Climate Change Making 2020 Suck Even More


As the Denver Post’s Bruce Finley reports, in case you haven’t been outside, opened a window, or breathed deeply in the last few days:

Climate change hit home in Colorado this week, exacerbating multiple environmental calamities: wildfires burning across 135,423 acres, stream flows shrinking to where state officials urged limits on fishing, drought wilting crops, and record temperatures baking heat-absorbing cities.

This is what scientists, for decades, have been warning would happen.

Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday lamented “the hot and dry conditions” and called smoke impacts from the state’s four major wildfires “profound,” noting “poor air quality often can cause COVID-type symptoms.” He banned campfires and fireworks statewide for a month.

The Grizzly Creek Fire burning in Garfield County has effectively severed the Western Slope economically between Eagle and Glenwood Springs, forcing I-70 traffic to divert hundreds of miles. But the much larger Pine Gulch Fire north of Grand Junction, now the second-largest fire in the state’s history, is responsible for a majority of the smoke which has been choking the Front Range for over a week now. Yesterday’s 100-degree record high at DIA came as an historic heat wave continues to bake the state.

The good news is, at some point we’ll have a vaccine. For coronavirus, anyway.

11 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Adding to the "sucking" is an article on Yahoo this morning showing that rattlesnakes climb trees.

  2. JohnInDenver says:

    Pine Gulch fire … according to Inciweb …. updated 10 minutes ago. 

    Size: 125,100 Acres  Contained: 7%

    "Observed: High temperatures in the 90s were the hottest that have been seen since early August. Relative humidity readings dropped into the single digits once again across the fire. Thunderstorms tried to develop to the north of the fire resulting mainly in virga however the potential does continue for outflow winds up to 30 mph."

  3. MADCO says:

    climate change is a myth

    CA didn't need disaster funds or assistance because they voted for the wrong president

    Likewise, IA more recently cause just because


  4. Duke Cox says:

    I live near Debeque. This has been tough.

    We have not been threatened by the fire, but the smoke has been very oppressive. We experience a steady rain of tiny ash particles  along with the smoke. It is relentless.

    Now, we are not just isolated…we can't even be outdoors at home. The Climate Change Hoax sure is making it hard to breathe around here.

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