<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - environment]]> http://gazette.com/rss/environment Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:26:35 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[New climate change program lures five Colorado scientists to France]]> http://gazette.com/new-climate-change-program-lures-five-colorado-scientists-to-france/article/1617083?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-climate-change-program-lures-five-colorado-scientists-to-france/article/1617083?custom_click=rss

That giant sucking sound coming from Boulder is the sound of four leading scientists departing for Europe, among the winners of a new program intended to lure climate change experts from the United States to research laboratories in France. A fifth Coloradan, based at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, is also among the winners of grants sponsored by the French government.

Shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump announced he would pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Treaty, French President Emmanuel Macron announced a climate program he called "Make Our Planet Great Again," an obvious dig at Trump's signature motto. Trump has rejected the idea that climate change is man-made.



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Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:18:24 -0700
<![CDATA[Bode Miller talks Winter Olympics, climate warming]]> http://gazette.com/bode-miller-talks-winter-olympics-climate-warming/article/1617086?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bode-miller-talks-winter-olympics-climate-warming/article/1617086?custom_click=rss

VAIL - Bode Miller, the most decorated American ski racer in Olympic history, says the Games must change to stay relevant to a younger audience, while also adapting to a steadily warming world. And he thinks California will beat Colorado and Utah to land the next Winter Olympics on U.S. snow - but for economic reasons, not better drinking laws.

"I think California's going to get it, honestly, and that makes sense," Miller told Colorado Politics at a recent event in Vail to promote his Bomber Ski brand. "California is such a big economy, they've had it before (Squaw Valley 1960), and there's history there and all that ..."

Colorado, Utah and Lake Tahoe, Calif.



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Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:44:54 -0700
<![CDATA[‘We stood there crying’: Emaciated polar bear seen in 'gut-wrenching' video and photos]]> http://gazette.com/we-stood-there-crying-emaciated-polar-bear-seen-in-gut-wrenching-video-and-photos/article/1616908?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/we-stood-there-crying-emaciated-polar-bear-seen-in-gut-wrenching-video-and-photos/article/1616908?custom_click=rss

The world’s tragedies often have images that end up defining them: A five-year old screaming in Iraq after her parents were killed by U.S. soldiers. A starving child being stalked by a vulture during a ruthless famine in Sudan.

A video released this week of an extremely emaciated polar bear has served as a similar purpose: as a rallying cry and stand-in for a largely unmitigated environmental disaster.

The video was shot by Paul Nicklen, a nature photographer and contributor to the National Geographic magazine for the last 17 years. He is also a biologist by training and the co-founder of Sea Legacy, a nonprofit that uses storytelling and images to advocate for the environment.



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Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:01:38 -0700
<![CDATA[This city in Alaska is warming so fast, algorithms removed the data because it seemed unreal]]> http://gazette.com/this-city-in-alaska-is-warming-so-fast-algorithms-removed-the-data-because-it-seemed-unreal/article/1617058?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/this-city-in-alaska-is-warming-so-fast-algorithms-removed-the-data-because-it-seemed-unreal/article/1617058?custom_click=rss

Last week, scientists were pulling together the latest data for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s monthly report on the climate when they noticed something strange: One of their key climate monitoring stations had fallen off the map. All of the data for Barrow, Alaska — the northernmost city in the United States — was missing.

No, Barrow hadn’t literally been vanquished by the pounding waves of the Arctic Sea (although it does sit precipitously close). The missing station was just the result of rapid, man-made climate change, with a runaway effect on the Arctic.

The temperature in Barrow had been warming so fast this year, the data was automatically flagged as unreal and removed



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Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:23:04 -0700
<![CDATA[ Colorado Springs chosen for pilot recycling program ]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-chosen-for-pilot-recycling-program/article/1616938?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-chosen-for-pilot-recycling-program/article/1616938?custom_click=rss

Colorado's recycling rates lag far behind the national average and even further behind states with a progressive environmental agenda, a report shows.

"Colorado likes to say it's a green, environmentally conscious state, but it's pretty dirty when it comes to waste," said Laurie Johnson, executive director of the nonprofit Colorado Association for Recycling.

