Wind, Bears, and Emissions – Another Week in Boulder Science News

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A young black bear runs past James, left, who asked that his last name not be used, Adam Golden and Justin Saylor, right, near the Broadway Street Bridge over the Boulder Creek, Thursday, Oct. 13, in Boulder, Colo. (Jeremy Papasso/Daily Camera via AP)

Colorado Intent on Harnessing the Power of Wind

Colorado is a leader in renewable energy, beating out other mountain states such as Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Montana and Utah. In fact, Colorado now produces more wind energy than these states combined, thanks to a legislature and infrastructure that emphasizes moving towards sustainable energy and away from coal, focusing on other sources such as wind, solar and natural gas.  As Colorado’s renewable energy sector continues to expand, it uses less and less coal each year, signaling a major shift in energy production. 

Could CU See More Cubs on Campus? 

This will come as little surprise to anyone who saw the tiny cub dart across CU’s campus last week, but bears are increasingly prevalent in Colorado’s urban areas. As cities begin to encroach on what was once the bear’s habitat, these critters are adapting by scavenging food from industrial and residential trash. This causes problems for many bears, who after encountering humans, can sometimes be euthanized if they are perceived as aggressive or too dependent on human food.

New Studies Reveal Increase in Methane Emissions Linked with Fossil Fuels

 New studies recently released by CIRES and NOAA, CU-Boulder-based institutions,  state that methane emissions linked with  fossil fuel development could be more than 60 percent greater than previously believed. These studies also found that fossil fuel development contributes far more to methane emissions than previously believed, leading scientists to reexamine the role that fossil fuels play in methane emissions. 

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