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Week of December 12, 2011

News from Across the USM Campuses

Dec. 15th - "Water resources, ecosystem functioning, and global change:  Linking local and remote sensing of patterns and processes," Professor Andrew Elmore. Appalachian Laboratory Seminar Series at the UMCES Appalachian Laboratory. Seminars will be held on Thursdays at 3:45pm (unless otherwise noted) and located in Room 109 of the Appalachian Laboratory.   Host: Ed Gates

County plastic bag tax bill will be introduced: County legislation could encourage eco-friendly practice (By Jim Bach, The Diamondback Online, 12/7/11)

University of MD's Dr. Boesch to Receive Energy & Environmental Leadership Award (, 12/5/11)

State of Maryland News

Sewage leaks foul Baltimore streams, harbor: Chronic seepage from aging pipes worse than storm overflows (By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun, 12/10/11)

Shore county sued over farmland zoning Green groups say growth plan violated in ok'ing development (By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun, 12/9/11)

Maryland wind energy drive gains momentum (, 12/7/11)

USM Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative

National and International News

Cycle like the Danes to cut carbon emissions, says study: EU could cut its total greenhouse gas emissions by more than 25% if every country's cycling rate was the same as Denmark's (By Peter Walker, The [UK] Guardian, 12/12/11)

U.N. climate talks' real-world outcome will be determined in Asia (By Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post, 12/11/11)

Top Eight Climate Disasters During The Durban Climate Talks (By Brad Johnson, - Green Blog, 12/9/11)

Oil falls below $98 per barrel on concerns about European debt crisis (The Associated Press as reported by The Washington Post - Business, 12/8/11 updated 12/9/11)

Combating the Myth That Complete Streets Are Too Expensive (By Tanya Snyder,, 12/8/11)

US college student shames US climate delegation in Durban (By Staff,, 12/8/11)

BREAKING: Fracking Compounds Found in Drinking Water (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as reported by Eco Watch, 12/8/11)

Weather Extremes Hint At Public Health Impacts Of Climate Change (By Tom Zeller, Jr., The Huffington Post - Green Blog, 12/8/11)

Negotiators Discuss Taxing Ships to Pay for Climate Change (By Kate Sheppard, Mother Jones magazine, 12/8/11)

Welcome to Peak Water: Scientists Say Time Is up to Prepare for Melting Glaciers: A Peruvian watershed has likely passed 'peak water,' dropping river flows 30 percent. New lakes are draining the Himalaya, and say good-bye to Rocky Mountains' glaciers. (By Doug Fischer, - Green Blog, 12/8/11)

NOAA: Autumn and November both warmer than average in the United States: U.S. sets record with a dozen billion-dollar weather disasters in one year (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Active Weather Alerts, 12/7/11)

Koch Political Group Brags About Bullying GOP Lawmakers Into Denying Climate Science (By Marie Diamond, Think Progress - Green Blog, 12/7/11)

BP accuses Halliburton of destroying evidence in Gulf oil spill case (By Laurel Brubaker Calkins, The Washington Post, 12/5/11 and updated 12/6/11)

Top UN Climate Official Blasts U.S. Climate Policy: Americans Must Realize "This Is Their Future They're Compromising" (By Stephen Lacey, Climate Progress Blog, 12/5/11)

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