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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.
California’s overlooked methane outputs, a NASA effort to help improve western water management strategies through snowpack research, a recent court ruling in California that could boost the state’s fledgling cap-and-trade program and more.
Apr 17 2017 | Out West student blog
The steelhead endangerment declaration and a dam's failed seismic review ushered in a new era for the Carmel River.
Performances of the multimedia work The Colorado on April 21 and 22 headline Stanford Live's Imagining the West series, which includes a conversation with National Geographic photographer Pete McBride.
The rural western United States has long symbolized a rugged individualism, a simple, rewarding lifestyle against the backdrop of some of the most beautiful scenery America has to offer. But that lifestyle and beautiful scenery are being threatened by economic, social and environmental forces that are growing in intensity.
Mar 24 2017 | ... & the West Blog
It is not a good time for the Central Valley's flood infrastructure to function below capacity. Just as the drought was epic, the snowmelt of 2017, arriving in the next few months, may be epic as well.
Tribal water resources, addressing challenges to forest health, green energy in Nevada, and Big Oil’s lingering grip on California – some of the best recent western environmental stories.

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Sep 25 2018 | ... & the West Blog, ... & the Best | Posts Recommended by the ... & the West Blog
The need for more local measurement of air pollution in California’s Central Valley, the rapid warming of our national parks, Wyoming increasingly turns to wind power, and more of the West’s environmental stories for the past fortnight.
Sep 25 2018 | Topics of the West
‘I’m not going to write the great American novel,’ lamented Raymond Chandler. Assessing his noir classic ‘the Big Sleep,’ Bill Lilley writes, “Many think he had.”
Sep 14 2018 | Out West student blog
“With the general election approaching,” writes the Center’s summer research fellow Benek Robertson, “I hoped to highlight specific policy areas that could influence the general election and California politics for years to come.”