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United States: Resorts sound off on perils of climate change

Aspen Times: An opinion piece about climate change by the head of Vail Resorts has Aspen Skiing Co.'s point man on environmental issues scratching his head. Rob Katz, chairman and CEO of Vail Resorts Inc., wrote an opinion piece on climate change that appeared Friday in The Denver Post. Katz criticizes the efforts of some unnamed folks to use last winter's lack of snow and this winter's slow start as proof of global warming. The head of the country's largest ski-resort operator said the ski industry must...

Some see silver lining in bark beetle epidemic

Aspen Times: The beetle epidemic that has killed trees on millions of acres in western North America isn't the ecological disaster it is often portrayed to be, a senior forest scientist with The Wilderness Society said Monday. Greg Aplet of The Wilderness Society's Denver office said forests are already showing signs of coming back in ways that will make them more resilient and adaptable to a changing environment brought by climate change. Aplet attended Friday's "Forests at Risk" conference which attracted...