Environment

10:15am

Thu October 2, 2014
Agriculture

Cold Snaps Bookend Shortest Front Range Growing Season In 30 Years

Front Range farmers are attuned to how quickly weather can change. Fort Collins this year saw the earliest freeze since 1974.
Luke Runyon KUNC and Harvest Public Media

1:34pm

Tue September 30, 2014
Wildlife

Saving Sagebrush Helps More Than Grouse: Deer, Local Economy Benefit Too

Mule deer bucks in velvet Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge, also greater sage grouse habitat.
Tom Koerner U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Rolling sagebrush-covered foothills may seem like an almost commonplace symbol of the American West, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service calls it "one of the most imperiled ecosystems in America," threatened and fragmented by invasive species, wildfire, and development.

Loss of quality habitat has led to steep declines in the numbers of greater sage grouse, a bird that lives and breeds in the sagebrush. Because of this, many Western states are working on plans to improve and preserve the sagebrush steppe the birds rely on. Now, two new studies show that saving sagebrush can benefit more than just the grouse.

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1:12pm

Tue September 30, 2014
Emerald Ash Borer

Officials Introduce Ash Borer Parasite To Stem Boulder Infestation

An adult Tetrastichus wasp.
Credit Colorado Deptartment of Agriculture / APHIS

Agriculture officials are introducing stingless, parasitic wasps from Asia in an effort to control another non-native insect – the Emerald Ash Borer.

The tiny wasps (Tetrastichus Planipennisi) are a natural parasite of the invasive beetle, native to Asia,that has decimated the ash tree population across the U.S. EAB was found in the city of Boulder in 2013, the furthest west it has yet been found.

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5:00am

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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12:50pm

Mon September 29, 2014
Weather Nerding

Climate Change Unlikely To Have Caused 2013 Colorado Floods

A car on a flooded road in Boulder during the 2013 September floods.
Dan Greenwood KUNC

After the extreme rains of 2013 hit Colorado, scientists wanted to know if the intense weather event was linked to climate change. After a year's worth of research, they have concluded that the unusual rain event was not made more likely or worsened by human-caused climate change.

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