Pacific Southwest, Region 9
Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations
Climate Change in the Pacific Southwest
Nevada’s gross GHG emissions are rising faster than those of the nation as a whole, increasing 62% from 1990 to 2004, while national emissions rose by only 16% during this period. Rapid population growth has been the most important driver in emissions growth in Nevada, with annual population growth from 1990 to 2005 of 4.9%. Much of this population growth has taken place near Las Vegas, which also adds to emissions in the state through air travel.
On May 31, 2008, the Nevada Climate Change Advisory Committee submitted their final report to the governor which included 28 specific recommendations for reducing greenhouse gas emmissions in the state. These recommendations range from creating a State Action Plan to modifying the renewable energy portfolio standards