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The Tension Between Humans and Nature

320 stories published since 2010

A Wonder in Decline

End of the Miracle Machines: Inside the Power Plant Fueling America's Drought

Use It or Lose It: Across the West, Exercising One’s Right to Waste Water

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, While Water Supplies Last

The ‘Water Witch’: Pat Mulroy Preached Conservation While Backing Growth in Las Vegas

Holy Crop: How Federal Dollars Are Financing the Water Crisis in the West

What You Need to Know About the Water Crisis in the West

Killing the Colorado: Explore the River

Sharpening the Government’s Blurry Maps

Federal Flood Maps Left New York Unprepared for Sandy — and FEMA Knew It

What Happened After Congress Passed a Climate Change Law? Very Little

Using Outdated Data, FEMA Is Wrongly Placing Homeowners in Flood Zones

Why So Many Flood Maps Are Still Out of Date

Four Ways the Government Subsidizes Risky Coastal Rebuilding

Without a Final Map, New York Rebuilds on Uncertain Ground

As Need for New Flood Maps Rises, Congress and Obama Cut Funding

After Sandy, Government Lends to Rebuild in Flood Zones

Why 58 Representatives Who Voted for Hurricane Katrina Aid Voted Against Aid for Sandy

The BP Oil Spill Saga: Where Things Stand Now

Despite Internal Concerns About Rig Safety, Transocean Says It’s Shielded By Contract