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Last year was the third-warmest year on record in Colorado Springs, behind 2012 and 1934, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo. (Carol Lawrence, Gazette file)
Fewer Mild Days
FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2013 file photo, a child plays with a ball next to a couple posing for a photographer in a park outside Bucharest, Romania. Newlywed couples took advantage of the unusual warm weather for the month of November, with temperatures reaching 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit), for outdoor photo sessions. Kiss goodbye some of those postcard-perfect, ideal-for-outdoor-wedding days. A new study said global warming is going to steal some of those exceedingly pleasant weather days from our future. On average, Earth will have four fewer days of mild and mostly dry weather by 2035 and ten fewer of them by the end of the century, according to a first-of-its-kind projection of nice weather. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
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West Elk Mine in Somerset, Colorado continues to operate, April 28, 2016. Two others mines in the area recently closed.(Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post)
Director Diana Miller displays a peregrine falcon while volunteer Kelley Stevenson puts a barred owl back into an enclosure at the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo on Thursday, December 8, 2016. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette
Roy Catalano and Ron Boddicker check out some birds from the El Paso County Community Services Fountain Creek Nature Center after participating in a bird count on Saturday, January 14, 2017. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette
A test site for the proposed rocky quarry in Little Turkey Creek Canyon can be seen from the road that drives through the Hitch Rack Ranch Friday, July 22, 2016.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A test site for the proposed rocky quarry in Little Turkey Creek Canyon can be seen from the road that drives through the Hitch Rack Ranch Friday, July 22, 2016. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2015, file photo, water flows through a series of sediment retention ponds built to reduce heavy metal and chemical contaminants from the Gold King Mine wastewater accident in the spillway about 1/4 mile downstream from the mine outside Silverton, Colo. On Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court asked the Justice Department to weigh in on New Mexico's lawsuit against Colorado over the Gold King mine waste spill that polluted rivers in both states and in Utah. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
Oil and Gas Colorado
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper listens as Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announces that the federal government has canceled 25 leases for oil and gas wells on pristine federal land in Colorado during a news conference Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in the State Capitol in Denver. Stakeholders decided after years of negotiations that preserving the parcels for recreation was a better use for the land. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Green Powered Boat
This computer image provided by Energy Observer, shows the Energy Observer boat, which is powered solely by renewable energies and hydrogen. The first self-sufficient boat only powered by emission-free energy will start a six-year trip around the world next spring. (Energy Observer via AP)