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On Some Jewish Farms, Special Rosh Hashana Means a Year of Rest, Giving Back

On Some Jewish Farms, Special Rosh Hashana Means a Year of Rest, Giving Back

Rosh Hashanah this year will mark the last in a seven-year cycle, called the "shmita," which for Jewish farmers means a year-long sabbatical during which the land is left fallow — no tilling, no planting and no harvesting. Although compliance with the shmita is mandated by the Torah for the land of Israel only, Jewish farmers in Maryland have planned ways to observe the year of rest.

Maryland Looks to Other States to Help Improve Air Quality

Maryland Looks to Other States to Help Improve Air Quality

A large percentage of Maryland’s air pollution could be reduced after the Supreme Court ruled last month that the EPA has the authority to regulate emissions that cross state borders.

Mills, Environmentalists Debate Energy Subsidies For Black Liquor

Mills, Environmentalists Debate Energy Subsidies For Black Liquor

Environmentalists will seek to free up state funds for renewable energy resources by excluding “black liquor” from the list of renewable energy sources eligible for state subsidies, after an effort to do so failed this year.

A Cherry Blossom’s Fleeting Glory

A Cherry Blossom’s Fleeting Glory

One of the city's famous cherry blossom trees before, during and after its 2014 peak.

Goats to Serve as Eco-Friendly Landscapers Around the State

Goats to Serve as Eco-Friendly Landscapers Around the State

Have you herd? Goats will soon be making their way through Maryland, as property owners trade machinery for hungry, four-legged landscapers.

Strong El Nino Could Mean Weak Hurricane Season

Strong El Nino Could Mean Weak Hurricane Season

Climate scientists expect a particularly strong El Nino this summer to lead to fewer hurricanes in the Atlantic, including Maryland.

On the Wicomico River, the Last Stand for Maryland’s Nutria

On the Wicomico River, the Last Stand for Maryland’s Nutria

Maryland's unique nutria eradication project has been killing the invasive critters for over a decade, and now they're down to the last remaining colony.

Bill to Make Development Guidelines for Sea Level Rise Passes

Bill to Make Development Guidelines for Sea Level Rise Passes

The Maryland General Assembly passed a bill April 5 to create a council charged with minimizing the impact of sea level rise on new state buildings. House Bill 615 would establish the council and task it with establishing guidelines for how future state development and renovation projects can avoid damage from rising sea levels and flooding.

Strong Bay Harvest Brought Few Undersized Oyster Violations

Strong Bay Harvest Brought Few Undersized Oyster Violations

Few undersized oyster possession violations this year indicate a strong harvest in the Chesapeake Bay, officials with the Department of Natural Resources said.

Bill to study effects of acidification in bay passes

Bill to study effects of acidification in bay passes

The General Assembly passed a bill this week that would create a task force to evaluate effects of acidification in the Chesapeake Bay and other state waters and make recommendations on how to address the issue.