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Local connections take part in NYC Climate March PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Snyder   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 13:27
Climate MarchMy wife, Helena, and I were 2 of nearly 400,000 people marching for action on climate change in New York City this past weekend: the largest such rally in history.
After years of study into this issue, I have come to the following conclusions:
1. Despite on-going and healthy debate on the details, the core science of this issue is resolved: the planet is heating largely due to rising green house gases and the primary source of those gases is from human activity (in particular the burning of fossil fuels). This heating is giving rise to a rapidly changing climate, far outside of our planet's 'normal range'.
2. Despite any 'unknowns', there is a clear call to action.  We have to move beyond our unsustainable addiction to fossil fuels.  In my estimation, this is ...
Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission Will Meet to Discuss Health Report PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Advisory Committee   
Monday, 08 September 2014 08:58

The Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Advisory Commission will hold its next meeting on Monday, September 15, at the Lyric Theater in Frostburg, from 10 am to 4 pm. The meeting will focus on the health report and the State’s risk assessment. Results of the Maryland risk assessment will be presented and there will be an opportunity for questions. Drafts of the risk assessment will be made available to the public as soon as possible following the meeting.

Local Wildflowers Topic at Next Native Plant Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Liz McDowell   
Monday, 11 August 2014 13:55

mountain laurel DSCN2593The Western Mountains Chapter of the Maryland Native Plant Society will hold its regular meeting at the Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg on Tuesday August 19 at 7:00 p.m. The guest speaker will be Liz McDowell, local native plant enthusiast. Her program “Wildflowers of Mountain Maryland” will provide a closer look at many of the native plant species found in Allegany and Garrett Counties. Native flowering herbs, shrubs and vines that provide value for wildlife and people will be covered. The program will begin immediately following a brief MNPS chapter business meeting. The public is welcome to attend.

Liz McDowell has over 30 years of experience in education and the environment. She earned her MS in Wildlife Management at the Appalachian Laboratory at Frostburg ...

FSU Science Discovery Center to Host “Tanzania Cultural Tourism” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Courtesy, Frostburg State University News & Media Services   
Sunday, 27 April 2014 21:10

Frostburg State University will host a presentation on “Tanzania Cultural Tourism” presentation Wednesday, April 30, at 7:00 p.m. in the Compton Science Center first-floor Science Discovery Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The presentation will include an information session conducted by FSU graduate student Steria Ndaga and an informative video on Tanzania’s national parks. Ndaga is a high-ranking official in the Tanzania National Park Authority and brings a unique perspective about the challenges of simultaneously preserving unique natural areas and local cultures in developing countries.  

The presentation spans many topics – from conservation to cultural to associated economic issues. The event will also include a display featuring the ...

Gasland Part II and Discussion at ACM April 21 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gil Hazelwood, ACM PR Office   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 20:08

CUMBERLAND, Md. – Hydraulic fracturing, the controversial method of extracting natural gas from shale rock, will be examined Monday, April 21, when the documentary “Gasland Part II” is shown and discussed at Allegany College of Maryland.


ACM’s Peace Studies Club is presenting the film screening and panel discussion that follows in partnership with the Western Maryland Group of the Sierra Club, Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) and Citizen Shale.


Eric Robison, co-founder and president of Citizen Shale, a Maryland group concerned about the impact of proposed shale gas extraction in the western counties, will be among a panel that will discuss the issue.


The state’s Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative, administered jointly ...


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