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Warmer Oceans Could Substantially Boost Destructive Power Of Future Superstorms

on January 25, 2016 - 7:12am
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hurricane Sandy became the second costliest hurricane to hit the United States when it blew ashore in October 2012, killing 159 people and inflicting $71 billion in damage.
Informally known as a “superstorm” after it made landfall, Sandy was so destructive largely because of its unusual size and track. After moving north from the tropical waters where it spawned, Sandy turned out to sea before hooking back west, growing in size and crashing head-on into the East Coast, gaining strength when it merged with an eastbound mid-latitude storm.
A new study, published by

LANL’s Plutonium Plans Move Forward, Draw Fire

on January 24, 2016 - 11:22am
Aerial view of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration continue to move toward establishing a long-term manufacturing capability for producing plutonium pits, the nuclear triggers for thermonuclear weapons, at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

LANL has long played a crucial leadership role in investigating and handling plutonium materials and maintaining the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile.

Bandelier In Great Shape But Watch For Falling Trees

on January 24, 2016 - 9:42am
Trees in the Las Conchas Fire area are now breaking and falling, creating a hazard for hikers, skiers and snowshoers. Courtesy/NPS
For those who enjoy getting out into the winter woods, this year Bandelier National Monument has the whole range of conditions available.
The ski trails and trail up Cerro Grande are in good shape for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, while trails at lower elevations can provide opportunities for hikes through the snow.

Planetarium Shows 'Back To The Moon For Good'

on January 23, 2016 - 6:04pm

State Police Handling Haz-Mat Incident In Ojo Caliente

on January 23, 2016 - 8:00am

NMSP News:

New Mexico State Police is handling a hazmat situation that occurred Friday in Ojo Caliente near US 285 milepost 348.

Two individuals complained of possible exposure and were treated by EMS.  No major exposure or injuries have been reported.

The scene is secure and US 285 from milepost 346 to milepost 353 is closed and will remain closed until the hazmat has been deemed safe.  Out of precaution, the perimeter has been moved back another half mile and is now set at one mile north and south of the affected warehouse.

State Police received an initial report of smoke emitting

DOE And New Mexico Finalize $74M In Settlement Agreements For Nuclear Waste Incidents of 2014

on January 22, 2016 - 12:39pm

The New Mexico Environment Department, the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractors signed two settlement agreements resolving the February 2014 incidents at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad and the associated activities at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  The agreements provide for a set of Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs) in both the Carlsbad and Los Alamos communities that enhance and improve New Mexico’s roads, water infrastructure and emergency response infrastructure. Courtesy/NMED

NMED News:

  • Agreements Include Schedules and Funding Parameters for Corrective

PEEC Offers Snowshoe Hike To Cañada Bonita Saturday

on January 22, 2016 - 8:31am
Youth enjoying a snowshoe hike on a beautiful winter day. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a beginning snowshoe hike from Pajarito ski hill parking lot to Cañada Bonita 9-11 a.m. Saturday.

PEEC’s educator Siobhan Niklasson will lead participants along a showshoe trail maintained by the Southwest Nordic Ski Club and point out ecological features of the winter forest. This family-friendly hike will cover 3 miles and about 300 feet of elevation change.

This is a free hike. Advance registration is required.

Bandelier Reduces Frijoles Canyon Analysis Of Access Plan Impacts To Categorical Exclusion

on January 22, 2016 - 8:23am
Shuttle bus at Bandelier Visitor Center in Frijoles Canyon. Courtesy/NPS
In 2012, the National Park Service (NPS) notified the public that an environmental assessment (EA) would be prepared to analyze the potential environmental effects of project alternatives to improve transportation conditions at Bandelier National Monument.  
This notice is to inform the public that the analysis of proposed action and associated impacts of the project has been reduced to a degree that an EA is no longer required.

Energy Department Announces $58 Million To Advance Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Technologies

on January 22, 2016 - 8:21am
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz
DOE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced more than $58 million in funding for vehicle technology advancements and released a report highlighting the successes of DOE’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program while touring the newest vehicle technologies Thursday at the Washington Auto Show.
Continuing the Obama Administration’s commitment to supporting the domestic automobile industry, Moniz announced a $55 million funding opportunity that will solicit projects across vehicle technologies like

PEEC Offers Bosque del Apache Birding This Weekend

on January 22, 2016 - 8:17am
Birders at Bosque del Apache. Photo by Mouser Williams
PEEC News:
Learn more about wildlife this weekend birding at the Bosque del Apache with two expert birders and excellent teachers, David Yeamans and Mouser Williams. The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is sponsoring the program.
Yeamans has watched birds most of his life starting in Los Alamos many years ago, and in the last five years, he has been a birder of the type he calls "semi-pro."
Yeamans is active in Audubon bird counts, bird banding, field trips, and local birding activities.