Items by Tim Lydon

Colorado's 'Berlin Wall for wildlife' should get an animal crossing
Colorado's 'Berlin Wall for wildlife' should get an animal crossing
Supporters hope to try out a revolutionary design on I-70.
Snow, no longer so white
Snow, no longer so white
Dust and soot harm snowpacks--and downstream water users
For climate's sake, finish your veggies
For climate's sake, finish your veggies
Wasting food, wasting energy
Dead whales do tell tales
Dead whales do tell tales
Our problems disposing of a beached whale point to how basic ecological links are broken.
Here come the Super Storms
Here come the Super Storms
A storm on the Alaskan coast last year eerily resembled the recent and devastating Sandy.
Don't look for the frontier in Alaska
Don't look for the frontier in Alaska
Tourism, sprawl and energy development have made Alaska less wild; now climate change is also altering the North
The teenagers we're not helping
The teenagers we're not helping
The West's gay teenagers are too often ignored -- abandoned by their families to live on the streets or in overcrowded homeless shelters.
A young wolf wanders the West
A young wolf wanders the West
OR-7, a young Oregon wolf, has logged some 1,000 miles in his journey through the West, becoming the first wild wolf seen in California since 1924.
Go take it off the mountain
Go take it off the mountain
The life-size statue of Jesus on Montana's Whitefish Mountain Resort may be loved by many, but it does not belong on public land.
Greens need to occupy the Occupy movement
Greens need to occupy the Occupy movement
Today's activists need to get more involved in protesting the environmental profiteering that is destroying our planet.
Ice matters
Ice matters
We're not just losing our glaciers; we're unraveling the systems that sustain all life on earth.
This Earth Day, it's all about the air
This Earth Day, it's all about the air
If you can take a nice deep breath and enjoy a clear blue sky, thank the Clean Air Act.
Finding place
Finding place
A wilderness ranger has spent the last 14 years coming to intimately know -- and love -- a remarkable corner of Alaska.
Religious leaders shouldn't duck their responsibility
Religious leaders shouldn't duck their responsibility
Western religious leaders need to speak out more strongly on the dangers of climate change.
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of protecting huge swaths of land
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of protecting huge swaths of land
A landmark law passed 30 years ago settled Native land claims in Alaska in ingenious and still-controversial ways.
Living with wolves takes some practice
Living with wolves takes some practice
An Alaskan wilderness ranger believes humans can co-exist with wolves, despite anti-wolf hysteria in the Northern Rockies.
Climate of denial
Climate of denial
An Alaskan wilderness ranger wonders how tourists can look at melting glaciers and not believe in climate change.
What have we learned a century after the Big Blowup?
What have we learned a century after the Big Blowup?
The West's most devastating wildfire left its marks on the land in more than one way.
Only 40 years ago, the Earth got its day
Only 40 years ago, the Earth got its day
Earth Day, which was first celebrated 40 years ago, was largely created by Gaylord Nelson, a Democratic senator from Wisconsin who fought hard for environmental laws.
Winterkill
Winterkill
What might seem like a grisly discovery – a deer killed by a mountain lion – confirms the place of all living things, including humans, in the circle of life.
A nature lover's bucket list
A nature lover's bucket list
Time is running out to see the natural wonders that are endangered by rampant global warming.
Setting the record straight on wilderness
Setting the record straight on wilderness
America needs wilderness to preserve its soul, not to mention its water, air and wildlife.
Old friends are melting away
Old friends are melting away
The author met a mile-long glacier two decades ago. Now, it's dying.
Pushed to the wall, we can power down
Pushed to the wall, we can power down
Tim Lydon tells how Juneau, Alaska, cut its energy consumption by over 40 percent when its electricity supply was interrupted by avalanches.
No way to run a national park
Tim Lydon wonders what happened to a recent environmental impact statement that may have irked railroads by favoring snowsheds over controlled avalanches in Glacier National Park.