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  • Writers on the Range Our survival depends on fighting climate change

    Our survival depends on fighting climate change

    Stopping global climate change requires an effort that’s the moral equivalent of war.

  • Writers on the Range Pondering change in the Great Basin

    Pondering change in the Great Basin

    Paleontology and geology at Summer Lake, an ancient lake bed in Oregon, have shown the Great Basin's history of dramatic change

  • Writers on the Range 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

  • Writers on the Range Megadrought, the new normal

    Megadrought, the new normal

    Even the weeds are dying in this megadrought, and long time farmers are losing their crops in New Mexico.

  • Writers on the Range Global climate change: We need to talk about it

    Global climate change: We need to talk about it

    It's hard for journalists to talk about climate change, but they need to keep telling the story, especially when writing about natural disasters.

  • Multimedia The ski industry, climate hawk?

    The ski industry, climate hawk?

    Aspen Skiing Company Sustainability VP Auden Schendler, and professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones on why ski corporations and pro athletes should step up to the climate crisis -- and how they can do it.

  • Writers on the Range Notes from a wildfire refugee

    Notes from a wildfire refugee

    When wildfire forces locals to flee their beloved Colorado homes, people begin to talk more openly than they used to about climate change.

  • Writers on the Range Rancher says coal ash regulation is overdue

    Rancher says coal ash regulation is overdue

    Coal ash pollutes groundwater but is already less regulated than coffee grounds, and yet some lawmakers want to destroy existing rules and prevent new ones.

  • Multimedia Rantcast: Sorry, Utah

    Rantcast: Sorry, Utah

    Ever found balloon detritus when hiking in a pristine wilderness? Michael Branch rants about the airlifted trash he finds in Nevada's high elevation desert, and then decides to dump some of that trash on Utah.

  • Writers on the Range What should we do with our blink of time?

    What should we do with our blink of time?

    Natural history teaches us how rapidly and irrevocably the world can change -- a fact we should bear in mind as we enter the new, human-dominated era some scientists call the Anthropocene.

  • Current Coping with two-headed fish and other effects of selenium

    Coping with two-headed fish and other effects of selenium

    Researchers try to determine if unhealthy amounts of selenium are entering Western soil and water due to energy development.

  • Letters

    Something in the desert water?

  • Sidebar Selenium concentrations

    Selenium concentrations

    Muddy Creek selenium levels

  • Writers on the Range Rachel Carson's redwood dreams, and 50 years of "Silent Spring"

    Rachel Carson's redwood dreams, and 50 years of "Silent Spring"

    Scientist and writer Rachel Carson's intelligence, courage and love for life are remembered on the 50th anniversary of her groundbreaking book "Silent Spring."

  • Current Low snowpack means a dry summer for the West

    Low snowpack means a dry summer for the West

    A map shows Western snowpacks as of April 1, 2012, and notes record-breaking heat and dry weather in the Southwest.

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