From capillary forces to sand grain shape, the simple mix of sand and water hides the complexity within.
25 states aren’t expected to ban abortion if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. But limits on abortion in these places, too, make it an uncertain refuge for people seeking abortions elsewhere.
Agreements negotiated a century ago to share water on Western rivers among states are showing their age in a time of water scarcity.
A pending bill in Colorado would disclose donor information to children and their parents and set limits on how many families can use a single individual’s egg or sperm.
Several states are experimenting with weather modification to try to generate snow as water supplies shrink. An atmospheric scientist explains the history behind it – and the challenges.
Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon all experienced big increases in both deposits and lending shortly after legalizing marijuana for recreational use.
A hurricane that wreaked havoc from Louisiana to New York City, the Texas freeze and devastating western wildfires topped NOAA’s list of billion-dollar disasters in 2021.
A long-expected federal drought declaration underlines how serious the Colorado River water shortage has become for Western states.
More than 40 fire scientists and forest ecologists in the US and Canada teamed up to investigate why wildfires are getting more extreme. Climate change is part of the problem, but there’s more.
Scientists studied charcoal layers in the sediment of lake beds across the Rockies to track fires over time. They found increasing fire activity as the climate warmed.
Satellites can already spot a new fire within minutes, but the information they beam back to Earth isn’t getting to everyone who needs it or used as well as it could be.
The Supreme Court recently dealt defeat to Florida in its 20-year legal battle with Georgia over river water. Other interstate water contests loom, but there are no sure winners in these lawsuits.
Former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter explains what Biden’s “all hands on deck” approach could look like as the new administration takes on five big climate challenges.
A fire scientist offers a six-point strategy for preventing wildfires and living safely in flammable landscapes.
Living near oil and gas production can affect mental health, driving stress and feelings of depression.
For the first time in the US, a ballot measure will ask voters whether to restore wolves to a place where they’ve been eradicated. Coloradans have strong views on both sides.
The COVID-19 pandemic is interrupting scientific field work across North America, leaving blank spots in important data sets and making it harder to track ecological change.
Even as Americans are all told to remain at home, millions are now unemployed and must scramble to figure out how to pay for that home.
The technician who gave you that shiny manicure may be inhaling dangerous levels of toxic chemicals on the job.
Big oil and gas companies spent far more fighting this ballot initiative than the measure’s supporters did.