Colorado

Feb 2, 2010 9:04 AM by Associated Press

Colorado groups warn of climate change effects

Colorado business leaders and conservationists say the state will face shorter winters and environmental problems if steps aren't taken to address climate change. They are releasing a report Tuesday on the changes to Colorado's weather as a result of increased greenhouse gases.

Warmer temperatures are blamed for the bark beetle's decimation of more than 3 million acres of pine trees in Colorado and Wyoming. Colder, longer winters are needed to kill the beetles.

Warmer, shorter winters are also seen as a threat to Colorado's ski industry. State forest managers, environmentalists and ski industry officials say greenhouse gases blamed for global warming must be reduced.

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