Carbon Pollution Puts CO "On Thin Ice"

03-28-2012 // Kathleen Ryan - Public News Service (CO)

This excerpt is from Public News Service - CO

Warming winters threaten Colorado's outdoor traditions, according to a report released Tuesday during what may be the driest March in state history.

It's been a wild month in Colorado, with record high temperatures, little snow, and red-flag wind and fire warnings. The Front Range is experiencing the driest March on record, with virtually no measurable snowfall. Instead of snow, there are flames - with the North Fork and other wildfires forcing evacuations, leaving two people dead, destroying dozens of homes and scorching thousands of acres.

The report confirms that Colorado faces one of its smallest snowpacks ever - 70 percent of 30-year norms, according to David Ellenberger, National Wildlife Federation regional outreach coordinator.

"The trend lines all indicate that the West is on a bad trajectory towards warmer, drier winters that are going to cause some problems in the long run."

This is the fourth-warmest winter on record in Colorado, he says, and the other three have occurred in the past two decades. The NWF report, "On Thin Ice," ties the changing climate conditions to carbon pollution.

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