Items by William Debuys

Why the Southwest is burning
Why the Southwest is burning
This season’s wildfires are caused by three things: Climate change-induced drought, bureaucratic blindness and old-fashioned human folly.
 The problem of Western water is not what you think
The problem of Western water is not what you think
Water conservation in the West is ultimately just a waste of time.
Climate change: Check the data yourself
Climate change: Check the data yourself
A collaborative online effort allows both skeptics and believers to study and compare the scientific data regarding climate change.
A Western primer
A Western primer
Western writers offer a generous and inspired list of recommended reading for the president-elect, including a diverse collection of fiction and nonfiction.
Los Alamos fire offers a lesson in humility
The writer believes that much can be learned from the Cerro Grande fire at Los Alamos, N.M., if we will acknowledge our ignorance and learn how to live in the West.
In search of a politics of union
In the West, a search for the politics of union is threatened by runaway litigation and advocacy groups that refuse to compromise.
Saint Contrary: John Wesley Powell
John Wesley Powell, who was a Civil War hero, scientist and geographer, as well as the explorer who first rafted the length of the Colorado River, could be the West's unofficial patron saint, a flawed and human saint whose ideas still challenge us today.