Climate Change

FEMA spent billions fighting California wildfires. Now, it wants victims to pay it back.
FEMA spent billions fighting California wildfires. Now, it wants victims to pay it back.
The agency is pushing bankrupt PG&E to reimburse the taxpayer money it spent on disaster relief.
Skiing and snowmobiling are as natural as the weather
Skiing and snowmobiling are as natural as the weather
With human impacts felt everywhere, we need a new environmental ethic.
Why a wildlife biologist became a social justice advocate
Why a wildlife biologist became a social justice advocate
Sergio Avila, known prominently for his jaguar research, shifted his focus to equity in the outdoors.
The Trump administration’s plans for less public input, more pipelines
The Trump administration’s plans for less public input, more pipelines
Proposed environmental rollbacks would gut NEPA, allowing federal agencies to ignore climate effects and expedite infrastructure permitting.
We went to jail for our great-granddaughters
We went to jail for our great-granddaughters
Protesting the Jordan Cove natural gas facility and its pipeline brings an environmental writer and a rancher together.
Can new bus lines chart a course to better travel options in the West?
Can new bus lines chart a course to better travel options in the West?
A European bus company is expanding options for regional travel. High-speed rail could be next.
Study finds 26,000 lives were saved by shift from coal to natural gas
Study finds 26,000 lives were saved by shift from coal to natural gas
“When you turn coal units off you see deaths go down.”
What’s the best way to save California’s redwoods?
What’s the best way to save California’s redwoods?
Scientists debate whether controlled burns and logging are really the best way to preserve the state’s iconic forests.
Young Indigenous activists lead climate justice action in Alaska
Young Indigenous activists lead climate justice action in Alaska
Two Alaska Native teenagers pushed for a resolution declaring a climate emergency – and decision-makers listened.
Colorado climate activists protest by spreading disinformation
Colorado climate activists protest by spreading disinformation
But will the prank tactics ultimately damage their cause?
California’s Dream has turned into water nightmares
California’s Dream has turned into water nightmares
A new book looks at the Golden State’s history to understand its current water crisis.
California pudo haber ayudado a sus residentes de bajos ingresos soportar mejor los apagones de PG&E.
California pudo haber ayudado a sus residentes de bajos ingresos soportar mejor los apagones de PG&E.
El estado tenía un programa - y $72 millones - pero casi nadie solicitó ayuda
Montana’s water rights fractured by new development
Montana’s water rights fractured by new development
As subdivisions spread, it’s becoming harder to manage one of the state’s most valuable resources.
Scientists decode environmental impacts from Bering Sea bird feathers
Scientists decode environmental impacts from Bering Sea bird feathers
To understand the evolving marine environment, scientists look to the seabirds.
How not to fight a fire
How not to fight a fire
Will we learn to confront an existential threat to the West for what it is?
Why are Govs. Inslee and Brown fighting the youth climate cases?
Why are Govs. Inslee and Brown fighting the youth climate cases?
Settling with the young activists could be an important tool for climate action.
It’s time for a moratorium on new fossil fuel extraction
It’s time for a moratorium on new fossil fuel extraction
Even in states like New Mexico that depend on oil revenue, the costs outweigh the benefits.
Smog and smoke: The West’s air is the dirtiest it’s been since 2009
Smog and smoke: The West’s air is the dirtiest it’s been since 2009
A growing economy, looser regulations and uptick in fires are all factors.
Is renewable energy’s future dammed?
Is renewable energy’s future dammed?
A proposed hydroelectric project on the Little Colorado River shows the tricky trade-offs in transitioning from fossil fuels.
California condors reach recovery milestone
California condors reach recovery milestone
With a population of over 100 in central California, the species could soon be downlisted.
Can a campaign for nature and community rights stop aerial spraying in Oregon?
Can a campaign for nature and community rights stop aerial spraying in Oregon?
The push for more local control upends the typical pattern of Westerners fighting against regulation.
Diseases are spreading with climate change. Panic doesn’t have to.
Diseases are spreading with climate change. Panic doesn’t have to.
As illnesses like Valley fever emerge in new areas, health officials keep residents informed instead of in fear.
Climate change is already scary in Alaska
Climate change is already scary in Alaska
Sea ice is retreating, skies are choked with wildfire smoke, and fish are vanishing.
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