An endangered species of vole that scientists once thought had gone extinct will be going through a rite of passage next week, as biologists release some of the wild voles' captive-bred progeny back into their natural desert wetland habitat.
A bill introduced into the U.S. Senate that would increase protection on more than 2,200 square miles of the California desert is getting general acclaim from conservationists, but one part of the bill isn't winning unanimous support.
Two large solar power projects that would use so-called "power-tower" technology to turn sunlight into electric power are still on hold in the California desert, according to documents published by a state agency in the last week.
Though Inyo County officials made significant cuts last year to the amount of land the county would make available to big solar development, some activists are still worried that the plan unfairly targets remote parts of the county that they say should be left in a wild state.
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