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User: flenvcenter Topic: Policy and Governance-Independent
Category: Government :: Colorado
Last updated: Jan 11 2018 16:43 IST RSS 2.0
 
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NASA: Sea Level Rise Likely To Get Much Worse 28.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Sea levels worldwide rose an average of nearly 3 inches (8 cm) since 1992, the result of warming waters and melting ice, a panel of NASA scientists said on Wednesday. In 2013, a United Nations panel predicted sea levels would rise from 1 to 3 feet (0.3 to 0.9 meters) by the end of the century. The new research shows that sea level rise most likely will be at the high end of that range, said University of Colorado geophysicist Steve Nerem. Sea levels are rising faster than they did 50 years ago and “it’s very likely to get worse in the future,” Nerem said. The changes are not uniform. Some areas showed sea levels rising more than 9 inches (25 cm) and other regions, such as along the U.S. West Coast, actually falling, according to an analysis of 23 years of satellite data. Scientists believe ocean currents and natural cycles are temporarily offsetting a sea level rise in the Pacific and the U.S. West Coast could see a significant hike in sea levels in the next 20 years. “People need to understand that the ...
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Global Sea Levels Climbed 3 Inches Since 1992, Research Shows 28.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Sea levels worldwide rose an average of nearly 3 inches (8 cm) since 1992, the result of warming waters and melting ice, a panel of NASA scientists said on Wednesday. In 2013, a United Nations panel predicted sea levels would rise from 1 to 3 feet (0.3 to 0.9 meters) by the end of the century. The new research shows that sea level rise most likely will be at the high end of that range, said University of Colorado geophysicist Steve Nerem. Sea levels are rising faster than they did 50 years ago and “it’s very likely to get worse in the future,” Nerem said. The changes are not uniform. Some areas showed sea levels rising more than 9 inches (25 cm) and other regions, such as along the U.S. West Coast, actually falling, according to an analysis of 23 years of satellite data. Scientists believe ocean currents and natural cycles are temporarily offsetting a sea level rise in the Pacific and the U.S. West Coast could see a significant hike in sea levels in the next 20 years. “People need to understand that the ...
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Private Prison Company Forced Immigrants To Work For Free, Lawsuit Says 10.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
When Alejandro Menocal got locked up in an immigrant detention center in Aurora, Colorado, last year, he volunteered to work in the recreation yard. A Mexican-born migrant who has lived in the United States since 1973, Menocal said he enjoyed the exercise. He later took a job at the detention center serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to some 60 detainees and helping to clean the dining room, he says. The GEO Group, the private prison contractor that runs the detention center as a for-profit enterprise, paid Menocal $1 per day for his work -- a common practice across the United States, where many detainees toil for days in order to earn enough money to buy a phone card. But Menocal's job at the cafeteria wasn’t the only job he was expected to do. Each day, guards selected six detainees to clean each “pod” -- a cell containing roughly 60 migrants -- for no pay at all. One day, the six people chosen for pod cleaning duty refused to work. The guards swapped their orange jumpsuits for red ones, Menocal says, ...
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Big cat cruelty in Utah and the first recorded California condor in New Mexico 8.6.2015 High Country News Most Recent
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
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We’re letting another predator go down 2.6.2015 Writers on the Range
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Research Details Deluge of Spending by Opponents of GMO Labeling 4.3.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Ohio Municipalities Can't Regulate Drilling And Fracking On Their Own, State Supreme Court Rules 17.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Certain local zoning laws aimed at limiting fracking can't be used to circumvent the state's authority over oil and gas drilling, a fiercely divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. In a 4-3 decision with three written dissents, the high court said that the home rule clause of Ohio's constitution doesn't allow a municipality to block drilling activities otherwise permitted by the state. The decision came in a case brought by the Akron suburb of Munroe Falls against Beck Energy Corp. over a 2004 state law that gives Ohio "sole and exclusive authority" to regulate the location of wells. Beck received a state-required permit from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in 2011 to drill a traditional well on private property in Munroe Falls. The city sued, saying the company illegally sidestepped local ordinances. The lawsuit has been closely watched nationally, raising a question in cities and towns where lucrative oil and gas is trapped in underground shale: Can regulations put in ...
