‘It’s Real’: #Colorado Climatologists Review New #Climate Report — CBS #Denver #ActOnClimate #KeepItInTheGround

From CBS Denver (Shawn Chitnis):

Climatologists at Colorado State University began reviewing a new report from the United Nations on Monday detailing the speed and impact of human-caused global warming. They noticed some are universal around the world while others are more focused by region.

The Calwood Fire approaches Boulder, CO. Photo credit: Malachi Brooks via Water for Colorado

They plan to study the findings further to help understand the outlook for Colorado, but already see the same concerns underlined from past research.

“We certainly know from previous reports, previous summaries that have been specifically for Colorado and the west,” said Russ Schumacher, a climatologist at CSU. “This report narrows down the range of what the human influence on the climate system can be and what that may look like going forward.”

The head gate to Grand Lake’s hydro power plant is blocked by trees washed up during Saturday’s flash flooding. You can see the head gate on the right side of the picture. Photo credit: Town of Grand Lake

Fires and floods as well as heatwaves and drought overseas and across the U.S. demonstrated global warming is rapidly hitting every region of the world in an unprecedented way, according to the U.N. report. Carbon dioxide levels are higher than at any time in at least 2 million years.

Melting ice and rising sea levels are irreversible, even if emissions are limited. Scientists say we have made the world almost two degrees hotter than pre-industrial levels…

Denver smog. Photo credit: NOAA

Drought in western Colorado and the Colorado River Basin highlight the climate issues most unique to our region. Reducing greenhouse gases, which trap heat and make the earth warmer, is a first step to fighting climate change.

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