Friday, 4 December 2015
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 emissions. The convention, the 21st annual U.N. Conference of the Parties (COP), aims to create a...
Thursday, 27 August 2015
The Council on the Environment recently welcomed Dr. Babak Hamidzadeh, the intern dean of libraries at the University of Maryland, as the newest council member.
Hamidzadeh has worked at the university for over four years, starting off as an associate professor of computer science before becoming associate dean and now intern dean of libraries.
Hamidzadeh will help the council with data management and long-term...
Tuesday, 1 July 2014
The air you're breathing right now is a lot cleaner than you'd think.
Russ Dickerson, UMD professor and member of the NASA Air Quality Applied Sciences Team, announced on the Warner Cable News on June 29, 2014, that air quality has drastically improved in recent years, despite the jump in number of vehicles on the road and people on the planet.
To see the interview and learn more about which air pollutants are in decline in our atmosphere, click here.
Friday, 22 November 2013
As of November 18, 2013, the University of Maryland has been admitted to the United Nations (U.N.) Framework Convention on Climate Change as an observer organization. As an observer organization, UMD was thus able to send 2 faculty and 4 students to the 19th session of the U.N. Conference of the Parties, which began last week in Warsaw, Poland. The University joins only 195 observers at this event.
UMD Distinguished Professor appointed to UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability
Tuesday, 3 September 2013
University of Maryland Distinguished Professor Eugenia Kalnay, in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, was recently appointed to the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (www.un.org/gsp). The main functions of the new Scientific Advisory Board will be to provide advice on science, technology and innovation for sustainable development to the Secretary-General and to Executive Heads of UN organizations. The Board will bring together the...
Monday, 20 May 2013
The University of Maryland Council on the Environment (ConE) has selected their first annual Junior Faculty Award winner for 2013. Dr. Amir Sapkota from the School of Public Health was chosen as the award’s inaugural winner. Dr. Sapkota is an assistant professor at the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH).
2013 is the first year the council will giving out this award, which will be given to Dr. Sapkota in the form of a $2,000 cash prize and an...
Friday, 4 January 2013
The Council on the Environment is proud to award UMD graduate students Joe Maher (Agricultural and Resource Economics) and Xiaopeng Song (Geography) with the first annual Green Fund Fellowship which carries a stipend of 10K for the next year. Their project is titled: Linking Remote Sensing and Economics: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Protected Areas in Reducing Tropical Deforestation. The project aims to create an integrated framework linking annual satellite-based deforestation data with...
Wednesday, 14 November 2012
by Christopher Neely
The University of Maryland Council on the Environment hosted its Inaugural Distinguished Lecture Series, as they welcomed back award-winning Hall of Fame alumnus and world-renowned environmental analyst, Lester Brown to the crowd of over 200 Monday evening.
Introduced by award winning eco-economist and UMD professor, Herman Daly, Brown came to campus on this particular evening, to talk about his most recent book, Full Planet, Empty Plate: The Geopolitics of Food ...