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Dams & Other Obstacles on the Mekong

26. March 2014

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Dams & Other Obstacles on the Mekong

With a massive dam under construction in Laos and other dams on the way, the Mekong River is facing a wave of hydroelectric projects that could alter the river’s ecology and disrupt the food supplies of millions of people in Southeast Asia. My February 2014 report for Yale Environment 360.

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Khan-servation

19. February 2014

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Khan-servation

Mongolia has the fastest growing economy in the world, fueled by its untapped mineral wealth. But the development threatens the country's unparalleled wildlife and environment and its singular nomadic traditions, dating back to the empire of Genghis Khan. My feature story for Nature Conservancy Magazine reports on how government leaders, wildlife managers, and herders are working to protect the country's epic grasslands and desert.

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Front Range Groundswell

14. October 2013

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Front Range Groundswell

Fracking for oil and gas has collided with cities' growth on Colorado's Front Range, elevating fears over health and environmental impacts. But citizens aren't waiting for state or local officials or the courts to hand down tougher rules. My article for High Country News in August 2013, covers the issue, ahead of election season when several communities will vote on fracking bans.

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Port Gamble Predicament

20. January 2013

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Port Gamble Predicament

A western Washington tribe and timber country are trying to put 160 years of sticky history aside to protect the local forests and bay shorelines, including shellfish beds that still sustain local Indians. My November 26 cover story for High Country News explores how a shared past is complicating efforts for a promising future on Port Gamble Bay.

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10. December 2013

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The Power and Energy of Water

The Power and Energy of Water

The energy-water nexus defines the mutual relationship between two essential resources. My Fall 2013 article for Headwaters Magazine explores how planners and policymakers in Colorado and the West are increasingly evaluating energy sources based on their water use and how choices can address growth, climate change and other issues.

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30. September 2013

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The Long Dam Wait

The Long Dam Wait

Colorado water managers say they desperately need to shore up supplies and storage in a region growing larger and seemingly drier. But proposals for major storage and pipelines now face high regulatory hurdles, long waits, and ever-escalating costs. My September 2013 story for the Northern Colorado Business Report on water projects stuck in "regulatory limbo."

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1. August 2013

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Sifting Through Soapstone

Sifting Through Soapstone

Soapstone Prairie in northern Colorado holds archaeological clues to the living, eating and travel habits of people for the last 13,000 years. And researchers are still unearthing new artifacts and forging theories on the high plains. My Spring 2013 story for Fort Collins Magazine.

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4. July 2013

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Fracking on the Range

Fracking on the Range

Oil and gas companies are on a drilling bender across Western public lands but surrounding communities aren't interested in the hangover. My story for Sierra Magazine, July/August 2013 issue.

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30. April 2013

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Fuel for Energy Research

Fuel for Energy Research

The collision of university environmental research and energy industry funding has earned the derisive moniker of "frackademia," clouded by questions over industry's bias at state schools. My January 2013 story for High Country News explores how colleges are trying to maintain their scientific integrity and research funds -- a task some are handling better than others.

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14. December 2012

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The Ever-Evolving Farmer

The Ever-Evolving Farmer

During a summer of drought, farmers, ranchers and agricultural researchers in Colorado are living with and adjusting to environmental changes and economic realities. I wrote on Colorado farmers' adaptations and attitudes during dry times in the Fall 2012 issue of Headwaters Magazine.

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28. November 2012

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One Last Look Across the Range

One Last Look Across the Range

The chief of America’s largest land-management agency sat down to share some parting wisdom with me before retiring and after nearly 3 decades of working on environmental challenges across the West. An October 2012 interview with Bob Abbey for High Country News.

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19. August 2012

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Timber Road Rage

Timber Road Rage

A battle over the effects of logging and roads on salmon streams and drinking water is moving up to the Supreme Court, with sides disagreeing over just how perilous the problem -- or a solution -- is. I visited the Tillamook State Forest in Oregon -- ground zero for logging runoff -- this spring to get the story for High Country News.

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2. August 2012

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The Water Commish

The Water Commish

With Colorado bracing for a hot and dry (and smoky) summer, I spoke with state water commissioners for University of Northern Colorado's Northern Vision magazine to hear about the challenges of managing water for a parched state of farmers, river runners, and homeowners.

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25. July 2012

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Species Road to Recovery

Species Road to Recovery

Thousands of birds, wildlife, fish and plant species will be considered for protection through the Endangered Species Act over the next few years, but energy companies, and developers are hoping to avoid federal restrictions through voluntary plans. I cover the efforts and battles over species recovery for High Country News in its May 28, 2012 issue.

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