Only 12 percent of waste produced in the state is recycled, compared with the national average of 34 percent, says the report by Eco-Cycle and the Colorado Public Interest Research Group..

Colorado Springs does not track recycling rates, but researchers estimated that El Paso and Teller counties had some of the worst rates at 12 percent.



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Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:35:32 -0700
<![CDATA[Insights: Colorado ski industry poised to be heard about climate change]]> http://gazette.com/insights-colorado-ski-industry-poised-to-be-heard-about-climate-change/article/1616898?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/insights-colorado-ski-industry-poised-to-be-heard-about-climate-change/article/1616898?custom_click=rss

When outsiders think of Colorado, most don't think of cows. They don't think of aerospace, energy, Palisade peaches or Olathe sweet corn. To those drawn to our wide open spaces, all the pieces of Colorado are overshadowed by evergreen mountains draped in snow.

The Rocky Mountain way runs through the high country. Everything else follows.

With that presence comes power, and Aspen Skiing Co. gets that. That's why the long-green icon of winter recreation for the jet set is leveraging its slopes, its lobbyists and its lawyers - shoot, even the power of the CEO's pen - to take on climate change far beyond the borders of Pitkin County.

The tony resort's green buildings, a small hydroelectric dam, efficient light bulbs, a $1.



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Sat, 09 Dec 2017 22:23:23 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs' downtown coal plant least efficient in state, study finds]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-downtown-coal-plant-least-efficient-in-state-study-finds/article/1616836?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-downtown-coal-plant-least-efficient-in-state-study-finds/article/1616836?custom_click=rss

The Martin Drake Power Plant downtown is the least efficient coal-fired plant in the state and would struggle to compete with other energy sources if Colorado Springs Utilities partners with utilities in the region, according to a recent study.

The findings, by the Massachusetts-based Applied Economics Clinic of Tufts University, come as members of Utilities' Board of Directors are considering closing Drake as early as 2025, a decade sooner than its already-scheduled 2035 decommission date. The board is also weighing the possibility of entering into a regional transmission partnership, where Utilities would buy and sell electricity wholesale with other utilities.



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Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:11:47 -0700
<![CDATA[Patagonia, outdoor retailers fight Trump on US monuments]]> http://gazette.com/patagonia-outdoor-retailers-fight-trump-on-us-monuments/article/1616832?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/patagonia-outdoor-retailers-fight-trump-on-us-monuments/article/1616832?custom_click=rss

SALT LAKE CITY — Outdoor clothing giant Patagonia and other retailers have jumped into a legal and political battle over President Donald Trump's plan to shrink two sprawling Utah national monuments, a fight that would scare off most companies but galvanizes customers of outdoor brands that value environmental activism.

Patagonia filed a lawsuit a Wednesday evening over Trump's announcement this week cutting Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent. The lawsuit, filed in conjunction with a rock climbing advocacy group and other organizations, is among a flurry of lawsuits that have been filed over Trump's move to reduce the size of Bears Ears and also cut the land protected in Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante



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Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:34:30 -0700
<![CDATA[Lawsuit seeking 'personhood' for Colorado River dismissed]]> http://gazette.com/lawsuit-seeking-personhood-for-colorado-river-dismissed/article/1616604?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lawsuit-seeking-personhood-for-colorado-river-dismissed/article/1616604?custom_click=rss

A federal court Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed against the state for "personhood rights" for the Colorado River.

The lawsuit was filed in September by attorney Jason Flores-Williams for the environmental group Deep Green Resistance (DGR) as "next friends" on behalf of the Colorado River ecosystem.

The lawsuit originally intended to provide the Colorado River with the same rights as people, as a way of protecting the river.

Mari Margil, director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund International Center for Rights of Nature, said in the statement in September that the river and its ecosystem "possess certain rights, including the right to exist, flourish, evolve, regenerate and restoration.



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Tue, 05 Dec 2017 14:56:49 -0700
<![CDATA[Informal poll from Colorado Springs Utilities offers insight into ratepayer priorities]]> http://gazette.com/informal-poll-from-colorado-springs-utilities-offers-insight-into-ratepayer-priorities/article/1616547?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/informal-poll-from-colorado-springs-utilities-offers-insight-into-ratepayer-priorities/article/1616547?custom_click=rss

The majority of ratepayers who participated in an informal poll from Colorado Springs Utilities showed a preference for low electric rates over air quality and economic development when it comes to the fate of the coal-fired Martin Drake Power Plant downtown.

