Posted inColoradans, Education, Environment, News

All the cool Colorado universities and colleges have one: a mountain campus

This fall, about 1,500 first-year University of Denver students will take turns descending winding mountain roads toward a cluster of rustic cabins, an open field containing a ropes course and barely any cellphone service. It’s something of a “digital desert,” said Jeremy Haefner, chancellor of the University of Denver,  but it offers an amenity hard […]

Posted inClimate, Environment, News

Experts at Colorado conference warn of “small window” to act amid deepening climate crisis

Some of the nation’s leading climate scientists Monday sounded an alarm about the urgency of addressing climate change over the next decade, as a key index used to measure humans’ impact on the warming planet ticked higher. “Unfortunately,” said Ko Barrett, a senior climate advisor to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and a vice […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Zornio: Outdoor enthusiasts in Colorado should prepare to face more extreme wildfires

The Ice Lakes Basin in the San Juan mountains is easily one of the most iconic alpine regions in Colorado. Located just outside of Silverton, the main trailhead offers a steep approach that leads to some of the most crystal clear blue water you can find. Combined with wildflowers, mountain goats and rugged peaks, it’s […]

Posted inClimate, News

Boulder climate activist’s self-immolation stirs questions on faith, protest

By Deepa Bharath and Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press After 50-year-old Wynn Bruce, a climate activist and Buddhist, set himself on fire in front of the U.S. Supreme Court last week, prompting a national conversation about his motivation and whether he may have been inspired by Buddhist monks who self-immolated in the past to protest […]

Posted inClimate, Environment, News, Water, Wildfire

Fire and rain: West to get more one-two extreme climate hits

By Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press The one-two punch of nasty wildfires followed by heavy downpours, triggering flooding and mudslides, will strike the U.S. West far more often in a warming-hopped world, becoming a frequent occurrence, a new study said. That fire-flood combination, with extreme drenchings hitting a spot that burned within a year, could increase as much as […]

Posted inClimate, Health, News

Climate change may push Colorado, the U.S. toward the “Goldilocks Zone” for West Nile Virus

By Melissa Bailey, Kaiser Health News Michael Keasling of Lakewood was an electrician who loved big trucks, fast cars, and Harley-Davidsons. He’d struggled with diabetes since he was a teenager, needing a kidney transplant from his sister to stay alive. He was already quite sick in August when he contracted West Nile virus after being […]

Posted inBusiness, Climate, Environment, News, Politics and Government

State lawmakers back off plan to ban sales of gas-powered lawn equipment in large swath of Colorado

Colorado lawmakers pushing a sweeping bill to try to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have backed off a controversial plan to ban the sale and advertising of gas-powered lawn equipment along the northern Front Range, including the Denver metro area.  Senate Bill 138 on Tuesday evening was stripped of a provision that would have prohibited the […]

Posted inBusiness, Environment, Growth, Housing, News, Politics and Government, Water

Renewable Water Resources wants Douglas County as the first customer for its San Luis Valley water export plan

By Chris Lopez,  Alamosa Citizen For an initial payment of $20 million, Douglas County can become a partner of Renewable Water Resources in its plan to export approximately 20,000 acre-feet of water per year from the San Luis Valley, according to an RWR proposal to the Douglas County Commissioners. In its proposal to Douglas County, […]

Posted inBusiness, Climate, COVID, Environment, News, Transportation

Colorado dangles free transit on bad pollution days. But will there be anyone to ride? Or drive?

Way back in 2019, when most of us wore masks only at Halloween, Jayne Neimann considered the Bustang a vital part of her life. The bougie commuter bus run by the state transportation department offered Wi-Fi, cushy seats and a chance to relax with her phone for an hour on her way to Denver, where […]