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.
Back-room medical treatments like the one that killed Elena Caro are now under intense scrutiny in Nevada. Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto is leading a task force to recommend reforms for what she says has become a cultural issue for minorities, specifically Hispanics.
For decades Area 51, the top secret air base the government used during the Cold War, was a source of urban legend. Space aliens, unidentified flying objects, secret weapons - they were all part of the lore of that black hole in the Nevada Desert just north of Las Vegas. Now the National Atomic Testing Museum has an exhibit about the dark secrets of the desert. We talk with the creators of the exhibition.
Conservation and efficiency seem to go right along with living green and clean energy as ways to a better planet and certainly to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It ain't necessarily so, says New Yorker staff writer David Owen.
For some years already, Nevada's political leaders have talked about making the state a Mecca for solar energy. It would diversify the economy with a high-tech industry and it would take advantage of our unending sunshine. The County Commission recently gave the green light to a new solar project near Laughlin. Critics decry the waste of government resources for a new and unproven industry. A new report from the Brookings Institution promises to give an accurate count on green energy. So what is the future of the green economy in Southern Nevada and elsewhere in the nation? Is the glass half full or half empty?
Republic Services is trying to implement a recycling pick-up program in Clark County. It claims it's already had success with trial programs in Henderson. But that means switching to once-a-week pick-up, and some local residents (including a Clark County Commissioner) don't want to give up the twice-a-week system. What options does the trash service have? Are Las Vegans culturally averse to recycling? And compared to cities like San Francisco and Seattle, why is it taking so long to adopt a solid recycling program?
The late Hal Rothman was the acknowledged master of modern Nevada historians. He put the Comstock Lode and California railiroads in perspective by noting that a good part of Nevada's past and most of its future lay in the south of the state.
Big solar and wind farms are laying claim to Nevada, but what about the homeowners and small businesses? How can they harvest energy? And how easy (or hard) is that process? Kermitt Waters tried to build a wind turbine in his backyard, but his neighborhood council shut him down. Hotels like the Golden Gate are using geothermal cooling, and the school district is inserting solar panels.
With the economy in the dumps, there's been a lot of talk about green energy being the state's magic ticket to grow and revitalize. But what programs are in place? And how can we feasibly get them off the ground? The head of the Nevada State Office of Energy issued a declaration on how green energy will save the state.
The state's organics department nearly got the chopping block this year, until farmers and food lovers got angry. How are organic farms faring here, and why are there so few in Southern Nevada? We talk to Nevada farmers on Friday at 9 a.m.