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  By Raf Casert The Associated Press BRUSSELS » Europe’s sky is filling up with near-empty polluting planes that serve little other purpose than safeguarding airlines’ valuable time slots at some of the world’s most important airports. The highly contagious omicron variant of COVID19 has pu...
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By Elizabeth Preston © The New York Times Co. It’s a well-known fact among entomologists that whoever named the millipede was being a touch dramatic. The name means “thousand-footed,” but no millipede has 1,000 feet. At least, that was true until now. A discovery deep below the surface of Austra...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
By Henry Fountain © The New York Times Co. SILVER LAKE, ORE. » When a monster of a wildfire whipped into the Sycan Marsh Preserve here in south-central Oregon in July, Katie Sauerbrey feared the worst. Sauerbrey, a fire manager for The Nature Conservancy, the conservation group that owns the 30,0...
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Posted by on in Mining
By Jack Healy and Mike Baker © The New York Times Co. YELLOW PINE, IDAHO » Net in hand, Louis Reuben waded into the frigid waters where his ancestors once fished, long before Idaho’s rivers were dammed and contaminated, before the Nez Perce were driven off their land when white miners struck gold....
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Posted by on in Wind
By Stanley Reed © The New York Times Co. Oil giants such as BP and Shell, as well as Iberdrola, the Spanish utility, look like the big winners in Scotland’s first offshore wind auction, whose results were announced Monday. If the proposed wind farms are constructed, they would triple Britain’s ca...
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Posted by on in Green Products/Services
By Jack Ewing © The New York Times Co. Europeans bought more electric cars than diesels in December — a stunning illustration of the growing popularity of battery power and the decline of diesel, which was once the most popular engine option in Europe. More than 20% of new cars sold in Europe and...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
By John Aguilar The Denver Post LYONS » Just 30 feet beyond Linda Hubbard’s kitchen window is the river that upended her life nearly a decade ago. It was 2013 and the North St. Vrain River — swollen angry with too much water in too little time — hurled boulders, propane tanks and tree limbs into ...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
By Bruce Finley The Denver Post SUPERIOR » Too many houses built too close together on the tinder-dry high plains between Denver and Boulder led to the record Marshall firestorm losses topping $1 billion, insurance industry researchers found this past week as they sifted through ashes an...
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Posted by on in Energy Efficiency
    By J. David Goodman and David Montgomery © The New York Times Co. ABILINE, TEXAS » Donna Boatright lives alone now in the modest one-story house where her husband, Benny, froze to death. Each day, she lights a candle by his photograph. Before bed, she tells him good night...
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Posted by on in Solar
  By Matthew Brown The Associated Press BILLINGS, MONT. » U.S. officials announced approval last week of two solar projects in California and moved to open up public lands in three other Western states to potential solar development, as part of the Biden administration’s effort to ...
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Posted by on in Solar
With lots of sunshine, state embracing power shift By Sue McMillin Columnist for The Denver Post The sun was, as usual, scorching my rooftop in southern Colorado in mid-June when I signed a contract to add solar panels. Big Dog Solar out of Pueblo West had blitzed the neighborhood to take a...
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Posted by on in Environmental Heroes
By Viniece Jennings The Conversation When many people think of New Year’s resolutions, they brainstorm ways to improve themselves for the year ahead. What if we expanded those aspirations to include resolutions that benefit our communities, society and the planet, too? It might not be a typical ...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
WASHINGTON » The Environmental Protection Agency is taking its first major action to address toxic wastewater from coal-burning power plants, ordering utilities to stop dumping waste into unlined storage ponds and speed up plans to close leaking or otherwise dangerous coal ash sites. Plants in four...
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Posted by on in Solar
    By Sue McMillin Columnist for The Denver Post Electric vehicles, smart houses, solar panels, attic insulation, LED light bulbs and window caulk are all part of the energy transformation that will reduce Coloradans’ use of fossil fuels, benefit the environment and combat climate cha...
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Posted by on in Human Health
Stress built up over weeks is fatiguing. Do not “push through” it. By Dani Blum © The New York Times Co. Nearly two years into a drudging, dragging pandemic, each crumb of news about the Omicron variant can feel like too much to process. Burnout, the psychological term for an all-consuming exhau...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
Feeders allowed only in winter; officials expect bear to hibernate when it runs out of easy meals By Kaya Williams Aspen Times Snowmass Village residents Michael Rusinek and Nancy Goeres found an unexpected ursine visitor on their lower deck recently when they spotted a bear cub making himself at...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
By Andrew Travers Aspen Times You can’t miss it or its message. As you step out of the Silver Queen Gondola at 11,212 or so feet above sea level atop Aspen Mountain, you see a gondola car beside the Sundeck, on a perch above the Castle Creek Valley that is usually the most popular spot for touris...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
    By Jessica Seaman The Denver Post Becky Bolinger and the team at the Colorado Climate Center have kept watch over the dry and warm conditions that have blanketed the Front Range since the summer, knowing that they provided the perfect recipe for a wildfire. For them, it was a matt...
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Posted by on in Human Health
By Frank Jordans The Associated Press BERLIN » Germany on Friday shut down half of the six nuclear plants it still has in operation, a year before the country draws the final curtain on its decadeslong use of atomic power. The decision to phase out nuclear power and shift from fossil fuels to ren...
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Posted by on in General Environment
By Drew Costley The Associated Press The White House’s top official on environmental justice is stepping down a year after President Joe Biden took office with an ambitious plan to help disadvantaged communities and overhaul policies that historically have hurt them. The departure Friday of Cecil...
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