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2 years 7 months ago

Air Force revises low-level training plans

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AP) - The Air Force says it has determined that its controversial proposal for flying low-level night-time training flights over New Mexico and Colorado would have no significant impact on the environment. But it has made some adjustments to its proposed fly-zones. A new...

2 years 8 months ago

Close encounters of the bear kind on the rise

The Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife is cautioning residents and campers that dryer than average conditions are attributing to higher than normal human and bear interaction. Michael Seraphin, Spokesperson with DOW released a statement outlining that within the last few weeks, wildlife officers have responded to a higher than...

2 years 9 months ago

Deal would speed cuts in western coal pollution

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Aging coal-fired power plants across the West could be forced to install costly pollution control equipment under a new agreement between federal regulators and environmentalists. Many utilities already have cut air emissions in recent years to meet health standards. Next up are even deeper cuts...

2 years 11 months ago

Colorado Springs gets greener

Colorado Springs got a little greener today. Arbor Day meant that twenty-five trees found a new home in Colorado Springs. "Planting trees is great for the environment," says Tana Jones of Weston Solutions, who helped with the event. "It's a great sustainability initiative for our city, and I...

3 years 7 months ago

New microbe discovered eating Gulf oil spill

A newly discovered type of oil-eating microbe suddenly is flourishing in the Gulf of Mexico and gobbling up the BP spill at a much faster rate than expected, scientists reported Tuesday. Scientists discovered the new microbe while studying the underwater dispersion of millions of gallons of oil spilled since...

3 years 7 months ago

Great Lakes reach 'biological tipping point'

Michigan assistant attorney general Robert Reichel says the threat of Asian carp to the Great Lakes has reached a "biological tipping point" and the waterways leading into Lake Michigan have become a "carp highway." The comments came Monday during the first hearing in a multi-state lawsuit demanding tougher action...

3 years 8 months ago

Experts: Gulf of Mexico far from cured

More than a month after oil stopped spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, big questions remain about where it is. Scientists who've just finished a cursory examination of the Gulf are disputing government claims that half the leaked oil is completely gone from the ecosystem. They've been looking...

3 years 8 months ago

BP to begin forcing cement down well

BP officials say they plan to begin forcing cement down the blown-out Gulf oil well today. The announcement came last night shortly after their plan was approved by the federal official in charge of the oil spill. The company plans to shove cement down from pipes attached to ships...

3 years 10 months ago

Leaking oil in siphon tube cut by half

The amount of oil siphoned by the mile-long tube inserted into the leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico has dropped dramatically. BP spokesman John Curry said that the tube collected 47,000 gallons of oil on Sunday. That's down from 57,000 gallons on Saturday and 92,000 gallons on Friday....

3 years 11 months ago

Colorado Senate passes uranium bill

The state Senate has passed a bill requiring uranium mines and mills to clean up nuclear waste before accepting more radioactive material. The Senate voted 24-9 in favor of the bill Wednesday. It now heads back to the House, where backers hope lawmakers will agree with changes made in the...

3 years 11 months ago

Salazar brothers promote Mesa Verde changes

The Salazar brothers are headed to Mesa Verde National Park to promote better campgrounds and roads coming from stimulus money. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Rep. John Salazar are headed to the park Sunday morning to visit the site of a future visitors' center. Mesa Verde is getting about $10.1...

3 years 11 months ago

'Oceans' takes jaw-dropping plunge into sea

Fish that look like rocks - or scarves, or a jeweled brooch, or anything but fish - are among the fascinating underwater creatures that inhabit "Oceans." This stunningly beautiful documentary is the second in a series from the new Disneynature label, which gave us "Earth" exactly one year ago...

3 years 11 months ago

Colorado spending $25 million for energy projects

Gov. Bill Ritter says Colorado is one of several states selected for Recovery Act funding for energy efficiency building projects. The state is partnering with Boulder, Denver and Garfield counties and Xcel Energy to spend $25 million as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's $452 million nationwide Retrofit Ramp-Up...

3 years 11 months ago

Bark-beetle damage aimed in bill

Sen. Mark Udall is sponsoring a bill aimed at helping Colorado and other Western states to deal with the damage by tiny beetles that have killed millions of acres of pine trees across the region. The Colorado Democrat will join state Sen. Dan Gibbs on a conference call with reporters...

3 years 11 months ago

Hydrogen tries to catch up in green car race

Hydrogen, one of Earth's most abundant elements, once was seen as green energy's answer to the petroleum-driven car: easy to produce, available everywhere and nonpolluting when burned. Hydrogen energy was defeated by a mountain of obstacles - the fear of explosion by the highly flammable gas, the difficulty of...

3 years 11 months ago

Ritter to sign power plant bill

Colorado is about to require its largest utility to cut emissions at some of its coal-fired power plants to help head off new federal emissions rules. Gov. Bill Ritter plans to sign a bill Monday targeted at Xcel Energy's power plants along the northern Front Range. Xcel would have to...

4 years 6 days ago

China overtakes Germany in wind power

Global wind energy producers say China last year overtook Germany as the world's second largest producer of wind power behind the United States. The Global Wind Energy Council, which represents companies that make and manage wind power stations, says China's rapid drive to install wind turbines brought its total power...

4 years 1 week ago

Colorado to dole out $18M for energy-saving measures

The Governor's Energy Office is kicking off a campaign making $18 million in rebates available for Coloradans to buy energy-saving appliances and make their homes more energy efficient. Energy Office Director Tom Plant will discuss the "Recharge Colorado" program Tuesday at the Sears store in Denver's Cherry Creek neighborhood. The...

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