Pollution

Ozone pollution is on the rise in the West
Ozone pollution is on the rise in the West
Wildfires, oil and gas drilling, vehicle emissions, and climate change all combine to create more days with unhealthy levels of the colorless, odorless gas.
California oil spill contaminates restored wetland
California oil spill contaminates restored wetland
The Talbert Marsh is refuge to at least 90 species of shorebirds, and now it’s slicked with oil.
Climate change increases rare earth elements in Colorado’s Snake River
Climate change increases rare earth elements in Colorado’s Snake River
A new study suggests lower stream flows as a primary culprit.
New Mexico eyed for major nuclear waste storage facility
New Mexico eyed for major nuclear waste storage facility
Critics say virtual meetings bypassed rural communities and raise concerns about the company behind the proposal.
Drowning the derelicts: Yesterday’s boats are today’s problems
Drowning the derelicts: Yesterday’s boats are today’s problems
States and municipalities from Alaska to California struggle to dispose of old vessels without federal support.
New Mexico is on track to have the weakest methane emissions regulations in the nation
New Mexico is on track to have the weakest methane emissions regulations in the nation
Laguna Pueblo Gov. Wilfred Herrera, Jr., urges the state to strengthen its proposed air quality rules.
In California, 1 million people lack access to clean water
In California, 1 million people lack access to clean water
Why one community has struggled with arsenic in its water for so long, despite the state’s Human Right to Water law.
Are wildfires contaminating your drinking water?
Are wildfires contaminating your drinking water?
Manufactured substances known as volatile organic compounds pollute water around the U.S., and they’re heightened in the aftermath of fires.
How conservation groups confront distrust from communities of color
How conservation groups confront distrust from communities of color
In order to attract a broader constituency, organizations must first address a history of missteps and exclusion.
Should you recycle your disposable mask?
Should you recycle your disposable mask?
How masks are manufactured is important for the environment, too.
Colorado’s wildfires require a drastic and collective fix
Colorado’s wildfires require a drastic and collective fix
Climate change should be seen as a number one priority.
Will the extraction industry’s economic turmoil blight Colorado?
Will the extraction industry’s economic turmoil blight Colorado?
Questions about gas well maintenance, clean up and public safety rise amid bankruptcies in the sector.
Once a boom town, now a ghost town. Always a hometown.
Once a boom town, now a ghost town. Always a hometown.
Over generations, the Soto family has lived through cycles of mining booms and the broken promises that come with them.
When home is next to an oil refinery
When home is next to an oil refinery
All I knew about Wilmington, California, was poverty, so I long hid my connection to it.
In a small Montana town, there’s a thing with feathers. Hope? Not so much.
In a small Montana town, there’s a thing with feathers. Hope? Not so much.
Maxim Loskutoff’s debut novel explores the fraught history of the Bitterroot Valley.
The ‘wreckreation’ in our wild places
The ‘wreckreation’ in our wild places
Too many people and too much poop.
How racism adversely affects wildlife, too
How racism adversely affects wildlife, too
New research exposes how systemic racism physically alters ecosystems for the worse.
Who’s minding Montana’s abandoned oil and gas wells?
Who’s minding Montana’s abandoned oil and gas wells?
Left-behind extraction wells pollute after drilling and pumping stops. One foundation gets proactive.
Trump cancels methane regs intended to quell pollution
Trump cancels methane regs intended to quell pollution
As the climate crisis worsens, oil and gas companies can continue to emit the potent greenhouse gas.
How big oil funds big brother
How big oil funds big brother
Some of the largest fossil fuel companies in the nation back police foundations that raise money for weapons, equipment and surveillance technology.
Colorado passes limits on dangerous ‘forever’ chemicals
Colorado passes limits on dangerous ‘forever’ chemicals
As federal regulations lag, state water officials unanimously pass new PFAS limits.
How can we protect silence?
How can we protect silence?
As more people push into once-remote areas, truly quiet spots are increasingly scarce.
The West’s invisible menace: Microplastics
The West’s invisible menace: Microplastics
‘Just because we can’t see them in front of us, doesn’t mean we’re not breathing them in.’
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