Sidsel Overgaard http://kunm.org en Years After Tragedy, Norwegian Pop Star Returns To World Stage http://kunm.org/post/years-after-tragedy-norwegian-pop-star-returns-world-stage <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7eEzlQ1AD4</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:04:00 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 41533 at http://kunm.org Years After Tragedy, Norwegian Pop Star Returns To World Stage New Nordic Food Gods Loosen Up On Strictly Local Cuisine http://kunm.org/post/new-nordic-food-gods-loosen-strictly-local-cuisine This story begins with a lemon. It appeared not long ago on a houseboat-cum-food lab docked outside Scandinavia's temple of local food, the restaurant noma, in Copenhagen.<p>"Isn't that, like, the forbidden fruit?," I ask. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 14:55:00 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 40108 at http://kunm.org New Nordic Food Gods Loosen Up On Strictly Local Cuisine When Is Cinnamon Spice Not So Nice? The Great Danish Debate http://kunm.org/post/when-cinnamon-spice-not-so-nice-great-danish-debate Who doesn't love a Danish pastry?<br /> <br />And in Denmark, they like their pastries sprinkled with plenty of cinnamon.<br /> <br />But now, Denmark's bakers are being told that their time-honored recipe for the beloved <em>kanelsnegle</em> — or cinnamon swirl — may be unhealthy and against the law. Recent testing by the Danish government found that a large number of the rolls had too much cinnamon — more than the recommended limits set by the European Union.<br /> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 39349 at http://kunm.org When Is Cinnamon Spice Not So Nice? The Great Danish Debate Denmark's 'Fix Rooms' Give Drug Users A Safe Haven http://kunm.org/post/denmarks-fix-rooms-give-drug-users-safe-haven Martin Jensen smokes heroin.<p>In the past, when this gaunt-faced Dane had to hide in elevators and stairwells to feed his addiction, he probably wouldn't have been so willing to advertise that fact. Back then, his days were spent scouring Copenhagen — mostly the notorious Vesterbro neighborhood — for places to smoke, out of sight of the police and children. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 21:20:00 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 38993 at http://kunm.org Denmark's 'Fix Rooms' Give Drug Users A Safe Haven Too Cool For (Bike) Helmet Head? Here's One Swedish Solution http://kunm.org/post/too-cool-bike-helmet-head-heres-one-swedish-solution Hey there, hipster. No bike helmet, huh? Well, we all have our excuses. There are the vanity-driven ones that — let's be honest — explain why the majority of our brain cages sit collecting dust in the dark corners of the garage. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 17:36:00 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 37829 at http://kunm.org Too Cool For (Bike) Helmet Head? Here's One Swedish Solution As Greenland Seeks Economic Development, Is Uranium The Way? http://kunm.org/post/greenland-seeks-economic-development-uranium-way Karen Hanghoj, a scientist with Denmark's Geological Survey, points to the southern tip of Greenland on a colorful map hanging in her office.<p>"What you can see here in the southern region here is you have a big pink region," she says. "And then within the pink region, you see you have all these little purple dots.<p>"And what the purple dots are is a later period of rifting. These complexes have these weird chemistries and have these very, very strange minerals in them," she adds.<p>Those minerals include rare earth elements. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 16:51:00 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 36373 at http://kunm.org As Greenland Seeks Economic Development, Is Uranium The Way? Pork Politics: Why Some Danes Want Pig Meat Required On Menus http://kunm.org/post/pork-politics-why-some-danes-want-pig-meat-required-menus In Denmark, pigs outnumber people 2 to 1. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 19:32:00 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 35469 at http://kunm.org In Eye Control, A Promise To Let Your Tablet Go Hands-Free http://kunm.org/post/eye-control-promise-let-your-tablet-go-hands-free <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ef0qLb8-4k8</p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 08:24:00 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 22001 at http://kunm.org In Eye Control, A Promise To Let Your Tablet Go Hands-Free Danes May Bring Back Butter As Government Rolls Back Fat Tax http://kunm.org/post/danes-may-bring-back-butter-government-rolls-back-fat-tax <strong>Toothbutter</strong>: <em>noun. </em>Butter spread so thickly as to reveal teeth marks upon biting.