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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

10/08/2014 -

Thousands of people pass by 132 E. Delaware Ave. every day, but few would ever think to look up. However, atop the three-story apartment building in the heart of downtown Newark lies a green roof  —a 2,500-square-foot arrangement of robust plants still thriving after surviving last winter's harsh conditions.

UDaily: UD professor touts benefits of adding meadows to landscapes
10/07/2014 -

Instead of simple traditional lawns, the University of Delaware’s Sue Barton is asking local homeowners to consider meadows to increase ecosystem services and add aesthetic beauty to landscapes. Barton, associate professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences in UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, said that homeowners with larger yards -- one or more acres -- should especially consider growing meadows instead of lawns.

10/07/2014 -

The cold waters of Earth’s deep ocean have not warmed measurably since 2005, according to a new NASA study, leaving unsolved the mystery of why global warming appears to have slowed in recent years. Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, analyzed satellite and direct ocean temperature data from 2005 to 2013 and found the ocean abyss below 1.24 miles (1,995 meters) has not warmed measurably. Study coauthor Josh Willis of JPL said these findings do not throw suspicion on climate change itself.

UDaily: Renewable energy credits from wind turbine are supporting education
10/07/2014 -

The wind turbine on the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes has yielded many benefits in its first four years of operation, including generating clean energy for the campus and community, helping train students in turbine maintenance, testing new equipment, and supporting research studies. Now, another important item has been added to that list — supporting fellowships for graduate students working in the wind energy area in the University’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE).

UDaily: Federal funding to UD supports oyster farming in Delaware's Inland Bays
10/07/2014 -

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) joined local and state officials, representatives from the University of Delaware and the Center for the Inland Bays to announce two federal grants to support the development of oyster farming in Delaware’s Inland Bays. The U.S. Department of Commerce awarded $164,341 to the University of Delaware to study the economics of ecosystem services from aquaculture and estimating consumer willingness to pay for oysters marketed as local and marketed as improving water quality.

10/07/2014 -

West Nile virus. Hantavirus. Lyme disease. Infectious diseases are spreading in animals and humans. Is our interaction with the environment somehow responsible? The National Science Foundation has issued a special report on the subject.

UDaily: UD selected as partner in USDA Northeast Climate Hub
10/03/2014 -

The University of Delaware is one of 12 land grant universities that have been selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to serve as part of a New Hampshire-based Northeast Climate Hub. 

The climate hubs have been created to centralize information from universities and federal agencies related to climate change risk adaptation and mitigation. The hubs will address increasing risks such as fires, invasive pests, devastating floods and crippling droughts on a regional basis and translate science and research into information that can be used by farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to adapt and adjust their resource management.

UDaily: Showcase your 'green opportunity' to UD community on Campus Sustainability Day
10/02/2014 -

Student and community organizations that focus on sustainability are invited to join the Green Opportunities Fair, which will be held on the University of Delaware’s Central Green from 2-3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22, as part of the Campus Sustainability Day celebration.

“This year’s theme for Campus Sustainability Day is ‘Empowering Change on Campus and in the Community,’” said Dillon Kimmel, residence hall coordinator with Residence Life and Housing and co-chair of the Sustainability Task Force Campus Sustainability Day working group. “We are focusing on new ways to decrease our carbon footprint through collaboration, or projects that impact the world beyond the University.”

UDaily: New book promotes plant functionality as priority in landscapes
09/25/2014 -

Rather than being designed simply for aesthetic beauty, home gardens need to be livable, layered, and functional in order to support viable food webs, according to the new book The Living Landscape

UDaily: College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment celebrates new research vessel, robotics lab
09/25/2014 -

Joanne Currier Daiber gave up a career in marine science for love, but she never gave up her love of marine science.