Wells need to be dug deeper – groundwater supplies have dropped 90 metres in recent times
$1-billion pipeline will need to be built to tap rivers and groundwater 250 miles away
Lake Mead, America’s largest reservoir behind the Hoover Dam, is at its lowest water level for 35 years
Desert landscapes are not easy habitats - wildlife is losing the battle for water as the city drinks it all!
To combat the intense heat (the city is at least 5 degrees C hotter than the very hot desert that surrounds it) thousands of air conditioning units are in place – these need huge quantities of electricity which is met in part at the expense of climate change.
Being so isolated car travel is vital – Las Vegas ties with New York City in fifth place for carbon monoxide pollution amongst US cities.