<p>The fact that this word exists in the Danish language should help to explain what politicians were up against when they <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2011/10/03/141014592/denmark-taxes-butter-and-fat-but-will-it-work">introduced</a> the "fat tax" just over a year ago. Tue, 13 Nov 2012 08:46:00 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 21191 at http://kunm.org Danes May Bring Back Butter As Government Rolls Back Fat Tax Christmas Comes Early For Denmark's Beer Drinkers http://kunm.org/post/christmas-comes-early-denmarks-beer-drinkers <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4wGb0PRnE8</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 18:59:00 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 20733 at http://kunm.org Christmas Comes Early For Denmark's Beer Drinkers As U.S. States Look To Add Food Labels, Denmark Looks To Subtract Some http://kunm.org/post/us-states-look-add-food-labels-denmark-looks-subtract-some Wherever you look these days, it seems labels that strive to send a message about our food are on the table. In California, there's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/10/26/163700238/as-california-vote-looms-scientists-say-no-to-genetically-modified-food-labels">a vote</a> coming up on whether genetically modified foods should be labeled. A few weeks ago, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission updated its <a href="http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2012/10/greenguides.shtm">guidelines</a> for "green" labeling. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 18:27:00 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 20525 at http://kunm.org As U.S. States Look To Add Food Labels, Denmark Looks To Subtract Some Gila Fire Damage Not As Severe As Las Conchas Fire of 2011 http://kunm.org/post/gila-fire-damage-not-severe-las-conchas-fire-2011 <p>UPDATE 6/6 (6:00 PM)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Fire-crews continue to make progress with the Whitewater Baldy Complex fire- it has burned over 263,000 acres and is 22% contained.&nbsp;</p><p>Fire Information Officer Linda Torgersen Gonzales says, so far, the damage assessment team hasn&#39;t seen severe destruction like that caused last year by the Las Conchas.</p><p>&quot;There weren&#39;t very many areas where the fire was so hot that it scorched the ground like you see with some of the raging fires,&quot; Gonzales says, &quot;This one has been much more moderate.&quot;</p> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard & Elaine Baumgartel 13195 at http://kunm.org Gila Fire Damage Not As Severe As Las Conchas Fire of 2011 A Note About This Series... http://kunm.org/post/note-about-series <p>To some, it&rsquo;s considered the &ldquo;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endangered_Species_Act#cite_note-15">Magna Carta of the environmental movement</a>.&rdquo;&nbsp; To others it&rsquo;s a <a href="https://pearce.house.gov/press-release/congressman-pearce-endangered-species-act-threatens-american-jobs">financial drain</a> and threat to private property. The Endangered Species Act has been on the books for almost four decades now, and all this week we&rsquo;re considering its affect on the wildlife&mdash;and people&mdash;of New Mexico.</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 06:00:36 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 13625 at http://kunm.org A Note About This Series... Rio Grande Silvery Minnow: The Art of Compromise http://kunm.org/post/rio-grande-silvery-minnow <p><a href="http://kunm.org/term/endangered-art-compromise">All this week</a> we&#39;re considering the <a href="https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B6J0fHUNfQ-oUmJWRWdsOE10LWs">Endangered Species Act</a> and its affect on the wildlife, and people, of New Mexico.</p><p>It&rsquo;s a conversation that can really only start in one place: with a little fish so, well, basic, that even its most dedicated caretakers are a little short on thrilling descriptors.</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 06:00:34 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 13624 at http://kunm.org Rio Grande Silvery Minnow: The Art of Compromise Chiricahua Leopard Frog: Messing with Nature http://kunm.org/post/chiricahua-leopard-frog-messing-nature <p>All this week we&#39;re considering the Endangered Species Act in New Mexico.&nbsp; Today, KUNM&rsquo;s Sidsel Overgaard brings you: <em>The Case of the Disappearing Frogs.</em>..</p><p>The plight of the Chiricahua Leopard frog begins long ago, in a medical lab when researchers devise a way to use frogs as pregnancy tests.&nbsp; The African Clawed frogs used for this purpose were soon shipped all around the world, carrying with them a deadly fungus known as <em>Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, </em>or Bd for short (at least, that&#39;s the current favorite theory).&nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 06:00:30 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 13622 at http://kunm.org Chiricahua Leopard Frog: Messing with Nature New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse: A Sign of What's to Come http://kunm.org/post/new-mexico-meadow-jumping-mouse-sign-whats-come <p>As part of our series on endangered species in New Mexico, Carrie and Sidsel took a field trip with WildEarth Guardians Executive Director, John Horning, to look for the elusive New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse (you really should <em>listen</em> to this one...it&#39;s a radio geek&#39;s dream, but not so translate-able to print...).