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WYPR (NPR) Radio (Tue 31 Mar, 2015)
Protections for Honey Bees Killed by Farm Lobby
Staff quoted: Eric Schott
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Populations of honey bees have been falling over the last decade, eliminating pollinators necessary for the farming of many fruits, vegetables, and nuts.

WAMU (NPR) News (Fri 27 Mar, 2015)
How A Maryland Hatchery Is Helping Chesapeake Bay Oysters Bounce Back
Staff quoted: Don Meritt, Stephanie Alexander
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Maryland harvests of native oyster are, by some estimates, now less than 1 percent of what they once were. And the dramatic decline of this pollution-filtering bivalve has changed the entire ecology of the Chesapeake Bay. But scientists say all hope is not lost for the humble oyster.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Thu 26 Mar, 2015)
Sponge symbionts and the marine P cycle
Staff quoted: Fan Zhang
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Marine sponges are ubiquitous colonizers of shallow, clear-water environments in the oceans (1, 2). Sponges have emerged as significant mediators of biogeochemical fluxes in coastal zones by virtue of respiring organic matter and facilitating both the consumption and release of nutrients (3, 4). Sponges gain their nutrition through filtering out plankton and organic detritus and through uptake of dissolved organic matter from seawater (4). Many species host diverse microbial symbiont communities that contribute to digestion and nutrient release from the filtered organics, and in some species cyanobacterial symbionts can supply fresh photosynthate to meet a substantial fraction of the sponge energy requirements (5). In PNAS, Zhang et al. (6) reveal a major and heretofore unknown role for sponges with regard to the marine phosphorus cycle. The authors present strong evidence for polyphosphate (poly-P) production and storage by sponge endosymbionts. Zhang et al. also may have detected apatite, a calcium phosphate mineral, in sponge tissue. This work has major implications for our understanding of nutrient cycling in reef environments, the roles played by microbial endosymbiont communities in general, and aspects of P cycling on geologic timescales.

Annapolis Green (Wed 25 Mar, 2015)
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science: 90 Years
Staff quoted: Bill Dennison
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The Star Democrat (Tue 24 Mar, 2015)
Boesch speaks on the impacts of climate change
Staff quoted: Don Boesch
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WYE MILLS — About 35 percent of Eastern Shore residents are concerned with the implications of climate change, according to a recent survey conducted by George Mason University and funded by the Town Creek Foundation, said Dr. Donald Boesch in a talk at the Aspen Institute on Friday, March 20.

Think Progress (Mon 23 Mar, 2015)
Maryland Has A Plan To Turn Chicken Poop Into Energy
Staff quoted: Bill Dennison
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For decades, Maryland has seen its dream of cleaning up the polluted Chesapeake Bay buried under a mountain of chicken poop. Chicken manure — a waste-product of the state's booming chicken industry — has long been used as fertilizer for Maryland's farms, but it also contributes to nutrient runoff that pollutes the Chesapeake.

Alaska Dispatch News (Sun 22 Mar, 2015)
With Chuitna, Alaska faces a historic decision for wild salmon habitat protection
Staff quoted: Margaret Palmer
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In the coming months, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources must decide whether to reserve water in the Middle Fork of the Chuitna River to protect wild salmon, or allow the water, and wild salmon, to be removed by a coal company to extract coal for export to Asia.

The Washington Examiner (Fri 20 Mar, 2015)
BP spars with states, feds over Gulf of Mexico health
Staff quoted: Don Boesch
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Sniping between BP and the governments affected by the oil giant's Gulf of Mexico 2010 oil spill is reaching a fever pitch as the five-year anniversary of the largest spill in U.S. history approaches.

Chemical and Engineering News (Mon 16 Mar, 2015)
Figuring Out Fracking Wastewater
Staff quoted: Jenna Luek
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Almost 3 million gallons of concentrated salt water leaked in early January from a ruptured pipeline at a natural gas drilling site near Williston, N.D. The brine, a by-product of the oil and gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, spilled into two creeks that empty into the Missouri River, according to news reports. Although a state health official said the salty water was quickly diluted once it reached the Missouri, the spill—large by North Dakota standards—raised questions about the contents of the brine.

The Diamondback (Fri 13 Mar, 2015)
After snow, 10 tons of chemicals for melting ice could have lasting effects
Staff quoted: Bill Dennison
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While snow and ice from the storm last week has disappeared, the road salt used to get rid of it could create detrimental season-long environmental impacts, university landscape service officials said.

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