Wednesday, June 29, 2016

News and Events

Al Gore Talks Climate Action to Celebrate the Launch of the Center for Global Sustainability

On March 1, to kick off and celebrate the launch of the new Center for Global Sustainability, the University of Maryland and the School of Public Policy hosted former Vice President Al Gore for a conversation on the future of climate action. His visit to campus was spurred by a conversation he had with School of Public Policy Dean Robert Orr while they both attended the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. University of Maryland President Wallace Loh welcomed the......

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PhD Student Colin Miller Awarded Green Fellowship For Collaborative Research On The Environment

Mechanical Engineering PhD student Colin Miller, advised by Professor Michael Gollnerin Fire Protection Engineering and Geographical Sciences PhD student Kristofer Laskowere recently selected to receive the ‘Green Fellowship for Collaborative Research on the Environment’ awarded by the University of Maryland’s Council on the Environment. Their proposal entitled, “A bottom-up approach to characterize crop residue burning practices and the associated......

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Tracking adaptation to climate change

 

TRAC3 member Alex Lesnikowski (far left) presenting at COP21 The Tracking Adaptation to Climate Change Consortium (TRAC3) presented their research findings on Saturday December 5 at an official COP21 side event titled “Tracking adaptation progress and enabling readiness.” Alex Lesnikowski, McGill doctoral student and project lead at TRAC3, joined a panel of four researchers seeking to develop global metrics to quantify climate change ......

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Rita Colwell to Receive the NCSE Lifetime Achievement Award

Rita Colwell to Receive the NCSE Lifetime Achievement Award

The NCSE, which links environmental scientific knowledge and policy decision-making, confers this award to recognize outstanding scientists for their major contributions that advance science for the public good. Dr. Colwell, a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, serves as the Chair of the Gulf of Mexico Research......

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Everyone knows climate adaptation is crucial, but beyond that it's pretty hazy

Everyone knows climate adaptation is crucial, but beyond that it's pretty hazy

Jessica Hellmann, University of Minnesota Most of the international and scientific community knows that adaptation is a vital part of how the world will confront climate change. Gone are the days when we worried that adaptation was a distraction from mitigation. Now we know the two concepts go hand in hand. Climate change has started and will continue for coming decades, thanks to the greenhouse gases......

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Students lead interactive forum on effects, ethics of climate change

“I see it as a universal moral obligation that we all have. Someday, everybody is going to face this issue.”

Student group TERP Climate led a forum Thursday to discuss causes, effects and solutions to climate change across the globe, from ethics questions of regulating greenhouse gas emissions in underdeveloped nations to the costs of moving to renewable energy sources. TERP Climate serves as an interactive platform for University ......

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Professor Hurtt Briefs Media, Public on Advances in Carbon Monitoring and Modeling in relation to the Earth’s climate

Professor of Geographical Sciences and Research Director George Hurtt recently participated in a NASA media teleconference, discussing the latest advances from NASA on the monitoring and modeling of carbon in the context of the Earth’s climate.  “There is carbon all around us. The trees, grasses, crops, all the vegetation and soils on the Earth's surface store carbon. About three or four times as much in the atmosphere. As a whole, the land surface is absorbing one......

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School of Public Policy Students Attending Climate Change Negotiations Conference in Paris

This December, seven University of Maryland School of Public Policy students will have the opportunity to witness climate change negotiations firsthand in Paris, France, at the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21). The students, currently enrolled in the School of Public Policy course on climate negotiations, will attend the conference, network with students and researchers from other universities, report back on their experience and......

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Brown Bag event explores energy and water sustainability

With an increasing problem of energy and water over-consumption, around 15 University of Maryland students and faculty shared their research on sustainability at the Council on the Environment’s (ConE) Brown Bag event Monday, November 16. Dr. Eric Wachsman, director of the University of Maryland Energy Research Center, said U.S. water withdrawal is unsustainable. More freshwater is being withdrawn, according to Wachsman, than there is available precipitation. Moreover, he......

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UMD Professor Addresses House Subcommittees on Space and Environment

Antonio Busalacchi, University of Maryland professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciencetestified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Space and Subcommittee on Environment at a hearing on Nov. 17, 2015, titled “Exploring Commercial Opportunities to Maximize Earth Science Investments.”  Antonio Busalacchi, University of Maryland professor of atmospheric and oceanic science, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives......

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Paris conference to limit global warming

“At the moment, as we speak, we are on a worst-case scenario trajectory.”   With the goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, negotiations in Paris this December could achieve the greatest stride in international cooperation on climate change problems since the Kyoto Protocol. Close to 200 parties will gather to reach a legally binding agreement that will go into force in 2020, with each country forming individual goals to reduce greenhouse gas......

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