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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.
The unhealthy smoke from the wildfire in the Sierra foothills disrupts daily life around San Francisco Bay; solar plants in the desert are part of national solar energy boom; Arizona agencies’ rebellion may keep the state from taking part in the drought-era division of Colorado River waters; the environmental insults making Puget Sound’s orca population disappear, and other recent environmental news from around the West.
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.
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.

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