Environment

9:06pm

Sun October 13, 2013
Oil & Gas

New Air Regs Could Be in Colorado’s Oil & Gas Future

Jennifer Richardson, Garfield County resident after an October 9th meeting held by Grand Valley Citizens Alliance, Roaring Fork Sierra Club, Wilderness Workshop, Western Colorado Congress, and Conservation Colorado.
Credit Elise Thatcher

Colorado has a problem with air pollution… levels of ozone have been going up, and that can cause health problems. So the state is taking a look at tightening up air regulations for drilling companies. But, some say much is being done already. 

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9:55am

Fri October 11, 2013
Environment

Drought Linked to Spruce Beetle Outbreaks in Colorado's Northern Mountains

Forests like this one in Colorado's northern mountains have been hit hard by the Spruce Beetle. Now researchers are finding a link between drought and the beetle outbreaks.
Credit CU Boulder

Large swathes of spruce forests in the Northern Colorado mountains are dying due to the Spruce Beetle. Now, researchers are linking these massive beetle outbreaks to drought. The beetles’ impact on forests has the potential to be more devastating in Colorado than the mountain pine beetle. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Sarah Hart, the lead author of the study. She says her team went over 300 years of drought data.

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9:53am

Tue October 1, 2013
Environment

Dust in Colorado Helps Solve European Glacier Mystery

Alps, summer 2012.
Peter Holy/University of Michigan

For several years, researcher Tom Painter has been examining what happens when dust gets on snow. At the same time, on a much larger scientific level, there research on European glaciers… and why they started melting in the mid 1800’s.

Tom Painter: “It’s funny on public television I heard somebody talking about the end of the little ice age in the Alps around 1850 and that’s when temperatures started going up. And I was yelling at the television ‘NO! That’s not when temperatures were going up!’ ”

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5:11pm

Mon September 16, 2013
Front Range Floods

State Climatologist: Heavy Rains Over Multiple Areas at Once is Rare

The rain storms that brought deadly flooding to the Front Range are not normal for this time of year. In mid-September, summer thunderstorms typically give way to clear skies.
Credit Flickr (Creative Commons)/Nurpu

In most years, summertime thunderstorms in Colorado give way to clear skies in mid-September. But, not this year. Colorado State Climatologist Nolan Doesken says one of the unique parts of the torrential rains that flooded the Front Range last week is the pattern. Storms bringing heavy rain simultaneously over multiple places. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with him about the storms.

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9:59am

Mon September 9, 2013
Environment

More Bumblebees Spotted on Front Range

A western bumblebee.
Credit Stephen Ausmus / US Department of Agriculture

Bees around the world have been having a rough time for several years. Populations are going down, even completely disappearing in some places. Researchers haven’t fully figured out what’s wrong; pesticides are among one of the possible culprits. 

Now some good news from the Front Range about what’s called the Western Bumblebee. More and more are showing up in a multi-year study near Boulder. CU Boulder Professor Carol Kearns says it’s easy to spot them, because they have, well, white “butts,” or part of their abdomen. Kearns talks with Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher.

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