An employee sorts for Styrofoam. Alpine Waste & Recycling is the first stream in Colorado to accept this material.
—All photos by Amy Thomson
Have you ever wondered where your recycling goes? The process—which is so efficient, a crumpled beer can might be back on the shelves as a fresh Coors Light within 90 days—is a mystery to most citizens. Curious about the elusive journey our recycling takes each week, we headed 15 minutes north of...
April 21 2016, 11:00 AM
—Photo by iStock
To take on an ecological issue you’ve likely never heard of—the fact that the organic latex foam in high-end mattresses is too flammable to recycle—Chris Conway has created a secondary market for organic latex. The former real estate developer recycles mattresses into Green Pup Dog Beds, memory...
—Images courtesy of Oskar Blues Brewery; istock; Sarah Boyum; istock (4); shutterstock; istock (3)
The steep walls of Glenwood Canyon are prone to major rockfalls, which have repeatedly closed the stretch of Interstate 70 that runs through it.
On Feburary 15, a large rockfall occurred in Glenwood Canyon near the exit to Hanging Lake—about eight miles east of Glenwood Springs. Without any warning, a mass of boulders suddenly rumbled down the side of the canyon west of the Hanging Lake tunnel. Rocks the size of Volkswagen Beetles smashed...
February 25 2016, 2:00 PM
How will this scene change over the next 90 years? —Courtesy of Shutterstock
The pine beetle damage of the past few years has underscored how vulnerable Colorado’s forests are to climate change (scientists say that the pine beetle’s spread was hastened by warmer winters).
But ponderosa pine and the Colorado blue spruce (beset by another pest, the spruce beetle)...
February 19 2016, 8:01 AM
The sun sets over central Colorado’s undeveloped Thompson Divide.
—Photo by David Spiegel
A single-engine prop plane buzzes down an Aspen–Pitkin County Airport runway and lifts into the cold, clear October sky. It’s an ideal day for flying, calm with little turbulence. Pilot Bruce Gordon steers the plane northwest up the Roaring Fork Valley toward Carbondale, passing over multimillion-...
Colorado, circa 2050, if we don't make some changes. —Image courtesy of Shutterstock
Since 2007, Denver has tried to take a proactive approach to climate change. That's when city leaders released their first Climate Action Plan, and now we have an updated version of the strategies we can use to mitigate this encroaching threat.
The topic has been subject to intense debate...
December 4 2015, 9:00 AM
—Photo by Sarah Boyum
Dustin Hannasch felt like a cork stuck halfway into a bottle. Buried to his knees in powder, the now 23-year-old struggled to pry his snowshoes free with every step. After three hours he’d covered only a mile and a half on the North Pass of the Cochetopa Hills, near Gunnison, but the discovery of a...