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bos2“Frost Fairs,” the Little Ice Age and Climate Change

By Remi Shaull-Thompson – Scientific American – May 7, 2019
Scientists do not fully understand what caused the Little Ice Age. Data from tree and ice cores suggests that there was a drop in solar energy—incoming radiation from the sun. The sun’s activity, including the radiation it gives off and the number of sunspots, fluctuates periodically. It could have been volcanoes too. There is evidence that there were more volcano eruptions after 1200; the ash volcanoes spew into the air cools the earth by blocking out the sun. Read full blog post here.

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Coastal Recovery: Bringing a Damaged Wetland Back to Life

By Jim Morrison – YaleEnvironment 360 – May 9, 2019
Standing atop a 10-foot dune at the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge on Delaware Bay, refuge manager Al Rizzo describes one of the largest and most complex wetlands restoration projects ever mounted, a $38 million attempt to return 4,000 acres back to what nature intended. Read full story here.

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bos2Four New (Old) Ways the White House is Trying to Restrict Science for Policymaking

By Andrew Rosenberg – Union of Concerned Citizens – April 25, 2019
Yesterday, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the White House issued new “guidance” for the Administration toImprove Implementation of the Information Quality Act”. Unfortunately, it reads like a re-hashing of some of the worst ideas for restricting the use of science in policymaking from the last five years or so. Way back in 2015, when some members of Congress were trying some of these same tricks to tip the scales in favor of regulated industrwe summarized them in a Policy Forum article in Science. Here we go again—but this time, the Trump administration is trying to push these changes through unilaterally, the latest round in a long list of efforts to push science to the sidelines. Read full blog post here.

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‘Historic day for Scotland’ as beavers get protected status

By Libby Brooks – The Guardian – May 1, 2019
Wildlife campaigners have hailed a “historic day for Scotland” as beavers are granted protected status a decade after their successful reintroduction in Argyll.
It is now illegal to kill the animals or destroy established dams and lodges without a license. While wildlife groups emphasize the widespread ecological benefits of the beavers’ reintroduction, including increasing biodiversity and reducing flood risk, farming representatives continue to raise concerns about damage to agricultural land and waterways. Read full article here.

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bos2Wildflowers: robust, low-maintenance, pollinator-friendly

Associated Press – The Mercury – Apr 21, 2019
Gardeners trying to lure pollinators to their landscape would be wise to mimic nature and plant wildflowers. The attractive perennials tolerate harsh climates, seldom need fertilizing and resist most diseases and insect pests. Wildflowers are durable, too, requiring little or no irrigation once established. “They bloom early and establish nicely to make a very natural colony,” said Barry Glick, owner of Sunshine Farm and Gardens in Renick, West Virginia. But beware: Some native plants are invasive. Read full story here.

 

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3 Bills Would Ease Rules Around Wetland Development

By Tracy Loew – Statesman Journal – U.S. News – April 22, 2019
Developers would be able to build in wetlands more cheaply and quickly if three bills in the Oregon Legislature are approved. The legislation would reduce the amount of wetland mitigation required in some cases, streamline the permitting process and create a pilot program to create a local mitigation bank, the Statesman Journal reported Monday. Backers say the bills will help address Oregon’s housing crisis and spur economic development. Read full story here.

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bos2Green infrastructure benefits extend beyond stormwater

By Joan Smedinghoff – Chesapeake Bay Program – April 12, 2019
When it comes to community infrastructure, many local officials are looking for solutions that serve multiple purposes. That’s where green infrastructure, such as the curb extension pictured above, can come into play. As the name suggests, curb extensions increase the space between the curb and the sidewalk (or, conversely, decrease the space between the curb and car). In that new space, cities can place many different solutions to fit their needs: benches, trash cans, gardens, trees, artwork—you name it. When coupled with green infrastructure practices like permeable pavement or rain gardens, these curb extensions can meet multiple needs.
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Fifteen AGs slam Trump move to limit federal authority under Clean Water Act

By Steven Mufson – The Washington Post – April 16, 2019
Attorneys general from 14 states and the District of Columbia on Tuesday vehemently opposed the Trump administration’s proposal to roll back a regulation known as Waters of the United States, a move they said would end federal oversight of 15 percent of streams and more than half of the nation’s wetlands. The limit on the federal government’s authority to regulate the pollution of wetlands and tributaries that run into the nation’s largest rivers would be a major win for builders, farmers, coal miners and frackers. Read full story here.

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bos2Celebrating 10 Years of Atlantic White Cedar Planting!

National Aquarium – April 10, 2019
For 10 years, the National Aquarium’s Conservation team—in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and the Chesapeake Bay Trust—has been working to restore valuable habitats aNassawango Creek Preserve. This area is home to 60 species of migratory birds and numerous rare plant species. In the past, the Atlantic white cedar was abundant along Maryland’s Eastern Shore. However, these trees have been over-harvested and the wetland ecosystems they depend on have been drained. Read full blog post here.

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Trump to issues executive orders seeking to speed up oil and gas projects

By Toluse Olorunnipa and Steven Mufson – The Washington Post – April 10, 2019 – Video
President Trump signed a pair of executive orders on Wednesday seeking to make it easier for firms to build oil and gas pipelines and harder for state agencies to intervene, a move that drew immediate backlash from some state officials and environmental activists. The executive action seeks to rein in states’ power by changing the implementation instructions, known as guidance, that are issued by federal agencies, according to one of the orders.  Read full story and view video here.

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