Environment

PEEC: Night Skies And Black Holes Feb. 2-3

 

 

PEEC News:
 
At 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 2, Paul Arendt will introduce celestial objects in the February night sky along with some recent discoveries in astronomy. At 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, the full-dome film Black Holes will play in the planetarium. Both of these shows take place in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.
 
During the night sky show, images of celestial objects will be projected onto the planetarium dome. Bring questions and curiosity to this astronomy show.
 

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Amateur Naturalist: Winter Greenery Of Ranch School Trail

Mountain lover growing in the snow and shade. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
By ROBERT DRYJA
Los Alamos
 
Conifers stand out in the winter because they remain green. Deciduous trees such as gambol oak shed their leaves. However some of the plants underfoot along the Ranch School trail remain green all winter. Others will remain green well into the start of winter.
 
Mountain lover is a plant that remains green all winter. The name reflects its preferred habitat in the mountains. It can be seen toward the bottom of the Ranch School trail, deep in the shade of the spruce and fir trees. Mountain

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This Week At Pajarito Mountain

PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:
 
Pajarito Mountain has Mushroom, Zero Road East and the Beginner’s area open. The NEW Magic Carpet and the Beginner Lift are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for daily operations.
 
Lift ticket prices are $24 for all ages. For the snow report and ticket info, click here.
 
Upcoming Events (click here for our calendar):
 
The Feb. 3, USASA Southwest Freeride Series slalom and giant slalom competition has been moved to Sipapu. Find out more at SouthwestFreerideSeries.com or here.
 
Feb. 10 features Pajarito’s ongoing Beer & Band

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Pearce On Bringing Solar Panel Industry Back To NM

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the President signed a proclamation, prioritizing domestic solar panel industry and washer machine producers:
 
 “This action today moves the nation one step closer to an ‘all the above’ energy plan, unleashing America’s domestic energy production while developing greener sources of energy. For years, foreign solar dumping of low cost panels and products has put U.S. manufacturers out of business, eliminating

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AGU: Phosphorus Pollution Reaching Dangerous Levels Worldwide, New Study Finds

Algal blooms can present problems for ecosystems and human society. A new study suggests freshwater bodies in areas with high water pollution levels are likely to suffer from excess nutrient levels that can lead to algal blooms. Courtesy/Felix Andrews (Floybix) – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Man-made phosphorus pollution is reaching dangerously high levels in freshwater basins around the world, according to new research.
 
new study published in Water Resources Research, a journal of the American Geophysical

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Super Blue Moon Eclipse Jan. 31

Courtesy/NASA.gov
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  In the early morning hours of Wednesday, Jan. 31, a rare astronomical concurrence of events will include a full moon, a Supermoon and a Blue Moon that will be totally eclipsed!
 
Early risers can experience this phenomenon 5-7 a.m. at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, (weather permitting).
 
The phrase ‘Blue Moon’ has nothing to do with the color of the moon. The term is used to describe a second full moon during the same month. This ‘Blue Moon’ will turn red, which is what happens when there’s

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PEEC And LAM Organize Moonlit Hiking Outing Jan. 30

Hike under the light of the full moon Jan. 30 with adventurer Jean Dewart. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Los Alamos Mountaineers (LAM) are partnering to offer a guided, moonlit hike 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, followed by an optional potluck dinner 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road.
 
Join adventurer Jean Dewart on the local two-mile hike under the light of the full moon. Dewart is an avid Los Alamos skier, snowshoer, kayaker and hiker. She also is

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​​Conservation Voters New Mexico Releases 2018 Legislative Priorities

CVNM News:
 
SANTA FE  Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) released its legislative priorities Thursday, outlined in the first edition of CVNM’s legislative agenda, which includes priorities such as using Volkswagen settlement funds to transition from dirty diesel to clean electric school buses, protecting the Gila River and protecting ratepayers from PNM’s attempts to pass on the full cost of closing the San Juan Generating Station.
 
