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December 12, 2018

States can lead the way on climate change

Today, nations from around the world are in Poland working on a common set of rules that will govern the implementation of the Paris climate agreement and report on their progress. The citizens of Maryland and Virginia, as well as all those in other states across the country, have a stake in ensuring that the agreement succeeds.

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December 10, 2018

Compost: The Next Bin Thing

An expansion of composting across campus is creating a treasure of natural fertilizer while reducing food waste. The Office of Solid Waste and Recycling in Facilities Management has placed composting bins in 37 locations around campus, including McKeldin Library, the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center and Maryland Stadium.

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December 10, 2018

Making A Difference Awards

SustainableUMD received a Digital Media award at the Making A Difference awards ceremony hosted by the UMD Office of Community Engagement.

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December 10, 2018

Strong Growth in Carbon Emissions Expected for 2018

Global carbon emissions are set to hit an all-time high in 2018 according to the Global Carbon Project, a group of international researchers focused on global sustainability, including three from the University of Maryland’s Department of Geographical Sciences.

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December 6, 2018

Saving Species Through AI

The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species is a powerful tool for researchers and policymakers working to stem the global tide of species loss. But adding even a single species demands countless hours of expensive, rigorous research. The result is that vast numbers of species have never been assessed.

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November 30, 2018

Green Life is the Good Life

Students at Maryland can do more than expand their horizons. They can shrink their environmental footprint. The Office of Sustainability, in partnership with the Department of Resident Life and the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life, launched the Green Terp and Green Chapter programs to increase sustainable behaviors among students.

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November 29, 2018

3 Theme Questions With... Thomas Holtz

The latest climate change impact report reinforces the importance of what the Science & Global Change Scholars program covers with its students. Director Thomas Holtz talks about how migration & climate change are interlinked.

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November 29, 2018

The Growing Threat of Urban Flooding

In 2016, the Center for Disaster Resilience at the University of Maryland and Center for Texas Beaches and Shores at Texas A&M University, Galveston Campus initiated a joint study to identify the principal causes of flooding, determine the extent and consequences of urban flooding in the United States, and explore what actions might be taken to mitigate this flooding in the future.

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November 26, 2018

Visualizing Farm Loss

UMD doctoral student in plant science and landscape architecture shows changing climate and rising sea level impact on Maryland's Eastern Shore farms through use of a "story map."

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November 26, 2018

U.S. Climate Report Warns of Damaged Environment and Shrinking Economy

A major scientific report issued by 13 federal agencies presents the starkest warnings to date of the consequences of climate change for the United States, predicting that if significant steps are not taken to rein in global warming, the damage will knock as much as 10 percent off the size of the American economy by century’s end.

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