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Janice Brahney: You’re probably inhaling microplastics right now

A new study found plentiful evidence of these tiny particles in dust in the nation’s most remote places.
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Climate

Will the coronavirus make the West more vulnerable to wildfires?

The fight against Covid-19 has disrupted preparations for the fire season.
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Climate

The peaches are sweet, but growing them isn’t

An annual picking trip to a California farm has become a window into our daunting climate and work challenges.
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Climate

The Species Act, Endangered: ‘Like a plan from a cartoon villain’

The president and his Interior Department undermine the landmark Endangered Species Act in the service of “energy dominance.”
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‘Snow droughts’ will soon become more common in the western U.S.

By the middle of the century, two or more bad snow years in a row in mountains from Colorado to California will likely be the norm.
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Reorganization: From grand vision to modest tinkering?

Interior Department reorganization developments in recent days, including testimony by Secretary David Bernhardt and a blunt report by the powerful House Appropriations Committee, suggest the once grandly ambitious proposal is still real but certainly shrinking.

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Justice

Timothy Egan: Your public lands are killing you

We are squandering millions of acres of our children’s inheritance and using it to destroy the planet.
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Saving the bats, one cave at a time

Biologists are searching caves and abandoned mines in the West, hoping to spare many species of the winged creatures from the devastating fungus, white-nose syndrome.
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Energy

Energy speculators jump on chance to lease public land at bargain rates

The Trump administration’s policy of encouraging more oil and gas drilling combined with a loophole in federal rules has been a boon for investors with a taste for gambling — and has drawn criticism that it is a bad deal for taxpayers.
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California wants to reinvent the power grid. So what could go wrong?

Two decades ago, a new approach to power delivery led to blackouts. Now the state is considering another energy makeover: a regional electric grid.
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Can a DNA database save the trees? These scientists hope so.

They hope to fight the thriving black markets for illegally logged timber.
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Climate

In a warming west, the Rio Grande is drying up

Even in a good year, much of the Rio Grande is diverted for irrigation. But it’s only May, and the river is already turning to sand.
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As winter warms, bears can’t sleep. And they’re getting into trouble

American black bears are not always hibernating when they should be. Sometimes, they go in search of humans’ food, and that’s an even bigger problem.
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Zinke revamps reorganization maps after governors complain

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has redrawn his ambitious plan for reorganizing the Interior Department after the agency received numerous complaints from Western leaders and members of Congress that splitting up states into multiple regions would cause more harm than good.
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With climate change, tree die-offs may spread in the West

Forests will be decimated as trees become less resilient to drought and higher temperatures, new data suggest.
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