Climate Change

Wildfires may have unexpected climate impacts
Wildfires may have unexpected climate impacts
Wyoming researchers find current models may underestimate how smoke blocks sunlight and cools the planet.
Will the climate crisis tap out the Colorado River?
Will the climate crisis tap out the Colorado River?
Water availability is going from bad to worse in the seven states that rely on the drought-stricken river.
Despite discrimination and drought, Punjabi Americans farm on
Despite discrimination and drought, Punjabi Americans farm on
As America’s food basket dries out, Punjabi American growers fear the loss of their hard-earned farmlands.
Recycling cans changes an industry
Recycling aluminum cans saves electricity and makes aluminum plants more marginal.
The bottom line on pollution
Protesters moon a coal-fired narrow-gauge train to protest pollution.
'Empty' county can't find room for trash
Wayne County, Utah, can't find a place for its garbage due to tougher federal regulations.
Waste goes west
A Massachusetts sewage treatment plant pays a Utah landfill to reserve space for its sludge.
State of Idaho wants to lead the cleanup drive at Triumph
State struggles to find money to pay for the tailings cleanup at Triumph, Idaho.
Triumph: A great place to grow kids and fish
Profile of Triumph, an Idaho town that could be declared a Superfund site by the EPA.
Rural Colorado county says it is being dumped on
An advocacy group charges that a Waste Management landfill is contaminating their water supply.
Triumph, Idaho, to EPA: Get Out
Locals balk at EPA's plan to declare Triumph, Idaho, a Superfund site due to mining waste.
Testing for toxics
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare report on arsenic and lead levels in blood samples of Triumph residents suggests no need for concern.
Floods fade, fires feared
Current floods don't signal an end to the West's drought.
The blurring of the West
Governors of eight Western states begin work on a strategy to protect the region's world-class air before it's too late.
How L-P soiled the air and itself
Louisiana-Pacific is fined $11.1 million for violating the Clean Air Act.
The Northwest turns wet again
The Northwest emerges from a severe drought.
Disastrous deluge
A flood sweeps mine tailings into Arizona's Gila River.
Don't breathe the carpet
A lab's tests show that carpet samples are hazardous to mice.
Drought in the Northwest hurts salmon, power
Diminished reservoirs slow salmon migration and hike power prices in the Pacific Northwest.
Burning bill
Montana can no longer burn hazardous waste near sensitive areas.
Bottles up
Coors Brewing Co. will recycle glass from its recycling center in Colorado.
Words into chairs
Earth Partners wants to turn old newspapers into fiberboard at a Nevada plant.
West Drinks deeply of winter storms
Long droughts end in western states.
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