Seven states, seven warning signs of global warming
As the signs that the world is warming grow ever more unmistakable, one of the ironies of the American political debate on the topic is that leaders in the states being most heavily affected are often those least inclined to do anything about it, or even acknowledge that there's a problem.
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Colorado( Bret Hartman / Vail Daily / August 23, 2006 )
"Climate change is naturally occurring. What influence do we have over that, we certainly need to look into, but that's subject to debate."
--Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.)
Not subject to debate is North America's worst infestation of bark beetles in recorded history, a problem centered in the once dense forests of Colorado. According to a recent report in the National Journal, the pest has destroyed 3.3 million acres of forest in Colorado alone since the 1990s. Although there is some disagreement among scientists about global warming's role in the blight, it is clearly connected to lower snowfall levels and increased wildfires, two phenomena plaguing Colorado that are predicted impacts of climate change.