(June 20, 2012)
Associated Press/ Denver Post
Firefighters are making progress on a 93-square-mile wildfire in northern Colorado that has destroyed more homes than any other in state history. However, it could be weeks, or even months, before it is completely contained, and more residents have been warned of the possibility for evacuation. This article covers the High Park Fire, as well as summarizing others across Colorado and the entire country. Current fires burning can be found on the Forest Service’s Active Fire Mapping Program here.
(June 20, 2012)
Warming trends have been shown for every state across the US, but the rate of warming differs greatly between states. This page and interactive map summarizes research findings and presents the rate of change for each state individually by clicking on the states.
(June 15, 2012)
A combination of population growth and climate change will threaten Washington’s water supply over the next 20 years, according to a report released by the state’s Department of Ecology. Water needed for irrigation and public use will be strained, as well as stream flows that support fish in the Columbia River and its tributaries.
(June 13, 2012)
EE News Daily via Redlodge Clearinghouse
A group of Western senators is trying to double the farm bill’s funding for U.S. Forest Service efforts to fight the bark beetle. Funding spent on fighting the infestation would go to $200 million from the current $100 million spent annually. Senate leaders have not yet reached an agreement on how amendments to the farm bill will be handled or which ones would get a vote. Western senators have also proposed amendments that would allow the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management to partner with state foresters to carry out forest health projects.
(June 12, 2012)
New research shows that climate change will make wildfires in the West more frequent over the next 30 years, and that almost all of North America and most of Europe will see an increase in wildfires by the year 2100.