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Can we write our way out of catastrophe?
Can we write our way out of catastrophe?
In Ben Ehrenreich’s ‘Desert Notebooks,’ a fragmented style attempts to change the way we think, and write, about the Anthropocene.
Celebrating community in the time of coronavirus
Celebrating community in the time of coronavirus
Events like the Tanabata Festival in East Los Angeles gave residents a chance to celebrate together. In its absence is something even more profound.
How California election officials are fighting disinformation
How California election officials are fighting disinformation
Authorities expect widespread false information campaigns ahead of the November election.
In California, more than 340,000 lose wildfire insurance
In California, more than 340,000 lose wildfire insurance
Residents are left with little to no options in the state’s fire-prone areas.
Feds give Navajo uranium contract to firm with sketchy past
Feds give Navajo uranium contract to firm with sketchy past
A High Country News investigation finds the EPA awarded Tetra Tech a contract despite knowing its subsidiary had likely engaged in data manipulation, false reporting and profiteering.
What are wild burros doing to Death Valley?
What are wild burros doing to Death Valley?
New research suggests that the introduced wild donkeys may benefit native species, but the National Park Service wants to remove them.
Diseases are spreading with climate change. Panic doesn’t have to.
Diseases are spreading with climate change. Panic doesn’t have to.
As illnesses like Valley fever emerge in new areas, health officials keep residents informed instead of in fear.
National politics put California’s air quality in the crosshairs
National politics put California’s air quality in the crosshairs
On the ground, one teen deploys pollution monitors to make his community safer.
Transgender prisoners in the West now have tools for self-advocacy
Transgender prisoners in the West now have tools for self-advocacy
A court ruling transforms healthcare rights for incarcerated trans people.
Climate activists take aim at ‘Wall Street West’
Climate activists take aim at ‘Wall Street West’
Last week, protestors shut down business in San Francisco’s financial center.
Trump’s Fish and Wildlife pick is entangled with industry
Trump’s Fish and Wildlife pick is entangled with industry
Aurelia Skipwith has ties to water interests fighting endangered species protection and worked for ag giant Monsanto.
The Klamath River now has the legal rights of a person
The Klamath River now has the legal rights of a person
A Yurok Tribe resolution allows cases to be brought on behalf of the river as a person in tribal court.
An Indigenous way of life for these California tribes breaks state laws
An Indigenous way of life for these California tribes breaks state laws
In Mendocino County, ‘guerrilla gatherers’ risk fines and jail time to keep food culture alive.
For sage grouse, science can be fatal
For sage grouse, science can be fatal
Is the value of data worth the death of individual animals?
Tinder meets tremors as Western tarantulas look for love
Tinder meets tremors as Western tarantulas look for love
Males will travel in numbers, dance hypnotically and get eaten during their annual hunt to mate.
Falling bears; border wall delights; lightning strikes
Falling bears; border wall delights; lightning strikes
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
California’s contradictions embody the West
California’s contradictions embody the West
From progressive policies to bumper-to-bumper traffic, the Golden State is larger than a sum of its parts.
Automakers follow California, not feds, on mileage standards
Automakers follow California, not feds, on mileage standards
Obama-era official says companies will reduce emissions rather than deal with regulatory uncertainty.
West Coast fishermen have few options against sea lions
West Coast fishermen have few options against sea lions
The federal government continues to use explosives despite their ineffectiveness.
The heart of California, captured
The heart of California, captured
Robb Hirsch hopes his new book compels readers to act on the behalf of Yosemite National Park.
See the journey to a new career at a wildland fire academy
See the journey to a new career at a wildland fire academy
Ex-gang members, veterans and immigrants alike take a three-month course to become California firefighters.
The regime of glaciers is headed to its end
The regime of glaciers is headed to its end
For 35 years, a team of scientists has studied the decline of glaciers. What does their loss mean?
Immigrant detention centers grow as services lag behind
Immigrant detention centers grow as services lag behind
The federal government is giving contracts to agencies with checkered pasts and denying legally required aid.
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