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July 30, 2013

Maryland Climate Change Summit

Several hundred people gathered at the Maritime Institute conference facility in Baltimore for the Maryland Climate Change Summit on July 25. The Summit was kicked off with a talk by Governor Martin O’Malley to a standing room only audience. Governor O’Malley likened climate change to gravity–physics, pure and simple but also acknowledged that the response […]

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July 25, 2013

Maryland releases a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan

The first five sentences of Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan summarize what we need to know and do. 1) Climate change is real. 2) Scientists agree. 3) It’s happening now. 4) It’s harmful and human caused. 5) We can make a difference through our actions. These simple statements are backed up with a wealth of […]

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July 23, 2013

Having fun while developing an environmental philosophy

‘Having fun’ refers to enjoying the journey of an environmental campaign. Environmental issues are typically serious business and people burn out by being serious all the time. Having fun conjures up images of smiles and chuckles. Having fun warms the heart, and makes the experience more memorable. Having fun can inspire people and make them […]

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July 18, 2013

Ten recommendations for effectively communicating science: Part 2

This blog is the second part to a two-part series of ten recommendations for effectively communicating science. Listed are five recommendations on ways to effectively communicate science. Recommendation 6. Build relationships that will make science communication more effective We have found that building key relationships with decision makers and their staff is important in delivering […]

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July 16, 2013

Recommendations for effectively communicating science: Part 1

This blog is the first part to a two-part series of ten recommendations for effectively communicating science. Listed are five recommendations to effectively communicate science to your audience. Recommendation 1. Communicate science unto others as you would have them communicate unto you Probably everyone who has attended school has been subjected to some really BAD […]

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July 11, 2013

Awakening Environmental Passion

‘Awakening Environmental Passion’ refers to tapping the environmental passion created when people publicly say “I care about this place”. This caring about a place comes from the heart, and environmental passion can create the motivation to accomplish change (hands) and persist to face of adversity (head). These heart, hands and head aspects of awakening environmental […]

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July 9, 2013

Do not go gently into that black abyss of Chesapeake Bay monitoring cuts

At the June Science and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) meeting and at the Science and Technical Analysis and Reporting (STAR) meeting, we were presented with the scenarios of a $1.1-1.2 million dollar cut to the Chesapeake Bay monitoring program. This would be a nearly 25% reduction of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding for the […]

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July 3, 2013

Enhancing the Chesapeake Bay report card with new indicators and new methods

On 27 June 2013, Caroline Wicks presented the STAR seminar in anticipation of the 2012 Chesapeake Bay report card release. The seminar was entitled ‘Enhancing the Chesapeake Bay report card with new indicators and new methods‘. Please upgrade your browser In capturing the discussion following the seminar, I have converted the discussion into a series […]

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July 1, 2013

Coastal Bays report card launch

The Maryland Coastal Bays report card launch was held on 27 June 2013, on a Mickey Fins balcony overlooking the Coastal Bays waterways. It was a gorgeous day with a nice breeze and stupendous views. Dave Wilson, the Executive Director of the Maryland Coastal Bays Program, was the Master of Ceremonies for the report card […]

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