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ENVIRONMENT
2:38 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

U.S. Solar Industry Sees Growth, But Also Some Uncertainty

A worker installs solar panels atop a government building in Lakewood, Colo. The industry has added more than 80,000 jobs since 2010, according to The Solar Foundation.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 5:32 pm

The solar energy business is growing fast, thanks in part to a steep drop in panel prices.

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ENVIRONMENT
9:17 am
Fri January 16, 2015

It's Official: 2014 Was The Hottest Year On Record, NOAA Says

January–December 2014 blended land and sea surface temperature anomalies in degrees Celsius.
NOAA

It's official: 2014 was the hottest year on record.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center crunched the numbers and came to this conclusion:

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ENVIRONMENT
11:25 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Another Unpredictable Year For Weather

Credit Travis Bubenik/KVNF

2014 is over, and Joe Ramey is looking back at what the weather was like. 

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ENVIRONMENT
1:52 am
Tue January 6, 2015

How Anglers Are Learning To Save Fish That Get 'The Bends'

Barotrauma can cause a fish's eyes to pop out of its head and its stomach to be pushed out of its mouth, according to Chris Lowe, a marine scientist at California State, Long Beach.
Jon Hamilton NPR

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 9:35 am

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ENVIRONMENT
6:00 am
Sat January 3, 2015

Utilities Fight For Revenue Lost To Solar Power

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 12:20 am

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ENVIRONMENT
8:15 am
Thu December 25, 2014

As More Resorts Make Snow, Climate Change Spells Trouble

The Aspen Skiing Company started making snow to supplement natural snow in the 1970s, after a devastating drought.

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 9:16 am

It’s that time of year when ski resorts crank up snowmaking machines to bolster Mother Nature’s delivery. Some resorts depend on man-made snow more than others and it’s possible  the practice may be used more in the future. For Connecting the Drops, Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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ENVIRONMENT
12:51 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Gunnison County Could Sue Feds Over Sage-Grouse Listing

The Gunnison sage-grouse has been listed as a threatened species.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

On Monday Gunnison County sent a letter to the federal government saying that it plans to sue to stop the listing of the Gunnison sage-grouse as a threatened species.

The county follows the state in this move. Last week, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office sent a similar letter to the federal government. 

The Gunnison sage-grouse was listed as a threatened species last month. 

The birds are found in parts of Utah and Colorado. It’s estimated there are only 4,800 of them left. 

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ENVIRONMENT
10:41 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Great Outdoors Colorado Awards $7.7M For Conservation, Open Space Projects

Great Outdoors Colorado awarded the The Trust for Public Land $680,000 to purchase a 2,448-acre conservation easement on the Sawtooth Mountain Ranch in Ouray County.
Credit Courtesy of The Trust for Public Land

This week Great Outdoors Colorado announced it will give out $7.7 million in grants.

The money will be used to fund conservation and open space projects across the state. 

Great Outdoors Colorado has awarded $4.5 million dollars to local governments and land trusts to preserve more than 40,000 acres.

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ENVIRONMENT
11:12 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Dry Season Keeps Ski Resort Closed

A skier hitting the slopes in Colorado.
Credit flickr/zachd1_618

It’s well into December, but it may not seem like it.

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ENVIRONMENT
9:51 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Conservation Groups Cheer White River N.F. Oil, Gas Plan

This map shows which areas would be off-limits to oil and gas leasing under a newly-released plan from the White River National Forest. The areas shaded dark green would closed to future oil and gas development.

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 8:03 pm

The White River National Forest released a “conservation-minded” plan Tuesday for future oil and gas drilling. Conservation groups are cheering the plan, saying it proposes closing nearly all of the Thompson Divide to future leasing. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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ENVIRONMENT
9:36 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Hickenlooper Shows Off Colorado Water Plan Draft

Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 4:53 pm

Governor John Hickenlooper unveiled a draft of the state's first ever water plan Wednesday. The goal of the plan - a decade in the making - is to create a comprehensive water strategy to protect rural farm economies and bring more water to millions of people along the Front Range.

