Items by Cally Carswell

Westerners' presidential proclivities
Westerners' presidential proclivities
Red-blue swings in presidential elections since 1960 show the region’s political landscape has always been dynamic.
Environment 2012
How environmental issues are playing in two important Western races
Fall books offer journeys of the mind
Fall books offer journeys of the mind
New Western fiction and nonfiction for fall 2012.
New podcast: Fire & Brimstone
The backstory to our piece about a controversial new fire study, and a wildfire travelogue
West of 100: Fire & Brimstone
West of 100: Fire & Brimstone
The backstory to Emily Guerin's report on the scientific debate over how "normal" severe fire is, and a travelogue from the Gila Wilderness in the wake of this year's massive blaze.
Grand Canyon floods and native fish
Grand Canyon floods and native fish
Scientists thought periodic, controlled floods in the Grand Canyon might help native fish. But so far, there's little evidence they have.
Salvation for our dam nation?
Salvation for our dam nation?
Although dam removals are occurring across the West, they're the exception more than the rule. And some dwindling species, like pallid sturgeon, may not be able to wait for our rivers to return to normal.
Cracking the ozone code in Utah's gas fields
Cracking the ozone code in Utah's gas fields
Can gas drilling and clean air co-exist?
Conventioneering
Convention rhetoric spotlights the ever-widening divide between Republicans and Democrats on the environment
Beyond ozone
Researchers attempt to tease out the health effects of emissions from oil and gas drilling.
New podcast, all about drought
An oral history of the 1950s drought, and a new study on the 2000 - 2004 drought, and how it stacks up against what we can expect in the future
West of 100: Droughts past, present and future
West of 100: Droughts past, present and future
An oral history of the 1950s drought in West Texas, and a look at what the 2000 to 2004 drought could portend for the future.
Global warming, local politics
Los Angeles blazes new trails in climate adaptation
Not "pristine", but still wild and unpredictable
Not "pristine", but still wild and unpredictable
In this new, human-dominated epoch, the "Anthropocene," every attempt at restoration is likely to be filled with tough and risky choices.
New podcast: The ski industry and climate change
The industry should do more to address its biggest threat
The ski industry, climate hawk?
The ski industry, climate hawk?
Aspen Skiing Company Sustainability VP Auden Schendler, and professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones on why ski corporations and pro athletes should step up to the climate crisis -- and how they can do it.
New podcast: Sun Tunnels, hitchhiking, the modern hobo
Just in time for summer travel season, we spend this episode of West of 100 wandering the West
Dear monsoon, please materialize
Could the drought-wildfire cycle be even more vicious than we imagined?
Three days in southwest New Mexico
Three days in southwest New Mexico
Santa Fe may be too ritzy for its britches, but the funky, far-flung towns of southern New Mexico still have that special "spice" that makes the state unique.
The Excursions Episode
The Excursions Episode
Thought-provoking jaunts to inspire your own Western wanderings this summer: a visit to Utah's Sun Tunnels; a peek into modern hobo culture; and a beginner's guide to hitchhiking.
Old and foul-mouthed
A good rule of thumb for measuring pollution from power plants: the older, the dirtier
The ideological war against renewable energy
Republicans attack one of their own sacred cows -- the military -- for diversifying its energy supply
New podcast: There's (still) gold in them thar hills!
The latest episode of HCN's new monthly podcast, West of 100, is now available. Tune in -- it's free!
There's (still) gold in them thar hills
There's (still) gold in them thar hills
Soaring prices are driving a new gold rush -- among mining behemoths and small-time prospectors.
Dear HCN: Reader survey responses
A sampling of what you had to say
Go down to the river and play
Digging the L.A. River out of a bureaucratic morass
Could Arizona go blue?
In recent years, several Western states have leaned from right to left. Is Arizona, of all places, next?
Lost and found waterways
Lost and found waterways
Rediscovering the forgotten rivers and streams of Los Angeles and Tucson.
All noisy on the Western front
New discoveries about the cascading impacts of noise on ecosystems
The sound of silence
The sound of silence
The world is getting noisier. Should we worry?