Lead Stories


Wed May 27, 2015

Without Federal Input, Marijuana Industry Is On Its Own With Pesticides

A cannabis plant grows at Medical MJ Supply in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

The marijuana industry has a pesticide problem.

Many commercial cannabis growers use chemicals to control bugs and mold. But because of the plant’s unresolved legal status, Colorado regulators are having a tough time making sure pot buyers don’t ingest those pesticides. The parts of the federal government that regulate agricultural pesticide use want nothing to do with legalized marijuana.

“In the absence of any direction, the subject of pesticide use on the crop has just devolved to just whatever people think is working or whatever they think is appropriate,” says Colorado State University entomologist Whitney Cranshaw.

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Tue May 26, 2015


Tue May 26, 2015

We Never Think That Much About The Electrical Grid - Until It Fails

The huge, steel transmission towers carrying power to the North Country of New York collapsed under the weight of the ice during the Ice Storm of 1998.
courtesy of Hydro Quebec

If you peer behind an electrical plug in your house, you'll find a massive network of transmission lines, power plants and a whole army of people bringing power to the socket in real-time, 24 hours a day.

The power grid is the largest machine in the world. Most of the time it operates invisibly, in the background, but when it fails, it often does so memorably. To most people, those outages seem like isolated events, but when you look at the trend, they're not.

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Tue May 26, 2015

Extra Water Savings Likely Addition To State Water Plan

An aerial view of the Shadow Mountain Reservoir and Lake Granby. Lake Granby is part of a system that transports water from the Western Slope to communities on the Front Range.
Doc Searls Flickr-Creative Commons

Colorado's water plan will probably include additional conservation measures from cities and industrial users. That's what members of the state's Interbasin Compact Committee agreed to at a meeting May 20.

The specifics are still being worked out, but the added conservation could save 400,000 acre-feet of water. That’s nearly three times the capacity of Horsetooth Reservoir, outside Fort Collins.

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Mon May 25, 2015