News Rockies

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.

Running Toward Empty?: Part Two

  • Published: Jan 18th, 2011

Climate research offers little reason to believe that the snowy start to the year in the Colorado Basin is a harbinger of wetter times to come.

Running Toward Empty?

  • Published: Jan 18th, 2011

With drought, increasing water consumption, and climate change, the Colorado River Basin appears headed for a day of reckoning.