Environment

8:44am

Sat May 10, 2014
Environment

Oil And Gas Methane Emissions Triple Previous Estimates

A drilling rig and associated equipment near a neighborhood in Weld County, Colorado, just south of Dacono.
Credit David Oonk / CIRES

As new restrictions on methane emissions for Colorado’s Oil and Gas Industry begin, a collaborative study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of Colorado and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Studies reveals those emissions are three times as high than originally thought.

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2:42pm

Sat May 3, 2014
Environment

Northern Colorado Facing Higher Pollution Levels, But Why?

Colorado became the first state to regulate methane emissions from the oil and gas industry.
Credit Brother Magneto / Flickr - Creative Commons

Colorado has traditionally been known as a pristine state with clean air, but ground-level ozone and smog are changing that. Not every county in Colorado is declining in air quality, but the Front Range is receiving low marks.

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12:08pm

Wed April 30, 2014
Agriculture

Colorado Hemp Growers Begin Historic Planting Season

Industrial hemp can grow more than ten feet tall. The plant, which can resemble marijuana grown for medical or recreational use, usually lacks THC, the chemical that gives users a high.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

An historic planting of Colorado’s first state regulated industrial hemp crop is underway. More than 70 applications to grow the towering cousin of marijuana have come in to the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

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1:34am

Mon April 28, 2014
The Salt

Fire-Setting Ranchers Have Burning Desire To Save Tallgrass Prairie

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 10:02 am

A line of fire turns brown grass into black earth.
Dan Charles/NPR

For the past month, in part of eastern Kansas, the prairie has been burning, as it does almost every spring. On some days, you could look toward the horizon in any direction and see pillars of smoke. The plumes of pollution have traveled so far that they've violated limits for particulates or ozone in cities as far away as Lincoln, Neb.

But here's the twist: Environmentalists have come to celebrate those fires.

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8:00am

Sun April 13, 2014

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