Southwest Climate News
In 2009 the federal government fixated on energy in a way it hadn't for years. But it's still largely potential change rather than actual change in many ways.
Sustainability is the way of the future as the environment receives more attention from lawmakers and the public. Tracy has identified it as a priority and is fulfilling a commitment to eco-friendliness across a number of areas.
Environmental groups are pushing mining companies to do more than just vent methane. At the very least they want it flared off to reduce its potency as a greenhouse gas.
The uranium industry was born on the west end of Energy Alley, the run from Green River, Utah, to Rifle. It has burst into bloom and sputtered to obscurity more than once.
Lake Tahoe, Clear Lake and four other large lakes in Northern California and Nevada are warming faster than the surrounding atmosphere, suggesting climate change may affect aquatic environments faster and sooner.
Bullet trains could one day shoot through the Inland area in three directions, carrying people to Northern California, Las Vegas and Phoenix at speeds topping 150 mph
In response to California's water crisis, the Obama administration says it will delay a plan to install gates in Delta channels meant to increase water supplies but push forward with a plan to build a new fish hatchery in Rio Vista for populations at risk of extinction.
Pinal County and state officials are about to launch a long, tangled air cleanup effort that could reduce the number, size and scope of dust clouds in future storms.
The vast stretch of rolling, sagebrush-plugged adobe and rock stretching from Green River, Utah, to Rifle looks little like a vast storehouse of energy. Appearances, however, are deceiving.
The highest aspirations for the Copenhagen climate talks may have been swamped, and in the meantime, sea level along much of the California coast threatens to continue its long-term rise.