Rocky Mountains

September 5, 2014--Melting permafrost could worsen water quality in the Rockies (Colorado Independent)

We may not yet know exactly how global warming will affect all the complex parts of Rocky Mountain ecosystems, but it’s not for lack of trying.


September 5, 2014--Forests dying as Rocky Mountains heat up (Beacon)

Nobody paid much attention at first when pine beetles started multiplying in the montane forests of Colorado in the late 1990s. Old-timers had seen it all before; a few years of beetle kill, then a long, hard early winter freeze that killed most of the bugs during their winter larval phase, suppressing numbers back down to an endemic background level.


May 23, 2013--Global warming: USGS study shows 20 percent decline in Rocky Mountain snow cover since 1980 (Summit Voice)

Long-time skiers often say that skiing was better in the good old days, and new research from the U.S. Geological Survey suggests that those claims are based on more than nostalgia — notwithstanding the occasional bumper crop of powder like in 2010-2011.


December 18, 2011--Nitrogen pollution building in remote wilderness lakes (Summit Voice)

Even some of the most remote mountain lakes in the northern hemisphere have been affected by the long reach of human pollution, according to researchers who found traces of nitrogen compounds in more than 75 percent of the lakes they surveyed in Europe and the Rocky Mountains of North America.


August 18, 2011--Trout numbers expected to plummet (Durango Telegraph)

Trout may just be the canary in the great Western coal mine. A team of 11 scientists has forecast a challenging future for the fish as climate change is expected to cut its habit in half by 2080. The research was published Monday and conducted by a team of 11 scientists from Trout Unlimited, the U.S. Forest Service, Colorado State University, the U.S.


May 12, 2011--La Nina brings flood risks, drought to the West (USA Today)

The winter and early spring have been extreme across the West, with record snowpacks bringing joy to skiers and urban water managers but severe flood risks to northern Utah, Wyoming and Montana. And despite all the wet weather in the Rockies and Sierra Nevada, parts of eastern Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona are in severe drought and gearing up for what is forecast as a bad fire season.


May 8, 2011--La Nina rules the West: Record snow year brings wild mixture of flood risk, drought and fire (Washington Post)

The winter and early spring have been extreme across the West, with record snowpacks bringing joy to skiers and urban water managers but severe flood risks to northern Utah, Wyoming and Montana. And despite all the wet weather in the Rockies and Sierra Nevada, parts of eastern Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona are in severe drought and gearing up for what is forecast as a bad fire season.


April 26, 2010--Report: Global warming may hit mountain areas harder (Summit Voice)

High mountain locations could be hit earlier and harder by global warming than surrounding terrain, according to the results of an Oregon State University study released last week. In some cases, temperatures at the mountaintops and ridges could warm three times as much as the air in nearby valleys.


March 12, 2010--Water shortages may hit northern Rockies (USA Today)

Much of the nation may be snow-weary, but farmers and ranchers who rely on winter snowpack in the northern Rockies for irrigation during the dry months of the growing season could face water shortages this summer unless more snow arrives soon.

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