If you look only at the Western Slope, “it was their record warmest year,” says Becky Bolinger, the state’s assistant climatologist.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
The announcement comes a day before a Paris gathering called the "One Planet Summit" co-hosted by the U.N. and the World Bank.
Scientists say the ozone hole over Antarctica is no longer growing, the expectation is that it will take decades to recover.
The National Climate Assessment is mandated by Congress every four years; it was written by scientists from 13 federal agencies.
“Most of us never thought we would see a time when basic monitoring would be something that could be on the table in terms of cuts,” said INSTAAR director Jim White.
Some participants also voiced concerns about potential cuts in federal funding for science and research. Others wanted an opportunity to move science out of labs and academia.
Scientist Pieter Tans of Boulder leads NOAA's Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network, which just produced the new report.
2016 was the hottest year on record since scientists began tracking global temperatures in 1880. In Colorado, it was the 5th hottest year on record.
Humanity may have just gained the upper hand in the galactic battle against solar storms.
Near-record snowpack, El Niño weather pattern and high groundwater levels are adding to flood risk in northern Colorado.