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.
Farmworkers face illness and death in the fields
Farmworkers face illness and death in the fields
‘The reality is that the machinery of growers is taken better care of than the lives of farmworkers.’
Conservationists give assisted migration a second look
Conservationists give assisted migration a second look
The West’s climate is changing too quickly for some species to keep up. Should people intervene?
Immigrants aren’t the real threat to public lands
Immigrants aren’t the real threat to public lands
Population growth isn’t the problem. Look to the American lifestyle and economy instead.
Behind the iconic, dystopian images of the New Deal
Behind the iconic, dystopian images of the New Deal
A short-lived photography project captured rural poverty during the Great Depression.
A strange feeling of safety for a black American
A strange feeling of safety for a black American
Under the gaze of tribal police, a writer finds a new sense of freedom.
Mixed-ancestry wolves are recolonizing the Pacific Northwest
Mixed-ancestry wolves are recolonizing the Pacific Northwest
Their combination of coastal and inland DNA could help them survive a changing climate.
Latest: The Forest Service’s use of fire retardant has doubled since 2014
Latest: The Forest Service’s use of fire retardant has doubled since 2014
Despite environmental harms, the agency continues to rely on aerial drops to battle blazes.
Where there’s smoke, there’s suffering
Where there’s smoke, there’s suffering
The small, sad harms of a summer spent indoors to avoid wildfire smoke.
After the mountain yellow-legged frog disappeared
After the mountain yellow-legged frog disappeared
A wildlife biologist returns to a childhood stomping ground, devoid of its once-plentiful amphibians.
Wildfires hit the West: ‘We’re stretched to our limits’
Wildfires hit the West: ‘We’re stretched to our limits’
Fires this year have covered 1 million more acres than the 10-year average from January to July.
Latest: Lands returned to the Mountain Maidu tribe
Latest: Lands returned to the Mountain Maidu tribe
The tribe is the first federally nonrecognized tribe to get lands back in California.
California’s rural-urban divide blurs in crucial House race
California’s rural-urban divide blurs in crucial House race
Water and immigration are key issues as Democrats seek to unseat an incumbent.
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.
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.
Kleptoparasitism; an octopus named Fred; moose chasers
Kleptoparasitism; an octopus named Fred; moose chasers
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Latest: Northwest timber poaching increases
Latest: Northwest timber poaching increases
Forest Service rangers manage to bust some tree thieves — but most still get away.
Trump administration pauses California’s solar energy truce
Trump administration pauses California’s solar energy truce
The decision imperils the balance between desert conservation and development.
Below Mount Shasta, a fight burbles over bottled water
Below Mount Shasta, a fight burbles over bottled water
Selling water to Nestlé, Crystal Geyser and others could strain aquifers.
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.
Interior revives the push for a higher Shasta Dam
Interior revives the push for a higher Shasta Dam
But the state of California and Winnemem Wintu Tribe oppose the project.
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