University of Colorado (CU)

5:00am

Tue July 29, 2014
Environment

Hiking In The Ozone, And Learning About It Too

A CairClip, about the size of a 35mm film canister, is a portable ozone sensor that can be early carried -- including on this hike in Boulder.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

5:00am

Mon July 14, 2014
Environment

The Plants In This Garden Tell You When The Air Is Dirty

A tulip poplar leaf with ozone damage.
Danica Lombardozzi National Center for Atmospheric Research

What if you could look at the plants in your garden in order to learn if the air around you is clean or dirty?

At the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, scientists have planted a garden that does just that.

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11:59am

Thu July 3, 2014
Environment

Researchers Link Quakes With Oklahoma Wells, Colorado Study Ongoing

Oilfield waste arrives by truck at a wastewater disposal facility near Platteville, Colo., Jan. 2013. No earthquakes are associated with injection at the site in this photograph.
William Ellsworth USGS

Scientists have linked earthquakes in Oklahoma with wastewater injection wells associated with the oil and gas industry, in a new paper published in the journal Science.

Four injection wells with a "high rate" of injection, meaning they accepted a large quantity of barrels of wastewater per month, likely caused 20 percent of earthquakes in that area from 2008-2013, the researchers said.

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2:49pm

Tue June 24, 2014
Environment

Injection Well Halted By COGCC As Greeley Quakes Again

Jenny Nakai, a seismologist and doctoral student and Matthew Weingarten, a hydrogeologist and doctoral candidate from the University of Colorado align, level and bury a seismometer outside of Gill, Colo., June 4, 2014.
Jim Hill KUNC

7:22am

Tue June 17, 2014
Oil and Gas

How Property Law Could Affect The Colorado Frack Ban Debate

File photo. Gov. Hickenlooper has recently been working to drum up support for a compromise bill on local control of oil and gas regulations.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

As Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper weighs whether to call a special legislative session to deal with oil and gas issues, the issue of property rights is on his mind.

The governor has equated some of the recently passed bans and moratoriums on hydraulic fracturing to "…snatching the property of a citizen. Just taking it without due compensation."

While in some cases the courts could interpret fracking bans as taking away private property, getting to the point where a ban is ruled a taking of private property would be time consuming and costly, experts say.

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