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  • Why the Southwest is burning

    Why the Southwest is burning

    This season’s wildfires are caused by three things: Climate change-induced drought, bureaucratic blindness and old-fashioned human folly.

  •  The problem of Western water is not what you think

    The problem of Western water is not what you think

    Water conservation in the West is ultimately just a waste of time.

  • Climate change: Check the data yourself

    Climate change: Check the data yourself

    A collaborative online effort allows both skeptics and believers to study and compare the scientific data regarding climate change.

  • A Western primer

    A Western primer

    Western writers offer a generous and inspired list of recommended reading for the president-elect, including a diverse collection of fiction and nonfiction.

  • Los Alamos fire offers a lesson in humility

    The writer believes that much can be learned from the Cerro Grande fire at Los Alamos, N.M., if we will acknowledge our ignorance and learn how to live in the West.

  • In search of a politics of union

    In the West, a search for the politics of union is threatened by runaway litigation and advocacy groups that refuse to compromise.

  • Saint Contrary: John Wesley Powell

    John Wesley Powell, who was a Civil War hero, scientist and geographer, as well as the explorer who first rafted the length of the Colorado River, could be the West's unofficial patron saint, a flawed and human saint whose ideas still challenge us today.

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