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Reduced Traffic at 2008 Olympics Yielded Big Cut in Planet-Warming Gas

on August 1, 2012 - 8:11am

New research shows that levels of carbon monoxide dropped sharply in the Beijing area between 2007 and 2008, due to traffic restrictions imposed because of the 2008 Summer Olympics. This change in emissions, determined from a computer model along with satellite measurements of carbon monoxide, enabled scientists to infer that carbon dioxide emissions also dropped dramatically, an indication of the effect that reduced traffic can have on the greenhouse gas. Image by Lex Ivey/CourtesyAGU

AGU News:

WASHINGTON—China’s Olympian attempt to improve air quality during the 2008 summer games did more

DOE Announces Issuance of Draft Supplemental Environmental Study on Plutonium Disposition

on August 1, 2012 - 7:42am

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration Friday released the Draft Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Draft SPD Supplemental EIS) for public review and comment. 

The Draft Supplemental EIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts of alternatives for the disposition of 7.1 metric tons (MT) of additional weapons-usable plutonium from pits that were declared surplus to national defense needs in 2007 but were not included in DOE's prior decisions as well as 6 MT of surplus,

Robot Dazzles Crowd Friday Night @ the Bradbury

on July 28, 2012 - 7:35am


Curious spectators gathered at the Bradbury Science Museum, Central Avenue and 15th Street, Friday evening to watch a robot lob basketballs during a robotics demonstration as part of Friday Night @ the Bradbury Science Museum. The museum hosted special family programs until 9 p.m. each Friday night in June and July. July 27 was the last Friday Night @ the Museum for this summer. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/


LANL Fuel Cell Research and Partnership with Chevron - Tour

on July 26, 2012 - 2:02pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Fuel Cell Research Scientist, Tommy Rockward, displays a fuel cell's catalyzing membrane to community members. Photo Greg Kendall/


Editor's note: This is the second part of a two-part report on LANL's Regional Community Leaders' Breakfast meeting and tours. Part one can be viewed by clicking HERE.

By Greg Kendall

Energy security for the United States is a rapidly growing mission of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Coalition Requests Support for LANL Funding From DOE and New Mexico's Congressional Delegation

on July 26, 2012 - 10:34am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (Coalition), along with representatives from Gov. Susana Martinez’s Office, the Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque Chambers of Commerce, and other New Mexico business leaders visited Washington, D.C., last week to discuss the importance of funding for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the impact of funding cuts on New Mexico’s economy and employment rate.

The group met with members of the New Mexico delegation and U.S.

Former Spy to Appear on Sunday's Report From Santa Fe

on July 26, 2012 - 10:29am

Former CIA Operations Officer Valerie Plame, left, with "Report From Santa Fe" host Lorene Mills. Courtesy photo

This week: Valerie Plame Wilson, former CIA Operations Officer will be interviewed on “REPORT FROM SANTA FE” on Ch. 5 at 8 a.m. Sunday, July 29. 

Plame Wilson is the author of “Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House.” She is highly trained in the field of nuclear proliferation and openly continues this work as a leader In “Global Zero” - an international movement to eliminate the global nuclear threat.

On Sunday's program, the former spy is scheduled to

Los Alamos-Operated Mobile Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Facility Used for Understanding Earth’s Climate System

on July 26, 2012 - 10:14am

This observatory is part of an air particles research initiative at Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts, and includes dozens of sophisticated instruments that take continuous ground-based measurements of clouds, aerosols, and other atmospheric properties. | Photo courtesy of the ARM Climate Research Facility. Courtesy/DOE

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Department of Energy today announced that scientists are beginning an air particles research initiative at Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts designed to improve model  simulations of  the Earth’s climate system.