Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 7:36 am
Gaby Petron didn't set out to challenge industry and government assumptions about how much pollution comes from natural gas drilling.
She was just doing what she always does as an air pollution data sleuth for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
"I look for a story in the data," says Petron. "You give me a data set, I will study it back and forth and left and right for weeks, and I will find something to tell about it."
Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 5:34 pm
Few people know the orcas of Puget Sound as well as Ken Balcomb.
A researcher with the Center for Whale Research on Washington state's San Juan Island, Balcomb has been studying the whales for more than 30 years.
It takes Balcomb only a few seconds of listening to the squeaks and whistles of underwater whale recordings to recognize the different pods of orcas.
In one recording, Balcomb identifies the group known as the L Pod — the family many people in the area are talking about right now.
This year’s list of the 10 most endangered rivers in the country includes two Colorado streams. The environmental group American Rivers ranked the Crystal River 8th, and the Green River - which flows through Wyoming, Utah and northwest Colorado - as the 2nd most at risk.
Colorado’s largest water utility has signed a truce with western slope water agencies and governments over its future use of the stressed Upper Colorado River.
The northern Colorado cities of Fort Collins and Loveland could be the latest along the Front Range to temporarily ban oil and gas drilling and the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing.