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Can a Single Village Impact Global Warming?
May 28, 2009, 12:56 am
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Well, if that village is America’s 9th smallest state (that’s us Maryland), it might.  WYPR’s Joel McCord discussed a new report today out by Greenpeace that states Maryland emitted more greenhouse gases than 150 countries, including Denmark, Sweden and Hungary. We are not the worst (Texas is America’s biggest polluter and Vermont is the smallest, according to the report), but the news is shocking nonetheless.

Opponents to government bills addressing global warming have argued that other large countries, such as China, are going to have to hop on the green bandwagon for real change to occur, but this report suggests otherwise.  GreenPeace says, “Historically, no nation has emitted more global warming pollution than the United States.”

For a link to the Greenpeace report, CLICK HERE.

To calculate your daily emissions from driving, CLICK HERE.

To see how walking can add to your vitality, such as a better sex life, CLICK HERE.



Best Use of New Technology: Clean Air Partners Uses Email Alerts To Help Residents Improve Baltimore Air Quality
May 26, 2009, 10:35 am
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The newly formed Clean Air Partners deserves an award for best use of new technology.  Forget your tweets, IMs and whatnot and sign up for Clean Air Partners Air Quality Alerts.  This brilliant idea was developed by a nonprofit partnership between Baltimore and Washington D.C. governments and it aims to help area residents reduce air pollution.

Joining is simple. Just go to Clean Air Partners website and sign up. When air quality is bad, a notice will be sent to you that provide helpful suggestions, such as:

  • Take public transportation or drive as little as possible.
  • Turn up your thermostat.
  • Postpone the use of gas powered garden equipment.
  • Turn off lights and unplug appliances that are not in use.
  • Do not hang out in a drive through, park and go in.

To sign up CLICK HERE and then click on “Step 1: Sign Up For Air Alerts”.  Next you will be prompted to tailor your alert system to you personal preference.  For example, you can have alerts sent to your email or phone and you can choose to receive notices daily or just when the air quality reaches code orange.  If you really want to geek yourself out on air quality info, you can even watch ozone levels hourly, if you so desire.

For teachers, there are some great downloads at Clean Air Partners website too, such as the Captain Air Smart coloring book. For those of you climate change non believers, I’ve included a diagram from NASA below showing the affects of poor air quality to help nudge you along.

NASA satellite-derived data: Ozone depletion comparison in North America from 1984-1997.

NASA satellite-derived data: Ozone depletion comparison in North America from 1984-1997.



Things That Make You Go Hmm… Constellation Energy Backs Fed Greenhouse Gas Emissions Bill
May 19, 2009, 12:34 pm
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If you live in Baltimore and have not yet made the switch to a new energy supplier, then you are currently getting your energy from BGE’s parent company, Baltimore-based Constellation Energy.  Constellation Energy is not known for green practices, so it is not surprising that one might question its motives behind the backing of the Federal Greenhouse Gas Emissions Bill currently under debate.  According to an article out today in Reuters, “at the heart of the bill is the establishment of a ‘cap and trade’ system that would gradually reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that utilities, steelmakers, oil refineries and other companies could emit”.  So, why is Constellation so ready to hop on board?

Well, Constellation is currently moving forward with a plan to build a third nuclear reactor at Calvert Cliffs in Southern Maryland.  No new nuclear reactors have been built in the U.S. in a decade, but according to an article in the DailyRecord today, “an interest in nuclear energy has resurfaced in the last few years”.While not considered by many to be “green energy” (you do have all that toxic waste at the end and all), nuclear energy does provide less greenhouse emissions than coal.  A government bill requiring companies to cap their emissions would likely make the installation of the new reactor smooth sailing for Constellation Energy.  The added bonus –a deal is pending between Constellation and Electricite de France for EDF to buy half of Constellation’s nuclear power business.

Sources:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090519/pl_nm/us_climate_usa_congress_2

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bal-calvert-cliffs-0519,0,7948304.story?track=rss

http://www.mddailyrecord.com/article.cfm?id=11550&type=UTTM

If you are interested in switching energy suppliers and saving money, CLICK HERE.



Where’s The…Uh, Vegetables?! Baltimore Restaurants Are Leaning More to Meat Based Entrees.
May 7, 2009, 10:49 am
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USDA Food Pyramid - Baltimore  Restauranteurs Please Take Notice.

USDA Food Pyramid - Baltimore Restauranteurs Please Take Notice.

Has anyone noticed that Baltimore restaurants are reducing the amount of vegetarian entrees on their menu?  I eat out A LOT and, as someone who cannot full out claim the title of vegetarian (I’m about 90%), but prefers vegetables to meat, I am very disappointed by what appears to be going on in many of our city’s eateries.  The Dogwood Restaurant, who touts sustainable practices has reduced its veggie offerings, the refurbished Wharf Rat, now the Pratt Street Ale House, eliminated it’s delicious vegetarian chili nachos and most other vegetarian entrees previously on the Wharf Rat menu and The Charleston, claimed by many as“Baltimore’s Best Restaurant”, had not a single vegetarian selection on the menu when I last ate there.  These are just a few examples, so what gives?  Are vegetarians no longer welcomed diners?

Yes, I know Baltimore has a bunch of great restaurants that do cater to vegetarians (For a list, check out VegBaltimore.com), but none of my friends and family members are vegetarian, hence the 90%, so it has been easier to meld more to their world than to bring them to mine.  -But I have had enough!  This trend is especially disturbing as most Americans are becoming sensitive to climate change and it is widely reported that meat farming is more environmental damaging than vegetable farming.

So, I challenge the fine restaurants of Baltimore to be more inclusive and environmentally-friendly.  In the coming weeks I will be seeking out Baltimore’s best vegetarian meals at our not-vegetarian specific restaurants and posting them here.  Look for future postings under the Bmore Veg category.



Organic Burger Joint Opens at Harbor East in Baltimore
May 6, 2009, 1:15 pm
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Just a few weeks ago Elevation Burger opened at Harbor East in Baltimore and business appears good.  The eatery sells sells organic, grass fed, free range beef burgers, veggie burgers, grilled cheese, fries cooked in olive oil and more.  The first Elevation Burger set up shop in Arlington Virginia and now has three locations in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. metro area.  The burger chain is planning more restaurants in the Philadelphia area and, according to their website, is “positioned to the leader in the organic burger market”.

Elevation Burger site & menu: CLICK HERE.



Car Sharing in Baltimore.
May 4, 2009, 1:59 pm
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Baltimore is currently working on a citywide car sharing program.  The program is just in the development stages, but the city is encouraging interested parties to sign up for information to gauge interest.  Help the city get this program going, CLICK HERE and sign up for more details.

Johns Hopkins University already has a car sharing program through Zipcar.  Affiliated parties can learn about that program HERE.