</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 06:00:26 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard & Carrie Jung 13620 at http://kunm.org New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse: A Sign of What's to Come The Endangered Habitat Act? http://kunm.org/post/endangered-habitat-act <p>You don&#39;t have to dig very deep into the ESA&#39;s 47 pages before you stumble upon this somewhat surprising passage.&nbsp; You might think that the first state purpose of the Endangered <em>Species </em>Act would be to preserve <em>species.&nbsp; </em>Lo and behold, it&#39;s the ecoystem that gets top billing:</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 06:00:24 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 13618 at http://kunm.org The Endangered Habitat Act? "A Different Way of Going About This" http://kunm.org/post/different-way-going-about <p>Unless you are an environmental lawyer or glutton for punishment, I&#39;m not sure I would recommend <em>reading </em>this paper entitled <em><a href="https://docs.google.com/a/kunm.org/file/d/0B6J0fHUNfQ-oV2lhTDdNVVJuSXM/edit">The Rio Grande silvery minnow: 11 Years of Litigation</a></em>.&nbsp; But skimming it will surely give you a sense of why I describe the Middle Rio Grande Collaborative Program as a &quot;<a href="http://kunm.org/post/rio-grande-silvery-minnow-art-compromise">turbulent marriage</a>.&quot;</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 06:00:23 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 13632 at http://kunm.org "A Different Way of Going About This" Dueling Scientists http://kunm.org/post/dueling-scientists <p>The Endangered Species Act is a document based on science.&nbsp; Mostly.&nbsp;</p><p>When it comes to whether or not a species gets listed, the law is very clear, thanks to a 1982 amendment adding one key word...</p><blockquote><p>BASIS FOR DETERMINATIONS.&mdash;(1)(A) The Secretary shall make determinations required by subsection (a)(1) <em><strong>solely</strong></em> on the basis of the best scientific and commercial data available to him...</p><p>&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>That&#39;s not the case, however, when it comes to designating critical habitat...</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 06:00:20 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 13616 at http://kunm.org Dueling Scientists "So T Bought a Hat..." http://kunm.org/post/so-t-bought-hat <p>One of my favorite quotes in reporting on this series came from Lucinda Cole.&nbsp; She and her husband, AT, are the owners of the ranch near Silver City where Randy Jennings took me looking for <a href="http://kunm.org/post/chiracahua-leopard-frog-messing-nature">Chiracahua Leopard frogs</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>When the Coles retired to this ranch, it was with the intention of restoring native habitat that could support endangered species like the Leopard frog and Gila topminnow.&nbsp; But they did not enter the scene naively:</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 06:00:04 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 13608 at http://kunm.org "So T Bought a Hat..." Playing God(dess) http://kunm.org/post/playing-goddess <p>Hanne Small is pretty relaxed for a woman messing around with the lives of Adam and Eve.&nbsp; When I arrive at Ted Turner&#39;s Ladder Ranch to check out New Mexico&#39;s largest population of threatened <a href="http://kunm.org/post/chiricahua-leopard-frog-messing-nature">Chiricahua Leopard frogs</a>, Small takes me to a row of beautifully landscaped outdoor cubicles, each containing one or two specimens from the handful of drainages around New Mexico where these frogs can still be found in the wild. &nbsp;</p> Sun, 03 Jun 2012 17:13:19 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 13615 at http://kunm.org Playing God(dess) Rio Rancho Explores Possibility of Adding Open Space http://kunm.org/post/rio-rancho-explores-possibility-adding-open-space <p>In a newly released <a href="http://parkscore.tpl.org/">ranking of city park systems</a>, Albuquerque came in 11th, just below major metropolises like Seattle and Philadelphia.&nbsp; Meanwhile,&nbsp; environmental advocates in Rio Rancho say its time <em>their</em> city starting trying to catch up.</p><p>In terms of <em>developed </em>parkland-- that is, space including amenities like basketball courts and swing sets-- Rio Rancho isn&rsquo;t doing that badly.&nbsp;&nbsp; The city boasts 3.5 acres of developed parkland per thousand residents, compared to Albuquerque&#39;s 5.5.