Climate Change and the West

How an ancient potato helped people survive climate shifts
How an ancient potato helped people survive climate shifts
Utah-area tribes explain the continuing relevance of North America’s oldest spud.
Ski resorts prepare for warmer Northwest winters
Ski resorts prepare for warmer Northwest winters
Shrinking snowpack has led some resorts to use costly, water-intensive snowmakers.
Shrub-choked wildlands played a role in California fires
Shrub-choked wildlands played a role in California fires
The deadly Wine Country blazes ignited and grew in forests and shrublands.
San Francisco sues Big Oil for climate adaptation
San Francisco sues Big Oil for climate adaptation
Sea level rise could lead to catastrophic flooding, and the city blames Exxon and BP.
Latest: More pushback against coal export terminals
Latest: More pushback against coal export terminals
Proposed terminal in Longview, Washington, denied key water permit.
One in 30 wells in the West failed in recent years
One in 30 wells in the West failed in recent years
New research shows just how many wells ran dry between 2013 and 2015.
‘Diabolical’ mussels begin their march into Montana
‘Diabolical’ mussels begin their march into Montana
Divisions between state and tribal agencies could keep the door open for a most unwelcome visitor.
Thousands find refuge from Northern California fires
Thousands find refuge from Northern California fires
Fast-moving wildfires have burned over 200,000 acres and killed at least 31 people.
Historic wildfires rip through California wine country
Historic wildfires rip through California wine country
Thirteen people have died and many more are missing or injured as fires spread.
One race may tip Washington’s state Senate from red to blue
One race may tip Washington’s state Senate from red to blue
Campaign donations are flowing at record pace for a state Senate seat in the high-tech suburbs of Seattle.
The takedown of the Clean Power Plan begins
The takedown of the Clean Power Plan begins
Scott Pruitt helps Trump deliver on campaign promise: Reduce EPA to ‘little tidbits.’
 19 Western species won’t receive federal protections
19 Western species won’t receive federal protections
The animals range from minuscule Nevada mollusks to dwindling Pacific walruses.
West Obsessed: Where climate adaptation is happening
West Obsessed: Where climate adaptation is happening
The president may think climate change is a hoax, but communities across the West are facing reality.
What drove an Interior whistleblower to dissent?
What drove an Interior whistleblower to dissent?
Climate change official Joel Clement was one of the few current staffers to speak out.
Gina McCarthy holds out hope on climate policy
Gina McCarthy holds out hope on climate policy
The former head of the EPA isn’t despairing despite Trump administration rollbacks.
As sea levels rise, so should our action and alarm
As sea levels rise, so should our action and alarm
Seven women evoke the impact of rising seas by standing their ground.
Channel your wildfire angst into climate change action
Channel your wildfire angst into climate change action
Oregon’s sorrow and wrath from the Eagle Creek Fire should be put towards policy.
Western governors take the lead on climate change
Western governors take the lead on climate change
New alliance highlights states’ progress despite President Donald Trump’s rollbacks.
West Obsessed: The battle over solar energy
West Obsessed: The battle over solar energy
High Country News delves into a win for Nevada’s solar customers and what it means for the grid.
Coal. Guns. Freedom?
Coal. Guns. Freedom?
How the Trump administration has seized mythologies around coal.
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