Climate Change


Thu October 30, 2014

Wyoming's Campaign And Classroom Balancing Act On Climate Change

Republican campaign signs cover a roadside shack near Alpine, Wyoming.
Leigh Paterson Inside Energy

As Election Day approaches, candidates are using the issue of climate change science in the classroom to mobilize their bases. This is especially true in Wyoming, because with just over half a million residents, elections are generally decided by just a handful of votes.

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Wed October 29, 2014

Seed Banks Guard Against An Uncertain Ag Future, Not 'Doomsday'

Cary Fowler, who spearheaded the construction of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on a Norwegian island, speaks at Colorado State University.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Close to a million seed packets are tucked inside a frozen mountain fortress on a Norwegian island - the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. It includes samples from similar vaults in Fort Collins, Colorado and Ames, Iowa, and gene banks throughout the world. The man who pushed for the vault’s creation, Cary Fowler, says the vault will be essential to farmers as they adapt to climate change.

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Mon October 13, 2014
Climate Change

In Four Corners, Satellite Sees Hot Spot Of Leaking Methane

The Four Corners area (red) is the major U.S. hot spot for methane emissions in this map showing how much emissions varied from average background concentrations from 2003-2009 (dark colors are lower than average; lighter colors are higher).
NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Michigan

Down in the Four Corners area, near the towns of Durango, Colorado, and Farmington, New Mexico, a NASA satellite has spotted an unexpected hot spot of methane leaks.

Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas and a precursor to ozone, an air pollutant. In a paper published online in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, lead researcher Eric Kort, of the University of Michigan, and other scientists report that the region may be responsible for 10 percent of the total U.S. methane emissions from the natural gas sector.

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Tue September 30, 2014
Climate Change

Colorado's Iconic Aspens Face Steep Decline From Climate Change

Aspens outside of Frisco, in Summit County, Colorado.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

In late September and early October, Coloradans swarm to the mountains, clutching cameras and phones, hoping to experience the magical transformation of aspens from green to gold.

A few decades from now, though, those glorious aspen stands are likely to be fewer, as global climate change shifts the places where aspen grow and thrive.

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Wed August 27, 2014

There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 5:29 pm

Joe Giersch, an ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, studies stoneflies that live only in the melt from glaciers and snowpack in the northern Rockies.
Clint Muhlfeld USGS

The northern arm of the Rocky Mountains is sometimes called "the crown of the continent," and its jewels are glaciers and snowfields that irrigate large parts of North America during spring thaw.

But the region is getting warmer, even faster than the rest of the world. Scientists now say warming is scrambling the complex relationship between water and nature and could threaten some species with extinction as well as bring hardship to ranchers and farmers already suffering from prolonged drought.

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