Climate Change and the West

The flash drought brought misery, but did it change minds on climate change?
The flash drought brought misery, but did it change minds on climate change?
North Dakota ranchers rely on the rain — and last year the rains failed.
8 ways Scott Pruitt suppressed science before he resigned
8 ways Scott Pruitt suppressed science before he resigned
Under the EPA administrator, neither climate change nor science was a priority.
In Southern California, the car still reigns
In Southern California, the car still reigns
The anxieties of trying to lower emissions in Los Angeles’ sprawl.
A fiery Fourth of July threatens Southwest economies
A fiery Fourth of July threatens Southwest economies
Wildfire, forest closures and canceled fireworks displays keep tourists at bay.
Climate change is making it harder to revive damaged land
Climate change is making it harder to revive damaged land
Instead of restoring the past, ecologists are increasingly focused on the future.
Saving baby Jo from the smoke
Saving baby Jo from the smoke
A mother grapples with her decision to flee the 416 Fire with her infant daughter.
Rapid evolution saved the starfish
Rapid evolution saved the starfish
West Coast ochre stars make a remarkable reversal after a mass mortality event.
Colorado follows California’s lead for cleaner cars
Colorado follows California’s lead for cleaner cars
Fourteen states have now bucked the EPA to adopt stricter emissions standards.
In the Southwest, ‘drought’ doesn’t tell the whole story
In the Southwest, ‘drought’ doesn’t tell the whole story
Why ‘aridification’ is a better term for our new, more parched reality.
Extreme heat is killing people who lack shelter
Extreme heat is killing people who lack shelter
Climate change is worsening the threats that homeless populations face.
An inventory of loss on the Los Angeles River
An inventory of loss on the Los Angeles River
The city weighs revitalization of an unruly river, since transformed into a concrete ditch.
The 416 Fire reminds us there’s no escape from climate change
The 416 Fire reminds us there’s no escape from climate change
Rumors that a popular tourist train sparked the fire have forced a reckoning.
There’s nothing normal about ‘the new normal’
There’s nothing normal about ‘the new normal’
The phrase is the linguistic equivalent of a shrug.
Aspen may stockpile water under its golf course
Aspen may stockpile water under its golf course
As climate change looms, towns look to store water without dams.
Signs of climate change surround Montana fishermen
Signs of climate change surround Montana fishermen
On the Big Hole River, livelihoods depend on healthy fish, but climate doubts abound.
Who pays for the damage caused by climate change?
Who pays for the damage caused by climate change?
Three Colorado communities are suing to make oil companies open their wallets.
Cottonwoods host a world of microbes within their leaves
Cottonwoods host a world of microbes within their leaves
That community of fungi and bacteria may be the key to keeping plants healthy.
Addressing climate grief makes you a badass, not a snowflake
Addressing climate grief makes you a badass, not a snowflake
Students studying the emotional toll of environmental loss faced a wave of vitriol.
Some like it hot; the West’s unluckiest man; Phoenix’s future
Some like it hot; the West’s unluckiest man; Phoenix’s future
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Park Service releases complete climate change report
Park Service releases complete climate change report
Following political pressure, references to humans’ role in sea level rise were restored.
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