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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

05/15/2017 -

A multi-institutional team led by United States Geological Survey (USGS) scientists is nearing the end of a nine-day research cruise aboard the R/V Hugh R. Sharp — the University of Delaware’s 146-foot coastal research vessel — to explore methane seeps in the Atlantic Ocean.

05/11/2017 -

The University of Delaware Green Grants program funds faculty, student and staff projects that promote sustainability on campus.

Following a partnership with the Environmental Case Competition, the Green Grants program is opening the spring and summer application window.

The winners from the Environmental Case Competition automatically apply for Green Grants, but other members of the UD community are also encouraged to apply.

UD’s Webb Farm hosts 22nd Envirothon high school competition
05/05/2017 -

High school students from throughout the state of Delaware descended on the University of Delaware’s Webb Farm to take part in the 22nd Envirothon, a team-based outdoor academic competition.

The competition challenges high school students’ knowledge and practical application of aquatic ecology, forestry, soils and land use, wildlife, air quality, special environmental topics and public speaking.

Mapping deep reefs produces valuable data for researchers, conservationists
05/04/2017 -

A study authored by University of Delaware professor Art Trembanis and colleagues reveals new details about deep sea reefs — known as mesophotic reefs — near the island of Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean.

While coral reefs worldwide are in decline, the waters surrounding Bonaire comprise a marine park known as a scuba “diver’s paradise” because it contains some of the most well-preserved coral reefs in the Caribbean basin.

Earth Month event to feature film, panel discussion on coastal water issues
04/12/2017 -

A special film screening and panel discussion at the University of Delaware on Friday, April 21, will highlight some of the complex issues involving water that coastal communities face in an era of climate change and sea level rise.

How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change, the latest film by Josh Fox, director of the Oscar-nominated documentary Gasland, will be shown at 1 p.m. in 101 Brown Laboratory.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion at approximately 3 p.m. and a reception with refreshments at 4 p.m. in the Brown Lab lobby. The event is free and open to the public.

Delaware Sea Grant report sheds light on climate change effect on southern Delaware tourism
04/06/2017 -

A warming climate, fluctuations in weather patterns and rising sea levels may change the way businesses operate in coastal Delaware. It also will have an impact on how quickly businesses recover and get back online after a natural hazard.

Eight million tourists visit coastal Delaware annually, with a majority coming to coastal Delaware to enjoy 24 miles of ocean beaches, state parks and recreational facilities for fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, bird-watching, camping, cycling and more.

UD researchers discover tree trunks act as methane source in upland forests
03/31/2017 -

A new study from the University of Delaware is one of the first in the world to show that tree trunks in upland forests actually emit methane rather than store it, representing a new, previously unaccounted source of this powerful greenhouse gas.

Methane is about 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide, with some estimates as high as 33 times stronger due to its effects when it is in the atmosphere.

03/24/2017 -

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) invites current and newly admitted science, engineering and social science doctoral students who are advised by one of its 200 faculty affiliates to apply for the DENIN Environmental Fellowship Program. The 2017–19 fellowships begin in September and will provide two years of support for up to five Ph.D. students carrying out environmentally relevant research that demonstrates a clear link to societal needs and benefits.

03/24/2017 -

It takes about an hour and a half to descend the 1.7 miles to the ocean floor along the East Pacific Rise in the deep-sea submersible Alvin. Travel conditions are a bit cramped since the submarine is only 8 feet in diameter and seats just three people. It’s dark, there is no bathroom, air conditioning or heat and the farther below the surface you go, the colder it gets (down to about 35 degrees Fahrenheit).

International research team warns of mineral supply constraints as demand increases for green technologies
03/16/2017 -

An international team of researchers, led by the University of Delaware’s Saleem Ali, says global resource governance and sharing of geoscience data is needed to address challenges facing future mineral supply.

Specifically of concern are a range of technology minerals, which are an essential ingredient in everything from laptops and cell phones to hybrid or electric cars to solar panels and copper wiring for homes. However, base metals like copper are also a matter of immense concern.