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New assessment looks to address climate change in Nevada

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By now, most people realize climate change is real. A report by Clark County adds an exclamation point: it says we’re facing a potential climate crisis. 

This means the number of days above 115 degrees in the Las Vegas Metro area is projected to multiply by 10 over the next 80 years. 

This year, Lake Mead fell below a water-intake pipe that feeds Las Vegas. There are two more. But the report says we should expect that lake to keep falling. 

Less moisture also means more wildfires. And expect wilder swings in weather – and while though the number of floods might decrease, they could be bigger and stronger.

The report was put spearheaded by Clark County’s Department of Environment and Sustainability. Sam Baker is the sustainability program administrator. 

Guests: Sam Baker, sustainability program administrator, Clark County’s Department of Environment and Sustainability; Jeff Quinn, public health preparedness manager, Souther Nevada Health District and All-In advisory panel member; Kara Steeland, hydrologist, Truckee Meadows Water Authority 

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Paul serves as KNPR's producer and reporter in Northern Nevada. Based in Reno, Paul specializes in covering state government and the legislature.