• slice of an artwork depicting a desert scene, wildlife and livestock drinking from a small pondThe Big Dry
    A 21st Century Water War Erupts in Texas.
    By James William Gibson
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    Oil trains are crisscrossing North America with volatile cargo, yet many communities
    are unprepared for an accident.
    By Adam Federman
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    In Wisconsin, a battle over iron ore extraction pits environmentalists and Native Americans against mining companies. By Mary Catherine O’Connor
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In Seattle, an Ongoing Effort to Save the Region’s Green Spaces

The Mountain to Sound Greenway Trust aims to find a happy balance between development and wildlands protection

Whenever I go back to Seattle after a long time away, I’m struck by how green it is. The streets are lined with trees; there are parks everywhere; and I can see snow-covered peaks to the west, the east, and the south.…
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In Conversation: Darren Aronofsky

Hollywood director wrestles with Alberta’s “out of whack” tar sands on a trip with the Sierra Club and Leonardo DiCaprio

Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky just returned from an excursion to see up close and personal the Alberta tar sands, and judging by his response to how oil companies are impacting the environment, this unregulated part of Canada sounds more like the Wild West…
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US Forest Service Moves to Start Clearcutting in Rim Fire Area

Massive logging proposal threatens many spotted owls, currently thriving in the fire-affected acres of Stanislaus National Forest

The US Forest Service issued a draft decision yesterday for a massive post-fire logging project in the Stanislaus National Forest portion of the 2013 California Rim Fire, which covered 257,171 acres on the national forest and Yosemite National Park. A final, signed…
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Can A Drive-Thru Really Be Green?

LEED certified buildings can’t negate the emissions from a long line of idling cars

There’s a rainwater catchment system on the roof of my west Florida neighborhood’s Dunkin’ Donuts outlet, collecting water to irrigate the restaurant’s own landscaping. There are electric car charging stations, for those Tesla owners who aren’t afraid to get a little powdered…
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Can Trophy Hunting Save the Endangered Markhor Goats?

A controversial program in Tajikistan tests the idea

The sun was beginning to fade in the frigid evening sky. It was the end of a long day of counting the endangered wild goats of southern Tajikistan. Known as the markhor, these goats are distinguished by their Merlin-esque beards and twisting,…
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Federal Judge Overturns Kaua‘i GMO, Pesticide Regulatory Law

Ordinance 960 preempted by state law, says ruling; appeal likely

A federal judge yesterday overturned Kauai’s new law regulating the transgenic seeds industry on the Hawaiian island, ruling that it was preempted by state law and was therefore invalid. The ruling is a setback for activists and citizens fighting to protect local…
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Passive Carbon Capture Can Clean Up Our Air, But the Technology Lacks Popular Support

Other significant challenges include cost and figuring out where to store the captured carbon

Trees are great filters. Wind, sunlight and photosynthesis enable trees to “scrub” carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, while replenishing it with oxygen, which almost every life form needs to survive. But there simply aren’t enough trees around to scrub out the surplus…
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Voices

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
The Rhode Island Democrat is on a crusade to wake up Americans to the threat of global warming.
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A Prayer for Earth
The Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham on how her faith fuels her environmental activism.
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Shoot to Save?
Humane Society International and Safari Club International debate whether hunting can help conserve wildlife.
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Readers Poll
What do you think? Is hunting animals a viable conservation strategy?
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