Climate Change

A smoldering threat to wildland  firefighters
A smoldering threat to wildland firefighters
Long COVID affects more than 16 million Americans, and firefighters are at increased risk of getting it.
‘Estás viviendo en una lata’
‘Estás viviendo en una lata’
En Arizona, los residentes de casas rodantes son más propensos a morir de calor excesivo.
‘You’re living in a tin can’
‘You’re living in a tin can’
Arizona’s mobile-home residents are far more likely to die from excessive heat.
A just transition for farmworkers
A just transition for farmworkers
As agricultural laborers continue to bear the brunt of climate change, activists in Washington chart a new path for climate justice.
Tribal nations are locked inside the U.S. water regime
Tribal nations are locked inside the U.S. water regime
Phoebe Suina on the Rio Grande River, Pueblo inclusion and the need for holistic solutions to our man-made disaster.
When the little owl vanishes
When the little owl vanishes
A writer reflects on parenthood and what to talk about when confronting extinction.
Electric vehicles drive up demand for ‘green metals’
Electric vehicles drive up demand for ‘green metals’
The need for energy-transition metals breathes life into new mines in the West.
Biden’s ‘herky-jerky’ first year on Western issues
Biden’s ‘herky-jerky’ first year on Western issues
The new president sacrificed bold executive action to try to win over Congress.
Offshore oil rigs are a surprising safe haven
Offshore oil rigs are a surprising safe haven
Marine life finds a home on the artificial reefs. What happens when the platforms are decommissioned?
Indigenous feminism flows through the fight for water rights on the Rio Grande
Indigenous feminism flows through the fight for water rights on the Rio Grande
An intergenerational group of Pueblo women lead the way on water policy along the Middle Rio Grande Valley.
How do you make a movie about a hyperobject?
How do you make a movie about a hyperobject?
The film ‘Don’t Look Up’ turns climate change into an allegorical comet.
Stories we wish we’d written
Stories we wish we’d written
A look at some of the journalism from 2021 that inspired us, made us feel seen, and, sometimes, even made us cry.
A shellfish company gets into the weeds
A shellfish company gets into the weeds
The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community shows how eelgrass and aquaculture can coexist in Puget Sound.
2021’s climate was one of contrasts, contradictions and extremes
40 years after its closure,  the Jackpile Mine’s toxic legacy continues
40 years after its closure, the Jackpile Mine’s toxic legacy continues
‘They have to look at it every day and wonder if that’s the reason why they’re dying.’
At the Colorado River conference, ‘It’s really no longer a drill’
At the Colorado River conference, ‘It’s really no longer a drill’
Water managers announce new measures to deal with dwindling water supply.
Wildfire survivors face another threat: PTSD
Wildfire survivors face another threat: PTSD
As disasters become more frequent, acute stress can turn chronic.
How to cool one of the fastest-warming cities in the West
How to cool one of the fastest-warming cities in the West
In Phoenix, a new heat office hopes to prevent more people from dying of extreme heat.
Corporations are consolidating water and land rights in the West
Corporations are consolidating water and land rights in the West
With farms, ranches and rural communities facing unprecedented threats, a worrying trend leads to a critical question: Who owns the water?
Winter without snow is coming
Winter without snow is coming
Parts of the Mountain West could be nearly snowless for years at a time in just a few decades.
Where are Alaska’s snowy owls?
Where are Alaska’s snowy owls?
The birds serve as an alarm bell for the repercussions of environmental change.
Utah has a water dilemma
Utah has a water dilemma
Record-breaking drought along the Wasatch Front forces tough decisions about water supply.
Who should pay to fix California’s sunken canals?
Who should pay to fix California’s sunken canals?
Agribusiness and its proponents say repairs will benefit disadvantaged towns. Those residents disagree.
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