Environment http://www.kunc.org en EPA Testing Methods To Detect Fracking Chemical Contamination http://www.kunc.org/post/epa-testing-methods-detect-fracking-chemical-contamination <p>Residents living in the midst of the oil and gas boom often wonder if their drinking water may be contaminated by the drilling process.</p><p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is working on improving ways to test for that. Agency scientists recently published results of a method to test for five chemicals that often appear in fracturing fluid.</p><p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Stephanie Paige Ogburn 59678 at http://www.kunc.org EPA Testing Methods To Detect Fracking Chemical Contamination What 13,000 Dead Grasshoppers Can Tell Us About Climate Change http://www.kunc.org/post/what-13000-dead-grasshoppers-can-tell-us-about-climate-change <p>Cesar Nufio is holding a box of dead grasshoppers. The insects, precisely pinned, with miniscule labels affixed beneath them, march down the box in neat, dark lines.</p><p>The grasshoppers are just a sampling of a 50-year-old set of 13,000 grasshoppers that Nufio, an entomologist at the University of Colorado, is using to learn about climate change. Until the scientist happened upon them about a decade ago, this collection was nearly forgotten – stored in 250 wooden boxes atop a shelf. Ever since finding the collection, Nufio has been piecing together the story of the lost grasshoppers, and is using them to understand how the change in the area's climate is affecting the insects.</p><p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Stephanie Paige Ogburn 59635 at http://www.kunc.org What 13,000 Dead Grasshoppers Can Tell Us About Climate Change One Year After Calif. Rim Fire, Debate Simmers Over Forest Recovery http://www.kunc.org/post/one-year-after-calif-rim-fire-debate-simmers-over-forest-recovery Eric Knapp breaks apart a burned pine cone, looking for seeds — in his line of work this is considered a clue.<p>"Going into an area after a fire, you almost feel like CSI, you know, sleuthing," Knapp says.<p>He is standing in a part of the Stanislaus National Forest that was severely burned by the Rim Fire. Knapp, an ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service, is studying how forests recover.<p>"It's completely dead," he says. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:15:00 +0000 59630 at http://www.kunc.org One Year After Calif. Rim Fire, Debate Simmers Over Forest Recovery Got Peaches? 3 Easy Steps To Keep ‘Em Longer http://www.kunc.org/post/got-peaches-3-easy-steps-keep-em-longer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mmm… Colorado Peaches. Early and mid-season varieties are best eaten fresh. Mid-season varieties ripen in August. They include Sullivan, Blake and Globe. Late ripening varieties include </span>Elberta<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Redskin and Hale. They’ll ripen in early September.</span></p><p> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Tom Throgmorton 59550 at http://www.kunc.org Got Peaches? 3 Easy Steps To Keep ‘Em Longer Colorado Wildlife Officials Right Trout Wrong http://www.kunc.org/post/colorado-wildlife-officials-right-trout-wrong <p>A few years ago, wildlife biologists responsible for protecting and stocking a rare, native Colorado fish – the greenback cutthroat trout – learned they'd been saving the wrong fish.</p><p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Stephanie Paige Ogburn 59517 at http://www.kunc.org Colorado Wildlife Officials Right Trout Wrong