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Our Natural Heritage at Risk: Threats Facing Seven of Maryland's Most Special Places

The failure to fund Maryland’s successful land conservation programs over the last few years has scaled back preservation efforts and threatened the state's unspoiled farms and forests and the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Our Natural Heritage at Risk identifies seven locations around Maryland that are threatened by development, including Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Annapolis Neck, and Patuxent River Rural Legacy Area.

(September 2006)
Cars and Global Warming: Policy Options to Reduce Maryland's Global Warming Pollution from Cars and Light Trucks

Cars and light trucks produce roughly 25 percent of Maryland’s global warming pollution. Cars and Global Warming explains how Maryland could reduce global warming emissions from passenger vehicles by adopting California’s clean car standards. By requiring advanced-technology vehicles—including hybrid-electric and eventually hydrogen vehicles—and establishing global warming pollution standards, the clean cars program could begin to reduce Maryland’s contribution to global warming.

(September 2006)
Greening the Bottom Line: California Companies Save Money by Reducing Global Warming Pollution

Pioneering businesses across California are beginning to do their share to cut global warming pollution. At the same time, these businesses are finding that reducing pollution can improve competitiveness and help the bottom line – cutting energy costs, reducing exposure to volatile fossil fuel and electricity prices, and attracting environmentally aware customers. Greening the Bottom Line highlights 12 such businesses or institutions and demonstrates the kinds of gains that can be had across California from an organized, statewide effort to reduce the state’s global warming pollution, demonstrating that action against global warming can be good for California businesses and our environment at the same time.

(August 2006)
Making Sense of the "Coal Rush": The Consequences of Expanding America's Dependence on Coal

As of June 2006, energy companies are proposing to build 150 new coal-fired plants across America, investing up to $137 billion. If energy companies succeed in building even a fraction of these new power plants, it would have major impacts on America’s environment and economy, and consume investment dollars that could otherwise promote more sustainable energy sources like energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Making Sense of the Coal Rush describes the dangers posed by an ill-considered rush to build coal-fired power plants and proposes policy changes and other actions that can put America on a more sensible energy path.

(July 2006)
Rising to the Challenge: Six Steps to Cut Global Warming Pollution in the United States

Global warming is real and is happening now. Scientists tell us that, to avoid the worst consequences of global warming, we need to begin reducing our emissions of global warming soon. Rising to the Challenge describes six strategies the United States can use to reduce its emissions of carbon dioxide – the leading global warming pollutant – by 19 percent by 2020. The report recommends several steps America can take to use energy more efficiently and to tap America’s abundant renewable energy resources, which can reduce the nation’s emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel use.

(July 2006)

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