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  • Writers on the Range

    The inevitable fires next time

    Rocky Barker warns us that the new West is a world of inevitable, long-lasting and increasing forest fires.

  • Writers on the Range

    The caveguy within holds us back

    George Sibley believes our Neandertal brains hold us back from accepting the fact that we cause global warming.

  • Writers on the Range

    A Wyoming forest yearns to burn

    Bill Sniffin warns that Wyoming’s Shoshone National Forest is ready to go up in flames.

  • Writers on the Range

    The challenge of climate-change denial

    Skeptics, even irrational ones, probably once had a useful evolutionary role to play in human communities, but in the face of rapid climate change, they are becoming a fatal obstacle

  • News

    Market cooling

    California and the West decide to tackle global warming through the market – by buying and selling carbon

  • Two Weeks in the West

    Two weeks in the West

    Death (and life) in the Sonoran Desert; fire and drought in the Southwest; courts rule against Bush on environmental issues.

  • Editor's Note

    Dry to the bone

    Despite a relatively snowy winter here in western Colorado, the season itself seems to have shrunk, with spring arriving weeks earlier than it once did in a trend with ominous consequences for the desert Southwest, particularly Phoenix.

  • Writers on the Range

    Why would a federal agency trash its libraries?

    The Environmental Protection Agency’s quiet efforts to dismantle its own technical libraries are likely to hamstring scientific research – and freedom of thought – across the nation, Jeff Ruch warns.

  • News

    Excremental gains?

    Kern County, Calif., is trying to prevent Los Angeles sludge from entering the county, where it is used to fertilize farmland, and the resulting stink is raising all kinds of questions about how we handle human waste

  • Book Reviews

    A whole lot of shaking

    In his book A Crack in the Edge of the World, Simon Winchester takes a comprehensive look at the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and warns of the geological perils still facing the region

  • News

    Trees — A different shade of green

    Increasingly, Western cities are planting trees to save energy as well as provide beauty

  • Writers on the Range

    Fire and the warming West

    The writer says this summer's wildfires reflect the increasing impacts from drought and global climate change

  • Writers on the Range

    California steps up to lead the nation

    The writer salutes California for taking action on global warming and says that the notion of Western "exceptionalism" is dead

  • Writers on the Range

    The good news about garbage

    The writer teaches herself a humbling chore — cleaning up other people's garbage

  • Book Reviews

    Climate-change clues — in tropical glaciers

    In Thin Ice: Unlocking the Secrets of Climate in the World’s Highest Mountain Ranges, mountain climber and physicist Mark Bowen follows researchers who are finding clues to climate change in high-altitude tropical glaciers

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