Tag: climate change

GreenLaurel: Will rain levels ever go back to normal?

When being no. 1 is not optimal. Credit: N.O.A.A.

This edition of GreenLaurel is sponsored by the upcoming Chesapeake Film Festival. On Saturday, October 13, the waterfront Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) will host a day of environmental films as part of the film festival. Click here for the full schedule of films.

To answer that question in the headline–no. This is a taste of the new normal. Scientists answered the rain question decades ago. Now we’re living with climate change, and it’s catching a lot of us off guard. Your next step might be awareness, then action and adaptation. We have a few ideas for all three.

Baltimore sues oil and gas companies for ‘knowingly contributing’ to climate change

A Shell oil refinery in Houston. Photo by Roy Luck, via Flickr.

The City of Baltimore is taking on the titans of the energy industry in court. This morning, City Solicitor Andre Davis filed a civil lawsuit in Baltimore City Circuit Court, seeking unspecified damages and penalties from more than two dozen oil and gas companies for their involvement in spurring climate change.

Greenlaurel: Free Eco-Film Screening at Senator Theater Nov. 14:


It’s not often that best-in-class environmental movies are screened in Baltimore — and, for free. Hopefully you were able to watch “Merchants of Doubt” on Nov 5, but if not, check out the documentary “Plastic Ocean” on Nov. 14. Learn who’s behind today’s climate change silence, and why our oceans are more abuzz with pollution than sea life. Both films will be followed by expert panel discussions.

‘Walking in Antarctica’: Artist Helen Glazer Presents Images from Tour

A work by Helen Glazer at Goucher College’s Rosenberg Gallery this month.

In 2015, artist Helen Glazer spent seven weeks exploring the Antarctic wilderness with her camera, studying ice formations and the complex interactions between wind, water and sun that sculpt the region’s frozen landscape. Her resulting exhibition of photographs and sculpture, entitled “Walking in Antarctica,” is now on view at Goucher College’s Rosenberg Gallery through Dec. 18.

Greenlaurel: Why Baltimore City Council’s Unanimous Climate Resolution is Important

Councilman Zeke Cohen surrounded by youth and environmental leaders in support of the city’s climate resolution.

At first glance, the Paris Climate Agreement resolution that the Baltimore City Council passed this week may seem perfunctory. After all, cities from Pittsburgh to Paris have voiced their opposition to President Trump’s anti-climate decision and pledged to support the global agreement.

Amid Defunding Threats, Hogan Signs Resolution Telling Trump, Congress to Protect Bay Program

Photo by Farragutful, via Wikimedia Commons

As expected, Gov. Larry Hogan today joined governors of other Chesapeake Bay region states in signing a resolution that calls on the president and federal lawmakers not to defund the 37-year-old Chesapeake Bay Program.

Pugh Joins Leaders on Climate Change: ‘We Are Still In’

Coastal flooding is expected to increase due to climate change making Inner Harbor flooding more commonplace.

After President Trump announced U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate agreement last week, 248 mayors signed onto a pledge to stay with their greening efforts. In that case, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh was not a signee (though she did release a statement over the weekend). However, Pugh is among the signatories of a new document.

Mayor Pugh, Kevin Plank, Hopkins President Pledge to Fight Climate Change After Trump Drop U.S. from Paris Agreement

Photo by Alfred Palmer, via Library of Congress

Late last week, President Donald Trump made the unsurprising announcement that he would remove the United States from a pact with 194 other countries to mitigate greenhouse gas production and fight global warming. Here in Baltimore, three of the city’s most influential figures responded with criticism, resilience and promises.

GreenLaurel: Four Ways Climate Change Is Affecting Baltimore Today


A smart bunch of oceanographers from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and others combed through 114 years of Maryland weather data. They discovered something you may already suspect: Baltimore’s weather and climate have changed significantly. Yet, how it’s changing — and will continue to change — our daily life may surprise you. Here’s what to expect and how you can be part of the climate solution. 

Maryland’s Offshore Wind Farm Moves Forward

Maryland's offshore wind farms are planned to be 12 miles off Ocean City's shores. Unlike some oceanic wind farms, Maryland's won't be visible from beaches. Credit: NREL
Maryland’s offshore wind farm is planned to sit 12 miles off Ocean City’s shores. Maryland’s wind farm won’t be visible from the coastline. Credit: NREL

Finally some good environmental news. Maryland’s offshore wind farm is one step closer to reality.  The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) will spend the next six months analyzing two bids to build clean energy off our windy shores. If all goes smoothly, wind turbines could be spinning and cranking out electricity by 2020.