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January 21, 2017

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Energy chief: Bid to revive Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump doomed
Energy chief: Bid to revive Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump doomed
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Any effort to revive the long-dormant nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain is doomed to fail because the project lacks support from ...
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Gold Butte designated a national monument
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
The future of Gold Butte tipped toward the side of environmentalists today when President Barack Obama designated the desert land as a national monument, but protecting it could prove challenging. Gold Butte is northeast of the Las Vegas, between Lake Mead National Recreation Area and ...
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Smog chokes China cities, grounding flights, closing roads
Monday, December 19, 2016
Thick, gray smog fell over Beijing on Tuesday, choking China's capital in a haze that spurred authorities to cancel flights and close some highways in emergency measures to cut down on air pollution ...
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Feds give 20 more years to Glen Canyon Dam on Colorado River
Thursday, December 15, 2016
The federal government is committing to at least another 20 years of use from a huge Colorado River dam it calls crucial to water and power in the West, but that critics say ...
United States likely to experience some bad air days under Pruitt
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Other Voices:
Many people voted for Donald Trump because they believed his promises that he would restore what they imagine were the good old days — the days when America had lots of traditional jobs mining coal and producing manufactured goods. They’re going to be deeply disappointed: The shift away from blue-collar work is mainly about technological change, not globalization, and no amount of tweets and tax breaks will bring those jobs back ...
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Environmentalists praise passage of Lake Tahoe protections
Monday, December 12, 2016
Environmentalists in the Sierra Nevada praised congressional approval of the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act as a critical step necessary to continue efforts to reverse a long-term drop in the clarity of the mountain lake's azure waters ...
Trump, Gore meeting spells slight hope for climate policy
Monday, December 12, 2016
Other Voices:
Good for Al Gore for meeting with Donald Trump last Monday. Good for Ivanka Trump for inviting Gore to come in for a talk on climate change, and good for President-elect Trump for embracing the encounter. Alas, though, a single meeting does not an environmental policy make; skepticism is in order ...
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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
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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 ...