The stretch under Lake Oahe is the final big chunk of work on the 1,200-mile pipeline that would carry North Dakota oil through the Dakotas and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois.

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Tue, 07 Feb 2017 15:49:33 -0700
<![CDATA[As the planet warms, doubters launch a new attack on a famous climate change study]]> http://gazette.com/as-the-planet-warms-doubters-launch-a-new-attack-on-a-famous-climate-change-study/article/1596232?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/as-the-planet-warms-doubters-launch-a-new-attack-on-a-famous-climate-change-study/article/1596232?custom_click=rss

A former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist has reopened a contentious debate over the validity of a key agency climate change study, asserting that procedures for archiving its data were not properly followed by its authors.

The claims by John Bates, first published in the Mail on Sunday and later amplified in a blog post he authored, have prompted Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, to criticize NOAA senior officials for “playing fast and loose with the data in order to meet a politically predetermined conclusion.

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Tue, 07 Feb 2017 14:44:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Flash and boom: Meteor spotted over the Midwest]]> http://gazette.com/flash-and-boom-meteor-spotted-over-the-midwest/article/1596101?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/flash-and-boom-meteor-spotted-over-the-midwest/article/1596101?custom_click=rss

NORTHEAST WISCONSIN – Forget the Super Bowl. Everyone’s talking about another big show, this one in the sky above Wisconsin and Illinois.

A bright flash of light was spotted, recorded and shared on social media overnight. Action 2 News has taken numerous reports of a loud boom that appears to be associated with this event.

The American Meteor Society says the preliminary trajectory shows the meteor was traveling southwest to northeast and ended somewhere between Sheboygan and Manitowoc.

Read more at see video at wbay.com.

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Mon, 06 Feb 2017 15:27:09 -0700