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A Sticky Situation with Tar Sands

1. December 2015

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A Sticky Situation with Tar Sands

Scientists call tar sands "one of the first fuel sources we (should) avoid" to limit climate change and other pollution, so plans for the first major U.S. tar sands mine in Utah is a big concern for environmentalists and others. Me for Audubon, September/October 2015.

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Sagebrush Market Ready to Open

23. May 2015

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Sagebrush Market Ready to Open

Greater sage grouse are declining as sagebrush is lost to development across the West, which could lead to a dire and costly endangered-species listing. So, in northwestern Colorado, ranchers and others are figuring out how they can create a sagebrush marketplace that could make protecting sagebrush and grouse a money maker.

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Fracking Fracas

30. September 2014

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Fracking Fracas

A last-minute backroom deal among Colorado Democrats scrapped plans for a potentially divisive anti-fracking ballot measure. The move may save the party's candidates but "fractivists" says a vote is coming. An August 2014 report for High Country News.

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The Road to Flood Recovery

11. August 2014

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The Road to Flood Recovery

Floods devastated Colorado communities in September 2013, destroying homes and roads, burying water-works and irrigation equipment, and altering the courses of rivers and creeks. My article, "Race to Recovery," in Headwaters Magazine, Summer 2014, looks at the pace and scope of recovery after the floods, and how communities are banding together to restore rivers and repair irrigation ditches to improve their form and function.

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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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