</p> Wed, 23 May 2012 22:41:57 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 13170 at http://kunm.org Rio Rancho Explores Possibility of Adding Open Space Albuquerque Gets High Score for Park Space http://kunm.org/post/albuquerque-gets-high-score-park-space <p>A <a href="http://parkscore.tpl.org/">new scorecard</a> for park systems in the nation&rsquo;s largest 40 cities places Albuquerque near the top of the heap.</p><p>The rating system, developed by the Trust for Public Land, considers three factors: total park acreage, public access to those parks and spending on parks.&nbsp; Albuquerque missed the top ten by just one.&nbsp; But TPL&rsquo;s Greg Hiner says that score places it within a stone&rsquo;s throw of cities like New York, Seattle and Philadelphia.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 May 2012 06:01:00 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 13111 at http://kunm.org Albuquerque Gets High Score for Park Space PNM Finds Vindication in San Juan Bids http://kunm.org/post/pnm-finds-vindication-san-juan-bids <p>Public Service Company of New Mexico says it has received four bids to install EPA-mandated pollution controls at its San Juan Generating Station...all of them just as costly as the company had predicted.</p><p>According to the Albuquerque Journal:</p> Sat, 19 May 2012 20:05:13 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 12975 at http://kunm.org PNM Finds Vindication in San Juan Bids Nearly 60 NM Firefighters to Battle Gila Blaze http://kunm.org/post/nearly-60-nm-firefighters-battle-gila-blaze <p>Firefighters from around New Mexico continue to battle a 410 acre blaze caused by lightning in the Gila National Forest.</p> Fri, 18 May 2012 23:55:16 +0000 The Associated Press & Sidsel Overgaard 12953 at http://kunm.org Nearly 60 NM Firefighters to Battle Gila Blaze Pit Rule Hearing to Continue in June http://kunm.org/post/pit-rule-hearing-continue-june <p>A week-long hearing on New Mexico&rsquo;s pit rule has drawn to a close&hellip;for now.</p><p>The pit rule, adopted in 2008, governs the disposal of waste from oil and gas drilling, and has been called one of the strictest regulations in the country.</p><p>This week the Oil Conservation Commission heard testimony from experts and the public about the oil and gas industry&rsquo;s push to revise the regulations.&nbsp; But with time running out and several people yet to testify, the OCC decided to continue the hearing June 20-22.</p> Fri, 18 May 2012 23:22:52 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 12952 at http://kunm.org Pit Rule Hearing to Continue in June Information on Sunday's Eclipse http://kunm.org/post/information-sundays-eclipse <p>On Sunday, Albuquerque residents and visitors will be treated to the rare sight of an annular solar eclipse.&nbsp; The eclipse starts at 6:28 PM and continues until the sun sets.&nbsp;&nbsp; KUNM&rsquo;s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard spoke with Barry Spletzer with the Albuquerque Astronomical Society to learn more.</p> Fri, 18 May 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 12876 at http://kunm.org Information on Sunday's Eclipse NM Governor Declares State of Emergency Due to Drought http://kunm.org/post/nm-governor-declares-state-emergency-due-drought <p>Governor&#39;s Susana Martinez&#39;s declaration makes it easier for communities, farmers and ranchers to secure federal funding.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It also kicks into action the New Mexico Drought Task Force headed by the State Engineer.&nbsp; The panel is to make recommendations on how to mitigate problems that stem from persistent drought.</p> Tue, 15 May 2012 23:13:57 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 12773 at http://kunm.org NM Governor Declares State of Emergency Due to Drought Fire Season Off to a Better Start http://kunm.org/post/fire-season-better-start <p>Last year was one of the worst fire seasons in state history. &nbsp;But this spring has been somewhat wetter and less windy&hellip;and that should make for less dangerous conditions according to State Forester Tony Delfin.</p><p>He says at this point last year 300,000 acres had already burned on state and private land.&nbsp; This year the total is just 77,000 acres.&nbsp; Delfin credits, in part, a better informed public for the decrease in fires, but warns there&rsquo;s another fire-starter to be aware of.</p> Fri, 11 May 2012 23:17:17 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 12607 at http://kunm.org Grid Project to Locate Headquarters in NM http://kunm.org/post/grid-project-locate-headquarters-nm <p>Developers of a $1.5 billion effort to link the United States&#39; three major electricity grids have decided to locate their headquarters and an associated electricity trading floor in New Mexico.</p><p>The Tres Amigas Superstation hub will be built across 22 square miles in eastern New Mexico. Company officials had been considering locations in Texas and New Mexico for the project&#39;s headquarters and trading operations.</p> Fri, 11 May 2012 22:13:49 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 12603 at http://kunm.org