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Week of October 26, 2009

News from Across the USM Campuses

October 30 (Friday) "Collaborative Water Resource Management in Multijurisdictional Watersheds," Dr. Alan Vicory,   Ohio River Valley Water Sanitary Commission. Sponsored by the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE). The seminar will be held on Friday at 2pm in the Technology Research Center, Room 206, on the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus, and is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Visitor parking passes for the TRC lot may be purchased for $4.00 in the CUERE office in TRC 102/105, on the UMBC campus shortly before the seminar. For more information, call 410-455-1763.

October 29 (Thursday)  "Air Pollution and Adverse Respiratory Health Outcomes: How Does Epidemiology Work?" Professor Amir Sapkota, University of Maryland School of Public Health (Abstract). University of Maryland, College Park AOSC Seminar series. The seminar is on Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Auditorium (Rm. 2400) on the second floor of the New Wing of the Computer and Space Science Building, on the University of Maryland, College Park campus. Coffee, tea and cookies will be served in the adjoining Atrium at 3:00 p.m. For more information, contact Russ Dickerson.

Our Bay: Protection for an ancient fish: Movement grows to add Atlantic sturgeon to federal endangered species list (By Pamela Wood, The Annapolis Capital, 10/24/09) [Article quotes Andy Lazur of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science]

Cleaning the air at water's expense? (By Tim Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun - B'More Green Blog, 10/22/09) [Article quotes Christopher Rowe of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science]

SU Students Study Cost Effectiveness of Green Buildings (Salisbury University Press Release, 10/21/09)

State of Maryland News

Street becomes mall for strollers on an autumn morning: 'Sunday Streets' tested in Roland Park to delight of cyclists, skaters (By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun, 10/26/09)

Maryland addresses health impact of climate change (By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun - B'More Green Blog, 10/26/09)

Smoothing ruffled feathers over poultry pollution (By Tim Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun - B'More Green Blog, 10/23/09)

USM Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative

Magazine lists Chesapeake Bay as one of its 'Places with Troubles' (The Associated Press as reported in The Baltimore Sun, 10/23/09)

$4 billion to go toward making houses green: Enterprise backing affordable-housing effort, challenges builders to do the same (By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun, 10/22/09)

New push planned in Congress to clean up bay: Governments would have more power, funding to attack pollution, but deadline would be 5 years later (By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun, 10/20/09)

New EPA rules halt building of chicken houses on Shore (The Associated Press, 10/19/09)

National and International News

Rethinking Laundry in the 21st Century (The Editors, The New York Times, 10/25/09)

Price of gasoline jumps for first time since July: Up 17.8 cents in last two weeks for national average of $2.66 a gallon (The Associated Press as reported on, 10/25/09)

Recyclers are facing a crush of ‘Clunkers': They ask six-month deadline be extended to fully part out the cars (The Associated Press as reported on, 10/25/09)

White House confronts the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: The group has long been a powerful player in Washington. But the Obama White House is critical of the group's positions and seeks to develop its own pipeline to the business world. (Tom Hamburger and Alexander C. Hart, The Los Angeles Times, 10/25/09)

Campaign Against Emissions Picks Number (By Andrew C. Revkin, The New York Times, 10/24/09)

PHOTOS: International Day of Climate Action - The campaign is calling for carbon emissions to be cut to 350 parts per million. (The Baltimore Sun, AFP/Getty and Associated Press Images, 10/24/09)  

Australia faces famine, expert warns: A food production expert says Australia may face massive famine if governments fail to address an impending global food shortage. (By Sarah Collerton, ABC News Australia, 10/24/09)

350 - International Day of Climate Action - On October 24, people in 181 countries came together for the most widespread day of environmental action in the planet's history. At over 5200 events around the world, people gathered to call for strong action and bold leadership on the climate crisis.

Province freezes Great Lakes energy proposals: Flood of applications prompts provincial review 'to ensure proper processes in place' (By Tyler Hamilton, The Toronto [Canada] Star, 10/23/09)

Economic Impacts of S. 1733:  The Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act of 2009 (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Atmospheric Programs, 10/23/09)

Largest solar panel plant in US rises in Florida (By Christine Armario, The Associated Press, 10/23/09)

NIMBY Won't Stop California High-Speed Rail (By Zach Rosenberg, Wired Magazine - Autopia, 10/23/09)

Carbon advantage of biofuels may be overstated (By Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post, 10/23/09)

Tiny bat pits green against green: Wind farm could cut carbon, but could it also kill endangered species? (By Maria Glod, The Washington Post, 10/22/09)

To Cut Global Warming, Swedes Study Their Plates (By Elisabeth Rosenthal, The New York Times, 10/22/09)

Catholic University getting solar energy system (By Daniel De Vise, The Washington Post, 10/22/09)

East Orange County couple find paradise living off the grid: The Meers show you can live off the grid and be happy (By Rich McKay, The Orlando Sentinel as reported in The Baltimore Sun, 10/22/09)

Thinking solar power? It's never been cheaper: Lots of government incentives, plus production costs have dropped a third (The Associated Press as reported on, 10/22/09)

Salazar Seeks Probe of Bush-Era U.S. Oil-Shale Leases (By Tina Seeley, Bloomberg News, 10/20/09)

The return of oil price shock: Higher energy prices are a sign the economy is getting better. But with oil nearing $80 and gas inching toward $3, some fear further spike could derail a recovery. (By Paul R. La Monica, CNN - Money, 10/20/09)

The good food revolution (By Will Allen, The Boston Globe, 10/19/09)

National Academy blockbuster: Coal's huge hidden costs (By Ken Ward, Jr., The Charleston Gazette, 10/19/09)

Farmers Markets Growing in Number (By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun, 10/19/09)

San Francisco composting, recycling becomes law Wednesday (By John Cote, The San Francisco Chronicle, 10/19/09)

India's carbon fighters must wait: As world reassesses emissions policy, young green industries appear in limbo (By Rama Lakshmi, The Washington Post, 10/19/09)

Fossil Fuels' Hidden Cost Is in Billions, Study Says (By Matthew L. Wald, The New York Times, 10/19/09)

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