Wildfires

September 3, 2014--Report on climate change points to impact in the Southwest (Mancos Times)

In recent decades, changes in climate have caused impacts on natural and human systems on all continents and across the oceans. Changing precipitation or melting snow and ice are altering hydrological systems, affecting water resources in terms of quantity and quality. Negative impacts of climate change on crop yields have been more common than positive impacts.


August 28, 2014--New report covers wildfire impacts on water supplies, potentials for mitigation (Water World)

Throughout the last several years, there has been an increase in the frequency of severe wildfires across North America, ultimately raising concerns about the impacts on local natural resources such as water.


August 11, 2014--In Idaho and across the West, aspen trees are disappearing (Idaho Statesman)

Groves of aspen - the tall, skinny trees with telltale white bark and fluttering, glossy leaves - are unmistakable in East Idaho. But look for the cone-shaped tops of conifers living among the smaller aspen, and juniper trees creeping closer to the perimeter of the grove. It's not an example of species diversity; it's a death sentence. The most widespread tree in North America is disappearing.


July 25, 2014--Funding aims to reduce risk to local water supplies from wildland fires (Pagosa Daily Post)

As part of the Obama administration’s 'Climate Action Plan' to reduce carbon pollution while better preparing the nation for the impacts of climate, like longer, hotter and drier wildfire seasons, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael Connor today visited northern Colorado to see firsthand the efforts to protect the Colorado-Big Thompson Project water system, and announce an additional


July 11, 2014--Loss of snowpack and glaciers in rockies poses water threat (Environment 360)

When Rocky Mountain explorer Walter Wilcox hiked up to Bow Summit in Canada’s Banff National Park in 1896, he took a photo of a turquoise lake that later caught the eye of a National Geographic magazine editor. In the photo, which was eventually published, the glacier feeding the lake was just a mile upstream.


July 3, 2014--Climate-driven wildfires consume Forest Service budget (Bloomberg)

Wildfires blamed in part on climate change are consuming timber in the U.S. West at such a furious pace that half the Forest Service’s budget is now spent fighting them -- up from 21 percent in 2000. Add in the firefighting of other agencies, as well as state governments, and the bill to taxpayers runs in the billions of dollars each year.


June 15, 2014--Grazing on federal land under threat because of drought (Los Angeles Times)

There's not much anyone can tell Barry Sorensen about Idaho's Big Desert that he doesn't know. Sorensen, 72, and his brother have been running cattle in this sere landscape all their lives, and they've weathered every calamity man and nature have thrown at them — until this drought came along.


June 15, 2014--Water woes forcing big beer brewers to tighten tap (Associated Press)

Some of the largest brewers in the U.S. are trying to reduce their water-to-beer ratio as drought and wildfire threaten the watersheds where they draw billions of gallons every year. No independent group tracks beermakers' water usage, but MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch both say they have made reductions.


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