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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

02/05/2016 -

Delaware’s chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to the protection of ocean, waves and beaches, says the current approach to beach replenishment comes along with high maintenance costs and increased risk of injury to beach goers. Now the organization is asking the state to consider other options to restore beach erosion that is less costly and safer.

UDaily: CBEAR awards $300,000 to fund 12 behavioral science projects
02/04/2016 -

CBEAR – the Center for Behavioral and Experimental Agri-Environmental Research, which is operated jointly by the University of Delaware and Johns Hopkins University – is awarding more than $300,000 to 12 behavioral science projects that will examine the performance of various public policy approaches to agricultural-environmental problems. The center completed its request-for-proposals process in September 2015. The selected projects aim to explain the complex human responses to agri-environmental policies implemented by government, with the goal of helping to design better public programs.

UDaily: Satellite measurements of ocean color, temperature help researchers predict sturgeon locations
02/04/2016 -

Researchers at the University of Delaware are one step closer to developing an online map that would help Mid-Atlantic fishermen avoid catching Atlantic sturgeon. The research team, led by Matthew J. Oliver, Patricia and Charles Robertson Professor of Marine Science and Policy, found they could make useful predictions about sturgeon locations using satellite measurements of ocean color and temperature. They reported their findings Feb. 3 in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

UDaily: New sustainability website focuses on user engagement, resources
01/29/2016 -

The University of Delaware has announced a new sustainability website that has been completely rebuilt to provide a better focus on user engagement and useful resources.

Michelle Bennett, UD sustainability manager, said that with the assistance of student interns the site will provide metrics and data concerning sustainability performance on campus.

Bennett said she hopes to grow and integrate the website, which was built using a WordPress system, with social media or apps that can help students get engaged on campus.

UDaily: UD postdoctoral researcher receives USDA grant to study arsenic uptake by rice
01/27/2016 -

The University of Delaware’s Matt Limmer has been awarded a two-year United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Post Doctoral Fellowship to study uptake of organic forms of arsenic in rice. 

Limmer is a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Angelia Seyfferth, assistant professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences in UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

He said working with Seyfferth is a great benefit because she previously has examined inorganic forms of arsenic, while his interest is in the organic forms.

01/22/2016 -

When environmentalists talk about the rise of huge, factory-style chicken farms on the Delmarva Peninsula, they’re usually worried about runoff into Chesapeake Bay tributaries. But there’s another problem: the effect on neighbors. Maryland and Virginia are developing basic safeguards to protect folks who think they’ve bought a piece of heaven only to have a chicken farm spring up next door. But some in Delaware say the view from their back yards is a little different.

UDaily: Delaware Ag Week big on attendance and state's global future
01/22/2016 -

The 11th annual Delaware Agriculture Week concluded Jan. 14 after a four-day run, with Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee calling the event “the biggest Ag Week ever.” The event, held at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, is co-sponsored by the University of Delaware, the Delaware Department of Agriculture and Delaware State University.

UDaily: UD to host seventh North American Duck Symposium in Annapolis
01/22/2016 -

The University of Delaware’s Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology will host the seventh North American Duck Symposium from Monday, Feb. 1, to Friday, Feb. 5, at the Westin Annapolis Hotel in Annapolis, Maryland. The conference is held every three years and this will mark the first time the symposium has been held in the Atlantic Flyway, one of four primary North American bird migration routes.

UDaily: Yan research team reports success with low-cost nickel-based catalyst
01/15/2016 -

Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a popular comedy from the 1980s, but there’s nothing funny about the amount of energy consumed by our nation’s transportation sector. This sector — which includes passenger cars, trucks, buses, and rail, marine, and air transport — accounts for more than 20 percent of America’s energy use, mostly in the form of fossil fuels, so the search is on for environmentally friendly alternatives.

01/15/2016 -

Delaware is a small state, but it’s big enough for the climates in Selbyville and Talleyville (108 miles apart) to differ. Ditto the climates in Minquadale and Ellendale (75 miles apart). And even the climates on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk and the Rehoboth Avenue traffic circle (less than a mile inland). Welcome to the world of microclimates. Delaware’s climates are most importantly about geography, said Kevin Brinson, associate state climatologist.