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  • Feature Mountain of doubt

    Mountain of doubt

    The long-delayed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nev., faces a new challenge: Barack Obama’s presidency.

  • Uncommon Westerners

    Notes from the (water) underground

    Research hydrologist Gordon Grant is fascinated by the groundwater in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Feature Who’ll clean up when the party’s over?

    Who’ll clean up when the party’s over?

    There are efforts to reclaim oil and gas drilling sites, but many fear it’s too little, too late.

  • News

    Passing gas

    Western states are struggling to figure out how to capture the methane emissions from coal mines.

  • Writers on the Range Think again before going nuclear

    Think again before going nuclear

    Russ Doty worries that neither presidential candidate is wary enough about nuclear power and radioactive waste disposal.

  • Editor's Note

    Forget Wall Street, focus on the real issues

    The urgency of the politicians' response to our economic troubles contrasts with the way we’re ignoring the greater crisis of climate change.

  • News

    Acidifying oceans

    Paleo-oceanographer James Zachos points to evidence of the last time climate change acidified the oceans, some 55 million years ago.

  • Feature

    Back to the future

    A long time ago, the earth warmed considerably; now, scientists study fossils to find out what happened – and what it might mean for us today.

  • Letters

    "1,000 messy facts"

  • News

    All along the watchtower

    Andrew McNair, who works weekends at a computer in Olympia, Wash., is not your typical Western fire watcher.

  • News

    We thought we were safe

    California fire victim barely escapes

  • News

    Shifting sands in Navajoland

    On the drought-stricken Navajo Nation, scientist Margaret Hiza Redsteer studies the movement of sand dunes.

  • News

    Climate cash-in

    Western farmers and ranchers using progressive land-management techniques can make a few bucks from the new carbon market – but some critics say it won’t lead to any real reduction in carbon emissions.

  • News

    The West’s wacky weather

    The West’s weather is full of surprises this spring, with snowstorms, windstorms, rain and wildfires all happening at the same time.

  • Essays

    The mysticism of mud

    Ernest Atencio ponders an exceptionally muddy Mud Season in New Mexico, and notes how readily most Westerners forget that we live in an arid landscape.

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