Climate Desk

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.
Native Americans are regularly undercounted in the census. COVID-19 will make it worse.
Native Americans are regularly undercounted in the census. COVID-19 will make it worse.
‘If you want to have a worst-case scenario on doing a census count in any state in Indian Country, it’s now.’
Trump’s monumental hypocrisy
Trump’s monumental hypocrisy
Despite decrying destruction of Confederate monuments, the president has dismantled millions of acres of national monuments.
The Great American Outdoors Act passes Senate with bipartisan support
The Great American Outdoors Act passes Senate with bipartisan support
The legislation will alleviate a national park project backlog and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
The West’s invisible menace: Microplastics
The West’s invisible menace: Microplastics
‘Just because we can’t see them in front of us, doesn’t mean we’re not breathing them in.’
Black Americans bear the brunt of Trump’s environmental rollbacks
Black Americans bear the brunt of Trump’s environmental rollbacks
The connections between the environment, race and the COVID-19 crisis are many.
Vulnerable republicans back conservation bill
Vulnerable republicans back conservation bill
Ahead of the elections, two senators champion an act that would permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
‘Being in the middle of a story is a really hard place’
‘Being in the middle of a story is a really hard place’
Rebecca Solnit on disasters, hope and the chance to reshape the future.
How do you fight wildfire during a pandemic?
How do you fight wildfire during a pandemic?
Keeping first responders socially distant, and evacuating communities safely, would be a challenge.
Trump admin sprints to weaken environmental protections during pandemic
Trump admin sprints to weaken environmental protections during pandemic
‘There’s a lot they want to get done before the election, just in case.’
How climate research continues during stay-at-home orders
How climate research continues during stay-at-home orders
NOAA networks get creative to gather data.
Air pollution and COVID-19 could be a dangerous cocktail
Air pollution and COVID-19 could be a dangerous cocktail
Pollution already makes breathing harder for some. Will the pandemic follow similar patterns?
Tribal nations demand response to climate relocation
Tribal nations demand response to climate relocation
Five Indigenous communities have asked the U.N. to investigate the United States’ failure to live up to legal obligations.
Trump’s EPA halts environmental law enforcement during coronavirus pandemic
Trump’s EPA halts environmental law enforcement during coronavirus pandemic
The decision has caused an uproar among former agency officials.
Thirsty crops and vulnerable families vie for California’s precious water
Thirsty crops and vulnerable families vie for California’s precious water
Farmers are pumping until residential wells run dry in the Central Valley.
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