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Loss of Snowpack and Glaciers In Rockies Poses Water Threat


Environment  (tags: water, climate-change, melting glaciers, AMerican West, water supplies, water management )

Cal
- 82 days ago - e360.yale.edu
From the Columbia River basin in the U.S. to the Prairie Provinces of Canada, scientists and policy makers are confronting a future in which the loss of snow and ice in the Rocky Mountains could imperil water supplies for agriculture, cities and towns



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Dave C. (214)
Thursday July 10, 2014, 5:56 pm
its a sad future we all face if we don't change our behaviors
 

B Lewenza (76)
Thursday July 10, 2014, 6:56 pm
Noted and shared FB & T We are in some serious trouble if they don't stop with the tar sands as this is showing huge impact on the environment. The tar sands alone use huge amounts of water and in it's wake leaves nothing but toxins from it's back wash. Scientists say that British Columbia’s 17,000 glaciers — both in the Rockies and along the Pacific coast — are losing 22 billion cubic meters of water annually. That’s equivalent to refilling a 60,000-seat football stadium 8,300 times. SAD and SCARY
 

Elle B. (82)
Thursday July 10, 2014, 8:53 pm
Ty Cal . . .

In the early 1990's a friend said we should all have rubber rafts tied up on our roofs. . .

"...The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem it will avail us little to solve all others." ―US Pres. Teddy Roosevelt, Address to the Deep Waterway Convention, Memphis, Tennessee, October 4, 1907

 

Alfred Donovan (46)
Friday July 11, 2014, 12:26 am
More signs of what is to come unless action is taken soon.
 

Chaz Berlusconi (75)
Friday July 11, 2014, 2:03 am
thanks for sharing... action needs to be taken for sure
 

Frances Darcy (220)
Friday July 11, 2014, 3:37 am
noted with sadness
 

Bojan Kunstelj (22)
Friday July 11, 2014, 4:25 am
and many more good and not so good sides
 

Sandra Penna (102)
Friday July 11, 2014, 4:59 am
sadly noted.
 

Fi T. (16)
Friday July 11, 2014, 5:04 am
When can this man-made disaster be ended?
 

Mike M. (55)
Friday July 11, 2014, 5:22 am
The rich and religious hierarchy will rule a dying planet while enslaving to the poor and desperate and feel good about what they have done. They the chosen Yeah right make noise, loudly to who many others on this planet do not care they are to busy living with there egos and what to be like the one who oppress
 

Rhonda B. (100)
Friday July 11, 2014, 6:28 am
Sadly noted. Thank you Cal.
 

Arielle S. (317)
Friday July 11, 2014, 6:35 am
And yet THEY resist....I don't Tweet but if any of you do:
Before President Obama even announced new carbon pollution standards -- a big, big step forward in the fight against climate change -- we knew that the opposition was going to put up a serious fight.

This week, we got an idea of what that looks like: House leadership unveiled a bill that would block the EPA's carbon pollution standards from taking effect, simply by cutting off funding.

That's right -- Speaker Boehner is letting climate change deniers call the shots when it comes to funding the government.

If that bothers you, here's what you can do: Tweet at Speaker Boehner, and call him out publicly.
 

Lindsay Kemp (1)
Friday July 11, 2014, 6:42 am
Noted. This, I suppose, stands to reason, but it's a very scary future if we don't wake up NOW to these issues and do not just something, but lots of things!
 

Katherine May Williams (0)
Friday July 11, 2014, 7:44 am
Noted.
 

Winn Adams (192)
Friday July 11, 2014, 8:19 am
Noted
 

Elizabeth Nipper (70)
Friday July 11, 2014, 8:33 am
sadly noted and shared. thanks Cal.
 

Robert O. (12)
Friday July 11, 2014, 10:18 am
How sad and scary to think about. When will we humans learn? Thank you Cal.
 

anne s. (23)
Friday July 11, 2014, 11:27 am
Sadly noted and should be stopped. Shared, everyone share this
 

Betty Kelly (2)
Friday July 11, 2014, 11:56 am
We must fight for our lives. Global Warming must be controled by changing the things we do that feeds Climate Change. WE NEE TO ACCERATE THE USE OF GREEN ENERGY AS OUR MAJOR SOURCE OF ENERGY; USE OF FOSIL FUELS MUST BE DRASTICALLY REDUCED.
 

A F. (132)
Friday July 11, 2014, 1:26 pm
:(
 

Heidi Wood (16)
Friday July 11, 2014, 2:44 pm
I am a CO resident I am with the group that is trying to protect our rivers here and I send them emails regarding this issue all the time. The one that really does nothing (even protecting the Sage grouse) is Cory Gardner in the 4th district.
 

Rhonda Broes (96)
Friday July 11, 2014, 7:56 pm
Sadly noted. Humans should be putting the brakes on, not accelerating! Thks, Cal.
 

Aaron Bouchard (130)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 3:07 am
Noted thanks
 

Jane H. (135)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 8:26 am
Help!
 

Seth Montares (0)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 9:28 am
Snowcaps melting? That could be a problem? Who knew!
/sarcasm/
 

Sharon Wood (17)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 2:58 pm
Thanks Cal. I have noticed in the past 10+ yrs. that our climate in the Rockies have change drastically, and the humidity is higher. It used to be you could be outside with the sun beating down, go to a shady area and get cool. Not anymore!! Boehner was the wrong choice for House speaker!! Him and his republican cronies should be removed by voting them out.
 
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