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Week of March 29, 2010

News from Across the USM Campuses

March 29th - Paving the Way and Growing Energy - The first episode examines the need for greater transportation efficiencies, and the second looks at ethanol production in Brazil and its future in the United States. Salisbury University brings sustainability to the silver screen during the film series "e2 Energy: the Economics of Being Environmentally Conscious" - 7 p.m. Mondays, March 22-April 5, in the Great Hall of Holloway Hall.  Sponsored by the Office of Cultural Affairs, Salisbury University. Admission is free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6271.

April 2nd - Dr. Katalin Szlavecz, Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University,  "An End-to-end System for Soil Monitoring in the Baltimore Ecosystem Study." Seminar will be held on Friday at 2pm in the Technology Research Center, Room 206, on the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus. The seminar, which is a part of the CUERE Seminar Seriesm, 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.

Celebrate Earth Week at Frostburg State University - April 20 - 24, 2010

Share the Road and other April events to celebrate "Earth Month at Maryland" - Celebrate Earth Month at University of Maryland, College Park

Lawmakers threaten to stall UM funding over poultry-farm lawsuit (By Annie Linskey and Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun, 3/27/10)

Oyster shell-recycling program launched: Restaurants to collect shells to be used for new reefs (By Pamela Wood, The Capital, 3/26/10) [Article quotes the staff of the Horn Point Laboratory at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science]

Maryland's First Oyster Shell Recycling Alliance Begins (County Times - Southern Maryland Online, 3/25/10) [Article quotes the staff of the Horn Point Laboratory at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science]

USM Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative

DOTS: New signs will make biking safer - Cyclists are encouraged to use streets, not sidewalks (By Leyla Korkut, The Diamondback Online, 3/22/10)

State of Maryland

Howard pushes wastewater reuse: Proposal would help county grow and keep bay clean (By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun, 3/28/10)

Sludge by drainage ditch brings $4,000 fine: State environmental agency ends investigation of Shore farm (By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun, 3/27/10)

Committee rejects delegate's wind energy regulation bills (By Kevin Spradlin, The Cumberland Times News as reported by The Baltimore Sun, 3/27/10)

Sewer overflow releases 15,000 gallons into Loch Raven Watershed:

Impact considered minimal, public works officials say (By The Baltimore Sun Staff, The Baltimore Sun, 3/25/10)

National and International News

Masdar: Abu Dhabi's carbon-neutral city (By Tom Heap, BBC News, 3/28/10)

Attenborough aghast at global decline of butterfly population: Disappearance of species points to catastrophic environmental damage, says Sir David (By Michael McCarthy, The [UK] Independent, 3/26/10)

EPA Proposes Veto of Mine Permit Under the Clean Water Act (EPA News Release, 3/26/10)

Climate bill could face threats from left (By Ben Geman, The Hill, 3/26/10)

Earth Hour - climate change campaigners urge global switch-off: The fourth annual lights-out event expects 1 billion participants, and will include international landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State building and the Burj Khalifa (By Jonathan Watts, The [UK] Guardian, 3/26/10)

Rajendra Pachauri - Climate scientists face 'new form of persecution': IPCC chair accuses politicians and sceptics of portraying scientists as 'criminals' through attacks on their credibility (By David Adam, The [UK] Guardian, 3/26/10)

Disputed Bay of Bengal island 'vanishes' say scientists: A tiny island claimed for years by India and Bangladesh in the Bay of Bengal has disappeared beneath the rising seas, scientists in India say. (The BBC News, 3/24/10)

Scientists Create New Super-Insulating Smart Roof From Cooking Oil (By Brit Liggett,, 3/22/10)

Trashless (Reported by Dick Gordon, The Story - NPR, 3/24/20)

Ford Saves $1.2 Million and Reduces CO2 Emissions by Around 20,000 Tons by Turning Computers Off (By Michael Graham Richardson,, 3/23/10)

After Health, Obama allies zero in on Climate (AFP as reported by Yahoo News, 3/22/10)

U.S. Bolsters Chemical Restrictions for Water (By Charles Duhigg, The New York Times, 3/22/10)

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