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  • Utah's ancient Lake Bonneville holds clues to the West's changing climate

    Utah's ancient Lake Bonneville holds clues to the West's changing climate

    In Utah, scientists are exploring the site of a long-vanished inland sea called Lake Bonneville to understand the West's past - and future - climate.

  • Fighting the wind on a Montana camping trip

    Fighting the wind on a Montana camping trip

    If you want to be driven crazy by the wind, try canoeing and camping on Montana's Marias River.

  • It's a bird, it's a plane, its a contrail

    It's a bird, it's a plane, its a contrail

    A Westerner becomes a reluctant connoisseur of the contrails that streak across the region’s bright blue skies.

  • Bear witness to climate change

    Bear witness to climate change

    To imagine what your corner of the West will be like in a warmer climate, consider how different plants and animals are at a lower elevation.

  • Reawakening our wild humanity

    Human beings can learn a lot from our wild animal cousins, but we need to pay more attention to them — especially to the ones we flatten on the highways

  • The best-laid plans

    It’s high time Arizona realized it’s a desert, and has to share the Colorado River with six other dry Western states

  • What happened to winter?

    An unusual winter sends ripples through the West's water and wildlife systems, and leaves scientists wondering whether global warming is the cause.

  • On the trail of global warming

    This winter’s weird weather has everybody talking, but nobody wants to tackle the big question: Is global warming finally hitting the West?

  • Why should the Arctic Refuge matter to the ski industry?

    If the United States doesn’t come up with an intelligent energy strategy, global warming could spell the end of the ski industry

  • Exodus

    The abandonment of the American Southwest by the Anasazi 700 years ago – and the destruction of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina today – show that all civilizations are fragile, complex, and ultimately at the mercy of the climate

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