Winter events at Valles Caldera National Preserve

Winter events at Valles Caldera National Preserve

The Valles Caldera National Preserve has announced its upcoming winter events. Here’s the word: Skiing and snowshoeing open the season on December 7th, weather permitting. Fees are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (62 years and older), $8 for youth (5-15 years) while kids four and younger are free.  Five-day passes are available for $40 … Continue reading

Rising temperatures, falling forests

Rising temperatures, falling forests

In the current issue of Nature Climate Change, there’s an article about how the rise in temperatures may affect forests in the southwestern United States. Drought is a factor in forest mortality–but so is temperature. According to a press release from Los Alamos National Laboratory (the paper’s lead author, A. Park Williams, is from LANL, … Continue reading

Abq seeks input on plan for Rio Grande

Abq seeks input on plan for Rio Grande

Tonight and tomorrow, the City of Albuquerque will be hosting two meetings about ABQ the Plan and The Rio Grande Corridor. According to an email from the city: Albuquerque’s Rio Grande Vision is about connecting Albuquerque to the river, and protecting the spectacular amenity and resource that flows through the heart of our community. The … Continue reading

The value of water?

Thanks to Michael Compana’s Twitter feed, I just came across this paper from the engineering firm, CH2M Hill. The company completed the report, “The Changing Value of Water to the US Economy: Implications from Five Industrial Sectors,” as part of a project contracted to them by the US Environmental Protection Agency.  The paper is about … Continue reading

Rig numbers up in New Mexico

Rig numbers up in New Mexico

This week, Baker Hughes, Inc. released its numbers on how many oil and gas rigs are active throughout the world right now. In the United States, the rig count is currently down from what it was a year ago. Last year there were 1,191 rigs; right now, there are 1,859 operating on land, within inland … Continue reading

NM’s forests make it into ‘Scientific American’

….though sorry, the article isn’t a cheery one. Scientific American has an article today about the work scientists are doing in the Jemez Mountains. They’re trying to learn if pinon and juniper trees can survive the type of “superdrought” the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has predicted will occur in the southwestern United States in … Continue reading

Russell Train, second EPA adminstrator, dies

Russell Train, second EPA adminstrator, dies

I realize this isn’t New Mexico news necessarily, but I just wanted to mention the death–and life–of Russell Train,  former head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As the New York Times points out in his obituary: From 1969 to 1977, as Richard M. Nixon’s first chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality … Continue reading