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Setting rivers free: As dams are torn down, nature is quickly recovering
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Next fracking controversy: In the Midwest, a storm brews over ‘frac sand’
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Return of the Rocky Mountain high: How towns in the Mountain West, once held back by their isolated geography, are luring a new generation with scenic beauty, technology, and innovation. 

Photos: (Top) Baldy Mountain forms the backdrop for homes on the outskirts of Bozeman, Montana. Ann Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor

(Left) Kelsey Westveer (l.) and Chelsi Polzin walk their dogs as part of Bozeman’s Canine Classic. Ann Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor 

(Right) High-tech firms are clustered in a technology park near the intersection of Research Drive and Technology Boulevard in Bozeman, Montana. Ann Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor 

Graphic: Rich Clabaugh/The Christian Science Monitor

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Earth Week: Monday was Earth Day, new studies and polls show changes in attitudes toward our planet, confirm warming trends, and show some progress in addressing global warming.

On Earth Day 2013, a planetary report card on global warming

Earth’s cooling came to sudden halt in 1900, study shows

Earth Day 2013: What’s in danger is Earth Day, not just Earth

Photos: (Top) Emperor penguins walk across sea ice near Ross Island, Antarctica. Thomas Beer/AP

(Left) The sun sets behind an oil refinery on Rosedale Highway, in Bakersfield Calif., in 2007. Casey Christie/The Bakersfield Californian/AP

Graphics by Rich Clabaugh/The Christian Science Monitor

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What items do you use regularly that you couldn’t bear to share? The collaborative economy values access over ownership. FULL STORY: http://bit.ly/ViUA0B

What items do you use regularly that you couldn’t bear to share? The collaborative economy values access over ownership. FULL STORY: http://bit.ly/ViUA0B

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High grain costs, caused by severe drought, are hitting dinner tables from Guatemala to China. But the world has learned valuable lessons since the food shocks of 2008. Will it be enough to prevent social unrest?
FULL STORY: How rising food prices are impacting the world

High grain costs, caused by severe drought, are hitting dinner tables from Guatemala to China. But the world has learned valuable lessons since the food shocks of 2008. Will it be enough to prevent social unrest?

FULL STORY: How rising food prices are impacting the world

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Our cover story this week focuses on sustainable ranching, as we follow the movement of green cowboys who try to marry good stewardship of the land with making money.
From the story: “Some of the biggest land-owners in the West are embracing elements of green ranching practices, such as media moguls Ted Turner and John Malone, who oversee a combined total of 4.3 million acres – the equivalent of a couple small New England states. The movement also includes people from diverse philosophical and business backgrounds, from Peggy Dulany, a member of the Rockefeller clan, to former Wall Street hedge fund managers to caretakers for the Mormon Church.”
READ: New breed of ranchers shapes a sustainable West

Our cover story this week focuses on sustainable ranching, as we follow the movement of green cowboys who try to marry good stewardship of the land with making money.

From the story: “Some of the biggest land-owners in the West are embracing elements of green ranching practices, such as media moguls Ted Turner and John Malone, who oversee a combined total of 4.3 million acres – the equivalent of a couple small New England states. The movement also includes people from diverse philosophical and business backgrounds, from Peggy Dulany, a member of the Rockefeller clan, to former Wall Street hedge fund managers to caretakers for the Mormon Church.”

READ: New breed of ranchers shapes a sustainable West

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As the world gathers in Rio on June 20 to discuss how to move toward a more sustainable future, locals have the self-interest to conserve as a source of income and sustainable way of life.

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Can natural gas save America? Our latest cover explores the benefits and limits of looking to natural gas to stabilize energy resources in the US.

READ: With all this natural gas, who needs oil?