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Much of rural America is doomed to decline
Much of rural America is doomed to decline
Public policy solutions need to grapple with, not ignore, this economic reality.
Survey finds few tribal governments allow press freedom
Survey finds few tribal governments allow press freedom
83% of respondents said stories about tribal government affairs often go unreported due to censorship.
The true vulnerability of coastal California, revealed
The true vulnerability of coastal California, revealed
A new study suggests flooding could surpass some of the state’s worst natural disasters.
Permafrost’s ticking “carbon bomb” may never truly detonate
Permafrost’s ticking “carbon bomb” may never truly detonate
New research suggests that carbon stored in frozen soil will be released gradually.
Land-based foods won't float polar bears through ice declines
Land-based foods won't float polar bears through ice declines
As climate change sends bears searching for calories, new research suggests there's no substitute for seals.
Don't blame bark beetles for fire risk
Don't blame bark beetles for fire risk
A new study suggests hot dry weather, not beetles, make forests go up in smoke.
The case of the snotty streams
The case of the snotty streams
A mysterious algae known as “rock snot” is smothering wild rivers — and may hold clues to their future.
New hope for beetle-killed landscapes
New hope for beetle-killed landscapes
Can native forest fungi combat the West's bark beetle epidemic?
The technique that’s revolutionizing aquatic science
The technique that’s revolutionizing aquatic science
Looking for brook trout? Try environmental DNA.
Wilderness as therapist
Wilderness as therapist
A growing number of veterans and researchers are racing to understand nature’s power to heal.
The Latest: Update on the endangered Pallid Sturgeon
The Latest: Update on the endangered Pallid Sturgeon
Scientists found that dams are indeed to blame for population declines.
Attacks on federal research funding anger scientists
Attacks on federal research funding anger scientists
Politicians lay siege to the National Science Foundation.
Balanced rocks can tell us about earthquake risk
Balanced rocks can tell us about earthquake risk
Seismologists study precarious boulders to determine how hard the ground might shake.
Mapping Earth's hidden water
Mapping Earth's hidden water
A new NASA satellite will measure the planet's soil moisture.
Bison, cows and rabbits square off on Utah range
Bison, cows and rabbits square off on Utah range
Study says jackrabbits, not bison, are cattle's main competitors in the Henry Mountains.
New cloud seeding study from Wyoming
New cloud seeding study from Wyoming
Research renews the debate about whether scientists can really make more rain.
Montana mycologist fights fungus with fungus
Montana mycologist fights fungus with fungus
To save whitebark pines, apply slippery jack.
Descent into an ice-age bonebed in Wyoming
Descent into an ice-age bonebed in Wyoming
The giant pit may hold clues about the demise of the West’s ancient megafauna.
The dust detectives
The dust detectives
Scientists are closer than ever to understanding how microscopic airborne particles shape the Earth, and the West.
Killing wolves to protect cattle may backfire
Killing wolves to protect cattle may backfire
A new study raises questions about how to handle livestock conflicts.
Virus implicated in starfish wasting disease
Virus implicated in starfish wasting disease
A team of scientists have figured out what’s killing West Coast sea stars, but bigger mysteries remain.
Offshore oil rigs can provide prime fish habitat
Offshore oil rigs can provide prime fish habitat
But will California's platforms stay in the ocean once the oil runs out?
NASA finds methane hot spot over Four Corners
NASA finds methane hot spot over Four Corners
The culprit is the extensive fossil fuel industry infrastructure, not just fracking or coal mines.
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