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Will the Sierra forests ever recover from the Rim fire?
Saturday, September 7, 2013
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By Friday, the Rim fire in and around Yosemite National Park had expanded to 246,350 acres. Fighting it has cost taxpayers $81 million so far. It will be weeks before it is contained. Now, experts are saying the ecosystem damage is huge. In a terrifying whoosh, the Rim fire changed the forest for at least a generation and maybe a lot longer.
Scenic Pine Forest Range could be Nevada's next designated wilderness
Thursday, September 5, 2013
The Pine Forest Range, just north of the Black Rock Desert in northwestern Nevada, the focus of deliberations by local and regional interests concerned with its future, could become Nevada’s next new wilderness area.
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UNLV students' sustainable housing model nearly ready for global competition
Monday, September 2, 2013
After months of battling triple-digit temperatures and severe thunderstorms, UNLV students are nearing completion on a house powered entirely by the sun. Armed with a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and matching funds from NV Energy, UNLV has high hopes of winning Solar Decathlon.
Nevada recycling rate reaches record high of 28.8 percent
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Nevada hit a record solid waste recycling rate of 28.8 percent last year, the state Division of Environmental Protection reported.
Photo: This May 2012 photo provided by the U.S. Geologica
Nevada petroglyphs the oldest in North America
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Ancient rock etchings along a dried-up lake bed in Northern Nevada have been confirmed to be the oldest recorded petroglyphs in North America, dating back at least 10,000 years.
Endangered fish population native to Clark County is angling for a comeback
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
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Things are going swimmingly for the growing population of a tiny, endangered fish that is only found in Clark County. In a Tuesday press release, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the Moapa dace's population is improving. According to the USFWS, there are 1,727 Moapa dace in the world, 501 more than they found in February.
Few barriers between Nevada and nation’s nuclear waste
Few barriers between Nevada and nation’s nuclear waste
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
The pressure on Nevada lawmakers to see a new nuclear waste disposal act through Congress this session just skyrocketed.
Photo: Lake Mead National Recreation Area ranger Ben Jura
Do not disturb: Imperiled desert tortoise needs its space — and a clean habitat — to survive
Saturday, August 10, 2013
The desert tortoise has been around longer than the Mojave Desert, but now, for the first time in its 18 million year history it is struggling to survive.
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Tribe files lawsuit over contaminants at Reid-Gardner plant
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Environmentalists and Indians are asking a federal court to order utility company NV Energy to clean up land and water they say has been contaminated by an aging coal-fired power plant slated for closure beginning next year outside Las Vegas.
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Calif. wildfire prompts air quality advisory for Las Vegas
Thursday, August 8, 2013
A raging California wildfire prompted officials in southern Nevada to announce an air quality advisory warning today that will last through the weekend.
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Tribe, Sierra Club sue NV Energy to force cleanup around Reid Gardner plant
Thursday, August 8, 2013
The Moapa Band of Paiutes and the Sierra Club contend oil and groundwater contamination at the site exceeds federal standards for toxic pollutants including arsenic, selenium, and manganese.
One strange bird could pave way for more fire prevention funds
One strange bird could pave way for more fire prevention funds
Monday, August 5, 2013
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As Nevada struggles with ravaging wildfires, the case of one strange bird is forcing the state to forge a solution on a strict deadline: If the state doesn’t stop the burning, in two years, a sweeping endangered species listing for the sage grouse could threaten the state’s entire economy.
Photo: A tourist takes advantage of the misters at Mon Am
Hotter temperatures lead to hotter tempers, study says
Thursday, August 1, 2013
As the world gets warmer, people are more likely to get hot under the collar, scientists say. A massive new study finds that aggressive acts like committing violent crimes and waging war become more likely with each added degree.
Dead ducks prompt testing of water in lakes at Floyd Lamb Park
Friday, July 26, 2013
The city of Las Vegas has closed access to the lakes at Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs after as many as 15 ducks were found dead in and around the ponds.
Submarine's mission: Examine large quake fault on Lake Tahoe floor
Submarine's mission: Examine large quake fault on Lake Tahoe floor
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
A submarine designed to explore beneath the ice shelves of Antarctica took a detour in Lake Tahoe last week for an unusual expedition. The unmanned vessel dove more than 1,000 feet to scour the lake’s bottom and capture valuable data and high-definition images of an earthquake fault.

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