Climate Change

This year’s burn bans are crucial in parched Colorado
This year’s burn bans are crucial in parched Colorado
Another dry summer sparks memories of past wildfires — and worries for the future.
The Colorado valley at stake in Trump’s oil boom
The Colorado valley at stake in Trump’s oil boom
After coal waned, a community redefined itself. Will new leases turn back the clock?
The flash drought brought misery, but did it change minds on climate change?
The flash drought brought misery, but did it change minds on climate change?
North Dakota ranchers rely on the rain — and last year the rains failed.
Planes, pits & snowmobiles: how scientists get good data
Planes, pits & snowmobiles: how scientists get good data
A day in the field as researchers wring water data from Colorado’s snowpack.
Climate scientists fear harassment, threats
Climate scientists fear harassment, threats
Researchers fear attacks from a range of powerful foes in the coming years – and for many, it has long been happening.
Ask a Scientist: Why NOAA matters for the West
Ask a Scientist: Why NOAA matters for the West
CIRES head Waleed Abdalati answers our questions.
Obama rules repeal push meets resistance and an overbooked schedule
Obama rules repeal push meets resistance and an overbooked schedule
Groups hope the delay gives them time to save the BLM’s methane rule.
How one artist captured the changing climate in watercolor
How one artist captured the changing climate in watercolor
Artist and scientist Jill Pelto’s riveting paintings use data to show climate change’s impacts.
The land of rain
The land of rain
Storms have drenched California. But they hardly compared to the storms of 1862.
7 things you need to know about Navajo Generating Station’s 2019 closure
7 things you need to know about Navajo Generating Station’s 2019 closure
The West’s coal giant is going down.
The contradictions at the heart of the fight over methane rules
The contradictions at the heart of the fight over methane rules
Why does industry oppose federal restrictions on emissions but aid states’ efforts?
Young people are suing over climate change
Young people are suing over climate change
The Constitution may hold the key to climate action.
The climate fight isn’t just about facts
The climate fight isn’t just about facts
We should be talking about values and the kind of world we want.
The arguments for methane regulations
The arguments for methane regulations
‘Tailings wars’ of the past provide perspective on today’s flaring rules.
Trump’s pick for USDA head mixed on climate change
Trump’s pick for USDA head mixed on climate change
Sonny Perdue’s history shows interest in conservation and big business interests.
What Obama gave the West
What Obama gave the West
Our 44th president proved to be a true champion who pushed many conservation measures over the finish line.
EPA freezes grants, contracts
EPA freezes grants, contracts
Communications with the public and the media were also curtailed.
Meet Trump’s Interior, EPA and Energy picks
Meet Trump’s Interior, EPA and Energy picks
What we know from the confirmation hearings for Ryan Zinke, Scott Pruitt and Rick Perry.
Nature’s disappearing vocabulary; bobcat decoys; setting the “barr” for climate data
Tools for the wannabe Western weather prognosticator
Tools for the wannabe Western weather prognosticator
The five best resources for understanding the region’s wacky weather.
California’s recent rains won’t fix its other, very big problem
California’s recent rains won’t fix its other, very big problem
Even in wet years, farmers use too much water — and the Central Valley is sinking.
In Canada, a move to protect data from Trump
In Canada, a move to protect data from Trump
Researchers and citizens are rushing to back-up government data on climate change and other issues, fearing political interference.
Ski areas add warm-weather options
Ski areas add warm-weather options
Forest Service has made it easier for resorts to include summer activities.
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