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An unfrozen North
An unfrozen North
The world’s permafrost holds vast stores of carbon. What happens when it thaws?
A tale of two housing crises, rural and urban
A tale of two housing crises, rural and urban
How one Indigenous family is navigating two very different housing problems.
A separatist state of mind
A separatist state of mind
In the era of Trump, rural discontent settles in the state of Jefferson.
Cosmic Prospecting in Lead, South Dakota
Cosmic Prospecting in Lead, South Dakota
What happens when an old mining town recruits a physics lab and pursues Big Science?
New Hope for the Delta
New Hope for the Delta
During the worst drought in more than a century, the Colorado River may flow to the sea once more.
A new Apache homeland in New Mexico?
A new Apache homeland in New Mexico?
An Okie Apache fights his kin to build a casino and bring his people home.
Can snowshoe hares outrace climate change?
Can snowshoe hares outrace climate change?
The seasonal coat changes of snowshoe hares may provide wildlife biologists with clues about how wild animals evolve in response to climate change.
Heart-Shaped River: Craig Childs finds his center in Canyonlands
Heart-Shaped River: Craig Childs finds his center in Canyonlands
Not all maps are made of paper. The best ones are spooled in memory.
Of Sparrows and Sodbusters
Of Sparrows and Sodbusters
Western and Mexican conservationists race against time to save grasslands – and the bird species that depend on them.
Idaho Power is waging war on renewable energy. Is it winning?
Idaho Power is waging war on renewable energy. Is it winning?
One of the West's great old-school monopolies and its multi-pronged attack on wind and solar.
Dinosaur Wars
Dinosaur Wars
Startling, one-of-a-kind fossils are unearthed in Montana – and shunned by scientists.
Can we save Mojave desert tortoises by moving them out of harm’s way?
Can we save Mojave desert tortoises by moving them out of harm’s way?
The feds aim to save threatened tortoises by moving them out of the path of development, but no one knows if the strategy really works.
New route to end Utah's wilderness stalemate
New route to end Utah's wilderness stalemate
Can one of the West's most conservative, anti-federal lands lawmakers broker a mega-wilderness deal in the Beehive state?
California farm communities suffer tainted drinking water
California farm communities suffer tainted drinking water
In California's agricultural hub, the Central Valley, Latino communities fight for clean water.
Conservation goals in Jackson Hole collide with a need for worker housing
Conservation goals in Jackson Hole collide with a need for worker housing
In Wyoming's top resort town, the desire to protect the environment and the community's character kills big affordable housing projects.
The power grid may determine whether we can kick our carbon habit
The power grid may determine whether we can kick our carbon habit
How the huge and fragile network of wires intertwined into our very existence may determine whether we can kick our carbon habit.
How right-wing emigrants conquered North Idaho
How right-wing emigrants conquered North Idaho
Conservative transplants largely from California have taken over Kootenai County -- have they gone too far?
Seeking balance in Oregon's timber country
Seeking balance in Oregon's timber country
Can logging towns and old-growth forests both thrive in the Northwest?
Sacrificial Land: Will renewable energy devour the Mojave Desert?
Sacrificial Land: Will renewable energy devour the Mojave Desert?
An unlikely group of activists is championing a new bill to protect the Mojave Desert. But even if it passes, large swaths of once empty land will be developed.
Secret getaways of the National Landscape Conservation System
Secret getaways of the National Landscape Conservation System
A desert hiker finds a lot to like in little-known Bureau of Land Management gems.
Field notes from a solo paddle in Alaska’s Inside Passage
Field notes from a solo paddle in Alaska’s Inside Passage
A journalism professor kayaks alone for nearly 1,000 miles, dealing with difficult seas, icebergs, orcas and bears.
Climate change turns an already troubled ski industry on its head
Climate change turns an already troubled ski industry on its head
California's Mammoth Mountain provides a case study on the uncertainty of the ski business, and how global warming threatens to make it even more unpredictable.
Farmers agree to tax those who deplete groundwater
Farmers agree to tax those who deplete groundwater
Amid drought and climate change in Colorado’s San Luis Valley, farmers vote for a new approach to rein in their overpumping of groundwater.