How a growing #Colorado population is impacting changes in #climate — 9News.com

Denver smog. Photo credit: NOAA

From 9News.com (Anusha Roy):

New census data puts a number to how popular Colorado has become. The state expanded by more than 700,000 people from 2010 to 2020.

Denver and El Paso counties grew by more than 100,000 people in that same time frame, according to an analysis by 9Wants to Know. All of that is putting pressure on systems that were already stressed.

“Transportation systems, housing systems, food systems, water and energy,” said Brenna Simmons-St. Onge, Executive Director of the Alliance Center, which works on sustainability solutions.

As cost of living goes up, there are more developments farther out, which can mean longer commutes and more emissions.

More people are also settling down in the wildland urban interface, which becomes a problems with wildfire…

When it comes to water, resources from the Colorado River were already over-allocated from a pact dating back to the 1920s. Couple that with warming temperatures and drought, Assistant State Climatologist Becky Bolinger said that is adding more pressure.

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