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Adele Morris is a fellow and policy director at the Brookings Institution, which, in partnership with UNLV, runs the Brookings Mountain West think tank.
Her work focuses on energy and natural resource policies related to the economics of climate change. Brookings Mountain West brought her to the university last week.
A report last week that more than half of samples of brand-name canned tuna contained more mercury than deemed safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) raised concern among tuna lovers everywhere.
One week ago marked the true beginning of America’s recommitment to passenger rail service. For Nevada, however, the restart will have to wait.
And because it must, using the requisite wait time well will now be crucial. Essential now is going to be total focus, strong coordination and a full-court press to marry a powerful case for high-speed rail in the Mountain West to top-flight organizing.
There has understandably been plenty of doom and gloom about Nevada’s economy — the indicators are sluggish, from unemployment to foreclosures. However, at the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting to look ahead, there was some tempered optimism.
Several speakers offered some hope.
Urban planning expert Robert Lang recently became a resident of the region he’s long been studying from afar. He left Alexandria, Va., to become executive director of the Brookings Mountain West initiative, based at UNLV. This collaboration between the venerable Brookings Institution and the university builds upon the work of Brookings’ Metropolitan Policy Program. For example, Lang believes his new city can use the strengths it gained through tourism—such as a great airport—to fuel a more economically diverse future.
Dreary reality aside, optimists make case for Vegas revival
Watching Southern Nevada these past 30 months or so has been like watching a sick loved one wither and worsen, or like watching a continuous loop of an Ingmar Bergman film with dry, unsalted popcorn to snack on — endlessly depressing.
More than half of canned tuna samples from a local grocery store failed to meet the strict Environmental Protection Agency safety level for mercury in fish, according to a new study by University of Nevada, Las Vegas researchers.