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  • Sacrificial Land: Will renewable energy devour the Mojave Desert?

    Sacrificial Land: Will renewable energy devour the Mojave Desert?

    An unlikely group of activists is championing a new bill to protect the Mojave Desert. But even if it passes, large swaths of once empty land will be developed.

  • High Noon

    High Noon

    Environmentalists are arguing passionately over large-scale solar development on California's Mojave Desert.

  • Cowboy up to the energy boom

    In today’s complicated West, where retirees battle energy companies and environmentalists fight transmission lines carrying green power, maybe we need some heroic cowboys to help straighten everything out.

  • Walking on a Wire

    Los Angeles needs green power, but some environmentalists are up in arms over plans to build transmission lines across the Mojave Desert.

  • Erratic behavior

    Erratic behavior

    The Mojave Desert's Giant Rock has long been home to UFO buffs and wild parties, but nowadays it’s fallen victim to graffiti and litterbugs.

  • Discovery and recovery in a Mojave casino town

    Mary Sojourner's new novel, Going Through Ghosts, takes the reader on a journey of love, loss, abandonment and death.

  • What's the best place for Big Solar?

    What's the best place for Big Solar?

    Environmentalists have been too busy squabbling over proposed solar plants to pay much attention to one of the most promising sites: Gila Bend, Ariz.

  • On losing nothing

    On losing nothing

    Climate change will transform both the Arctic and the Mojave Desert, but for different reasons

  • Heard around the West

    Calendar girls get the brush-off in Carmel, Calif.; sniffing out endangered species; looking for a blonde bombshell; "The Bitchin’ Post" meets airport security; "stealth towers" in Colorado Springs

  • Solar spree

    Solar spree

    New solar energy projects are coming to California and Nevada.

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