While the dry weather has been fueling catastrophic wildfires, it’s also fueling worries about hay. Without water, there’s no hay. Without hay, there’s no food for livestock. For KVNF and iSeeChange, Julia Kumari Drapkin has been talking to ranchers and scientists about what water stress on the Western Slope looks like in the long run.
Residents in Paonia look to Mount Lamborn every year to gauge whether there will be enough irrigation water in the summer. But with a winter that never came and the earliest, driest spring on record, residents are preparing for drought. Yet 2011 saw record snow and rain? iSeeChange has been talking to citizens and scientists about what's driving extreme weather in the Western Slope and what declining irrigation water means for farmers, ranchers, and residents.
Local farmers in the North Fork Valley are recovering from the hard freeze that took many by surprise this Memorial Day weekend. For iSeeChange, KVNF’s Julia Kumari Drapkin takes a look at how people made out.
Ali Lightfoot speaks with iseechange producer, Julia Kumari Drapkin and KVNF executive director, Sally Kane about the iSeeChange project, and about new initiatives in media that encourage citizen journalism and use new technologies to get public input.
The National Interagency Fire Center reported yesterday that unusually high temperatures and dry conditions, combined with light winter snowpack, are heightening the risk for extreme wildfire risk in Western Colorado through May, particularly as temperatures increase through June. Traditionally, mid-May marks the start of wildfire season on the Western slope, but this year there was an earlier start. For iSeeChange, KVNF’s Julia Kumari Drapkin reports on what’s changing when it comes to fighting wildfires.
Produced by Julia Kumari Drapkin, the iSeeChange project at KVNF is part of Localore, a nationwide production of AIR designed to accelerate transformation and extend public service media to all Americans. KVNF was selected as one of only 10 Localore stations across the country—learn more at airmediaworks.org. Localore is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Wyncote Foundation, the John T. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Interactive storytelling partner Zeega co-produced TheAlmanac.org with iSeeChange.
iSeeChange is produced by Julia Kumari Drapkin and brought to you by KVNF and Localore, a national public media initiative produced by AIR: the Association for Independents in Radio and with financial support by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Wincote Foundation, the John D and Katharine T. McAurthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
In a new report published last week, scientists are discovering their warming models are failing to accurately predict the impact of global warming. They found that compared to long-term studies in the real world, plants are flowering EIGHT TIMES FASTER than their models ever predicted. KVNF’s Julia Kumari Drapkin and iSeeChange spoke to Ben Cook, one of the lead researchers about how citizens here in the North Fork Valley and the Western slope can help.
What happens when a family of ranchers and coal miners sit down for breakfast with a climate scientist from NASA, to talk about global warming and drought? For iSeeChange and KVNF, Julia Kumari Drapkin found out.