The Success of Maryland’s Healthy Air Act

Pollution levels in Maryland plummeted this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even before the widespread shutdown, hot summer days in Maryland rarely receive code red and purple designations for unhealthy air quality like they did a decade ago. The reason: Maryland’s Healthy Air Act. The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) implemented theContinue reading “The Success of Maryland’s Healthy Air Act”

Health Disparities Seen in Baltimore among Black Residents

Health disparities across the U.S. are related to factors like race, income, and education level. From the poverty rate to premature births and average life expectancy, these inequalities perpetuate health problems faced by citizens across the country, including Maryland. This problem is especially pronounced in Baltimore, a diverse city where about 63% of the residentsContinue reading “Health Disparities Seen in Baltimore among Black Residents”

The Importance of Native Plants in Maryland

What did you grow in your yard last spring? How many were native species? Many people do not realize the important benefits provided by native plants over nonnative species. According to the National Wildlife Federation, a plant is considered native if it occurs naturally in a particular region, ecosystem, or habitat without human introduction. WithContinue reading “The Importance of Native Plants in Maryland”

Maryland Blue Crabs in the Chesapeake Bay

Summer is not complete in Maryland without blue crabs. Blue crabs are known across the country for their distinctive coloring and delicious taste, with around 594 million originating from Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. In fact, an estimated one-third of the nation’s blue crab catch comes from the Bay. Although these crabs are not endangered, their populationContinue reading “Maryland Blue Crabs in the Chesapeake Bay”