The poll questions were part of a town hall meeting regarding Drake, which was held by phone Wednesday evening. Drake is scheduled to be decommissioned by 2035, but Utilities' board of directors, which consists of the City Council, is investigating whether it could be closed as much as a decade sooner.



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Tue, 05 Dec 2017 10:46:43 -0700
<![CDATA[Denver says pollution could cost up to $600 million to remove from drinking water]]> http://gazette.com/denver-says-pollution-could-cost-up-to-600-million-to-remove-from-drinking-water/article/1616269?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-says-pollution-could-cost-up-to-600-million-to-remove-from-drinking-water/article/1616269?custom_click=rss

Colorado health officials on Wednesday ignored state scientists and delayed for two years a decision on a mining giant’s push to weaken statewide limits on molybdenum pollution of streams, including a creek flowing into Dillon Reservoir, Denver’s drinking water supply.

Denver Water contends that Climax Molybdenum’s campaign to jack up molybdenum pollution limits 43 times higher than at present could cost ratepayers up to $600 million for expansion of a water treatment plant. Trace amounts of molybdenum — below a health advisory level — already flow out of Denver taps.

But Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment officials and federal Environmental Protection Agency officials on



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Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:11:56 -0700
<![CDATA[Public, officials debate early closure of Colorado Springs power plant]]> http://gazette.com/public-officials-debate-early-closure-of-colorado-springs-power-plant/article/1616201?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/public-officials-debate-early-closure-of-colorado-springs-power-plant/article/1616201?custom_click=rss

Members of the Colorado Springs Utilities Board of Directors assured ratepayers Wednesday that their comments will be considered regarding the eventual closure of the coal-fired Martin Drake Power Plant downtown.

The idea of closing Drake earlier than its already-scheduled 2035 decommission date is partially due to ratepayers' wishes, board members said during a telephone town hall held on that topic.

"Many of our ratepayers ... are asking us to relook at this issue," said board member Jill Gaebler in response to one man who questioned whether the public's comments would have any effect. "We are obligated to at least have this conversation."

Earlier this year, the board directed Utilities staff to investigate options



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Thu, 30 Nov 2017 06:26:03 -0700
<![CDATA[First green burial funeral home in Colorado Springs open for business]]> http://gazette.com/first-green-burial-funeral-home-in-colorado-springs-open-for-business/article/1616095?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/first-green-burial-funeral-home-in-colorado-springs-open-for-business/article/1616095?custom_click=rss

When a funeral director is viscerally disturbed by the odor of embalming fluid, you know something is off.

That's what happened to Jon Hallford when he bent over a casket earlier this year to kiss the forehead of a dead relative.

"It was unpleasant and chemical," said the fourth-generation Oklahoman funeral director. "I got to thinking that, 'Wow, I wonder how many times have I facilitated this exact same experience for other families throughout the years?'"

Those thoughts led to action, and months later, during the first week of September, Hallford, wife Carie Hallford and Jack Dhooghe opened Return to Nature Funeral Home, the city's first green burial funeral home. Customers can receive all the services of a



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Wed, 29 Nov 2017 07:40:23 -0700
<![CDATA[Trump to shrink national monuments next week, according to report]]> http://gazette.com/trump-to-shrink-national-monuments-next-week-according-to-report/article/1616134?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-to-shrink-national-monuments-next-week-according-to-report/article/1616134?custom_click=rss

President Donald Trump will fly into Utah on Monday to announce that he’ll shrink the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, sources familiar with the trip confirmed to The Salt Lake Tribune.

Trump will travel to Salt Lake City for the announcement to change the boundaries of the two monuments but will not visit them, the sources said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the trip.

The president is not expected to stay overnight in Utah.

The White House said last month the president would travel to Utah to make an announcement on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recommendations to change the monuments.



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Tue, 28 Nov 2017 12:27:24 -0700