Energy and Environment

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Research by the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Colorado, Boulder shows that rising temperatures are causing snow to melt earlier in the year, and that's not good news.

The Truckee Meadows depends on runoff from snowmelt to fill its reservoirs and streams for drinking, agriculture and recreation.

Rising temperatures are causing snow to melt earlier in the year, when days are shorter and there’s less sunlight to melt the snow. This slows down the process, which means evaporation increases and less water makes it to regional reservoirs.

A Tesla-Backed Startup Wants To Remake Lithium Mining

Aug 15, 2016
www.pureenergyminerals.com

Exploration startups are putting stakes in the ground across Nevada's deserts as lithium prices spike. One company, Pure Energy Minerals, has even inked a deal with Tesla that could potentially provide lithium for their batteries. We spoke with the CEO of Pure Energy Minerals, Patrick Highsmith, about his project and what sets it apart. Below are excerpts of the conversation. It's part of our ongoing series "Behind the Battery Boom."

Carson City Fire Department

5:30 PM Monday update:

The Shooting Fire in Carson City, which was sparked by target shooters on Sunday, is mostly contained. Fire crews are cleaning up the area.

Officials say that aggressive aerial assistance and structure protection from local, state and federal agencies helped contain the blaze and led to no loss of structures. All roads are open to the public, and officials say crews will continue to protect private property.

10:45 AM Monday update:

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In 2015, Lake Tahoe was the warmest it’s ever been, and researchers are concerned of the long term effects of this drastic rise in temperature.

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Twitter, @plpt

The Tule Fire west of Pyramid Lake has burned more than 30,000 acres since Friday and forced one community to declare disaster. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

Climate Change Could Cause Reduction Of Female Plants

Aug 3, 2016
Kevin Hultine

A new review study explains how climate change will skew the sex ratios of plants. From the Arizona Science Desk, Melissa Sevigny explains.

Julia Ritchey

The boat launch at Sand Harbor on Lake Tahoe will close for the season beginning this Friday.

Nevada State Parks says for the fourth year in a row, low water conditions are prompting the closure.

Motorized boats can still launch at Lake Forest, Obexers and Tahoe Keys Marina launch areas.

The Cave Rock boat launch is closed for a renovation project that is expected to take one to two months.   

BLM Nevada

We'll continue to update this story as it develops. For updates on the fire, be sure to check the InciWeb website.  

11:14 am Friday update:

Pyramid Lake is now open for recreation. Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Spokesman Scott Carey says that major firefighting operations have ceased at the lake, making the lake safe to re-open.

Marcus Lavergne/Reno Public Radio

Business leaders in the state who want their voices heard more easily by the Public Utilities Commission have formed an Energy Efficiency Business Coalition. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne has more:

The state’s EEBC would be an offshoot of the original organization formed in Colorado in 2007. Some of their goals are spreading information on energy efficiency to businesses around the state and influencing policy making.

Tom Polikalas is one of the Nevada branch's founders. 

Why So Many Casinos Are Leaving NV Energy

Jul 20, 2016
Peppermill Reno

The Peppermill Resort in south Reno is the latest casino trying to cut the chord with NV Energy.

The hotel-casino filed its exit application with the Nevada Public Utilities Commission earlier this month, hoping to leave the utility by next spring.

That makes it the fourth casino to do so, after Las Vegas-based MGM Resorts, Wynn Resorts and the Sands Corporation. Switch data center also tried to leave, but was denied by the PUC.

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