The Big Melt continues


We know coal and other dirty fuels help heat up the planet, but it looks like they're also messing with Western water supplies. Scientists at the DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (press release here) have found that when soot from power plants and diesel engines settles on mountain snow, the darker snow absorbs more heat and can melt as much as a month early -- meaning less of that crucial runoff in late spring and summer. Check out HCN's coverage of the similarly doom-y effects of dust storms in Colorado's San Juan Mountains.

Anonymous says:
Jan 13, 2009 05:27 AM
No surprise. Everything is connected, after all, whether Mitch McConnell and a certain senator from Oklahoma realize it or not.
Anonymous says:
Jan 16, 2009 12:07 PM
You say 'We know coal and other dirty fuels help heat up the planet' like it's a foregone conclusion. Any science minded person who takes an honest unbaised look at so-called 'global warming' will find that we are nowhere near a conclusion, at the very least, and will discover that research is actually pointing away from 'dirty fuels' as a cause. You will also discover that most climate scientist don't support the man-made global warming theory. More and more are jumping ship every day. Why? The science doesn't support the theory.