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Water availability and wilderness; thunderstorms on par with volcanic eruptions; golf balls in the ocean; how a border wall could affect animals; and indigenous mapmaking. Some of the best environmental reads from the past week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A report calls for draconian cutbacks in irrigated farmland in the Central Valley; bipartisan Natural Resources Management Act sparks debate over Alaskan lands; Indigenous representatives speak on effects of climate change; thousands of cacti stolen from public lands; and other news from around the West.

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