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Week of February 22, 2010

News from Across the USM Campuses

February 26th -  Dr. Jeff Stehr — Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Science  — University of Maryland, College Park "Blue Collar" Science and The Maryland State Implementation Plan for Air Quality." Seminar will be held on Friday at 2pm in the Technology Research Center, Room 206, on the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus. The seminar 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.

BikeUMD Bike Ambassadors - University of Maryland, College Park is looking for Bike Ambassadors. For more information about bikeUMD, visit the blog. Please indicate interest in an ambassador position by February 26, 2010 by emailing

February 22nd from 7:00-9:00pm - An Evening with Ted Glick: Climate Change and Social Change in the 21st Century. Event will be held at 1102 South Campus Commons, Building 1, on the University of Maryland, College Park campus.

Defend the data (By Brian Howes, The Cape Cod Times, 2/20/10) [Article quotes Jeffrey Cornwell of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science]

Educators come to area to learn to teach about environment: Rescheduled event wasn't dampened by large snow drifts (By Kristin Harty Barkley, Cumberland Times-News, 2/20/10) [Article quotes Cassie Doty of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science]

University researchers create new method to judge state progress: Indicator includes social, environmental factors (The Diamondback Online, 2/19/10)

Missteps and Moisture (By Donald F. Boesch, The Washington Post - Planet Panel, 2/18/10) [Dr. Donald F. Boesch is President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science]

State of Maryland News

USM Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative

A new smokestack cleans Baltimore's air: Constellation power plant completes $875 million 'scrubber' project (By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun, 2/20/10)

BPA bill gets hearing in Annapolis (By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun, 2/18/10)

The U.S. Must Grab the Lead on Green (By Vijay Govindarajan, Harvard Business Review Blog, 2/18/10)

Constellation commits $90M for solar power (By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun, 2/17/10)

Obama makes pitch for nuclear power during Maryland visit: President announces loan guarantee for new reactors at Georgia plant (By Paul West, The Baltimore Sun, 2/16/10)

Governor O'Malley Touts New $8 Million Stimulus Investment and Legislation to Create Clean Energy Jobs in Maryland: Project Sunburst expected to double amount of solar energy generated in the State for a Smart, Green and

Growing Maryland [PDF] (Maryland Energy Administration Press Release, 2/16/10)

Maryland aims for 100,000 solar rooftops in 10 years (By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun - B'More Green Blog, 2/16/10)

National and International News

February 25th - 6:30-8:00pm, National Building Museum, Washington DC - A Green Building is a Healthier One - Can working in a green building make you healthier? And if you can prove this, would reduce a company's health care insurance? Find out if this is a game changer when considering how and when to build sustainably. A discussion with: Gregory Kats, senior director and director of climate change policy, Good Energies, Michelle Moore, Federal Environmental Executive, President's Council on Environmental Quality, Mark Nicholls, Senior Vice President, Corporate Workplace Executive, Bank of America, Vivian Loftness, Professor, Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture, Moderator, Robert Ivy, Architectural Record Editor-In-Chief.

Climate Change (The New York Times, Op-Ed, 2/21/10)

Saving the Amazon may be the most cost-effective way to cut greenhouse gas emissions: If the U.S. adopts a cap-and-trade program, companies facing carbon controls could meet part of their obligations by preserving Earth's largest tropical forest. (By Margot Roosevelt, The Baltimore Sun, 2/21/10)

A Small Price for a Large Benefit (By Robert H. Frank, The New York Times - Op Ed, 2/20/10)

The Toxic Ten: For all the environmental-speak coming out of American corporations these days, many remain polluters. A look at 10 companies that should be doing better. (By Harry Hurt III,, 2/19/10)

World's top firms cause $2.2tn of environmental damage, report estimates: Report for the UN into the activities of the world's 3,000 biggest companies estimates one-third of profits would be lost if firms were forced to pay for use, loss and damage of environment (By Juliet Jowit, The [UK] Guardian, 2/18/10)

The U.S. Must Grab the Lead on Green (By Vijay Govindarajan, Harvard Business Review, 2/18/10)

Global Weirding Is Here (By Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times, Op Ed Columnist, 2/17/10) [Responses to column]

Part 2: A Scientist's Defense of Greenhouse Warming (By Andrew C. Revkin, The Nre York Times - Dot Earth Blog, 2/17/10)

Environmental Advocates Are Cooling on Obama (By John M. Broder, The New York Times, 2/17/10)

Car culture and global energy conflict (By John Buell, Bangor Daily News, 2/16/10)  

Bans sought for chemical BPA in baby, toddler products (USA Today - Green House, 2/16/10)

An Ominous Warning on the Effects of Ocean Acidification: A new study says the seas are acidifying ten times faster today than 55 million years ago when a mass extinction of marine species occurred. And, the study concludes, current changes in ocean chemistry due to the burning of fossil fuels may portend a new wave of die-offs. (By Carl Zimmer, Yale Environment360, 2/15/10)

Plastic checkout bags in crosshairs again (By Tim Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun, 2/15/10)

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