Monthly Archives: February 2016

Drought in Colorado River Basin best explained by temperatures

You must invoke temperature to explain the current Colorado River drought, says the Colorado Water institute’s Brad Udall about the intersection of water and global warming.

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Climate change politics after Paris deconstructed

The politics of climate change and energy, both national and international, were sorted out in a delightful panel discussion at the University of Colorado Boulder. And then there was some bluster, too.
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Cannabis in Colorado, water rights and federal law

Water really hasn’t been an issue as Colorado state officials and federal officials sort out conflicting laws governing marijuana, but still there are lingering questions.
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Why the Clean Air Act didn’t clean up the air

In 1970, Congress grandfathered existing coal-fired power plants from requirements of the Clean Power Plan. Some of them have been poisoning our skies ever since.
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The statistics of this winter’s tragic avalanches

January was a horrible month for deadly avalanches in the North American West, but the most important statistics are those that describe slope gradients. Continue reading

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Drying out of the American Southwest

A new study finds reduced precipitation in the American Southwest in the last several decades to accompany rising temperatures. But the big picture of water remains to be painted.
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Ski area water rights on forest lands

In late December, the U.S. Forest Service announced a compromise with the ski industry in their feud over water rights. Both sides gave ground, but just as interesting was who didn’t get deeply involved. Continue reading

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Mountain lions cause scare in Colorado

The shadows of Colorado mountain towns have become more suspect this winter since dogs in Vail, Steamboat Springs, and other towns have been killed by the big cats variously called mountain lions, cougars, and pumas. Continue reading

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Colorado Climate Future Coalition being formed

Mountain town and counties have been among those solicited to join a new organization called the Colorado Climate Future Coalition. Organizers say the group would seek to create a collective voice for advocacy to advance the climate-action goals of local governments.
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John Fielder and the Yampa River

Landscape photographer John Fielder was in Denver recently to show his lovely photographs of the Yampa River. It’s a notable river for its history and relative absence of dams, but it’s not without a few problems, too. Continue reading

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