Climate Change

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 has studied the decline of glaciers. What does their loss mean?
With coal in free-fall, Wyoming faces an uncertain future
With coal in free-fall, Wyoming faces an uncertain future
As demand shrinks and the industry retracts, counties and the state are in an untenable situation.
The Colorado River needs a long-term plan for drought
The Colorado River needs a long-term plan for drought
Western states bought some time with a historic agreement but still face a hotter, drier future.
How do tribal nations’ treaties figure into climate change?
How do tribal nations’ treaties figure into climate change?
U.S. courts rarely favor environmental protections as a right — except when it comes to tribes expressing their treaty rights.
Should we be thinking about last ascents, instead of first ones?
Should we be thinking about last ascents, instead of first ones?
Mountaineers confront disappearing glaciers.
Interior secretary blames Congress for his inaction on climate change
Interior secretary blames Congress for his inaction on climate change
There’s no law to make him address the climate and biodiversity crises, David Bernhardt said: ‘You guys come up with the shalls.’
See the captivating flux of Western alkaline waters
See the captivating flux of Western alkaline waters
Salt lakes fade from chartreuse to rust into pale wastelands in photos taken by Aya Okawa.
Alaskans at war with U.S. military over readiness exercises
Alaskans at war with U.S. military over readiness exercises
The small town of Cordova, dependent on salmon fishing, is fighting for control of its waters.
We’re destroying the biodiversity we depend on
We’re destroying the biodiversity we depend on
A new U.N. study shows that up to 1 million species risk extinction because humans use up nature much faster than it can be replenished.
Western forests have a ‘fire debt’ problem
Western forests have a ‘fire debt’ problem
Planned burns can reduce wildfire risks, but expanding use of ‘good fire’ isn’t easy.
The case for carbon farming in California
The case for carbon farming in California
Can farmers and ranchers use plants to capture greenhouse gases?
What trees can teach us
What trees can teach us
Community and relationships are an integral part of arbor life.
Judge orders industries to pay royalties for public land extraction
Judge orders industries to pay royalties for public land extraction
Tens of millions more dollars will flow into Western communities after a federal court throws out the Trump administration’s industry-friendly deal.
The ecosexual movement is attracting new people to environmentalism
The ecosexual movement is attracting new people to environmentalism
‘Pollen-amorous’ leaders host marriages to the Earth in Sin City.
Climate cases set the stage for oil and gas leasing reform
Climate cases set the stage for oil and gas leasing reform
The decisions could curb greenhouse gas emissions from public lands.
Wildness is an attitude, not a place
Wildness is an attitude, not a place
Henry David Thoreau’s insights can help us accept the drastic changes of the Anthropocene.
Russian investors are keen on Nevada’s copper
Russian investors are keen on Nevada’s copper
Demand for clean cars is causing an uptick in copper mining in the West, but at what cost?
Can the tools of capitalism curb climate change?
Can the tools of capitalism curb climate change?
Investors are pushing companies to reckon with their environmental impacts.
Extinction looms for southern California’s mountain lions
Extinction looms for southern California’s mountain lions
A new study presents a choice: Allow the big cats to vanish in 50 years — or build modest wildlife corridors.
New Mexico’s ‘mini’ Green New Deal, dissected
New Mexico’s ‘mini’ Green New Deal, dissected
The Energy Transition Act could be a model for ambitious policies of the future.
Three decades after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Alaska’s coast faces an even bigger threat
Three decades after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Alaska’s coast faces an even bigger threat
Climate change is damaging ecosystems that never had the chance to recover.
The true vulnerability of coastal California, revealed
The true vulnerability of coastal California, revealed
A new study suggests flooding could surpass some of the state’s worst natural disasters.
The climate change generation wants to be heard
The climate change generation wants to be heard
‘I’m fighting for my future.’
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