Environment

9:50am

Sat August 2, 2014
Wildfires

Colorado Homes Most Vulnerable To Wildfires

The Black Forest Fire was the most destructive in Colorado's history.
Credit USDA / inciweb.org

Colorado residents are more vulnerable than any other state in U.S. when it comes to potential damage or destruction from wildfires, with 83,174 homes located in areas with high-severity risk.

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6:00am

Fri August 1, 2014
Agriculture

Farmers On Colorado's Plains Work Through Modern Day Dust Bowl

Farmer John Schweiser, 80, has had to take shelter from recent dust storms. He also lived through the Dust Bowl in the 1930s.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

When the wind picked up from the south on John Schweiser’s farm outside Rocky Ford, Colorado, the sky would go black. A charging wall of dust would force the 80-year-old farmer and his wife to hunker down in their ranch-style farmhouse.

“You’d look up and here’d come this big ol’ rolling dirt,” Schweiser said. “You couldn’t see how high it was.”

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5:00am

Thu July 31, 2014
Weather Nerding

Yes, It's Been A Wet Summer – And It's Likely To Stay That Way

A Colorado state flag droops during two days of heavy rain.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

If you live in Northern Colorado or the Front Range and it feels like this summer has been wetter than normal, it's not your imagination.

Some parts of Weld County, including Greeley, have had twice as much rainfall this July as normal. Since May, much of the county has had about 9 inches of rain, also double what is expected for this period.

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7:28am

Wed July 30, 2014
Environment

Denver EPA Hearing Draws A Crowd

Coal supporters opposed to the EPA rules rally in front of the state capitol, July 29, 2014. The EPA hearing was being held nearby in downtown Denver the same day.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Hundreds of people are expected to testify in Denver on proposed rules to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. The Denver hearing is one of several the Environmental Protection Agency is hosting across the country on the plans.

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5:00am

Tue July 29, 2014
Environment

Hiking In The Ozone, And Learning About It Too

A CairClip, about the size of a 35mm film canister, is a portable ozone sensor that can be early carried -- including on this hike in Boulder.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

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