colorado wildfires

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Extreme heat waves in a warming world don’t just break records — they shatter them

BY: - July 27, 2021

“Extreme heat waves in a warming world don’t just break records — they shatter them” originally appeared in The Conversation. Summer isn’t even half over, and we’ve seen heat waves in the Pacific Northwest and Canada with temperatures that would be hot for Death Valley, enormous fires that have sent smoke across North America, and […]

Neguse among Democrats uniting around ‘climate corps’ that could employ youth, prevent fires

BY: - July 21, 2021

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pledged on Tuesday to include a Civilian Climate Corps in a $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill later this year, as a broad swath of Democrats rallied around a framework of employing thousands of young people to do conservation work. Schumer (D-N.Y.) appeared with a handful of congressional Democrats, led by […]

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Skip the fireworks this record-dry Fourth of July, over 150 wildfire scientists urge the US West

BY: , , and - July 4, 2021

The heat wave hitting the northwestern U.S. and Canada has been shattering records, with temperatures 30 degrees Fahrenheit or more above normal. With drought already gripping the West, the intense heat has helped suck even more moisture from millions of acres of forests and grasslands, bringing dead vegetation in many regions to record-dry levels and […]

Biden to announce expanded federal wildfire efforts in meeting with Western governors

BY: - June 30, 2021

President Joe Biden will announce measures to expand the federal government’s wildfire response and mitigation efforts and increase pay for wildland firefighters during a meeting with Western governors and Cabinet officials on Wednesday, a senior administration official said. Fueled by climate change, extreme heat and drought across much of the West have led to a […]

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Heat dome leaves Colorado hot, dry and fiery

BY: - June 28, 2021

Nothing says summer in Colorado like exploring one of the state’s many breathtaking parks. However, from excessive heat warnings in Grand Junction and bad air alerts in Denver to smoke advisories in Eagle, hitting the trails could come with severe health and safety risks. While Colorado is no stranger to hot weather, the extreme, triple-digit temperatures […]

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This is the destruction that was predicted

BY: - June 25, 2021

In 1970, George S. Benton, in his time one of the nation’s leading atmospheric scientists, wrote about a rise in the Earth’s mean temperature since 1880.  “The cause of these changes has been under extensive study,” Benton wrote. “One factor is the steady increase in carbon dioxide which has been observed, presumably as a result […]

Biden to meet with Western governors about wildfires, vows to raise firefighter pay

BY: - June 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Tuesday that he will host a meeting next week of Western governors, Cabinet members and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials “to prepare for heat, drought and wildfires in the West.” Biden at a White House FEMA briefing also sharply criticized the low salaries paid to federal wildland firefighters. “There’s […]

Colorado wildfires: Latest updates on the 2021 fire season

BY: and - June 17, 2021

Colorado experienced an active start to the 2021 wildfire season, with multiple large fires burning tens of thousands of acres across the state in late spring and early summer. The early wildfire activity came one year after more than 650,000 acres burned in Colorado’s worst fire season on record and amid concerns from state and […]

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Climate of Resistance: The public is owed a fair share of natural resources wealth

BY: - June 2, 2021

The three biggest wildfires in Colorado history all occurred last year. The biggest fire in 2020 — that is, the state’s biggest fire ever — was more than 50% bigger than the biggest fire in any other year in the state’s history. The 20 biggest fires in state history have all occurred in the past […]

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Climate of Resistance: Enact local fracking bans

BY: - June 1, 2021

Climate change is too great a threat for Coloradans not to take bold and decisive action in response. The landmark Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report in 2018 said that to avoid the worst catastrophes of climate change people must limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Last year the planet reached 1.2 […]

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Veto of environmental justice bill would be a broken promise

BY: - May 28, 2021

As young leaders in Colorado, we have seen first-hand the devastating effects of climate change. We’ve lived through increasingly brutal wildfires, which destroyed homes, made our air quality the worst in the country last summer, and put both rural and urban communities on the front lines.  We need our elected officials to do everything in […]

Biden allocates $1B to prepare for hurricane, wildfire season

BY: - May 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is doubling the amount of federal funding to help states prepare for natural disasters like hurricanes and wildfires, he announced Monday. His administration is directing $1 billion to the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities program, which sends resources to communities, states, and tribal governments to prepare for extreme weather events. […]