Tuesday, March 3, 2015

News and Events

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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An Environmental Knight Visits UMD this Fall

Sir Robert Watson, renowned British atmospheric scientist, will be visiting campus this October, thanks to the Council on the Environment and the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Well known for chairing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in the late 1990s and early 2000s and specifically for his stance against fossil fuels, Watson is expected to talk about his overall view of climate change across multiple disciplines. “The most important thing about......

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DataBay Challenge: Using Data to Save the Chesapeake Bay

While some headed to the beach during the first weekend of August, eighty policy makers, scientists, activists and students put their heads together for the first DataBay Challenge at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Maryland. Hosted by the University of Maryland’s Future of Information Alliance (FIA), the Chesapeake Bay-focused programming competition sought out new ideas to creatively use data gathered about the Bay to inform the local community and......

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UMD's New PALS Program to Launch 28 Courses for Inaugural Year

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – In a bold, campus-wide community engagement initiative, the University of Maryland's new;(PALS) will debut 28 courses geared toward galvanizing sustainable growth in Frederick, Maryland for the 2014-15 academic year. The course list is twice the number originally imagined for PALS' inaugural year. It draws courses from seven different schools and several specialized university programs, spanning a variety of disciplines across campus. In all, about 50,000......

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UMD Public Health Study to Inform MD Decision on “Fracking”

College Park, Md. – The Maryland Department of Environment and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released on August 18, 2014, a report by the University of Maryland School of Public Health, which assesses the potential public health effects of allowing unconventional natural gas development and production (UNGDP), commonly known as “fracking” (a name derived from one part of the process), in western Maryland’s Marcellus Shale region. The School of Public......

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Mississippi River Delta Project: Finding Ways to Maximize Land and Water

When it comes to policy questions regarding land use, sometimes a little science is required to evaluate the effects on the land and the costs for developers. For Dr. Melissa Kenney and her colleagues, their research on the Mississippi River Delta will help influence future state-planned land development in the region through its examination of options that are cost-effective and environmentally conscious. “The Mississippi River Delta is a really critical ecosystem and social......

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