Drought

One family makes sense of losing its Colorado River water
One family makes sense of losing its Colorado River water
Pinal County farmers suffer more drastic cuts than cities in Arizona’s tenuous drought plan.
Update: The decline of Western snowpack is real
Update: The decline of Western snowpack is real
Data confirms climate model predictions of less snow that melts earlier in the season.
How best to share the disappearing Colorado River
How best to share the disappearing Colorado River
Seven Western states must rewrite the rules of the river and cut water use — before they bleed the critical artery dry.
The water czar who reshaped Colorado River politics
The water czar who reshaped Colorado River politics
Las Vegas’ Pat Mulroy initiated an era of deal-making that may buffer against catastrophic drought.
Early start to wildfire season
Early start to wildfire season
Blazes in California and Utah have officials on alert, but what they spell for the coming season is unclear.
California's water future at a crossroads
California's water future at a crossroads
A state commission begins deliberations on how to spend $2.7B for water storage.
Dry January means more drought across West
Dry January means more drought across West
After a rainy December, many states now have lower-than-normal snowpacks.
Mapping Earth's hidden water
Mapping Earth's hidden water
A new NASA satellite will measure the planet's soil moisture.
When the atmosphere 'goes bananas,' wildfires do too
When the atmosphere 'goes bananas,' wildfires do too
2011's huge wildfires and what they portend. Spoiler: More dead trees.
Introducing the idea of ‘hyperobjects’
Introducing the idea of ‘hyperobjects’
A new way of understanding climate change and other phenomena.
Can Aldo Leopold’s land ethic tackle our toughest problems?
Can Aldo Leopold’s land ethic tackle our toughest problems?
An argument for ‘voluntary decency.’
A Hot Day’s Night
A Hot Day’s Night
New fiction from the author of ‘The Windup Girl.’
New cloud seeding study from Wyoming
New cloud seeding study from Wyoming
Research renews the debate about whether scientists can really make more rain.
Residential wells run completely dry in the Central Valley
Residential wells run completely dry in the Central Valley
The drought is not an abstract threat for families in Porterville, California.
California’s sweeping new groundwater regulations
California’s sweeping new groundwater regulations
Will the law finally mean better aquifer management for the drought-stricken state?
Dispatch from a young farmers confab
Dispatch from a young farmers confab
How better dirt can conserve water, save farming and help feed the West.
Colorado’s river economy worth $9 billion
Colorado’s river economy worth $9 billion
Outdoor recreation businesses say state water plan must do more to protect rivers.
How the hot and dry West is killing Rocky Mountain forests
How the hot and dry West is killing Rocky Mountain forests
A new report summarizes how climate change is accelerating tree death from fires, bark beetles and drought
A dam difficult job
A dam difficult job
California’s drought through the eyes of a water manager.
Shaken and stirred in California's recent earthquake
Shaken and stirred in California's recent earthquake
How seismic events can make drought impacts worse.
Summer rains in a drought-plagued state
Summer rains in a drought-plagued state
How much does a monsoon season relieve drought?
The prickly pear as California crop
The prickly pear as California crop
Can an overlooked succulent help salvage toxic soils?
To protect hydropower, utilities will pay Colorado River water users to conserve
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