Deserts

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.
Ranchers blindsided by Trump’s border  wall
Ranchers blindsided by Trump’s border wall
They built a coalition to protect open space. Now, they’re up against the country’s largest construction project.
Trump’s border wall threatens fish species
Trump’s border wall threatens fish species
The U.S. is skirting conservation laws and withdrawing millions of gallons of groundwater.
The desert gets a biocrust skin graft
The desert gets a biocrust skin graft
Without its cover of living microorganisms, the desert is eroding.
Last words from a desert scribe
Last words from a desert scribe
Essayist Ellen Meloy’s posthumous collection is profound, outspoken and hilarious.
Paranoia and a ‘preposterously’ oversized water tank
Paranoia and a ‘preposterously’ oversized water tank
An affluent Utah community spent millions to extinguish its fear of fire. Decades later, they’re still trying to buy their way out of a bottomless pit.
The West’s worst fires aren’t burning in forests
The West’s worst fires aren’t burning in forests
Range fires get bigger every year, threatening sagebrush habitat and rural towns.
The grassroots groups helping asylum-seekers on the border
The grassroots groups helping asylum-seekers on the border
‘We had no choice but to make it work.’
Russian investors are keen on Nevada’s copper
Russian investors are keen on Nevada’s copper
Demand for clean cars is causing an uptick in copper mining in the West, but at what cost?
Humanitarian aid is being criminalized at the border
Humanitarian aid is being criminalized at the border
Deterrence strategies have turned increasingly punitive for immigrants and activists.
Development plans test a decade-old conservation deal
Development plans test a decade-old conservation deal
Were concessions to protect undeveloped land in California worth it?
The shutdown has halted important scientific research
The shutdown has halted important scientific research
Disrupted funding for federal science hurts Western lands and economies.
Latest: Trump’s BLM approves a massive California solar plant
Latest: Trump’s BLM approves a massive California solar plant
Opponents cite potential harm to desert wildlife, views and sand dunes.
The contradictions of iconic lands
The contradictions of iconic lands
The photos inside two new volumes show the grandeur and vulnerability of landscapes like the Grand Canyon and Bears Ears National Monument.
A high-stakes water reckoning looms in the West
A high-stakes water reckoning looms in the West
Be it a wet or a dry year, the water rich in Colorado’s North Fork Valley take their share.
The precarious plan for the Lake Powell Pipeline
The precarious plan for the Lake Powell Pipeline
Officials in Utah’s fastest-growing county are obscuring details of what a high-stakes project will cost taxpayers.
The pioneer of ruin
The pioneer of ruin
Amid a desolate mess in Cisco, Utah, a young woman resurrects a home.
How beavers make the desert bloom
How beavers make the desert bloom
‘I’m always looking for ways to keep water here, and the beaver do it for free.’
The Colorado, lifeblood and sculptor of an arid West
The Colorado, lifeblood and sculptor of an arid West
In a new book, a longtime river-runner invites readers to sit down by the Colorado’s riverside and listen to its stories.
Bears Ears: An elegy for what was lost?
Bears Ears: An elegy for what was lost?
A book of photos explores the mesas and canyons of Bears Ears.
Trump administration pauses California’s solar energy truce
Trump administration pauses California’s solar energy truce
The decision imperils the balance between desert conservation and development.
Some like it hot; the West’s unluckiest man; Phoenix’s future
Some like it hot; the West’s unluckiest man; Phoenix’s future
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
White Sands National … Park?
White Sands National … Park?
A bill could establish New Mexico’s second national park within a missile range.
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