Climate Change and the West

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.
Get used to the new normal
New 30-year climate normals show there's less snow now
Reorganization or regression?
When The New York Times dismantles its environmental news desk, it says something. But what?
The climate conversation
Who cares about climate change? Still too few
A bridge to nowhere?
The climate friendliness of natural gas comes into question, again
An underwater forest reveals the story of a historic megadrought
An underwater forest reveals the story of a historic megadrought
Scientists find a climatic archive at the bottom of an alpine lake in California's Sierra Nevada.
The future of our forests
Park Williams on why warmer temperatures will debilitate Southwestern forests
Dispersing the toxicity
Alaska environmental groups seek evaluation of oil dispersants' harms
Here come the Super Storms
Here come the Super Storms
A storm on the Alaskan coast last year eerily resembled the recent and devastating Sandy.