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A Wake-Up Call for Colorado? Wildfires like these will likely continue happening and Colorado’s leadership must prepare for the effects. From helping frontline communities that often do not have the resources to escape dangerous air, to more adapted forest and urban management, Colorado has its work cut out. As the Denver Post reported,
A Denver Post examination found a $4.2 billion backlog of forestry work identified by the Colorado State Forest Service as critical to protect people and property from fires.
Owners of destroyed homes still typically rebuild on site, despite increased erosion and flooding.
More people moving into fire-prone forests between now and 2040 likely will triple the size of a high-risk interface zone, according to a forest service report scheduled for publication next month.
Climate Planning: Colorado has already begun implementing climate policy — the state has almost finished a statewide inventory that approximates the emissions from sources of greenhouse gases across the state, which would allow the state to enforce tougher regulations. And this September, Governor Jared Polis released a climate plan that sets a goal to cut emissions below 2005 levels by 2050, and plan to meet them by shifting to zero-emission vehicles, closing coal plants, and improving the efficiency of heating and cooling buildings.
However, some green groups have criticized the plan for not being specific enough about how the policies to achieve these goals will be set into place. The Natural Resources Defense Council put forth an analysis of how Colorado can fulfill its climate goals while also protecting its most vulnerable citizens.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer The Trump administration is continuing its hail-Mary attempt to develop public lands, even as the GSA announces it will begin the transition of power to the Biden administration. Trump has embarked on a rushed effort to transfer ownership of south-eastern Arizona’s Oak Flat, considered holy by the Apache people, […]
by Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer The American Farm Bureau Federation, which has actively pushed back on reducing emissions from its sector, has joined environmental organizations in the newly formed Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance. The plan, as InsideClimate News reports, is for the alliance to work with Congress and the incoming Biden administration to […]
The Maasai Mara is home to 25% of Kenya’s wildlife and the place of the greatest annual migration of animals on Earth. The land is owned by the indigenous Maasai people, who lease it to conservancies for tourism operations, which in turn fund conservation efforts that drive wildlife tourism. The conservancy conservation model that makes […]
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