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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

UDaily: UD's Philadelphia Flower Show exhibit features natural beauty of science trail
02/28/2016 -

The Pacific Crest Trail, a West Coast counterpart to the Appalachian Trail, stretches 2,600 miles from the Mexican to the Canadian border, spanning terrain that ranges from deserts to snow-topped mountains, bare lava fields to thick evergreen forests. Hikers might spend half a year covering its length, but a group of University of Delaware students is hard at work on a different kind of challenge — distilling the essence of the trail into a 23-by-33-foot exhibit that visitors to the Philadelphia Flower Show can experience in just a few minutes.

02/28/2016 -

Massive flocks of snow geese honking overhead, gliding onto farm fields and feeding in tidal marshes have been a sign of winter in Delaware for more than three decades. But not this year.

UDaily: University to hold workshop on solar fuel generation on March 7–8
02/28/2016 -

The University of Delaware will host a workshop on solar fuel generation on March 7-8 at Clayton Hall Conference Center on UD’s main campus in Newark. Speakers from industry, academia and federal agencies will discuss the current status of research and development on renewable fuels. They will stimulate discussions on the merits and challenges of obtaining high production capacities using low-cost photovoltaic and electrolyzer technologies to convert sunlight into liquid fuel.

UDaily: UD summer camp offers high school students jump start on marine science education
02/28/2016 -

The University of Delaware’s Taking an Interest in Delaware’s Estuary (TIDE) camp offers high school students with a passion for the ocean or coastal environments the opportunity to explore interests in marine science by providing them with hands-on experience in the field. Hosted by UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) and supported by the Delaware Sea Grant college program, TIDE camp covers a wide array of topics, ranging from sea breeze and tides to habitat loss, species adaptation and climate change.

UDaily: Symposium to honor Benjamin Franklin laureate in earth, environmental science
02/25/2016 -

On Wednesday, April 20, the University of Delaware will host “Rising Seas and Extreme Events on Vulnerable Coasts,” a symposium honoring UD alumnus Brian F. Atwater, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and the recipient of the Franklin Institute’s 2016 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth and Environmental Science.

The symposium, set for 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Trabant University Center Multipurpose Rooms, is free and open to the public. 

Science: Sea levels are rising at their fastest rate in 2000 years
02/23/2016 -

Global sea levels appear exquisitely sensitive to changes in temperature and greenhouse gas levels, according to a set of new studies that examines up to 6 million years of climate change data. The four papers, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences(PNAS), illustrate the growing power of computers to simulate complex interactions between climate, polar ice, and the planet’s oceans. They also underscore the effects that rising greenhouse gases and global temperatures could have on future sea level.

“The big takeaway is that the modern rate of sea level rise in the 20th century is faster than anything we’ve seen in the previous two millennia,” says Benjamin Horton, a Rutgers University, New Brunswick, in New Jersey geologist who helped direct one of the studies. “This isn’t a model. This is data.”

UDaily: UD researchers study reactions that occur when groundwater, saltwater meet in coastal aquifers
02/12/2016 -

If you’ve ever floated through a cold patch of water while swimming in the ocean, you’ve experienced a phenomenon called submarine groundwater discharge (SGD). 

SGD occurs when groundwater seeps out of the seabed into the coastal ocean. SGD is often brackish as a result of fresh groundwater from land mixing with salty ocean water. The mixing of fresh and salty groundwater occurs in the beach aquifer, typically where the waves are breaking. 

UDaily: Association of American Geographers president to deliver invited lecture
02/07/2016 -

Sarah Witham Bednarz, president of the Association of American Geographers, will deliver an invited lecture at 3:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12, in 116 Gore Hall on the University of Delaware campus in Newark. The lecture, titled “Thinking Geographically,” is free and open to the public.

UDaily: Delaware Junior Duck Stamp Program to host art and conservation competition
02/07/2016 -

The Delaware Junior Duck Stamp Program will host an art and conservation statement competition, a national art competition that is held each spring to select the design for the next Federal Junior Duck Stamp. Each state will submit its best of show artwork and statement for the national competition. Competitors that participate will choose a waterfowl from a list of species on the official U.S. Fish and Wildlife webpage and draw a live portrayal of that species in its habitat demonstrating its natural behavior.

UDaily: Online shopping might not be as green as people think it is
02/06/2016 -

Home shopping isn’t new — images from Sears catalogues in the early 1900s show bicycles, banjos, hats, dresses, shoes, long underwear for men, corsets for women, guns, tools, light fixtures, storage trunks, curling irons, metal toys, and even cars and entire house kits.

Shopping malls took a chunk out of home shopping in the mid-20th century, but the Internet brought it back in startling numbers, with close to half of the American population having made online purchases by 2008. 

>With a few clicks of the mouse or swipes of the screen, people can now order everything from concert tickets, books and craft supplies to home decor, car parts, disposable diapers and groceries.