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December 8, 2016

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Trump advisers eye reviving Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump
Monday, November 14, 2016
The long-stalled plan to stash radioactive waste at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain is set to be revived with the arrival of President-elect Donald Trump in Washington and the departure of the project’s most ardent Senate opponent, Harry Reid. Two people familiar with Trump’s transition planning say the issue is actively being discussed by ...
Now is the time to focus on health of planet
Monday, November 14, 2016
Other Voices:
Many Americans felt sick Wednesday. The country they thought they knew doesn’t seem to exist. Many of them are worried in a way they never have been before. I share a lot of those worries. But what now? ...
Report: Carbon emissions flat in last 3 years
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Worldwide emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide have flattened out in the past three years, a new study showed Monday, raising hopes that the world is nearing a turning point in the fight against climate change ...
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Southerners wearing masks as smoke streams from mountains
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Wildfires near the Georgia-North Carolina line are spewing smoke so thick that residents are being urged to wear special masks if they must do outdoor activities ...
Marge Sill, 'Mother of Nevada Wilderness,' dies in Reno at age 92
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Marge Sill, a longtime environmental activist known as the "Mother of Nevada Wilderness," has died at the age of 92. Sill died at her Reno home Sunday shortly after falling ill, according to family members and ...
Company wants to build huge solar array in Nevada desert
Company wants to build huge solar array in Nevada desert
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
A California company says it intends to spend billions of dollars to build the largest solar power plant in the world on a sprawling 25-square-mile plot in the sun-baked Nevada desert about 225 miles northwest of Las Vegas. SolarReserve ...
Nevada caves illuminate past climate, future challenges in the Southwest
Nevada caves illuminate past climate, future challenges in the Southwest
Monday, October 10, 2016
Water’s past forms the foundation of Matt Lachniet's research, including his climate studies inside Nevada caves. Cutting into stalagmites that can be 175,000 years old, the UNLV geoscience professor uses ...
Air quality advisory issued for blowing dust
Friday, September 30, 2016
An air quality advisory has been issued for Sunday afternoon to Monday morning because of expected high winds and blowing dust, according to the Clark County Department of Air Quality. Officials sent notices to construction site operators in ...
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Investigators think they know who tore up Death Valley's fragile Racetrack Playa
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Federal investigators have identified a suspect believed responsible for a frenzy of high-speed driving across "Racetrack Playa," a remote dry lake in Death Valley National Park ...
High winds delay airport flights, prompt dust advisory
High winds delay airport flights, prompt dust advisory
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Gusty dry winds delayed flights at McCarran International Airport and prompted wildfire warnings and air quality dust advisories in Southern Nevada ...
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2016's hellish summer weather: A told-you-so climate moment?
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Las Vegas had its hottest summer ever
This summer's weather was relentless and hellish, crowded with the type of record-smashing extremes that scientists have long warned about. The season ends Wednesday, and not a moment too soon. Summer featured floods that killed hundreds of people and caused more than $50 billion in losses around the globe, from Louisiana and West Virginia to ...
Photo: A sunset overview of the south shore of Lake Tahoe
Senate approves bill containing $415 million to protect Lake Tahoe
Friday, September 16, 2016
Congress is moving closer to spending hundreds of millions of dollars to further restore and protect Lake Tahoe, just two weeks after President Obama made his first visit and delivered an impassioned plea about the inseparable link between its economy and environment. With a 95-3 vote Thursday, the Senate approved a measure that calls for spending $10 billion on water quality projects nationwide over the next decade, including $415 million for the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act. The measure now ...
Regulators OK grandfathering, resolve major issue in solar debate
Regulators OK grandfathering, resolve major issue in solar debate
Friday, September 16, 2016
Utility regulators OK’d a plan today to allow some 32,000 NV Energy customers who installed or applied for rooftop solar systems before this year to keep old, more favorable rates. The vote marked ...
Solar plant approved on tribal land north of Las Vegas
Solar plant approved on tribal land north of Las Vegas
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Standing at a podium with the American and Moapa Band of Paiute Indian flags behind her, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today the federal government’s approval of a 100-megawatt solar power plant on ...
Police following leads in how mercury got into middle school
Police following leads in how mercury got into middle school
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Officials say they have a few leads in their investigation into who brought at least a quarter-cup of mercury to a Las Vegas middle school. One student's home was found to be contaminated with the element, but ...