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November 25, 2015

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Most GOP candidates flunk climate science
Monday, November 23, 2015
When it comes to climate science, two of the three Democratic presidential candidates are A students, while most of the Republican contenders are flunking, according to a panel of scientists who reviewed candidates' comments.
Disappearing Wheeler Peak Glacier is a barometer for climate change
Disappearing Wheeler Peak Glacier is a barometer for climate change
Monday, November 23, 2015
Wheeler Peak Glacier lies above a high-desert grove of bristlecone pines on top of a moraine of granite boulders in Nevada’s Great Basin National Park. More than 10,000 years ago ...
SolarCity cutting ties with rooftop solar advocacy group
SolarCity cutting ties with rooftop solar advocacy group
Friday, November 20, 2015
The Alliance for Solar Choice, an advocacy group representing rooftop solar companies, is losing one of its anchor members: SolarCity. SolarCity will leave the alliance in December, after ...
Nevada says Yucca Mountain dump would threaten farm community
Nevada says Yucca Mountain dump would threaten farm community
Friday, November 20, 2015
Nevada is telling the Nuclear Regulatory Commission some 1,400 people in a rural Nevada farming community could be threatened if the nation's most radioactive waste is buried in the desert northwest of Las Vegas. In a 53-page report ...
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Samples obtained from radioactive dump that burned near Beatty
Monday, November 16, 2015
Authorities say samples have been obtained from a blast crater and fire-damaged storage drums at a closed radioactive waste dump that exploded and burned almost a month ago northwest of Las Vegas. Officials didn't explain ...
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Tule Springs superintendent has his work cut out for him
Monday, November 16, 2015
Tens of thousands of years ago, Tule Springs teemed with life. Columbian mammoths loomed. Dire wolves stalked prey. Horses, camels and bison roamed free. They’re long dead, of course. Tule Springs superintendent Jon Burpee’s job is to preserve the fossils they have left behind — and that’s not easy. Burpee doesn’t have a budget yet. He doesn’t have staff. He doesn’t even know where the park begins and ends ...
Now the circle is complete for recycling in Southern Nevada
Monday, November 16, 2015
Until recently, a sizable portion of everything we tried to recycle in Southern Nevada just wound up in the landfill, anyway. But Republic Services opened a state-of-the-art center that can handle virtually all recyclable materials. In five minutes, we’ll make you an expert on how recycling has changed in Clark County.
Reno-area neighborhood first to feel sting of sage grouse rules
Saturday, November 14, 2015
One of the first, actual, on-the-ground disruptions caused by new U.S. efforts to protect the greater sage grouse isn't on a cattle ranch in Oregon or an oil field in Colorado. It's in the backyard of a residential neighborhood …
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New recycling facility doubles region’s ability to divert trash from landfill
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Slowly but surely over the years, Southern Nevadans have learned to recycle much of their trash, to the point where the region’s primary waste disposal company, Republic Services, couldn’t handle it all and had to send recyclables to its desert landfill instead. The company has now caught up ...
Yellow flag on green energy in desert
Yellow flag on green energy in desert
Monday, November 9, 2015
It might seem like environmental groups would be the most enthusiastic supporters that the solar energy industry could have. But if you think environmentalists are taking a full-speed-ahead approach to expansion of the industry, think again. Although they’re by no means opposing efforts ...
Ethanol leaks into Mississippi after derailment
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Five tanker cars of a BNSF Railway freight train that derailed Saturday in western Wisconsin were leaking ethanol into the Mississippi River, the railroad said.
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Harry Reid applauds Obama for rejecting Keystone XL pipeline
Friday, November 6, 2015
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a leading advocate for reducing carbon emissions, praised President Barack Obama for stopping a Canadian oil company from ...
Citing flawed BLM report, judge sends Searchlight wind farm back to drawing board
Friday, November 6, 2015
Citing flawed analysis by the Bureau of Land Management, a federal judge halted an 87-turbine wind project slated to be built near Searchlight in some of the Mojave Desert’s most environmentally-sensitive habitat.
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As NV Energy plans state’s power future, here’s what you need to know
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Next month, regulators will decide on a proposal for how NV Energy will supply customers with power in the future. Known as the integrated resource plan, the power company’s proposal is a pitch made every three years to regulators about the company’s long-term strategy. The state’s energy gurus have been debating since June. Last week, officials representing gaming, renewable energy, conservation groups, state bureaucrats and ...
French president heading to China to promote climate talks
Sunday, November 1, 2015
French President Francois Hollande hopes to use a state visit to China to boost difficult climate negotiations, a month before a U.N. conference in Paris aimed at slowing global warming.

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