Climate Change

An unfrozen North
An unfrozen North
The world’s permafrost holds vast stores of carbon. What happens when it thaws?
A look into a climate-altered Alaska
A look into a climate-altered Alaska
Experiments in the permafrost zone near Denali simulate a warmer North.
Trespassing aliens; Garbage privacy; Brand your calves
Trespassing aliens; Garbage privacy; Brand your calves
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
A wet winter misses the Southwest
Although much of the West had an unusually wet winter, fires are already starting to rage across the dry Southwestern states.
Flooding: Whose fault?
Environmentalists say manmade causes such as logging and road-building contributed to flooding and landslides in the Northwest during a wet winter.
Utility found guilty of polluting a wilderness
The coal-fired Hayden Power Plant is found guilty of polluting the air of the nearby Mount Zirkel Wilderness area.
Smog talk
The Grand Canyon Visibility Transport Commission seeks public comment on five proposals to reduce smog on the Colorado Plateau.
'Housewife from Hell' bird-dogs a cleanup
Milltown, Mont., resident Tina Reinicke-Schmaus finds her life transformed by her involvement in a Superfund project to clean up mining waste in her town.
When regulations are lax, s--- happens
Malfunctioning septic systems in eastern Idaho are contaminating ground water.
Hazardous burning plan snuffed
The Ash Grove Cement Company changes its mind about burning hazardous waste after citizens object.
L-P's problems mount
The EPA indicts Louisiana-Pacific for its Olathe, Colo., waferboard plant's pollution.
As landfills tighten up, midnight dumpers spread out
Illegal hazardous waste dumps are increasingly discovered in national forests.
The pendulum swings from dry to wet
After a decade of drought, most of the West is now being drenched.
L-P coughs up
Louisiana-Pacific must pay settlement to Olathe, Colorado, families who sued under Clean Air Act.
EPA hands off Superfund tailings to Idaho
EPA agrees to let Idaho environmental authorities clean up tailings in Triumph.
Wildlife among the victims of drought
West suffers through sixth year of drought.
House of Garbage
A new house in Missoula, Mont., showcases recycled building materials.
Drought for the Northwest
Drought ahead for the Northwest in summer.
Utah utility takes aim at Colorado air
Deseret Generation and Transmission Cooperative wants to quadruple sulfur dioxide emissions despite objections of neighbors.
A guide to some trashy reading matter
Review of two books on trash - The Garbage Primer: A Handbook for Citizens and Rubbish! The Archaeology of Garbage.
Federal land managers put up no-dumping signs
Bureau of Land Management changes open-arms policy for landfills.
State-by-state trash
Western states facing similar landfill crises.
Washington county splits in half over proposed dump
Water is main issue in fight over Hooper, Washington, megadump.