President Obama's Oil Spill Commission - which includes UMCES President Donald Boesch - is calling for widespread changes in the way our nation oversees ocean drilling and management. Their final report outlines what went wrong aboard the Deepwater Horizon and how to prevent this type of catastrophe in the future. Read on...
Was Environmental Insights passed along by a friend?
Last week, our nation took a significant step toward preventing another offshore drilling disaster with the completion of the final report of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. The report not only examines what caused the spill, it also makes a series of recommendations that strive to protect our nation's fragile ocean and coastal ecosystems while providing access to the energy needed by the American economy.
As the environmental scientist on the Commission, I was called on to contribute knowledge about the geology and oceanography of the deepwater environment, effects of the blowout, effectiveness of spill control efforts, and restoration of Gulf ecosystems. I am pleased to say that the reaction to our report has been overwhelmingly positive-by the President, his Administration, leaders in Congress and editorial writers throughout the nation.
Since the spill first occurred, UMCES has provided both on-the-scene environmental analysis and broad-based recommendations to policymakers and the public. It's this type of science-to-policy connection that makes the Center such an important institution. By providing science-based environmental analysis to the most important environmental issues facing our State and nation, UMCES is leading the way to a more sustainable future.
Don Boesch, President
New Research Changes Understanding of Grass Evolution
A new analysis of fossilized grass-pollen grains deposited on ancient European lake and sea bottoms 16-35 million years ago reveals that C4 grasses evolved earlier than previously thought. This new evidence, developed by Appalachian Laboratory researcher Dr. David Nelson, casts doubt on the widely-held belief that the rise of this incredibly productive group of plants was driven by a large drop in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations during the Oligocene epoch. Read on...
Science Magazine Highlights Bay Blue Crab Resurgence
The December 10 edition of Science highlights the remarkable resurgence of the Chesapeake Bay blue crab population, elevating a regional success story to the national stage. In the article, UMCES Chesapeake Biological Laboratory fisheries biologist Dr. Tom Miller explains how the most basic of fisheries management measures can work, provided policymakers have the courage to give them a try. Read on...
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