Climate change http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Floods On Rise: Earlier Run-Offs Present Challenge To Water Storage http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/floods-rise-earlier-run-offs-present-challenge-water-storage <p>This spring, rivers were overflowing banks all over the state.&nbsp; Some rivers saw record—or near-record—flood stages.&nbsp; The Laramie River hit its second highest flood level on record, and that’s only four years after its highest on record in 2010.&nbsp; But floods aren’t all sandbagging and property damage: they also mean plenty of water for the long dry summer ahead.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:41:25 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59809 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Floods On Rise: Earlier Run-Offs Present Challenge To Water Storage Shift To Carbon Use Marks New Frontier In Fight Against Climate Change http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/shift-carbon-use-marks-new-frontier-fight-against-climate-change <p>The Obama administration wants states to cutback on carbon emissions, but doing that has always been a thorny problem. While carbon is a byproduct of almost everything we do, capturing and storing it is expensive. For years, the goal has been to figure out how to make that process cheaper, but more recent efforts take a different approach, with the focus shifting from storing carbon to using it.<br /><br />On a recent spring morning, Karen Wawrousek led a tour of her lab at the Western Research Institute, on the outskirts of Laramie.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 22:13:35 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 59125 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Shift To Carbon Use Marks New Frontier In Fight Against Climate Change Climate Change Effects On Wyoming Agriculture http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/climate-change-effects-wyoming-agriculture <p>In the next half century, scientists are predicting more extreme weather for Wyoming with bigger winter storms and hotter, dryer summers.&nbsp; That’s according to the latest National Climate Assessment out this month. Wyoming’s farmers and ranchers are skeptical about climate change, but some of them have been forced to adjust their methods of production.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 21:56:45 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59121 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Climate Change Effects On Wyoming Agriculture Mead Urges Support For Carbon Capture Innovation http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-urges-support-carbon-capture-innovation <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">It’s time to stop looking at carbon as a liability and time to start figuring out ways to turn into an asset, Governor Matt Mead told attendees at the Wyoming Business Report’s Energy Summit Monday. He said carbon capture and utilization technology is not ready for prime-time, but that innovation is possible if the government and others invest in it.</span></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 05:14:27 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 58542 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead Urges Support For Carbon Capture Innovation Wyo. Lawmakers Reject New Climate Change Report http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyo-lawmakers-reject-new-climate-change-report <p>The White House is painting a dire picture for every region in the nation - including here at home - if action isn’t taken to combat climate change. But Matt Laslo reports from Washington that Wyoming’s Republican senators still aren’t buying it.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 23:14:06 +0000 Matt Laslo 58425 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyo. Lawmakers Reject New Climate Change Report Mead Urges Shift In Conversation About Carbon http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-urges-shift-conversation-about-carbon <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Governor Matt Mead says it’s time to move past the argument over climate change, and start finding solutions that will allow the continued use of fossil fuels, including coal. Thu, 15 May 2014 16:28:20 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 58326 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead Urges Shift In Conversation About Carbon What are your thoughts on recent discussions about Climate Change? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/what-are-your-thoughts-recent-discussions-about-climate-change <p><strong>What are your thoughts on recent discussions about Climate Change?&nbsp; </strong></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wpmnpr-community-discussion-rules">WPM/NPR Community Discussion Rules</a></strong></p><p></p><p>A link to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change can be found on this page: <a href="http://ipcc.ch/">http://ipcc.ch/</a>.</p><p>A link to President Obama’s Climate Action Plan can be found on this page: <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/climate-action-plan">http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/climate-action-plan</a> .</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 15:20:47 +0000 Wyoming Public Media 58151 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org What are your thoughts on recent discussions about Climate Change? Report Says Wyoming Is Getting Hotter And Drier http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/report-says-wyoming-getting-hotter-and-drier <p>Wyoming is getting hotter and drier, according to the latest National Climate Assessment. The report says by mid-century, the number of extremely hot days Wyoming experiences will increase considerably.</p><p>Mark Shafer is with the Oklahoma Climatological Survey and was one of the lead authors of the report. He said that the impacts will be wide-ranging, from changes in growing seasons to stress on the region’s water supply.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 15:30:43 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 58034 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Report Says Wyoming Is Getting Hotter And Drier Wyoming Utilities Diverge In Response To Climate Change http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-utilities-diverge-response-climate-change <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The National Climate Assessment says Wyoming’s energy sector could find itself squeezed for water in the future. Both energy production and generation consume large amounts of water, but changes in precipitation patterns mean there will be less of it to go around. The report points out that across the nation, water shortages already threaten power generation for more than a million homes. That's expected to increase.</span></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 23:24:10 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 57974 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Utilities Diverge In Response To Climate Change Scientists Launch Campaign To Sway Climate Change Debate http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/scientists-launch-campaign-sway-climate-change-debate <p>The country’s largest scientific society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is launching <a href="http://whatweknow.aaas.org/">a public awaren</a><a href="http://whatweknow.aaas.org/">ess campaign</a> about climate change.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 00:22:59 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 55574 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Scientists Launch Campaign To Sway Climate Change Debate Study Finds Forest Growth Dictated By Bedrock, Not Just Climate http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/study-finds-forest-growth-dictated-bedrock-not-just-climate <p>A study by UW scientists finds that bedrock plays as big of a role as climate in determining how much vegetation grows in an area.</p><p>Bedrock is the layer of rock beneath the soil.