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Week of November 5, 2012

News from Across the USM Campuses

University symbolically "unplugs" off-grid sustainable energy research facility (Energias Renovables - Academia, 11/1/12)

Flooding, Snow, and Power Outages Close Colleges in Storm's Wake (By Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 10/30/12)

10-29-12: Sandy's Effect on the Ocean... and the Bay (Reported by Tom Hall, NPR/WYPR - Maryland Morning, 10/29/12) [Dr. Donald F. Boesch, President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, is interviewed]

State of Maryland News

Assateague begins reopening after Sandy (By Gannett/Daily Times,, 11/2/12)

Pick of the week: Disaster on the Atlantic coast! "The Bay," Barry Levinson's creepy found-footage disaster movie, gets a bizarre boost from Sandy (By Andrew Hehir,, 11/2/12)

After Sandy's winds, 91,000 still have no power in DC, Maryland, Delaware, northern Virginia (By The Associated Press as reported by The Washington Post, 10/30/12 updated 10/31/12)

O'Malley: Maryland escaped worst of Hurricane Sandy (By Ryan Sharrow, Baltimore Business Journal, 10/30/12)

3 nuclear power reactors shut down during Hurricane Sandy (By Steven Mufson, The Washington Post - Business, 10/30/12)

Power returning to parts of the region, but 186,000 BGE customers still out (By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun, 10/30/12)

USM Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative

National and International News

A vote for a president to lead on climate change: The devastation that hurricane Sandy brought to New York city brought the stakes of the presidential election into sharp relief (By Michael Bloomberg, The [UK] Guardian - Environment Blog, 11/2/12)

Obama's First Rule About 'Climate Change': Don't Say 'Climate Change': Off-the-record meeting in 2009 exposes long history and underlying strategy of President's "climate silence" (By Common Dreams staff,, 11/1/12)

Businessweek Hurricane Sandy Cover: 'It's Global Warming, Stupid' (PHOTO) (The Huffington Post - Media Blog, 11/1/12)

James Hansen: ‘Neither Party Wants To Offend The Fossil Fuel Industry' (By Stephen Lacey, - Climate Progress, 11/1/12)

Power market watchdog seeks Barclays fine (By Scott DiSavino and Jonathan Leff, Reuters, 11/1/12)

We Are Not Powerless to Confront Climate Change (By Amy Goodman, as reported by, 11/1/12)

Chuck Todd On Hurricane Sandy: 'It's Called Climate Change' (VIDEO) (By Mollie Reilly, Huffington Post - Politics Blog, 10/31/12)

Sandy forces climate change on US election despite fossil fuel lobby: Such is Big Energy's hold on DC, neither Obama nor Romney talk about climate change. But Americans are joining the dots (By Bill McKibben, The [UK] Guardian - Elections 2012 Blog, 10/31/12)

A Convenient Excuse (By Wen Stephenson, The Phoenix, 10/31/12) and Pre-Election Reading: Wen Stephenson on Climate Self-Censorship (By James Fallows, The Atlantic, 10/31/12)

Sandy Devastating, But Not Surprising, Say Climate Experts (By Common Dreams staff,, 10/31/12)

Is Sandy a taste of things to come? (By Tim Lister, CNN, 10/31/12)

Can Sandy Help Jolt America Out of Climate Change Denial? For decades, scientists have been warning that global warming would bring a catastrophic increase in extreme weather. When will we start listening? (By Mark Hertsgaard, The Nation as reported by, 10/31/12)

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein arrested (By Steven Mufson, The Washington Post - Business, 10/31/12)

Sandy puts climate change back on the US election agenda: Bill Clinton and Al Gore among those calling for fresh focus on issue that neither candidate mentioned in televised debates (By Suzanne Goldenberg, The [UK] Guardian, 10/31/12)

Gasoline price likely to fall with abundant supplies, slow demand in aftermath of Sandy (The Associated Press as reported by The Washington Post, 10/31/12)

5 Ideas That Could Have Prevented Flooding in New York (By Emily Badger, The Atlantic Cities - Urban Wonk Blog, 10/31/12)

Environmental Activists Urge Fossil Fuel Industry to Donate to Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts  (By Alyssa Figueroa,, 10/30/12)

A Big Storm Requires Big Government (Editorial, The New York Times, 10/30/12)

Global Warming Systemically Caused Hurricane Sandy: Global warming is real, and it is here. It is causing -- yes, causing -- death, destruction, and vast economic loss. (By George Lakoff, - Environment, 10/30/12)

Agriculture and Food Production Contribute Up to 29 Percent of Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Science Daily, 10/30/12)

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