Items by Brian Calvert

No ordinary fire
On lodestones and millstones
Scarcity and survival reign in ‘The Water Knife’
Scarcity and survival reign in ‘The Water Knife’
A conversation with Paolo Bacigalupi about climate fiction, the power of water and his new novel.
How a warming Arctic affects Yellowstone grizzlies
How a warming Arctic affects Yellowstone grizzlies
For some bears, weird spring weather was a wake-up call. For humans, not so much.
Are we in a megadrought?
Are we in a megadrought?
As the dry-spell continues, a radio forum on water security in Western states.
As drought pervades, can markets make us water-wiser?
As drought pervades, can markets make us water-wiser?
Proponents say market tools can better move water where it's needed.
A modern movement in tribal building design
A modern movement in tribal building design
Review of "New Architecture on Indigenous Lands," by Joy Monice Malnar and Frank Vodvarka
More questions than answers
Reading Murkowski’s tea leaves
Reading Murkowski’s tea leaves
As chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the senator from Alaska holds much sway over Western issues
The push is on to “take back” public lands
Mapping threats on public land
Mapping threats on public land
Intimidation of federal officials is widespread across the West
Western states eye federal lands—again
Western states eye federal lands—again
The ultra-right ‘remedy’ for public lands.
A public land swap for the rich
A public land swap for the rich
As a deal gets sweetened, how do you measure what’s fair?
When is lightning likely?
When is lightning likely?
The National Weather Service’s new lightning potential index.
Climate canary
Climate canary
Greenhouse gases are changing the way we talk about coal.
‘Lucking out’ for Wyoming’s winter smog
‘Lucking out’ for Wyoming’s winter smog
Air quality gets a boost from the state’s infamous sagebrush and wind.
A canary for coal mines
A canary for coal mines
Colorado leasing case gives climate change new weight.
Is the Clean Water Act under attack?
Is the Clean Water Act under attack?
Big Ag wants rollbacks in fundamental legislation.
Which tributaries should be protected like the rivers they feed?
Which tributaries should be protected like the rivers they feed?
New rules may help regulators enforce an ambiguous law.
Rocky Flats and the power of forgetting
Rocky Flats and the power of forgetting
On nuclear legacy and the power of nature to adapt.
Will big snowpack bring floods to Colorado Front Range?
Planners gird for more woes after major snows.