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Map shows where Americans move once climate change hits


Rising sea levels are not just predicted to change the landscape of the US, but it will also reshape where millions of people call home. Scientist used artificial intelligence to map where people will migrate once their coastal residence are under six-feet of water. The technology estimates nearly 13 million Americans will be forced to move by the end of the century, with many heading inland to land-locked cities such as Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Denver and Las Vegas. The model also predicts suburban and rural areas in the Midwest will experience disproportionately large influx of people relative to their smaller local populations. The technology estimates nearly 13 million Americans will be forced to move by the end of the century, with many heading inland to land-locked cities such as Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Denver and Las Vegas.

Why Cougars Are Coming to Town

National Geographic

As climate change dries the Southwest, cities are where the water and the green plants--and the mule deer--will be. Cougars will become increasingly common visitors to Southwestern cities like Las Vegas in the next few decades as climate change drives their prey to greener urban pastures, a new study suggests. The hot, dry Southwest is projected to become even hotter and drier as mounting fossil fuel emissions trigger more frequent, intense and long-lasting droughts. That change will reduce the cougar population, according to research presented Monday at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco--but it may also cause more of the animals to show up in well-watered towns. David Stoner of Utah State University and his colleagues used satellite images measuring the food content of natural vegetation in Utah, Nevada, and Arizona to model how the extreme drought year of 2002--considered a taste of what's to come in the Southwest--affected the population density of cougars and of mule deer, the big cats' favorite prey.

Will San Onofre's nuclear waste wind up at Yucca Mountain?

Los Angeles Times

Yucca Mountain is back on the bargaining table on Capitol Hill. And if the nuclear waste repository in Nevada gets back on track -- and that's a big "if," considering the controversial site has been debated for going on 40 years and six presidential administrations -- it could provide a destination for the 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste now beached at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. "There will almost certainly be efforts to reintroduce legislation that would re-start the Yucca process," said David Victor, chairman of the Community Engagement Panel, which acts as a liaison between the public and the operators at San Onofre. "What's interesting is this is not a normal left-right (political) issue." Located about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Yucca Mountain at one time was determined to be the best site to deposit the nation's nuclear waste, which has now reached more than 70,000 metric tons at some 120 sites across the country.

8 places using smart city data management to change lives


Bold, brash and operating 24-hours a day, Las Vegas is a city like no other, attracting millions of visitors a year to its bustling casinos. But as well as hosting 43 million tourists each year, the city is home to almost 650,000 residents who need services including public safety, transportation and utilities. City officials recently turned to smart city data management to ease the pressure. They used Hitachi's Smart Spaces and Video Intelligence solution, which is a combination of hardware and software that leverages intelligent video and other internet of things (IoT) data to provide a single view of activity, operations, and safety issues with intelligence for real-time data and analysis, deploying resources more efficiently. For example, the city can produce heat maps of streets that can indicate if a pothole is likely to develop in a given location and take steps to fix the issue before it starts to damage vehicles.

Biggest U.S. solar project approved in Nevada despite critics

The Japan Times

RENO, Nevada – The Trump administration announced final approval Monday of the largest solar energy project in the U.S. and one of the biggest in the world despite objections from conservationists who say it will destroy thousands of acres of habitat critical to the survival of the threatened Mojave desert tortoise in Nevada. The $1 billion Gemini solar and battery storage project about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Las Vegas is expected to produce 690 megawatts of electricity -- enough to power 260,000 households -- and annually offset greenhouse emissions of about 83,000 cars. It will create about 2,000 direct and indirect jobs and inject an estimated $712.5 million in the economy as the nation tries to recover from the downturn brought on by the coronavirus outbreak, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said. "As our economy rebounds from the invisible enemy, President Trump is working to make the United States stronger than ever before," Bernhardt said Monday. "Our economic resurgence will rely on getting America back to work and this project delivers on that objective."