<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - environment]]> http://gazette.com/rss/environment Tue, 31 May 2016 10:22:19 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Little boy gets emotional talking about Earth's future]]> http://gazette.com/little-boy-gets-emotional-talking-about-earths-future/article/1577086?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/little-boy-gets-emotional-talking-about-earths-future/article/1577086?custom_click=rss

Henry Marr had a little meltdown in the car on May 25th, and the video is getting a lot of attention. As of 4 p.m. on May 28th it has over 10 million views on Facebook.

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Sat, 28 May 2016 19:35:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Agency: Measure would put most of state off-limits to wells]]> http://gazette.com/agency-measure-would-put-most-of-state-off-limits-to-wells/article/1577056?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/agency-measure-would-put-most-of-state-off-limits-to-wells/article/1577056?custom_click=rss

DENVER — A proposal to require new oil and gas wells to be at least 2,500 feet from homes and schools in Colorado would leave 90 percent of the state off-limits to future drilling, regulators said Friday.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission released a report (http://tinyurl.com/ju4be2j) on the impact of a proposed constitutional amendment that backers hope to put on the November ballot.

The report said that in the state's top five oil and gas counties, 95 percent of the land area would off-limits to new wells and other energy facilities. Those counties are Garfield, La Plata, Las Animas, Rio Blanco and Weld.

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Fri, 27 May 2016 21:16:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Volunteers plant trees in place ravaged by Waldo Canyon fire]]> http://gazette.com/volunteers-plant-trees-in-place-ravaged-by-waldo-canyon-fire/article/1576626?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/volunteers-plant-trees-in-place-ravaged-by-waldo-canyon-fire/article/1576626?custom_click=rss

When the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire finished raging through her neighborhood, Denise Peacock returned with a camera. "What I took pictures of," she said, "were of the things that survived. Like flowers that were still growing out of the rubble and the ashes.

"It gave me hope, you know, that things can make it back from disaster."

The Nikon she used was strapped around her neck Saturday morning as she and 30 other volunteers hiked along the upper rim of Williams Canyon. From the parking lot of the Cave of the Winds, they carried shovels and picks and buckets of tree seedlings until reaching their destination a half-hour later: a hill, mostly open save for the naked, blackened trees still standing.

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Tue, 24 May 2016 12:39:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Reforestation part of the healing process]]> http://gazette.com/reforestation-part-of-the-healing-process/article/1576625?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/reforestation-part-of-the-healing-process/article/1576625?custom_click=rss

On May 31, a group of volunteers from the Mile High Youth Corps, Fort Carson and the Rocky Mountain Field Institute will load more than 1,000 small willow trees into backpacks and hike into burned-out forest land off Rampart Range Road in the Camp Creek watershed.

The RMFI expedition into the Waldo Canyon burn area west of Colorado Springs marks the culmination of a project that began in January with the goal of helping to reforest the 18,000 acres charred by the June 2012 wildfire.

Jennifer Peterson, RMFI's executive director, said her organization and others have been working to grow trees and other native fauna in the Waldo Canyon scar for the past few years.

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Sun, 22 May 2016 07:45:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Lake Mead shrinks to record low amid ongoing Western drought]]> http://gazette.com/lake-mead-shrinks-to-record-low-amid-ongoing-western-drought/article/1576630?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lake-mead-shrinks-to-record-low-amid-ongoing-western-drought/article/1576630?custom_click=rss

LAS VEGAS — The surface level at Lake Mead has dropped as planned to historic low levels, and federal water managers said Thursday the vast Colorado River reservoir is expected to continue to shrink amid ongoing drought.

The closely controlled and measured lake shrunk Wednesday to its lowest point since Hoover Dam was completed in 1936 — with a surface level of 1,074.68 feet above sea level.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation plans to let it drop another few feet by the end of next month. Then, it will be refilled enough by the end of the year to pass a crucial water-level mark to avoid cuts in water deliveries to residents, farms, tribes and businesses in Arizona, Nevada and California.

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Sat, 21 May 2016 19:10:29 -0600
<![CDATA[New Mexico pushes for remedies in wake of Colorado mine waste spill]]> http://gazette.com/new-mexico-pushes-for-remedies-in-wake-of-colorado-mine-waste-spill/article/1576549?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-mexico-pushes-for-remedies-in-wake-of-colorado-mine-waste-spill/article/1576549?custom_click=rss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The federal government and Colorado have made little progress in remedying damage from the release of millions of gallons of wastewater from a southern Colorado mine last year, New Mexico's top prosecutor charged in a pair of scathing letters sent to officials this week.

