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Environment
9:55 am
Fri October 11, 2013

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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Arts
4:00 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Christo Hasn’t Given Up on Colorado Project

Steve Coffin, Jonita Davenport, Christo, and Vince Davenport.
Elise Thatcher

World renowned artist Christo still hopes to do an ambitious art installation in Central Colorado. Well known for The Gates, a New York City Central Park installation in 2005, he’s now proposing a project called Over the River. In it, fabric panels would be suspended over sections six miles of the Arkansas River. Christo’s work is often controversial, so it’s no surprise the proposal has met stiff opposition here.

Note: Want to hear Christo's entire talk at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center? Scroll the bottom of this post for full unedited audio.

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Science
4:25 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Climate Change and Conflict and the Media

Figure from Solomon Hsiang, Marshall Burke, and Edward Miguel's "Quantifying the Influence of Climate on Human Conflict." Modern empirical estimates for the effect of climatic events on the risk of interpersonal violence.
Credit Solomon Hsiang, et al / Science, 2013

ROGER ADAMS, HOST: Global temperatures on are the rise, and scientists predict that that will make for more extreme weather events—things like higher temperature spikes, drought, and more intense storms. And a team of researchers has made headlines by quantifying how much increased violence comes from extreme shifts in climate.

Aspen Public Radio’s science reporter Ellis Robinson, joins us on Valley Roundup. Hey Ellis.

ELLIS ROBINSON, REPORTER: Hey Roger.

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Science
4:50 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Study: River Forecasting in Rockies Needs Dusting

Dust on snow is easily visible to human eyes. And Satellites too. Burgess-Bryant is involved in a project that assesses dustfall on snowpack using satellite imagery.
Credit NASA

Snow in the Upper Colorado River Basin provides water for seven states.  Farmers, factories, and families alike depend on this water, and a considerable amount of effort goes into understanding and forecasting how much melt is going to come from the snowpack, and when.  

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Mountain Edition
3:43 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Mountain Edition - July 18th, 2013

Pitkin County’s library is moving ahead with designs to expand, but the plan is significantly scaled back because voters turned down funding the project.

In Southwest Colorado, a massive wildfire closed down businesses in tourist towns. Now businesses are trying to recover...They’re applying for special loans.

We’ll talk about fire with Congressman Scott Tipton. In response to deadly forest fires he has sponsored legislation to thin forests so they are less explosive.

And, we’ll make a trek to Gothic, Colorado on the other side of the Maroon Bells where scientists have been studying a colony of marmots....for more than 50 years.

Finally today...The Thompson Divide Coalition’s attempt to buy out oil and gas company leases is not new...It’s been tried in other Western states.

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