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More Alaskan forests are burning, not just due to climate change
More Alaskan forests are burning, not just due to climate change
Populated areas are seeing a large increase in wildfire, despite suppression efforts.
New research on cumulative ecological impact of oil and gas
New research on cumulative ecological impact of oil and gas
Drilling has stripped bare three Yellowstones worth of land in recent years.
Searching for the best dog to save livestock — and wildlife
Searching for the best dog to save livestock — and wildlife
Can the right breed keep both domestic animals and native carnivores alive?
On a methane mystery tour in the Four Corners region
On a methane mystery tour in the Four Corners region
Scientists, planes and instruments descend on San Juan Basin to find roots of the massive greenhouse gas hotspot.
Idaho’s Panther Creek comes back from the dead
Idaho’s Panther Creek comes back from the dead
Two decades after restoration began, life returns to a stream sterilized by mining.
Scientists document mega Oregon-Nevada pronghorn migration
Scientists document mega Oregon-Nevada pronghorn migration
Three hikers will track ecological conditions on the route this June.
Permafrost’s ticking “carbon bomb” may never truly detonate
Permafrost’s ticking “carbon bomb” may never truly detonate
New research suggests that carbon stored in frozen soil will be released gradually.
Land-based foods won't float polar bears through ice declines
Land-based foods won't float polar bears through ice declines
As climate change sends bears searching for calories, new research suggests there's no substitute for seals.
Don't blame bark beetles for fire risk
Don't blame bark beetles for fire risk
A new study suggests hot dry weather, not beetles, make forests go up in smoke.
The case of the snotty streams
The case of the snotty streams
A mysterious algae known as “rock snot” is smothering wild rivers — and may hold clues to their future.
New hope for beetle-killed landscapes
New hope for beetle-killed landscapes
Can native forest fungi combat the West's bark beetle epidemic?
The technique that’s revolutionizing aquatic science
The technique that’s revolutionizing aquatic science
Looking for brook trout? Try environmental DNA.
Wilderness as therapist
Wilderness as therapist
A growing number of veterans and researchers are racing to understand nature’s power to heal.
The Latest: Update on the endangered Pallid Sturgeon
The Latest: Update on the endangered Pallid Sturgeon
Scientists found that dams are indeed to blame for population declines.
Attacks on federal research funding anger scientists
Attacks on federal research funding anger scientists
Politicians lay siege to the National Science Foundation.
Balanced rocks can tell us about earthquake risk
Balanced rocks can tell us about earthquake risk
Seismologists study precarious boulders to determine how hard the ground might shake.
Mapping Earth's hidden water
Mapping Earth's hidden water
A new NASA satellite will measure the planet's soil moisture.
Bison, cows and rabbits square off on Utah range
Bison, cows and rabbits square off on Utah range
Study says jackrabbits, not bison, are cattle's main competitors in the Henry Mountains.
New cloud seeding study from Wyoming
New cloud seeding study from Wyoming
Research renews the debate about whether scientists can really make more rain.
Montana mycologist fights fungus with fungus
Montana mycologist fights fungus with fungus
To save whitebark pines, apply slippery jack.
Descent into an ice-age bonebed in Wyoming
Descent into an ice-age bonebed in Wyoming
The giant pit may hold clues about the demise of the West’s ancient megafauna.
The dust detectives
The dust detectives
Scientists are closer than ever to understanding how microscopic airborne particles shape the Earth, and the West.
Killing wolves to protect cattle may backfire
Killing wolves to protect cattle may backfire
A new study raises questions about how to handle livestock conflicts.