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Climate change affecting trees, streams in the West

Climate change affecting trees, streams in the West



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Is it getting warmer here? According to a new calculation of government temperature data, the average annual temperatures in the Colorado River basin have risen by 2.2 degrees.

The report is from the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization, a coalition of local governments, businesses and others working to protect the climate.

It says the West is heating up faster than any other region in the continental U.S. One of the consequences has been more catastrophic wildfires among the consequences.

Climate change researchers are name a single cause for the warming, but they agree it's happening.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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