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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

Udall: End-of-Year Legislation Includes Hard-Fought Wins Supporting NM Jobs, Environment

on December 17, 2015 - 9:57am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


  • As lead Democrat on Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, Udall blocked harmful anti-environment policy riders

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, ranking Democrat on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, released the following statement Wednesday on the finalized appropriations and tax bills released late last night, which will fund the government for the next year and extend a number of tax provisions.

The U.S.

Chromium Project (DOE/EA-2005) Update

on December 16, 2015 - 9:00pm

DOE News:

  • Final Environmental Assessment, Finding of No Significant Impact and Floodplain Assessment Statement of Findings

The Department of Energy Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office has prepared a Final Environmental Assessment for the Chromium Plume Control Interim Measure and Plume-Center Characterization at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (DOE/EA-2005).

This document describes the potential environmental impacts associated with the planned interim actions in Mortandad Canyon.

Tonight's Talk At Los Alamos Nature Center Canceled

on December 15, 2015 - 12:47pm

PEEC News:

Tonight’s talk at the Los Alamos Nature Center is canceled due to inclement weather.

Check Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s website for updates and future events.

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies.

New $7 Million XPRIZE Competition Announced

on December 14, 2015 - 11:45am
SAN FRANCISCO — At a keynote address today during the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco, Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, chairman and CEO of XPRIZE, announced the launch of the $7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, a three-year global competition challenging teams to advance ocean technologies for rapid and unmanned ocean exploration.
As part of the total $7 million prize purse, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is offering a $1M bonus prize to teams that demonstrate their technology can “sniff out” a specified object in the ocean through

Moniz On Conclusion Of COP21 Climate Negotiations

on December 13, 2015 - 1:09pm

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz released the following statement Saturday regarding the conclusion of the COP21 climate change negotiations:

“This agreement shows that the world is ready to move towards an innovative era of reductions in heat-trapping emissions that will put us on a path to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and the entire U.S.

PEEC Offers Wildlife Storytelling 7 p.m. Tuesday

on December 13, 2015 - 11:32am

Western tanager. Courtesy/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

PEEC News:

Where do animals go in the winter? If they stay, how do they cope with the cold?

During a talk at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at the Los Alamos Nature Center, Taos author Steve Tapia will tell the winter preparation stories of three animals. Listen as he describes why the pika is called a savvy survivor, where the western tanager goes to escape winter, and how the ever-present coyote copes with cold.

Steve Tapia is a local author, who resides in Taos.