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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

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.

UDaily: Costa Rican study abroad program draws students with varied environmental interests
03/26/2015 -

While people often say they experienced culture shock when visiting another country, a group of University of Delaware students who studied abroad in Costa Rica this Winter Session say the shock occurred when they got home. 

“My perspective changed on American culture,” said Nate Harlan, a sophomore in theAssociate in Arts Program, who was one of 13 students participating in the four-week study abroad program offered by the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology.

03/19/2015 -

Delaware’s U.S. senators are backing a controversial overhaul of a law designed to protect the public from dangerous chemicals and substances in consumer products. Some environmental and health groups say the bipartisan legislation that Democratic Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons cosponsored this week would weaken current law and undermine efforts to protect the public’s health. The two senators counter that the bill includes provisions they requested to promote safety.

03/19/2015 -

There's more than a spark of interest in wood stoves across Delaware, but officials describe the systems as a sooty fringe, with per capita emissions greater than those in the south, but dwarfed by what goes into the sky in northern tier and New England states.

UDaily: UD assists South Africa in revitalizing its cotton industry sustainably
03/19/2015 -

South Africa is working to revitalize its cotton textile and apparel industry, which has been damaged by the availability of inexpensive imported clothing, by focusing on sustainability — a focus that is expected to benefit from the University of Delaware’s expertise.

03/19/2015 -

In a field west of Milton, a bird watcher was the first to notice the large flock of big, white birds feeding amid the cut over corn stalks. One hundred tundra swans, white like a snow goose but much larger and with a longer neck and black bill, spotted on Thursday grew to a flock of 500 by the weekend. For this time of year, it was unusual. Flocks like these are much more common in Southeastern Pennsylvania or the Eastern Shore of Chesapeake Bay.