Tuesday, June 30, 2015

News and Events

ConE recognizes Stephanie Lansing, Junior Faculty Award recipient

The Council on the Environment held a lecture to recognize Dr. Stephanie Lansing, the recent recipient of their Junior Faculty Award. Lansing, a University of Maryland environmental science and technology professor, presented some of her work on anaerobic digestion, a waste treatment technique that breaks down materials and produces energy (methane). In 2010, Lansing led a USAID-sponsored digester building mission to Haiti. With a lack of centralized sewage, the country was badly......

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UMD professor releases paper on distortion of climate change information among policy actors

While scientists have reached a general consensus on the causes of climate change, policy actors still tend to have conflicting views on the state of the science. Dr. Dana R. Fisher, director of the Program for Society and the Environment at the University of Maryland, recently published a paper examining information distortion as it affects discussion on climate change policy among policy elites. Fisher, a professor of sociology, has been researching climate change policy since the......

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Dana Priest joins the ConE board

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and Washington Post reporter Dana Priest recently became a member of the Council on the Environment. Priest, who has worked as a Pentagon correspondent and reported on CIA global counterterrorism operations and secret prisons, recently became a journalism professor at the University of Maryland. Her teaching focus is on national security issues. Priest said although she had not planned on joining many university groups, she was interested in learning......

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ConE awards the Junior Faculty Award to Stephanie Lansing

Dr. Stephanie Lansing first discovered her interest in anaerobic digestion during a Peace Corps mission in Belize as an environmental educator. She noticed the lack of sanitation and wanted to find a way to produce energy from the waste. Converting waste into energy is now the University of Maryland assistant professor’s passion and career. Lansing, the recent winner of the Council on the Environment’s Junior Faculty Award, has been involved in a variety of sustainability and......

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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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