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Rainwater harvesting in Tucson, a challenge to Oakland’s coal ban at its port facility, a shrinking Colorado snowpack, and other highlights of environmental news from around the West this week.
Dec 21 2017 | Center News
Earlier this month, Jean Lane, the conservationist, philanthropist, gardener, and wife of the Center’s benefactor L.W. “Bill” Lane Jr., passed away at the age of 87. Mrs. Lane was a tireless advocate of environmental education and conservation, and an active community presence in her home town of Portola Valley.
Dec 21 2017 | Happenings
What was responsible for the postwar rise of Silicon Valley? The historians Leslie Berlin and David M. Kennedy pondered these questions and persistent myths like that of the “lone inventor” at an event celebrating Berlin’s new book, “Troublemakers: Silicon Valley’s Coming of Age.”
Dec 15 2017 | Happenings
The 2017 Institute for Women Surfers was held in Pacifica and at Stanford University, and focused on problems of cultural access women and girls face in everyday surf and beach spaces.
Dec 12 2017 | Happenings
Marci Kwon meditated on the fragility of history and the good fortune by which prints and backdrops from a popular Chinatown photo studio have remained accessible – after collectors such as Wylie Wong and George Berticevich rescued them from dumpsters and flea markets. Without them, Kwon said, “May's would be little more than a footnote in the history of San Francisco's Chinatown, if even that.”
Dec 11 2017 | ... & the West Blog
New details have emerged about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's proposal to modify national monuments designated since 1996.
Nov 17 2017 | Research Notes
Vertical axis turbines, which may have fewer impacts on birds and the environment, could increase public support for new wind energy installations.

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