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Redox, UMD, Microsoft, Trans-Tech to Develop Transformational Natural Gas Fuel Cells Through $5 Million in ARPA-E Funding

Redox Power Systems LLC, the University of Maryland, Microsoft Corporation and Trans-Tech Inc. (a subsidiary of Skyworks Solutions Inc.) are teaming to develop transformational fuel cells through a $5 million cooperative agreement funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) Reliable Electricity Based on ELectrochemical Systems (REBELS) program, company and university officials jointly announced.

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Oysters in the Chesapeake Bay: When Partnerships Work

Every day, fishermen across the country are working to proactively conserve and manage the marine resources that they depend on. Writing on National Geographic's Ocean Views blog,  Saving Seafood Executive Director Bob Vanasse highlights one such story: the successful efforts taken by government, industry and the non-profit sector to revive the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay. Presented below is an excerpt from that post, which was published today. 

Too often, environmental groups, regulators and fishermen find themselves cast in antagonistic roles on marine issues. Prolonged legal and regulatory battles frequently top headlines, while successful conservation partnerships go unheralded. The Chesapeake Bay, long plagued by problems like pollution and runoff, is benefiting from one such partnership. Regional fishermen, government agencies and environmental groups are cooperating to restore the Bay's iconic oyster fishery. It's one of the best examples of how an effective public-private partnership works toward building a sustainable fishery and a better environment.

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USDA Pledges Financial Support for Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Partnerships

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretaries Robert Bonnie and Michael Scuse pledged up to $5 million to state and local partnerships in six states for accelerating tree planting along the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The pledge was made at a summit in Washington, D.C. attended by leaders of Chesapeake Bay water quality restoration efforts.

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New Reports Detail Lack of Progress in Cleaning Up Chesapeake Bay Tributaries Over the Last Decade

More Accountability Needed for Agricultural Pollution on Maryland's Eastern Shore

A recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report card on the Chesapeake Bay was headlined "partners are making progress in Chesapeake Bay cleanup."  But a pair of new reports by the Environmental Integrity Project demonstrate that EPA may be over-estimating reductions in farm pollution and that phosphorus and algae concentrations remain too high in rivers on Maryland's Eastern Shore and have shown no real improvement in the last decade. 

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