Items by Cally Carswell

When the atmosphere 'goes bananas,' wildfires do too
When the atmosphere 'goes bananas,' wildfires do too
2011's huge wildfires and what they portend. Spoiler: More dead trees.
Another Yellowstone River oil spill
Another Yellowstone River oil spill
Pipeline safety regulation hasn't changed much since the last spill.
The Unusual Occupation at Utah’s Book Cliffs
The Unusual Occupation at Utah’s Book Cliffs
They’re burning mad about climate change. Are you?
Latest: Bison transferred to Fort Peck Indian Reservation
Latest: Bison transferred to Fort Peck Indian Reservation
Disease-free animals from Yellowstone get a new home.
Mapping wolf dispersal
Mapping wolf dispersal
A Northern Rockies wolf was spotted at the Grand Canyon.
Latest: Montana judge rules groups of wells illegal
Latest: Montana judge rules groups of wells illegal
“Exempt well” laws in most Western states allow domestic wells to be drilled without water rights.
The desert-friendly cow
The desert-friendly cow
A rancher and a researcher search for a better bovine — and think they’ve found one.
Midterm races to watch
Midterm races to watch
Only a handful of seats are truly up for grabs, including two in the West, and they’re being fiercely contested.
Climate change found to have spurred worldwide heatwaves
Climate change found to have spurred worldwide heatwaves
But floods and droughts have less certain links to planetary warming.
Faces of the grassroots climate movement: rowdy and rowdier
Faces of the grassroots climate movement: rowdy and rowdier
Marches around the country this week show ideological diversity among a new cohort of activists.
Hurdles mount for Northwest coal exports
Hurdles mount for Northwest coal exports
How high are the stakes for Western coal producers?
Summer rains in a drought-plagued state
Summer rains in a drought-plagued state
How much does a monsoon season relieve drought?
Imminent tar sands mine incites civil disobedience in Utah
A historic moment for the Clean Air Act
A historic moment for the Clean Air Act
How it arrived and how much it matters for the climate.
Is coal dead?
Is coal dead?
Which plants are slated for closure or switches to natural gas.
The privatization of public campground management
The privatization of public campground management
All the info you need to decide whether you love or hate that the Forest Service uses concessionaires.
Concessionaire Campgrounds: An Explainer
New Mexico is getting lucky so far this fire season
The West's crucial 2014 U.S. Senate races
Against all odds, wolf OR7 may have found a mate
A new era of clean air regulation is dawning
Joshua trees may be migrating north in response to climate change
The little fish that could
The little fish that could
An endangered Oregon minnow recovers, while many native fish still struggle.
Looking after we leap
Looking after we leap
Uncertainty about the effects of chemicals and environmental contaminants on human health often justifies lax regulation. Should it?
Ocean acidification is already driving changes in Northwestern marine ecology
Environmentalists without borders
Environmentalists without borders
The blue gum eucalyptus and its cousins are not especially invasive, making it harder to agree on their management.
The Tree Coroners
The Tree Coroners
To save the West’s forests, scientists must first learn how trees die.