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Negotiations begin for a global treaty on plastic pollution


Created: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:29:46 +0000

Author: Jennifer McDermott

On Friday afternoon more than 2,000 experts will wrap up a week of negotiations on plastic pollution at one of the largest global gatherings ever to address what even industry leaders in plastics say is a crisis.

Read more: Negotiations begin for a global treaty on plastic pollution


Elk calves in southwest Colorado are struggling. Here’s how wildlife officials aim to reverse herd decline


Created: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 13:00:20 +0000

Author: Bruce Finley

Colorado wildlife managers are mobilizing to reverse a decline of elk in the southwestern quarter of the state by controlling hunting and protecting wild habitat, aiming for increased calf survival amid intensifying droughts and development.

Read more: Elk calves in southwest Colorado are struggling. Here’s how wildlife officials aim to reverse herd decline


Cold temperatures cause extra large vapor clouds over Suncor refinery, Xcel plant


Created: Wed, 30 Nov 2022 23:05:13 +0000

Author: Noelle Phillips

Thick clouds of steam billowed over Commerce City on Wednesday morning and combined with a bad smell to cause concern among residents who live near the Suncor Energy oil refinery.

Read more: Cold temperatures cause extra large vapor clouds over Suncor refinery, Xcel plant


Mountain lions to be more active around Boulder during winter season, city officials say


Created: Wed, 30 Nov 2022 19:27:31 +0000

Author: Conrad Swanson

During the winter months the apex predators – meaning top of the food chain – head to lower elevations in search of food.

Read more: Mountain lions to be more active around Boulder during winter season, city officials say


“It’s perplexing”: What’s killing dozens of cows near Meeker? State officials don’t know.


Created: Mon, 28 Nov 2022 23:02:29 +0000

Author: Conrad Swanson

Something killed dozens of cattle around White River National Forest lands in northwest Colorado and state wildlife officials don’t know what it is. 

Read more: “It’s perplexing”: What’s killing dozens of cows near Meeker? State officials don’t know.


Colorado wildfires are making it harder to insure homes. Could a publicly funded plan stave off an insurance crisis?


Created: Sun, 27 Nov 2022 13:00:59 +0000

Author: Noelle Phillips

The increasing risk of wildfires in Colorado is driving insurance carriers to raise premiums on homeowners’ policies -- if they decide to insure them at all — and now the state’s insurance chief is suggesting a publicly funded pool of money be established to provide property insurance for those who can’t find it in the open market.

Read more: Colorado wildfires are making it harder to insure homes. Could a publicly funded plan stave off an insurance crisis?


Bill that would expand rights for undocumented farm laborers gets boost from Colorado ag worker


Created: Mon, 21 Nov 2022 13:00:59 +0000

Author: John Aguilar

Lulu Guerrero wakes up at her home in Wiggins, sometimes as early as 3 a.m., to get out to the farm fields that spread across Weld County in every direction and start her days planting and harvesting watermelons, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and pumpkins. Guerrero, who illegally entered the United States nearly 20 years ago and has worked in Colorado's $41 billion a year agricultural industry ever since, lives in constant worry about her future and that of the hundreds of thousands of other immigrant farm workers who labor in America's farm fields. "We were called essential during the pandemic -- all we want is the opportunity to get out of the shadows and stay in the country," she said through a translator on the phone last week.

Read more: Bill that would expand rights for undocumented farm laborers gets boost from Colorado ag worker


Colorado’s recycling rate lags at half of national average, but new laws could boost participation


Created: Wed, 16 Nov 2022 13:00:33 +0000

Author: John Aguilar

Last year, the state diverted 16% of its municipal solid waste away from the landfill, coming in at half the national average of 32%, according to the 2022 State of Recycling & Composting in Colorado report.

Read more: Colorado’s recycling rate lags at half of national average, but new laws could boost participation


Commerce City latest metro Denver community to prohibit urban camping


Created: Tue, 08 Nov 2022 13:00:07 +0000

Author: John Aguilar

Commerce City joined nearly half a dozen other metro Denver municipalities Monday night with passage by its city council of an urban camping ban. The city's ban, which applies to both private and public property, is set to take effect in 30 days.

Read more: Commerce City latest metro Denver community to prohibit urban camping


Builders raise alarm in Thornton, where fight over water threatens new construction in tight housing market


Created: Fri, 04 Nov 2022 12:00:49 +0000

Author: John Aguilar

After nearly four years of battle between Larimer County and Thornton over the city's efforts to pipe water from the Cache la Poudre River, home builders warn that the standoff risks worsening the state's affordable housing crisis.

Read more: Builders raise alarm in Thornton, where fight over water threatens new construction in tight housing market

 
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