Warming Watersheds: Backyard Climate Blog

The Chesapeake Bay forms the largest estuary in the United States. As such, it provides critical habitats and breeding grounds for thousands of species of fish, birds, mammals, and other wildlife. The changing climate has created new challenges for the Chesapeake that threaten to alter the entire ecology of the Bay.

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Maryland As Window To The World: Backyard Climate Blog

We know global warming is heating the planet, but how do we know if something is happening right in our own backyards due to climate change? This new blog series will look at the local impacts of a global phenomenon.
Image: Maryland Science Center, courtesy: Michael Eckrich-Neubauer http://www.panoramio.com/photo/12916605

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It’s In Your Backyard: The Backyard Climate Blog

We know global warming is heating the planet, but how do we know if something is happening right in our own backyards due to climate change? This new blog series will look at the local impacts of a global phenomenon.
Image: Sunset on Baltimore Harbor

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Muck and Money?

The Exxon Valdez belched its errant oil onto the shores of Valdez, Alaska 20 years ago.
Ten years ago, I had a reporting crisis over the question: Had Valdez recovered?

Image courtesy: NOAA, pooled oil is shown stranded in the rocks.

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20 Years Later: Exxon Valdez Spill Lingers

Just after midnight on this day in 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez crashed against a reef off the coast of Alaska. Nearly 10.8 million gallons of crude oil spilled into the surrounding waters of the Prince Island Sound. And now, two decades later, the after effects of the Valdez spill linger.
Image courtesy: NOAA, Workers using high-pressure, hot-water washing to clean an oiled shoreline.

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Climate 101

A group of government agencies has just released “an easily readable document” consisting of the things you need to know in order to be literate about the science of climate change. It is a non-political review of the scientific facts and a must-read as far as we’re concerned.

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Pollution Gives Asthma to the Unborn

Pregnant women go to great lengths to ensure good health for their unborn babies: cutting out things like alcohol or caffeine while adding certain recommended foods. But evidence is mounting for a risk factor that moms-to-be can’t easily control: where they live during pregnancy.

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Science Friction

Can the newly appointed team of scientific advisors give the president realistic solutions for threats like global warming? Eliene Augenbraun shares her thoughts on conflicting scientific truth and political policy.

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2009 Franklin Medalists and Bower Award Winners Announced

The Franklin Institute has announced this years laureates honoring the “best of the best” in science and technology.

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Tree Death Update

A new report published by government scientists today in the journal Science says that tree deaths have more than doubled in older forests across the western U.S., with global warming to blame. ScienCentral News recently reported on one of the major ways this is playing out: with the help of tiny beetles that are killing trees by the millions.

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