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By MORGAN GIBSON Capital News Service Thursday, April 15, 2010

WASHINGTON - Maryland's "difficult" decisions to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay are beginning to pay off, the state's congressional delegation was told Thursday, but there's still a long way to go.


By MORGAN GIBSON Capital News Service Wednesday, March 31, 2010

WASHINGTON - Maryland environmental groups were outraged over President Obama's announcement Wednesday lifting the 20-year ban on offshore drilling, saying the move could have disastrous effects on the Chesapeake Bay.


By JENNIFER HLAD Capital News Service Tuesday, February 16, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller Jr. said his bill to create a Chesapeake Conservation Corps accomplishes the second of the two most important legislative priorities this year: balancing the budget and creating jobs.

But Sen. Andy Harris, R-Baltimore County, says it fails at the first.

Miller, D-Calvert, touted his bill at a Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee hearing Tuesday, saying it is "about creating jobs for young people."


"I'm getting more optimistic than I was, say, five years ago, particularly with the federal government taking the action they're taking," said former Gov. Harry Hughes.


By JAMES B. HALE Capital News Service Thursday, December 3, 2009

ANNAPOLIS- Gov. Martin O'Malley announced plans to drastically change Maryland's oyster industry Thursday in the hopes of stimulating the state's economy and growing the dwindling oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay.

The three-pronged proposal includes plans to increase Maryland's network of oyster sanctuaries, expand areas available for aquaculture and private leasing of oyster harvesting, and protect current fisheries from leasing.


By DAVID M. JOHNSON Capital News Service Wednesday, December 2, 2009

WASHINGTON - Micro-finance institutions that serve an estimated half billion of the world's poor could be in a unique position to prepare developing countries for climate change, according to a report by one St. Mary's College professor.

As President Obama and other world leaders visit Copenhagen for the United Nations Climate Summit next week, economics professor Asif Dowla, hopes poorer nations and their people will be kept in mind when decisions are made.


By LINDSAY GSELL Capital News Service Friday, November 13, 2009

MOUNT RANIER - On a brisk fall night here, Brent Bolin fires up his corn-burning stove.

"It's great you can have some heat while you're sitting in your living room or doing whatever," said the 33-year-old National Institutes of Health employee. "It's a cozy, nice thing to have."


By DAVID M. JOHNSON Capital News Service Thursday, November 12, 2009

WASHINGTON - The world economy has reached a dangerous twilight at the end of the fossil fuel era, and urgently needs to change its energy sources, said Jeremy Rifkin, president of the Foundation on Economic Trends in Bethesda.

Businesses, however, can turn that impending disaster into opportunity by investing in green energy solutions.


By ALEKSANDRA ROBINSON Capital News Service Friday, October 30, 2009

WASHINGTON - The Chesapeake Bay is slated to get $50 million in funding thanks to an appropriations bill that passed the Senate last night and awaits President Obama's signature.


By ALEKSANDRA ROBINSON Capital News Service Wednesday, October 14, 2009

WASHINGTON - The head of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Wednesday implored Maryland Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin not to set local governments up for failure with his new Chesapeake Bay bill.


When John Smith traveled the bay 400 years ago, he wrote that oysters, "lay as thick as stones," and that sturgeon were plentiful -- "more than could be devoured by dog or man."


By CATHERINE KRIKSTAN Capital News Service Wednesday, September 16, 2009

ANNAPOLIS - For some, the recent wave of Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts has left out a crucial component of the watershed - watermen, who depend on the bay for their livelihoods, and who have suffered as it has declined.

Watermen are "fundamental to the Chesapeake Bay region's identity," said Tommy Landers, a policy advocate with Environment Maryland. The environmental advocacy group released a report Wednesday arguing that restoring the bay's ecosystem must include restoring the bay's communities.


By JAMES B. HALE Capital News Service Thursday, September 10, 2009

ANNAPOLIS - The Environmental Protection Agency announced plans Thursday to curb pollution in the Chesapeake Bay with tighter regulations on urban, suburban and agricultural runoff and sanctions for states that don't make sufficient progress.