Drought

November 21, 2012--U.S., Mexico sign pact on sharing water from Colorado River (Denver Post)

The United States and Mexico on Tuesday signed a pact for new rules on sharing water from the Colorado River, capping a five-year effort on how to spread the pain of drought a


November 20, 2012--Ag in eye of storm over climate policy (La Junta Tribune)

It’s too early to know how environmental policy will be influenced by the recent elections or whether the heat and drought of the last two years are part of a long-term global warming trend that can be mitigated by changes in human behavior.


November 19, 2012--World Bank sounds alarm on ‘cataclysmic’ climate change (Environmental News Service)

Time is running out to avoid devastating climate change, finds a new report commissioned by the World Bank and reviewed by some of the world’s top scientists.


November 17, 2012--U.S., Mexico to share pain of Colorado River drought (Durango Herald)

Government officials from the United States and Mexico have set a Tuesday date in San Diego to sign a landmark agreement to share Colorado River water during times of drought and surplus. A time and place for the announcement weren’t immediately made public. But International Boundary and Water Commission official Gustavo Ramirez on Friday confirmed the day and place.


November 17, 2012--Warmer, drier winter predicted, says NOAA (Fairplay Flume)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting a warmer- and drier-than-average winter for 2012-2013 after the El Niño weather pattern didn’t develop as predicted. When El Niño is present, warm water in the Pacific Ocean causes a shift in tropical weather patterns, which in turn affects the jet stream over the United States.


November 17, 2012--Global drought changed little last 60 years: a problem for global warming predictions? (Washington Post)

One of the worst droughts in U.S. history continues to plague about 60 percent of the country. Said drought may carry a $77 billion price tag according to a Purdue University estimate. An oft-referred to global warming projection is an increase in the frequency and intensity of droughts.


November 16, 2012--Train wreck coming on the Colorado River? (Grand Junction Free Press)

A heavy train is moving at 5 miles per hour toward… a cliff? A collision? And how far away might this unknown calamity be? These were the images and questions I was left with at the Upper Colorado River Basin Water Conference hosted by the Water Center at Colorado Mesa University Nov. 8-9. I deeply appreciate the fact that our presenters used such colorful language!


November 16, 2012--Lack of snow forces Monarch to delay opening (Colorado Springs Gazette)

Southern Colorado ski area Monarch Mountain announced Friday it won't open as planned Wednesday because of a lack of snow. The ski area, which relies on natural powder, has received little snowfall this fall, like most of the Colorado high country. It's the second year in a row the area, popular among Colorado Springs skiers, won't be able to open by Thanksgiving as planned.


November 11, 2012--U.S. endures near-record wildfire season (USA Today)

Nationally, the scorching heat and relentless drought this year helped spark a disastrous wildfire season. For only the third time on record, the total number of acres burned due to wildfires across the country so far this year has topped 9 million, according to data from the National Interagency Fire Center.


November 3, 2012--Denver cuts water use in drive to convert wasters to savers (Denver Post)

For population growth to continue, water managers warn, Westerners must use less — and probably spend billions on high-tech recycling and desalination plants.


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