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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

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.

09/25/2014 -

In the cold waters off Antarctica, a solitary, yellow glider named the "Blue Hen" keeps track of the penguins that graduate student Megan Cimino monitors from a lab in Lewes.

Fellow student Matthew Breece follows endangered Atlantic sturgeon as they move along the Delaware and New Jersey coast each spring with a similar, autonomous, underwater robot that picks up acoustic signals from specialized tags implanted in the fish.

And associate professors Doug Miller and Art Trembanis are using underwater robots to track sea scallops off the coast.

These robots – some autonomous and some operated by remote control – are a growing part of the University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean and Environment research program.

NSF: Rust villages of the deep: In Pele's shadow, iron oxide, or rust, comes to life
09/25/2014 -

The island volcanoes of Hawaii are the most recent evidence, researchers say, of an ancient process that created the 3,700-mile-long Hawaiian-Emperor Seamount Chain.

News Journal: Sea level rise: Not just a beach risk
09/25/2014 -

Delaware's ocean coast beaches aren't the most at-risk places in the state for sea level rise – at least not yet.

UDaily: Call for green-minded speakers - UD community members can apply for Campus Sustainability Day presentations
09/25/2014 -

Members of the University of Delaware community are invited to present at a Campus Sustainability Day luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Presentations can be any program, idea or initiative occurring on campus or impacting the greater community related to sustainability, but will be limited to five to eight minutes.

Presenters are encouraged to consider this year's Campus Sustainability theme, "Empowering Change on Campus and in the Community," when considering presentation topics. 

Applications are being accepted online.

UDaily: NSF Career Award - UD's Seyfferth to create rice paddies to study ways to lower arsenic levels in rice
09/23/2014 -

The University of Delaware’s Angelia Seyfferth has received a prestigious five-year, $465,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Award for studies on arsenic in rice, and the funding will provide for the installation of the first rice paddies in the state. 

The rice paddies, to be created on the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources(CANR) campus in spring 2015, will not only aid Seyfferth’s research on potential methods to lower arsenic levels in rice – a staple crop for nearly half of the people on Earth – but they will also provide an important teaching tool for UD graduate and undergraduate students, and local high school and middle school students, as well.