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Trapped Mountain Lions Plot Daring Escape From LA

Network of wildlife corridors planned to ease big cats’ genetic bottleneck

Earlier this month an obscure Los Angeles area regional public lands agency — the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority — announced the first stages of a five-year plan to build one of the largest wildlife corridors in the world. The goal is…
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by: James William Gibson – September 17, 2015

L.A. Underground

In the US’ Second Largest City, Oil Infrastructure is a “Normal” Part of the Landscape. Grassroots Activists are Trying to Change That.

Photographs by Heather Cleary Heather Cleary The story of the rise and fall of Edward Doheny, the first oil baron of Southern California, would seem the archetype of a L.A. noir tale: A man rises from rags to riches and presents a veneer of respectability to the outside world, but behind closed doors lurks corruption, even violence. Elaborate stagecraft – Hollywood’s specialty – hides the machinery and political machinations that fuel what…
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by: James William Gibson – Spring 2015

A Postmodern Water Frontier

While many large cities in Texas are trying to grab water to support massive growth, there are some that have adopted promising water-conservation practices that offer a glimpse of what an alternative, more sustainable, statewide urban water-use policy could look like. illustration pablo iglesias, www.pabloi.com Water activists look to San Antonio as a leader. The city was forced to change its water-use practices following a 1991 Sierra Club lawsuit that claimed that…
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by: James William Gibson – Summer 2014

The Big Dry

A Twenty-First Century Water War Erupts in Texas

illustration pablo iglesias, www.pabloi.com Gary Cheatwood grew up near the town of Cuthand, in far northeast Texas, and he always found peace along the wooded banks of Little Mustang Creek. His grandfather had bought 100 acres in 1917 and now Gary’s family owns 600 acres of bottomland near where the creek’s clear waters meet the Sulphur River. He especially loves the woods around the creek – some 70 species of hardwood trees,…
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by: James William Gibson – Summer 2014

Environmentalists Could Win the Keystone XL Battle and Still Lose the War

Will the KXL fight be environmentalists’ Vietnam?

The Vietnam War might seem irrelevant to the environmental movement’s five-year effort to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline that, if approved by President Obama, would bring tar sands oil from Alberta to the Texas coast for refining and shipment overseas.…
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by: James William Gibson – April 15, 2014

Sorry, But Wolf Slaughter Is Not American

Graphic Photo: Vigilantes in Wyoming Enact “Justice” Against Wolves

“Fed Up in Wyoming” reads the caption under this stunning photograph posted on a hunter's Facebook page (reproduced here under Fair Use). The photo is yet more evidence that, two years after political reactionaries led a successful campaign in the House of…
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by: James William Gibson – October 28, 2013

Proposed Removal of Gray Wolves’ Endangered Status a Case Study in the Politicization of Science

US Fish and Wildlife Service relies on taxonomical shenanigans to appease wolf haters

The US Fish and Wildlife Service’s recent announcement that it is beginning the process for removing gray wolves across the country from the protection of the Endangered Species Act surprised no one. The Fish and Wildlife Service’s mid-1990s reintroduction of gray wolves…
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by: James William Gibson – June 17, 2013

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