Drought

October 3, 2012--Ranchers see increase in grass thefts amid drought (Aurora Sentinel)

Petty crime and burglaries aren’t unusual in New Mexico’s isolated Guadalupe County, but lately Sheriff Michael Lucero has seen thieves steal something a bit unexpected — grass.


Dying Southwest Trees Causing Erosion and Water Loss

In another Science Daily article, new research indicates that a combination of drought and mountain pine beetle attacks are the primary forces that have killed more than 2.5 million acres of


October 1, 2012--Climate trends to trigger massive change in SW forests (Summit Daily)

Forests of the southwestern U.S. may be on the verge of dramatic changes in the coming decades, as a warming climate may squeeze many species of their narrow ecological niche. New research shows that Southwest drought conditions in recent years are as intense as they were during the historic megadroughts of the 1200s and 1500s.


September 23, 2012--Climate Central reveals telling study of climate change & wildfire (Summit Daily)

A new analysis on western wildfires by Climate Central released Sept. 18 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.


September 21, 2012--Federal officials: Climate change hits home (Durango Herald)

Hotter temperatures, shorter winters, more beetles, larger wildfires and dwindling fiscal resources: This is the sobering future in store for U.S. forests, according to two government officials. In a meeting Thursday with the editorial board of The Durango Herald, Harris Sherman, undersecretary of natural resources and environment at the U.S.


September 21, 2012--Gov.: State has learned from this year’s drought, but more action needed (Greeley Tribune)

Through lessons learned this year, Colorado is better prepared for continued drought and future rounds of dry weather, Gov. John Hickenlooper told water providers, experts, producers and others who attended a drought conference in Denver this week.


September 20, 2012--Drought drives Hick to consider: How many people is too many? (Denver Post)

Drought is driving Gov. John Hickenlooper and senior state planners to ask how many people Colorado could sustain in the future.


September 17, 2012--Forest management proves to be a delicate balance (Longmont Times)

Fifteen years ago, the U.S. Forest Service boldly announced a goal of eradicating hazardously overgrown forests nationwide by 2015. That goal is long gone. The threat to Colorado homes in 2013, it now appears, will likely be as high as ever. Forest restoration and bush clearance have lagged even as new housing is built in threatened areas.


September 14, 2012--Drought nears record levels (USA Today)

The drought scorching the nation has reached a level surpassed only twice before in recorded weather history. The National Climatic Data Center reported this week that 57.2% of the contiguous USA is "moderately to extremely dry," a percentage topped only during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s and during another drought in the mid-1950s.


September 12, 2012--Who’s consuming the most water in Durango? (Durango Herald)

Fall is finally providing some relief after a summer when drought sent half the counties in the United States into disaster status. Images of dry river beds, parched fields and kernel-less corn filled airwaves across the county. La Plata County saw those same images up close as the Animas River shrunk to near-record lows and crops shriveled in parched fields.


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