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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

09/01/2015 -

Every now and then you hear about a shark sighting -- like the hammerhead that washed up on the shores of Fenwick Island earlier this summer. Or Mary Lee, the tagged Great white shark who’s known to wander near the Delmarva coast. As one fisherman told Delaware Public Media, there’s also been more sharks caught near the shore this summer than usual. And we’re talking adult-size sharks, not puppies. In our latest installment for iSeeChange, Delaware Public Media’s science reporter Eli Chen asked a couple of scientists what might be drawing these sharks closer to shore.

UDaily: UD's wind turbine in Lewes marks fifth year of clean energy generation, research
09/01/2015 -

According to a recent Department of Energy report, wind power is expected to contribute 35 percent of the nation’s energy by 2050, up from 5 percent today.

Since 2010, the University of Delaware has been a leader in generating carbon-free energy. This past June, UD marked the fifth anniversary of the installation of the wind turbine (a Gamesa G90-2.0 MW model) located on the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes, a joint collaboration between UD and Gamesa.

08/28/2015 -

Seas around the world have risen an average of nearly 3 inches since 1992, with some locations rising more than 9 inches due to natural variation, according to the latest satellite measurements from NASA and its partners. An intensive research effort now underway, aided by NASA observations and analysis, points to an unavoidable rise of several feet in the future. Members of NASA’s new interdisciplinary Sea Level Change Team will discuss recent findings and new agency research efforts during a media teleconference today at 12:30 p.m. EDT. NASA will stream the teleconference live online.

08/28/2015 -

Enthusiasm is building across the Wilmington Diocese over Pope Francis’ scheduled visit to Philadelphia late next month, with some local Catholics planning to join a million-or-more-person crowd in Philadelphia and many more saying they’ll watch every moment from afar. The buzz has been slower to grow, however, for the pope’s recently issued 184-page papal letter, or encyclical, on the environment, climate and “care for our common home” on Earth.

08/27/2015 -

What do the roof of a building in a West Coast redwood forest, a bluff in California chaparral, and a research vessel in Monterey Bay have in common? They're often draped in tendrils of fog. That makes them prime sites for collecting fog water samples. And there's something else that can be found at those sites: mercury, according to atmospheric chemist Peter Weiss-Penzias of the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC).

UDaily: UD researchers look at sweet corn damage caused by stink bugs
08/26/2015 -

Cooperative Extension agents and researchers at the University of Delaware are taking a closer look at how brown marmorated stink bugs are causing damage to developing ears of sweet corn, the results of which could lead to better pest management strategies for growers throughout the state. The research was supported in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Coordinated Agricultural Project, and the findings were recently published in the Journal of Economic Entomology.

08/25/2015 -

Thunderstorms are a hallmark of summer in the mid-Atlantic. Warm, wet air makes the atmosphere unstable, bringing thunder, lightning, high winds and heavy rain to the region -- sometimes several times a week. Delaware has seen some particularly memorable storms in recent months -- and they're making quite an impression. In our latest installment of iSeeChange, Delaware Public Media's Annie Ropeik finds out why.

UDaily: UD scientists receive funding to study tropical storm impacts on water quality
08/21/2015 -

University of Delaware researchers have been awarded a $475,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to study how large tropical storms impact stream water quality and aquatic ecosystems, specifically the amount and fate of sediment-associated carbon and nitrogen that is eroded and deposited in streams following such intense weather events. 

Shreeram Inamdar, professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences (PLSC) in UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and director of the water science and policy graduate program, and Rodrigo Vargas, assistant professor of plant and soil sciences, will lead the project for UD. They will be joined on the project by Jinjun Kan, a microbial ecologist from the Stroud Water Research Center (SWRC) in Avondale, Pennsylvania. 

UDaily: UD's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment hosts manned submersible Cyclops 1
08/19/2015 -

The University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) will host Cyclops 1 – one of OceanGate's manned submersibles – on the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes during the fall semester as a pilot for a potential longer-term agreement and collaboration, Mohsen Badiey, acting dean of the college, has announced. OceanGate is a privately held company that provides manned submersible assets and expertise for industry, research and exploration.

UDaily: UD students explore 19 states and geological wonders of American West in field course
08/14/2015 -

Sixteen students in the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) and College of Engineering recently took the ultimate summer road trip through the American West. Field course Geology 306 took the phrase “field trip” to the next level as students traversed 19 states and 6,500 miles over four weeks, experiencing America’s natural wonders and reading the lines in the sand that tell the country’s geological past.