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Oct 5 2017 | Center News
Together with the author Tom DeMund, The Bill Lane Center for the American West is proud to introduce a unique book about Stanford University.
How wildfires are compromising western reservoirs; powerful California irrigators say ‘no’ to Delta tunnel plan; Montana leads in warming climate; and the end nears for a Mexican porpoise: some of the best recent environmental reads.
A new web portal puts four years of California drought data into an interactive format, showing where regions met or missed water conservation goals. The idea is to motivate awareness and conservation.
Montana’s flash drought; the need to protect groundwater quantity by protecting its quality; getting rid of bark beetles in southern Arizona; the temperatures just gets hotter; and memories of the most beloved Democrat in the Republican world of Idaho.
Aug 31 2017 | Out West student blog
“A part of me worried how I would adjust to this new and unfamiliar place,” writes Sandro Hall. “I realized soldiers must have asked very similar questions more than one hundred years ago.”
Aug 31 2017 | Out West student blog
At the California Energy Commission, Igancio Mendez writes, “we had the opportunity to assess how EVs could impact California’s economy and population, as well as the effect they would have on the state’s oil and gas industry, water quality, greenhouse gas emissions, and mineral reserves.”
Aug 30 2017 | Out West student blog
“The last week of my internship,” writes Max Vilgalys, “We visited a building that, more than any other, is responsible for keeping the lights on in Colorado.”

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