General Meeting - Las Vegas November 2020
Climate Change - What it means for our Planet, Nevada and our Community
FEATURED SPEAKER & TOPIC: Dr. Kristen Averyt, Nevada's first "State Climate Policy Coordinator", speaks about climate change and it's impact to the planet, Nevada and our community.
Dr. Averyt’s role as State Climate Policy Coordinator compliments her role as Research Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) focusing on climate resilience and sustainability. Prior to joining UNLV, Dr. Averyt served as President of Nevada’s Desert Research Institute (DRI). She holds a PhD from Stanford University, and her research portfolio covers a range of issues including the energy-water nexus, western water challenges, and regional impacts of climate change. Dr. Averyt shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, served as a lead author on the 2014 US National Climate Assessment, and was a Fulbright Fellow.
TOPIC: A recorded video will be played that was shown in June 2020 to the UNLV Alumni Association. Climate change is about more than melting ice caps, sea-level rise, and polar bears, and penguins. Warming temperatures impact everyone, even here in Southern Nevada. Since the onset of the Industrial Revolution, Nevada has warmed by an average of ~2 degrees Fahrenheit. The Las Vegas region has warmed by more than 6 degrees Fahrenheit in that time period, making our community one of the fastest-warming in the entire United States. Intense heat always has been a characteristic of Southern Nevada, but even modest temperature increases impact our health, our air quality, our water supply, and other aspects of our daily lives. Averyt will present an overview of the changing climate of Southern Nevada and what it means for the greater Las Vegas community in the context of recent and emerging policy actions.
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