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News Archive

Week of June 4, 2012

News from Across the USM Campuses

Fish kills fade, troublesome algae remain (By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun, 6/4/12) [Article quotes Judy O'Neil, a scientist at the University of Maryland's Horn Point Environmental Laboratory]

FSU Renewable Energy Activities to Be Exhibited at House of Representatives (Frostburg State University News Release, 5/30/12)

Through June 10th - Art, Children's Literature, and the Environment: Art and Photography from Green Earth Book Awards. This event, co-sponsored by Salisbury University, is at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Arts, located at 909 South Schumaker Drive, Salisbury MD.

State of Maryland News

My renovation saga: Running hot and cold on green solutions (By Mary McCutcheon, The Washington Post, 6/4/12)

Maryland Tornadoes 2012: 10 Twisters Touched Down From Friday's Severe Storms (The Huffington Post, 6/4/12)

MD eyes growth pollution "offsets": Policy would favor redevelopment, likely raise costs for rural projects (By Tim Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun - B'More Green Blog, 5/30/12)

USM Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative

National and International News

Denying Global Warming Despite No Actual Expertise: Don't laugh: It's the wackiest and most extreme climate-change deniers who carry the most influence in Washington (By Bill McKibben,, 6/4/12)

Climate Change: Carbon Dioxide Levels In World's Air Reach 'Troubling Milestone' (By Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press as reported by The Huffington Post - Green Blog, 5/31/12)

North Carolina Bill Would Require Coastal Communities To Ignore Global Warming Science (By Joe Romm, - Climate Progress Blog, 5/31/12)

Bicycle Brilliance and the Greening of America's Streets: The Green Lane Project brings bicycling into the 21st century-with positive results for the nation's health, economy, environment and commutes (By Jay Walljasper,, 5/31/12)

Climate change: Arctic passes 400 parts per million milestone: Arctic monitoring stations show carbon dioxide levels are now above 400 parts per million. Carbon dioxide is the chief climate-change gas and stays in the atmosphere for 100 years. Before the Industrial Age, carbon dioxide levels were 275 ppm. (By Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press as reported by The Christian Science Monitor, 5/31/12)

How California Could Force the Rest of the US to Label GMO Foods (By Tom Philpott, Mother Jones, 5/31/12)

BP Oil Spill Emails Reveal High-Level Discord Over Flow Estimates (By John  Rudolf, The Huffington Post - Green Blog, 5/31/12)

Top US companies shelling out to block action on climate change: Analysis of 28 companies finds cases of support for thinktanks that misrepresent climate science, including Heartland Institute (By Suzanne Goldenberg, The [UK] Guardian, 5/30/12)

FACT CHECK: A tough-talking official's words don't match EPA's actions in policing oil and gas (The Associated Press as reported by The Washington Post - Business, 5/30/12)

International Energy Agency Finds ‘Safe' Gas Fracking Would Destroy A Livable Climate (By Joe Romm, - Climate Progress Blog, 5/30/12)

Southern Great Plains could run out of groundwater in 30 years, study finds: A new study looking at key aquifers beneath the Great Plains and California's Central Valley suggests that areas of Texas and Kansas are drawing groundwater at an unsustainable rate. (By Pete Spotts, The Christian Science Monitor, 5/30/12)

Extra heatwaves could kill 150,000 Americans by 2099 (By Michael Marshall, The New Scientist - Environment, 5/30/12)

The Simple, Inexpensive Breakthrough That Is Transforming American Cities

The Green Lane Project brings bicycling into the 21st century -- with positive results for the nation's health, economy, environment and commutes. (By Jay Walljasper,, 5/30/12)

Bikes Belong launches project for protected bikeways-Green Lane Project (, 5/29/12)

Meet Romney's-and Obama's-Climate Change Adviser: Gina McCarthy runs Obama's air policy. But before that, she ran Romney's. (By Kate Sheppard, Mother Jones Magazine, 5/29/12)

Supercomputer will help researchers map climate change down to the local level (By Stephen P. Nash, The Washington Post - National, 5/28/12)

Fukushima radiation seen in tuna off California (By Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters as reported by The Chicago Tribune, 5/28/12)

‘Green Economy' - New Disguise for Old Tricks? (By Giuliano Battiston, IPS News, 5/28/12

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