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Week of October 8, 2012

News from Across the USM Campuses

Oct. 11th - Rain Barrels 101: Saving for a Sunny Day - Interested in installing rain barrels at your home or just want to learn how to conserve water? Come to this workshop by Blue Water Baltimore to learn how easy it is to set up your own rain barrels! This workshop will be held from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at SMC Campus Center, Green Room at University of Maryland, Baltimore, located at 621 W. Lombard St. Baltimore, MD 21201.

Oct. 12th - Dr. James Connolly, Department of Urban Policy and Political Science, Northeastern University - "Organizing Urban Ecosystem Governance through Environmental Stewardship in New York City." Seminar will be held on Friday at 2:00pm in the Technology Research Center, Room 206, on the campus of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 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 on the UMBC campus shortly before seminar.

Oct. 17th - Where Do We Go From Here? 'Gasland' Screening and Discussion. The boom in natural gas drilling, a process called "fracking," raises concerns about health and environmental risks. Learn more at this screening of  "Gasland." The screening and discussion will be held from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the SMC Campus Center, Room 351, located at 621 W. Lombard St. Baltimore, MD 21201. The event, sponsored by UM Go Green, is free, and snacks will be provided. For more information, please email

State of Maryland News

Offshore Wind Environmental Studies To Start (By News Editor, Shawn J. Soper, The Maryland Coast Dispatch, 10/5/12)

Board of Public Works Approves Grants for Clean Water and the Chesapeake Bay:  Grants Will Reduce Nutrient Pollution, Improve Infrastructure (Maryland Department of the Environment Press Release, 10/3/12)

Offshore Wind in Md. Could Boost Recreational Fishing, Hurt Commercial Industry (By Rachel Pacella, Southern Maryland Online, 10/3/12)

USM Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative

National and International News

American Newspapers Give Far More Coverage To Climate Deniers And Skeptics Than Other Countries (By Stephen Lacey, - Climate Progress Blog, 10/5/12)

California Gas Prices Jump By Up To 20 Cents Overnight (By Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press as reported by The Huffington Post, 10/5/12)

Rebuffing Shell, Judge Affirms Greenpeace's Right to Protest: 'Civil disobedience is a right in democracies' says Greenpeace head (By Common Dreams staff,, 10/5/12)

Charts Reveal Drill, Baby, Drill Fails to Stop High Oil Prices (By Joe Romm, - Climate Progress, 10/3/12)

Penn State Won't Participate in Drilling Group's Controversial Fracking Study (By Nick DeSantis, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 10/3/12)

8 Out of 10 Undecided Voters Believe in Climate Change (By Brian Merchant, - Business/Environmental Policy, 10/2/12)

There IS a Bicycle Economy, Two Cities Find (By A.K. Streeter, - Transportation/Bikes, 10/2/12)

Ten Questions on Energy and the Environment Obama and Romney Should Answer at the Debate (By Mark Hertsgaard, The Nation, 10/2/12)

Irreversible Warming Will Cause Sea Levels to Rise for Thousands of Years to Come, New Research Shows (The Institute of Physics as reported by Science Daily, 10/2/12)

Special Report: The casualties of Chesapeake's "land grab" across America (, 10/2/12)

50 months to save the world - interactive: The world has 50 months to go before the dice become loaded against us in terms of keeping under a 2C temperature rise. We asked Guardian readers and public figures what they would do to lead us out of this climate predicament. From mass protest to pensions to personal carbon targets, here are their suggestions (By Garry Blight and Guardian Readers, The [UK] Guardian, 10/1/12)

Deepwater Horizon Talks Stall as Groups Haggle over Diminishing Penalties (By Common Dreams Staff,, 10/1/12)

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