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Reduce waste during the holidays

Reduce waste during the holidays — The holiday season is traditionally a time for giving, but along with gifts, comes waste. Christmas trees, wrapping paper and packaging materials overwhelm trash collection services. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans throw away 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and the New Year than during any other time of the year. This extra waste amounts to 25 million tons of trash, or about 1 million extra tons per week. Here are a few ideas on how to keep the holidays green:
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Denver City Council approves controversial proclamation on oil shale---Denver Post Article

Typically, Denver City Council proclamations are void of controversy, reserved to commending people for service or feel-good statements by the city's lawmakers. But on Monday, the council was divided over a proclamation that supports the "research-first" approach to oil-shale development proposed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management that some in the industry vehemently oppose. (SEE LINK BELOW FOR COMPLETE ARTICLE)...
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Organizations in Pueblo, Conejos County and Denver receive $25,000 each to educate communities about indoor air quality, air monitoring and clean water

(Denver, Colo. – December 6, 2012) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a total of $1.2 million in competitive grants awarded to 50 non-profit and tribal organizations working to address environmental justice issues nationwide. The grants enable non-profit organizations to conduct research, provide education, and develop solutions to local health and environmental issues in communities overburdened by harmful pollution. Three of these grants, in the amount of $25,000 each, were awarded to organizations in Colorado....
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Anti-fracking demonstrators disrupt, delay Boulder County oil and gas hearing ---Denver Post Article

BOULDER -- Anti-fracking activists delayed the start of the Boulder County commissioners' Tuesday afternoon meeting on oil and gas regulations for nearly half an hour, chanting their opposition to that drilling technique and demanding the commissioners resign if they won't ban hydraulic fracturing in unincorporated Boulder County. [SEE BELOW FOR LINK TO COMPLETE ARTICLE]....
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Colorado officials question link of fracking-waste disposal to quakes --Denver Post Article

The increasingly common practice of disposing of oil and gas drilling wastewater by injecting it underground can trigger earthquakes, according to federal scientists who studied quakes since 1970 in Colorado and neighboring states. [SEE BELOW FOR LINK TO COMPLETE ARTICLE] ...
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Why Are Cows Tails Dropping Off? --article by

This article was produced in collaboration with the Food & Environment Reporting Network, an investigative reporting nonprofit focusing on food, agriculture and environmental health....
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100 Campuses Join Divestment from Fossil Fuel Fight by Bill McKibben Nov 30, 2012 7:54am PST

Greetings from Minneapolis It's a gray morning here, and our big bus just rolled in from Madison. We've been on tour across America every night since the election (with a couple off for Thanksgiving), playing big sold-out shows at concert halls and theaters across the country. It's been incredibly exciting--huge crowds everywhere eager to help in the fight against climate change....
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Be the Change - Jamming for a Frack Free Colorado

Special Guest: Josh Fox, creator of the documentary Gasland Live Music: Elephant Revival members, Laura Goldhamer, Pressure Point, Josh Fox on banjo and more Silent Auction to benefit Be the Change - USA To donate, contact A grassroots political organization which promotes progressive issues & principles; currently focusing on environmental & health issues associated with hydraulic fracturing...
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Academy Award Nominee ("Gasland") Producer Josh Fox presents at UNC

Josh Fox, whose credits include the Academy Award nominated documentary, "Gasland", presented to a packed ballroom at the University of Northern Colorado this past week. A staunch opponent to the Oil and Gas Industry's "fracking" process of extracting natural gas from the earth, Fox lectured the University about the inherent dangers of our community being exposed to the toxicity of the many chemicals of the fracking process and the exemptions to effective regulation that are inherent in the industry....
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State tells citizens to “leave it to us” but proposed drilling solutions fall short

Draft rules not adequate to protect public health DENVER—Draft oil and gas rules that would set standards for water quality monitoring and the minimum distance between homes and drilling fail to protect Coloradans’ health and welfare, a coalition of Colorado conservation groups said today....
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