EnvironmentalPolicy

A collection of High Country News articles concerning public policy and the environment.
The term ‘climate change’ isn’t working anymore
The term ‘climate change’ isn’t working anymore
What’s in a name when it comes to the global climate crisis?
Do we have too many national monuments? 4 essential reads
Do we have too many national monuments? 4 essential reads
How might Trump’s administration unmake a monument, and what’s at stake? Experts offer some answers.
As sportsmen watch Zinke, disillusionment replaces hope
As sportsmen watch Zinke, disillusionment replaces hope
Concerns are rising that the Interior Secretary’s actions won’t match his rhetoric.
The rural programs threatened by Trump’s budget
The rural programs threatened by Trump’s budget
The rural West may have helped elect Trump, but his vision leaves them behind.
The long fight against Joe Arpaio will continue
The long fight against Joe Arpaio will continue
How ‘America’s toughest sheriff’ galvanized a movement among Arizona Latinos.
Gutting regulations damages democracy
Gutting regulations damages democracy
Shutting the public out of natural resource rule-making is bad for the environment — and the country.
Latest: A new push to ban predator poisoning
Latest: A new push to ban predator poisoning
Cyanide meant for coyotes also kills dogs and eagles, and injures people
Dams are a divisive issue, but do they need to be?
Dams are a divisive issue, but do they need to be?
What we can learn from the Elwa River.
Colorado’s biggest methane emitter may get a discount
Colorado’s biggest methane emitter may get a discount
In exchange, the state asks a coal mine to trap its gas—but the BLM won’t require it.
Texas hurricane exposes flaws in flood protections
Texas hurricane exposes flaws in flood protections
After a series of disasters, a national insurance program is struggling financially.
What the Arpaio pardon means for civil rights
What the Arpaio pardon means for civil rights
State and local officials may see it as permission to pursue more aggressive federal immigration tactics.
Fire scientists fight over what Western forests should look like
Fire scientists fight over what Western forests should look like
Controversial new studies question the conventional wisdom on Western ponderosa forests and the severity of their historic wildfires.
What Joe Arpaio represents in today’s American West
What Joe Arpaio represents in today’s American West
The embattled lawman faces charges of criminal contempt.
Are we ready to learn the lessons of fire and flood?
Are we ready to learn the lessons of fire and flood?
Sen. Larry Craig’s suggestion that New Orleans’ 9th Ward be restored as a wetland may represent a newfound respect for the power of nature and the limits of the human ability to control it
The Interior secretary gave a closed-door speech to ALEC
The Interior secretary gave a closed-door speech to ALEC
The pro-land-transfer group has the ear of Ryan Zinke and other key Trump cabinet members.
U.S. House moves to streamline water projects
U.S. House moves to streamline water projects
A controversial bill would weaken states’ control over water.
Hey hunters, don’t vote against protecting public lands
Hey hunters, don’t vote against protecting public lands
Hunting and angling groups said Trump would represent their interests — but they were wrong.
In solar scuffle, big utilities meet their match
In solar scuffle, big utilities meet their match
Solar advocates win a surprising victory in Nevada.
History tells us Donald Trump’s presidency is over
History tells us Donald Trump’s presidency is over
State governments have gone through similar crises — usually with a predictable end.
One grid to rule them all
One grid to rule them all
And in the darkness, bind them: The West’s bid for one big electric grid.