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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

04/07/2015 -

NASA has joined forces with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S. Geological Survey to transform satellite data designed to probe ocean biology into information that will help protect the American public from harmful freshwater algal blooms.

UDaily: Article details importance of methane seeps in microbial diversity of sea floor
04/05/2015 -

The University of Delaware's Jennifer Biddle has co-authored an article detailing the important role methane seeps play in microbial biodiversity of the sea floor in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) on March 16. The article, “Global Dispersion and Local Diversification of the Methane Seep Microbiome,” provides evidence that methane seeps are island-like habitats that harbor distinct microbial communities unique from other seafloor ecosystems. Methane seeps are natural gas leaks in the sea floor that emit methane into the water. Microorganisms that live on or near these seeps can use the methane as a food source, preventing the gas from collecting in the surrounding hydrosphere or migrating into the atmosphere.

04/05/2015 -

More than 500 people, mostly Delaware City Refinery workers and their supporters, packed a school auditorium near the complex Tuesday night for the latest hearing on the plant's cooling water intake and pollution discharge rights. The draft hearing comment session was the latest development in a decades-long debate over the plant's effect on the Delaware River and on a regular replacement for a five-year, federally required permit last issued on regular terms in 1997 to different owners.

04/05/2015 -

Broadkill Beach north of Lewes is about to get an estimated $30 million gift from federal taxpayers that leaders of the sleepy bayside community have sought for decades: a massive infusion of sand creating a beach in places six times as wide as it is now. Federal contractors working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will use giant pumps on dredges to scoop up sand from the Delaware River Channel and pump it onto Broadkill, where earthmovers will smooth it to perfection.

04/05/2015 -

Just as crocus and daffodil blossoms signal the start of a warmer season on land, a similar "greening" event--a massive bloom of microscopic plants, or phytoplankton--unfolds each spring in the North Atlantic Ocean from Bermuda to the Arctic. Fertilized by nutrients that have built up during the winter, the cool waters of the North Atlantic come alive every spring and summer with a vivid display of color that stretches across hundreds and hundreds of miles.

03/30/2015 -

Researchers at the University of Delaware have found a much cheaper way to produce hydrogen fuel, a promising renewable energy source that can be made from water.

UDaily: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources announces date for annual Ag Day
03/29/2015 -

Ag Day, an annual tradition of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at the University of Delaware, will be held on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The theme of Ag Day 2015 is “Farm to Table.”

UDaily: Two UD seniors with environmental majors selected as Peace Corps volunteers
03/29/2015 -

Two University of Delaware seniors, Abby Kramer and Kerry Snyder, have been selected as Peace Corps volunteers for 2015. According to the Peace Corps organization, its volunteers “reflect the very best of humanity, innovation and aspiration for a better tomorrow.”

UDaily: UD professor uses aerial drone to survey Adriatic coast following crippling nor'easter
03/27/2015 -

Last month, a crippling February nor’easter brought sustained Bora winds of 50 miles per hour, and gusts of up to 60-70 miles per hour, to the Adriatic coast near Ferrara, Italy, creating devastating waves and storm surge. The storm’s massive size and strength was beyond anything recently recorded in Italy. Fifteen-foot waves similar to those generated by the Oct. 31, 1991, Halloween storm, known as “The Perfect Storm,” and sea level elevations approaching 4 feet above normal, battered the coast and caused widespread inland flooding. 

03/27/2015 -

Nutrient pollution from nitrogen and phosphorus in streams has long been known to increase carbon production by algae, often causing nuisance and harmful algal blooms. But according to results of a new study, nutrient pollution can also result in the loss of forest-derived carbon--leaves and twigs--from stream ecosystems, reducing the ability of streams to support aquatic life.