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Water settlement in Montana; renewables eat away at coal; the danger of dead trees, and stories from near and beneath the sea -- some of the best recent reads.
May 10 2017 | Out West student blog
Why does California rely on natural gas as its highest contributor to energy production, and why might this number grow?
Renewable energy options, including wind, are now cheaper to produce than many nonrenewable ones. Therefore, the market alone will favor the growth the wind industry regardless of any measures taken by anti-environmentalist political powers.
The severity of the recent drought helped overcome resistance to groundwater regulation in California.
Highly recognized as a wastewater treatment plant, the Watsonville Recycled Water Facility was developed as one of the ways to combat California’s growing water problem.
The San Clemente Dam used to lie on the Carmel River. However, in 1992, the dam was deemed unsafe due to seismic activity in the area. What followed was, the largest dam removal project to occur in California.
Apr 21 2017 | ... & the West Blog
The language of the West evolved a distinctive vocabulary around an element that is essential, often missing, and feared when too much of it comes too fast.

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