Growth & Sustainability

The prospect of more Airbnbs tempts a struggling New Mexico town
The prospect of more Airbnbs tempts a struggling New Mexico town
Vacation rentals have gutted the culture of nearby communities, but a new project in Questa flips the narrative.
Much of rural America is doomed to decline
Much of rural America is doomed to decline
Public policy solutions need to grapple with, not ignore, this economic reality.
Paranoia and a ‘preposterously’ oversized water tank
Paranoia and a ‘preposterously’ oversized water tank
An affluent Utah community spent millions to extinguish its fear of fire. Decades later, they’re still trying to buy their way out of a bottomless pit.
Close encounters with the bear kind
Close encounters with the bear kind
The very places that attract visitors and newcomers for their proximity to wildlife grapple with a spike in bear-human incidents.
The ‘shenanigans’ behind a federal employee’s decision to blow the whistle
The ‘shenanigans’ behind a federal employee’s decision to blow the whistle
Pressured by higher-ups, a Fish and Wildlife field supervisor smoothed the way for a 28,000-home development along a fragile Arizona river.
See where PFAS pollution has been confirmed in the American West
See where PFAS pollution has been confirmed in the American West
Western states lag behind in both monitoring and regulating the class of ‘forever chemicals.’
Wildfire escape routes? There’s (almost) an app for that.
Wildfire escape routes? There’s (almost) an app for that.
Scientists are using crowdsourced data to help firefighters flee dangerous flames.
Fires are indiscriminate. Recovery isn’t.
Fires are indiscriminate. Recovery isn’t.
The disparate timeframes of rebuilding in California’s wine country and its poorest county, shown by data.
Russian investors are keen on Nevada’s copper
Russian investors are keen on Nevada’s copper
Demand for clean cars is causing an uptick in copper mining in the West, but at what cost?
Extinction looms for southern California’s mountain lions
Extinction looms for southern California’s mountain lions
A new study presents a choice: Allow the big cats to vanish in 50 years — or build modest wildlife corridors.
New Mexico’s ‘mini’ Green New Deal, dissected
New Mexico’s ‘mini’ Green New Deal, dissected
The Energy Transition Act could be a model for ambitious policies of the future.
Push for renewables vexes Western power supplier
Push for renewables vexes Western power supplier
Tri-State’s future looks less than bright unless it can keep up with the times.
Get to know the Green New Deal, by the numbers
Get to know the Green New Deal, by the numbers
The plan would boost the U.S. economy and eliminate fossil fuel use in ten years.
Development plans test a decade-old conservation deal
Development plans test a decade-old conservation deal
Were concessions to protect undeveloped land in California worth it?
In need of water, an Idaho town turns to its neighbors
In need of water, an Idaho town turns to its neighbors
Does recharging an aquifer solve one of the West’s oldest water problems, or perpetuate it?
On-the-ground pollution data spurred stricter zoning in Los Angeles
On-the-ground pollution data spurred stricter zoning in Los Angeles
Locals’ efforts prompted buffers for auto shops and air filter rules for new buildings.
See the West’s overlooked pollinators — like never before
See the West’s overlooked pollinators — like never before
As native bees sink in the shadow of honeybees, one artist creates a vivid showcase.
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.
Feds to open most of Arctic refuge coastal plain to drilling
Feds to open most of Arctic refuge coastal plain to drilling
Despite ecological harm, energy development moves forward in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Cutting carbon requires both innovation and regulation
Cutting carbon requires both innovation and regulation
Where coal-state Sen. John Barrasso got it wrong in a recent New York Times op-ed.
What the 2018 farm bill means for the West
What the 2018 farm bill means for the West
Lawmakers see hemp legalization and conservation funding as the big wins.
Update: Court blocks old-growth logging in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest
Update: Court blocks old-growth logging in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest
Meanwhile, the Trump administration pushes to allow roads and more cutting.
Water savings may cause suffering for burrowing owls
Water savings may cause suffering for burrowing owls
Can the tiny raptors adapt to irrigation changes in California’s warming farm fields?
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