Coalition Forms to Fight Climate Change, Shape NV Public-Lands Bill


LAS VEGAS -- More than a half-dozen progressive groups announced Tuesday that they're banding together to form a new group, to be known as the Nevada Climate Justice Coalition. The new organization will work to educ ate people on the effects of climate change, especially on low-income communities of color.

Jackie Chiakulas, environmental justice advocate with the groups PLAN Action and, said there's strength in numbers.

Groups Push for Votes on NV Renewable-Energy, Public-Lands Bills


CARSON CITY, Nev. - Friday is the deadline for bills to make it out of committee at the state Capitol, so conservation groups are drumming up support for those that address renewable energy and protection for wildlife habitat.

Senate Bill 358 would require power companies to get 50 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2030. Brian Beffort, director of the Sierra Club's Toiyabe Chapter, said the state now spends $4 billion a year importing electricity from fossil fuels, when it could be relying on renewable power generated in Nevada.

State Works to Reduce Traffic Collisions with Wildlife

Mule deer use an overpass with fencing created to direct
them over the road safely. (Nevada Department of Wildlife)

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Animals in the road cause an average of 500 traffic collisions a year in Nevada - which is why experts on wildlife, transportation and development are meeting for a summit today at the Governor's Mansion in Carson City. 

Each year, those collisions kill one or two people and cost taxpayers between $19 million and $22 million. Brian Wakeling, administrator for the game division of the Nevada Department of Wildlife, said underpasses and overpasses built to allow safe wildlife crossings make a huge difference for species such as elk, mule deer, wild horses, bighorn sheep, bears and the desert tortoise.

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