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At the Western Interstate Energy Board, Carly Eckstrom writes, “My project this summer is to take stock of the current electrical ‘resource adequacy’ landscape in the West, and to write a proposal that would lead to improvements in western resource planning.”
“Prior to this summer,” says San Francisco Estuary Institute intern Nick Mascarello, “I hadn’t deeply considered the value of historical environmental information.”
California has committed to very ambitious goals for zero-net energy green buildings. At the state’s Public Utilities Commission, the intern Sheila Gao says, “I’m very lucky to have the opportunity to explore pathways towards those goals.”
This roundup of journalism about the West’s environment and health usually offers a variety of sources about a variety of subjects from a variety of places. In this midsummer month, we focus on the same subject that many news outlets are covering – the heat and the fires.
Scientists map groundwater at stake after a court decision that bolsters Native American rights to a precious resource across an increasingly arid West.
“Each week,” says Galatée Films researcher Callan Showers, “I tackle a new research question related to the American West in the 1800s.”
“I love seeing glimpses of the park from the past, with some photos dating to the late 19th century,” says Yosemite Archives intern Emily Wilson. “Unfortunately,” she says, “I have also seen Yosemite in the age of a warming climate” – as she fled the Ferguson fire to safety.

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Nov 16 2018 | Out West student blog
As a summer intern, Terra Weeks ‘17 wrote an ordinance promoting solar energy use. She now works for the California Energy Commission.
Nov 16 2018 | Stanford News Service | Center News
California’s wildfires have destroyed homes and communities, and even people hundreds of miles away are feeling the effects of smoke. Stanford faculty weigh in on the health effects and increasing frequency of fires.
Nov 14 2018 | Center News, Out West student blog
We’re proud to announce that our 2018 summer intern Emily Wilson has received a Volunteer of the Year award for exemplary service to Yosemite National Park.