"Water is too important for bickering and potential failure. It demands collaborations," said James Eklund, Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, which drafted the proposal. "This plan sets the stage for us to take the necessary next steps."

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ENVIRONMENT
4:21 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Local Birders Called To Help With Christmas Bird Count

Bird enthusiasts across the world participate in the National Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count.
Credit www.flickr.com/pmillera4

The National Audubon Society and its local chapters need helping counting birds this holiday season. 

The 115th annual Christmas Bird Count starts Dec. 14th.

Bird enthusiasts across the world will get out their binoculars and notepads to count the feathered creatures they see in their communities.

The Black Canyon Audubon Society and the Bureau of Land Management are looking for volunteers to help assess local bird populations.

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ENVIRONMENT
12:11 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Ski Areas Voice Support For Emissions Caps

Power plant in Ohio
Credit Flickr user booleansplit

Monday was the last day for comment on the proposed Clean Power Plan from the EPA.

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ENVIRONMENT
3:19 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Local Motion: History of Solar Energy

Solar historian and author John Perlin speaks with Ali Lightfoot about his book "Let It Shine" which delves into the rich and often unknown history of solar energy dating back several millennia ago.

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ENVIRONMENT
9:26 am
Tue November 25, 2014

How Can Vultures Eat Rotten Roadkill And Survive?

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 1:31 pm

You might wonder why 48 million Americans get food poisoning every year, yet there are some animals that seem to be immune from even the nastiest germs.

We're talking here about vultures, which feast on rotting flesh that is chockablock with bacteria that would be deadly to human beings. In fact, vultures have a strong preference for that kind of food.

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ENVIRONMENT
3:13 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Agreement Reached For Colorado's Roan Plateau

Colorado's Roan Plateau
Courtesy of EcoFlight

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 3:25 pm

The Bureau of Land Management, environmentalists, and the energy industry have reached an agreement on a proposal to drill for oil and gas on the Roan Plateau. The new plan cancels 17 out of 19 oil and gas leases that were issued in 2008. Two previous leases at the top of the plateau, and a dozen at the base will remain in place.

"These measures allow us to protect the plateau but harness some of the energy resources," said Governor John Hickenlooper.

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ENVIRONMENT
4:38 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

What You Need To Know About The Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

Pipes for TransCanada's planned Keystone XL pipeline are stored in Gascoyne, N.D. The U.S. House has voted to approve the proposed project, which would allow crude oil to flow from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The Senate plans to vote Tuesday on legislation that would greenlight the project.
Andrew Cullen Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 5:36 pm

Update at 7:35 p.m. ET: The Senate voted against completing the Keystone pipeline.

The remaining portion of the Keystone pipeline project, if completed, will be fewer than 1,200 miles long — just a fraction of the existing 2.6 million miles of oil and gas pipelines running beneath our feet in the United States.

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ENVIRONMENT
9:54 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Arch Coal and Forest Service Decline To Appeal Ruling

Credit NPS

Arch Coal and the Forest Service will not be appealing a decision that revokes the company's expansion lease, as well as vacating an exception in the Colorado Roadless­ Rule that allows for expanded mining in the North Fork. 

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ENVIRONMENT
9:43 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Gunnison Sage Grouse Listed As Threatened Species

The Gunnison sage grouse is now protected under the Endangered Species Act.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

This week the Gunnison sage grouse, a point of contention for several years, was listed as a threatened species.

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ENVIRONMENT
8:01 am
Fri November 14, 2014

With Drought The New Normal, Calif. Farmers Find They Have To Change

California sheep rancher Dan Macon had to sell almost half of his herd because the drought left him without enough feed.
Kirk Siegler/NPR

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 9:37 am

Ask Northern California sheep rancher Dan Macon what this drought is doing to his pocketbook and he'll break it down for you real quick.

"It's like if you woke up one morning and lost 40 percent of the equity in your house," he says. "Our primary investment in our ranch is in these sheep and we just sold 40 percent of our stock."

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