An initiative of the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder

Satellite image of the Irrawaddy River delta in Myanmar photo

Rivers can suddenly change course – scientists used 50 years of satellite images to...

Beyond flooding, the unpredictability of the world's rivers is perpetuated by rare avulsions, which can cause them to abruptly change course.
Grasslands photo

Grim 2022 drought outlook for Western US offers warnings for the future as climate...

A rapidly warming climate has put the American West in a brutal drought with a hotter and thirstier atmosphere.
The white ‘bathtub ring’ around Lake Mead, shown on Jan. 11, 2022, is roughly 160 feet high and reflects falling water levels. George Rose/Getty Images

What is dead pool? A water expert explains

Lake Mead and Lake Powell could reach water levels low enough to halt hydropower production.

Western river compacts were innovative in the 1920s but couldn’t foresee today’s water challenges

Interstate river compacts were an innovative solution 100 years ago – but were written for a West far different from today.
Cloud seeding equipment near Winter Park in Colorado photo

Cloud seeding might not be as promising as drought-troubled states hope

Several western states have experimented with cloud seeding to increase precipitation, but it may not be a promising strategy.

US Climate risks are rising – a scientist looks at the dangers her children...

A new report warns that humanity has a brief but rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a livable and sustainable future.

New flood maps show US damage rising 26% in next 30 years due to...

Flooding is the most frequent and costliest natural disaster in the United States, and its costs are projected to rise as the climate warms.
California wildfire photo

Devastating Colorado fires cap a year of climate disasters in 2021, with one side...

The year 2021 was filled with climate disasters from coast to coast, some so intense they surprised even the scientists who study them.

‘Zero Day’ for California water? Not yet, but unprecedented water restrictions send a sharp...

California’s announcement represents uncharted territory and is meant to promote water conservation in what is already a dry water year.

The US is making plans to replace all of its lead water pipes from...

The Biden administration has released a plan to accelerate removal of lead water pipes and lead paint from U.S. homes.