High Country News October 13, 2008
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.
The urgency of the politicians' response to our economic troubles contrasts with the way we’re ignoring the greater crisis of climate change.
Chilean guest-worker Ricardo Arriagada herds goats that eat weeds to help prevent brush fires in Hercules, Calif.
Writers on the Range
Susan Tweit says the huge numbers of road-killed wildlife point to a simple fact: There are too many of us.
In some Western states, including Colorado, prison inmates are taking the place of immigrant farmworkers.
Rainwater harvesting is against the law in many Western states, but folks in Utah, Colorado and Washington want to change that.
Brand-new resource management plans from Utah’s BLM welcome ATVs and energy development onto some of the state’s most fragile land.
Paleo-oceanographer James Zachos points to evidence of the last time climate change acidified the oceans, some 55 million years ago.
Philip L. Fradkin looks at the life of an iconic Western author in Wallace Stegner and the American West.
Seth Cohen describes a close encounter with a grizzly – and an even closer encounter with grizzly-strength pepper spray.
Paul VanDevelder considers the consequences of “capitalism without a conscience” and predicts the end of free lunches for the West.
Two Weeks in the West
There’s fighting over the endangered status of wolves, sage grouse, etc., and protecting wildlife from drilling.
Winning the West
High Country News looks at some of the more interesting political contests unfolding in the West.