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Elk Rescued From Icy Pond In Aspen, Colorado 6.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Responders have rescued two elk that fell through the ice of a pond near a Colorado resort town, but a third elk didn't survive. A homeowner discovered the animals in the pond near Aspen on Monday morning. Firefighters worked with Colorado wildlife officers to cut a channel in the ice leading the shore and pull them out. Pitkin County Sheriff's Office spokesman Alex Burchetta says the elk were in the frigid water for at least an hour and a half, and the two survivors were very tired by the time they got out. Temperatures were in the 20s during the rescue. Aspen Fire assisting CO DOW to free three Elk stuck in a frozen residential pond outside Aspen. pic.twitter.com/rwrW3b3E6N — Pitkin Co. Sheriff (@PitkinSheriff) January 5, 2015 ELK UPDATE: One Elk out of the frozen pond. Two left. ...
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Engineering Chestnut Trees? Biotechnology Takes a Walk in the Woods 25.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
GMO chestnuts appear to be a "Trojan horse" intended to win over a public averse to GMO trees. They should be resisted. (Photo: Harold Neal ) As the holiday season approaches, I just can't keep those traditional Christmas tunes out of my head: "Jingle Bells," "Silent Night," "12 Days of Christmas," and of course "The Christmas Song," with its famous opening line, "chestnuts roasting on an open fire." I grew up in New York. My family used to venture into the city during the Christmas season, and we really did purchase little bags of roasted chestnuts from street vendors. I just love the smell and the sweet, earthy flavor of chestnuts. Reminiscing about that led me to think about food, forests and GMOs. Americans have for far too long been used as guinea pigs by the biotechnology industry - consuming far more GMO containing food than any other country, whether we want to or not. Vermont, where I live, recently passed the nation's first GMO labeling law. Monsanto is now suing the state (via the Grocery ...
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Maui v. Monsanto: Hawaii County Voters Defy Agriculture Giant's Spending to OK Landmark Ban on GMO Crops 10.11.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Ballot initiatives to require labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients, or GMOs, failed to pass Tuesday in Colorado and Oregon, after agribusiness giants Monsanto, PepsiCo and Kraft spent millions to help defeat the measures. But in a victory for food safety advocates, Hawaii’s Maui County passed one of the strongest anti-GMO measures ever, despite the opposition outspending supporters by a ratio of 87 to 1. The Maui GMO moratorium calls for a complete suspension of the cultivation of GMO crops until studies conclusively prove they are safe. Maui is often called "GMO Ground Zero" and the moratorium that passed Tuesday could have national implications because multinational seed producers, such as Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences, use the county to research and develop new seed varieties. Under the new measure, farmers who knowingly cultivate GMOs could be penalized with a $50,000-per-day fine. On Wednesday, Monsanto released a statement saying it plans to ask the Maui court to declare the ...
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Sage grouse found walking through Wyoming underpass 10.11.2014 Current Issue
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
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Maui v. Monsanto: Hawaii County Voters Defy Agri-Giant's Spending to OK Landmark Ban on GMO Crops 6.11.2014 Democracy Now!
Ballot initiatives to require labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients, or GMOs, failed to pass Tuesday in Colorado and Oregon, after agribusiness giants Monsanto, PepsiCo and Kraft spent millions to help defeat the measures. But in a victory for food safety advocates, Hawaii's Maui County passed one of the strongest anti-GMO measures ever, despite the opposition outspending supporters by a ratio of 87 to 1. The Maui GMO moratorium calls for a complete suspension of the cultivation of GMO crops until studies conclusively prove they are safe. Maui is often called "GMO Ground Zero" and the moratorium that passed Tuesday could have national implications because multinational seed producers, such as Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences, use the county to research and develop new seed varieties. Under the new measure, farmers who knowingly cultivate GMOs could be penalized with a $50,000-per-day fine. On Wednesday, Monsanto released a statement saying it plans to ask the Maui court to declare the ...
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Hawaiians Win Community GMO Victory Over Monsanto 5.11.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Is OCA's "Traitor" Boycott Working? 31.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
It's boycott time again. With less than two weeks to go before voters in Oregon and Colorado decide on ballot initiatives to require mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the Junk Food Giants are at it again. According to the latest numbers provided by the pro-labeling campaigns (as of October 22, 2014), the opposition in Oregon has raised $16.5 million to defeat Measure 92, while opponents of Colorado's Proposition 105 have raised $14.3 million. Monsanto is the largest donor to both campaigns, with combined donations totaling approximately $8.8 million. While Dow has spent only $668,000 in both states, DuPont Pioneer has dumped a combined whopping $7.46 million into the opposition's war chests in Colorado and Oregon. But apart from Monsanto, and now DuPont Pioneer, the most prolific donors to the campaigns intent on defeating the Oregon and Colorado GMO labeling initiatives have been large, multinational food corporations. Many of these corporations own organic ...
