Tag Archives: climate change

Existential threats in the Colorado River Basin

Not one thing explains the declining levels in Lake Mead, but one thing’s clear: another good snow year in the Rockies won’t solve the Colroado River problems.
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Joe Romm’s visions of triumph & apocalypse

Joe Romm passed through Denver last week, painting apocalyptic pictures and trumpeting alternative energy triumphs with equal gusto—and warning of CO2 levels in stuffing conference rooms. Continue reading

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Climate change a factor in Vail Resorts swallowing Whistler

Vail Resorts swallows the biggest fish in the sea of North American skiing, and here’s why the deal works for both fo them. One angle is this: climate change. Continue reading

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Snow, runoff and the Colorado River Basin

It was a good snow year in the headwaters of the Colorado River. So why has the runoff been so-so? Continue reading

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When hot becomes a killer

Adapting to climate change might be easier if those changes announced themselves by rapping on your door and thrusting business cards into your hand. Continue reading

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The causes of Lake Mead’s expanding bathtub ring

Drought has been blamed for declining water levels in Lake Mead and other Colorado River reservoirs, but Brad Udall also points to increased evaporation and transpiration resulting from rising temperatures. Continue reading

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Climate change and Whistler’s great indoors

North America’s largest and busiest ski area plans a major investment in the great indoors, a waterpark that can be used when the increasing wintertime rains sully interest in boarding the ski lifts. Continue reading

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Fort McMurray, carbon and ski towns

Fort McMurray, now much of it reduced to ashes, is no ski town, but has a subarctic climate. As such, a 90-degree temperature in early May seems unfathomable. How this oil boom town and ski towns of the West are strapped together at the hip.
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Which ski areas might actually win as a result of rising temperatures?

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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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