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20 years of planning saved Rocky Mountain National Park from the worst of the East Troublesome fire. It will take 20 more to fix the damage.

“We’ve been fighting this fire for 20 years,” Rocky Mountain National Park's fire manager says. The work kept two of the largest Colorado wildfires on record from laying waste to the third busiest park in the national system.


What’s behind the heat wave that hit the American West?

A “megadrought" that's partially caused by climate change has sucked the moisture out of the soil through much of the Western United States.


About 30% of Denver’s homes lack air conditioning. Here’s the city’s environmentally friendly solution.

The city's effort is part of a broader attempt to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by getting people in Colorado to replace gas-powered furnaces and hot water heaters with electric heating and cooling.


Opinion: Climate change is making Rocky Mountain forests more flammable now than at any time in the past 2,000 years

The records of past fires preserved in the sediment of 20 lakes in the central Rocky Mountains showed that areas that used to burn once every 230 years now can be expected to burn every 117 years.


Littwin: Jared Polis may be big on emission-reduction goals, but just don’t let regulators try to enforce them

The governor’s threat to veto legislation that would have mandated, not merely suggested, Polis-supported goals shows once again that when he and progressive legislators square off, Polis prevails.

Opinion Columns

How much damage does climate change cause in Colorado? Leaders are trying to put a price tag on it.

There are growing efforts -- in Washington and at the Colorado statehouse -- are trying to determine the social cost of carbon so they can put a price on greenhouse gases for the economic damage they wreak


Grim western fire season starts much drier than 2020’s record year

A climate change-fueled megadrought of more than 20 years is making conditions that lead to fire even more dangerous


Opinion: Business and community partnerships can help create an environmentally sustainable future

Local partnerships with environmentally focused nonprofits are critical to helping conserve and restore natural ecosystems, implement climate change solutions and improve our community.

Opinion Columns

“A lot of big items still out there”: Colorado lawmakers have a massive to-do list with only a month left

There are about 250 pieces of active, unresolved legislation. And more meaty bills are being introduced by the day.

Politics and Government

Opinion: It’s time to recommit to controlling methane emissions to combat climate change

We need urgent action to curb oil and gas pollutants that threaten our health, especially for those living closest to development.

Opinion Columns

Colorado restaurants are funding farming and ranching projects that suck carbon from the atmosphere

Some see regenerative agriculture as a key way to reduce the amount of CO2 in the air worsening climate change.


Opinion: Through his veto threat, Polis is failing to deliver on campaign promises on renewables and climate change

The governor must keep his campaign promises and step into being a climate leader. He must support a climate bill – one that ensures we meet our greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Opinion Columns

Opinion: On the 51st Earth Day, we need bipartisanship on climate more than ever

Both sides of the political aisle need to collectively hear from us that change is needed. After all, politicians react to political will.

Opinion Columns

Study: Drought-breaking rains more rare, erratic in Colorado and the West

The consequences of the intense dry periods that pummeled the Rocky Mountains and the Colorado Plateau were severe — more intense and dangerous wildfires, parched croplands and not enough vegetation to support livestock and wildlife. And it's getting worse.

Sunrise brings mist and fog to Blue Mesa Reservoir near Gunnison, Colorado on January 22, 2021. According to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the statewide snowpack is currently at 73 percent of normal and the Gunnison Basin is at 50-70% of normal. Such low amounts of snow may create drought conditions. Blue Mesa is Colorado’s 2nd largest reservoir was formed by Blue Mesa Dam, is a 390-foot-tall earthen fill dam across the Gunnison River near Gunnison, Colorado, completed in 1966 by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation as part of the Colorado River Storage Project. The Colorado River Storage Project was created to manage the Colorado River, provide water storage, flood control and create hydroelectric power. Blue Mesa Reservoir is approximately 30 miles long with 96 miles of shoreline and spreads over 14 square miles in area. The reservoir can hold 940,700 acre feet of water. The Gunnison River is the Colorado River's 5th largest tributary. (Dean Krakel, Special to The Colorado Sun)

Aurora and Colorado Springs want more water. The proposed solution — a new reservoir — would have far-reaching impacts.

Two of Colorado's largest cities are working together because they have the same problem: Planners don’t think they have enough water where they are to support the cities’ expected growth.


Estimates of future Upper Colorado River Basin water use confound planning, report shows

Maybe it's time to give up on developing new Upper Basin projects, the Center for Colorado River Studies says, after all demand has been flat for three decades.


Opinion: As Biden orchestrates a response to climate change, Colorado can serve as a model

The conservation service corps system prepares us for a crisis such as climate.

Opinion Columns

Wind power cut Xcel Energy’s carbon emissions last year. But is the utility moving fast enough to meet goals?

Colorado’s largest electricity provider expects to have 4,400 MW of wind power by the end of the year. Details are expected in Xcel’s resource plan Wednesday.


A disillusioned ExxonMobil engineer quit to take action on climate change. He found his net-zero place in Arvada.

After 16 years of working for the oil giant, Dar-Lon Chang said Exxon would not address climate change. So he quit the sector for good, and began a new low-carbon life.


Here’s how Colorado’s free e-bike program fits into its plan to slow climate change

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