Growth & Sustainability

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.
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.’
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?
EPA releases a stricter, health-based smog standard
EPA releases a stricter, health-based smog standard
Failure to meet the new requirements can trigger serious economic consequences for some communities.
Can herbicides keep Tahoe blue?
Can herbicides keep Tahoe blue?
A new chemical weed management plan has the lake’s water suppliers nervous.
Does optimism have a place in Western water politics?
Does optimism have a place in Western water politics?
Writer John Fleck wants us to abandon our dried-up narratives of doom.
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