Under the President’s budget proposal a controversial $6 billion dollar nuclear lab at Los Alamos has been put on hold for at least five years. KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard has more.
Under a new permit issued by the Environmental l Protection Agency, Albuquerque has six months to improve its plan for dealing with storm water runoff. KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard has more.
About a hundred people packed into a Socorro courtroom this morning for a hearing on a case that both sides say could affect the future of water law in New Mexico. KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard has more.
There’s been a deadly disease making its way West for the last five years. It’s victims--bats. Millions of them. Scientists say White Nose Syndrome could even lead to the extinction of some species. The disease has not been detected in New Mexico, but is so virulent that last year officials closed all the caves at El Malpais National Monument to prevent its potential spread.
It’s been about a year since the caves at El Malpais National Monument were closed over concerns about a disease spreading among bats. But as KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard reports, new information has officials starting to think about reopening some of them.
There may not be any ground hogs around to help New Mexicans celebrate February second. But there are prairie dogs. And a report out today says the state should be doing more to protect them. KUNM's Sidsel Overgaard explains.
On Thursday UNM will host a talk by guest speaker Thomas Linzey. Linzey, who works with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, is becoming known across the country for helping individual communities ban environmentally-damaging practices on a local level.
With all the time devoted to bringing up math and reading scores in elementary schools these days, we often hear how other subjects- like art and music- are losing out. But given the signs pointing to a high-tech future, it may be more surprising to learn about another area getting left in the dust…science. KUNM’s Sidsel Overgaard reports.
Did NM miss an opportunity to turn things around? Check out our blog @ earth air waves for more.
New Mexico’s largest electric utility is moving forward on the installation of new pollution controls at one of its coal-fired power plants…even while continuing to fight the requirement in court. KUNM’s Sidsel Overgaard reports.
In a new report, the Wilderness Society describes US public lands as “under siege” by Congress. A slew of bills would open millions of acres to new roads and development, while curtailing the President’s ability to establish new national monuments.
Wed. 01/18 8a: Looking for new solutions to meet New Mexico’s water needs. This week on the KUNM Call-in Show we’ll talk about whether the use of low-quality water—including sewage—could help decrease the burden on our over-taxed water supply. If scientists could assure you that water reclaimed from your drains was pure enough to drink…would you grab a glass and swallow it down?
This week on the KUNM Call-In Show, we’ll have a discussion about how the use of low-quality water - including treated sewage - could help New Mexico meet its water needs. But residential conservation will also play a huge role in securing our water future.
During her State of the State address, Governor Susana Martinez devoted about a minute to environmental issues, saying she believes the state can support the growth of business AND protect the environment.
A new report by the National Research Council says the US could save 12 billion gallons of water a year by recycling its wastewater. KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard reports on some efforts already underway in New Mexico.
In a world where kids are spending more time in front of the TV and less time outside, a coalition of New Mexico educators and environmentalists have started work on a plan that they hope will help turn the tide.
Every year around this time, New Mexico birders have the opportunity to take part in a nationwide ritual known as the Christmas Bird Count. Organized by The Audubon Society, it’s the longest running citizen-science survey in the world. The survey goes on for weeks, with birders covering different parts of the state each day. This morning, dozens of people pulled on their warmest boots to catalog birds in the Sandia Mountains. KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter, Sidsel Overgaard, tagged along with one group and has this story.
A coalition of elected officials, environmentalists and union members said today that passage of the American Jobs Act would be a win for both the economy and environment. KUNM’s Sidsel Overgaard has more.
Hearings began Wednesday on an effort to repeal a cap on greenhouse gas emissions in New Mexico. The rule was approved by the Environmental Improvement Board in the waning days of former Governor Bill Richardson’s tenure and has yet to take effect.
This week, most Americans only have one kind of bird on the brain-turkey. But this past weekend, a few hunters in the Middle Rio Grande Valley had their sites set on a different kind of Thanksgiving feast. KUNM’s Sidsel Overgaard reports.