climate change

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Without snowmaking to fill in nature’s gaps, the chairlifts wouldn’t be running right now. And as Aspen Skiing Company taps area creeks to make it possible, it’s not without concern that it’s depleting natural resources.

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Aspen mayor Steve Skadron is showing that all politics is local, particularly when it comes to climate change. He and many other mayors across the country are hoping the president-elect will listen. Aspen Public Radio’s Elizabeth Stewart-Severy sat down with Skadron last week to discuss the role that local governments will play in protecting the climate under the next administration.

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Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron is joining leaders of cities across the United States in signing a letter urging President-elect Donald Trump to take action on climate change.

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Mayor Steve Skadron is speaking on a panel about green cities in Dubai this week. It is the third major international environmental conference for Skadron since he represented Aspen at the UN climate talks in Paris last December. Skadron has also spoken at events in Taiwan and Seoul, South Korea.

Sloan Shoemaker, Executive Director of Wilderness Workshop, and Will Roush, Conservation Director of Wilderness Workshop, discuss the organization's role in conserving and protecting public lands today and what the future holds. Challenges include overpopulation and climate change, but the Workshop remains optimistic. Visit www.WildernessWorkshop.org for more information and links to events and membership.

Renowned tropical ecologist Thomas Lovejoy discusses his half-century of research in the Amazon basin from the first non-indigenous navigation of the world’s biggest river , to issues of possible die-back today.

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The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies is hosting Dr. Thomas Lovejoy in a lecture this evening focusing on his 30 years of research as a conservation biologist. Lovejoy’s work has earned him the title, “godfather of biodiversity” and experts say his findings are key for understanding global warming.

Elise Thatcher

Eagle County Commissioners are getting together to talk about big issues, and they want to do that in the Roaring Fork Valley. Housing, climate change, and early childhood development are the first topics for what are being called “Community Conversations.”

Aspen Global Change Institute

When it comes to impacts from climate change, communities across the world are in trouble. That’s according to a Portugal-based professor of Environmental Psychology. Jose Palma spoke in Aspen about how communities must become more resilient. He told Marci Krivonen ecosystems are increasingly vulnerable and societies are stressed, and less able to handle change. Jose Palma is with the University of Lisbon. He gave a public lecture Wednesday on behalf of the Aspen Global Change Institute.

Website details how climate change will alter forests

Nov 11, 2015
forestforecasts.org

The look of the forests in the Roaring Fork Valley may be dramatically different in the future. High elevation forests could be replaced with lower growing species like aspens. A new website shows how forests in the American West will look different under climate change. The local nonprofit Aspen Center for Environmental Studies worked with scientists to develop the site. Jamie Werner is Forest Program Director at ACES. Her laptop’s propped open and she’s clicking around the site,...

Aspen Skiing Company

Before the chairlifts start turning, the Aspen Skiing Company is providing a glimpse of how the upcoming season is shaping up. Company executives talked about the business outlook and efforts to combat climate change during a presentation to the Pitkin County commissioners Tuesday (10/20). Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports. Aspen Skiing Company President and CEO Mike Kaplan began the hour-long presentation with a weather forecast. "I prefer to go with the most optimistic forecast....

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Water officials are presenting a final Roaring Fork Regional Water Efficiency Plan this week. The Pitkin County commissioners will hear how water can be conserved ahead of increased demand. Work on the water efficiency plan began in 2012, when the Roaring Fork Valley was experiencing drought. Major water providers from Aspen to Glenwood Springs joined an effort to plan for a drier future. The plan’s recommendations include water conservation outreach and incentives for people to be more...

Expert to speak in Aspen about urbanization

Oct 12, 2015
Aspen Global Change Institute

An expert in urbanization and land use change is speaking in Aspen Tuesday. She has advice for land use planners in Aspen. Karen Seto is a professor at Yale. She studies why cities are growing, how they grow and how their growth impacts the environment. People are moving to cities at a more rapid pace than ever before. And, urban areas generate three-quarters of global greenhouse gas emissions. She says urbanization increases demand for resources. “ We don’t have the luxury to say, ‘What’s...

Gov. Hickenlooper supports Obama's Climate Action Plan

Aug 10, 2015
Marci Krivonen

A discussion at the Aspen Institute Monday (8/10) featuring Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper touched on a range of issues: foreign policy, teen pregnancy, marijuana and climate change. On climate change, Hickenlooper says it’s important to have clean air at high altitude. He supports President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and intends to enact it in Colorado. "Even if the courts were to throw out (the EPA rules) by saying the President didn’t have the authority - I think that’s unlikely to...

Texas Tech University

A renowned climate scientist spoke in Aspen Tuesday about connecting the global challenge of climate change to local response. Katharine Hayhoe spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen about how climate change impacts Aspen and, the controversial White House plan announced Monday to cut carbon emissions.

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Aspen City Council is getting behind a national effort to address climate change. On Monday council gave initial support for what’s called a “Carbon Fee and Dividend” proposal. In June seven Roaring Fork Valley residents, including an Aspen city staffer, traveled to Washington DC to sway elected officials to support the Carbon Fee and Dividend policy proposal. It would apply a fee to carbon-based fuels. Revenues from the fee would be returned to households across the country. Aspen resident...

Featured speakers: Kathryn Sullivan , Andrew Revkin While the basics of greenhouse-driven global warming are clear, translating these into specific local and regional impacts remains challenging — including how warm it will get and what will happen to regional weather patterns, particularly precipitation.

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A group of Western towns known as the “ Mountain Pact ” are sending a letter to Washington DC this week, urging lawmakers to hold the coal industry accountable. The group wants royalty payments from coal to fund efforts by communities to adapt to climate change. The City of Aspen is part of the Mountain Pact. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Ashley Perl, who’s working on the effort for the city of Aspen. Ashley Perl is the Director of the City of Aspen’s Canary Initiative.

EPA Head: Climate Change An "Economic Issue" For Aspen

Jan 22, 2015
Marci Krivonen

The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency told a small crowd in Aspen Thursday that action on climate change is needed now. Administrator Gina McCarthy timed her visit with the Winter X Games, to reach a younger crowd. McCarthy’s visit was in conjunction with Protect Our Winters, a climate change advocacy group led by snow sports athletes. Standing next to the ski gondola, McCarthy emphasized how action on climate change is critical to economies like Aspen’s. "Having snow here is...

Mountain Edition - January 22nd, 2015

Jan 22, 2015

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition. The Winter X Games are once again in the Upper Roaring Fork Valley. Officials try to shed light on a lack of childcare in our region. A major landowner in Aspen is asking elected leaders for an extension for one of his development proposals. Aspen’s Police Chief reports back from a statewide conference about pot and public safety And a troubled Carbondale elementary school will need a new principal next year. Officials in Garfield County get an update on an oil and gas study. And doctors in Glenwood Springs are lending a hand with radon testing. Aspen’s mayor heads to Washington. And we stop by a long running nordic ski area in the Mid Valley.

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