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Article ID: 563139

Maryland Works To Become National Sustainability Leader

University of Maryland, College Park

The University of Maryland is making great strides to become a national leader where sustainability is concerned. UM's Scott Lupin heads up the Office of Sustainability on campus and recently talked about how the office came into being, what is going on campus now and plans for the future.

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7-Apr-2010 3:15 PM EDT
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Article ID: 563028

Exposure to Three Classes of Common Chemicals May Affect Female Development

Mount Sinai Health System

Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine have found that exposure to three common chemical classes—phenols, phthalates and phytoestrogens—in young girls may disrupt the timing of pubertal development, and put girls at risk for health complications later in life.

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5-Apr-2010 12:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 562581

Energy Crops Impact Environmental Quality

American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

A new review of scientific literature finds that removal of crop residue for biofuels can adversely impact soil and environmental quality. Conversely, dedicated energy crops can increase soil organic carbon concentration while providing biofuel feedstock.

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23-Mar-2010 3:25 PM EDT
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Article ID: 562996

How Many More Species Will Go the Way of the Dinosaur?

Saint Joseph's University

According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which is the oldest and largest global environmental network, governments have failed to meet targets to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010. Their recent message says we are now witnessing the greatest extinction crisis since dinosaurs disappeared from our planet 65 million years ago. While critics might counter that IUCN is engaging in hyperbole, claiming that extinction is part of the natural cycle, conservationist Scott McRobert, Ph.D., professor of biology at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pa., says that the urgent tone of the message is accurate, and the current mass extinction has little in common with that prehistoric event. So what is different?

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2-Apr-2010 1:50 PM EDT
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Green Is Spring’s Color as Designers Go Eco-Chic

Wake Forest University

Eco-fashion is one of the biggest trends of the decade, and designers are offering more stylish and affordable clothing as consumer demand rises. That’s why Wake Forest’s sustainability office and eco-designer Jenny Hwa will soon be co-hosting a fashion show of eco-chic clothing and accessories.

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2-Apr-2010 9:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 562898

Duck Winter Survival Rates Stabilize More than a Decade After Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

Allen Press Publishing

Although thousands of birds and mammals were killed immediately following the Exxon Valdez oil spill of 1989, the long-term effects of oil exposure on the region’s wildlife remain a concern.

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31-Mar-2010 8:30 PM EDT
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Article ID: 562895

Students Design Innovative Wastewater Treatment Process for Removing Pharmaceuticals

Ryerson University

Ryerson University Chemical Engineering students have discovered a potential solution to the rising levels of pharmaceuticals ending up in the water supply, particularly worrisome around hospitals and long-term care facilities, where pharmaceutical use is heavy. The foursome has designed an advanced wastewater treatment system which would remove 90 per cent of pharmaceuticals and endocrine-disrupting compounds (EDCs) using commercially available technology. Currently no such sewage treatment plant exists in North America.

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31-Mar-2010 4:30 PM EDT
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President Obama Addresses America’s Energy Challenges

National Wildlife Federation (NWF)

In a speech today, President Obama made a series of energy policy announcements, including expanded offshore oil drilling and new fuel economy standards for automobiles. The president also reiterated his call for Congress to deliver a comprehensive climate and energy bill this year.

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31-Mar-2010 2:35 PM EDT
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New Mathematical Model Helps Biologists Understand How Coral Dies in Warming Waters

Cornell University

Cornell University researchers have found a new tool to help marine biologists better grasp the processes under the sea: They have created mathematical models to unveil the bacterial community dynamics behind afflictions that bleach and kill coral.

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25-Mar-2010 2:30 PM EDT
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"Greening Our World:" Video of Furman University Panel Discussion Available Online

Furman University

On March 2, 2010, Furman University hosted a panel discussion titled “Greening our World: Sustainable Colleges, Corporations and Communities.” The discussion, moderated by former New York Times environmental reporter Andrew Revkin and featuring former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Christine Todd Whitman as one of five panelists, is available for viewing online.

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26-Mar-2010 11:30 AM EDT
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