Weekly Environmental News – July 21-27, 2013: sea-level rise, wetland destruction, and Baltimore City’s first bike repair stand

Energy efficiency from on-site power plant Combined heat and power (CHP) systems like those used at the Back River wastewater treatment plant in Baltimore City can save energy by producing it onsite, using excess heat to power cooling systems, and disconnecting from the main grid during disruptions so that systems can run continuously. Five such […]

Weekly Environmental News, July 14-21 – Batteries, Gasland Part II, Wildfires and More

Wildfire at Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge

This week’s stories include utilities testing a new kind of battery that could help prevent blackouts; “Gasland Part II” takes aim at the political system; wildfires likely to get worse out West; and oxygen depletion kills fish in Baltimore. Battery Seen as Way to Cut Heat-Related Power Losses Several utilities in the U.S. and Europe […]

Weekly Environmental News, July 7-13, 2013: Bay Watershed Agreement, Algae in China, and more

Abridged Draft of Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement Open for Public Comment Visit the Chesapeake Bay Program website to view the abridged draft of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. Readers can review the goals and measurable targets that address water quality, Bay fisheries and habitat, land conservation and public access. The draft is open for public […]

Weekly Environmental News, June 30-July 6, 2013 – wind power, urban streams, nocturnal birds and more

Last week the U.K. celebrated the inauguration of the world’s largest wind energy array, Baltimore took the spotlight on NBC, and a once presumed extinct bird made it’s film debut. Offshore windfarm opens, can power half a million U.K. homes  The world’s largest offshore windfarm, the London Array, officially opened this week 20 kilometers (12.42 […]

Weekly Environmental News, June 23-29 – Obama’s climate change plan, storm suppression, dirty beaches and more

Coal power plant

Last week President Obama unveiled a plan to curb carbon emissions, a new study showed how air pollution may have reduced the frequency of large storms, an environmental group published a list of the cleanest and dirtiest beaches, the World Bank expressed worries about the impacts of climate change on the global food system, and […]