<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - environment]]> http://gazette.com/rss/environment Sat, 10 Dec 2016 13:26:04 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Climate change film 'An Inconvenient Truth' gets a sequel]]> http://gazette.com/climate-change-film-an-inconvenient-truth-gets-a-sequel/article/feed/430689?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/climate-change-film-an-inconvenient-truth-gets-a-sequel/article/feed/430689?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Al Gore's climate change documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," is getting a sequel.

Paramount Pictures said Friday the follow-up to the Oscar-winning original will premiere at next January's Sundance Film Festival.

In the new documentary, former Vice President Gore examines global warming's escalation and the solutions at hand, Paramount said.

In a statement, Gore called for a re-dedication to solving what he called the climate crisis and said there are reasons to be hopeful.

He met this week with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss the topic and termed the meeting productive. Several days later, Trump picked Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a climate-change denier, as head of the E

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]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:37:39 -0700 <![CDATA[Giraffes, rarer than elephants, put on extinction watch list]]> http://gazette.com/giraffes-rarer-than-elephants-put-on-extinction-watch-list/article/1591913?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/giraffes-rarer-than-elephants-put-on-extinction-watch-list/article/1591913?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — The giraffe, the tallest land animal, is now at risk of extinction, biologists say.

Because the giraffe population has shrunk nearly 40 percent in just 30 years, scientists put it on the official watch list of threatened and endangered species worldwide, calling it "vulnerable." That's two steps up the danger ladder from its previous designation of being a species of least concern. In 1985, there were between 151,000 and 163,000 giraffes but in 2015 the number was down to 97,562, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).



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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:56:50 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado environmentalists grow heated over Trump's pick to lead EPA]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-environmentalists-grow-heated-over-trumps-pick-to-lead-epa/article/1591893?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-environmentalists-grow-heated-over-trumps-pick-to-lead-epa/article/1591893?custom_click=rss The environmental left in Colorado exhibited global warming Wednesday after President-elect Donald Trump said he would nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the next chief of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Pete Maysmith, executive director of Conservation Colorado, said the man a New York Times headline called "an ally of (the) fossil fuel industry" would be no ally to most Coloradans.

Pruitt has been skeptical of humans' role in climate change and has been a conservative warrior against President Obama's climate-change policies. Trump, during the campaign, called climate change a hoax perpetuated by China.

"It is extremely disconcerting to hear that President-elect Trump has nominated a climate



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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:11:25 -0700
<![CDATA[Damaging insect found in Colorado's largest wine region]]> http://gazette.com/damaging-insect-found-in-colorados-largest-wine-region/article/1591835?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/damaging-insect-found-in-colorados-largest-wine-region/article/1591835?custom_click=rss

DENVER — State officials say an insect that attacks grapes has been found in Colorado's largest wine producing area.

The state agriculture department said Wednesday that federal officials had confirmed the presence of phylloxera in Mesa County's Grand Valley wine region, home to nearly 75 percent of Colorado's grape acreage.

The department says it and Colorado State University are investigating the source of the aphid-like bug and working with the vineyard owner to eradicate it. They're also working to determine the extent of the infestation.

The insect is native to the eastern and southeastern United States. It has spread to many wine regions around the world and devastated vineyards in Europe in the 19th



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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:11:11 -0700
<![CDATA[Chris Lieber stepping down as Colorado Springs' TOPS manager]]> http://gazette.com/chris-lieber-stepping-down-as-colorado-springs-tops-manager/article/1591811?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chris-lieber-stepping-down-as-colorado-springs-tops-manager/article/1591811?custom_click=rss

Chris Lieber looked over his shoulder for a reminder of the past two decades. The 5,923 acres of open space, the 146 miles of trails, the 37 parks - in the day-to-day of helping bring all that to Colorado Springs since joining the city government's Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) program, it was easy for him to forget it all.

But there on Lieber's office wall hung a map. And on it was all the now-beloved places that came to the city after 1997, when he started with the program approved by voters that same year as the city's vehicle driving a portion of sales tax to fund the acquisition of natural amenities. Earlier this week in his last month as TOPS' manager, Lieber looked at that map to see what came of the deals he helped



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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:01:20 -0700
<![CDATA[Trump names Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma attorney general suing EPA on climate change, to head the EPA]]> http://gazette.com/trump-names-scott-pruitt-oklahoma-attorney-general-suing-epa-on-climate-change-to-head-the-epa/article/1591819?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-names-scott-pruitt-oklahoma-attorney-general-suing-epa-on-climate-change-to-head-the-epa/article/1591819?custom_click=rss

In a move signaling an intention to dismantle President Obama's climate change and environmental legacy, President-elect Trump will nominate Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of the oil and gas intensive state of Oklahoma, to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

Pruitt has spent much of his energy as attorney general fighting against the agency he will now lead.

