Climate Change and the West

Climate showdown on the Willamette in Oregon
Climate showdown on the Willamette in Oregon
Activists target shipping hubs to influence fossil fuel development in Alaska.
The 2015 fire season hasn’t broken any all-time records — yet
The 2015 fire season hasn’t broken any all-time records — yet
The usually fire-prone Southwest has burned less than the Pacific Northwest, California and Alaska.
Interior launches national conversation on federal coal
Interior launches national conversation on federal coal
Should royalties be higher to account for social costs of climate change?
Drought damages trees' ability to store carbon
Drought damages trees' ability to store carbon
How long-term forest health is compromised years after dry-spells.
Murkowski unveils energy plan for the nation
Murkowski unveils energy plan for the nation
Highlights and what it would mean for Western states.
When the wildfire season never ends
When the wildfire season never ends
As fire season gets longer, fire managers scramble to keep up.
Supreme Court wants EPA to consider regulatory costs and benefits
Supreme Court wants EPA to consider regulatory costs and benefits
Agency asked to weigh improvements in human health against cost to industry
Climate-vulnerable pikas may be surprisingly resilient to wildfire
Climate-vulnerable pikas may be surprisingly resilient to wildfire
These high-elevation creatures may find insulation in talus fields, according to new research.
Hot times usher in early Northwest wildfire season
Hot times usher in early Northwest wildfire season
While Oregon and Washington broil, the Southwest and Southern Rockies enjoy a welcome reprieve of moisture
Mapping drought's impact on electricity generation
Mapping drought's impact on electricity generation
Natural gas, wind and solar fill some of the hydropower deficit in California.
Methane leaks from oil and gas production on federal lands
Methane leaks from oil and gas production on federal lands
New proposals from EPA and BLM to curtail leaks are due out this summer.
Hillary would charge new fees for fossil fuel extraction
Hillary would charge new fees for fossil fuel extraction
Candidate for Democratic nomination tells Republican presidential hopefuls to heed scientists on global warming.
Canada can't expand oil sands and also meet global climate goals
Canada can't expand oil sands and also meet global climate goals
103 scientists call for a moratorium on new development.
Natural gas leaks are dangerous and exacerbate climate change
Natural gas leaks are dangerous and exacerbate climate change
Plus, enough gas has escaped infrastructure since 2010 to heat 170,000 homes for a year.
Scarcity and survival reign in ‘The Water Knife’
Scarcity and survival reign in ‘The Water Knife’
A conversation with Paolo Bacigalupi about climate fiction, the power of water and his new novel.
Genetic research lays foundation for bold conservation strategies
Genetic research lays foundation for bold conservation strategies
To save the greatest number of species, should we focus on the most common?
I have seen the future, and it looks like Mad Max
I have seen the future, and it looks like Mad Max
How a post-apocalyptic action movie can help us ward off ecological disaster.
A bull trout reintroduction in Oregon proves what’s possible
A bull trout reintroduction in Oregon proves what’s possible
The ambitious effort brings a threatened predator back to the Clackamas watershed.
More waterways likely protected under new EPA rule
More waterways likely protected under new EPA rule
The controversial Clean Water Act rule protects tributaries with any sign of water, no matter the flow.
Should states be responsible for protecting the atmosphere?
Should states be responsible for protecting the atmosphere?
A youth-led climate action campaign in Oregon gets its days in court.