Is It Better to Plant Trees or Let Forests Regrow Naturally?

Is It Better to Plant Trees or Let Forests Regrow Naturally?

When Susan Cook-Patton was doing a postdoc in forest restoration at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Maryland seven years ago, she says, she helped plant 20,000 trees along Chesapeake Bay. It was a salutary lesson.

Calculating the Ecological Impact of Game of Thrones' Dragons

Calculating the Ecological Impact of Game of Thrones' Dragons

On the bright side, that means a smaller cottage industry will be needed to ensure that Drogon is fed and cared for without laying waste to the rest of Westeros—or so determined a trio of Maryland high school students on their way to outdueling thousands of other teams in the prestigious Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM).

China Is Both the Best and Worst Hope for Clean Energy

China Is Both the Best and Worst Hope for Clean Energy

That’s going to require every nation to make changes, as well as individual cities, states and businesses.“It will require things that are more aggressive, like shutting down existing power plants and by 2030, we probably need to reduce global coal power production by 70 or 80 percent,” says Nathan Hultman, director of the Center for Global Sustainability at the University of Maryland.Hultman, who worked on climate issues in the Obama White House, says the solutions may be politically impossible for now.

Here's How to Make the Sahara Desert Green Again

Here's How to Make the Sahara Desert Green Again

But this study is among the first to model how wind and solar farms would affect the Sahara, all while considering how growing green plants and trees would respond to these changes, said Li, who started the study while a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Maryland.

Counting on NASA's ICESat-2 – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Counting on NASA's ICESat-2 – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Hundreds of people at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, worked to build this smart-car-sized instrument to exacting requirements so that scientists can measure minute changes in our planet’s ice.