Pruit, who has written that the debate on climate change is "far from settled," joined a coalition of state attorneys general in suing the agency's Clean Power Plan, the principal Obama-era policy aimed at reducing the U.S.'s greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector.



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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:47:46 -0700
<![CDATA[Community organizing to deal with illegal dumping near El Paso County landfill]]> http://gazette.com/community-organizing-to-deal-with-illegal-dumping-near-el-paso-county-landfill/article/1591595?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/community-organizing-to-deal-with-illegal-dumping-near-el-paso-county-landfill/article/1591595?custom_click=rss

The creek bed near Juanita Beazley's southern El Paso County home is piled high with debris: a car bumper, an overturned sink, fragments of siding from a house and heaps of other garbage.

Beazley lives in Midway, a rural community near the Pueblo County line that's long been plagued by illegal dumping. Many of the culprits are unwilling to pay to deposit their trash at the nearby landfill, operated by Waste Management, Inc.

"This is just one little bit," Beazley said as she surveyed the trash in the creek bed. "It shouldn't be like this. It just shouldn't."

On Friday, she and other Midway residents gathered to discuss possible solutions at the Waste Management offices at Midway Landfill, a 553-acre facility that



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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:36:22 -0700
<![CDATA[Navajo Nation files $160 M claim with EPA over mine spill]]> http://gazette.com/navajo-nation-files-160-m-claim-with-epa-over-mine-spill/article/1591671?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/navajo-nation-files-160-m-claim-with-epa-over-mine-spill/article/1591671?custom_click=rss

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation has submitted a claim of more than $160 million in damages to the federal government over last year's mine waste spill that fouled rivers in three western states.

A cleanup team led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency triggered the August 2015 spill while working at the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado.

The 3-million-gallon blowout tainted rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah with tons of toxic heavy metals including arsenic, mercury and lead.

In a letter Monday to the EPA, attorneys say the tribe still awaits more than $3 million in unreimbursed expenses for costs through Sept. 30 to deal with the spill that contaminated the San Juan River.



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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:34:33 -0700
<![CDATA[Al Gore calls meeting with Trump 'extremely interesting']]> http://gazette.com/al-gore-calls-meeting-with-trump-extremely-interesting/article/1591625?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/al-gore-calls-meeting-with-trump-extremely-interesting/article/1591625?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK — Former Vice President Al Gore says he had a "productive" meeting with President-elect Donald Trump.

Gore met with Trump at Trump Tower on Monday and spoke briefly to reporters afterward. He categorized his meeting as a "sincere search for common ground."

He also dubbed it "an extremely interesting conversation" but when asked what was discussed he only said "to be continued" before leaving.



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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:24:12 -0700
<![CDATA[Study: Warming to trigger 3 times as many downpours in U.S.]]> http://gazette.com/study-warming-to-trigger-3-times-as-many-downpours-in-u.s./article/1591653?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/study-warming-to-trigger-3-times-as-many-downpours-in-u.s./article/1591653?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — Extreme downpours — like those that flooded Louisiana, Houston and West Virginia earlier this year — will happen nearly three times as often in the United States by the end of the century, and six times more frequently in parts of the Mississippi Delta, according to a new study.

Scientists have long pointed out that warmer air holds more moisture, so man-made climate change will increase the frequency of extreme downpours. That increase has already started , they say, but new work with much stronger computer simulations shows just how bad it will get, and where.



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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:27:36 -0700
<![CDATA[Federal government blocks Dakota Access oil pipeline route ]]> http://gazette.com/federal-government-blocks-dakota-access-oil-pipeline-route/article/1591585?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/federal-government-blocks-dakota-access-oil-pipeline-route/article/1591585?custom_click=rss

CANNON BALL, N.D. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Sunday that it won't grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota, handing a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters, who argued the project would threaten the tribe's water source and cultural sites.

North Dakota's leaders criticized the decision, with Gov. Jack Dalrymple calling it a "serious mistake" that "prolongs the dangerous situation" of having several hundred protesters who are camped out on federal land during cold, wintry weather. U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer said it's a "very chilling signal" for the future of infrastructure in the United States.

