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Analysis: As Colorado River Basin states confront water shortages, it’s time to focus on reducing demand

Colorado River Basin states have a problem even before considering climate change: There are more water rights on paper than there is water in the river.

Water

Opinion: 150 fire scientists urge the U.S. West to skip the fireworks this record-dry 4th of July

With the combination of extreme drought, heat and dry vegetation, all it takes is a spark to ignite a wildfire.

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Opinion: As megafires menace us, tech innovation can lead to smarter firefighting

This is a critical time to redefine our nation’s relationship with fire and build resilience in fire-prone areas. If 2020 taught us anything, it is that now is the time for change.

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Opinion: Rocky Mountain has it. Here’s why more national parks need a reservation system to get in.

The parks’ unrelenting popularity is making it impossible to preserve them “unimpaired.” Crowd control has become essential in the most popular parks.

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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.

Climate

Opinion: Was it a coup? No, but the U.S. Capitol siege was the election violence of a fragile democracy

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Connecting to nature is good for kids – but they may need help coping with a planet in peril

Families kept home by pandemic restrictions report mounting stress and deteriorating behavior in their children

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Opinion: Trillions in coronavirus spending is putting AOC’s favorite economic theory to the test

As the U.S. and other countries spend unprecedented amounts of money to aid companies, workers and their citizens during the coronavirus pandemic, modern monetary theory is getting a stress test.

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Opinion: How to use ventilation and air filtration to prevent the spread of coronavirus indoors

Once the virus escapes into the air inside a building, you have two options: bring in fresh air from outside or remove the virus from the air inside the building.

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Opinion: Is your neighborhood raising your risk? Redlining set Denver communities up for more coronavirus danger

But what makes Denver's Valverde so attractive to its residents might also have raised its risks amid the coronavirus pandemic. The westside neighborhood had the highest COVID-19 hospitalization rate in the city.

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Opinion: Denver residents refused to wear masks during 1918 pandemic. What have we learned?

Enforcement was an issue. Residents routinely refused to wear masks even when threatened with arrest and hefty fines. Soon Denver had the highest fatality rate in the nation.

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Opinion: National parks – even Mount Rushmore – show there’s more than one kind of patriotism

National Park Service sites like Mount Rushmore are public lands, meant to be appreciated by everyone, but they raise crucial questions about history, unity and love of country, especially during this election year.

Opinion

What every new baker should know about the yeast all around us

Stay-at-home orders have given rise to thousands of new bakers and brewers. They couldn't do any of it without yeast, a single-celled organism that packs a lot of power.

Culture

Opinion: How your employer uses perks like wellness programs, phones and free food to control your life

Opinion: Western states buy time with a 7-year Colorado River drought plan, but face a hotter, drier future

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Opinion: Women are rising in the conservation movement, but still face #MeToo challenges

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Opinion: Planned burns can reduce wildfire risks, but expanding use of “good fire” isn’t easy

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Opinion: America can afford a Green New Deal – here’s how

It's important to be realistic. So let's start by figuring out how much to spend over five years to build a greener economy.

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