USM National Green Campus
News Archive


Week of July 13, 2009

 News from Across the USM Campuses

Earth's Economics (Anna Isaacs, The Diamondback Online, 7/9/09)

Seagrass Beds are Dying Worldwide (, 7/7/09) [Article quotes Bill Dennison of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science]

State of Maryland "Green Registry" - The State has organized a Maryland Green Registry of organizations working toward a Sustainable Maryland.  Maryland Green is a voluntary, self-certification program offering tips and resources to help organizations set and meet their own goals on the path to sustainability.  Maryland Green members will be listed on the Maryland Green website and invited to use the Maryland Green logo to promote their participation in the program. The State is encouraging all of institutions of higher education to join Maryland Green to demonstrate your commitment to a strong, proactive approach to environmental management.

 State of Maryland News

New trash pickup schedules: Change in garbage, recycling routine is part of mayor's effort to make a cleaner Baltimore (By Sarah Fisher, The Baltimore Sun, 7/12/09)

Opposition to proposed power line grows on Md. Shore: Route would go under Chesapeake Bay, across Delmarva (By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun, 7/11/09)

Since 1978, former state senator Bernie Fowler has hosted an annual Patuxent River Wade-in to call attention to the need for waterway restoration. This year he has reason to feel optimistic about the future of the Patuxent, and the Chesapeake Bay ( - National Public Radio, 7/6/09)

National and International News

Boiling the Frog (By Paul Krugman, The New York Times, Op-Ed, 7/12/09)

The planet's future: Climate change 'will cause civilisation to collapse': Authoritative new study sets out a grim vision of shortages and violence - but amid all the gloom, there is some hope too (By Jonathan Owen, The [UK] Independent, 712/09)

Organic vs. natural a source of confusion in food labeling: Labeling of food a growing source of confusion, critics say (By Monica Eng, The Chicago Tribune, 7/10/09)

USM Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative

G-8 Failure Reflects U.S. Failure on Climate Change (By Dr. James Hansen, The Huffington Post, 7/9/09)

Oil Weakens as Recovery Hopes Dim (By Jad Mouawad, The New York Times, 7/9/09)

Project top ‘grow carbon sinks' (By David Shukman, BBC News, 7/9/09)

The Elusive Green Economy (By Joshua Green, The Atlantic, July/August 2009)

Greening With Envy (By Bonnie Tsui, The Atlantic, July/August 2009)

Re-Engineering the Earth (By Graeme Wood, The Atlantic, July/August 2009)

Nature can't take unrestrained growth: Prince Charles (By Peter Griffiths, Reuters, 7/9/09)

Obama urges poorer nations to fight global warming (By Ben Feller, The Associated Press as reported on Yahoo News, 7/9/09)

New Tires Made of Oil from Orange Peels (By Trey Granger,, 7/9/09)

Obama broadens push for climate change pact (By Ben Feller, The Associated Press as reported on Yahoo News, 7/9/09)

Poorer Nations Reject a Target on Emission Cut (By Peter Baker, The New York Times, 7/8/09)

Australian town set to ban bottled water (By Agence France-Presse as reported on, 7/8/09)

OPEC Sees Prolonged Weakness in Demand for Oil (By Reuters as reported on, 7/8/09) Stricter labeling urged for bottled water (By Emily Fredrix, The Associated Press as reported by Yahoo News, 7/8/09)

U.S. Moves to Shed Light on "Dark Markets": CBS News Investigates: Government May Set Limits on Oil Speculators and Improve Transparency (By Armen Keteyian, CBS News, 7/8/09)

Pickens calls off massive wind farm in Texas (By John Porretto, The Associated Press as reported by Yahoo News, 7/7/09)

Arctic Ocean's Ice Layer Thins ‘Dramatically,' Study Concludes (By Chris Dolmetsch, Bloomberg News, 7/7/09)

Oil dives for sixth day as bad news piles up for price bulls (By Tom Petruno. The Los Angeles Times, 7/7/09)


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