Colorado Climate Change News
Stories in this feed are from newspapers in Colorado courtesy of Environmental Health News.
Scientists with the UK’s University of Southampton say they may have documented another unanticipated global warming feedback loop, as sea surface temperatures in coastal regions appears to be rising up to 10 times faster than the global average.
A new analysis on western wildfires by Climate Central found that blazes seen this summer are now seven times more likely to occur than they were 70 years ago because of a continued warming trend, researchers say.
Climbing temperatures in the Southern Ocean continue to nibble away at the Antarctic ice sheet, as the drainage glaciers at the edge of the frozen continent speed up. Those changes could have a significant effect on the massive interior ice fields, according to researchers.
Researchers at MIT say extreme rainfall in the Earth’s tropical regions appear to be more sensitive to global warming than other parts of the world.
Mountain pine beetles are running out of food, but the next significant cycle of insect infestation has already reached epidemic proportions in the south-central Rockies, where spruce beetles are devastating stands of mature spruce trees.
It’s very likely that human-caused global warming will disrupt the natural cycles of glaciation that have prevailed in recent millennia, and that could spell trouble for species that have relied on bridges of sea ice to maintain genetic diversity.
"Finding Nemo" may be harder than ever, as global warming devastates its coral reef habitats, so environmental activists this week petitioned the federal government to protect the fish, along with several other related species, under the Endangered Species Act.
A new EPA-sanctioned clean air plan could be just what the doctor ordered for Rocky Mountain National Park, where rangers had to hoist ozone warnings 17 times this summer.
Concentrations of heavy metals in the upper Snake River have increased by as much 400 percent in recent decades, with potentially serious consequences in a watershed that, in certain reaches, is already deadly to aquatic bugs and trout.
Climate change, prolonged drought and increased populations in wildfire-prone areas position Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West for more devastating wildfires the magnitude of the High Park Fire three months ago.