Climate Change and the West

Who'll stop the rain?
January may have brought rain and snow to parts of the West, but the study of past climates warns us that we still have to learn to live with drought
Written in the Rings
The study of tree rings opens a window into the West’s distant past, and warns us that the region’s future may be dangerously hot and dry
Here’s hoping the drought is not over
The writer welcomes the latest moisture but says we still need to learn the lessons of drought
State loopholes upset Clean Air Act
The Environmental Integrity Project has issued a new report on power plant emissions called Gaming the System: How the Off-the-Books Industrial Upset Emissions Cheat the Public Out of Clean Air
A beautiful ode to a melting earth
Gretel Ehrlich’s recent book, The Future of Ice: A Journey Into Cold, is an intimate "ode and lament" on global warming and the end of winter
Think global (warming,) act local
The Rocky Mountain Climate Organization, a new Colorado nonprofit, is taking a local approach to the global problem of climate change
Citizens wary of their nuclear neighbor
Sandia National Laboratories wants to monitor the nuclear waste in a Cold War-era landfill just outside Albuquerque, rather than excavate it or try to move it elsewhere
When yesterday’s garbage becomes today’s collectible
A visit to Glass Beach in California leads to dumpster-diving on a grand scale, and offers a preview of future geologic strata
In a warming West, expect more fire
A new scientific study predicts that overall wildfire size in the West will double by 2100 because of global warming
When yesterday’s garbage becomes today’s collectibles
Alan Kesselheim visits Glass Beach in California, where garbage is being transmuted into collectibles.
Hot Times - Global Warming in the West
Global Warming is showing up in the West, in everything from receding glaciers to shrinking pika habitat
Of global warming and White House elephants
The Bush administration needs to start dealing with global climate change, and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger may help to point the way
Mowing down pollution
California tackles air pollution caused by gas-guzzling power lawn mowers
Wanted: Leak-proof dumps
Because arid Wyoming built landfills without liners, at least 21 of the state’s dumps are now leaking dangerous chemicals into groundwater
Global Warming's Unlikely Harbingers
Mountain pine beetles are attacking more forests and more varieties of trees — and thriving at higher elevations than ever before — and some scientists believe global climate change is at the root of the problem
Perspectives on change — climate change
Charles Wohlforth looks at climate change in Alaska from two cultures’ viewpoints, when he talks to scientists and to the Inupiaq people in The Whale and the Supercomputer: On The Northern Front of Climate Change
The salting of the West – who cares?
Stephen Voynick says tons of salt are dumped on Western highways and no one seems to care
A near-miss for California’s clean-air rules
California’s newest clean-air law, designed to deal with pollution from small engines, narrowly survives an attempt to shoot it down in the U.S. Congress
The biggest environmental issue is staring us in the face
Tom Bell says we’d better connect the dots that reveal global warming.
Leaving Las Vegas
Sarah Flick writes about a snowy spring in the Nevada desert and other wonders of aridity before leaving Las Vegas