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All Out for November 4th: Frankenfoods Fight at the Crossroads 30.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Cory Gardner Brags About A Measure That Failed In New Campaign Ad 5.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
DENVER (AP) — GOP Senate candidate Cory Gardner, framed by sunflowers and wind turbines, tells voters in a campaign ad this week that he co-wrote a law to launch Colorado's green-energy economy. He leaves out that the law was repealed five years later, deemed useless for not enabling a single project. "Gardner's claiming credit for launching Colorado's clean-energy economy and he did not. Coloradans did that and Coloradans deserve the credit," said Chris Harris, spokesman for incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall. Udall's camp has been deriding Gardner's wind-turbine ad and the Republicans' touting of the 2007 law. The Clean Energy Development Authority, which was set up by the law, was intended to assist in the financing of clean-energy projects such as improvements to electricity transmission lines. It came three years after voters made Colorado the first state to create a renewable portfolio standard. At the time the law was passed Gardner was a member of the Colorado House. He was elected to the U.S. ...
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Illinois Issues Long-Awaited Fracking Rules For Oil And Gas Companies 29.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources released a long-awaited plan Friday to regulate high-volume oil and gas drilling that supporters hope could bring an economic boost to southern Illinois but environmentalists fear may be too lenient. The lengthy report follows months of delays and complaints over the process to draft rules governing hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Illinois. Industry officials say southern Illinois has rich deposits of natural gas, but a final draft of the rules — initially touted as a national model of both sides working together — has taken months for the agency to produce as industry groups warned the state was losing business. A 150-page report was given to the 12-member Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, which has 45 days to act, or the rules can take effect. Environmental groups, industry experts and lawmakers also got their first look at the report Friday, and some said they expect to spend hours, possibly days, combing through the ...
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Northern California Wildfire Claims 13 Homes As Crews Work To Contain Flames 28.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
PLYMOUTH, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires burning near Northern California vineyards and in the Yosemite National Park area were threatening hundreds of homes even as crews worked to contain them. The Sand Fire in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento was 50 percent surrounded as of late Sunday, after burning 13 homes and 38 outbuildings. It has scorched roughly 6 square miles of rugged grassland and timber near wine-growing regions in Amador and El Dorado counties. While crews significantly enlarged the area they had corralled Sunday, "the steep, dry terrain continues to be a challenge" and about 515 homes remain threatened and under evacuation orders, according to a statement the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The fire started Friday when a vehicle drove over vegetation that is tinder-dry from years of drought. About 1,900 firefighters, aided by aircraft including a DC-10 air tanker, were working to control the blaze. The fire destroyed homes, cabins and a collection of 13 ...
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Judge Strikes Down Longmont, Colorado's Fracking Ban 25.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — A state district judge struck down Longmont's voter-approved ban on hydraulic fracturing Thursday but stayed her decision while the city considers an appeal. Judge D.D. Mallard ruled the ban conflicts with state regulations and Colorado's interest in efficiently developing oil and gas deposits. "While the Court appreciates the Longmont citizens' sincerely-held beliefs about risks to their health and safety, the Court does not find this is sufficient to completely devalue the State's interest," Mallard wrote. Longmont voters passed an amendment to the city charter in November 2012 that banned hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, which involves blasting underground rock formations with water, sand and chemicals so oil and natural gas can escape. The Colorado Oil and Gas Association, along with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, sued to overturn the ban. Mallard noted that the state's interest in developing oil and gas, and Longmont's interest in banning ...
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Chronic Dryness Hinders Fight Against West's Fires 8.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WINTERS, Calif. (AP) — Crews fought through a rugged landscape, triple-digit heat, gusty winds, and the stark and chronic dryness of California's long drought to make hard-earned progress against a wildfire burning for its fourth day. Such dry conditions have hurt the fight against other wildfires in Nevada, Idaho, New Mexico, Utah and Washington state. In Northern California, crews were able to increase containment of the Monticello Fire to 45 percent from 35 percent in the steep mountains near Lake Berryessa in Yolo County. More than 1,600 firefighters battling the blaze Monday gained on its front end as temperatures soared past 100 degrees, said state fire spokesman Chris Christopherson. The heat was expected to reach the 90s on Tuesday. "We're going to have an aggressive attack not only from the ground but the air as well to maintain our control lines," said Christopherson. All road closures were canceled Monday, a day after evacuation orders for about 40 homes were called off. The fire has burned ...
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