Author: Jonathan Thompson

Drought and Demand Is Threatening a Critical Component of the Western Grid

This story was originally published in High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Thirty-nine years ago, due to record-breaking snowfall in the Upper Colorado River Basin, Lake Powell rose substantially, catching river managers off-guard. By late June, the reservoir was nearly overflowing, forcing operators—for the first time ever—to rely on […]

The Energy-Hogging, Water-Sucking Scourge of Big Tech, Visualized

This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The gradual shift of life away from the three-dimensional space to cyberspace once promised a Jetsons-style efficiency, a tidy transition from physical stuff’s environment-harming ways to a clean and impact-free digital world. We would telecommute through cyberspace rather than along dirty […]