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Don’t just sit there!

Depressed about the environment? Do something!

Opinion Environmental news is a downer. I know. Despite trying to balance news about climate change and energy development with a love for wild places and muddy rivers, I’ve pretty much spent a decade of my life depr...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Laura Paskus

Rivers Make Glad

An ode to the sometimes neglected, always underestimated, Rio Grande

Summer Guide Staring at a killdeer skittering across a sandbar, I wonder why we don’t see anyone else up or down the Rio Grande here in Albuquerque. “Most people,” says my friend, a biologist (and an irrigator, too), ...

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 Laura Paskus

Politics of Drought

New Mexico wants the feds’ help—when it’s convenient

Opinion On May 15, Gov. Susana Martinez issued a formal drought declaration for New Mexico. According to the National Weather Service, 2011 was the second driest year on record. The entire state experienced decreased m...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 Laura Paskus

Death by Miracle

Bird populations have enough to worry about without poisoned birdseed

Opinion I felt no smug satisfaction when reading of a recent federal court case involving The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. In March, the company pled guilty to charges that it had knowingly sold poisoned birdseed.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Laura Paskus

Poisoned Prairie

Federal agencies’ negotiations could affect an entire ecosystem

Opinion In a shaky, hand-shot video from 2010, Nimish Vyas of the United States Geological Survey pans across a field in Vernon, Colo. Vyas focuses on a dirt mound and then zooms in on a pale spot atop the dry, tawny g...

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Laura Paskus

Otter Flop

A 2006 promise to reintroduce otters remains unfulfilled

Opinion Most New Mexicans have never spotted a wild river otter. In the 19th century, the animals were trapped out of existence in much of their historic range. The last one known to have lived—or at least died—in ...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 Laura Paskus

No Page Unturned

Five essential books for understanding New Mexico

Features There are a lot of things Edward Abbey didn’t like: dams, fences, billboards—and cars in national parks. Writing of his time working at Arches National Park, in Desert Solitaire, he railed against visitors ...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 Laura Paskus

First Person

EcoSystemic Policy

Opinion Climate change affects everyone, even if it doesn’t feel like it.Over the past 15 years, I’ve driven through a handful of dust storms that made me feel, even just momentarily, that I wouldn’t find a safe ...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Laura Paskus

First Person

Back to Frack: What’s old is new in New Mexico drilling regulations

Opinion Three years ago, residents of Pavillion, Wyo. asked the US Environmental Protection Agency to figure out what had happened to their drinking water, which had begun to taste and smell bad.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 Laura Paskus

First Person

Climate Inaction: With climate change, it’s up to communities to save themselves

Opinion Don’t believe in climate change? Congratulations. But this isn’t the Rapture. Whether you believe or not, you’re coming along for the ride. This means that, if you live in New Mexico, you’re going to ex...

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 Laura Paskus
 
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