Renewable Energy

Harvesting Solar Could Help Small-Scale Farmers Improve Sustainability

Research institutions are testing the merits of agrivoltaics - a mashup of agriculture and photovoltaics - in about 20 locations across the country, with projects in the planning stages or underway in Arizona, California and Oregon.



Climate Change

Thick & Viscous: California Oil Production Among Dirtiest in the Country


The future of California’s oil industry hangs in the balance, not only because the public has become increasingly aware of petroleum’s role in altering the climate.

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Renewable Energy

Getting Pumped: How LA Uses Two Big Lakes to Store Energy like a Giant Battery


This battery-like combination - pumps and turbines - can power tens of thousands of homes. And it uses the most reliable force on Earth: gravity.

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Urbanization

Outdoor Enthusiasts Boost the Bottom Line for Cities, Counties across the West


Do recreation amenities lure new residents, who might bring even more economic benefits, as well as tourists? One study breaks down the economic impact.

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