Drought

2017 in natural disasters
2017 in natural disasters
From massive wildfires to melting ice, the calamities that affected the West this year.
In the Southwest, a sustainable breed of cattle
In the Southwest, a sustainable breed of cattle
The criollo cow can thrive in hot, dry conditions that are difficult for other breeds.
A flood of drought news can reduce water use
A flood of drought news can reduce water use
Drought-stricken California conserved more when media coverage spiked.
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.
Can Aldo Leopold’s land ethic tackle our toughest problems?
Can Aldo Leopold’s land ethic tackle our toughest problems?
An argument for ‘voluntary decency.’
A Hot Day’s Night
A Hot Day’s Night
New fiction from the author of 'The Windup Girl.'
New cloud seeding study from Wyoming
New cloud seeding study from Wyoming
Research renews the debate about whether scientists can really make more rain.
Residential wells run completely dry in the Central Valley
Residential wells run completely dry in the Central Valley
The drought is not an abstract threat for families in Porterville, California.
California’s sweeping new groundwater regulations
California’s sweeping new groundwater regulations
Will the law finally mean better aquifer management for the drought-stricken state?
Dispatch from a young farmers confab
Dispatch from a young farmers confab
How better dirt can conserve water, save farming and help feed the West.
Colorado’s river economy worth $9 billion
Colorado’s river economy worth $9 billion
Outdoor recreation businesses say state water plan must do more to protect rivers.
How the hot and dry West is killing Rocky Mountain forests
How the hot and dry West is killing Rocky Mountain forests
A new report summarizes how climate change is accelerating tree death from fires, bark beetles and drought
A dam difficult job
A dam difficult job
California’s drought through the eyes of a water manager.
Shaken and stirred in California's recent earthquake
Shaken and stirred in California's recent earthquake
How seismic events can make drought impacts worse.
Summer rains in a drought-plagued state
Summer rains in a drought-plagued state
How much does a monsoon season relieve drought?
The prickly pear as California crop
The prickly pear as California crop
Can an overlooked succulent help salvage toxic soils?
To protect hydropower, utilities will pay Colorado River water users to conserve
Colorado water users gird for first statewide plan
Colorado River Basin groundwater levels drop even faster than reservoirs
California gears up to fine water wasters: Should we turn our neighbors in?
New Mexico is getting lucky so far this fire season
Rain watch
Rain watch
What to expect from the likely El Niño summer across the West.