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The Western United States Faces an Explosion of Wildfires

Wildfires used to hit California only in the latter part of the year, but a changing climate and persistent drought mean they are now a constant threat.

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All the Wild That Remains

Edward Abbey and Wallace Stegner are two of the most influential Western environmentalists and writers of the 20th century. A new book, “All the Wild That Remains,” is an excellent primer for readers new to Abbey and Stegner and their continuing relevance.

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The Original Geo-Engineers: How to Save the Iconic West from the Cow

The great novelist Wallace Stegner sorted the conflicting impulses in his beloved American West into two camps: the “boomers” and the “nesters.” The modern version of the nesters are conservationists who try to partner with the ecosystems where they live. They understand that you cannot steer and control nature, but you might be able to dance with it.

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 READ MORE



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Never Again Enough

The crucial question for Phoenix, for the Colorado, and for the greater part of the American West is this: How long will the water hold out?

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Trek West for the Big Picture

At this very moment, John Davis is trekking 6,000 miles through a chain of mountain ranges that stretches like a spine across North America from the Sierra Madres of Mexico through the Rockies of the American West up into Canada. He and his partners along the route are advocating for what they call “landscape connectivity” on a continental scale.

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Why You Should Eat Yak Instead of Beef

Cows are terribly destructive creatures, the cause of species extinction, topsoil loss, deforestation and desertification. There’s an alternative you’ve probably never considered.

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 READ MORE


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