Climate Change

Mapping Earth's hidden water
Mapping Earth's hidden water
A new NASA satellite will measure the planet's soil moisture.
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.
Introducing the idea of ‘hyperobjects’
Introducing the idea of ‘hyperobjects’
A new way of understanding climate change and other phenomena.
A neologism for the summer’s inevitable wildfires: smoke season
What's killing the Yukon's salmon?
What's killing the Yukon's salmon?
An ecological mystery in Alaska has scientists and fishermen baffled and alarmed.
River of no return
River of no return
Seattle’s Duwamish has been straightened, dredged and heavily polluted. Can a Superfund cleanup bring it back to life?
What hides in the waters
What hides in the waters
In the rural West, river pollution seems somewhat straightforward, when in reality it’s infinitely complex.
Duwamish sludge, from source to sink
Duwamish sludge, from source to sink
A close look at ‘Seattle’s toilet’
New Mexico is getting lucky so far this fire season
Why did oil spills go undetected for so long?
The leak heard ‘round the nuclear industry
The leak heard ‘round the nuclear industry
A radioactive leak in New Mexico will make solutions to our waste problem even more elusive.