Tag: pollution

Greenlaurel: ’Unprecedented recovery’ in Chesapeake Bay’s sea grasses directly tied to clean-up efforts

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Sea grasses in the Chesapeake Bay. Photo credit: Jon LefCheck, via UMCES.

A first-of-its-kind study has revealed that the decades-long “Save the Bay” effort is working. Underwater sea grasses, vital to the bay’s ecosystem, are at their highest levels in nearly 50 years. Not only is this good news for the Chesapeake Bay, but the research provides hope for other impaired estuaries, proving that a coordinated government collaboration focused on reducing pollution can lead to real restoration.

Greenlaurel: Tackling Trump’s Environmental Mess, Maryland Legislators Propose Important Eco-Bills in 2018

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In one short year, Trump has reversed more than 60 federal environmental regulations. The gutting of federal green regulations makes state-level environmental legislation proposed in this year’s Maryland General Assembly session that much more critical.

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

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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.

Baltimore Aquarium Joins National Coalition Pledging to Fight Plastic Pollution

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Plastic bottles at Fort McHenry. Photo via National Aquarium.

The National Aquarium in Baltimore is banding together with 18 other aquariums around the country to reduce plastic pollution.

GreenLaurel: Will Maryland Ban ‘Foam’ Food Containers?

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Avoid using foam cups. Instead of tossing, use foam cups to collect grease and fats when cooking. Fat and grease should never go down any drain (including the toilet!)

A coalition of anti-trash groups and governmental agencies is urging the Maryland General Assembly to consider a bill that would ban the foam. If approved, organizations in Maryland would not be able to package food in foam products, cups, to-go clam shell boxes and trays.

Local Group Awarded Nearly $25,000 for ‘Keep Herring Run Parks Beautiful’ Campaign

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Photo via Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks

A nonprofit dedicated to preserving Herring Run Park in Northeast Baltimore has received a $24,500 grant to improve the vast green space.

Two Maryland Lawmakers Introduce Measures to Quell Styrofoam Pollution

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Photo by Mattes, via Wikimedia Commons

Looking into the Jones Falls or the Inner Harbor on a given day, it’s easy to spot shards of styrofoam containers floating by or building up. This year, two Maryland lawmakers are hoping to change that by introducing legislation that would ban sales of the foam packaging across the state.

Mr. Trash Wheel Has Officially Consumed 1,000,000 Pounds of Garbage

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Courtesy Waterfront Partnership
Courtesy Waterfront Partnership

Baltimore’s favorite trash-eating machine has now swallowed up more than one million pounds of the city’s waste in just two-and-a-half years in existence.

Harbor East Marina Adds 25 Oyster Cages to Inner Harbor’s Eco-Friendly Collection

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Courtesy @Ruthlestiltskin/Ruth Morton of FOX45
Courtesy @Ruthlestiltskin/Ruth Morton of FOX45

The Inner Harbor is farming more oysters, but not to eat. This morning, Harbor East Marina staff placed 25 cages along the promenade wall to help clean up the harbor’s murky waters.

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