Decoding the Struggle

Author’s note: Myanmar is now the official name of the Southeast Asian nation previously known as Burma until the year 1989. Both names are used in the story below. This story was originally published via CU News Corps, an exploratory multimedia site with stories written by CU Boulder journalism students. She spent five lonely months…

Wildfires: Preparation vs. Recovery

When a wildfire ripped through the Fourmile Canyon on the Rocky Mountain Front Range just north of Boulder in 2010, 168 homes were destroyed, a number greater than any other wildfire in Colorado’s history. The final cost of retardants used to put out the fire was more than $300,000. While many of the 168 who…

Overburden Documentary Review

The documentary “Overburden,” directed and produced by Chad Stevens, is a moving tale that brings to light the devastating effects of the coal mining industry in West Virginia. While many documentaries have been produced on the coal mining industry, this is unique in that it tells the story through the eyes of two very different…

Q&A with Dr. Jill Harrison

Dr. Jill Harrison is a professor of environmental sociology at the University of Colorado. She obtained her doctorate from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2006 and her areas of research include environmental sociology, sociology of agriculture and food systems, political theories of justice, and immigration politics. In 2011 she published the book…

Let Nature Be Nature, Let’s Fix Our Flaws Instead

Mountain pine beetles are killing Colorado’s forests little by little, ravaging mountainsides, increasing the risk of wildfires and destroying the ecosystem. That’s what the people want to hear, but is it true? Not quite. According to University of Colorado forestry researcher Tom Veblen, this catastrophe has simply not happened. Mountain pine beetles are a native species…

The 2015 Rocky Mountain Showdown begins

The Golden Buffalo Marching Band has been an integral part of school spirit history at the University of Colorado for many years. They perform at every home game and a few away games such as today because their powerful musical performances elicit pride in every fan as they chant along with them to their favorite…

Mountain Living and How It Can Backfire

While there is a common misconception that wildfires in the west, especially in Colorado’s Front Range, are increasing in severity and frequency, they are actually burning similarly to most historical fires according to CU forestry researcher and professor Tom Veblen. In the dry and windy western parts of the United States, forest fires are not…

New study finds “ultra-low” doses of Roundup cause significant toxicity

Over time, gradual exposure to even the most minuscule amounts of glyphosate, more commonly known as the potent herbicide Roundup, may be responsible for detrimental health problems in the kidneys and livers of both human and animal populations according to a new study conducted by molecular geneticists at King’s College London. Glyphosate and other related…