RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Flooded rail lines, bigger more frequent droughts, and wildfires are some of the alarming predictions in a White House climate change report released Tuesday.
The US National Climate Assessment has predictions for every region of the country including Nevada. The Silver State is part of the southwest region, and according to this report Nevada is in the hottest and driest region in the US. No surprise there, but this report says residents should get used to it.
The report listed increased heat and changes to rain and snow-pack; all of which which is estimated to affect 56 million people in the southwest region. Water is predicted to get even more scarce because the region's population is expected to jump to 94 million by 2050, according to the report. Worsening drought conditions, wildfires and heatwaves can also be expected in this region.
It is possible for Nevada to reduce heat stress and emissions by using solar and geothermal energy, however. To read the full report go to http://globalchange.gov