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Park Service releases complete climate change report
Park Service releases complete climate change report
Following political pressure, references to humans’ role in sea level rise were restored.
Timber is Oregon’s biggest carbon polluter
Timber is Oregon’s biggest carbon polluter
A new study finds that forests are key to reducing the state’s climate impacts.
Climate extremes are putting species in sync – and in danger
Climate extremes are putting species in sync – and in danger
Shifts in coastal weather systems could make the West’s species less resilient.
Should scientists speak up for climate action?
Should scientists speak up for climate action?
How to balance professional objectivity and the existential threat of climate change.
House Democrats challenge Interior on altered report
House Democrats challenge Interior on altered report
Secretary Zinke said he hadn’t seen drafts omitting humans’ role in climate change.
What we have forgotten about the vilified gray wolf
What we have forgotten about the vilified gray wolf
The saga of O-Six lays bare the intricacies of a familiar, parallel society in wolves.
Latest: Washington state bans salmon farms
Latest: Washington state bans salmon farms
An escape of non-native salmon prompted the state to shut down aquaculture.
Along the border, 500 miles of desert species
Along the border, 500 miles of desert species
As Trump’s wall lurches forward, ‘BioBlitz’ records the Borderlands’ biodiversity.
Scuba flies
Scuba flies
In California’s Mono Lake — whose alkaline waters are deadly to most insects — these diving flies don’t just survive; they thrive.
Coastal cities battle industry over climate change
Coastal cities battle industry over climate change
Fossil fuel companies face mounting lawsuits for their contributions to the looming climate catastrophe.
A flurry of research illuminates snow’s foes
A flurry of research illuminates snow’s foes
New studies detail how hotter temperatures, humid air and wind-blown dust can pummel the Western snowpack.
Judge: Agency cherrypicked science for bison management
Judge: Agency cherrypicked science for bison management
Amid protests, Fish & Wildlife has been ordered to reexamine protections for the iconic Yellowstone beast.
An unfrozen North
An unfrozen North
The world’s permafrost holds vast stores of carbon. What happens when it thaws?
A look into a climate-altered Alaska
A look into a climate-altered Alaska
Experiments in the permafrost zone near Denali simulate a warmer North.
A Montana bill takes aim at wilderness study areas
A Montana bill takes aim at wilderness study areas
Sen. Steve Daines wants to slash protections for some of the state’s wildest land.
From bears to condors, the West’s wildlife is finding ways to survive
From bears to condors, the West’s wildlife is finding ways to survive
Five ways science is finding unexpected resilience in animals.
Why aren’t marbled murrelets recovering?
Why aren’t marbled murrelets recovering?
The enigmatic bird’s populations have not increased despite conservation efforts.
Monument reductions threaten future dinosaur discoveries
Monument reductions threaten future dinosaur discoveries
Digs are imperiled by Trump’s move to slash protections for public land.
‘Atmospheric rivers’ aid the West — and imperil it
‘Atmospheric rivers’ aid the West — and imperil it
Improved storm forecasts could help reservoir managers store more water while avoiding floods.
2017 in natural disasters
2017 in natural disasters
From massive wildfires to melting ice, the calamities that affected the West this year.
Why hatchery fish may fail in the wild
Why hatchery fish may fail in the wild
New research gives insight into how to better help struggling Northwest salmon populations.
A new report finds ‘we have created a new climate’
A new report finds ‘we have created a new climate’
Extreme events are closely linked to human-caused climate change.
What fire researchers learned from California’s blazes
What fire researchers learned from California’s blazes
In California, land managers use fire as a tool.
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