Crackdown On Poachers In Antarctica Continues

Adelie penguins on an iceberg in Antarctica. Courtesy/Creative Commons
SSG News:
The crackdown on poachers in the Southern Ocean continues with news that authorities in Senegal, West Africa, have detained the internationally wanted toothfish poaching vessel, Kunlun.
Reports allege that the Kunlun had previously falsified its registry, claiming Indonesia as its flag state. This allowed the vessel to be detained in Senegal on formalities regarding its certification and flag status. Out of the six known toothfish poaching vessels, which


Fort Union National Monument Announces Open House To Launch The ‘Friends Of Fort Union’ Feb. 29

NPS News:
WATROUS, NM  Fort Union National Monument and the Las Vegas Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation announce an open house to introduce the “Friends of Fort Union” non-profit support group to the community.
The National Park Service and the Friends of Fort Union invite you to celebrate the kickoff of the Monument’s first ever Friends Group. The public is invited to an open house, at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 29, at the Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St. in Las Vegas. Light refreshments will be provided.
The goals


LANL: Study Finds Surprising Variability In Shape Of Van Allen Belts

1. The traditional idea of the radiation belts includes a larger, more dynamic outer belt and a smaller, more stable inner belt with an empty slot region separating the two. However, a new study based on data from NASA’s Van Allen Probes shows that all three regions—the inner belt, slot region, and outer belt—can appear differently depending on the energy of electrons considered and general conditions in the magnetosphere. 2. At the highest electron energies measured—above 1 MeV—researchers saw electrons in the outer belt only. 3. The radiation belts look much different at the lowest electron


Los Alamos Nature Center Closed – Programs Canceled

Los Alamos Nature Center today blanketed in snow. Photo by Jonathan Creel

PEEC News:

The Los Alamos Nature Center is closed today due to snow. In addition, tonight’s nature center program, Los Alamos History Museum Takes Over the Nature Center, also is  cancelled.

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,


Roger This: The Good News About The Environmental Management Budget At LANL

Los Alamos Daily Post
The good news about the Environmental Management Budget at LANL.

But first the bad news:

It’s all about the number.

Anybody interested in environmental issues at Los Alamos National Laboratorywas waiting for thenumber. The number this year is 189.

That’s $189 million, of course, and it’s the amount of money in the President’s request to Congress for funding environmental programs at LANL for next year. (The number is actually $189.6, but I’m rounding down because it’s the millions part of the number that counts, not the rounding.). The number


History Museum And Nature Center Join Forces

PEEC News:

Did you ever wonder how homesteaders enjoyed and relied on nature? What did nature mean to the Los Alamos Ranch School?

Find out 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Enjoy photos and conversations with experts from Los Alamos History Museum about the history of our connection to the Pajarito Plateau. Kids can explore the coloring station with scenes from homesteading and the Ranch School. Come with your own stories to share about what being outdoors in Los Alamos means to you!

Judith Machen, co-author of Homesteading on the Pajarito Plateau, will be on hand


Registration Opens For PEEC Summer Outdoor Adventure Programs

Hunting for insects in the Valles Caldera. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is taking kids outside this summer with four camps that encourage 4th-12th graders to connect with nature through hands-on fun and adventure!
From June 6-10, kids entering grades 4th-6th can hone their detective skills with Nature Odyssey: Super Sleuths in the Jemez Mountains. In this camp kids will explore the mountains, rivers, and valleys of the Jemez Mountains including the Valles Caldera National Preserve.


DOE Cites LANS For Health And Safety Violations Related To WIPP

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a Preliminary Notice of Violation (PNOV) to Nuclear Waste Partnership, LLC (NWP) for violations of DOE worker safety and health and nuclear safety requirements.

Concurrently, DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) issued a PNOV to Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) for violations of DOE’s nuclear safety requirements.  Issuance of these PNOVs marks the completion of DOE’s investigations and enforcement process regarding two events in 2014 at DOE’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).


DOE Secretary Says WIPP Will Reopen In 2016

Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety (CCNS) has announced that U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz recently said the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) would again dispose of plutonium-contaminated nuclear weapons waste in the deep geologic dump by the end of 2016.

WIPP has been shut down for two years following a truck fire and radiation release that contaminated 22 workers and the underground facility. Moniz made his remarks on February 9th when the Obama Administration released its proposed fiscal year 2017 budget, which includes $266 million for WIPP.


ESA/Hubble: First Detection Of Super-Earth Atmosphere

ESA News:
For the first time astronomers were able to analyze the atmosphere of an exoplanet in the class known as super-Earths.
Using data gathered with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and new analysis techniques, the exoplanet 55 Cancri e is revealed to have a dry atmosphere without any indications of water vapor. The results, to be published in the Astrophysical Journal, indicate that the atmosphere consists mainly of hydrogen and helium.
The international team, led by scientists from University College London (UCL) in the UK, took observations of the nearby exoplanet