Is this winter’s sketchy snowpack the new normal?

Volatile weather has created dangerous conditions for backcountry skiers and set up the West for a bad water year. With climate change exacerbating the situation, it's time to start assuming the worst for our winters and making plans to adapt.

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Gaps in data delay Chowan River Basin plan

The N.C. Environmental Management Commission took no action to adopt an updated water resources plan for the Chowan River Basin, which has seen a steady increase in toxic algae blooms.

When coronavirus struck the Salton Sea

People who live near the dying lake are caught in a perfect storm of environmental neglect, poverty, and COVID-19.

B.C. wants to know how much it’s going to cost fracking, mining industries to adapt to climate change

The province wants to better understand the economic impact events such as droughts will have on the natural resources and building sectors — and the costs of different adaptation measures.


Communities on Brazil’s ‘River of Unity’ tested by dams, climate change

Pixaim is one of the remaining quilombos on the Atlantic coast, an Afro-Brazilian settlement already gravely impacted by upstream dams. Now climate change could doom it.

How a melting glacier could redefine the Alberta–B.C. border

It all has to do with runoff, which affects hundreds of thousands of people and animals that rely on glacier-fed streams and rivers as a water source.

China limited the Mekong’s flow. Other countries suffered a drought.

New research show that Beijing’s engineers appear to have directly caused the record low levels of water in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

As Western coal-fired plants close, who gets their water?

With coal gradually being phased out as the source of energy in the West, water—the new high-value commodity—becomes the center of attention.

Is it still possible to go on a skiing holiday in times of climate change?

More snow cannons, lifts and cable cars: Many ski resorts are upgrading their facilities to combat climate change, despite criticism from environmentalists.

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan team up to revive Aral Sea

Officials from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan agreed on Monday to launch a special working group that will work to restore the Aral Sea, once the world's fourth-biggest lake.

Melting ski resorts have a snow machine problem

The changing climate is warming the slopes, forcing resorts to turn to snow-generating beasts that take a heavy environmental toll.

Securing SoCal water to benefit NorCal salmon

Transferring water rights between Southern and Northern California may promise a future for Feather River's chinook salmon.

Where do hippos wander? An aquatic mystery, solved

Hippos need water to survive, and water is disappearing, leading to growing social unrest among the beasts.

How changes in our diet can help mitigate climate change

140 countries, 140 diets, 140 different ways each of them contributes to climate change. A new US-study looked at what dietary changes need to happen across the globe to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Can’t let the taps run dry: Managing water in an unpredictable climate

From southern Nevada to New York City, the climate crisis is causing ongoing water problems. The Water Utility Climate Alliance is working hard to ensure cities are prepared.
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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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