Monthly Archives: October 2015

A few thoughts on Transitional States: An Aesthetic of Neglect

Many of us have paused to examine the interiors of old, crumbling buildings and to peer out their windows. In his photography exhibition called Transitional States, neuroscientist Alex Benison causes us to peer a little differently.
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Xcel Energy and other utilities of the future

Xcel Energy came up often as former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter and other speakers discussed the need for regulatory reform to create utilities of the future. Continue reading

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A small Colorado pivot in our great national energy transition

Should electrical co-operative providers be allowed to produce more than 5 percent of their electrical from local and mostly renewable sources? A Colorado case has implications for our great national energy transition. Continue reading

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Who will pay a $30 toll for just 13 miles on Colorado’s I-70?

A toll lane on Colorado’s I-70 will debut in December, saving drivers up to 30 minutes on the weekend crawl back to Denver. But will anybody pay the maximum $30 toll? Continue reading

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A no-no to plastic water bottles

Recycling rates have dropped, and plastic water bottles overflow the trash bins. Ketchum, Idaho, has joined other towns in saying no to sale and distribution of the bottled water. Continue reading

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Climate change on high Colorado peaks

Bumble bees above timberline on three Colorado mountains have adapted to warming nighttime temperatures by having shorter tongues, better able to extract nectar from a variety of wildflowers. Confused? Well read on about this unusual twist of climate change. Continue reading

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White House beach-front property

Immutable laws of physics govern our warming climate, but as humans we have free will, says climate scientist Jim White, a self-described evangelical Christian. The climate crisis can be solved, he says, but that’s just a training exercise for the much greater challenge facing civilization.
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Water runs through Colorado’s Climate Action Plan

Colorado’s updated climate acton plan has far more to brag about than the first iteration, issued in late 2007, but unlike some other states and local jurisdictions does not declare specific greenhouse reduction goals. Why is that? Continue reading

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Why the spruce can’t be a little more orderly

Like the lodgepole pine of northern Colorado, spruce trees in southern Colorado have been dying in massive numbers. Will spruce succeed spruce—or as the climate warms will some other form of vegetation take their place? Continue reading

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What makes Rocky Mountain National Park so special?

This was the 100th anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park, and it’s a good thing that prospectors could not find anything more valuable than the thin deposits of metal at Lulu City. Continue reading

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