Growth & Sustainability

What it’s like to fight wildfires in the West
What it’s like to fight wildfires in the West
A photojournalist and firefighter describes the challenges of battling wildland blazes.
Holding onto home in rural North Dakota
Holding onto home in rural North Dakota
A new documentary explores progress and place in fracking country.
Imperiled wildlife are caught in a political tug-of-war
Imperiled wildlife are caught in a political tug-of-war
The proposed bills and rule changes that would reshape the Endangered Species Act.
Nevada decision guts the state’s thriving solar industry
Nevada decision guts the state’s thriving solar industry
Electric utility pushed effort to sour economics of rooftop solar.
How some Western cities are leading on climate action
How some Western cities are leading on climate action
Despite faltering national policy, some communities are forging ahead.
How the feds can ensure Western states get more water in 2016
How the feds can ensure Western states get more water in 2016
Key legislation failed in 2015. Will this year be any different?
Can plant-based feeds make aquaculture sustainable?
Can plant-based feeds make aquaculture sustainable?
Some scientists are replacing sardines and anchovies with soybeans and corn as food for farmed fish.
California relocates residents whose wells have gone dry
California relocates residents whose wells have gone dry
Residents explain why the new drought program may or may not work for them.
Where private land meets public interest
Where private land meets public interest
A group of landowners on the Colorado-New Mexico border aim to conserve a contested landscape.
Two visions collide in Utah’s Wasatch Range
Two visions collide in Utah’s Wasatch Range
As ski resorts push for a mega-connection, backcountry skiers try to save some wild.
Millions in debt, a community wonders if its water source will provide
Millions in debt, a community wonders if its water source will provide
This master-planned community must keep building to survive, despite the drought.
Who really killed Keystone?
Who really killed Keystone?
An unusual coalition is fighting new fossil fuel infrastructure, and they're starting to win.
Latest: California's plan for conservation-minded energy development takes its first step forward
Latest: California's plan for conservation-minded energy development takes its first step forward
The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan is intended to guide energy development, while protecting wildlife and recreation.
Can roads designed for cars be safe for bikes?
Pot growers put huge energy demand on the grid
Pot growers put huge energy demand on the grid
Utilities should view legalization as an opportunity, not a threat.
Water hustle
Water hustle
Did one of Nevada’s top water regulators try to cash in on the drought?
Could Los Angeles design its way to water independence?
Could Los Angeles design its way to water independence?
A pair of architects are reinvisioning the city's relationship with water, starting with storm runoff.
How a plan to save southeastern Colorado went off the rails
How a plan to save southeastern Colorado went off the rails
Heritage tourism offered a way out of economic doldrums. Why did it go wrong?
The campaign against coal
The campaign against coal
Where ‘keep it in the ground’ meets ‘keep the lights on.’
Contaminated soil lingers where apples once grew in Washington
Contaminated soil lingers where apples once grew in Washington
Soil at hundreds of properties contains lead and arsenic that can lower children’s IQs and increase cancer risk.
Fresno, California, aims to recharge its dwindling groundwater
Fresno, California, aims to recharge its dwindling groundwater
Surface water projects give groundwater a break, in the state's fourth year of severe drought.
In Colorado, a ‘rental crisis’ forces workers into the woods
In Colorado, a ‘rental crisis’ forces workers into the woods
Tent cities, waste and overcrowding have created something foul in Crested Butte.
No direction home
No direction home
Nearly a year after San Jose shut down the Bay Area’s biggest homeless encampment, hundreds still live along city creeks. What went wrong?
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