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January 16, 2013--Report: Climate change already affects American people, economy (Boulder Daily Camera)
A new report warns that climate change driven by human activity already is affecting the American people and economy, with more frequent and intense heat waves, heavy downpours and, in some places, floods and droughts.
December 9, 2012--Doha outcome: Kyoto Protocol lives, global climate deal by 2015 (Environmental News Service)
At the UN’s annual climate change conference just concluded in Doha, 194 countries agreed to an extension of the Kyoto Protocol through 2020. But the second phase still omits the world’s two biggest greenhouse gas emitters – China and the United States. Without agreement at Doha the protocol would have expired in just 23 days.
It’s too early to know how environmental policy will be influenced by the recent elections or whether the heat and drought of the last two years are part of a long-term global warming trend that can be mitigated by changes in human behavior.
The federal Bureau of Reclamation is gradually opening turbines and bypass tubes at Glen Canyon Dam as part of a government program to restore the Grand Canyon's ecosystem. The river has run at about 8,000 cubic feet per second this fall but will ramp up to 42,300 cubic feet for 24 hours from Monday night into Tuesday, and the river will run high for five days.
More than anything else, climate change is a water problem. Scientists expect more coastal flooding and possibly more inland flooding. They expect higher temperatures and greater evaporation to deplete water resources, creating risks for the food supply. They believe sea-level rise will eventually render some regions uninhabitable.
Scientists are now using high-tech solutions to provide real-time forecast of the dangers of river floods caused by climate change and human activities to help avoid disasters. Not all countries are equal in the face of floods.
New research suggests that cutting down swaths of forest in snowy regions at least doubles -- and potentially quadruples -- the number of large floods that occur along the rivers and streams passing through those forests.
Even though it feels like winter is just getting started in the high country, Colorado water managers are starting to think about spring runoff, flooding and water storage. Denver Water will issue its first spring reservoir outlook early next month after the March 1 snowpack figures have been compiled, and the National Weather Service this week issued its first outlook for flood potential.
Increases in air pollution and other particulate matter in the atmosphere can strongly affect cloud development in ways that reduce precipitation in dry regions or seasons, while increasing rain, snowfall and the intensity of severe storms in wet regions or seasons, says a new study by a University of Maryland-led team of researchers.