Wildfires

April 3, 2015--Drought is just the start of California climate woes, says report backed by business heavyweights (Sacramento Business Journal)

California's coastal properties, water supplies, agricultural heartland and overall economy could take huge hits by 2050, and bigger ones later, unless we take "immediate action," warns a report backed by Tom Steyer, Henry Cisneros, Hank Paulson and Michael Bloomberg, among other business and policy honchos.


December 18, 2014--MillerCoors, Pepsi, Wells Fargo donate $1M to Colorado forests (Denver Business Journal)

The money will help pay for the nonprofit to spend three years designing, implementing, and measuring the progress of forest restoration projects intended to "improve water security" for the Denver metro area and also reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires.


November 22, 2014--Thinning projects would yield water (Payson Roundup)

Thinning Northern Arizona’s forests could increase runoff by 20 percent, which would restore streams, wetlands, springs and produce more water for Phoenix and other cities, according to a just-completed study by researchers from Northern Arizona Univer­sity.


November 13, 2014--Lightning strikes will increase due to climate change--Pay attention Colorado (The Guardian)

Lightning will strike far more frequently in a world under climate change – but researchers can still not predict exactly where or when those strikes will occur.


September 19, 2014--How the hot and dry West is killing Rocky Mountain forests (High Country News)

Severe fires, unprecedented bark beetle infestations, heat and drought – all exacerbated by climate change – are killing trees throughout the Rocky Mountains. So whether you’re a fan of New Mexico’s piñon pines, Colorado’s aspens or Montana’s whitebark pines, the West’s forests could look radically different in 50 to 100 years.


September 3, 2014--Report on climate change points to impact in the Southwest (Mancos Times)

In recent decades, changes in climate have caused impacts on natural and human systems on all continents and across the oceans. Changing precipitation or melting snow and ice are altering hydrological systems, affecting water resources in terms of quantity and quality. Negative impacts of climate change on crop yields have been more common than positive impacts.


August 28, 2014--New report covers wildfire impacts on water supplies, potentials for mitigation (Water World)

Throughout the last several years, there has been an increase in the frequency of severe wildfires across North America, ultimately raising concerns about the impacts on local natural resources such as water.


August 11, 2014--In Idaho and across the West, aspen trees are disappearing (Idaho Statesman)

Groves of aspen - the tall, skinny trees with telltale white bark and fluttering, glossy leaves - are unmistakable in East Idaho. But look for the cone-shaped tops of conifers living among the smaller aspen, and juniper trees creeping closer to the perimeter of the grove. It's not an example of species diversity; it's a death sentence. The most widespread tree in North America is disappearing.


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