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Week of November 26, 2012

News from Across the USM Campuses

Nov. 28th - "Ocean Acidification: Challenges of Coastal Ecosystems" lecture by Dr. Whitman Miller, from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.  This event is a part of the Fall CBL Distinguished Scholar Seminar Series - 2012. The seminar will be held on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., BFL 1101, at the Chesapeake Bay Laboratory.

Nov. 30th - "Residential Development in the Baltimore Region" lecture by Dr. David Newburn, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at University of Maryland, College Park. Seminar will be held on Friday at 2pm in the Technology Research Center, Room 206, on the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus, 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, in the UMBC campus, shortly before seminar.

Dec. 3rd - Deadline for Sustainability Office and related internship applications - The green industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the US economy with many exciting career opportunities for college graduates. Get your foot in the "green jobs" door by working on sustainability initiatives at the University of Maryland, College Park, which is recognized as a national leader in campus sustainability. See their sustainability web site for available positions and application details.

Dining halls strive for sustainable products: Officials ask company to meet new standards (The Diamondback Online, 11/26/12)

State of Maryland News

Solving Oil Addiction, State by State (Switchboard - Peter Lehner's Blog, Natural Resources Defense Council, 11/19/12) [Maryland rankings noted in each section of report]

Sandy brings ‘new little beach' to OC: Drift traps sand on south side of jetty (By Brian Shane,, 11/26/12)

Hurricane Sandy aftermath to delay some foreclosures in Md. (By Gary Haber, Baltimore Business Journal, 11/26/12)

USM Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative

National and International News

Cancun Climate Summit - 29 November - 10 December - The highs and lows of 15 years of climate talks - in pictures: The Kyoto protocol, signed in 1997, is the only international treaty to set legally binding targets on cutting greenhouse emissions, The governments of almost 200 countries are meeting this week in Doha, Qatar, to discuss a new treaty to succeed Kyoto, which expires at the end of the year. From Yvo's tears to Durban deadlock, we look back at the highs and lows of the last 15 years of climate talks (By Jessica Aldred and Eric Hilaire, The [UK] Guardian, 11/26/12)

Stand Still for the Apocalypse (By Chris Hedges,, 11/26/12)

Rise of acid ocean eats away base of food chain: Shells of tiny sea snails are being eroded as more carbon dioxide is dissolved into seawater (By Steve Connor, The [UK] Independent - Science, 11/25/12)

Time is running out: the Doha climate talks must put an end to excuses: The evidence of climate change is clearer than ever. The poor countries have done everything asked of them. Now the rich nations must face their responsibilities (By John Vidal, The [UK] Guardian - Comment Is Free, 11/25/12)

Obama under pressure to show Doha he is serious on climate change: The climate has been back on Obama's lips since his re-election, but the Doha conference will show if he is all talk (By Suzanne Goldenberg, The [UK] Guardian, 11/23/12)

The 16 scariest maps from the E.U.'s massive new climate change report (By Philip Bump,, 11/21/12)

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Smash Records Again: UN  (By Common Dreams Staff,, 11/20/12)

New Report Ranks States in Efforts to Reduce Oil Addiction: Obama administration should 'do more to complement state initiatives' (By Common Dreams Staff,, 11/20/12)

World Bank: "4°C Warming Simply Must Not Be Allowed To Occur" (By Kate Sheppard, Mother Jones, 11/19/12)

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