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Changes on Lake Mead may not look as extreme as other areas due to zooming out nature of the images, but the wide view gives us an important perspective. The shrinkage is still palpable, of course, but one of the causes is one of the causes.

Henderson, Nevada and the outskirts of Las Vegas are visible west of the lake. The rapid expansion of the Sun Belt over the past decades has placed enormous pressure on already fragile water resources. Agriculture and other industrial activities in one of the driest places in North America have also taken their toll, of course. The same is true of climate change. The west has become increasingly drier even as more and more people flock to the area. He now faces his worst mega-drought in at least 1200 years old. This drought has had a huge impact on the indigenous culture of the region, forcing a radical change in the way people live.

That the current mega-drought, not to mention the worst are predicted for this century, as a similar change remains to be seen. Nevada has taken a small step towards conservation by ban “non-functional” grass in places like office parks and medians, although the rule does not take effect until 2027. But that alone is nowhere near enough to deal with the scale of the water crisis in the West. Instead, meet the moment will take on new engineering feats, new habits by citizens, and conservation on an unprecedented scale. Likewise, massive reductions in carbon pollution, not only by the United States but also by other nations of the world, will be necessary if the fate of the West is not to be buried under a hardened and parched Earth. .

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