HCN Articles

Immigrant detention centers grow as services lag behind
Immigrant detention centers grow as services lag behind
The federal government is giving contracts to agencies with checkered pasts and denying legally required aid.
The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe goes solar
The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe goes solar
An image of sovereignty in the Colorado high desert.
The Pebble Mine saga enters a new chapter
The Pebble Mine saga enters a new chapter
The close of public comments is marked by familiar dividing lines, and surprising feedback from an EPA official.
Can wolf reintroduction help stave off chronic wasting disease?
Can wolf reintroduction help stave off chronic wasting disease?
Proponents of Colorado’s initiative to reintroduce the predators suggest they could bolster herds against the disease.
The tyranny of lawns and landlords
The tyranny of lawns and landlords
Renting culture puts dreams of cultivating wildness out of reach.
Bay Area communities prepare for ICE raids
Bay Area communities prepare for ICE raids
Following Trump’s latest threats, the Rapid Response Network in Santa Clara County feels a new sense of urgency.
The Colorado River needs a long-term plan for drought
The Colorado River needs a long-term plan for drought
Western states bought some time with a historic agreement but still face a hotter, drier future.
How to Indigenize the Green New Deal and environmental justice
How to Indigenize the Green New Deal and environmental justice
Native nations and activists must have a seat at the table.
Much of rural America is doomed to decline
Much of rural America is doomed to decline
Public policy solutions need to grapple with, not ignore, this economic reality.
Record heat in Alaska fuels wildfires
Record heat in Alaska fuels wildfires
Anchorage sees 90 F as nearly 120 fires blaze across the state.
New Wyoming coal company abandons mines and miners
New Wyoming coal company abandons mines and miners
State officials are picking up the pieces after Blackjewel goes belly up.
Federal and tribal coalitions challenge Canadian mining
Federal and tribal coalitions challenge Canadian mining
‘It’s about British Columbia being a really bad actor as an upstream neighbor that pollutes our water.’
Nevada teens find community as they navigate homelessness and adulthood together
Nevada teens find community as they navigate homelessness and adulthood together
Clark County has one of the largest unaccompanied homeless youth populations in the nation.
National parks provide an unsettling view of patriotism
National parks provide an unsettling view of patriotism
Our nation’s darker past and bright ideas can both be found in the parks.
How beef colonized the West and America’s dinner plate
How beef colonized the West and America’s dinner plate
The author of a new book explains how beef consolidation in the late 19th Century shapes our ecology, economy and politics.
Last words from a desert scribe
Last words from a desert scribe
Essayist Ellen Meloy’s posthumous collection is profound, outspoken and hilarious.
New Mexico’s oil boom has made rural roads deadly
New Mexico’s oil boom has made rural roads deadly
As oil wells multiply in the Permian Basin, the influx of heavy vehicles exacerbates risks for those living in the area.
Seattle will offer residents shelter from the smoke
Seattle will offer residents shelter from the smoke
As climate change fuels fires and warms the city, clean air will be in short supply.
After a wet winter, will Colorado forest managers increase prescribed burns?
After a wet winter, will Colorado forest managers increase prescribed burns?
The heavy snowpack could hinder this underused wildfire control tactic.
Forest Service might limit public comments
Forest Service might limit public comments
The revision would allow the agency to approve more projects without environmental review.
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