Hopefully by now you’ve seen the recent headlines about how our state, country, and our world continue to warm. Here are just a few: July was the hottest month ever worldwide. August came in a close second. Summer nights in 2016 were 2.4 degrees warmer than average, giving little respite from the hot days. There’s a new cruise line through the Arctic thanks to melting ice sheets — it would have been impossible just a few years ago.
Despite urging from scientists, many politicians still refuse to act on climate change. Some, like Colorado State Representative J. Paul Brown, go as far as to question climate change’s human causes on the Senate floor this year. This flies in the face of the 70% of Coloradans who believe in climate change. In fact, 69% of Coloradans believe that the U.S. should reduce greenhouse gas emissions – even if other countries don’t do the same. On the whole, Coloradans believe that we must take aggressive and innovative action to clean up our air, get more renewables online, and become more resilient to the impacts of climate change.
That’s because the bottom line is that climate change has real impacts on our everyday lives as Coloradans. Warmer temperatures affect wildlife, recreation, and agriculture in real ways. A list of statistics may be tough to relate to, but these stories make it clear. Join us for a four-part series as we explore the impacts that climate change will have on some of the features that we love most about Colorado and the industries that make our state so incredibly unique.