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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

Earth Month event to feature film, panel discussion on coastal water issues
04/12/2017 -

A special film screening and panel discussion at the University of Delaware on Friday, April 21, will highlight some of the complex issues involving water that coastal communities face in an era of climate change and sea level rise.

How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change, the latest film by Josh Fox, director of the Oscar-nominated documentary Gasland, will be shown at 1 p.m. in 101 Brown Laboratory.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion at approximately 3 p.m. and a reception with refreshments at 4 p.m. in the Brown Lab lobby. The event is free and open to the public.

Delaware Sea Grant report sheds light on climate change effect on southern Delaware tourism
04/06/2017 -

A warming climate, fluctuations in weather patterns and rising sea levels may change the way businesses operate in coastal Delaware. It also will have an impact on how quickly businesses recover and get back online after a natural hazard.

Eight million tourists visit coastal Delaware annually, with a majority coming to coastal Delaware to enjoy 24 miles of ocean beaches, state parks and recreational facilities for fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, bird-watching, camping, cycling and more.

UD researchers discover tree trunks act as methane source in upland forests
03/31/2017 -

A new study from the University of Delaware is one of the first in the world to show that tree trunks in upland forests actually emit methane rather than store it, representing a new, previously unaccounted source of this powerful greenhouse gas.

Methane is about 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide, with some estimates as high as 33 times stronger due to its effects when it is in the atmosphere.

03/24/2017 -

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) invites current and newly admitted science, engineering and social science doctoral students who are advised by one of its 200 faculty affiliates to apply for the DENIN Environmental Fellowship Program. The 2017–19 fellowships begin in September and will provide two years of support for up to five Ph.D. students carrying out environmentally relevant research that demonstrates a clear link to societal needs and benefits.

03/24/2017 -

It takes about an hour and a half to descend the 1.7 miles to the ocean floor along the East Pacific Rise in the deep-sea submersible Alvin. Travel conditions are a bit cramped since the submarine is only 8 feet in diameter and seats just three people. It’s dark, there is no bathroom, air conditioning or heat and the farther below the surface you go, the colder it gets (down to about 35 degrees Fahrenheit).

International research team warns of mineral supply constraints as demand increases for green technologies
03/16/2017 -

An international team of researchers, led by the University of Delaware’s Saleem Ali, says global resource governance and sharing of geoscience data is needed to address challenges facing future mineral supply.

Specifically of concern are a range of technology minerals, which are an essential ingredient in everything from laptops and cell phones to hybrid or electric cars to solar panels and copper wiring for homes. However, base metals like copper are also a matter of immense concern.

03/15/2017 -

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) is accepting applications through April 7 for two paid summer internship positions at the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). Each year, DENIN works in partnership with DNREC to provide internship opportunities in environmental policy. The focus of each project is determined by DNREC based on state environmental needs, and the intern works under the mentorship of DNREC personnel. DENIN assists with intern recruitment and provides a $4,000 stipend for the 10-week experience.

03/15/2017 -

In celebration of the upcoming Earth Month, the Blue Hen Economics Club, the University of Delaware’s sustainability manager, Michelle Bennett, and the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) announce the third annual UD Environmental Case Competition. Undergraduate student teams are invited to submit proposals detailing their ideas for reducing waste on campus or otherwise making the UD campus more sustainable. Proposals will be accepted until April 6.

03/15/2017 -

University of Delaware Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners spent two days in February learning about the importance of clean water to the state’s environment and economy. Participants explored simple, low-cost tips for protecting and improving local water quality in their backyards and community and engaging on topics such as green infrastructure as part of a Water Warrior citizen advocacy workshop.

03/13/2017 -

Researchers from the University of Delaware recently hosted members of Delaware’s oyster industry to share results of studies about how to best market their products. Those studies showed that demand for their product is strong and consumers should be ready to pay good prices once the supply arrives. The results were reported at a Consumer Preferences for Delaware Oysters: An Economic Evaluation of Marketing Messages workshop held on Feb. 9 at the Cannon Laboratory on the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes.