Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016

Glaciers in peril

Colo. mountains continue to lose ice as climate warms

University of Colorado

Science Daily

New research led by the University of Colorado Boulder indicates an ongoing loss of ice on Niwot Ridge and the adjacent Green Lakes Valley in the high mountains west of Boulder is likely to progress as the climate continues to warm. The study area encompasses the Niwot Ridge Long-Term Ecological Research site, thousands of acres of alpine tundra, subalpine forest, talus slopes, glacial lakes and wetlands stretching to the top of the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains.


Water lawsuit fate rests with Iowa Supreme Court

Des Moines Register

The Iowa Supreme Court will weigh in on legal questions that could be crucial in deciding whether Des Moines Water Works can seek damages from drainage districts in three north Iowa counties for nitrate-laden drinking water. Federal Judge Mark Bennett filed an order sending the questions to the Iowa Supreme Court, given the case's importance and "the novelty" of the utility's legal arguments.


Poll: Many worry more about water than economy

Colorado Springs Gazette

For many westerners, concerns over the future of water are as important as the economy and unemployment, according to results from Colorado College's 2016 Conservation in the West poll. The sixth annual State of the Rockies Project poll of thousands of residents in seven western states shows many people fear for the future of water in the West.

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