News Rockies

In West, September Brought Record Heat and Dry Weather

  • Published: Oct 3rd, 2012

Heat and dry weather records were set across the West in September, including at Death Valley, Calif.

Heat Wave Adds to Wildfire Woes, Expands East

  • Published: Jun 27th, 2012

After aggravating the West's destructive wildfires, record heat will engulf much of the country this week.

Western U.S. Faces ‘Extreme’ Wildfire Risk Now and Later

  • Published: May 23rd, 2012

Wildfire season is off to a fast start in the Southwest, and dry summer anticipated may bring above average fire activity.

Montana Oil Spill Illustrates Climate-Related Risks to Pipelines, Experts Say

  • Published: Jul 8th, 2011

As oil spill cleanup continues along Montana's Yellowstone River, climate science reports show increasing risks of similar pipeline accidents from flooding.

Global Warming Brings Unusual Springtime Snowpack Decline in the West, New Study Finds

  • Published: Jun 9th, 2011

A new study finds unusually large losses of springtime snow cover in the West in recent years, raising concerns about water supplies.

Weeds From Hell in a Greenhouse World

  • Published: Jun 1st, 2011

A new study shows that yellow starthistle, a highly invasive grassland weed, is likely to thrive in a world enriched by greenhouse gases.

Building to the Future

  • Published: May 19th, 2011

In Colorado, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory has built one of the most energy efficient office buildings in the world.

The Great Water Heist

  • Published: Jan 18th, 2011

Desert dust blown onto the West’s mountains causes snow to melt prematurely, costing the Colorado River five percent of its annual flow.