Sustainability

Auto dealers group says CA emission levels in NV are inevitable

BY: - May 26, 2021

President Joe Biden and the U.S. Department of Transportation announced last month they would be ending a Trump-era rule that blocked states, specifically California, from setting their own vehicle emissions standards. The reversal lays the ground for more states to take control of their fight against climate change. Nevada will now be free to adopt […]

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SNWA warns Congress of a ‘real and urgent’ drought crisis

BY: - May 26, 2021

WASHINGTON–A drought crisis unfolding across the West will require short-term relief and massive, long-term federal funding to help states weather the effects of climate change, the general manager for the Southern Nevada Water Authority told a U.S. House hearing on Tuesday. “The situation is real and urgent. Current conditions require us to take bold and […]

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Restoring wildlife populations will create jobs in Nevada

BY: and - May 26, 2021

Since the pandemic began, Nevadans have turned to nature for rejuvenation and recreation. This has given more Nevadans a firsthand experience with our state’s remarkable ecological diversity—from Lahontan cutthroat trout, to Bighorn sheep, to Sage grouse, to Mule deer. But what they may not have noticed is the wildlife crisis quietly unfolding all around us. […]

sacred cedars

Swamp cedar protection bill approved over state objections, supporters urge governor to sign it

BY: - May 21, 2021

A bill that would strengthen protections for the swamp cedars in the Spring Valley area of White Pine County considered sacred to Shoshone tribes has passed both chambers of the Nevada Legislature. Now tribes and others supporting the legislation are urging Gov. Steve Sisolak to sign it into law. Assembly Bill 171 would make it […]

Growth at what cost?

BY: - May 20, 2021

A bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto to conserve environmentally sensitive lands while creating affordable housing in Southern Nevada is a triumph of historical magnitude, according to supporters. But opponents contend the Southern Nevada Economic Development and Conservation Act is a greenwash — a pro-development measure cloaked in the guise of conservation. “There […]

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Feds agree to decide if wildflower is endangered by end of month

BY: - May 17, 2021

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to make a determination on the listing of a rare Nevada wildflower as an endangered species by the end of the month. Monday’s announcement comes after a federal judge on April 21 ordered the Fish and Wildlife Service to make a determination on the listing within 30 days.  […]

Nevada state bird the Mountain Bluebird

Migratory bird protections to be permanently restored by Biden administration

BY: - May 10, 2021

The Interior Department plans to officially revoke a Trump-era rule that loosened enforcement of a longstanding law to protect migratory birds, the department announced last week. The rule put in place by former Interior Secretary David Bernhardt barred government authorities from holding companies liable for environmental violations leading to the deaths of birds protected under […]

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Biden’s ‘30 by 30’ conservation plan urges collaboration with private landowners

BY: - May 6, 2021

The Biden administration plans to broadly define conservation and encourage private landowners to adopt sustainable practices to meet a goal of protecting 30 percent of the land and water in the U.S. by 2030, according to a multi-agency report published Thursday. The recommendations are short of the most aggressive federal directives congressional Republicans feared would be […]

not a wasteland

No details yet on Biden conservation plan, but Republicans slam it as a ‘land grab’

BY: - May 5, 2021

Republicans on the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday previewed their objections to the Biden administration’s still-unreleased plan to conserve 30% of U.S. land and water by 2030. President Joe Biden created what is commonly called the “30 by 30 plan” in a Jan. 27 executive order, but the administration hasn’t released details about how […]

pretty but ugly

New funding to curb wildfires pushed as another fire season looms

BY: - April 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — As wildfires across the United States grow in size, intensity and duration each summer,  members of Congress from the West are pushing for massive new investments in ecosystem management and wildfire mitigation. House lawmakers called for more attention to wildfire management and support for wildland firefighters at a hearing Thursday before a House […]

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Trapping is torture

BY: - April 30, 2021

Trapping is perhaps the most egregious abuse of our wildlife. The targeted animals (and often, untargeted creatures who get caught incidentally) can sit in a trap for up to 96 hours in the state of Nevada without the requirement for trappers to check on them. Don’t bet that every trapper will check after four days, […]

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Biden official, Manchin suggest GOP alarm over oil & gas leasing pause is overblown

BY: - April 28, 2021

A Bureau of Land Management official conceded little ground to Senate Republicans on the U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee who lashed out at the the Biden administration’s pause of new oil and gas leasing at a hearing Tuesday. And Democratic committee chair Joe Manchin described speculative oil and gas leasing as senseless. The […]