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How Arizona's culture helped shape the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords February 20, 2012

How Arizona's culture helped shape the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords

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If you want to understand why Jared Lee Loughner shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others at a Tucson Safeway in 2011, look to Arizona’s soulless culture and vitriolic politics. Also, ground truthing Obama's praise of natural gas, ecosystem services of water-cleaning forests, an environmental warrior still going strong at 95, and more.

Can evolution help snowshoe hares adapt to climate change? February 06, 2012

Can evolution help snowshoe hares adapt to climate change?

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Wildlife biologists study the seasonal coat changes of snowshoe hares for clues about how wild animals may evolve in response to climate change. Also, local planning gets challenged as a U.N. conspiracy theory, the politics of choosing judges, and a Wyoming naturalist seeks Sasquatch.

Billboard corporations use money and influence to override your vote January 23, 2012

Billboard corporations use money and influence to override your vote

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In Salt Lake City and other Western communities, billboard companies battle local democracy. Also in this issue: Buying out grazing permits to solve public lands conflicts, mom-and-pop energy companies risk a lot to find new reserves, A lawsuit raises questions about how far environmentalists should go to keep wilderness 'untrammeled.', and much more.

Perilous Passages December 26, 2011

Perilous Passages

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Along the 120-mile-long "Path of the Pronghorn," migrating animals cross rivers, dodge traffic, battle blizzards and navigate the infrastructure of Wyoming energy development.

Out on a limb December 12, 2011

Out on a limb

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As whitebark pines in the Northern Rockies succumb to pine beetles and blister rust, hardworking climbers defy gravity to collect pine cones from canopies to supply efforts to breed more resilient and resistant trees.

Growing a Revolution November 28, 2011

Growing a Revolution

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Viva Farms is a "farm incubator" in Washington's Skagit Valley, helping aspiring cash-poor farmers like Nelida Martinez start and successfully operate their own businesses.

Possessing the Wild November 14, 2011

Possessing the Wild

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Captive wolves and wolf-dog hybrids are kept all over the West for various purposes, often in poorly regulated facilities.

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