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National Climate Assessment includes work by UNLV’s Thomas Piechota

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The Colorado River, which is the main source of water for Southern Nevada, winds past Willow Beach, Ariz.

On May 6, the Obama Administration released its third National Climate Assessment, a report on climate change and its impact on regions across the country. More than 300 climate scientists and experts contributed to the project, including UNLV’s own Thomas Piechota. The Vice President for Research and Economic Development at UNLV and professor of civil and environmental engineering was identified as an expert in water resources and also served as the lead author on the Southwest region’s findings. When asked about the biggest issue facing the area, Piechota identified—what else?—water supply. “I don’t think it’s too much of a surprise for anybody,” said Piechota, who highlighted the concerning reduction of runoff from the Colorado River, which is due to a reduction in snowpack, which is due to—you guessed it—climate change.

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