High Country News - Climate

Climate change is our new reality
Climate change is our new reality
A summer of hurricanes, flooding and wildfires made it clear: the climate is changing.
Farming in Alaska is increasingly possible
Farming in Alaska is increasingly possible
Longer growing seasons and food scarcity are turning more people to agriculture.
As oceans acidify, shellfish farmers respond
As oceans acidify, shellfish farmers respond
Scientists collaborate to mitigate climate impacts in the Northwest.
Tribes commit to uphold Paris climate agreement
Tribes commit to uphold Paris climate agreement
Western nations take action on climate change — and push for self-governance.
The end of an epic butterfly journey?
The end of an epic butterfly journey?
As the Western monarch population declines, survivors may become stranded in a growing sea of houses and farm fields.
U.S. and Mexico agree to share a shrinking Colorado River
U.S. and Mexico agree to share a shrinking Colorado River
The two nations are poised to sign an updated water pact to deal with drought.
McCain resumes his quest for climate change action
McCain resumes his quest for climate change action
The senator bucks his party on climate change, after years of silence.
The West’s dramatic wildfire season, explained
The West’s dramatic wildfire season, explained
A fire ecologist on how it happened, and why communities will have to adapt.
Why are federal flood maps so flawed?
Why are federal flood maps so flawed?
The maps are expensive to maintain and shaped by local politics.
How oceans impact Western reservoirs and rivers
How oceans impact Western reservoirs and rivers
New research on marine temperatures could help improve drought predictions.
The term ‘climate change’ isn’t working anymore
The term ‘climate change’ isn’t working anymore
What’s in a name when it comes to the global climate crisis?
Dams are a divisive issue, but do they need to be?
Dams are a divisive issue, but do they need to be?
What we can learn from the Elwa River.
Texas hurricane exposes flaws in flood protections
Texas hurricane exposes flaws in flood protections
After a series of disasters, a national insurance program is struggling financially.
Blame for wildfires gets pinned on ‘environmental extremists’
Blame for wildfires gets pinned on ‘environmental extremists’
Montana’s lawmakers slight climate change as a main driver for the state’s blazes.
Details emerge on proposed monument cutbacks
Details emerge on proposed monument cutbacks
Interior Secretary Zinke says he will recommend reductions to some monuments, but not eliminations.
States restrict chinook fisheries
States restrict chinook fisheries
Extreme climate conditions over recent years pummeled the king of Western salmon.
Will only the flexible survive?
Will only the flexible survive?
Researchers are identifying the West’s wildlife that can best cope with climate change.
In solar scuffle, big utilities meet their match
In solar scuffle, big utilities meet their match
Solar advocates win a surprising victory in Nevada.
West Obsessed: On finding our way in the Anthropocene
West Obsessed: On finding our way in the Anthropocene
How to confront hard truths about climate change and ecocide.
‘Flash drought’ threatens crops and cattle
‘Flash drought’ threatens crops and cattle
Exceptionally dry conditions in the northern Great Plains are devastating farmers and ranchers.