Category Archives: Climate change

Road after Paris climate agreement

In a session called the Road after Paris, four Coloradans told inside stories from the climate change negotiations but agreed that the hard work now returns to state and local governments.
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Bottom of Colorado’s water barrel

After almost 150 years of yoking its rivers with dams, canals and other water infrastructures, Colorado is substantially out of raw water to develop. If it doesn’t have an empty water bucket, the bottom is visible. Continue reading

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Ski industry raises climate change voice

Even Aspen and Vail have found common ground in a new, unified approach by the ski industry and its partners, one that emphasizes solutions, not the worrisome warnings of climate scientists. Continue reading

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Rising temperatures, receding Colorado River reservoirs

Declining reservoir levels in the Colorado River Basin have been blamed on drought since 2000, but water researcher Doug Kenney argues that it’s only third in the list of suspects, behind rising temperatures and growing populations. Continue reading

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Rural Nebraska, Keystone, and the Paris climate talks

How conservative grassroots Nebraska towns combined with big-green groups to block the Keystone XL pipeline, giving the U.S. street credibility at the Paris climate talks. Continue reading

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Climate change on high Colorado peaks

Bumble bees above timberline on three Colorado mountains have adapted to warming nighttime temperatures by having shorter tongues, better able to extract nectar from a variety of wildflowers. Confused? Well read on about this unusual twist of climate change. Continue reading

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White House beach-front property

Immutable laws of physics govern our warming climate, but as humans we have free will, says climate scientist Jim White, a self-described evangelical Christian. The climate crisis can be solved, he says, but that’s just a training exercise for the much greater challenge facing civilization.
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Water runs through Colorado’s Climate Action Plan

Colorado’s updated climate acton plan has far more to brag about than the first iteration, issued in late 2007, but unlike some other states and local jurisdictions does not declare specific greenhouse reduction goals. Why is that? Continue reading

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Why the spruce can’t be a little more orderly

Like the lodgepole pine of northern Colorado, spruce trees in southern Colorado have been dying in massive numbers. Will spruce succeed spruce—or as the climate warms will some other form of vegetation take their place? Continue reading

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Pricing carbon emissions in Canada and the United States

British Columbia has a tax on carbon emissions, and it seems to have worked well there. How will the United States tax emissions of carbon dioxide? Through a cap-and-trade system or, as Citizens Climate Lobby advocates, a “carbon fee and dividend?” Continue reading

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