Climate Change

  • Governors Association meets in Denver, discusses workforce development
  • Number of uninsured in Colorado at an all time low
  • State to see at least 30 days of 100-plus degrees in temperature per yer
  • Speed limits in Glenwood Canyon set to vary according to conditions
  • Goal of 100 percent health care coverage in Colorado not realistic

  • Part of Gunnison River closed for safety concerns
  • Colorado's Governor, 9 mayors pledge to follow Paris Climate Accord
  • Unity Party newest political party in Colorado
  • Colorado Film Office audit reveals inappropraite spending
  • Medical marijuana can be legally prescribed for PTSD patients
  • Paonia looks to modify speed limits around town

  • Montrose teen hit by gunfire on Memorial Day
  • ATV accident in Montrose claims life of teenager
  • Study of Arkansas River Basin, effect of climate change on Colorado rivers

  • Governor orders safety check of oil and gas wells
  • Climate change in the West impacts upon wine growers

  • Paonia Town Council holds special meeting
  • CU research indicates climate change shortens ski season
  • Capitol Conversation discusses teen sexting, oil and gas issues

  • Capitol Conversation discusses possible tax hike for transportation
  • Colorado scientists, environmentalists concern about new EPA director
  • TABOR bill faces uncertain future at state house

  • Gofforth survives recall effort, will remain mayor of Crawford
  • Study indicates half of the world's drinking water endangered by climate change
  • Proposed bill would require Colorado law enforcers to be US citizens
  • Rural farmers want voices heard

  • Governor Hickenlooper gives state of the state
  • Delta Dept of Health conducting free well water, radon tests
  • Nurses on front line of climate change fight

The heart of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan is now on hold, after the Supreme Court granted a stay request that blocks the EPA from moving ahead with rules that would lower carbon emissions from the nation's power plants.

The case is scheduled to be argued in June, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. But a decision could be long in coming, particularly if the case winds up in the Supreme Court — meaning that the rules' fate might not be determined before a new presidential administration comes into power in 2017.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Jan. 1, 2015

Jan 1, 2016

  • Search and rescue operation ends well in San Miguel County
  • A conversation with House Republican leader about Colorado’s next legislative session
  • Parks and Wildlife offer guided hikes on New Year’s Day
  • Poll shows Republican support for fighting climate change

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015

Dec 10, 2015

  • Colorado Supreme Court hears fracking cases
  • Hilltop receives $60K for domestic violence, senior daycare programs
  • Ski season brings big economic gains to Colorado
  • The four steps of climate change denial

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

Nov 13, 2015

  • GJPD: Officers struck by reckless driver
  • Suspicious device at Telluride gas station deemed safe
  • CSU study finds no evidence of dangerous oil, gas contaminants in water
  • Can small communities tackle global food security?

Climate change isn't just something to worry about here on Earth. New research published today shows that Mars has undergone a dramatic climate shift in the past that has rendered much of the planet inhospitable to life.

About 3.8 billion years ago, Mars was a reasonably pleasant place. It had a thick atmosphere filled with carbon dioxide that kept it warm. Rivers trickled into lakes across its surface. Some researchers think there might even have been an ocean.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

Nov 4, 2015

  •  Three guns stolen from Grand Junction museum
  • BLM seeks comments on proposal to upgrade transmission line between Montrose, Dove Creek
  • Panel talks climate change for Western Slope farmers
  • Opposition to moving West Slope water east reiterated ahead of Water Plan finalization

Something unusual is happening in America's wilderness — some animals and plants are moving away from their native habitats. The reason is a warming climate. It's getting too hot where they live.

Species that can't migrate may perish, so some biologists say we need to move them. But they admit that's a roll of the dice that violates a basic rule of conservation: If you want to keep the natural world "natural," you don't want to move plants and animals around willy-nilly.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Sept. 21, 2015

Sep 21, 2015

  • Rare sighting: moose in Grand Junction
  • State water board awards $5.5M for projects at Montrose meeting
  • Governor submits sage grouse conservation plan to feds
  • Organic agriculture in Colorado continues to grow
  • Governor releases Colorado climate change plan
  • Paonia homecoming parade features vintage car tour

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, July 6, 2015

Jul 6, 2015

Newscast

  • Petition calls for term limits in San Miguel County
  • Recordings of private Grand Junction meeting nonexistent
  • Telluride Medical District buys plot of land for new hospital
  • Conservation Agreement Protects 780 Acres In Unaweep Canyon
  • Rep. Hamner talks with KVNF
  • Legislators talk about the importance of climate change laws
  • Koch Industries focusing on mass incarceration

A team of government scientists has revised its estimate for how much the planet has been warming.

The new results, published in the journal Science, may dispel the idea that Earth has been in the midst of a "global warming hiatus" — a period over the past 20 years where the planet's temperature appears to have risen very little.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, May 1, 2015

May 1, 2015

  Newscast

  • Hard freezes in springtime likely to continue
  • Wildfire awareness day this weekend
  • Senate kills racial profiling bill
  • Attorney General joins suit against BLM over fracking rules

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, April 30, 2015

Apr 30, 2015

  Newscast

  • Telluride passes panhandling ordinance
  • DeBeque Town Marshall formally charged
  • Climate event to take place in Paonia
  • State water plan comment period to close tomorrow
  • State bill would fund programs to uproot invasive, thirsty plants

The Obama administration is pledging that the U.S. will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent of 2005 levels over the next 10 years. The new target was submitted today to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Scientists who warn that the earth's climate is changing have been subjected to hacking, investigations, and even court action in recent years. That ire usually comes from conservative groups and climate skeptics seeking to discredit the research findings.

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.

Breathtakingly broad as its jurisdiction may be, the U.S. Senate does not usually vote on the validity of scientific theories.

This week, it did. And science won. The Senate voted that climate change is real, and not a hoax. The vote was 98-1.

The vote was about an amendment to the bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline. The near-unanimity of the climate change judgment was notable, because so many senators have cast doubt on ideas of "global warming."

Another Unpredictable Year For Weather

Jan 8, 2015
Travis Bubenik/KVNF

2014 is over, and Joe Ramey is looking back at what the weather was like. 

It’s that time of year when ski resorts crank up snowmaking machines to bolster Mother Nature’s delivery. Some resorts depend on man-made snow more than others and it’s possible  the practice may be used more in the future. For Connecting the Drops, Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014

Dec 25, 2014

Newscast

  • A White Christmas Predicted For The Western Slope
  • As More Resorts Make Snow, Climate Change Spells Trouble
  • Garfield County Man Charged In Father’s Death To Undergo Mental Evaluation

Hickenlooper Shows Off Colorado Water Plan Draft

Dec 11, 2014

Governor John Hickenlooper unveiled a draft of the state's first ever water plan Wednesday. The goal of the plan - a decade in the making - is to create a comprehensive water strategy to protect rural farm economies and bring more water to millions of people along the Front Range.

"Water is too important for bickering and potential failure. It demands collaborations," said James Eklund, Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, which drafted the proposal. "This plan sets the stage for us to take the necessary next steps."

Despite Pledge, Emissions Continue To Rise

Nov 18, 2014
EcoAction Partners

Four years ago, Telluride, Mountain Village, and San Miguel County all looked at their greenhouse gas emissions and set the goal of reducing them by 20 percent by the year 2020. 

Ask Northern California sheep rancher Dan Macon what this drought is doing to his pocketbook and he'll break it down for you real quick.

"It's like if you woke up one morning and lost 40 percent of the equity in your house," he says. "Our primary investment in our ranch is in these sheep and we just sold 40 percent of our stock."

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