Longer and hotter wildfires linked to climate change could eliminate forest lands in the Southwest. An article in The Atlantic highlights how drought and intense fires could lead to less dense and spare re-growth after fires.
Last year was the hottest year on record in Las Vegas and throughout the United States. Weather records were topped all across the Silver State, and 12 of the state's 17 counties experienced record-breaking heat, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
We've seen tens of thousands of ads and possibly heard millions of words about the 2012 election. But many policies remain undiscussed. Neither candidate, for example, has talked about climate change policy. We have to just assume that their picks for the Supreme Court would be just like the people up there now. And most fact-checking agencies have found big holes in plans for deficit reduction. What do you think has been missing from this campaign? What were the issues you wanted to hear more about from the candidates?
Climate scientists say that last month was the hottest July on record. Some urban developers see this as a cue not only to adopt sustainable practices to avoid global warming, but as an opportunity to completely re-evaluate the way cities are designed.
Strobe Talbott and William Antholis of the Brookings Institution are in Las Vegas Wednesday at UNLV's Brookings Mountain West to speak about their new book Fast Forward: Ethics and Politics in the Age of Global Warming. They join us to talk about the increasing threat of climate change.