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  • Fighting the wind on a Montana camping trip

    Fighting the wind on a Montana camping trip

    If you want to be driven crazy by the wind, try canoeing and camping on Montana's Marias River.

  • Utah's ancient Lake Bonneville holds clues to the West's changing climate

    Utah's ancient Lake Bonneville holds clues to the West's changing climate

    In Utah, scientists are exploring the site of a long-vanished inland sea called Lake Bonneville to understand the West's past - and future - climate.

  • Western scientists study the past to predict the future

    Scientists are digging into the past of the West to try to understand what the future may bring.

  • It's a bird, it's a plane, its a contrail

    It's a bird, it's a plane, its a contrail

    A Westerner becomes a reluctant connoisseur of the contrails that streak across the region’s bright blue skies.

  • The year in water

    A La Niña year brings a good snowpack to some Western states and little or nothing to others.

  • Bear witness to climate change

    Bear witness to climate change

    To imagine what your corner of the West will be like in a warmer climate, consider how different plants and animals are at a lower elevation.

  • Hot time in the city

    In the dog days of a hot summer, Allen Best wonders if air conditioning is altogether a good thing.

  • Into thin air?

    Global warming spurs calls for new dams in the West – but where will the water come from to fill them?

  • Wolves have a reputation that’s larger than life

    Some hunters are blaming the Big Bad Wolf for a decline in the northern Yellowstone elk herd, but Dan Whipple points out that recent weather – and Montana hunting policy – are more likely to be responsible.

  • Climate-change clues — in tropical glaciers

    In Thin Ice: Unlocking the Secrets of Climate in the World’s Highest Mountain Ranges, mountain climber and physicist Mark Bowen follows researchers who are finding clues to climate change in high-altitude tropical glaciers

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