In The News: School of Life Sciences
Desert tortoises are roaming a 15 MW community solar farm owned by the Valley Electric Association in Nevada thanks to fence openings made by Bombard Renewable Energy.
With tortoise-sized openings at the bottom of the fence, and improved growth of plants vital to tortoise survival, a solar farm in Nevada can provide better habitat than the surrounding desert. First Solar found similar habitat gains in California.
When John Hiatt moved to southwest Las Vegas in 1976, the water level for his domestic well was 115 feet below the surface. A decade and a half later, it dropped to 140 feet.
The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) maintains a list of more than 500 species of trees and plants adapted to the region’s harsh desert climate. Drought tolerance, water use, growth rate and other qualities associated with each species are included on the list, helping municipalities and property owners make responsible landscape choices.
Las Vegas’ nearest island is hundreds of miles away. But a “sky island” can be found right in the city’s backyard. The Spring Mountains, particularly the area near Mount Charleston, are a hotbed of biodiversity, with an estimated 28 species of endemic plants, animals and insects, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
It’s officially an outbreak. There are more West Nile cases in Southern Nevada this year than ever before and mosquito season is far from over.
For generations, summer in Nevada has meant fire season. These days, it’s more accurate to call it a fire year.
The grasshopper invasion of the Las Vegas Valley is well underway.
A grasshopper swarm in the Las Vegas Valley of Nevada has been so thick at times that the National Weather Service warned motorists it could impact visibility on area roads.
Martin Schiller is the founder of Heligenics and executive director of UNLV‘s Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine.
A UNLV startup is using genes to create personalized diets.
At first, there was no road at all, just a series of springs where the water table breached the earth’s crust.