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Week of April 2, 2012

News from Across the USM Campuses

Towson University Bike Rental Program - The pilot program will begin with 25 unisex bikes. Sign up begins at noon on Burdick Field on March 30th, and any student will have the opportunity to sign up for the pilot program on a first come, first served basis.  The Office of Civic Engagement and Campus Recreation Services are responsible for the coordination of the program. To participate, a student must first sign a registration form and liability waiver. Any student who fails to sign both forms will be ineligible to participate in the pilot program. Each student is responsible for any personal injury to themselves, as well as damage done to the bicycle. A student will rent the bike for the entirety of the semester and will be responsible to return the bike at the end the term/the specified date of the agreement. Semester dates will be set each year based on the academic calendar. 

April 6th - Dr. Sacoby Wilson, University of Maryland, School of Public Health?- "The use of a community-university partnership to address environmental stressors in Charleston, SC." Seminar will be held on Friday at 2 PM in the Technology Research Center, Room 206, on the campus of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 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.

Earth Day 2012 Events at University of Maryland, Baltimore

Tracking marine life migration in the North Atlantic (University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, Office of Public Relations, 3/28/12)

State of Maryland News

Offshore wind bill clears test votes (By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun, 3/29/12)

Chesapeake Bay lost underwater grasses in 2011 (By Pamela Wood, The Annapolis Capital, 3/29/12)

Sewage Overflow Prompts Temporary Closing of Shellfish Harvesting at Mouth of Patapsco River: MDE closes waters to harvesting after sewage main break in Baltimore Highlands (Maryland Department of the Environment Press Release, 3/28/12)

USM Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative

National and International News

Neurotoxic Pesticides Helping to Decimate Bee Populations, Studies Indicate: Two studies show that a class of chemicals known as neonicotinoids created disorientation among bees and caused colonies to lose weight, which may have contributed to a mysterious die-off. (Common Dreams staff,, 3/30/12)

A Message from A Republican Meteorologist on Climate Change (By Paul Douglas, The Huffington Post - Green Blog, 3/29/12)

New bee research details harm from insecticide (By Marc Kaufman, The Washington Post - National, 3/29/12)

NRDC: Continued Support of Oil Industry Tax Breaks is "Mindboggling" (Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental News - Media Center, 3/29/12)

Teaching the children well at LA's Environmental Charter School (By Jessica Lass, Natural Resources Defense Council - Switchboard Blog, 3/28/12)

Reports link heat waves, deluges to climate change (By Juliet Eilperin and Brian Vastag, The Washington Post, 3/28/12)

New EPA Rules Welcome, But Loopholes Remain Warn Green Groups:

Climate change does not recognize the nuance of industry-friendly loopholes, suggest critics (By Common Dreams staff,, 3/28/12)

Gas prices in Washington surpass $4 a gallon (By Brad Plumer and Maggie Fazeli Fard, The Washington Post - Business, 3/28/12)

Climate Change Report: Natural Disasters In The Future Require Planning Now (By Reuters as reported by The Huffington Post - Green Blog, 3/28/12)

The Best Cities for Walking (The Huffington Post - Healthy Living, 3/27/12)

EPA imposes first greenhouse gas limits on new power plants (By Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post - National, 3/27/12)

'Compost bomb' is latest climate change ‘tipping point': Climate change could fuel a giant ‘compost bomb', scientists have warned, as decaying vegetation stuck under the ice or in peat bogs starts to heat up and tips the world into dangerous global warming. (By Louise Gray, The [UK] Telegraph, 3/27/12)

The $20 Trillion Carbon Bubble: Interview With John Fullerton, Part One (By Brad Johnson, Think Progress - Green, 3/26/12)

Must-See Global Warming Video: What We Knew In 1982 (By Climate Guest Blogger, Think Progress - Climate Progress, 3/26/12)

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