Category Archives: Environment

The Wolf Who Became A Legend, And A Pawn In American Culture And Politics

  Wolf O-Six photographed from Soda Butte in Yellowstone National Park in October, 2012. (Courtesy:Doug McLaughlin) Journalist Nate Blakeslee chronicles the life of a wolf in the Rockies and the forces both natural and human that shape her destiny. His new book is “American Wolf: A True Story Of … Continue reading

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Digging Into The History Of Wild Horses To Understand Their Future

Wild horses are symbolic of freedom and are part of the mythology and legends of the American West. Yet growing herds are costing millions of taxpayer dollars as politics and society collide over how to manage them. Pulitzer Prize- winning … Continue reading

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Better Equine Birth Control May Help Save The West’s Wild Horse Herds

Wild horse and burro herds in the west are rapidly growing. The horses and burros on public lands now number more than 72,000. Federal officials says these animals may starve or die of thirst because the rangeland can’t support them … Continue reading

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EPA Seeks Comment on Colorado Smelter Superfund Cleanup Plan in Pueblo

The Environmental Protection Agency is requesting public comment on a proposed interim plan to begin clean up in the Colorado Smelter Superfund site in south Pueblo. The clean up addresses toxic lead and arsenic left behind when the smelter closed … Continue reading

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Lessons From The Intersection Of Science And History At The Headwaters of The Colorado River

Historian Thomas Andrews delves into the history of the headwaters of the Colorado river through the lens of geology, archaeology, biology and more. His book “Coyote Valley: A Deep History in the High Rockies” is a Colorado Book Award finalist. The … Continue reading

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Photos Reveal The Secret Lives Of Owls

Photographer Paul Bannick of Seattle says “you don’t find owls – they find you.” He’s often called the owl whisperer and his latest book is “Owl: A Year In The Lives Of North American Owls.” It’s filled with striking images of the elusive birds … Continue reading

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Normal Toxin Levels at Two Parks in Colorado Smelter Superfund Area in Pueblo

Toxin levels at two south Pueblo parks within the Colorado Smelter Superfund area are normal, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Lead and arsenic were left behind when a south Pueblo smelter ceased operations in 1908. EPA toxicologist Charles Partridge … Continue reading

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A New NOAA Report Emphasizes The Human Role In Climate Change

Scientist Pieter Tans of Boulder leads NOAA‘s Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network, which just produced a new report that shows 2016 was another record breaking year for carbon dioxide levels rising in Earth’s atmosphere. The report landed just after Scott … Continue reading

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How To Protect Elephants? A Coloradan’s Tools Include Beehives

Colorado zookeeper Dave Johnson helps Nepalis use beehives to keep marauding elephants from decimating rice paddies. It’s one way he’s working to protect elephants, rhinos and other endangered species around the world and it’s critical because the numbers of these … Continue reading

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Colorado Is Home To Patron Saint Of Pandas

In the 1970s, the world’s Giant Panda population hit a low of about 1,000. Today, there are fewer than 2,500. Yet they were recently taken off the endangered species list and are now considered vulnerable. The director of Pandas International, Suzanne Braden … Continue reading

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