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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.

Environment
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)

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.

Climate

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

News

The road to greenhouse gas cuts: Are Colorado drivers ready?

Power plants and oil drillers are cutting back emissions, now this is the year your car gets involved.

Environment

Coronavirus prepared schools for a second crisis — the East Troublesome fire. But students now have double the trauma.

Schools in Granby and Fraser recognize that students will likely need much more support

Education

Wildfires make work to reduce Colorado’s greenhouse gas emissions even more crucial, Gov. Polis says

In an address to state air-quality regulators, Polis reaffirmed ambitious climate-related goals. But some say the roadmap to reach them lacks urgency.

Environment

Opinion: For our children’s future, we must vote for our climate

Opinion Columns

Denver’s unique sales tax to fight climate change could be a blueprint for future action nationwide

Ballot measure 2A is part of Denver’s efforts to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in the city, but some are concerned about regressive nature of the tax

News

Where Donald Trump and Joe Biden split on Colorado issues in presidential race

The presidential contest shows clear differences on major policies that will impact Colorado

Election 2020

Colorado releases its plan to slash greenhouse gases, leaving some environmental groups wanting more

The Colorado Greenhouse Pollution Reduction Roadmap, nine months in the making, quickly drew flak when it was released on Wednesday

In Colorado, where climate change is front and center, John Hickenlooper is favored to unseat Cory Gardner

The GOP incumbent is linked to Trump, while the moderate, pro-fracking former governor is called “Frackenlooper” by progressives.

Environment

Is Colorado leading or lagging on climate policy? It depends on which states you’re comparing us to.

On the one hand, the state has adopted some of the most ambitious climate laws in the county; on the other, critics say Gov. Jared Polis’ administration has failed to use the laws to their fullest.

Environment

Michael Bennet: Time is running out on climate change. Trump must go.

Opinion Columns

A Boulder County zip code produced the nation’s most greenhouse gas per person, study says

The zip code that produced the most greenhouse gas per person was in the mountains of western Boulder County, where the 23,811 pounds per person is 18 times higher than in the San Francisco zip code

Environment

A world-renowned climate research site near Crested Butte is now protected by a conservation easement

Colorado Open Lands’ easement on 270 acres to protect the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab prevents development and serves as a model for management of conserved land

Environment

Opinion: Here’s why our Colorado communities are demanding climate justice

Opinion Columns

Opinion: For Colorado local governments, suing over climate change is not the answer

Opinion Columns

Opinion: The coronavirus underscores the urgency of addressing social justice

Opinion Columns

Opinion: Stronger methane rules will benefit the West Slope and Front Range alike

Opinion Columns

Opinion: Don’t exacerbate climate change; protect the Arctic Refuge

Opinion Columns
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