From the Longmont Times-Call (John Fryar):
World Renew has reported that its interviews indicated that the “recovery costs” of those Boulder County households — the expenses, often uninsured, of rebuilding or repairing homes and other structures were destroyed or seriously damaged in the floods — could total nearly $31.3 million.
The costs of replacing the furniture, appliances and other contents of those flood-ravaged homes and structures could total another $1.3 million, World Renew’s interviewers reported.
Those estimates will change, as other flood-impacted victims discover and report what it would cost or is costing them to rebuild, make repairs and replace the contents of the homes they own or the units they were renting, Anderson said.
But she predicted that total estimated costs for housing construction and repair expenses and for replacing the contents of that housing — an estimate Anderson said was based largely on a set of hour-long interviews — is a number that’s “going to grow.”
Click on a thumbnail to take a journey down memory lane. The maps are from the first week in March for the past three snow seasons.
Click here to read the newsletter. Here’s an excerpt:
Watershed Wednesday: the Eagle River Blue Trails Program
March 19th, 6 p.m.
Eagle Public Library, Eagle, CO
The Eagle River has been chosen by American Rivers to become a Blue Trail. In doing so, the Eagle River will be following in the footsteps of other projects around the nation. Just as hiking trails help people explore the land, “Blue Trails help people discover their rivers and provide communities with a host of benefits: protecting the environment; enhancing local economies; promoting healthy living; preserving history and community identity; and connect people and places.”
More Eagle River watershed coverage here.
Here’s an interview with author Elizabeth Kolbert (“The Sixth Extinction”) from The Guardian (Andrew Anthony). Click through and read the whole interview. Here’s an excerpt:
Your previous writing on climate change met with scepticism. Do you think this broader approach might have a more engaged reception?
Climate change, especially in the US, has been extraordinarily politicised, and that is a real barrier to getting people to even think about the issue. The other issues in the book, which are all contributing to this mass extinction – invasive species and ocean acidification – have not been politicised. But acidification is completely the same phenomenon as global warming. It’s all about carbon emissions. Unfortunately the public discourse has really taken leave of the science and just exists in its own realm.
The irony of the previous catastrophes is that we wouldn’t be here without them…
Yes, there’s a consensus that the dinosaurs were doing just fine 66m years ago and presumably could have done fine for another 66m years, had their way of life not been up-ended by an asteroid impact. Life on this planet is contingent. There’s no grand plan for it. We are also contingent. Yet although we are absolutely part of this long history, we turn out to be extremely unusual. And what we’re doing is quite possibly unprecedented.