Latest University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Stories

2010-01-07 19:09:18

Group cites extensive scientific evidence of permanent environmental damage and risks to human health Based on a comprehensive analysis of the latest scientific findings and new data, a group of the nation's leading environmental scientists are calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S Army Corps of Engineers to stay all new mountaintop mining permits. In today's edition of the journal Science, they argue that peer-reviewed research unequivocally documents irreversible...

2009-06-29 16:57:03

 An international team of scientists warns that accelerating losses of seagrasses across the globe threaten the immediate health and long-term sustainability of coastal ecosystems. The team has compiled and analyzed the first comprehensive global assessment of seagrass observations and found that 58 percent of world's seagrass meadows are currently declining.The assessment, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows an acceleration of annual seagrass loss...

2009-06-04 13:50:15

Weak enforcement combined with fishermen facing serious economic hardships are leading to widespread violations of fisheries regulations along the Northeastern United States coast. This pattern of noncompliance threatens the success of new fisheries management measures put in place to protect and restore fish stocks, according to a new study published online this week in the journal Marine Policy.Among their findings, environmental economists Dr. Dennis King of the University of Maryland...

2009-02-20 09:58:01

An international group of scientists is renewing calls for policymakers to reduce both nitrogen and phosphorus when attempting to alleviate eutrophication "“ or nutrient pollution problems "“ in fresh and coastal waters. In the February 20 edition of Science, the researchers argue that dual-nutrient reduction strategies are likely to be more successful due to complex interactions between nitrogen and phosphorus in fresh and coastal water ecosystems."If the overall goal of nutrient...

2009-01-07 08:30:11

An international group of scientists is linking nutrient pollution in the world's coastal seas to an increase in the number of harmful algal blooms reported in recent years. When harmful algal blooms (HAB's) occur, they taint seafood with toxins, cause human respiratory and skin irritations and cause fish or mammal kills in coastal waters. In the December edition of the journal Harmful Algae, scientists present a compilation of 21 articles outlining the role of nutrient pollution in the...

2008-07-23 00:00:29

A new research center focused on killing invasive species in Chesapeake Bay was announced Wednesday in Maryland. The Maritime Environmental Resource Center at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science will receive $5 million in state and federal funds over five years to target the more than 150 exotic species that have arrived in the bay. Some of the invasive species have overwhelmed native species, The Baltimore Sun reported. Many of the exotic species were inadvertently...

2008-07-22 06:00:00

By Tom Pelton, The Baltimore Sun Jul. 22--Scientists at a new research center in Maryland will test strategies to kill invasive species and prevent them from hurting the Chesapeake Bay, according to an announcement scheduled for today. More than 150 exotic species are now thriving in the bay, often hitchhiking here in the ballast water of ships from Asia and Europe. A few of the most aggressive, like the oyster-killing parasite MSX, have overwhelmed native creatures. The new Maritime...

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This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.