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Albuquerque Trib:

Study: First responders to 9/11 suffered lung-function decline.  We all knew, looking at the clouds of pulverized concrete, computers and worse ... that it must be a horrible cocktail to breathe ... despite EPA assurances.

08/09/06 • 11:56 AM • EnvironmentalHealthScience • (0) Comments

Albuquerque Trib:

Sweltering July was only second hottest on record.  “July 1936 still holds the record at 77.5, while July 1934 fell to third place at 77.1, the agency said.”

Later: The NCDC page on year 1998, compared to the ‘30’s, is of interest.  Particularly this chart.  Not quite the disastrous trend I’d imagined ... though it’s missing our current decade.

08/09/06 • 11:53 AM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe LocalScience • (0) Comments

New Scientist:

Monet’s art may reveal Victorian London’s smog.

08/09/06 • 09:50 AM • ArtsEnvironmentalHistory • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Commission OKs fish toxin in streams.  I doubt the toxin is species-selective; they may do more harm than good.  But I’d imagine this is being done in concert with fish hatcheries ... not exactly ‘natural.’

08/09/06 • 07:16 AM • EnvironmentalSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Public can weigh in on LANL’s future.

08/09/06 • 07:12 AM • EnvironmentalPoliticsSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

NY Times Opinion:

A Reprieve for Public Lands.  Thank God for the courts.

08/08/06 • 08:32 AM • EnvironmentalNaturePolitics • (0) Comments

NY Times Business:

Biggest Oil Field in U.S. Is Forced to Stop Pumping.  One more international crisis, we’ll be at $100/barrel.  I’m hearing whispers from the local survivalist fringe, “time to stock the bunkers, they’re going to start releasing bird flu soon.”

08/08/06 • 08:28 AM • EconomicsEnvironmentalPolitics • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Quality chile crop this year.

08/08/06 • 08:04 AM • EnvironmentalFood • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

State’s gas price hits record high, is expected to climb again.

08/08/06 • 07:53 AM • ConsumptionEnvironmentalHome & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Santa Fe national forest service to hold meetings on ATV trails.  Perhaps, with gas prices rising so sharply, making allowances for a nearly extinct species of transportation might also be considered short-sighted.

08/07/06 • 08:29 AM • ConsumptionEnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

State probes contamination of lab well.  LANL tends to believe the rock layer underlying the Lab is impermeable in our lifetimes.  Recent tests are showing how wrong this premise is.

08/07/06 • 08:27 AM • EnvironmentalSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments


NASA joins search for elusive woodpecker.  Ivory-bills are not extinct as the result of high-speed foam loss, however.  Just in case you were concerned.

08/07/06 • 08:25 AM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

LANL Chemist creates a safer form of ammo.  Iron, instead of lead.

08/04/06 • 09:04 AM • EnvironmentalLawScience • (0) Comments

Food link of the day:

New Hampshire woman bakes cookies on the dashboard of her RAV4.  See? You don’t need one of those survival solar foil contraptions ...

08/03/06 • 08:44 PM • EnvironmentalFood • (0) Comments


The cloud with a dangerous secret.

08/03/06 • 10:06 AM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • (0) Comments

NY Times:

Free the salmon.

08/03/06 • 08:43 AM • EnvironmentalHuman Rights • (0) Comments

NY Times:

Energy From the Restless Sea.  Less aesthetic impact, certainly, compared to wind or even solar.

08/03/06 • 08:07 AM • EnvironmentalScience • (0) Comments

I was wondering

what the latest was, on the remainders of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

08/02/06 • 07:56 PM • EnvironmentalNature • (0) Comments


Canada’s largest city has a dirty secret: It ships its raw garbage to another country, the United States.

08/02/06 • 11:59 AM • EnvironmentalPolitics • (0) Comments

NY Times Op-Ed:

Delusional thinking in the Senate.  “The gulf might well yield enough natural gas to make a difference in price. But there is not enough oil there or anywhere else in the United States to make a difference in the price of a barrel of oil or a gallon of gasoline at the pump. Why the Senate persists in deluding itself on this remains one of the mysteries of the age.”  Not so much a mystery, as election-year politics again.

08/02/06 • 08:30 AM • ConsumptionEnvironmentalPolitics • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Wet July doesn’t dampen drought.  I beg to differ; our long-term drought needs more than a couple more months of rain.  At least they won’t be closing the National Forests; plenty of hiking available for the late summer.

08/02/06 • 08:06 AM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

The Washington Post

puts its seal of approval on carrying bumbershoots for portable shade.

08/01/06 • 12:33 PM • EnvironmentalHome & Living • (0) Comments


Gasoline’s fledgling rivals: the race to power your car.

08/01/06 • 12:31 PM • DesignEconomicsEnvironmental • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

LANL readies high-risk waste for relocation.  As I’ve mentioned before, this waste sits in drums in the open under Sunbrella awnings. You can see the structure from the Santa Fe Ski Basin.

08/01/06 • 07:29 AM • EnvironmentalSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

NY Times:

P What? PZEV’s Are Unsung Heroes in the Push to Clean Up the Air.  “Because a PZEV complies with tailpipe standards for a SULEV, or super ultra low emission vehicle, the exhaust can be as clean as that of many hybrids — yet the cars do not incur the hybrid’s price premium of several thousand dollars.”

07/31/06 • 07:55 AM • ConsumptionEnvironmental • (0) Comments
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