Climate Change and the West

BLM’s new fracking rules strike middle ground
BLM’s new fracking rules strike middle ground
But they're unlikely to resolve today's fierce skirmishes over oil and gas development.
Should the Bureau of Reclamation be abolished?
Should the Bureau of Reclamation be abolished?
Former Reclamation Commissioner Daniel Beard tells how defunct water policy, and the bureau itself, contribute to drought.
This just happened: Alaska’s warm winter
This just happened: Alaska’s warm winter
States give Senate an earful on EPA greenhouse gas plan
States give Senate an earful on EPA greenhouse gas plan
Wyoming critiques federal coal plant cleanup at Senate hearing.
The case of the snotty streams
The case of the snotty streams
A mysterious algae known as “rock snot” is smothering wild rivers — and may hold clues to their future.
The water czar who reshaped Colorado River politics
The water czar who reshaped Colorado River politics
Las Vegas’ Pat Mulroy initiated an era of deal-making that may buffer against catastrophic drought.
Early start to wildfire season
Early start to wildfire season
Blazes in California and Utah have officials on alert, but what they spell for the coming season is unclear.
Mapping Earth's hidden water
Mapping Earth's hidden water
A new NASA satellite will measure the planet's soil moisture.
Why are environmentalists mad at Jerry Brown?
Why are environmentalists mad at Jerry Brown?
The California governor has made bold moves on climate — but greens are disgruntled.
Give the fossil fuel industry free rein!
When the atmosphere 'goes bananas,' wildfires do too
When the atmosphere 'goes bananas,' wildfires do too
2011's huge wildfires and what they portend. Spoiler: More dead trees.
Mesas and Sky
Mesas and Sky
2014 Bell Prize runner-up
Climate change activism needs anybody
Climate change activism needs anybody
Neighbors find common ground in fighting global warming
The unusual occupation at Utah’s Book Cliffs
The unusual occupation at Utah’s Book Cliffs
They’re burning mad about climate change. Are you?
Introducing the idea of ‘hyperobjects’
Introducing the idea of ‘hyperobjects’
A new way of understanding climate change and other phenomena.
Four reasons why Keystone is a goner
Four reasons why Keystone is a goner
Climate change? Treaty rights? Sure, but the real killer is The Market.
New cloud seeding study from Wyoming
New cloud seeding study from Wyoming
Research renews the debate about whether scientists can really make more rain.
Conflicting forecasts for natural gas
Conflicting forecasts for natural gas
A new study suggests that estimates for U.S. supplies may be vastly overstated.
Chevrolet just helped bring grasslands into the carbon market
For climate activists, a bright spot in a dismal election
For climate activists, a bright spot in a dismal election
Environmentalists in the Pacific Northwest may lead the way.