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Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:05:34 -0700
<![CDATA[Expansion of Colorado's largest coal mine clears a hurdle]]> http://gazette.com/expansion-of-colorados-largest-coal-mine-clears-a-hurdle/article/1591511?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/expansion-of-colorados-largest-coal-mine-clears-a-hurdle/article/1591511?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Colorado's flagging coal industry got a glimmer of hope when the federal government removed one obstacle to expanding the state's largest mine, but it isn't a done deal, and further court challenges are likely.

Arch Coal Inc. wants to extend its underground West Elk Mine into untapped federal coal reserves in Gunnison County. On Nov. 17, the U.S. Forest Service proposed a ruling that would clear the way for the company to build temporary roads on more than 30 square miles of largely untouched national forest land to facilitate the expansion.

Arch still needs further approvals before it could build roads or expand. And at least one environmental group said it is willing to renew a three-year legal



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Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:17:43 -0700
<![CDATA[Company to pay $207,000 after spill killed Big Thompson fish]]> http://gazette.com/company-to-pay-207000-after-spill-killed-big-thompson-fish/article/1591414?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/company-to-pay-207000-after-spill-killed-big-thompson-fish/article/1591414?custom_click=rss

LOVELAND — A construction company has agreed to pay $207,000 after a chemical spill killed more than 5,600 fish in northern Colorado's Big Thompson River.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced the settlement Thursday and said the money would be spent restoring fish habitat in the river.

The spill occurred in March while American Civil Contractors was reconstructing U.S. 34 in the Big Thompson Canyon west of Loveland after the destructive flood of 2013.

Parks and Wildlife said rainbow trout, brown trout, suckers and dace died in an 8-mile section of the river from Drake to west Loveland.

Company president Randy Maher said American Civil Contractors was devastated by the fish kill.



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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:29:10 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs envisions fat bike trail within Sand Creek stormwater project]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-envisions-fat-bike-trail-within-sand-creek-stormwater-project/article/1591362?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-envisions-fat-bike-trail-within-sand-creek-stormwater-project/article/1591362?custom_click=rss

In an otherwise drab industrial quadrant in northeast Colorado Springs, sandy hills tumble down into a natural escape. On a clear day water flows gently through a mossy creek bed overlooked by Pikes Peak. The only interruption to serenity comes from the mountain view's opposite direction: the sound of cars moving along the Platte Avenue bridge spanning over the channel, above the riprap drop structure built to divert stormwater.

This section of Sand Creek is the center of a city-funded $5.4 million stabilization project, with construction scheduled to begin next year. And it is the site of what Colorado Springs officials are calling a new approach to such projects.



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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:55:57 -0700
<![CDATA[Magic pipe: Carnival's Princess pays $40M fine for sea waste]]> http://gazette.com/magic-pipe-carnivals-princess-pays-40m-fine-for-sea-waste/article/1591377?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/magic-pipe-carnivals-princess-pays-40m-fine-for-sea-waste/article/1591377?custom_click=rss

Magic pipe: Carnival's Princess pays $40M fine for sea waste

MIAMI — Princess Cruise Lines will pay a $40 million penalty after pleading guilty to seven federal charges in an illegal ocean pollution case that involved one ship's use of a so-called magic pipe to divert oily waste into the waters, authorities said Thursday.

Miami U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer told a news conference the penalty is the largest ever of its kind. A plea agreement filed in federal court also requires Carnival Corp., parent company of the Princess line, to submit 78 cruise ships across its eight brands to a five-year environmental compliance program overseen by a judge.



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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:59:06 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado county to phase out GMO crops on public land]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-county-to-phase-out-gmo-crops-on-public-land/article/1591367?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-county-to-phase-out-gmo-crops-on-public-land/article/1591367?custom_click=rss

BOULDER — Boulder County officials have decided to phase out the growing of genetically modified crops on public land.

The Times-Call reports that county commissioners voted 2-1 Wednesday night to stop growing GMO corn and sugar beets on county-owned farmland.

Farmers who lease the land from the county will be allowed to plant such crops next year but will have to stop using the public land for GMO corn by the end of 2019. GMO sugar beets will need to be phased out completely by the end of 2021.

Farmers have argued that independent scientific research on the issue should take place before deciding to phase out crops. Commissioners said, however, that research could be done concurrently with a phase-out.



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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:03:42 -0700