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Giants in our backyard: Ancient creatures once roamed Las Vegas, and now there’s a quest to save what remains
Giants in our backyard: Ancient creatures once roamed Las Vegas, and now there’s a quest to save what remains
Sunday, July 20, 2014
It seems unthinkable now, but there was a time when Southern Nevada was lush with springs, meadows and marshes. At Tule Springs, the remnants of that long-ago era remain, in the form of bone fragments of species long extinct, just waiting to be uncovered. “The whole Las Vegas Valley is situated on sediments of the Las Vegas Formation, the geological unit that yields these ice age remains,” said Eric Scott, curator of the San Bernardino County ...
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New study warns of even hotter summers in Las Vegas, across U.S.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Think summers in Las Vegas are sweltering now? By the end of the century, they’ll be more like those now experienced in the Arabian Desert if greenhouse gas emissions remain the same, according to a new study. Average summer daytime temperatures here will soar to 111 degrees, which is what summers are like now in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, according to Climate Central, a Princeton, N.J.-based research and journalism organization. Climate Central last week released...
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Congress clears Henderson to buy, clean up toxic mine site
Thursday, July 10, 2014
An abandoned mine outside Henderson could go from toxic eyesore to residential high-rises after Congress approved the sale more than 900 acres of federal land to the city of Henderson. The Senate approved legislation Wednesday...
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Climate change skeptics: Global warming exists, but we didn’t cause it
Thursday, July 10, 2014
To anyone who believes that human-caused global warming is seriously damaging the planet, Mandalay Bay was an alternate universe this week. There, at the ninth International Conference on Climate Change...
As Mount Charleston wildfire anniversary approaches, worries about more damage take root
As Mount Charleston wildfire anniversary approaches, worries about more damage take root
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Fire prevention officer Mike Haydon from the Bureau of Land Management said a long-term drought and early spring snow-melt have left trees drier than they’ve ever been, putting the mountain in danger of...
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Las Vegas wins U.S. Conference of Mayors award for green initiatives
Friday, June 20, 2014
Sustainability efforts undertaken by the city of Las Vegas are now being recognized nationally. The U.S. Conference of Mayors today named Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Gresham, Ore., Mayor Shane Bemis as the top winners in its...
Air-quality advisory issued for Clark County today
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
In a news release, the Clark County Department of Air Quality said several contributors led to issuance of the smoke and ground-level ozone advisory, including  …
How to deal with scorpions
How to deal with scorpions
Sunday, June 1, 2014
You can live in Las Vegas for years and never see a scorpion. It’s true. People have done it. But it’s also true that you can stick your foot in your favorite sneaker and get stung by a scorpion that has crawled into it. Or turn on the light and...
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Before Cliven Bundy standoff, a collision between ranchers and tortoises
Friday, May 30, 2014
When the U.S. government declared the Mojave desert tortoise an endangered species in 1989, it effectively marked the cattle ranchers of Nevada's Clark County for extinction. Rancher Cliven Bundy once had neighbors on the range: when the tortoise was listed, there were about 50 cattle-ranching families in the county. Some of them fought court battles to stay, rejecting the idea their cattle posed a danger to the tortoises. But, one by one...
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Looking beneath Mount St. Helens
Monday, May 26, 2014
Ever since Mount St. Helens' cataclysmic eruption 34 years ago this month, scientists have been tracking the volcano's explosive energy to better understand how Washington's most ...
Henderson now ‘a lot smarter’ after era of toxic production
Henderson now ‘a lot smarter’ after era of toxic production
Sunday, May 25, 2014
With its carefully manicured neighborhoods and sprawling office parks, Henderson has outgrown its roots as a magnesium producer for the country’s military ...
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Smokey Bear, nearly 70, gets a millennial makeover
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Smokey Bear turns 70 this summer. But instead of kicking back in retirement — whacking golf balls or sniffing around for early-bird dinner specials — the bear in bluejeans is returning to work to educate ...
Henderson plant fined record $13.75 million over chemical disposal
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
The Environmental Protection Agency announced today a record $13.75 million fine against a Henderson titanium processing plant accused of improperly disposing a dangerous chemical. The fine against Philadelphia-based Titanium Metals Corp. is...
Scientists race to develop farm animals to survive climate change
Thursday, May 8, 2014
When a team of researchers from the University of Delaware traveled to Africa two years ago to search for exemplary chickens, they weren't looking for plump ...
Wide impact of climate change already seen in US, study says
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
The effects of human-induced climate change are being felt in every corner of the United States, scientists reported Tuesday, with water growing scarcer in dry regions, torrential rains increasing in wet regions, heat waves becoming more likely and more severe, wildfires growing worse, and forests dying under assault from heat-loving insects. Such sweeping changes...

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