New National Academy of Sciences study puts numbers to the expected the impacts of climate change

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From The Denver Post (Bruce Finley):

For example, for every 1.8 degrees of warming, Colorado can expect 5 percent to 10 percent less water in the Arkansas River and Rio Grande, the government-funded study found. The Colorado River Basin, which sustains people in seven western states, likely would see 6 percent less water for every 1.8-degree increase. Wildfires would devour three times as much land, the study found. And rainfall in Colorado and other southwestern sates would decrease by 5 percent to 10 percent.

Meanwhile, here’s a report about June being the warmest on record from the Summit County Citizens Voice. From the article:

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported today that June 2010 was the warmest June on record for the planet, based on records going back to 1880. Combined land and sea temperatures around the planet made it the warmest January to June period on-record, the agency said in it’s monthly climate summary. The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for June 2010 was the warmest on record at 61.1 degrees, 1.22 degrees above the 20th century average. Warmer-than-average conditions dominated the globe, with the most prominent warmth in Peru, the central and eastern contiguous U.S., and eastern and western Asia. Cooler-than-average regions included Scandinavia, southern China and the northwestern contiguous United States.

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