Front Range fire activity, 2000-2003 (Images courtesy COB) On Friday, October 4, 2013, at a PLAN-Boulder County forum moderated by PBC board member Bruce Goldstein, Brett KenCairn, Boulder’s new senior [Read More]
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A hen from our flock “'Where's André?” “Out in the garage, sharpening his knives.” We begin walking towards one of the outbuildings when the farmhands yell out “No, not there, the [Read More]
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Two Colorado state senators were recalled on September 10th over their support for gun control legislation. Watch the Daily Show's Jason Jones try to figure it out. (A 20 second ad runs ahead of the Daily Show clip.) Another Colorado state senator, Evie Hudak, may also face a recall election if the recall petition gets enough signatures. [...]
Matt Kelsch, a hydrometeorologist in UCAR’s Community Programs who volunteers with NOAA’s cooperative weather observing program, measures the historic daily total of 9.08 inches at Boulder’s official station on September 12. (Photo by Bob Henson, UCAR. "Even after the rains finally abated on Friday, I found myself struck by how the [...]
Thousands of Syrian Muslims pray for rain at the Grand Umayyad Mosque in central Damascus in 2006. (AP Photo Bassem Tellawi). Climate change is already hurting the world’s most vulnerable populations. Those who live in areas hit hard by drought, severe storms or rising seas and can’t relocate because of economic or social factors bear the [...]
Randy Udall, from ThinkProgress "Udall was a pioneer and an innovator. Among many of his important accomplishments were the development of the first utility green power pricing program in Colorado, a mechanism for utilities to bring clean power online. He was a brilliant and incisive writer, a master of metaphor who would spend days mulling a [...]
"The ... advantage of a personal energy investment is that no matter what happens with the deficit, interest rates, bank malfeasance, stock fraud, or even the collapse of the euro, you own this thing. It is a productive physical asset, built into your house or sitting there on your roof. No computer algorithm or London Whale is going to make it [...]
Switchboard | Federal court says highway sponsors must first study transit, impacts on suburban sprawl
"he court was emphatic that the agencies must look at the effects of the highway-first transportation practices on the metropolitan region, and specifically at the possibility that highway expansion enables suburban sprawl." Read the entire article at Switchboard: Federal court says highway sponsors must first study transit, impacts on suburban [...]
"There’s even a case to be made that helmets actually increase the risk of injury. Institute of Transport Economics researchers Aslak Fyhri and Ross O. Phillips 'found that after having removed their helmets, routine helmet users cycled more slowly and demonstrated increased psychophysiological load.' In other words, helmet-wearers might be [...]
Bob Bellis filled his tanker at a hydrant in Greeley, Colo., in August to supply a drilling site. (Matthew Staver for The New York Times) "A new race for water is rippling through the drought-scorched heartland, pitting farmers against oil and gas interests, driven by new drilling techniques that use powerful streams of water, sand and [...]
"Providence may be a particularly fine example, but it is hardly the only city with underutilized historic assets that could become a cornerstone of future economic development. Information has largely replaced manufacturing as America’s economic engine, and young, talented workers today are seeking walkable districts with character in which to [...]
Switchboard | For walkable cities, it’s not about the density – it’s about finding the right kind of density
"A few days ago, I was reviewing some good work by colleagues describing NRDC’s advocacy for sustainable cities. The original draft stressed that dense living is the way to go. Wherever the word 'dense' appeared, I crossed it out and substituted the word 'walkable'. Not only is 'walkable' a much friendlier word; it also captures so many more of [...]
"The consulting firm, Stratus Consulting of Boulder, Colo., announced late Thursday that it had originally been misled by Steven R. Donziger, a lead lawyer for the Ecuadorean villagers, and had decided to disavow its contributions to scientific research about whether there was groundwater contamination that sickened the residents in swaths of rain [...]
"It seems like every time the Sunflower State pops up in my news feed, it’s for something like this: House Bill No. 2366, a proposed law that would make it illegal to use 'public funds to promote or implement sustainable development.'" Read the entire article at Bloomberg: Kansas's Self-Destruct Button: A Bill to Outlaw Sustainability.