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Why Western wildfires are getting more expensive
Why Western wildfires are getting more expensive
This year’s fire season was the costliest on record, burning more than 9 million acres.
The federal land at stake in Trump’s rush for more drilling
The federal land at stake in Trump’s rush for more drilling
Where national parks, monuments and other protective areas overlay resources.
A map of $1.1 billion in natural gas pipeline leaks
A map of $1.1 billion in natural gas pipeline leaks
In seven years, pipeline incidents have killed nearly 100 people nationwide.
Wyoming digs its 10 billionth ton of coal
Wyoming digs its 10 billionth ton of coal
The industry hopes Wyoming's coal bonanza lasts another 100 years. But mining's peaks and valleys have never been entirely in its control.
The Western Grid in maps and graphs
The Western Grid in maps and graphs
A map of the West's electric grid and graphs of weather related disturbances, the balance between regional systems, and the impact of geographic smoothing on renewable energy.
The West’s Big Data colonies
The West’s Big Data colonies
New "company towns" are born in the rural West -- for Facebook, Google and the like.
Lawmakers scramble to fix the funding problem in Oregon’s timber counties
Lawmakers scramble to fix the funding problem in Oregon’s timber counties
A few of the proposals to stop the bleeding in rural timber-dependent counties.
The New California Desert Protection Act
The New California Desert Protection Act
A map of desert areas proposed for protection, some of which are also slated for energy projects.
Fish-consumption assumptions
Fish-consumption assumptions
Idaho is updating its standards for water pollutants based on how much fish residents eat.
National Parks visitation statistics, 1904-2012
National Landscape Conservation System map
Researchers track Colorado cougars
Researchers track Colorado cougars
The state’s Parks and Wildlife department is studying how the big cats live in the state’s urbanized Front Range in hopes of helping people coexist with them.
Philip Anschutz’s outsized reach in the West
Philip Anschutz’s outsized reach in the West
The billionaire has stakes in everything from Western art, railroads and petroleum to renewable energy, national parks, stadiums and Justin Bieber.
Agriculture and water use in the San Luis Valley
Agriculture and water use in the San Luis Valley
A map showing subdistrict one and water use in the area over time.
Mine cleanup for dummies: A flowchart
Most Western states are giving less money to higher ed
A sampling of northwestern British Columbian mine sites and endangered rivers
Flood insurance lawsuits against FEMA in Western states
Wildlife of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska
Wildlife of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska
A map showing where wildlife are in the reserve.
The environmentalists' whitebark pine air force
Oceanic calcium carbonate saturation levels
Oceanic calcium carbonate saturation levels
Lower oceanic pH levels make it more difficult for sea creatures to build shells
A new measure of poverty shifts rankings in the West
A new measure of poverty shifts rankings in the West
When determining who is poor, the Census Bureau takes geography into account in its Supplemental Poverty Measure.
U.S. water use, current and projected
U.S. water use, current and projected
Graphs displaying water use by category.