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  • News

    The wild, wild weather

    Whatever the cause, the weather in the West this last year has been wild and wacky

  • News

    The hazy days of summer ... and winter, spring and fall

    With the Interior West’s national parks facing an increase in haze and air pollution, Rocky Mountain National Park is working with government agencies to improve air quality

  • News

    Tribes look to cash in with 'tree-market' environmentalism

    The Nez Perce Tribe is trying to combat global warming – and make a few bucks – by planting trees for carbon dioxide sequestration

  • Essays

    Dust and Snow

    In Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, Tom Painter and other scientists study the dust in the snow and ponder its implications for future drought and weather conditions, especially in the era of global warming

  • Writers on the Range

    A real rain is what happens in New Mexico

    The writer grew up in New Mexico and misses the cataclysmic monsoons that characterize that dry land

  • Writers on the Range

    Raising Bella in springtime

    The writer, a veterinarian, welcomes both spring and an irrepressible dog into his life

  • Book Reviews

    A season of change

    In Chasing Spring: An American Journey Through a Changing Season, nature writer Bruce Stutz follows spring from New York to Alaska, examining the surprising changes that global warming is bringing

  • Feature

    Save Our Snow

    Faced with rising temperatures and a passive federal government, Western towns such as Aspen, Colo., are beginning to work out a local approach to combating global warming

  • Essays

    Waiting for Rain

    The hurricanes in the Gulf and New Mexico’s endless drought lead the author to wonder why it is human beings refuse to take nature seriously

  • News

    'Ghost fleet' in search of a final resting place

    Newport, Ore., decides the environmental and financial risks are too great to allow Bay Bridge Enterprises, a ship-recycling firm, to dismantle decommissioned military vessels at Yaquina Bay

  • Writers on the Range

    What price New Mexico’s sky?

    The writer notes the increasingly dirty skies of her state and criticizes new plans for economic development

  • Writers on the Range

    Portland and Seattle steal all the rain

    The writer in Portland yearns for a dry spell

  • Writers on the Range

    Are we ready to learn the lessons of fire and flood?

    The writer says fire and flood teach us about our weak control of nature

  • News

    Oil and gas drilling clouds the West's air

    Air pollution from oil and gas drilling is on the increase in the Rocky Mountain West, and environmentalists and energy companies are trying to prevent it from getting any worse

  • Writers on the Range

    The day they close the pass

    The writer looks forward to the day they close the continent’s highest paved pass

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