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August 31, 2015

Senior editor Jonathan Thompson digs into the mysterious methane cloud above the Four Corners region, plus Montana farmers take on climate change and archaeologists try to save the Arctic’s disappearing treasures. Cover: Storm clouds hang over the natural gas processing plant at Lybrook, New Mexico, one of the centers of natural gas production in the Four Corners region. Photo by Jim Caffrey

Feature

Unlocking the mystery of the Four Corners Methane Hot Spot
Unlocking the mystery of the Four Corners Methane Hot Spot
Scientists zero in on the culprits behind a giant plume of greenhouse gases.

Current

Where vandals target Western parks
Where vandals target Western parks
A by-the-numbers look at the most graffitied national parks.
Why the Clean Power Plan isn’t a death knell for coal
Why the Clean Power Plan isn’t a death knell for coal
Obama’s new rules won’t necessarily knock out the West’s aging power plants.
Hunting the Arctic’s disappearing treasures
Hunting the Arctic’s disappearing treasures
Ancient artifacts in the thawing North vanish before archaeologists can document them.
Montana farmers start talking climate change
Montana farmers start talking climate change
The Montana Farmers Union is fighting political polarization with pragmatic discussions about how to adapt and what to expect.
Where FEMA fails
Where FEMA fails
Better preparation can save money and lives, but pre-disaster funds are in short supply.
The Animas spill, Nevada gold mines and a shrinking Salt Lake.
Latest: Environmentalists regroup after Washington’s carbon plan fails
Latest: Environmentalists regroup after Washington’s carbon plan fails
Green groups spent big in the last election in the Northwest.
Latest: Salmon, coast recovers after Elwha dams come down
Latest: Salmon, coast recovers after Elwha dams come down
Despite recovery, warm temperatures still threaten salmon spawning.

Editor's Note

Essays

How movies have changed our expectations of the wild
How movies have changed our expectations of the wild
Decades of Disney have prepared us for a tamed, cleaned-up version of nature.

Book Reviews

Finding humor where two worlds intersect
Finding humor where two worlds intersect
Review of 'Indian Country: The Art of David Bradley.'
Renewal through exploration in Greater Yellowstone
Renewal through exploration in Greater Yellowstone
Review of ‘The Wild Excellence: Notes from Untamed America’ by Leslie Patten.
The lonesome, crowded West
The lonesome, crowded West
Review of ‘The Water Museum’ by Luis Alberto Urrea.

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