Utah Climate Change News
Stories in this feed are from newspapers in Utah courtesy of Environmental Health News.
What’s inside the gnarly rock maze at Lehman Caves, Great Basin National Park, hardly seems like it could mirror the world outside. But it turns out the caves reflect not only what’s happening on Mount Wheeler and in the Snake Valley, but also centuries worth of global climate patterns.
In Utah, research links rising temperatures to beetle-kill forests and shrinking snowpacks. "The atmosphere is warming, we're getting an earlier snowmelt in the season and a faster snowmelt," said Robert Gillies, Utah State Climatologist.
A new study has found a strong link between climate change and wildfire.
The far western terai of Nepal raised its thirsty tongue skyward in mid-June, desperate for monsoon rains that villagers said were more than a month late. While some in the West dispute whether climate change even exists, its devastating effects are increasingly apparent in Nepal.
You could blame some of Utah’s wildfires on bad judgment - starting up a hot vehicle’s exhaust pipe on dry grass or target shooting on parched hillsides. You could point to bad luck, namely lightning and wind. But there is another culprit in all the blazes: climate change.
Cleaner air and less of the pollution blamed for climate change will be among the benefits Utahns and other Americans can expect as a result of a federal appeals court ruling on Tuesday.
Last Tuesday I attended the "unconventional fuels" conference. The participants know that the carbon trapped in Utah oil shale, if released to the atmosphere, will make the planet unlivable for humans. I tried to understand how they can sleep at night. At least seven denial strategies were evident.
The Tennessee governor is expected to sign into law this week a bill that would protect teachers who criticize or allow students to criticize scientific theories such as evolution and global warming.
Utah is among a dozen states across the country that flunked an exam gauging recognition of climate change, its impacts on water and how well policies and plans are equipped to meet those challenges.
Trust in science fell among self-identified conservatives by more than 25 percent between 1974 and 2010, according to a study released today by the American Sociological Review.