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Colorado counties’ halts on large solar energy projects are slowing progress toward state’s climate goals - The fast expansion of large-scale solar projects in recent years has prompted a wave of county governments in Colorado to enact moratoriums as locals express a range of
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‘People like to make an example’: Wolf advocate says lobbying accusations are part of political war - An environmental advocate is accused of acting as a professional lobbyist without registering as
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New solar will help keep power on during scorching summer, report says - With some parts of the country already facing heat waves, the organization in charge of setting reliability standards for the American electric grid is warning that a scorching summer could lead to a shortage of power generation in some regions. The
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Farm bill advances from U.S. House panel but faces a tough row to hoe - WASHINGTON — Republicans moved their long-awaited new farm bill through the U.S. House Agriculture Committee this week, despite opposition from most Democrats that could stall further advancement of the bill. The massive $1.5 trillion legislation would
Ski season was a late bloomer, but picked up in the end - As the weather turns, Colorado summer bookings are up compared to the same time a year ago, but it’s still too early to know how the season will turn
As the election nears, Biden pushes a slew of rules on the environment and other priorities - They include a landmark regulation that would force coal-fired power plants to capture smokestack emissions or shut
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Historic water rights settlement for Navajo Nation and Colorado River tribes moves forward - The Navajo Nation Council has signed off on a proposed settlement that would ensure water rights for its tribe and two others in the drought-stricken Southwest — a deal that could become the most expensive enacted by
Spruce Creek fire burns nearly 5,000 acres in southwestern Colorado, sparks air quality alert - Health officials are warning of bad air quality in southwestern Colorado Thursday as a wildfire burning in San Juan National Forest grows to nearly 5,000
Breckenridge nature preserve faces environmental damage yet the town decided it will remain open for recreation - A small portion of the Toad Alley Trail, which bisects the nature preserve, will be realigned near the base of Peak 7 at Breckenridge Ski Resort, and it could happen as soon as this
The invisible power of ‘nudging’ is leading diners to cut back on meat - The environmental footprint of livestock is huge, and the need to tackle it increasingly
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Here’s where Colorado’s wolves traveled in May — including closer to some I-70 mountain communities - At least one of Colorado's 11 wild wolves entered the watershed surrounding Vail in the last month, according to a new map released Wednesday showing where the canines traveled recently. Others have traveled farther south into Summit County, near Dillon and
Denver to Craig passenger rail on fast track following legislative session - The flurry of funding bills for passenger rail passed during the recently-completed 2024 Colorado legislative session — dubbed the “year of transit” — will most likely be felt first in an unlikely part of the state, according to a state senator who
Sites with radioactive material more vulnerable as climate change increases wildfire, flood risks - Climate change increasingly threatens research laboratories, weapons sites and power plants across the nation that handle radioactive material or perform critical energy and defense
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Colorado is one of the most popular travel destinations for Memorial Day, according to AAA report - A lot of that volume is people flying into DIA and then traveling throughout the Mountain
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Heavy equipment, snow shovels used to clean up hail piled knee-deep in Yuma - Monday night’s storm shattered vehicle windshields, pounded the siding off buildings and broke many windows in its
Two people exposed to bat with rabies in Englewood - The bat in Englewood is the fourth case of rabies confirmed in Colorado this year and the first in Arapahoe County, the county said in a news
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Wolverines will return to Colorado decades after near-extermination in the West - A solitary, wandering weasel species capable of traversing mountain passes and covering up to 15 miles a day will return to Colorado after a century-long
EPA awards $8 million to Colorado communities for environmental cleanup - Six Colorado communities will receive more than $8 million in funding from an Environmental Protection Agency program designed to help clean up polluted former industrial sites. The agency’s Brownfields Program on Monday announced a total of more than
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Wolverines could be the next animal to come to Colorado as Polis signs reintroduction bill - The legislation won’t put wolverines on the ground anytime soon but it does create a framework for reintroduction. Colorado is considered a prime habitat for the
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Why Gov. Polis vetoed legislation to end state incentives for ‘advanced recycling’ - Environmental advocates say the techniques are a false promise with serious pollution risks, but the governor warned the plan could stymie
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Colorado weather: Thunderstorms, large hail, tornadoes expected across Front Range, Eastern Plains - An overnight cold front has paved the way for a stormy start to the week in the Eastern half of
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Colorado governor signs bill targeting airport impacts, but fight against noise and lead continues - The dispute over lead and noise has been most pronounced around Rocky Mountain and Centennial airports, which together have more than a half million annual landings and
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How Colorado’s space weather forecasters predicted the recent solar storm - NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder monitors the sun to protect the technology behind modern
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Fossil found near Colorado Springs identified as new species of mammal - A new study said the small, chinchilla-sized omnivore belonged to a group of mammals that eventually gave rise to all hoofed
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Industry hopeful U.S. ban on Russian uranium imports revives Western mines - The bipartisan law is a boost to Lakewood-based Energy Fuels, the largest producer of uranium in the
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Mining waste cleanup near Arkansas River would use cyanide to extract gold. Does it pose an environmental threat? - A company in Leadville wants to truck 1.2 million tons of mining waste to a mill on the edge of town, use cyanide to extract gold and silver from the rocks, then return the hills to a more natural
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BLM Public Lands Rule brings balance to public lands management - As Mamas, we are constantly seeking balance, whether it is managing our responsibilities at work and home, finding time for our own interests, budgeting or, quite literally, when we are teaching our children to ride bikes or trek across a log over a
New federal rule will overhaul transmission planning as electric grid strains - A divided Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday issued a long-awaited overhaul of how regional electric transmission lines are planned and paid for, a move cheered by clean power groups but blasted by a conservative commissioner who said it was
Mesa County Commissioners come out against monument idea - A resolution passed Tuesday follows a similar move made in Montrose
Colorado wolf found dead last month was likely killed by a mountain lion, federal officials say - "Although not definitive, the puncture wounds in the skull are consistent with those typically inflicted by a mountain
Colorado Gov. Polis slams Biden’s new tariffs on Chinese EVs, solar panels - Colorado Gov. Jared Polis had harsh words on Tuesday for President Joe Biden’s move to sharply increase tariffs on many Chinese-made goods. “This is horrible news for American consumers and a major setback for clean energy,” Polis wrote on his
Could better inhalers help patients, and the planet? - Patients in the United States are prescribed roughly 144 million of what doctors call metered-dose inhalers each year, according to the most recently available data published in
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Brighton farm facing condemnation by homebuilder draws support from hundreds at court hearing - A Brighton vegetable farm's fight against a metro district's eminent domain action to provide storm drainage for new housing drew hundreds of people to an Adams County courthouse Monday in support of the nearly century-old
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Public lands conservation can promote rural resilience - Public lands conservation, like a new National Monument for the Dolores Canyons of Mesa and Montrose counties, can help promote regional prosperity if done in a way that complements and supports area businesses and that respects local culture and history.
How Colorado’s 2024 legislative session will impact the environment - Despite bipartisan agreement on a handful of key reforms, Colorado’s 2024 legislative session highlighted the deep divides and entrenched interests that define some of the state’s thorniest and longest-running environmental challenges. Colorado