Tag: Climate

Mega Drought in Western US

But bring up the American West’s worst drought in 1,200 years and their reverie turns to head-shaking anxiety and disgust. They may have more water than most — hundreds of miles from fallowing farms in Arizona or browning lawns in Los Angeles — but they know that on the Colorado River system, the massive, unchecked demand for water downstream is threat to everything upstream.

“It takes millions of gallons of water for a golf course,” Tharrett said. “It’s going to reach a point when people have to decide, ‘Do I survive or do I play golf? Should I have a lawn in the desert or pay a $100 for a basket of berries?'”

“How long can we do this?” Williams said of the Flaming Gorge releases. “It’s limited to a few years. The rest of it is going to depend on how long do we persist in the drought, and where does our water use go? We’re going to have to learn to live with the water we have, and the use we’ve sustained for the last several decades is going to change.”

The Southwest’s unchecked thirst for Colorado River water could prove devastating upstream

Denver Air Quality – Bad

Photo taken on Saturday. Here’s what the Times has to say:

By one measure, wildfires — intensified by drought and climate change — rival transportation as the largest source of potentially deadly air pollution in California. And in recent weeks, the accumulating haze and smoke from California’s fires and high ozone levels have turned the air in Salt Lake City and Denver into some of the dirtiest in the world, more harmful than Delhi’s or Beijing’s on many recent days.

The Ashes of the Dixie Fire Cast a Pall 1,000 Miles From Its Flames
The megafires of the West are sending out giant clouds of smoke and leaving a footprint much larger than the evergreen forests they level and the towns they decimate.
Livia Albeck-Ripka, Thomas Fuller and Jack Healy
NYTIMES

Denver Breaks Record with 74 90 degree days

Ryan Osborne
Sep 19, 2020, The Denver Channel
DENVER — Colorado’s weird weather month continues.

Denver on Saturday hit 90 degrees, breaking the all-time record for most 90-degree days in a single year. The record-breaking heat comes a little over a week after our first snow of the season, which followed a Labor Day weekend of triple-digit temperatures.

Saturday’s high temperature was Denver’s 74th 90-degree day of the year, surpassing the 73 days of 90-degree weather in 2012.

Coronavirus and mild winter helps Germany to reach 2020 climate target

Mild temperatures accompanied by strong winter storms have led to rising production levels from wind power farms amid a lower energy consumption for heating, the Berlin-based think-tank explained.

On top of that, the coronavirus crisis from mid-March on is likely to drive down emissions in the transport sector, as well as industry demand for power and natural gas.

“We currently expect emissions to decline by 40 to 45% [from 1990s levels],” Agora Energiewende director Patrick Graichen said.

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