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  • Two weeks in the West

    Despite a cold winter, the West is still warming; the Southern Nevada Water Authority has wild ideas about water; renewable energy is on a roll, but expensive Western resorts are not; neglected Forest Service roads make a mess in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Waiting for Rain

    The hurricanes in the Gulf and New Mexico’s endless drought lead the author to wonder why it is human beings refuse to take nature seriously

  • What's worse than the worst-case scenario? Real life

    Ten years ago, Ben Harding created a worst-case drought scenario for a U.S. Geological Survey study, but the current drought on the Colorado River may be even worse than he imagined

  • Troubled — and shallow — waters on the West's largest river

    The Columbia River Basin's serious drought means a hard choice between fish and hydropower

  • On the Colorado River, a tug-of-war on a tightrope

    A wet winter postpones the declaration of a shortage on the Colorado River as the Upper and Lower Basin states continue to squabble over long-strategy for dealing with the region's droughts

  • Outgrowing the Earth: The Food Security Challenge in an Age of Falling Water Tables and Rising Temperatures

    In Outgrowing the Earth, environmental prophet Lester Brown writes a frightening nonfiction disaster thriller about the problems facing the planet

  • Effluent, effluent everywhere

    A recent turbidity crisis in Paonia resulted in the issuance of a “boil order,” which reminded us locals how precious clean water is in the arid West.

  • Harvesting the sky

    Thirsty Santa Fe, N.M., considers an innovative law requiring all new buildings to install rainwater-harvesting systems.

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