Climate Change and the West
Rhonda Claridge describes a hard winter in the high mountains, and points out that one seldom-acknowledged effect of climate change could be harder winters in some parts of the world.
Nasty chemicals in the Western air; drilling dust; EPA gets tougher on mercury; wildlife agency reconsiders habitat for Canada lynx and protection for sage grouse and white-tailed prairie dogs; and Grand Canyon gets a man-made flood.
Public-land managers in the era of global warming face uncomfortable choices: Do they intervene to protect dying plants and animals, or stand back and let this new version of “nature” take its course?
A Phoenix symposium on dealing with drought and global warming echoes the larger uncertainties facing public-land and national park managers throughout the West.
Some activists fear that toxic chemicals in a New Mexico landfill, left over from Cold War-era nuclear weapons research, may be creeping toward the Albuquerque Aquifer.
Even as the air over power plants clears, the coal combustion waste on the ground gets worse – and the EPA seems disinclined to deal with the problem.
Pete Letheby says the West is headed for a hotter and drier future, and this time, as farmer Gerald Spangler warns him, we’re running out of groundwater.
Alan Kesselheim misses the summers of the past, when Western skies were blue and clear and not blurred and choked with smoke and ash.
Rocky Barker warns us that the new West is a world of inevitable, long-lasting and increasing forest fires.
George Sibley believes our Neandertal brains hold us back from accepting the fact that we cause global warming.
Robert Redford and Auden Schendler find it ironic that, under its current leadership, the Environmental Protection Agency could never qualify for one of the Climate Protection Awards it gives out.
Skeptics, even irrational ones, probably once had a useful evolutionary role to play in human communities, but in the face of rapid climate change, they are becoming a fatal obstacle
Auden Schendler finds the evidence compelling but resistance persistent about global-climate change.
California and the West decide to tackle global warming through the market – by buying and selling carbon
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