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Roger This: All Aboard For The Paris Accord

on December 6, 2015 - 12:54pm
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

The first week of the 21st meeting of the of the Conference of Parties (COP21) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is drawing to a close in Paris.

During this time the Earth has theoretically warmed an additional .0008degreesFahrenheit. That calculation is according to my own back-of-the-envelope extrapolation of a very broad scientific consensus that we are approaching a warming rate of about .04 degrees F per decade.

The alarming problem about these miniscule estimates is that we are beginning to cross a red

2015 Earth Treasures Show Rocks On!

on December 6, 2015 - 12:35pm
A presenter explains how geodes are created to a young visitor at the 2015 Earth Treasures Show. The show continues today at the Masonic Temple, 15th and Canyon in Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
A variety of jewels for the wrist. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Children create Rock Monsters at Saturday's Earth Treasures Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The main display hall attracts many vendors and visitors. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Real crystal balls! Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
A young man

Chamisa School Recycle Bowl Challenge

on December 5, 2015 - 7:55am

Poster Contest grand prize winner Lia Rushton with County Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule, Chamisa Recycle Bowl Coordinators Megan Lee and Sabina Johns and poster contest coordinator Renee Mitsunaga. Courtesy photo

Grand Prize winning poster by Lia Rushton. Courtesy photo

 

COMMUNITY News:

Chamisa Elementary School and Los Alamos County worked together to enter the National Competition, Keep America Beautiful-Recycle Bowl Challenge. The challenge took place Oct. 19 to Nov. 15.

A GREEN TEAM comprised of fourth and fifth grade students and teachers helped students at lunch

DPU Seeks Input On Carbon Neutrality Definition

on December 5, 2015 - 6:41am
COUNTY News:
 
The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will review various recommendations included in the July 7, 2015 Future Electrical Energy Report over the next three Board meetings. 
 
First up is the recommended definition for "Carbon Neutrality" which will be considered for adoption at at 5:30 p.m., at the Dec. 16, Board meeting scheduled in Council Chambers, 1000 Central Ave. in Los Alamos.
 
Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) officials encourage Los Alamos citizens to go online to the County’s open forum at https://www.peakdemocracy.com/ and provide feedback on the recommended

Head Of CTBTO Dr. Lassina Zerbo Visits Los Alamos

on December 4, 2015 - 7:41am

CTBTO Executive Secretary Dr. Lassina Zerbo

NNSA News:

LAS VEGAS ― Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), visited NNSA’s Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) Nov. 23, as part of a multi-day itinerary that also included tours of national laboratories overseen by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

While at Los Alamos, Zerbo discussed the laboratory’s technical support of the CTBTO

NMED To Host Public Listening Sessions

on December 4, 2015 - 7:19am
NMED News:
 
New Mexico Environment Department to Host Public Listening Sessions for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SIP Call for Startup, Shutdown and Malfunction (SSM) Operations.
 
On May 22, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final action to ensure states have plans in place that are fully consistent with the Clean Air Act and recent court decisions concerning startup, shutdown and malfunction (SSM) operations.
 
In response to this final action, the New Mexico Environment Department Air Quality Bureau will be required to revise 20.2.7 NMAC - Excess Emissions

Cleaning Up Abandoned Mines Could Cost Billions

on December 4, 2015 - 7:13am
CWP News:
 
DENVER — A new report from the Center for Western Priorities finds the cost of cleaning up the 100,000 abandoned mines on national public lands across the American West could reach $21 billion.
 
The analysis shines a light on the costs Western states would be saddled with if national public lands were handed over to the states, a proposal which is gaining traction among some fringe anti-government groups and elected officials.
 
The recent environmental catastrophe at Colorado’s Gold King Mine highlighted the risk that abandoned mines pose to Western water, wildlife, recreation,

Dr. Sayre's Frontiers In Science Talks Explore Strategies To Improve Photosynthesis, Increase Energy Yields

on December 3, 2015 - 1:08pm

Dr. Richard Sayre

LANL News:

  • First talk is Monday, Dec. 7 in Albuquerque

Los Alamos National Laboratory molecular biologist Richard Sayre will present two Frontiers in Science lectures, titled, “Hacking Photosynthesis: Growing Plants to Power Our Engines and Feed the World”.

In his talks, which begin Dec. 8, Dr. Sayre will discuss how improving photosynthetic efficiency may result in substantial increases in crop yields.

“Photosynthesis uses light from the sun and carbon dioxide from the air to make sugars that can be converted into energy-rich biofuels,” said Dr.

LANL Researcher Pens Prizewinning Essay On Cancer

on December 3, 2015 - 1:02pm

Ludmil Alexandrov

LANL News:

  • Research focuses on preventing cancer through mutational signatures

Ludmil Alexandrov, of the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, made strong points this week in the journal Science about the basic formation of human cancers, winning a 2015 Science & SciLifeLab Prize, on “Understanding the Origins of Human Cancer.”

“I have always been passionate about solving complex genomics puzzles and applying my skills towards better understanding the mechanism underlying cancer development,” said Alexandrov, Oppenheimer Fellow at Los Alamos.

Nature Center Presents Sea Monsters Dec. 5-6

on December 3, 2015 - 12:21pm

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