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Rising temperatures, extreme drought and giant wildfires batter Colorado ski industry

By Vicky Collins Photo: Jason Connolly / AFP - Getty Images

During the annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at Breckenridge Ski Resort in early December, thousands of people crowded onto Main Street under a bluebird sky.

12/25/21
                                                               

Renewable energy is reducing Colorado Springs’ carbon footprint

By Heidi Beedle Photo: Heidi Beedle

The Manitou Springs Water Treatment Plant, in partnership with the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority, announced they have finished installation of an in-pipe hydropower system, which is a small step toward Colorado Springs Utilities’ goal of an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030.

12/22/21
                                                               

Biden administration calls for ‘solar energy zones’ in Colorado

By The Associated Press Photo: Michael Quine AP, File

U.S. officials announced approval Tuesday of two large-scale solar projects in California and moved to open up public lands in other Western states, including Colorado, to potential solar power development, as part of the Biden administration’s effort to counter climate change by shifting from fossil fuels.

12/22/21
                                                               
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Infrastructure law may help Colorado’s aim to tackle poverty and climate change

By Sam Brasch

Colorado is trying to fight both poverty and climate change. They're doing so by retrofitting low-income homes after the state got a big boost from the infrastructure law. In this encore presentation, Sam Brasch of Colorado Public Radio reports.

12/22/21
                                                               

First-in-the-U.S. rules that give oil and gas industry leeway in slashing emissions OK’d in Colorado

By Mark Jaffe

Colorado air regulators have adopted a sweeping set of rules to slash methane emissions from oil and gas operations, including a controversial, first-in-the nation program giving industry a freer hand in determining how to cut pollution.

12/20/21
                                                               

Storms boost mountain snowpack, but drought persists as Denver sees warmest, driest last half of year

By Blair Miller Photo: Thomas Peipert/AP

Snow over the past week in Colorado’s mountains has boosted the meager snowpack, but it is still far below median levels, and the statewide drought has not improved as Denver sees its warmest and driest back half of a year ever.

12/16/21
                                                               

Cloud seeding gains steam as West faces worsening droughts

By Maddie Stone Photo: David Bogie/Idaho Power Company

As the first winter storms rolled through this month, a King Air C90 turboprop aircraft contracted by the hydropower company Idaho Power took to the skies over southern Idaho to make it snow.

11/21/21
                                                               

Colorado program gives new life to old solar panels

By YCC Team Photo: Richard Stromberg

Solar technology is improving quickly, so many people are upgrading their solar panels to new, more efficient models. But when they do, their old solar panels often end up in a landfill.

11/12/21
                                                               

From Western Slope to Eastern Plains, Colorado agriculture under pressure to adapt to warming world

By Judith Kohler Photo: Helen H. Richardson , The Denver Post

Not long after Paul Bruchez’s family bought a ranch along the Colorado River near Kremmling, his father became ill amid a crippling drought in 2002 that left them without irrigation water.

09/22/21
                                                               

Fueled by climate change, costly Southwest drought isn’t going away

By Rong Fu and others Photo: Roger Kisby , Bloomberg News

With absent rainy seasons, depleted snowpack, widespread heat waves, unprecedented wildfires and low reservoirs, the American West has experienced an extraordinary drought since early 2020. To inform and prepare Americans for droughts like this one, three questions are critical to answer: How bad is this drought? What caused it? When will it end?

09/21/21