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When your neighborhood goes boom
When your neighborhood goes boom
How site workers and firefighters responding to a 2017 natural gas explosion in Windsor, Colorado, narrowly avoided disaster.
Can a California town move back from the sea?
Can a California town move back from the sea?
Imperial Beach considers the unthinkable: a retreat from nature.
¿Puede una ciudad de California replegarse para cederle paso al mar?
¿Puede una ciudad de California replegarse para cederle paso al mar?
Imperial Beach considera lo impensable: emprender retirada a causa de la naturaleza.
The tenuous revival of Mono Lake
The tenuous revival of Mono Lake
Its defenders won a long fight over water with Los Angeles. Now, drought is raising new questions about its future.
The campaign against coal
The campaign against coal
Where ‘keep it in the ground’ meets ‘keep the lights on.’
Green energy’s dirty secret
Green energy’s dirty secret
Industrial solar and wind endanger wildlife but are getting more support than ever.
The rise of Lisa Murkowski
The rise of Lisa Murkowski
Alaska’s pragmatic senator wants to reshape America’s energy policy.
A displaced California tribe reclaims sacred land
A displaced California tribe reclaims sacred land
The Mountain Maidu return to their valley, but the work of reclamation never ends.
Claustrophilia: Do wide-open lands bring us closer together?
Claustrophilia: Do wide-open lands bring us closer together?
A writer finds that Colorado small-town life and Mongolian mishaps strengthen her human connections.
Unlocking the mystery of the Four Corners Methane Hot Spot
Unlocking the mystery of the Four Corners Methane Hot Spot
Scientists zero in on the culprits behind a giant plume of greenhouse gases.
The Endangered Species Act’s biggest experiment
The Endangered Species Act’s biggest experiment
Will an unprecedented collaborative effort and lots of tax dollars be enough to finally save sage grouse?
As wildfires get bigger, is there any way to be ready?
As wildfires get bigger, is there any way to be ready?
After one record-setting wildfire, a Washington county prepares for more.
Illegal bike trails and a Forest Service crackdown divide a town
Illegal bike trails and a Forest Service crackdown divide a town
A biking boom in Sedona, Arizona, forces locals to ask: Is there room for all these people?
Can human judgment handle avalanches?
Can human judgment handle avalanches?
We’re better than ever at understanding the dangers of avalanches. So why can’t we avoid them?
Why rare-earth mining in the West is a bust
Why rare-earth mining in the West is a bust
Forget the hype. In the global rush for energy-critical elements, our region can't compete.
Genetic research lays foundation for bold conservation strategies
Genetic research lays foundation for bold conservation strategies
To save the greatest number of species, should we focus on the most common?
John Podesta: Legacy maker
John Podesta: Legacy maker
This Washington insider’s ‘hidden hand’ has guided the environmental achievements of presidents for two decades.
The Los Angeles wetland wars
The Los Angeles wetland wars
Environmentalists saved a wetland from developers a decade ago. Now they’re trying to save it from each other.
A defender of North Dakota's badlands wonders if it's time to leave
A defender of North Dakota's badlands wonders if it's time to leave
Theodore Roosevelt National Park is not immune to effects of the Bakken oil boom.
Children in Alaska’s barbaric country
Children in Alaska’s barbaric country
As parents, we watch our kids walk into vast new worlds — like it or not.
The West in 72 hours
The West in 72 hours
Asian tourists look for space, spectacles and a decent bowl of noodles.
Lessons from boom and bust in New Mexico
Lessons from boom and bust in New Mexico
What we can learn from the oil and gas roller coaster ride in Farmington and beyond.
The water czar who reshaped Colorado River politics
The water czar who reshaped Colorado River politics
Las Vegas’ Pat Mulroy initiated an era of deal-making that may buffer against catastrophic drought.
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