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Opening once-protected national monument land to coal mining; closing Texas coal plants means cleaner air; Washington state looks to limit water bottling companies’ access to spring-fed water; the potential of printed batteries; and more environmental news from around the West.
Internship co-sponsored by the Bill Lane Center tasks Stanford graduate student with evaluating Palo Alto's energy storage programs
Feb 4 2020 | Center News, Happenings
Calling all journalists: Apply for a Bill Lane Center media fellowship beginning February 17, 2020.
By analyzing more than two decades of data in the western U.S., scientists have shown that flood sizes increase exponentially as a higher fraction of precipitation falls as rain, offering insight into how flood risks may change in a warming world with less snow.
Jan 22 2020 | ... & the West Blog
Farmers, large and small, are beginning to grapple with what the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act means for them. Many expect to see cutbacks on pumping once the program is fully implemented in 2040.
Despite having proven effective at reducing wildfire risks, prescribed burns have been stymied by perceived and real risks, regulations and resource shortages. A new analysis highlights ways of overcoming those barriers, offering solutions for wildfire-ravaged landscapes.
Dec 20 2019 | ... & the West Blog
Even after record-setting fires devastated communities around the West, resistance to policies to reduce housing vulnerability persists, particularly if they constrain development.

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Internship co-sponsored by the Bill Lane Center tasks Stanford graduate student with evaluating Palo Alto's energy storage programs
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