United States

For immigrants, this historic library is a quirky U.S.-Canada ‘neutral zone’

February 20, 2020

It’s becoming harder and harder for the Haskell Free Library to be part of Canada and the United States at the same time.  The remarkable, century-old building straddles the border between the two countries — and families that can’t freely across the border, particularly Iranians, have often used it for tearful reunions.  But with ever-greater […]

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This giant Arizona mining dump will be able to legally pollute under new federal rules

February 19, 2020

The world’s largest public copper company, with a record of fines for environmental pollution, has just acquired almost 17,000 acres of Arizona desert to use as a dump for toxic mine tailings.  The land is important to 11 Native American tribes, and the Arizona agency that sold the land has never assessed it for endangered […]

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Your electric car could be the power source of the future

January 28, 2020

What if electric vehicles could create power as well as just consume it?  It’s a crucial question as a huge surge of electric vehicles are expected to enter the market in the next few years.  Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology might be the answer.  Going both ways California wants millions of EVs on its highways by the […]

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American bison are back, and not everyone is happy about it

January 23, 2020

The bison herds of the North American grasslands once numbered in the millions before they were hunted by white settlers to the brink of extinction.  Now, almost miraculously, there are upwards of half a million again — but this amazing conservation success story isn’t music to everyone’s ears. Dangerous interactions In the pre-colonial era, bison […]

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Climate hero or #metoo heel?

January 22, 2020

George Luber, a prominent climate scientist who works for the federal government, claims the Trump administration is out to get him.  He’s a leading figure in efforts to show how climate change is linked to human health.  But former co-workers have a different explanation: Luber is, they claim, a horrible, sexist boss.  According to a […]

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Wyoming’s wildlife wars are going to keep getting worse

January 17, 2020

The latest battle for the soul of the West is really an ongoing set of skirmishes, pitting grizzly bears, mountain lions and bighorn sheep against a rancher and his livestock.  Stuck in the middle are the federal and state government agencies charged with protecting public lands, native animal species — and also private-property rights.   Territorial […]

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