Items by Maya L. Kapoor

Mining for lithium, at a cost to Indigenous religions
Mining for lithium, at a cost to Indigenous religions
In western Arizona, the push for EVs threatens the Hualapai Tribe’s religious practices.
Geographer Diana Liverman explains how to tackle the climate crisis fairly
Geographer Diana Liverman explains how to tackle the climate crisis fairly
The first step? Don’t panic.
Nevada lithium mine kicks off a new era of Western extraction
Nevada lithium mine kicks off a new era of Western extraction
The hastily approved project went forward without comment from the Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe.
In Arizona, fighting a copper mine planned on sacred land
In Arizona, fighting a copper mine planned on sacred land
Oak Flat has been an important location to Indigenous peoples for millennia.
In Arizona, building a wall — and destroying a canyon
In Arizona, building a wall — and destroying a canyon
In a mountain range too steep to cross, DHS is spending millions of dollars on five miles of border wall.
Former California prisoners may become professional wildfire fighters
Former California prisoners may become professional wildfire fighters
Amid a raging fire season and pandemic, the Western U.S. seeks experienced fire crews to battle its conflagrations.
The only catfish native to the Western U.S. is running out of water
The only catfish native to the Western U.S. is running out of water
The Yaqui catfish was going extinct. Then came the border wall.
‘This is not what a food bank was designed to do’
‘This is not what a food bank was designed to do’
California food banks are struggling with an overwhelming need and ongoing recession.
Hispanic-serving colleges and universities struggle to adapt to the pandemic
Hispanic-serving colleges and universities struggle to adapt to the pandemic
‘Government support is going to be vital.’
Pro tips on physical distancing from the nonhuman world
Pro tips on physical distancing from the nonhuman world
Get lit, howl and mind your paws.
The West is the stories we tell
The West is the stories we tell
To truly know a place, seek out its hidden histories.
When Arizona catches fire, prisoners step up
When Arizona catches fire, prisoners step up
In one of the West’s harshest penal systems, incarcerated wildfire fighters learn to see themselves anew.
Democrats are divided over the Green New Deal
Democrats are divided over the Green New Deal
Can newly elected progressives convince party leaders to embrace a bold climate agenda?
Wildfire recovery is possible — for some Westerners
Wildfire recovery is possible — for some Westerners
Resilience depends on economics and history as much as fuel.
Utah files to support Trump’s diminished national monuments
Utah files to support Trump’s diminished national monuments
Worried that the original monument designation may stand, Utah wants to jump into the fray.
The country’s cheapest water is in the West’s driest cities
The country’s cheapest water is in the West’s driest cities
By charging more for nonessential gallons, cities could keep water affordable for everyone.
8 states sue Interior for rollbacks on migratory bird protections
8 states sue Interior for rollbacks on migratory bird protections
States say the birds have economic, cultural and ecological value.
Judge to U.S. Fish and Wildlife: Don’t ‘cherry pick’ science
Judge to U.S. Fish and Wildlife: Don’t ‘cherry pick’ science
Now the agency must reconsider protections for the rare Pacific fisher.
Conservationists give assisted migration a second look
Conservationists give assisted migration a second look
The West’s climate is changing too quickly for some species to keep up. Should people intervene?
Naming the Borderlands’ lost
Naming the Borderlands’ lost
In Arizona, a humanitarian crisis spurs researchers to find new ways of identifying migrant remains.
Climate change is making it harder to revive damaged land
Climate change is making it harder to revive damaged land
Instead of restoring the past, ecologists are increasingly focused on the future.
In a desert, I learned to fish
In a desert, I learned to fish
Dams, invasive species and roadways. All this, so I could go fishing.
A new era of uranium mining near the Grand Canyon?
A new era of uranium mining near the Grand Canyon?
With scant data on risk, Republicans push to open a ‘perfect’ mining opportunity.
Ask a Scientist: How to make talking about science personal
Ask a Scientist: How to make talking about science personal
Jonathan ‘Peck’ Overpeck studies climate change — and tweets about it, too.
Scott Pruitt’s ethics violations haven’t stopped his rollbacks
Scott Pruitt’s ethics violations haven’t stopped his rollbacks
Beleagured by investigations, the EPA chief continues to unravel protections.
Climate extremes are putting species in sync – and in danger
Climate extremes are putting species in sync – and in danger
Shifts in coastal weather systems could make the West’s species less resilient.
Fish and Wildlife reconsiders protections for rare species
Fish and Wildlife reconsiders protections for rare species
Susan Combs, who will oversee the service, has likened endangered species to incoming missiles.
Along the border, 500 miles of desert species
Along the border, 500 miles of desert species
As Trump’s wall lurches forward, ‘BioBlitz’ records the Borderlands’ biodiversity.
The desert, divided
The desert, divided
The Borderlands thrive on connections. What would it mean to sever them?
Scott Pruitt’s EPA drags its feet on controlling pollution
Scott Pruitt’s EPA drags its feet on controlling pollution
An anti-regulations agency delays enforcing the rules it was created to oversee.
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