Climate Change and the West

The tenuous revival of Mono Lake
The tenuous revival of Mono Lake
Its defenders won a long fight over water with Los Angeles. Now, drought is raising new questions about its future.
Federal fossil fuels programs contradict Obama’s climate goals
Federal fossil fuels programs contradict Obama’s climate goals
Despite the Keystone rejection, keep-it-in-the-ground activism is still a sideshow to the larger climate movement.
Can small communities tackle global food security?
Can small communities tackle global food security?
Climate change has profound impacts on growing seasons and crop yields, but local solutions have promise.
What does super El Niño mean for the American West?
What does super El Niño mean for the American West?
The weather event follows Earth’s two hottest years on record.
Five lessons for Indian Country from the Canadian elections
Five lessons for Indian Country from the Canadian elections
A record 54 indigenous candidates ran in this election, but still occupy just three percent of the House of Commons.
Is this climate change-battered conifer migrating northward?
Is this climate change-battered conifer migrating northward?
Scientists in Alaska are mapping what may be the tip of yellow cedar’s expanding range.
Environmentalists on both sides of the border eye Canadian election
Environmentalists on both sides of the border eye Canadian election
Our neighbor to the north has taken an aggressively anti-climate, pro-pipeline tack. But the upcoming election could change that.
Manifest destiny today, bees and climate, sage grouse legal wrangling on the horizon.
Can the pope bridge the climate divide?
Can the pope bridge the climate divide?
Catholics in the West are responding to his call. Will Congress?
The rise of Lisa Murkowski
The rise of Lisa Murkowski
Alaska’s pragmatic senator wants to reshape America’s energy policy.
Fossil fuel extraction on public lands is the next climate fight
Fossil fuel extraction on public lands is the next climate fight
Stopping Keystone is only one part of the larger agenda to keep fossil fuels in the ground.
Does optimism have a place in Western water politics?
Does optimism have a place in Western water politics?
Writer John Fleck wants us to abandon our dried-up narratives of doom.
Pope Francis and Obama make joint appeal for climate action
Pope Francis and Obama make joint appeal for climate action
Pope’s address promises to rile Republicans who deny human connection to climate change.
What Mt. Hood’s fading summer ski season means
What Mt. Hood’s fading summer ski season means
As year-round skiing in the Pacific Northwest diminishes, what else will be lost?
Shell’s giving up drilling in the Arctic Ocean. Now what?
Shell’s giving up drilling in the Arctic Ocean. Now what?
The (controversial) case for drilling the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
A crude oil export ban primer
A crude oil export ban primer
All you need to know, and then some, about selling U.S. oil overseas.
Are nonprofit models an answer for small ski areas?
Are nonprofit models an answer for small ski areas?
As climate and economic challenges mount, some community ski hills find a new path.
Mapping fish die-offs in warming waters
Mapping fish die-offs in warming waters
Help High Country News identify trouble spots for West Coast fish runs.
Latest: Environmentalists regroup after Washington’s carbon plan fails
Latest: Environmentalists regroup after Washington’s carbon plan fails
Green groups spent big in the last election in the Northwest.
Could fugitive methane help out remote communities?
Could fugitive methane help out remote communities?
The greenhouse gas that seeps from underground is both a problem and opportunity.