</p><p>Lead author Jesse Hahm says he did the research because he was puzzled by the patchiness of forest cover.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:54:48 +0000 Willow Belden 54139 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Study Finds Forest Growth Dictated By Bedrock, Not Just Climate Mead Says Wyoming's Energy Future Must Balance Economy And Environment http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-says-wyomings-energy-future-must-balance-economy-and-environment <p>Governor Matt Mead and other elected officials made the case during a Jackson forum Wednesday that Wyoming's future depends on energy. They said that tapping state's energy resources, from coal to natural gas, is what pays the bills when it comes to building schools and other vital infrastructure.<br /><br />But the governor said that doesn't mean producing energy should come at the cost of the environment. And that impressed Paul Hansen, who moderated<br />the forum.<br /> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:47:11 +0000 Rebecca Huntington 53297 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead Says Wyoming's Energy Future Must Balance Economy And Environment Skiing faces challenges in warming world http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/skiing-faces-challenges-warming-world <p>Skiing has been a popular pastime in the West for decades, but with climate change, the future of the sport is in question.<br /><br />Porter Fox is the features editor at Powder magazine and the author of <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/Deepbook2013">DEEP: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow</a></strong>.&nbsp;Wyoming Public Radio’s Stephanie Joyce spoke with Fox about his new book, and what’s in store for Wyoming.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 23:04:18 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 51631 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Skiing faces challenges in warming world Wyoming lawmakers outraged at Obama’s climate plan http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-lawmakers-outraged-obama-s-climate-plan <p>This week President Obama announced he's going to attempt to combat climate change from the Oval Office. Wyoming's three Republicans in Congress are none too happy with his plan. As Matt Laslo reports, they say it could cripple the state's economy and hit your pocket.&nbsp;</p><p>MATT LASLO: Climate change wasn't really a part of the 20-12 election, so the president surprised many when he promised to deal with global warming in his second inaugural address. Now he's coming out swinging again...charging Republicans with being deaf to the scientific community.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 20:04:31 +0000 Matt Laslo 42946 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming lawmakers outraged at Obama’s climate plan Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute to host CO2 conference http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/enhanced-oil-recovery-institute-host-co2-conference <p></p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 00:33:07 +0000 Willow Belden 42803 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute to host CO2 conference Champion athletes ask President Obama to save winters http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/champion-athletes-ask-president-obama-save-winters <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last month, a non-profit group comprising athletes who make a living through winter sports sent a letter to President Obama asking him to take action on climate change.</span></p><p>Two-time world freestyle ski champion and Jackson resident, Kit DesLauriers is part of the group, called Protect Our Winters. She says she has been skiing for over 30 years, including down the highest peaks of every continent, and that the changes she has seen are alarming.</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 22:35:31 +0000 Sara Hossaini 40957 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Champion athletes ask President Obama to save winters UW researchers say gradual climate change affected human population numbers http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-researchers-say-gradual-climate-change-affected-human-population-numbers <p></p><p>A new paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by UW researchers Bob Kelly, Todd Surovell, Bryan Shuman, and one-time UW graduate student Geoff Smith looks at climate change in the Bighorn Basin in Wyoming and how it affected the population living there over thousands of years. Archaeologist Todd Surovell and geologist Bryan Shuman came in to talk about their work with Wyoming Public Radio's Irina Zhorov.</p> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 17:48:05 +0000 Irina Zhorov 34496 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org UW researchers say gradual climate change affected human population numbers Study says ecosystems help climate change http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/study-says-ecosystems-help-climate-change <p>A new study estimates that ecosystems in the western U.S. absorb and contain nearly 100 million tons of atmospheric carbon each year.<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Interior Department said Thursday that's nearly 5 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. In other words, ecosystems in the West help to offset the air pollution that contributes to climate change.<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The study authored by U.S. Geological Survey scientists is part of a congressionally mandated national assessment of how ecosystems capture and contain carbon from the atmosphere. Fri, 07 Dec 2012 02:08:19 +0000 Associated Press 33729 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Study says ecosystems help climate change UW symposium to examine climate change in National Parks http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-symposium-examine-climate-change-national-parks <p>The University of Wyoming will host a panel discussion Thursday on how climate change can impact planning and management at national parks.&nbsp;</p><p>Researchers from around the world will discuss how environmental changes can impact tourism.&nbsp;&nbsp; UW Professor Patricia Taylor is one of the organizers.&nbsp; She says it&rsquo;s important that those in running parks consider how stakeholders are impacted by decisions park managers make on topics concerning climate.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 23:11:19 +0000 Bob Beck 28231 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org UW symposium to examine climate change in National Parks Yellowstone to host climate change workshop for teachers http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/yellowstone-host-climate-change-workshop-teachers <p>Yellowstone National Park will host a climate change educational workshop for teachers this month.<br /><br /> During the four-day workshop, a representative from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will explain how climate change works, and rangers will talk with teachers about where Yellowstone is seeing impacts, including increased wildfire activity and threats to pika habitat.<br /><br /> Katherine Chesson worked with the parks Climate Challenge, which runs similar programs in parks around the country.<br /> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 22:19:59 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 27944 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Yellowstone to host climate change workshop for teachers Scientists Study Climate Cores For Hints Of Climate Change http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/scientists-study-climate-cores-hints-climate-change <p>An international team of scientists are studying earth core samples from the Bighorn Mountains to better understand climate change. Traces of natural substances leave hints about ancient climates in the rock.</p> Sat, 04 Feb 2012 01:40:29 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 19038 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Scientists Study Climate Cores For Hints Of Climate Change