USM National Green Campus
News Archive

Week of May 16, 2011

News from Across the USM Campuses

May 2011 Sustainability Events - University of Maryland, College Park

Green plan wins Bernstein Award (, 5/9/11)

University of Maryland team tests human-powered helicopter in pursuit of prize, world record (The Associated Press as reported by The Washington Post, 5/11/11)

Professor develops app to identify trees: Newly completed project combines computer, environmental sciences (By Maria Romas, The Diamondback Online, 5/10/11)

Confronting the ‘Anthropocene' (By Andrew C. Revkin, The New York Times - Dot Earth Blog, 5/11/11) [Article quotes Erle C. Ellis of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County]

A growing legacy: Students work to leave their mark on campus by building community gardens (By Claire Saravia, The Diamondback Online, 5/11/11)

Chesapeake crab assessment expected this summer, review and dredge survey to guide harvest (The Associated Press as reported by The [Columbus, IN] Republic, 5/11/11) [Article cites report by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science]

USM Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative

State of Maryland News

Gas price exceeds $4, but good news may be near (By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun - Getting There Blog, 5/11/11)

Constellation to install nation's largest solar roof project (By Hanah Cho and Bloomberg News, The Baltimore Sun, 5/11/11)

State battles woolly pest to save evergreens: Crews inject pesticide, cultivate beetles to protect hemlocks (By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun, 5/11/11)

'Code Green' on construction in MD (By Tim Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun - B'More Green Blog, 5/11/11)

Third Calvert Cliffs nuclear reactor clears environmental review: nOther regulatory hurdles remain (By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun, 5/11/11)

National and International News

Duncan: No national security without energy security (By Michael Brown, South Carolina Radio Network, 5/15/11)

U.S. Oil Production To Speed Up, Obama Announces (By Darlene Superville and Dina Capiello, The Associated Press as reported by The Huffington Post - Green Blog, 5/14/11)

UPDATE 2-Obama seeks more drilling in Alaska, Gulf of Mexico (By Jeff Mason and Tom Doggett, Reuters - Africa, 5/14/11)

NRC Changes Tune On Plant Safety (By Tom Zeller, Jr., The Huffington Post - Green Blog, 5/13/11)

Speculation explains more about oil prices than anything else (By Kevin G. Hall and Robert A. Rankin, McClatchy Newspapers, 5/13/11)

The Best Case Against Oil Subsidies (By David Callahan, The Huffington Post - Business Blog, 5/13/11)

Christiana Figueres: U.S. Inaction On Climate Change A 'Very Serious Hand Brake' On World Efforts (By Charles J. Hanley, The Huffington Post, 5/12/11)

Wikileaks: Hillary Clinton Fighting Secret Arctic Oil Wars (By John Hocevar, Greenpeace, 5/12/11)

U.N. Proposes 'Climate Services' To Help Developing Nations Deal With Onslaught Of Extreme Weather (By John Heilprin, The Associated Press as reported by the Huffington Post Blog, 5/12/11)

Floods threaten US refineries (AFP as reported by The [Australia] Age, 5/12/11)

Texas Fracking Bill Would Be First To Require Public Disclosure Of Gas Drilling Chemicals (By Ramit Plushnick-Masti, The Associated Press as reported by The Huffington Post Blog, 5/12/11)

Iraq: MI6 said invading Iraq could secure oil supplies - MI6 told Tony Blair's adviser there was no convincing intelligence that Iraq was involved in terrorism but removing Saddam Hussain could secure oil supplies, a top secret memo reveals. (By Duncan Gardham, The [UK] Guardian, 5/12/11)

Clouds, a Weapon Against Climate Change? University of Georgia researchers define a missing link in how clouds are formed (National Science Foundation Press Release, 5/11/11)

Exxon Pays a Lower Effective Tax Rate than the Average American - Exxon Mobil's accounting methods mask its low effective tax rate: it claims taxes that are paid by others, such as drivers at the pump and employee payroll taxes. (By Valeri Vasquez,, 5/11/11)

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