Items by Maya L. Kapoor

Fish and Wildlife reconsiders protections for rare species
Fish and Wildlife reconsiders protections for rare species
Susan Combs, who will oversee the service, has likened endangered species to incoming missiles.
Along the border, 500 miles of desert species
Along the border, 500 miles of desert species
As Trump’s wall lurches forward, ‘BioBlitz’ records the Borderlands’ biodiversity.
The desert, divided
The desert, divided
The Borderlands thrive on connections. What would it mean to sever them?
Scott Pruitt’s EPA drags its feet on controlling pollution
Scott Pruitt’s EPA drags its feet on controlling pollution
An anti-regulations agency delays enforcing the rules it was created to oversee.
Interior opens more Western waters to offshore drilling
Interior opens more Western waters to offshore drilling
Officials from both parties ask Secretary Ryan Zinke to reconsider.
From bears to condors, the West’s wildlife is finding ways to survive
From bears to condors, the West’s wildlife is finding ways to survive
Five ways science is finding unexpected resilience in animals.
What the battle over the Dream Act means for the West
What the battle over the Dream Act means for the West
DACA’s future in Congress remains in limbo.
For endangered species, politics replaces science
For endangered species, politics replaces science
A leaked Fish and Wildlife memo suggests a shift away from science.
What does a gentrifying city look like? Talk to the man who delivers the mail.
What does a gentrifying city look like? Talk to the man who delivers the mail.
Tracing Tucson’s changes with a longtime postal service worker.
Ancestral Pueblo logging practices could save New Mexico pinelands
Ancestral Pueblo logging practices could save New Mexico pinelands
Researchers look to the past to better fight fire.
By shifting nesting times, early birds adjust to climate change
By shifting nesting times, early birds adjust to climate change
As the West warms, some songbirds in California are raising their young earlier.
What a new report on climate science portends for the West
What a new report on climate science portends for the West
From wildfires to drought, a look at a warming world.
How an ancient potato helped people survive climate shifts
How an ancient potato helped people survive climate shifts
Utah-area tribes explain the continuing relevance of North America’s oldest spud.
Six bills that weaken species protections move in Congress
Six bills that weaken species protections move in Congress
Lawmakers shift the focus to politics, not science, as a deciding factor of designation.
 19 Western species won’t receive federal protections
19 Western species won’t receive federal protections
The animals range from minuscule Nevada mollusks to dwindling Pacific walruses.
Ways to contend with the Las Vegas shooting
Ways to contend with the Las Vegas shooting
If you’ve been affected by Sunday night’s tragedy, here’s where to turn for support.
Legal or not, Trump’s wall is already being built
Legal or not, Trump’s wall is already being built
What you need to know about construction currently happening on the border.
Tucson’s seed library fosters food sovereignty in a desert
Tucson’s seed library fosters food sovereignty in a desert
With help from Pima County’s public libraries, Tucsonans grow urban gardens.
As oceans acidify, shellfish farmers respond
As oceans acidify, shellfish farmers respond
Scientists collaborate to mitigate climate impacts in the Northwest.
The end of an epic butterfly journey?
The end of an epic butterfly journey?
As the Western monarch population declines, survivors may become stranded in a growing sea of houses and farm fields.
A human-caused wildfire burns Oregon’s Columbia Gorge
A human-caused wildfire burns Oregon’s Columbia Gorge
In the Pacific Northwest, data shows people burn the places they love.
Will only the flexible survive?
Will only the flexible survive?
Researchers are identifying the West’s wildlife that can best cope with climate change.
Desert songbirds struggle with more frequent heat waves
Desert songbirds struggle with more frequent heat waves
The number of days Southwestern birds face deadly dehydration may be increasing.
Congress seeks to weaken the Marine Mammal Protection Act
Congress seeks to weaken the Marine Mammal Protection Act
House Republicans hope killing sea lions will restore waning salmon populations.
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.
Flirting with extinction, but looking for love
Flirting with extinction, but looking for love
And you thought endangered species couldn’t get more vulnerable.
12 books expelled from Tucson schools
12 books expelled from Tucson schools
Seven years after Arizona banned Mexican American Studies, some want it back.
White sharks rebound in California
White sharks rebound in California
The long arc of environmental regulation is rebuilding a damaged ecosystem.
Fires sweep the Southwest
Fires sweep the Southwest
In an unseasonably hot and dry West, an intense fire season takes shape.
Zinke: Trump is ‘greatest boss in the world’
Zinke: Trump is ‘greatest boss in the world’
The Interior Secretary defended proposed budget cuts to Park Service, and more.
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