Items by Brian Calvert

Making sense of the West
Making sense of the West
Why we’ve expanded our coverage beyond environmental issues.
The ecological danger of ethical impoverishment
The ecological danger of ethical impoverishment
The West is facing challenges that won’t be solved without moral considerations.
What is stopping climate action?
What is stopping climate action?
We’ve become the agents of our own undoing.
Under Trumpism, truth is under relentless attack
Under Trumpism, truth is under relentless attack
Two books warn against the rise of alternative realities.
Journalists need defense, not derision
Journalists need defense, not derision
The U.S. media is taking a beating, even as it struggles to survive.
We must face the ecological realities of the world we’re creating
We must face the ecological realities of the world we’re creating
There is no separating us from the place we live.
Meanwhile, the West is in jeopardy
Meanwhile, the West is in jeopardy
Amid political and cultural tumult, we are unprepared for the new reality of climate change.
The myth of American progress
The myth of American progress
The West may not represent progress, but it does represent constant flux.
The political power of the cowboy
The political power of the cowboy
Oregon struggles with the reintroduction of wolves into lands where they have long been hated and hunted.
Rural Oregon has a weedy mess on its hands
Rural Oregon has a weedy mess on its hands
On GMO and seed misdeeds, has the punishment fit the crime?
Indian law and injustice
Indian law and injustice
The number of Indigenous lawyers is growing, after a long history of courts denying rights to American Indians.
Standing Rock and accountability
Standing Rock and accountability
Standing Rock echoed violence of the past and, for many people, awoke desire for atonement.
West Obsessed: A desert divided on the Borderlands
West Obsessed: A desert divided on the Borderlands
What would it mean to sever life-sustaining links along the U.S.-Mexico border?
The Borderlands make America great
The Borderlands make America great
It will cost us to make the divisions greater.
Our political decisions have Earth-wide implications
Our political decisions have Earth-wide implications
The facts are in. Now we have to decide what to do about them.
West Obsessed: An Indigenous family’s struggle for housing
West Obsessed: An Indigenous family’s struggle for housing
Writer Julian Brave NoiseCat discusses the experience of the Waukazoo family.
The movements produced by rural white scorn
The movements produced by rural white scorn
From the Bundys to the State of Jefferson, resentment from disempowered white communities is growing.
West Obsessed: How Trump has affected the region so far
West Obsessed: How Trump has affected the region so far
Taking stock of the deregulation of land and climate protections in 2017.
Understanding humans’ place in the ecosystem
Understanding humans’ place in the ecosystem
Where wildness reigns, humans give up their dominant roles.
West Obsessed: The American alpine sublime
West Obsessed: The American alpine sublime
A new collection by a turn-of-the century poet raises questions about wildness.
West Obsessed: How to cover tribal affairs
West Obsessed: How to cover tribal affairs
Editor Graham Brewer discusses how best to write about Indian Country.
How do states treat the lands they own?
How do states treat the lands they own?
An investigation into state land management, to better understand what’s at stake in federal land transfers.
Gina McCarthy holds out hope on climate policy
Gina McCarthy holds out hope on climate policy
The former head of the EPA isn’t despairing despite Trump administration rollbacks.
West Obsessed: The battle over solar energy
West Obsessed: The battle over solar energy
High Country News delves into a win for Nevada’s solar customers and what it means for the grid.
Climate change is our new reality
Climate change is our new reality
A summer of hurricanes, flooding and wildfires made it clear: the climate is changing.
West Obsessed: On dams and the rebirth of the Elwha
West Obsessed: On dams and the rebirth of the Elwha
A deep dive into a dismantled dam — and another in the planning stages.
Sally Jewell defends Interior Department legacy
Sally Jewell defends Interior Department legacy
As Obama’s policies are rolled back, his last Interior secretary reviews what’s at stake.
Dams are a divisive issue, but do they need to be?
Dams are a divisive issue, but do they need to be?
What we can learn from the Elwa River.
The national monuments ‘review’ is a sham
The national monuments ‘review’ is a sham
The Trump administration is using cynical politics, not sound policy.
Recognizing California’s invisible activists
Recognizing California’s invisible activists
We are seeing a mounting intolerance toward undocumented farmworkers.
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