Energy and Environment

Thousands Gather For Tahoe Summit, Obama Visit

Aug 31, 2016
Julia Ritchey

President Obama says the extraordinary efforts that have been put into healing Lake Tahoe over the past two decades prove it is possible to pass on the nation's greatest natural treasures to future generations.

Obama spoke at the 20th annual Lake Tahoe Summit Wednesday.  

Julia Ritchey

Environmentalists are hoping the 20th anniversary of the Tahoe summit, and a visit by President Obama, will renew the spotlight on conservation efforts at the lake. As Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports, despite progress, the threat of climate change looms large.

Patrick Nouhailler / Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0

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.

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