Climate Desk

A California county spars over water, marijuana law and race
A California county spars over water, marijuana law and race
Tasked to map an enigmatic aquifer for future water management, scientists confront political and scientific uncertainty.
Fire season is getting longer
Fire season is getting longer
A new study finds that ‘fire weather’ days have increased, a trajectory expected to continue.
Uncurbed climate change and extreme heat will extract a toll on outdoor labor
Uncurbed climate change and extreme heat will extract a toll on outdoor labor
A new report forecasts the loss in workdays and wages if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t reined in.
Development threatens one of Montana’s ‘blue-ribbon’ trout rivers
Development threatens one of Montana’s ‘blue-ribbon’ trout rivers
Noxious algae is choking the very watershed that’s drawing people to develop property there.
The once-perennial Gila River ebbs to an uncertain future
The once-perennial Gila River ebbs to an uncertain future
‘We are in uncharted territory.’
Alaska bumblebees are thriving
Alaska bumblebees are thriving
Extreme environments offer them an unexpected paradise, and now researchers are working to get a head count.
Still wild: A mining project divides a community
Still wild: A mining project divides a community
In Haines, Alaska, concern for a fragile ecosystem confronts the prospect of well-paying jobs.
Bringing wild bison and an endangered ecosystem back
Bringing wild bison and an endangered ecosystem back
A cross-border effort aims to return herds to the Great Plains and restore biodiversity and the land.
California orders Nestlé to stop siphoning spring water
California orders Nestlé to stop siphoning spring water
The world’s largest food and beverage company is accused of taking millions more gallons than it is entitled to.
The health hazards of California’s neighborhood drilling
The health hazards of California’s neighborhood drilling
Much of the state’s oil extraction takes place in residential areas, often in Spanish-speaking communities, but there’s a lack of research detailing its impact.
What the narwhal can tell us about the climate crisis
What the narwhal can tell us about the climate crisis
An analysis of the species’ 10-foot-long tusk shows an accumulation of mercury and a change in diet as sea ice retreats.
Threatened species and how we might save them
Threatened species and how we might save them
Michelle Nijhuis details history’s successes as a road map for today’s conservationists in her new book ‘Beloved Beasts.’
Study looks at covering California’s canals with solar panels
Study looks at covering California’s canals with solar panels
Covering waterways would save water and provide electricity, among other benefits.
Butterflies in the West are disappearing
Butterflies in the West are disappearing
The climate crisis has caused a steep decline in butterfly sightings in the Rocky Mountain range.
New Mexico’s oil fields have a sinkhole problem
New Mexico’s oil fields have a sinkhole problem
The hunt for industrial brine has opened massive and unexpected sinkholes, which is taking delicate work, and more than $54 million, to fill.
Southwest experiences mass bird die-off
Southwest experiences mass bird die-off
‘To see this many individuals and species dying is a national tragedy.’
Burn out: Frequent fires are changing Western landscapes
Burn out: Frequent fires are changing Western landscapes
Previously burned areas are less likely to re-burn, but intense fires could erase forests.
Sage grouse face a new threat: Kanye West
Sage grouse face a new threat: Kanye West
The famous artist’s Wyoming ranch highlights a conservation battle surrounding the important indicator species.
Trump cancels methane regs intended to quell pollution
Trump cancels methane regs intended to quell pollution
As the climate crisis worsens, oil and gas companies can continue to emit the potent greenhouse gas.
How big oil funds big brother
How big oil funds big brother
Some of the largest fossil fuel companies in the nation back police foundations that raise money for weapons, equipment and surveillance technology.
Trump admin erodes landmark law protecting communities and the environment
Trump admin erodes landmark law protecting communities and the environment
New National Environmental Policy Act rules limit public input and allow federal agencies to ignore climate impacts of infrastructure projects.
California’s incarcerated firefighters face dangerous work, low pay and COVID-19
California’s incarcerated firefighters face dangerous work, low pay and COVID-19
More than a thousand of the crucial wildfire fighting crews have been placed in quarantine after possible exposure to coronavirus.
How can we protect silence?
How can we protect silence?
As more people push into once-remote areas, truly quiet spots are increasingly scarce.
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