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Groups urge bigger targets, more equity as RGGI states consider changes

By Lisa Prevost

As the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, known as RGGI, undergoes a thorough review by participating states, environmental advocates are demanding more ambitious emission reduction targets and a mandate for equitable distribution of the revenues.

12/21/21
                                                               

How the coastal mid-Atlantic is haunted by sea-level rise

By Samantha Harrington Photo: Cody Pfister

From ghost forests to sinking farmland, coastal salt marshes are rapidly shifting as the oceans rise. The Local Motives team, Nate Murray and Cody Pfister, traveled to New Jersey and Maryland to understand the impact of sea-level rise. In the past, marshes migrated naturally in response to changes, but now those shifts are happening much more quickly and as marshes move inland, they run into human development and farm land.

11/05/21
                                                               

The region can’t meet its climate change commitments without reducing car-dependence, a study reveals

By Bill Pugh

This month the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB), the region’s lead transportation planning agency, presented two important initial findings from its Climate Change Mitigation Study on what it must do to tackle climate change:

09/27/21
                                                               

Environmental groups welcome volunteers back to oyster planting in the Baltimore Harbor for the first time since the pandemic began

By Christine Condon

Sunday, for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, volunteers made their way to Baltimore’s Downtown Sailing Center for a day of oyster gardening.

College students and retirees alike converged on the docks to build wire cages to house baby oysters, which appeared as tiny dots on thick gray shells.

09/26/21
                                                               

Md. leaders kick off ‘drive electric’ week in Annapolis

By Luke Lukert Photo: Luke Lukert

Elected officials from Maryland met at the City Dock in Annapolis on Sunday to push drivers towards electric cars.The event kicked off National Drive Electric Week. “We know what climate change looks like in the city of Annapolis. We feel it on many days of the year of the year when you get turned around at the Eastport Bridge because there’s been flooding, or when you can’t get to the businesses on Dock Street because there’s flooding,” said Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley.

09/26/21
                                                               

UMD students, other activists rally for climate legislation in front of McKeldin Library

By Shreya Vuttaluru Photo: Joe Ryan/The Diamondback

The sky was cloudless and clear blue. A slight breeze blew 13-year-old Erin Dalgliesh’s hair Friday afternoon as they sat on the steps in front of McKeldin Library at the University of Maryland, waiting to take part in a planned climate strike.

09/25/21
                                                               

Montgomery County students take part in Global Climate Strike

By Randi Bass

Environmental activist Greta Thunberg called on young people across the world to put climate change back in the spotlight, as part of her “Fridays for Future” Global Climate Strike on Friday. Students in our own backyard heard her loud and clear, with students from seven Montgomery County high schools planning to take to their campuses to spread the word.

09/24/21
                                                               

Md. Environmental Chief Hails New EPA Climate Rule and State’s Role as a Pathfinder

By Josh Kurtz

Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles on Thursday hailed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for new rules phasing out a class of super-polluting gases that are far more potent than carbon dioxide.

09/24/21
                                                               

Roadway Floods in Maryland Caused More Than $15M in Economic Losses Last Year. These Projects Could Help

By Rosanne Skirble

A new report puts a dollar value on what it means to get stuck on flooded roads in Maryland. In the first eight months of 2020, the economic cost of motorist and freight delays was nearly $15.1 million, according to the study, in which researchers analyzed the effect of flooding on about 20% of state-maintained roadways, or about 15,000 lane miles.

09/22/21
                                                               

Washington County commissioners OK solar farm change designed to protect agriculture

By Mike Lewis

The Washington County commissioners Tuesday approved a zoning change to protect the area’s best farmland from being developed into solar fields. The proposal has been months in the making and was the topic of public meetings and hearings during the summer.

09/15/21