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AGU: Why We Can No Longer Ignore Consecutive Disasters

AGU News:

In recent decades, a striking number of countries have suffered from consecutive disasters: events whose impacts overlap both spatially and temporally, while recovery is still under way.

The risk of consecutive disasters will increase due to growing exposure, the interconnectedness of human society and the increased frequency and intensity of non‐tectonic hazard.

This paper provides an overview of the different types of consecutive disasters, their causes and impacts. The impacts can be distinctly different from disasters occurring in isolation (both spatially and temporally)


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Skolnik: Coronavirus, The US, And Global Health Security

By RICHARD SKOLNIK
White Rock

The health of anyone, anywhere, is the health of everyone, everywhere. Infectious diseases and resistance to antibiotics don’t respect boundaries. The whole world is in this together.

No country is adequately prepared to deal with disease threats, resistance to antibiotics or bio-terrorism. Two recent studies revealed how far we are from being ready to cope adequately with such threats.

Major threats to global health exist and may get worse. We have already faced SARS, MERS, Ebola, and resistance to many antibiotics. We had an anthrax scare. Coronavirus is


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NWS: Today’s High Near 41; Tonight’s Low Around 20

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 41 with a 50 percent chance of scattered rain and snow showers  and tonight’s low around 20. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Courtesy/NWS


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SFNF’s Española District Office Moves To New Location

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest’s (SFNF’s) Española Ranger Station is making a move. 

After 21 years at 1710 N. Riverside Dr., the Española District Office is relocating about 5 miles south to 18537 US 84/285, Suite B. The telephone number – 505.753.7331 – remains the same.

The office on Riverside will be open to the public Monday and Tuesday next week, but closed Jan. 29-31 for the actual move. The office will reopen for business Monday, Feb. 3 in its new location.

“We’ve had a great run on Riverside and are looking forward to continuing to serve the public from our new office just


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PEEC: Biking In Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Jan. 28

Matt and Becky Hardy discuss their experience participating in an annual ride through the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem at 7 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The community is invited to hear about Matt and Becky Hardy’s participation in an annual bicycle tour through the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem at the January Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting at about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings. This event is free to attend and open to the public. 

Since 2013, the Greater Yellowstone


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NWS: Today’s High 35-45; Tonight’s Low 15-25

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos in the mid 30s to upper 40s with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 15 to 25. Courtesy/NWS
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s snow accumulations around the state. Courtesy/NWS

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SFNF: Public Comment On Proposed Recreation Fees

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is looking for public input on proposed changes to the management of the developed recreation program.

These changes will impact campgrounds and day-use sites on all five national forests in New Mexico – the Carson, Gila, Lincoln and Santa Fe National Forests and the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands.

Several different management options are being considered, including raising fees at some recreation sites, charging new fees at other sites, eliminating or repurposing some developed recreation sites, and collaborating


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NWS: Today’s High Near 38; Tonight’s Low Around 22

The National Weather Service forecasts early morning fog around the area today followed by mostly sunny skies. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 38 and tonight’s low around 22. Courtesy/NWS


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More Homes Built In Mirador Subdivision On NM 4

View of the growing number of homes under construction Monday in the Mirador Subdivision (A-19-A) under development along N.M. 4 in White Rock. The developer is Site A-19-A-1 Acquisition Group LLC with Principal Adam Thornton, a Los Alamos native, his RayLee Homes partners and their representatives. Photo by Jennifer Bartram/ladailypost.com


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AGU: Air Pollution From Oil And Gas Production Sites Visible From Space

OMI NO2 map and NOx emission estimates.(a) Absolute changes in OMI tropospheric NO2VCDs between 2007 and 2018 for the continental U.S. Green boxes denote major U.S. oil and gas production regions. The insets show the NO2 VCD change between 2007 and 2016, 2017 and 2018, respectively, over the Permian basin. (b) 2015 FOG NOx emission estimates for the areas outlined in (a) ©2019 American Geophysical Union. Courtesy photo

AGU News:

Oil and gas production has doubled in some parts of the United States in the last two years, and scientists can use satellites to see impacts of that trend: a significant


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Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter Announces Early Endorsements For Environmental Champions

SIERRA CLUB News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club Friday issued its early 2020 endorsements of incumbent legislators who are leading environmental champions, including Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler of Los Alamos.

“The candidates on this list have sponsored critical environmental legislation and have outstanding voting records over the last three years on pro-environment bills. They have proven they are committed to protecting our climate, water, land and wildlife here in New Mexico,” said Richard Barish, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter political chair. 

“Because


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DPU Seeks Volunteers For Conservation Committee

DPU News:

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will be updating its energy and water conservation plan this year to meet state and federal requirements.

As part of this process, DPU is inviting customers to volunteer to participate in a committee to develop conservation initiatives to recommend to the Board of Public Utilities.

Los Alamos businesses and citizens who are interested are encouraged to complete a survey of interest online.

The businesses link is: https://ladpu.com/Business-InterestSurvey and the citizen link is: https://ladpu.com/Citizen-InterestSurvey


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