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Dec 21 2018 | Happenings
Banking and infrastructure took center stage during this year’s 2018 State of the West symposium, featuring keynotes by Randal K. Quarles of the Federal Reserve, and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval.
Dec 19 2018 | ... & the West Blog
Foster City, one of the newest communities on San Francisco Bay, is preparing for the water around it to rise as the world warms. But what preparation is enough? And for whom?
The Trump administration has proposed greatly limiting regulation of wetlands and other waterways. Leon Szeptycki, executive director of Stanford’s Water in the West program, explains the complex legal history involved and potential impacts of the change.
Pollution on the California-Mexico border; snowpack heads for a steep decline; water decisions cut both ways; utilities enact wildfire safety measures, and more. Some of the best reads from the past week.
Dec 14 2018 | Center News
The Center’s director looks back on an eventful year for our research projects, public programs, and undergraduate endowment.
A recent federal report details economic impacts of climate change on the West; the private firefighting industry is growing; sewage poses health risks for border towns; a recycling scandal crosses state lines between California and Arizona and other recent articles about the West’s environment.
Nov 20 2018 | Happenings, ArtsWest
On October 29, Lukas Felzmann discussed the evolution of his photography leading to his most recent book, Apophenia.

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