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January 19, 2015

A High Country News special issue on the future of environmental ideas.

Feature

The unusual occupation at Utah’s Book Cliffs
The unusual occupation at Utah’s Book Cliffs
They’re burning mad about climate change. Are you?
Where can we say ‘Yes’ to oil and gas?
Where can we say ‘Yes’ to oil and gas?
What we give up in so-called sacrifice zones.

Editor's Note

Essays

Can Aldo Leopold’s land ethic tackle our toughest problems?
Can Aldo Leopold’s land ethic tackle our toughest problems?
An argument for ‘voluntary decency.’
Should nature have standing to sue?
Should nature have standing to sue?
Even today, the natural world needs a co-plaintiff: us.
Introducing the idea of ‘hyperobjects’
Introducing the idea of ‘hyperobjects’
A new way of understanding climate change and other phenomena.
How faith plays into the new conservation debate
How faith plays into the new conservation debate
Two sides call a truce, at least for now.
Think of pollution as trespassing
Think of pollution as trespassing
Why take the ‘harms’ approach? Try this instead.
Should we put a price on nature?
Should we put a price on nature?
A nuanced look at ecosystem services.
A Hot Day’s Night
A Hot Day’s Night
New fiction from the author of 'The Windup Girl.'
Postcards from fire
Postcards from fire
‘We will rise from the ashes, sweep them from our children's hair.’
The New, New West
The New, New West
Introducing the 2014 Bell Prize winner.
Mesas and Sky
Mesas and Sky
2014 Bell Prize runner-up

Conversation

Quoted: your favorite environmental thinkers
Quoted: your favorite environmental thinkers
Suggestions from our readers.
'Real hunger' creating demand for environmental philosophy
'Real hunger' creating demand for environmental philosophy
Descriptions of the West's top programs.

Book Reviews

A modern movement in tribal building design
A modern movement in tribal building design
Review of "New Architecture on Indigenous Lands," by Joy Monice Malnar and Frank Vodvarka

Heard Around the West

The Cow Liberation Moovement, bear tizzies and more
The Cow Liberation Moovement, bear tizzies and more
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

Farewell to Theo Colborn
Farewell to Theo Colborn
Marking the passing of an influential environmental scientist
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