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  • Phoenix tries to rise from the flames

    Phoenix tries to rise from the flames

    The Sunbelt city is one of the nation's most sweltering urban heat islands. But simple solutions to help cool it are at hand.

  • Will Navajos approve a Grand Canyon megadevelopment?

    Will Navajos approve a Grand Canyon megadevelopment?

    An audacious development proposal near Grand Canyon National Park divides a tribe and its neighbors.

  • California prepares for the next burn

    California prepares for the next burn

    Public officials – and even homeowners – are beginning to accept the inevitability of wildfires in the Golden State.

  • A good idea – if you can get away with it

    A good idea – if you can get away with it

    Rainwater harvesting is against the law in many Western states, but folks in Utah, Colorado and Washington want to change that.

  • Making an effluent market

    How will Westerners pay for – and market – their recycled drinking water?

  • Take back these drugs – please

    Some communities are trying to keep discarded pharmaceuticals out of the water supply by organizing “take-back programs” for leftover drugs

  • Facing the Yuck Factor

    As population growth and climate change stress the region’s water supplies, Westerners think hard about recycling their effluent, although some worry about the possibly harmful endocrine disrupters found in cleaned-up effluent.

  • Biomass: What to do with all that wood

    Mark Sardella’s nonprofit group Local Energy is determined to heat local communities with biomass energy, created by burning logging slash and millwaste from New Mexican forests

  • Peace Breaks Out In New Mexico's Forests

    In northern New Mexico, the Collaborative Forest Restoration Program brings Hispanic loggers and Anglo environmentalists together to work on creating healthy, sustainable forests and rural economies

  • For this English chef, home is the Colorado Plateau

    Chef John Sharpe has created a gourmet restaurant in the desert town of Winslow, Ariz., far from his birthplace in the misty green landscape of England

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