climate change

The American West is parched right now by extreme and persistent drought. That has a lot of people wondering what will happen if the rains don’t come and the water dries up. But if history has anything to teach us about megadroughts, it’s that they can pose a very serious threat to civilization.

Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune

America’s alpine climate is changing. Across the West, mountains once covered with green forests are turning red and fading to grey. The culprit: beetles. Some people blame the government for the beetle plague. Local politicians blame the feds. But what if the problem isn’t a faltering Uncle Sam but a changing Mother Nature? Brandon Loomis has written a series of articles on the health of forests in the Intermountain West for Sunday’s Salt Lake Tribune and he joins Doug Fabrizio on Thursday.