Climate Change and the West

California's carbon market may succeed where others have failed
California's carbon market may succeed where others have failed
The Golden State's new cap-and-trade program aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions while avoiding the pitfalls of similar attempts.
Science for the long now
Nevada climate research will inform water planning
Good news for people who love bad news
Beetle-killed trees release less CO2 than previously thought
Much ado about mud
Supreme Court vindicates timber industry in logging-road runoff case
Locally-grown climate conversations
An innovative reporting project brings the meaning of climate change home
Greg Hanscom on ski towns and climate change
Greg Hanscom on ski towns and climate change
Greg Hanscom discusses the prospects for economies built on snow with KDNK's Nelson Harvey.
How much would you pay for clean water?
A Salt Lake City suburb decides whether to risk chemicals in its drinking water, or pay to clean it up
(Manmade) snow is for fighting over
(Manmade) snow is for fighting over
In an increasingly arid West, snow-making becomes a more important component of a ski area’s operating plan. But they need water to make snow, and getting it isn’t always easy.
Global warming's reluctant poster child
Global warming's reluctant poster child
The ski industry, for whom bad press means all the difference between a banner year and a bust, tries to manage public perception of climate change's impact on snowfall and resort conditions.
Climate change turns an already troubled ski industry on its head
Climate change turns an already troubled ski industry on its head
California's Mammoth Mountain provides a case study on the uncertainty of the ski business, and how global warming threatens to make it even more unpredictable.
Ski industry supports cloud seeding but downplays climate change
Ski industry supports cloud seeding but downplays climate change
Getting skiers on the slopes is less about actual snow and more about getting skiers to believe there is snow.
Want to put Western weather on the map?
Your smartphone data could help a Washington researcher predict the weather
China v. Utah: Whose air is worse?
China v. Utah: Whose air is worse?
It’s hard to tell Beijing from Salt Lake when pollution clouds the air.
Sierra Club fights Keystone XL with civil disobedience
Sierra Club fights Keystone XL with civil disobedience
The act will be the first of its kind sanctioned by the group’s board of directors in its 120 year history, and may push the conversation over the controversial tar-sands oil pipeline to a new level.
A new normal for snow
A new normal for snow
The dry 2000s means snow trackers have to adjust "normal" downward.
Public pollution data make for a less-filthy West
The EPA's annual toxics report is out. It's not perfect, but we shouldn't take it for granted.