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The Washington Post (Sat 19 Dec, 2009)
Planet Panel: Too little, too late
Staff quoted: Don Boesch
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By any objective measure the three-page Copenhagen Accord that the Conference failed to approve but simply "to take note" of has to be viewed as a lost opportunity. Despite its positive characterization by President Obama, British Prime Minister Brown, UN Secretary Moon, the Sierra Club president and others as a historic beginning, meaningful, catalyzing, a breakthrough or important first steps, this glass is not even half-full. The President certainly avoided overstatement when he acknowledged that it "will not be sufficient" and "is not a perfect agreement." However, the Accord might still put pressure on Congress to pass legislation that would give the U.S. government the authority and credible leadership that it lacked in Copenhagen.

The Easton Star Democrat (Fri 18 Dec, 2009)
Commentary - Predicting our climate carefully
Staff quoted: Tom Malone
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CAMBRIDGE - If world leaders do their homework for the United Nations Climate Change Conference now wrapping up in Copenhagen, they will do well to heed the advice of an international group of oceanographers and marine ecologists led by Dr. Tom Malone, a professor at the Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) in Cambridge.

The Washington Post (Fri 18 Dec, 2009)
Planet Panel: Common but different responsibilities
Staff quoted: Don Boesch
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The sharing of reductions of greenhouse gas emissions among nations is challenging because the emissions are so disproportionate. Fair and effective burden sharing will be critical to an international agreement. One provocative approach developed by a group scholars mainly at Princeton University is based on the concept of "common but differentiated responsibilities" for emissions of individuals instead of nations. Their report is freely available online here.

The Washington Post (Thu 17 Dec, 2009)
Bay foundation faces test in face of federal cleanup effort
Staff quoted: Don Boesch
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At the podium, a political science professor was ripping into the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the well-funded granddaddy of bay area environmentalism. The Chesapeake's biggest fight in a generation is starting, he was saying. And the foundation is too timid to win it.

Southern Maryland News (Wed 16 Dec, 2009)
Spending bill to send millions to region: Needy, transportation, military, to receive funds
Staff quoted: Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
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The fiscal year 2010 federal omnibus spending bill that awaits President Barack Obama's signature includes millions of dollars headed to Southern Maryland for a range of social service programs, oyster replenishment initiatives, highway and mass transit projects, public safety investments and a new engineering facility at Webster Field.

The Maryland Gazette Newspapers (Wed 16 Dec, 2009)
Briefs: Bay 'dead zone' still bad in '09
Staff quoted: Bill Dennison
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ANNAPOLIS - The low-oxygen "dead zone" in the Chesapeake Bay this summer was slightly larger than average and bigger than scientists had predicted, officials said.

The Annapolis Capital (Mon 14 Dec, 2009)
Finding the right home for oysters: With old shells scarce, Army Corps tests alternative materials
Staff quoted: UMCES
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Baby oysters do best when they are put on top of old oyster shells. But what's one to do when there are no more oyster shells?

The Washington Post (Fri 11 Dec, 2009)
Planet Panel - What planet are they on?
Staff quoted: Don Boesch
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I am in Maryland, not Copenhagen, but I am wondering whether anyone at COP15, other than the Saudi Arabian negotiator, is paying any attention at all to the Climategate/Swifthack (take your pick) e-mail controversy that has obsessed the media here. Just in the past few days the Washington Post ran full throated attacks on climate science by George Will and Sarah Palin.

The Baltimore Sun (Thu 10 Dec, 2009)
Water pollution abuses 'a reporting error'
Staff quoted: Don Boesch
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A series of water pollution violations reported at the University of Maryland's Horn Point environmental laboratory were not violations at all, but "a reporting error," the Maryland Department of the Environment said Wednesday.

The Baltimore Sun - Bay and Environment Blog (Thu 10 Dec, 2009)
On pollution report, an error of omission - and judgment
Staff quoted: Don Boesch
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It turns out that one of the Maryland facilities cited by a coalition of environmental groups as an example of lax water pollution enforcement was an example of something else – poor record-keeping on the part of government, and poor judgment on the part of this reporter.

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