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Public News Service - CO: Environmental Justice

Cities such as Pueblo are moving toward lower cost renewable energy sources to save residents money on their utility bills. (Pixabay)

PUEBLO, Colo. – As the Trump administration continues to roll back Obama-era policies designed to slow climate change, a new report from the Sierra Club shows how cities across the U.S., including four in Colorado, are taking steps to remove fossil fuels from their energy portfolios. Jodie V

Coal-fired power plants are the nation's top source of CO2 emissions. Burning coal also is a leading cause of smog, acid rain and toxic air pollution. (Getty Images)

DENVER - The Trump administration on Tuesday took steps to repeal the Clean Power Plan, the nation's first-ever attempt to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has claimed the move will correct what he sees as an executive overreach o

Scientists warn that extreme weather events, such as Hurricane Harvey, are likely to become more frequent and powerful as the planet warms. (Getty Images)

DENVER – Economists warn that the costs of climate change in the U.S. – including from the health impacts of air pollution and natural disasters such as hurricanes and wildfires – could top $350 billion annually in the next 10 years. But Ryan Wiser, a senior scientist with the La

Residents of Denver's Westwood neighborhood, including Santiago Jaramillo, are working to raise awareness about climate change in the community. (Joe Mahoney/The Colorado Trust)

DENVER – If climate pollution continues at current levels, Denver could see more than a month of 100-plus degree days by 2050 in the worst years, according to analysis from the city and county of Denver. Elizabeth Babcock, the manager of air, water and climate with the city's Department of E

A new report warns Denver can expect 72 days a year with temperatures above 100 degrees by the end of this century unless climate pollution from fossil fuels are reduced. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is challenging residents to roll up their sleeves and help to reduce climate pollution by 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050 – goals set in Paris in 2015 and rejected by President Donald Trump. The plan would create a glide path to reduce fossil

A proposal by Xcel Energy would add more than $2 billion in renewable-energy investments in Colorado, and retire two of three coal-fired plants at the Comanche Generating Station. (Jeffrey Beall/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER – Parents are praising Xcel Energy's proposal to retire two of three coal-fired power units at Pueblo's Comanche Generating Station and add renewable energy to Colorado's power grid. Jen Clanahan, with the group Colorado Moms Know Best, says she's optimistic about the move and is urgi

A new summer institute launched by the University of Denver is part of an effort to create a global women's leadership network. (Rhododendrites/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER – From record-breaking crowds at the Women's March, to ongoing protests in Venezuela and sustained mobilization in Zimbabwe, women are driving movements to resist authoritarianism and create progressive social change. Erica Chenoweth, a professor at the University of Denver's Korbel S

New research shows a majority of Coloradans realize climate change is happening, but fewer understand the potential health impacts. (George Frey/Getty Images)

DENVER – Public health experts in Colorado are narrowing in on the effects of climate change on human health. And they're warning that people who work outdoors, low-income families, seniors and children are among those who will bear the brunt of rising temperatures. Rosemary Rochford, a prof

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