Tuesday, April 21, 2015

News and Events

ESSIC hosts 2nd Annual USM Environmental Summit to promote collaboration

The 2nd Annual Environmental Summit, held April 17 by the University System of Maryland, brought together environmental professors and researchers from over the state to foster innovation and collaboration on ideas. The goal of the USM, which is comprised of several Maryland public universities, is to create a network of programs and available resources for students. To bridge gaps and build stronger relationships, the summit encouraged cooperation among participants, offering examples......

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Climate change affects public health, experts say

Changing climate conditions, such as higher temperatures and heavier rainfall, have led to increases in health-related events, including injuries and the outbreak of diseases, according to experts. During a series of lectures, held in recognition of National Public Health Week, on April 9 at the University of Maryland, speakers discussed reasons behind the recent observed increase in diseases, including cholera, salmonella, and asthma and hay fever.  Keynote lecturer Dr. Rita......

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Environmental Justice and Health Lecture

April 21, 2015  Featuring guest speaker: Fred Tutman, Patuxent Riverkeeper We live in an age and in a society where lots of people really want to do some-thing positive for the environment. Most want to do work that will truly make a difference and challenge status qou social norms. The problem is that many people are torn on exactly how to accomplish this. The choices and options are many. How can you ensure that your efforts to make a cleaner planet and a more environmentally......

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Heads Up! You Can Help Build the Maryland All-Sky Camera Network

Heads Up! You Can Help Build the Maryland All-Sky Camera Network

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2015 Green Fellowship winners to examine new waste treatment implications

The Council on the Environment awarded its $10,000 prize for the 2015 Green Fellowship to Maryland graduate students examining the nutrient content and economic implications of solid waste undergoing new treatment. The annual award, promoting research and awareness of environmental problems and interdisciplinary cooperation, awards money to a pair of students that best meets its standards. The 2015 winners, Sarah Fisher and Andrew Rosenberg, plan to investigate the effects of new ......

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UMD Climate Researchers React to 2014’s Record-Breaking Global Temperatures

Global climate has made a lot of headlines in the last month. On Jan. 16, 2015, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA jointly announced that 2014 is officially the hottest year on record since formal recordkeeping began in 1880. Less than a week later, on Jan. 21, the U.S. Senate voted 98-1 in favor of an amendment to the Keystone XL pipeline bill stating, “climate change is real and is not a hoax.” On Jan. 30, the results ......

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Climate and Energy Research Workshop Brings Local Scholars Together

The University of Maryland School of Public Policy and College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS)hosted the second annual DC Area Climate & Energy Research Workshop on campus on Friday, February 6. Led by Nathan Hultman, associate professor in the School of Public Policy, and Jennifer Hadden, assistant professor in the BSOS Department of Government and Politics, the workshop aimed to promote collaboration among local scholars and to provide feedback on......

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Sea Change: 2015-2025 Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences

 


From monitoring coastal sea level rise to exploring subseafloor microbial communities, there has been a remarkable surge in understanding the ocean and its processes. This report presents eight strategic research priorities for 2015-2025 that will continue to advance ocean science knowledge. The report assesses the infrastructure needed to support this research, and makes recommendations for aligning current and planned infrastructure and budgets with the decadal science ......

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University of Maryland’s Environmental Finance Center to Create Region’s First Online Stormwater Training Center

The University of Maryland’s Environmental Finance Center (EFC) begins work this month on the region’s first Municipal Online Stormwater Training (MOST) Center, a web-based resource to help municipalities within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed access and implement innovative stormwater management techniques to improve water quality in the Bay. The project was made possible by a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), who will provide $350,000 a year for the next......

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Gov. Martin O'Malley Orders Plan to Achieve 80 percent Greenhouse Gas Reduction by 2050

  Gov. Martin O’Malley issued an executive order Wednesday to further the state’s efforts addressing climate change and set a plan to achieve an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The executive order also expands the membership of the Maryland Commission on Climate Change, which O’Malley established in 2007 to address the causes and effects of climate change in the state and develop a plan of action.  “Climate......

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