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2 years 4 months ago

Sea Shepherd says its founder arrested in Germany

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - An environmental activist group known for its confrontations with whalers and fishermen says its founder has been arrested in Germany for extradition to Costa Rica for allegedly interfering with a shark fishing boat. Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society was arrested Saturday in Frankfurt,...

2 years 5 months ago

Chilean court approves controversial dam project

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - Chile's Supreme Court has rejected challenges to a hydroelectric dam project filed by environmental groups. The court's ruling Wednesday upholds an earlier decision by an appeals court in the southern city of Puerto Montt that the project doesn't violate the constitutional rights of those who challenged...

3 years 2 months ago

Task force to be formed for Flaming Gorge

As Colorado grows, so does the need for more water to sustain the infrastructure for population growth. Stakeholders including many of Colorado's river basins have formerly agreed to the formation of a task force that will study issues related to potentially diverting water from the Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Wyoming...

3 years 11 months ago

Battlement Mesa health study coming out

Battlement Mesa residents are awaiting a report on the health effects of oil and gas drilling. Environmental and health officials planned to release a draft Monday of the study on the proposal by Antero Resources to drill up to 200 wells near Parachute. Residents in the community of...

4 years 1 day ago

$900k available to protect water in fire zones

The state will provide up to $900,000 to help protect water supplies because of damage from two major wildfires. Gov. Bill Ritter issued an executive order Thursday making the money available through grants to Larimer and Boulder counties and non-profits working with them. The fires destroyed nearly 170 homes...

4 years 3 months ago

Colorado city makes a 'Best' list

Kiplinger's Personal Finance has named its 10 Best Cities for the Next Decade-with a focus on innovative thinking. The list includes Boulder, at #4. Kiplinger's teamed with Martin Prosperity Institute, a think tank that studies economic prosperity. "New ideas generate new businesses," says Stolarick, who this year evaluated U.S....

4 years 4 months ago

Court OKs approval of Shell Arctic drilling plan

An environmental group challenging Shell Oil's plans to drill exploratory wells off Alaska's coast calls a federal appeals court decision disappointing, given the catastrophic Gulf of Mexico spill. A federal appeals court in Portland, Oregon ruled that the federal government met its obligations to consider the potential threat to wildlife...

4 years 5 months ago

EPA to issue stricter drinking water standards

The Environmental Protection Agency is tightening drinking water standards to impose stricter limits on four contaminants that can cause cancer. In a speech Monday, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said the agency is developing stricter regulations for four compounds: tetrachloroethylene, trichloroethylene, acrylamide and epichlorohydrin. All four chemical compounds can cause cancer....

4 years 6 months ago

As Sochi takes Olympic torch, greens in despair

As Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi prepares to take the Winter Olympics torch from Vancouver, environmentalists are sounding the alarm. The southern city, surrounded by the pristine forests and rivers of the North Caucasus mountains, is hosting the 2014 games. But as the four-year countdown begins, the World...

4 years 6 months ago

Officials search for Asian carp in Chicago area

Wildlife officials have begun their hunt for the destructive Asian carp in Chicago-area waterways. Officials already have DNA evidence that suggests the fish has made it past the area's electric fish barriers. Now, they're looking for actual fish. Crews are focusing on areas where warm water from industrial operations...

4 years 7 months ago

China doubles wind power in single year

China doubled the amount of energy generated from windmills last year, a report from the global wind industry said Wednesday. The Global Wind Energy Council, which represents companies that make and manage wind power stations, said the sector grew rapidly last year - with total wind capacity up 31...

4 years 10 months ago

Women not hopeful about green funding

Wendi Goldsmith, president of a "green" design and construction firm, is no stranger to landing government contracts, but she's not expecting a windfall from the billions flowing into green businesses as part of the $787 billion federal stimulus package. Her firm, Salem, Mass.-based The Bioengineering Group Inc., recently was...

4 years 11 months ago

Alaska's Cook Inlet beluga whales in decline

A government study found that a group of endangered beluga whales in Alaska is declining, raising concern that bolstered protection for the animals is not coming quickly enough. The downward trend comes after two years where numbers for the Cook Inlet belugas appeared to have stabilized. But now numbers...

4 years 11 months ago

EPA: Limit plane deicing chemical runoff

Every winter, airports across the country spray millions of gallons of deicing chemicals onto airliners and allow the runoff to trickle away. When the chemicals end up in nearby waterways, the deicing fluid can turn streams bright orange and create dead zones for aquatic life. The practice is legal,...

4 years 11 months ago

Feds reviewing humpback whale status

The federal government is considering taking the humpback whale off the endangered species list in response to data showing the population of the massive marine mammal has been steadily growing in recent decades. Known for their acrobatic leaps from the sea and complex singing patterns, humpback whales were nearly...

4 years 11 months ago

Mercury leaking at closed California mine sites

Abandoned mercury mines throughout central California's rugged coastal mountains are polluting the state's major waterways, rendering fish unsafe to eat and risking the health of at least 100,000 impoverished people. But an Associated Press investigation found that the federal government has tried to clean up fewer than a dozen...

5 years 4 hours ago

Study: Road salt harming many urban streams

Many urban streams have become salty enough to harm aquatic life, largely because of salt used for deicing roads in the winter, according to a new government study released Wednesday. The U.S. Geological Survey studied urban streams and groundwater for levels of chloride, a component of salt, in 20...

5 years 6 days ago

EPA identifies 79 coal mine permits for review

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has identified 79 coal mine permit applications in four Appalachian states for additional scrutiny. The agency said Friday it wants to make certain the proposed surface mines won't cause water pollution and violate the Clean Water Act. The mines are in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio...

5 years 1 week ago

Judge scuttles environmental review of Army plan

A federal judge has thrown out an environmental review of the Army's plan to increase its training at a site in southeast Colorado. U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch (maych) in Denver issued a ruling yesterday overturning a 2007 environmental analysis. The ruling says the Army didn't adequately assess the environmental...

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