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    Climate Revolutionary

    Law professor Mary C. Wood wants to use “atmospheric trust litigation” to tackle global warming in the courts.

  • News

    Up in FLAME

    Proposed bill calls for separate "catastrophic wildfire" fund

  • Essays

    A hard winter makes you think

    Rhonda Claridge describes a hard winter in the high mountains and points out that one seldom-acknowledged effect of climate change could be harder winters in some parts of the world.

  • Writers on the Range

    A hard winter makes you think

    Rhonda Claridge describes a hard winter in the high mountains, and points out that one seldom-acknowledged effect of climate change could be harder winters in some parts of the world.

  • Two Weeks in the West

    Two weeks in the West

    Nasty chemicals in the Western air; drilling dust; EPA gets tougher on mercury; wildlife agency reconsiders habitat for Canada lynx and protection for sage grouse and white-tailed prairie dogs; and Grand Canyon gets a man-made flood.

  • Feature

    Unnatural Preservation

    Public-land managers in the era of global warming face uncomfortable choices: Do they intervene to protect dying plants and animals, or stand back and let this new version of “nature” take its course?

  • Editor's Note

    Planning for uncertainty

    A Phoenix symposium on dealing with drought and global warming echoes the larger uncertainties facing public-land and national park managers throughout the West.

  • Writers on the Range

    You can’t stop nature

    Pepper Trail warns us that we continue to tinker with nature at our peril.

  • News

    Toxic legacy

    Some activists fear that toxic chemicals in a New Mexico landfill, left over from Cold War-era nuclear weapons research, may be creeping toward the Albuquerque Aquifer.

  • News

    Coal’s other mess

    Even as the air over power plants clears, the coal combustion waste on the ground gets worse – and the EPA seems disinclined to deal with the problem.

  • News

    Ashes to houses

    One of coal's big messes is transformed into building blocks

  • Writers on the Range

    Western water is petering out

    Pete Letheby says the West is headed for a hotter and drier future, and this time, as farmer Gerald Spangler warns him, we’re running out of groundwater.

  • News

    Smoke alarm

    Wildfires across the West release surprising amounts of mercury

  • Writers on the Range

    When smoke gets in your life

    Alan Kesselheim misses the summers of the past, when Western skies were blue and clear and not blurred and choked with smoke and ash.

  • 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.

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