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  • Boom and bust, military style

    The military’s plan to close Cannon Air Force Base is being fought by nearby Clovis, N.M., a community that, like many in the West, has become spectacularly dependent on a single industry

  • Boom! Boom!

    An energy boom of unprecedented proportions is transforming western Colorado towns like Rifle, which just recently recovered from the last big energy boom – and a catastrophic bust.

  • Cow power

    In Idaho’s Magic Valley, cow capital of the fourth-largest milk-producing state in the U.S., entrepreneurs are hoping to cash in on all that manure by using anaerobic digesters to convert it into energy

  • Deciphering humanity's hardware

    Infrastructure: A Field Guide to the Industrial Landscape by Brian Hayes is a wonderfully conversational explanation of everything one sees along the highway that isn’t natural

  • Save Our Snow

    Faced with rising temperatures and a passive federal government, Western towns such as Aspen, Colo., are beginning to work out a local approach to combating global warming

  • State of the World 2005: Redefining Global Security

    In State of the World 2005, the Worldwatch Institute takes a hard look at important issues from nuclear weapons proliferation to renewable energy

  • The Last Refuge: Patriotism, Politics, and the Environment in an Age of Terror

    In The Last Refuge: Patriotism, Politics, and the Environment in an Age of Terror, David Orr takes a hard look at our extract-and-consume lifestye, and examines the ways in which it makes us vulnerable

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