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  • The Tree Coroners

    The Tree Coroners

    To save the West’s forests, scientists must first learn how trees die.

  • On (not) being Jane Goodall

    On (not) being Jane Goodall

    A writer wonders what it would be like to study the coati, a Southwestern cousin of the raccoon.

  • Cosmic Prospecting in Lead, South Dakota

    Cosmic Prospecting in Lead, South Dakota

    What happens when an old mining town recruits a physics lab and pursues Big Science?

  • Restoration evolution

    In his new book, The Sunflower Forest: Ecological Restoration and the New Communion with Nature, William R. Jordan III lays out a powerful vision for a new environmental ethic

  • Dinosaur tracks on a desert shore

    When drought shrank Lake Powell this summer, paleontologist Martin Lockley went to work scouring the shoreline for newly revealed rare dinosaur tracks in the sandstone

  • Reborn

    With global warming an increasing threat, some are urging a return to nuclear energy, but the industry’s own checkered past reminds us that a nuclear renaissance will be neither easy nor cheap

  • Stargazer aims his scopes at gas industry

    Astronomer Perry Walker uses his stargazing tools and skills to work with the oil and gas industry to prevent air pollution in Wyoming

  • Dust and Snow

    In Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, Tom Painter and other scientists study the dust in the snow and ponder its implications for future drought and weather conditions, especially in the era of global warming

  • Where there's fire, there's global warming

    Climate scientist Anthony Westerling is working to illuminate the connection between rising global temperatures and the increasing ferocity of the West’s forest fires

  • Climate-change clues — in tropical glaciers

    In Thin Ice: Unlocking the Secrets of Climate in the World’s Highest Mountain Ranges, mountain climber and physicist Mark Bowen follows researchers who are finding clues to climate change in high-altitude tropical glaciers

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