California

Mapping fish die-offs in warming waters
Mapping fish die-offs in warming waters
Help High Country News identify trouble spots for West Coast fish runs.
Where vandals target Western parks
Where vandals target Western parks
A by-the-numbers look at the most graffitied national parks.
Scientists strengthen link between climate change and drought
Scientists strengthen link between climate change and drought
How much of California's dry spell can be traced to climate change?
The man behind the monumental aqueduct
The man behind the monumental aqueduct
Review of ‘Water to the Angels’ by Les Standiford.
How the Point Reyes oyster battles challenged our idea of wilderness
How the Point Reyes oyster battles challenged our idea of wilderness
Review of a new book, 'Oyster War' by Summer Brennan.
California drought renews push for water storage projects
California drought renews push for water storage projects
A long-standing proposal to enlarge Shasta Dam gets a boost from the Bureau of Reclamation.
When the wildfire season never ends
When the wildfire season never ends
As fire season gets longer, fire managers scramble to keep up.
Wilderness vs. mining, Roundup research and Western prisons
Freeway closure by flash flood should teach us a lesson
Freeway closure by flash flood should teach us a lesson
Is it time to diversify the West's transportation options?
Deaths renew calls for national parks to rescind BASE jumping bans
Deaths renew calls for national parks to rescind BASE jumping bans
Squirrel suited flyers say the bans actually contribute to deadly accidents.
Drought bill aims to build dams to alleviate water shortages
Drought bill aims to build dams to alleviate water shortages
Despite the drought, agriculture in California is in better shape than you might think.
EPA to study effects of Roundup on 1,500 endangered species
EPA to study effects of Roundup on 1,500 endangered species
300 million pounds of glyphosate are used in the U.S. each year, but its impacts are largely unknown.
Cliff-jumpers versus condors in SoCal
Cliff-jumpers versus condors in SoCal
Can $5,000 fines and jail time protect an endangered species from thrill-seekers?
How the California drought exacerbates water contamination
How the California drought exacerbates water contamination
This rural community couldn't drink the water, even if they had it.
Obama designates three more national monuments
Obama designates three more national monuments
Vast stretches of Nevada and Northern California are now protected, bringing Obama's count to 19.
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.
The U.S.’s only rare-earth mine files for bankruptcy
The U.S.’s only rare-earth mine files for bankruptcy
How plain old economics could end Molycorp’s Mountain Pass Mine in the Mojave Desert.
How the West will feel groundwater shortages
How the West will feel groundwater shortages
New research shows stressed water supplies, as demand increases.
Lake Mead watch: six inches from the level that triggers cutbacks
Lake Mead watch: six inches from the level that triggers cutbacks
If water curtailments go into effect, which states are most vulnerable, and why?
Why rare-earth mining in the West is a bust
Why rare-earth mining in the West is a bust
Forget the hype. In the global rush for energy-critical elements, our region can't compete.
BLM advances solar project that will harm bighorn sheep
BLM advances solar project that will harm bighorn sheep
The Bechtel Corporation's Soda Mountain solar farm will undo decades of conservation in California.
Senate considers legislation to help the West store and conserve water
Senate considers legislation to help the West store and conserve water
Twelve Western states have declared drought emergencies.
A Yosemite gathering takes on culture, race, socioeconomics in national parks
A Yosemite gathering takes on culture, race, socioeconomics in national parks
Minorities, millennials and urbanites are less likely to visit national parks than upwardly mobile, white baby-boomers.