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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?

Rising temperatures and skiing 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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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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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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