Press Clippings

April 17, 2014--Earth-size planet where water could exist discovered (Wall Street Journal)

For the first time, astronomers have discovered a world nearly the size of Earth orbiting a far star where water might exist as a life-giving liquid, scientists announced Thursday. Using the Kepler space telescope, Elisa Quinta


April 17, 2014--More, bigger wildfires burning western US over last 30 years (Science Daily)

ildfires across the western United States have been getting bigger and more frequent over the last 30 years -- a trend that could continue as climate change causes temperatures to rise and drought to become more severe in the coming decades, according to new research.

April 17, 2014--Ag life a trying endeavor (Durango Herald)

Agriculture is a difficult profession in the best of times, but it’s an even bigger challenge during a drought. That’s one of the many takeaways from Wednesday evening’s panel discussing current and future issues for local agriculture sponsored by the League of Women Voters of La Plata County.

April 17, 2014--Winds paint dusty picture for Colorado snowpack (Boulder Weekly)

The San Juan Mountains often feel the brunt of the dust events, but a recent surge of desert air brought a thick layer as far north as Summit County at the end of March. If you’ve been skiing in the high country lately and noticed the pinkish snow, no need to check your goggles.


April 16, 2014--Weather throws a curve (Environmental News Network)

Apparently the intense curve of the jet stream can predict the variability of an entire season and it is part of a 4,000 year pattern. Last winter's curvy jet stream in North America resulted in mild western temperatures and harsher cold temperatures in the east.


April 16, 2014--Jolted by reality, Colorado River water managers plan for persistent drought (Circle of Blue)

The severe risks of an extended drought in the Colorado River Basin – a shutdown of hydropower generation, functionally empty lakes, and restrictions on water use – are forcing the basin’s seven states to consider unprecedented changes in how they manage a scarce resource.


April 16, 2014--Drought regions show high levels of “water stress” (US News and World Report)

California’s drought has become the state’s worst on record, draining reservoirs and destroying crops. Yet it’s far from unique. Severely dry conditions are now afflicting about two-thirds of Texas, and droughts also are being felt in parts of Oklahoma, Minnesota and Colorado.

April 15, 2014--Mountain bounty (Cortez Journal)

In the mountain climate between Bayfield and Pagosa Springs, farmer Matt Brewer plans to harvest 400 to 600 of pounds of leafy greens each week from just one of his aquaponic greenhouses this summer. At Chimney Rock Farms on the Piedra River, Brewer has built two commercial-scale aquaponic greenhouses that house fish tanks and thousands of square feet of troughs w


April 15, 2014--Making dams safer for fish around the world (Science Daily)

Think of the pressure change you feel when an elevator zips you up multiple floors in a tall building. Imagine how you'd feel if that elevator carried you all the way up to the top of Mt. Everest -- in the blink of an eye. That's similar to what many fish experience when they travel through the turbulent waters near a dam.


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