Releasing balloons in the sky may very soon become illegal in Maryland. House bill 391 hopes to eliminate balloon pollution as well as the threat they pose to wildlife. The bill passed through both chambers and is on the governor’s desk.
As focus on renewable energy sources in Maryland expands into the Atlantic Ocean, special attention is being paid to the effects of offshore wind farm construction on marine mammals. Noise generated from the construction of wind farms can damage the hearing of animals like sea turtles, sharks and a number of migratory whales, as well as possibly displace marine mammals from their original habitat.