Items by Oakley Brooks
Both Japan and the United States have grown complacent about the dangers of earthquakes and tsunamis.
California and the West decide to tackle global warming through the market – by buying and selling carbon
The Portland Green Map lists 800 resources and points of interests to guide Portland residents and visitors who lean green
Sudden oak death, a disease which has killed thousands of native oak trees in Northern California, has appeared in southern Oregon.
Local critics are working to stop a much-touted "model" development planned for the Ahmanson Ranch on the edge of Southern California's Santa Monica Mountains.
Watchdog groups are worried that a Park Service photo contest, organized and sponsored by Kodak, sets a bad precedent of corporate entanglement with national parks.
Reintroduced Mexican gray wolves are continuing to die along the Arizona-New Mexico border, and environmentalists blame ranchers for the latest deaths.
The Red Feather Development Group works to bring to Indian reservations low-cost, efficient housing, using straw-bale construction.
"Raptor Room News: A Non-Scientific Journal of Goings-On" is the voice of the Northern Rockies Raptor Center, which has been nursing injured birds back to health for 12 years.
A National Academy of Sciences report on the "Long-Term Institutional Management of U.S. Department of Energy Legacy Waste Sites" says that the Dept. of Energy still doesn't know how to manage the more than 100 federal nuclear sites in the country.
The residents of a small California town, Cambria, successfully joined with a state-funded preservation group to protect open space from a development planned by Hong Kong investors.
The Cripple Creek & Victor gold mine near Victor, Colo., is the largest open-pit gold mine in the state, and, according to the Sierra Club and the Mineral Policy Center, is also the state's biggest polluter.
Local watchdog groups are worried that radioactive waste intended for temporary storage at Los Alamos National Laboratory will be there permanently, as new waste arrives with no definite future destination.
In western Washington, a program called FarmLink connects prospective farmers with current farmers who would like to sell land.
WaterWatch's recent report, "Rivers Without Water: Oregon's Unnatural Disaster," offers suggestions for keeping more water in the state's streams and rivers.
The latest version of Colorado's controversial Animas-La Plata water project passed the Senate and could become a rider on spending legislation when Congress resumes Dec. 5.
Maria Cantwell beats Slade Gorton in Wash. Senate race; Democrats plow reservation roads in MT; Wyo. state Rep. Carolyn Paseneaux charged with voter fraud; Ariz. House Speaker Jeff Groscost, R, ousted; Boulder, Colo., voters ax low-cost housing.
Scientists have created new, electronic maps showing what the bottom of Crater Lake in Crater Lake National Park would look like without water.
In western Colorado's Coal Basin, geologist Steve Renner works with alternative high school students in the area he has been working to restore as part of a Forest Service ecosystem-monitoring project.
Fearing more last-minute monument designations, Westerners have begun working with the Clinton administration to find other ways to protect public lands.
Charles Wilkinson's new book, "Messages from Frank's Landing," gives voice to the struggle of Nisqually Indian activist Billy Frank, Jr., in Washington state.
When two Boulder, Colo., disc jockeys invited four-wheelers to an impromptu rally at nearby Caribou Flats, the resulting "Mudfest" wrecked private land and alpine wetlands and stained the reputation of the state's ORVers.
The Western Regional Air Partnership has a plan to clear the air over the Colorado Plateau, but critics say the plan is much too soft and likely to prove ineffective.
A green lawsuit forces Black Hills National Forest to refrain from logging one of its last roadless areas, and to protect old-growth stands and designate wildlife study areas.
Wyoming veterinarians are blaming the drought for the summer's unusually high number of cattle with deadly sulfate-induced polio.
- Gary Beverly on Does optimism have a place in Western water politics?
- John Worlock on Endurance runners in the Grand Canyon are missing the point
- Todd Vogel/Iversen on Endurance runners in the Grand Canyon are missing the point
- Daniel Metzger on Endurance runners in the Grand Canyon are missing the point
- Kelly Cooper on Endurance runners in the Grand Canyon are missing the point