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LANL Study Forecasts Disappearance Of Conifers

on December 23, 2015 - 10:53am
Los Alamos scientist Nate McDowell discusses how climate change is killing trees with PBS NewsHour reporter Miles O’Brien. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
A new study, led by Los Alamos National Laboratory, suggests that widespread loss of a major forest type, the pine-juniper woodlands of the Southwestern U.S., could be wiped out by the end of this century due to climate change, and that conifers throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere may be on a similar trajectory.
 
New results, reported in a paper released today in the journal Nature Climate Change, suggests that global models may

Secretary Moniz Announces Dr. Phil Sharp As 2015 Recipient Of Schlesinger Medal For Energy Security

on December 23, 2015 - 7:24am
Dr. Phil Sharp
 
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON  U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz has announced Dr. Phil Sharp as the second recipient of the James R. Schlesinger Medal for Energy Security.
 
Dr. Sharp is president of Resources for the Future and a former U.S. Congressman from Indiana. Dr. Sharp will receive the medal at a ceremony at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the Department of Energy headquarters (1000 Independence Ave. Washington, D.C. 20585).
 
“Phil Sharp has been a fixture in energy security and clean energy progress in every possible arena for the past five decades,” Moniz said.

Midday Solstice Celebration At PEEC Today

on December 22, 2015 - 8:31am
Dave Yeamans on the human sundial. Photo by Rebecca Shankland

PEEC NEWS:

Stop by the Los Alamos Nature Center at noon today and enjoy a midday solstice celebration.

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will get out its measuring sticks and mark shadow lengths on the human sundial to document the longest midday shadows of the year. This short celebration will be the first in a series of measurements to see how shadow lengths change over the course of a year.

PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos.

Commission For Environmental Cooperation Taps Brumwell To Chair Joint Public Advisory Committee

on December 21, 2015 - 8:18am
CEC News:
 
MONTREAL — The Commission for Environmental Cooperation's (CEC) Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) has chosen Canadian JPAC member Lindsay Brumwell as committee chair for 2016.

She will succeed Mexican JPAC member Gustavo Alanís-Ortega, a lawyer and university professor at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, who has been chair during 2015.

“The Commission for Environmental Cooperation is increasingly relevant as a force for trinational cooperation on environmental issues,” Brumwell said.

PEEC Events For January 2016

on December 21, 2015 - 7:43am
PEEC News:
 
Saturday, Jan. 2
Feature Film: Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure
See prehistoric sea creatures come to life and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. 2 p.m. Suitable for ages 4 and up. $6 per adult, $4 per child. More information at peecnature.org.
 
Sunday, Jan. 3
Feature Film: Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure
See prehistoric sea creatures come to life and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Include Provision To Support Gold King Mine Monitoring In Year End Legislation

on December 20, 2015 - 7:17am

Congressional News:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that they included a provision in the end-of-year appropriations bill that encourages the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct long-term monitoring efforts following the Gold King Mine blowout.

The accident spilled toxic wastewater into the Animas and San Juan rivers in New Mexico and Colorado.

Sea Monsters At Nature Center Starting Saturday

on December 18, 2015 - 9:01am

DOE: Largest Energy-Saving Standard In History

on December 17, 2015 - 11:05am

DOE News:
  • Commercial Air Conditioner and Furnace Standards Will Save Businesses $167 Billion and Cut Carbon Emissions by 885 Million Metric Tons

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy today announced historic new efficiency standards for commercial air conditioners and furnaces. Developed with industry, utilities, and environmental groups, these standards will save more energy than any other standard issued by the Department to date.

Over the lifetime of the products, businesses will save $167 billion on their utility bills and carbon pollution will be reduced by 885 million

LANL's New Model More Accurately Tracks Gases For Underground Nuclear Explosion Detection

on December 17, 2015 - 11:04am

This model sequentially couples a hydrodynamic rock damage code to a gas transport simulator via a translation between damage results and hydrogeologic parameters and stochastic sampling for uncertain hydrogeologic parameters. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a new, more thorough method for detecting underground nuclear explosions (UNEs) by coupling two fundamental elements—seismic models with gas-flow models—to create a more complete picture of how an explosion’s evidence (radionuclide gases) seep to the surface.

Their findings will

Los Alamos Nature Center Wins Regional Architecture Awards

on December 17, 2015 - 9:58am

The Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Patrick Coulie

PEEC News:

The Los Alamos Nature Center building and design team were recently given three prestigious regional awards. 

In November ENR-Southwest named the Nature Center its Small Project of the Year (under $10 million) and its Project of the Year (overall). The Nature Center beat out award winning buildings in every category to win this last designation.

More recently, the Nature Center stood out above more than 60 projects from around the state to win one of nine Eagle Awards from the NAIOP, an organization for commercial real

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