The wastewater, which contained arsenic, copper, lead, mercury and other dangerous pollutants, rushed down a Colorado mountainside and eventually fouled rivers in three Western states, setting off a major response by government agencies and private groups.

Attorney General Hector Balderas wrote to the head of the U.S Environmental Protection Agency and Colorado officials as New Mexico's threat to sue the agency, the neighboring

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Fri, 20 May 2016 11:00:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Deal reached between homeowners, weapons plant operators]]> http://gazette.com/deal-reached-between-homeowners-weapons-plant-operators/article/1576473?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/deal-reached-between-homeowners-weapons-plant-operators/article/1576473?custom_click=rss

DENVER — A $375 million settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed by thousands of homeowners who said plutonium releases from a former nuclear weapons plant outside Denver hurt their health and devalued their property.

Plaintiffs' attorney Merrill Davidoff said Thursday the deal must still be approved by a federal judge.

The agreement would settle a 26-year-old lawsuit over the Rocky Flats plant west of Denver, which made plutonium triggers for nuclear warheads. It closed in 1989.

The lawsuit named Dow Chemical Co. and Rockwell International Corp., which operated the plant for the Energy Department.

Dow said it expects the Energy Department to pay its share of the settlement.

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Thu, 19 May 2016 14:53:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Xcel Energy proposes $1 billion wind farm]]> http://gazette.com/xcel-energy-proposes-1-billion-wind-farm/article/1576086?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/xcel-energy-proposes-1-billion-wind-farm/article/1576086?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The state's largest electricity provider is asking utilities commissioners to approve a $1 billion wind project.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1qkx5HY) construction on the Rush Creek Wind Project could start late in 2017, with the wind farm potentially producing power before 2019.

Xcel Energy needs the Public Utilities Commission to approve several elements of the proposed project, like acquiring Rush Creek and having rate payers shoulder construction and maintenance costs.

Spokesman Mark Stutz said the company is motivated by economics, and has already met a state mandate to use renewable sources to generate 30 percent of the electricity it sells.

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Sat, 14 May 2016 22:34:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Organic, conventional farmers deal with pesticide conflict]]> http://gazette.com/organic-conventional-farmers-deal-with-pesticide-conflict/article/1576083?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/organic-conventional-farmers-deal-with-pesticide-conflict/article/1576083?custom_click=rss

The jagged hole in the roof of the chicken coop at Ginger's Farm shows the sky, but there are no birds to see it. The coop has been empty for months, nearly as long as the beehive surrounded by tiny winged corpses. The plot that used to grow everything from raspberries to onions to cabbage is now just mud and weeds.

A year ago, things looked different on the small organic farm in Eaton, just outside Severance. Ginger's Farm grew two acres of produce, raised dozens of pigs, chickens, bees and more. One day in August 2015, farm owner Matt Varoz was working the farm when he believes it was sprayed with pesticides. He saw a crop dusting plane flying overhead, then felt liquid misting down over everything.

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Sat, 14 May 2016 15:12:36 -0600
<![CDATA[EPA targets fracking wells in latest round of climate rules]]> http://gazette.com/epa-targets-fracking-wells-in-latest-round-of-climate-rules/article/feed/348500?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/epa-targets-fracking-wells-in-latest-round-of-climate-rules/article/feed/348500?custom_click=rss

John Siciliano

The Obama administration announced a comprehensive plan Thursday to cut methane emissions from fracking oil and natural gas wells, part of the president's broad agenda to combat climate change.

"Today, we are underscoring the aministration's commitment to finding common-sense ways to cut methane — a potent greenhouse gas fueling climate change — and other harmful pollution from the oil and gas sector," said Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy.

"Together these new actions will protect public health and reduce pollution linked to cancer and other serious health effects while allowing industry to continue to grow and provide a vital source of energy for Americans across the countr

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]]> Thu, 12 May 2016 11:39:04 -0600 <![CDATA[More acidic seawater now dissolving bit of Florida Keys reef]]> http://gazette.com/more-acidic-seawater-now-dissolving-bit-of-florida-keys-reef/article/feed/344728?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/more-acidic-seawater-now-dissolving-bit-of-florida-keys-reef/article/feed/344728?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seawater — increasingly acidic due to global warming — is eating away the limestone framework for the coral reef of the upper Florida Keys, according to a new study. It's something that scientists had expected, but not so soon.

This is one of the first times scientists have documented long-term effects of ocean acidification on the foundation of the reefs, said study author Chris Langdon, a biological oceanographer at the University of Miami.

"This is what I would call a leading indicator; it's telling us about something happening early on before it's a crisis," Langdon said. "By the time you observe the corals actually crumbling, disappearing, things have pretty much gone to hell by that point.

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