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New interactive climate website shows dire risks to Colorado communities allows Coloradans to see neighborhood-level risks posed by heat, drought, wildfires, and ozone pollution
Smoke rising from a factory as a truck loaded with cars crosses a bridge in Paris, France, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Michel Euler


With meteorologists and climatologists predicting a warm and and dry spring for Colorado and most of the Western U.S., a new website from the Colorado Fiscal Institute (CFI) gives users the ability to see just how much risk their own neighborhoods and communities face due to climate change.

The new website released today features climate research from CFI Environmental Policy Analyst Pegah Jalali, whose 2021 report, "Colorado 2050: Why We Need Climate Resiliency to Protect Our Communities and Way of Life" featured various climate scenarios and risk levels for Colorado. Jalali's research showed many of Colorado's people and communities face an outsized risk from climate change.

"It's important to know how climate change will affect all of us and what we can do to avoid the most catastrophic scenarios," said CFI Environmental Policy Analyst Pegah Jalali, the lead researcher behind the website. "By visiting the website, Coloradans will be more informed about the risks, and learn more about ways they can urge Congress to take action to reduce the pollution that's causing our planet to warm."

CFI also announced they would be co-hosting a panel discussion on Wednesday, March 30 at 11:00 MDT that will highlight the new website, along with updates from U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and Colorado Second Congressional District Rep. Joe Neguse on the status of federal climate action. (RSVP for the March 30 event.)