Climate Change

Fires sweep the Southwest
Fires sweep the Southwest
In an unseasonably hot and dry West, an intense fire season takes shape.
In budget hearings, a pathway to a leaner Interior
In budget hearings, a pathway to a leaner Interior
Zinke hints at more boots on the ground and fewer lawyers in Department shakeup.
The Colorado River is shrinking because of climate change
The Colorado River is shrinking because of climate change
A long-term drought threatens Western cities’ water supplies.
Climate change looms large over Obama’s Yosemite visit
Climate change looms large over Obama’s Yosemite visit
As the park prepped for President Obama’s visit, experts hope to highlight a park in flux.
It’s time to put a price on carbon
It’s time to put a price on carbon
The United States should set a persuasive example for the rest of the world.
A drying lake, and a conundrum
When water turns to dust
When water turns to dust
In Oregon, a cluster of lakes is drying up — with dire impacts for the millions of migrating birds that survive off them.
El Niño adds fuel to Southwestern fires
El Niño adds fuel to Southwestern fires
In California, Arizona and New Mexico, an underperforming weather pattern increased wildfire risk.
Latest: EPA finalizes rules to reduce methane leakage
Latest: EPA finalizes rules to reduce methane leakage
The rules target new oil and gas infrastructure.
It’s time for our legislators to stop ignoring science
It’s time for our legislators to stop ignoring science
How public policy-making ought to work: Get the facts, make the policy.
How the livestock industry can help cut greenhouse gas emissions
How the livestock industry can help cut greenhouse gas emissions
New study shows better grazing and ranch management can reduce methane, nitrous oxide.
Science education program teaches impacts of fossil fuels at their source
Science education program teaches impacts of fossil fuels at their source
In Colorado’s oil- and gas-producing counties, science teachers broach a thorny subject in their own backyard.
What the West’s trees tell us
What the West’s trees tell us
How can biomass and carbon data help us mitigate the effects of human activity?
Protests against drilling on public lands are escalating
Protests against drilling on public lands are escalating
In Colorado, another showdown at a government auction for oil and gas leases.
Glacier National Park reshuffles native trout
Glacier National Park reshuffles native trout
The move will protect species at risk from climate change and invasive fish in new habitats.
As Lake Mead sinks, states agree to more drastic water cuts
As Lake Mead sinks, states agree to more drastic water cuts
California, Arizona and Nevada are back in negotiations about the dwindling Colorado River water supply.
Snowpack is melting fast, despite April storms
Snowpack is melting fast, despite April storms
It has dwindled faster than experts have seen in nearly four decades, which could upset reservoir management.
This year’s weird Alaska winter should make us very, very nervous.
This year’s weird Alaska winter should make us very, very nervous.
It’s time to think of winters like the past three as glimpses into the future.
New report: West Coast waters face double threat
New report: West Coast waters face double threat
Ocean acidification, driven by global fossil fuel emissions, is being exacerbated by local pollution.
County by county, the West braces for rise in mosquito-borne diseases
County by county, the West braces for rise in mosquito-borne diseases
As the climate warms, mosquitoes thrive, and communities try to figure out how to prevent disease outbreak.
It’s time to stop development and save the Rio Grande
Five sea level rise studies that could help cities plan for climate change
Five sea level rise studies that could help cities plan for climate change
A slew of research points to rapidly rising oceans. How will the West Coast adapt?
Clean Power Plan stay spurs enviros into action
Clean Power Plan stay spurs enviros into action
The unexpected stay, plus attempts to block Obama from appointing a Supreme Court justice, energized greens.