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  • Essays

    When yesterday’s garbage becomes today’s collectible

    A visit to Glass Beach in California leads to dumpster-diving on a grand scale, and offers a preview of future geologic strata

  • Writers on the Range

    When yesterday’s garbage becomes today’s collectibles

    Alan Kesselheim visits Glass Beach in California, where garbage is being transmuted into collectibles.

  • News

    Of global warming and White House elephants

    The Bush administration needs to start dealing with global climate change, and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger may help to point the way

  • News

    Mowing down pollution

    California tackles air pollution caused by gas-guzzling power lawn mowers

  • News

    Wanted: Leak-proof dumps

    Because arid Wyoming built landfills without liners, at least 21 of the state’s dumps are now leaking dangerous chemicals into groundwater

  • Book Reviews

    Perspectives on change — climate change

    Charles Wohlforth looks at climate change in Alaska from two cultures’ viewpoints, when he talks to scientists and to the Inupiaq people in The Whale and the Supercomputer: On The Northern Front of Climate Change

  • News

    A near-miss for California’s clean-air rules

    California’s newest clean-air law, designed to deal with pollution from small engines, narrowly survives an attempt to shoot it down in the U.S. Congress

  • Writers on the Range

    The salting of the West – who cares?

    Stephen Voynick says tons of salt are dumped on Western highways and no one seems to care

  • Writers on the Range

    The biggest environmental issue is staring us in the face

    Tom Bell says we’d better connect the dots that reveal global warming.

  • News

    West Coast states tackle global warming

    Outgoing California Gov. Gray Davis is working with Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski and Washington Gov. Gary Locke on a regionwide plan for slowing greenhouse gas emissions

  • Writers on the Range

    Leaving Las Vegas

    Sarah Flick writes about a snowy spring in the Nevada desert and other wonders of aridity before leaving Las Vegas

  • News

    Who’s at the helm?

    While Congress debates whether Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt should take over the Environmental Protection Agency, the agency itself plows ahead in an anti-environmental direction

  • Essays

    The EPA needs an urban pit bull

    Putting Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency is like using a goldfish to guard a junkyard

  • News

    Mr. Middle Ground gets called to Washington

    Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, R, is President Bush’s pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency, and some environmentalists fear he will prove little more than a yes-man

  • Essays

    Of avalanche forecasting and snow haiku

    A day spent on skis with avalanche forecaster Jerry Roberts is filled with stellar crystals, snow haiku and unexpected beauty

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