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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

07/20/2015 -

The Nanticoke River, considered among the most pristine of the Chesapeake Bay tributaries, continues to suffer from high levels of bacteria and nitrogen pollution. The latest report card for the watershed, released Thursday by the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, gives the river an overall grade of a B-, a slight improvement over last year. The creeks that feed the river had slightly better overall water quality, and they received an overall grade of a B. The report card results will be posted on the organization’s website.

UDaily: UD scientists develop new water quality collaboration with researchers in France
07/18/2015 -

Shreeram Inamdar, professor in the University of Delaware’sDepartment of Plant and Soil Sciences and director of the water science and policy graduate program, has developed a new collaboration with researchers in France concerning water quality.

Inamdar is working with Anne Jaffrezic and Laurent Jeanneau, scientists at the University of Rennes and the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).

07/17/2015 -

Jennifer Stewart, a researcher at the University of Delaware, has been perfecting a way to feed algae greenhouse gases, boosting the plant's growth while preventing pollution. It is all thanks to an enzyme Stewart discovered while researching harmful algal blooms a few years ago. The enzyme was found in Heterosigma akashiwo, a type of algae.

UDaily: UD's Badiey among researchers selected to share in Defense Department funding
07/17/2015 -

University of Delaware professor Mohsen Badiey is among 225 university researchers at 111 academic institutions selected to share in $67.8 million in new funding, according to a Department of Defense (DoD) news release. The awards will be made under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program, which supports the purchase of state of the art equipment that augments current university capabilities or develops new capabilities to perform cutting edge defense research of importance to national defense.

UDaily: Study investigates use of solar on hybrid fuel cell shuttle buses
07/17/2015 -

Solar panels are popping up everywhere from rooftops and roads to highway signs and even cars. At the University of Delaware, a team of researchers has begun to investigate the use of solar power on the fuel cell bus fleet as a way to reduce operating costs without increasing greenhouse gas emissions.

07/17/2015 -

University of Delaware researchers are examining the health of zooplankton in the bay, part of a study that hasn’t been done in nearly 60 years. Whether it's boating off the coast of Lewes in Delaware or fishing at Fortescue in New Jersey, The Delaware Bay offers a chance to unwind, relax and enjoy the beauty of its shores. But how healthy is the water?

07/17/2015 -

Delaware residents and businesses can get financial help to buy cleaner-fueled vehicles under a new program announced Thursday by Gov. Jack Markell. The Clean Transportation Incentive Program will provide rebates or grants to support electric or alternative-fuel vehicle purchases and installations or investments that expand clean-fuel refueling networks.

UDaily: Teachers to gather at Lewes campus to dig deeper into science of climate change
07/17/2015 -

Twenty-five educators from Delaware and Maryland will head to the University of Delaware's Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes on Wednesday, July 22, to study how solar and wind energy could help to address the challenges of climate change.

All are enrolled in the third Climate Change Academy, part of a $5.3-million, five-year partnership between Delaware, Maryland and the National Science Foundation. The goal is to develop clear and compelling ways to present the science of climate change to students. 

07/16/2015 -

Delaware’s reduction in carbon emissions has created 953 jobs and generated $107.3 million in economic activity over a three-year period, according to a new report. A study by Boston consulting firm the Analysis Group examined the economic benefits of nine states that adopted a 2009 initiative to cut carbon emissions. The program, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, generated a combined $1.3 billion in economic activity and spawned 14,200 new jobs in those states from 2012 to 2014, according to the study released Tuesday.

UDaily: "Under the Sea" ice cream flavor marks MARACOOS milestone
07/15/2015 -

The University of Delaware-led Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS) is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a new UDairy Creamery ice cream flavor. Dubbed “MARACOOS Under the Sea,” the ice cream consists of a blue-colored, sugar cookie-flavored base, with graham cracker crumbs representing sand and chocolate-covered Goldfish crackers mixed in.