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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

UDaily: International expert to address cumulative impact of humans on the landscape
10/14/2015 -

International expert James (Jai) Syvitski will address the cumulative impact of humans on the landscape at the John R. Mather Visiting Scholars Lecture Thursday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. in the Gore Recital Hall at the Roselle Center for the Arts on the University of Delaware campus in Newark. The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required by Oct. 15. 

UDaily: The deadline to apply for DENIN's annual elevator pitch competition is Oct. 23
10/13/2015 -

Applications are due on Friday, Oct. 23, for Pitch:90, the fast-paced elevator pitch competition that shines a spotlight on student research at the University of Delaware while developing students’ communication skills. Sponsored by the Delaware Environmental Institute, Pitch:90 is returning for its second year on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 6–8 p.m. in the atrium of the Harker Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory. The event is free and open to the public.

10/13/2015 -

A new study confirms that sea level rise isn't just a coastal problem and that thousands of residents in Delaware cities like Wilmington, Dover and New Castle are at risk.

The report is based on a study of sea level rise associated with continued increases in carbon emissions through 2100. It looks at a business-as-usual scenario where carbon emissions continue to grow, a second business-as-usual scenario that factors in the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and scenarios where carbon emissions begin decreasing.

10/09/2015 -

Members of the University of Delaware community, as well as regional farmers and growers, gathered Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Trabant University Center Theatre to view the documentary Farmland and listen to a panel discussion from industry experts about challenges facing the agriculture industry. The panel discussion and the documentary screening were hosted by the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity with the panel discussion moderated by Weber Stibolt, a senior majoring in food science in UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR).  The panelists all agreed that the movie showed an accurate depiction of what it’s like to be a farmer in America and touched on the different aspects associated with farming. 

10/09/2015 -

Sea-level rise, dissipating dunes and susceptibility to storm surges are a few of the factors that contribute to a vulnerable coast. A coast at risk means an increased potential for damage to coastal communities and ecosystems in the event of tropical systems, nor'easters or other damaging weather. More than 40 experts representing state and federal agencies and regional universities gathered to discuss these and other important issues during the Coastal Flood Research, Modeling and Monitoring Workshop on Sept. 16.

10/09/2015 -

A Superior Court judge has tossed out a massive rewrite of Delaware's stormwater and erosion-control regulations, in a court decision that the winning parties predicted would become a major precedent for public rights to review and challenge government rule-making. In ruling against the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Judge T. Henley Graves said the agency provided "illogical" justifications for failing to include a large amount of technical but critical details on the regulations in a public notice. He also said the agency wrongly disputed the standing of those who sued.

10/09/2015 -

From the air, the Atlantic Ocean looked "like chocolate milk" on Wednesday, three days after a storm pounded the region's coastline, said Art Trembanis, an associate professor at the University of Delaware College of Earth Ocean and Environment. At Broadkill Beach, the weather system erased some of the beachfront created as part of a $69 million project to pump Delaware River sand onto the shoreline.

UDaily: Brazilian activist, legislator and statesman to speak at Mitchell Hall in DENIN Dailogue
10/06/2015 -

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) will host Brazilian activist, legislator and statesman Fabio Feldmann as part of its DENIN Dialogue speaker series on Friday, Oct. 30, from 4–5:30 p.m. Feldmann has devoted his life to protecting and improving the environmental sustainability of his native Brazil, a goal he has relentlessly pursued in every possible arena, from business to politics to nonprofit advocacy organizations.

10/06/2015 -

Delaware and the rest of the Mid-Atlantic headed back into more typical October weather as high water slowly drained from repeatedly flooded areas along the Atlantic coast and Delaware Bay. It exposed massive beach loss in some areas and raised fears that replenishment won't come until 2017.

10/05/2015 -


Contact: Beth Shockley, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902


Gov. Markell announces launch of Environmental Literacy Plan

ELP a key part of the Children in Nature Initiative


DOVER (Oct. 5, 2015) – Governor Jack Markell announced today the completion of the Delaware Environmental Literacy Plan (ELP), a major component of his Children in Nature Initiative. The announcement coincides with the month of October, which he designated in 2010 as Children in Nature Month.