On behalf of its 12,000 members, CVNM advocates in the New Mexico Legislature for responsible public policies that represent the

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NMMNHS Lecture: Red Rocks From Earth To Mars

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science presents an evening lecture, ‘Red Rocks from Earth to Mars’ that looks at evidence for water-deposited sedimentary rocks discovered on Mars and small iron concretions called ‘blueberries’ found on the Red Planet. Courtesy/NMMNHS

NMMNHS News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Evidence for water-deposited sedimentary rocks discovered on Mars by the NASA Rovers, and small iron concretions called “blueberries” found on the Red Planet, will be discussed by University of Utah professor Marjorie A. Chan, Ph.D.

The lecture is 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan.


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AGU: Stored Heat Released From Ocean Largely Responsible For Recent Streak Of Record Hot Years

Pacific Ocean sea surface temperatures, measured here in November 2015, surged during the 2014-2015 El Niño. New research finds this El Niño released excess heat stored in the Pacific Ocean since the 1990s. Courtesy/NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory.
 
AGU News:
 
Global temperatures spiked during the record warm years of 2014 to 2016 largely because El Niño released an unusually large amount of heat generated by greenhouse gas emissions and stored in the Pacific Ocean, a new study finds.
 
2014, 2015 and 2016 were the warmest consecutive years since

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Alaska Lifts Tsunami Warning Following 7.9 Earthquake

Courtesy/US National Tsunami Warning Center
 
HSNW News:
 
A magnitude 7.9 earthquake, which struck 170 miles off the Alaska coast early Tuesday, led the Alaska government to issue a tsunami advisory — but the warning was lifted four hours later.
 
The USGS reported the magnitude 7.9 quake at 12:31 a.m. Alaska time. Officials had feared that tsunami waves could reach far inland, and issued tsunami guidance for the entire coastal area stretching from Alaska to the U.S. border with Mexico.
 
A magnitude 7.9 earthquake, which struck 170

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Experts To Preview Launch Of NOAA’s GOES-S Satellite

Technicians in the clean room at Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Fla. closely inspect and continue working to prepare NOAA’s GOES-S for its March 1 launch. Credit/NOAA
 
NOAA News:
 
Top officials from NOAA, NASA and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection will hold a media teleconference to discuss how NOAA’s GOES-S, the second in a series of next-generation geostationary weather satellites, will help provide faster, more accurate data for tracking lightning, storm systems, wildfires, dense fog and other hazards that

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Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division Offers Free Cardboard Recycling Services To Busineses

Businesses are encouraged to utilize these ‘cardboard only’ bins offered free of charge to commercial customers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

There are numerous benefits a business can enjoy from tossing corrugated cardboard into the recycling bin rather than in the trash. Besides helping the environment, it can help businesses save money.

Starting in September 2017, the Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division (ESD) has been offering cardboard recycling services free of charge


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Tales Of Our Times: Paths To ‘Sustainable’ Are Craggy

Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
 
Paths To ‘Sustainable’ Are Craggy
 
What does a “sustainable” world look like? As time rolls on, people wrestle with this puzzle. Yet a question less often asked is how do we get from here to there? That is, how do we work the hard part, the transition?

Being sustainable, whatever it means, is infinitely easier than becoming sustainable. The path, not the destination, is the snarl that needs more of the bright light. I offer no swift map, but I can point out the starting line. I bring some craggy questions to explore.


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New EM Contractor Addresses NNMCAB

Frazer Lockhart, regulatory and stakeholder interface manager for N3B chats with former San Ildefonso Pueblo governor James Mountain at the Northern New Mexico Citizens Advisory Board meeting Wednesday in Espanola. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

 

NNMCAB representative for Los Alamos Kristen Henderson and N3B environmental remediation manager Joe Legare at Wednesday’s meeting in Espanola. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

Northern New Mexico Citizens Advisory Board


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