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Week of January 7, 2013

News from Across the USM Campuses

Jan. 1st - Conference registration opens for Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference - Colleges and universities are incubators of innovation, tackling the biggest challenges of society through creative means. The 2013 Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference, to be held April 15-16 in Bethesda, MD, provides the setting to learn, share and explore how campuses are using their passion for innovation to develop technologies, infrastructure, programs and curricula that address the world's most pressing sustainability challenges. Registration

Jan. 29th - Garbology 101 - In this hands-on recycling workshop, attendees will learn the difference between trash and recyclables. Sorting "garbage" from recycling, we'll talk fact vs. fiction about the entire recycling process. Sign up for this workshop and leave a confident University recycler. After all, UM recycles much more than just paper. Join us for Garbology 101, and learn about what you can drop in those blue bins! This event will be held from Noon to 1 p.m., SMC Campus Center Green Room, on the campus of University of Maryland, Baltimore.

UMCP Spring and Summer 2013 Internships - 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 and surrounding region. Terps, thanks for leaving small footprints and helping to make UMD a national leader in sustainability. Click here to view all internship postings.

State of Maryland News

Cycling advocates find a lot to like in state, local bikeway plans (By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun, 1/3/13)

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, 1/2/13)    

Chesapeake Bay improving, foundation says: Bay Foundation sees slight gains, says much more needs to be done (By Tim Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun, 1/2/13)

USM Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative

National and International News

The Year Ahead in Keystone XL: Climate Worry Introduces Big Unknown

New leadership at the State Dept. and EPA-and the unexpected rise of climate change concern-mean the pipeline decision is still anyone's guess. (By Lisa Song, InsideClimate News, 1/7/13)

Study Strengthens Link between El Niño and Climate Change: The cycle of Pacific Ocean surface water warming and cooling has become more variable in recent decades, suggesting El Niño may strengthen under climate change (By Lauren Morello and ClimateWire, Scientific American, 1/5/13)

Chance for Cheap Climate Change Solution Fades: Delays in reducing emissions of the greenhouse gases causing global warming may mean combating climate change becomes prohibitively expensive (By Lisa Friedman and ClimateWire, Scientific American, 1/3/13)

Thirty Foot Waves, Arctic Storm Batter Shell's Grounded Oil Rig: 'Shell stands to profit from drilling in the Arctic Ocean, yet we all bear the risks.' (By Jon Queally,, 1/2/13)

Shell Drilling Ship Salvage Impeded By Storm (By Mary Pemberton, The Huffington Post, 1/2/13)

Climate Coverage Falls Further in 2012 (By Douglas Fischer, The Daily Climate as reported by Climate Central, 1/2/13)

Midwest Snowfall In 2013 Would Need To Be Extraordinary For Spring Drought Relief, Experts Say (By Jim Suhr, The Huffington Post, 1/2/13)

Wind Subsidies Find Renewal in Otherwise 'Lousy' Fiscal Deal: 'Supporting renewable sources energy that must be developed if we are to reverse global warming' (By Jon Queally,, 1/2/13)

What Does The Fiscal Cliff Debacle Say About Our Chances To Avoid The Far More Worrisome Climate Cliff? (By Joe Romm, - Climate Progress Blog, 1/1/13)

2012: the year we did our best to abandon the natural world - Emissions are rising, ice is melting and yet the response of governments is simply to pretend that none of it is happening (By George Monbiot, The [UK] Guardian, 12/31/12)

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