Climate Change and the West

All (climate) politics is local
All (climate) politics is local
During a dry spring, Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet visits rural Colorado to talk economics and agriculture.
How to celebrate Earth Day
How to celebrate Earth Day
Stand up for public lands, fight climate change and get outside this April 22 — and all year long.
House Democrats challenge Interior on altered report
House Democrats challenge Interior on altered report
Secretary Zinke said he hadn’t seen drafts omitting humans’ role in climate change.
Park Service report nixes humans’ role in climate change
Park Service report nixes humans’ role in climate change
Interior promised not to interfere with agency science. A long-awaited report shows otherwise.
California steps up for environmental justice
California steps up for environmental justice
In the absence of federal leadership, a new state office for communities affected by pollution takes shape.
Coastal cities battle industry over climate change
Coastal cities battle industry over climate change
Fossil fuel companies face mounting lawsuits for their contributions to the looming climate catastrophe.
A flurry of research illuminates snow’s foes
A flurry of research illuminates snow’s foes
New studies detail how hotter temperatures, humid air and wind-blown dust can pummel the Western snowpack.
Exchange or exploitation? Ski towns turn to foreign students
Exchange or exploitation? Ski towns turn to foreign students
The J-1 program is the main source of migrant labor for the ski industry.
Beware the privatization of your town’s water
Beware the privatization of your town’s water
People often assume private providers will be cheaper and more efficient; often the opposite is true.
What’s quelling the anxiety of electric-car drivers?
What’s quelling the anxiety of electric-car drivers?
Charging corridors will make an interior West electric-car roadtrip increasingly possible.
As Alaska’s waters warm, squid move Northward
As Alaska’s waters warm, squid move Northward
Opalescents are showing up in waters previously considered too cold for them.
Scott Pruitt’s EPA drags its feet on controlling pollution
Scott Pruitt’s EPA drags its feet on controlling pollution
An anti-regulations agency delays enforcing the rules it was created to oversee.
Video: The end of snow
Video: The end of snow
A film explores how people will adapt to a future with less snow.
The business of climate change, in market terms
The business of climate change, in market terms
Climate change solutions are socially and politically divisive, but they needn’t be.
A new generation of activists, born next to an oil refinery
A new generation of activists, born next to an oil refinery
Long in the grips of industry, working-class parents take a lesson from their children.
Resistance to drilling grows on the Navajo Nation
Resistance to drilling grows on the Navajo Nation
Indigenous activists try to quell a rising tide of oil and gas exploration in Chaco Canyon.
Trespassing aliens; Garbage privacy; Brand your calves
Trespassing aliens; Garbage privacy; Brand your calves
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
A look into a climate-altered Alaska
A look into a climate-altered Alaska
Experiments in the permafrost zone near Denali simulate a warmer North.
Interior opens more Western waters to offshore drilling
Interior opens more Western waters to offshore drilling
Officials from both parties ask Secretary Ryan Zinke to reconsider.
Latest: Washington state denies oil-by-rail terminal
Latest: Washington state denies oil-by-rail terminal
Citing risks, Gov. Inslee rejects plans for the nation’s largest oil terminal.
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