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 long fight against Joe Arpaio will continue
The long fight against Joe Arpaio will continue
How ‘America’s toughest sheriff’ galvanized a movement among Arizona Latinos.
How many golf trips is public funding for the arts worth?
How many golf trips is public funding for the arts worth?
Consider the saguaro cactus — and celebrate it with your tax dollars.
Latest: Duel over Owens Valley water intensifies
Latest: Duel over Owens Valley water intensifies
A county uses eminent domain to try to reclaim land taken by LA.
What they left behind: Items found in the Borderlands
What they left behind: Items found in the Borderlands
Humanitarian groups track traces of migrants crossing the border.
Recently discovered toad species already face threats
Recently discovered toad species already face threats
Meet three new toads that make a home in parts of the West’s harshest desert.
The thru-hike you’ve never heard of: Oregon Desert Trail
The thru-hike you’ve never heard of: Oregon Desert Trail
Photographer Meg Roussos shares views from her solo-trek deep in the backcountry.
A network of trails that spans the country
A network of trails that spans the country
The National Trails System, by the numbers.
The Pacific Crest Trail’s shadow hikers
The Pacific Crest Trail’s shadow hikers
At the border, migrants and long-distance trekkers hike side by side but worlds apart.
Hooligan Island; Tree-hoppers in Joshua Tree; Kanye for president?
Hooligan Island; Tree-hoppers in Joshua Tree; Kanye for president?
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Why are coyotes so polarizing?
Why are coyotes so polarizing?
A new book seeks to make sense of the hated canid’s history.
West Obsessed: The prison economy traps the innocent
West Obsessed: The prison economy traps the innocent
How a town dependent on incarceration came to be and what that meant for one asylum-seeker.
The danger of urban ‘heat islands’
The danger of urban ‘heat islands’
How built-up cities and higher temperatures threaten human health.
See portraits of gnarled conifers
See portraits of gnarled conifers
A couple draws and writes about the complexities of bristlecone pines and humans.
Interior has yet to meet with Bears Ears tribal leaders
Interior has yet to meet with Bears Ears tribal leaders
Zinke is losing the faith of a tribal coalition as a monument review looms.
Ten years, 3 million pounds of soil and 1,800 sensors
Ten years, 3 million pounds of soil and 1,800 sensors
The numbers behind the world’s largest weathering experiment.
An end to Tucson’s growth wars
An end to Tucson’s growth wars
A conservation plan puts science ahead of politics.
California’s desert wildflowers burst into bright ‘super bloom’
California’s desert wildflowers burst into bright ‘super bloom’
Following the ideal combination of rain, sun and wind, blossoms abound.
See the landscapes that a border wall would bisect
See the landscapes that a border wall would bisect
Terrain along the Mexico border ignores the man-made divide.
Invade, steal water: The plant spreading in Utah’s wetlands
Invade, steal water: The plant spreading in Utah’s wetlands
Battling a nonnative reed to protect Great Salt Lake bird habitat.
Nature got your heart?
Nature got your heart?
These photos tell the story of writer John Nichols’ love affair with the wild.
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