USM National Green Campus
News Archive

Week of August 13, 2012

News from Across the USM Campuses

Aug. 15th - Climate Change Photo Challenge - Submissions due by 2 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, August 15th to the Marian Koshland Science Museum. 1.  Take a photo of a place that shows an example of a way to lower greenhouse gases, a potential impact of global climate change, or a way to adapt to the impacts of climate change. 2. Write a description of what you photo shows and include location information*. 3. Upload it to Flickr ( and make it public.  Please include the lat/long coordinates (how to I get this information?) in your brief description of the photo. 4. Fill out the form at the link below to alert us of your submission. You will be asked for your name and e-mail address, lat/long coordinates** for the location of the photo and a brief description. (If you haven't already, you must register with the Koshland website, using the simple form on the left column of this page in order to enter.) 5. An example entry can be found here: [USM campuses are encouraged to submit photos]

Russell Hill Appointed Director of USM's Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (University System of Maryland, Newsroom, 8/10/12)

State of Maryland News

August 13th - 16th - Public Meetings regarding Maryland Electricity Outages (various locations) - Notice of Evening Hearings for Public Comment: Evening hearings for the purpose of receiving public comment on the performance of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company in responding to the major outages caused by the June 29, 2012 Derecho Storm have been scheduled by the Maryland Public Service.

Aging public housing buildings in Annapolis get new solar panels: New business model aims to put renewable energy in public housing (By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun - Maryland News, 8/10/12)

USM Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative

National and International News

US Drought Exposes 'Hydro-Illogical' Water Management (By Carlota Cortes, Inter Press Service as reported by, 8/13/12)

Oil prices rise to near $94 on mounting concerns about possible Israel-Iran confrontation (The Associated Press as reported by The Washington Post, 8/13/12)

Ethanol Production Slows From Drought, Pushes Gas Prices Higher (Reuters as reported by The Huffington Post - Green Blog, 8/13/12)

US wind energy industry breezes past 50GW milestone: Industry hails rapid growth, as leading firms warn that end of production tax credit could lead to stalled investment (By James Murray, The [UK] Guardian - Guardian Environment Network/Business Green, 8/13/12)

For oil driller Harold Hamm, Bakken boom brings more billions and a chance to dabble in politics (By Steven Mufson, The Washington Post - Business, 8/12/12)

Rate of Arctic summer sea ice loss is 50% higher than predicted: New satellite images show polar ice coverage dwindling in extent and thickness (By Robin McKie, The [UK] Guardian, 8/11/12)

Sea Ice Retreats in the Northwest Passage (NASA Earth Observatory - Image of the Day, 8/9/12)

Harnessing pedal power to light up Africa (By Robyn Curnow and Teo Kermeliotis, CNN, 8/8/12)

Gen Y Eschewing V-8 for 4G Threatens Auto Demand: Cars (By Hasan Dudar and Jeff Green,, 8/7/12)

NASA scientist's study quantifies climate change link to extreme weather: Study uses recorded temperature data, rather than prediction models, to assert climate change's impact on recent weather (By Amanda Holpuch, The [UK] Guardian, 8/7/12)

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