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Stacking The Deck? House Democrats Say GOP Giving Industry Too Much Influence On Capitol Hill

November 1, 2018 // Climate Change, Congress, Politics, Science

Rob Bishop chairs the House Natural Resource Committee
New report says fossil fuel interests dominate hearings on issues affecting American West
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Yellowstone Checkup: How Healthy Really is America's Most Iconic Wildland Ecosystem?

August 20, 2018 // Climate Change, Conservation, Ecosystem Protection, Science, Wildlife, Yellowstone

Greater Yellowstone, rugged but fragile
New "vital signs" report says region's famous wildlife faring well, for now, but climate change and human development loom ominously
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Ryan Zinke Now Claims To Be A Born-Again Conservationist

May 22, 2018 // Conservation, Private Lands, Science

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke
After angering millions of Americans for his brazen anti-environmental agenda, can the Interior Secretary win back the trust of citizens?
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America's National Elk Refuge: A ‘Miasmic Zone Of Life-Threatening Diseases'

October 17, 2017 // Public Lands, Science, Wildlife

Will the National Elk Refuge become ground zero for catastrophic disease? Photo courtesy National Elk Refuge
The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is known internationally for its wildlife. With the arrival of Chronic Wasting Disease looming, the epicenter of a deadly outbreak would be western Wyoming and the home to America's "national elk herd". Part 2 in Mountain Journal's series looking at the coming wildlife plague.
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Greater Yellowstone's Coming Plague

October 8, 2017 // Chronic Wasting Disease, Public Lands, Science, Wildlife

Thomas Mangelsen's photograph "Winter Herd" portraying thousands of elk on the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Mountain Journal's special multi-part series on Chronic Wasting Disease and the potential dangers it poses to Greater Yellowstone's unparalleled wildlife and the specter of risk to human health. Part 1: Greater Yellowstone's Coming Plague
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The Big Picture: Thinking About Greater Yellowstone's Elephants In The Room

October 5, 2017 // Climate Change, Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly, Politics, Public Lands, Science, Wildlife

The deepening impacts of climate change and human population pressure are just two of the titanic forces shaping the future of America's most iconic wildland ecosystem. Are we capable of confronting the threats happening right before our eyes?  Do we see them? First part in an ongoing series called Greater Yellowstone: The Big Picture.
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A Time To Rally: When Ted Turner Gave Jacques Cousteau An End-Of-Life Pep Talk

September 21, 2017 // Conservation, Science

Jacques Cousteau and his prized pupil Ted Turner
Jacques-Yves Cousteau, once the most famous conservationist in the world, was a father figure and mentor to Ted Turner. But near the end of his life Cousteau turned cynical, essentially abandoning his fight to save wild Earth. Turner refused to let him accept defeat.
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Lesson From The Great Eclipse: When We Stand In Awe Of Nature, We Become Better Citizens

August 20, 2017 // Big Art of Nature, Conservation, Ecosystem Protection, Science, The New West

Gallatin Valley sunset by Steve Kelly
One profound lesson from the great eclipse of 2017: Science says that people who spend more time reverentially in the great outdoors are happier, kinder and more generous 
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Introducing Mountain Journal: A New Voice for the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

August 14, 2017 // Conservation, Ecosystem Protection, Government Accountability, News, Public Lands, Public-Interest Journalism, Science, The New West, Wildlife

Mountain Journal
MOUNTAIN JOURNAL is public-interest journalism aimed at celebrating an unparalleled region and probing a question: Can America’s last, best and most iconic wild ecosystem be saved? How we make meaning of place and search for answers here has implications for every corner of the country.  
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With So Many Known Unknowns, Lance Olsen Connects Dots And Datapoints

August 14, 2017 // Climate Change, Conservation, Ecosystem Protection, Endangered Species, Public Lands, Science

Missoula-based ecologist Lance Olsen keeps MoJo readers apprised of important research in the scientific literature that has implications for conservation in the Northern Rockies and beyond.
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Jesse Logan Explores GYE Backcountry In From Granite To Grizzlies

August 14, 2017 // Columnists, Conservation, Endangered Species, Grizzly Bears, Public Lands, Science

Retired Forest Service beetle researcher Jesse Logan
Just as you can't separate the forest from its trees, you can't extract one strand of the web without stretching, stressing or breaking another. From his basecamp home in Paradise Valley, halfway between Yellowstone and Livingston, retired forest researcher Jesse Logan shares insights about climate change that's already upon us.
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