Wildfires

June 13, 2015--White House provides $100 million in aid to drought-stricken West (Washington Post)

As a third of the West copes with severe drought, the Obama administration announced Friday it would provide more than $100 million to help affected communities and combat wildfires in the region. The funding comes on top of the more than $190 million federal agencies have already spent to help communities in the West, and is separate from the at least $1.2 billion the Agriculture Dep


May 8, 2015--California wildfire concerns rise after drought kills 12.5m trees (Guardian)

An astonishing 12.5m trees have died in California, unable to survive a harsh fourth year of drought, according to a US government study. The news of the massive tree die-offs came this week, after the United States Forest Service, a Department of Agriculture agency, released the results of an aerial survey it undertook in April over 8.2m acres of forest.


May 4, 2015--Western towns hard-hit by climate change unite, target coal for funds (Denver Post)

Ten Western mountain towns feeling the effects of climate change are launching a campaign that targets the coal industry, seeking hundreds of millions of dollars a year from companies to help communities adapt.


May 1, 2015--A draft of Colorado’s proposed water plan may not be trickling down to the people? (Colorado Independent)

Water fights run deep in this state, and officials long avoided drafting a plan for what to do about it. But Gov. John Hickenlooper knows avoidance is no longer an option; water is running out. As Colorado’s population rises, the gap between supply and demand is expected to grow to millions of gallons of water per day by 2050.


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.


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