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The regime of glaciers is headed to its end
The regime of glaciers is headed to its end
For 35 years, a team of scientists have studied the decline of glaciers. What does their loss mean?
Immigrant detention centers grow as services lag behind
Immigrant detention centers grow as services lag behind
The federal government is giving contracts to agencies with checkered pasts and denying legally required aid.
Bay Area communities prepare for ICE raids
Bay Area communities prepare for ICE raids
Following Trump’s latest threats, the Rapid Response Network in Santa Clara County feels a new sense of urgency.
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.
Death Valley just had its hottest month on record
Death Valley just had its hottest month on record
Unusually hot desert nights contributed to what may well be a new planet record.
What caused mass die-offs of sea lion pups?
What caused mass die-offs of sea lion pups?
The effects of warming ocean waters are rippling through marine ecosystems.
Amid California’s toxic dumps, local activists go it alone
Amid California’s toxic dumps, local activists go it alone
They call themselves promotores, and they’re starting to see results.
Recognizing California’s invisible activists
Recognizing California’s invisible activists
We are seeing a mounting intolerance toward undocumented farmworkers.
Los promotores
Los promotores
En medio de los basureros tóxicos de California, los activistas trabajan solos.
Latest: Duel over Owens Valley water intensifies
Latest: Duel over Owens Valley water intensifies
A county uses eminent domain to try to reclaim land taken by LA.
A California counter-attack could ward off land transfers
A California counter-attack could ward off land transfers
In response to Trump, the West’s most liberal state goes on the offensive.
The meaning behind the stones of Big Sur
The meaning behind the stones of Big Sur
Spanning eras, coastal rocks inspire a poet and photographer.
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