Climate Change and the West

Oil and gas drilling clouds the West's air
Air pollution from oil and gas drilling is on the increase in the Rocky Mountain West, and environmentalists and energy companies are trying to prevent it from getting any worse
The day they close the pass
The writer looks forward to the day they close the continent’s highest paved pass
States lead charge against global warming
With the federal government dragging its feet, Western states are beginning to take action to deal with greenhouse gas emissions and global warming
Is anyone home at the parks?
The Park Service has always excelled at managing visitors, and as global warming makes itself felt in Yosemite, Glacier and other national treasures, the agency should use its interpretive skills to explain what’s going on
The Ghosts of Yosemite
Modern-day scientists, retracing the path of Joseph Grinnell in Yosemite National Park, document conspicuous changes in the natural world and find a culprit unimagined by biologists 100 years ago: global warming
Lessons from the mountains to the stormy seas
The writer reminds us that nature bats last
Topsy turvy weather may be a sign of worse to come
The writer goes camping and finds topsy turvy weather
Outgrowing the Earth: The Food Security Challenge in an Age of Falling Water Tables and Rising Temperatures
In Outgrowing the Earth, environmental prophet Lester Brown writes a frightening nonfiction disaster thriller about the problems facing the planet
Seattle’s mayor leads the nation on global warming
The writer says Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels is modest but also fierce when it comes to combating global warming
This mayor sees a different shade of green
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels is striving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make his city environmentally sustainable
Buying used gets him enthused
The writer hunts for recycled bargains and revels in the chase
Why should the Arctic Refuge matter to the ski industry?
The writer, who runs the Aspen Skiing Company, worries about global climate change — a lot
Spring comes grudgingly to Wyoming’s high desert
The writer sees signs of spring as it grudgingly comes to Wyoming
Climate model may help farmers know what to grow
A high-tech climate model will give farmers in Washington’s Yakima Valley a kind of crystal ball for predicting weather, choosing which crops to plant, and dealing with drought and global warming
On the trail of global warming
This winter’s weird weather has everybody talking, but nobody wants to tackle the big question: Is global warming finally hitting the West?
What happened to winter?
An unusual winter sends ripples through the West's water and wildlife systems, and leaves scientists wondering whether global warming is the cause.
Spring
The writer welcomes the end of a claustrophobic winter outside of Boise, Idaho
The secret of Wyoming winters is the snow-eating chinook
The writer explains what makes Wyoming winters different
Those who choose risk should bear the cost
The writer looks at buildings sliding down a hill and says, 'No more.'
Where did the Northwest’s moisture go?
The writer is used to anything but an unseasonably dry Northwest