California

California wildfires weren’t always this destructive
California wildfires weren’t always this destructive
Indigenous residents say traditional practices and careful burns could temper blazes.
How to prepare for a wildfire
How to prepare for a wildfire
Some basic steps to stay safe if you live near Western wildlands.
California’s Camp Fire, in photos
California’s Camp Fire, in photos
As of Nov. 13, the disaster has claimed 42 lives as the search for missing people continues.
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.
A national monument that saves the last of the last
A national monument that saves the last of the last
The monument that brought us the ‘super bloom’ also supports rural economies and threatened wildlife.
Laundry at Old Faithful; Death Cafés; Dumpsters in the wind
Laundry at Old Faithful; Death Cafés; Dumpsters in the wind
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
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.
Legal or not, Trump’s wall is already being built
Legal or not, Trump’s wall is already being built
What you need to know about construction currently happening on the border.
California water project could cramp Colorado River plan
California water project could cramp Colorado River plan
If the Delta tunnels deal sinks, it could mean increased pressure on the already-strapped Colorado.
In monuments report, a skewed view of protections
In monuments report, a skewed view of protections
Under the Antiquities Act, landscapes like the Grand Canyon count as ‘objects’ that can be protected.
The end of an epic butterfly journey?
The end of an epic butterfly journey?
As the Western monarch population declines, survivors may become stranded in a growing sea of houses and farm fields.
U.S. and Mexico agree to share a shrinking Colorado River
U.S. and Mexico agree to share a shrinking Colorado River
The two nations are poised to sign an updated water pact to deal with drought.
The West’s dramatic wildfire season, explained
The West’s dramatic wildfire season, explained
A fire ecologist on how it happened, and why communities will have to adapt.
How oceans impact Western reservoirs and rivers
How oceans impact Western reservoirs and rivers
New research on marine temperatures could help improve drought predictions.
What theme parks get wrong about the American West
What theme parks get wrong about the American West
Romanticized histories promote rugged individualism, devoid of government help.
Close encounters with a scary fire season
Close encounters with a scary fire season
As wildfires have ripped through the West, take stock of what climate change has wrought.
After five years of DACA, what will young immigrants do?
After five years of DACA, what will young immigrants do?
Reflecting on the life of José, a young undocumented immigrant.
Owls stuck in toilets; Otter attacks tuber; Mr. Mayor: Stubbs the cat
Owls stuck in toilets; Otter attacks tuber; Mr. Mayor: Stubbs the cat
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
The fire season by the numbers
The fire season by the numbers
Fire agencies are preparing for the eclipse hordes, in the midst of a large fire season.
West Obsessed: On finding our way in the Anthropocene
West Obsessed: On finding our way in the Anthropocene
How to confront hard truths about climate change and ecocide.
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.
Zinke’s new No. 2 once lobbied for CA’s largest water district
Zinke’s new No. 2 once lobbied for CA’s largest water district
Despite accusations of conflicts of interest, David Bernhardt was confirmed as deputy Interior secretary.
The boondoggle of Trump’s border wall
The boondoggle of Trump’s border wall
There’s no separating the land and people of the border region.
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