Feb 2, 2010 9:04 AM by Associated Press
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.