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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

06/24/2014 -

The city hired an environmental consultant to evaluate The Data Centers, LLC’s application for a DNREC air permit, and on Monday, Gavin L. Biebuyck, principal and owner of Liberty Environmental, Inc., weighed in on the proposed 279-megawatt power plant slated for the STAR Campus. Biebuyck presented Liberty’s findings to city council during a special meeting held Monday night in council chambers where he shared several “concerns” regarding TDC’s air permit, deeming some of the company’s claims “questionable,” “incorrect” and “misleading.”

UDaily: UD, UFLA representatives gather to discuss global challenges
06/24/2014 -

The University of Delaware held an international symposium on May 21-22 focusing on global issues and trends in agriculture, environment and bioenergy in Brazil. The Brazilian symposium brought together a large and diverse group from the Federal University of Lavras (UFLA) and UD faculty and students to share knowledge on key themes in Brazilian and U.S. agriculture that have global impacts on food security and the environment.

UDaily: Researcher discovers inexpensive catalyst to produce oxygen and hydrogen gas
06/24/2014 -

The University of Delaware’s Yushan Yan believes that electrochemical energy engineering is the key to reducing humankind’s reliance on combustion as the dominant player in energy conversion. All of his research is aimed at laying the foundation for a new era of affordable electrochemical devices, including fuel cells, electrolyzers, solar hydrogen generators, and redox flow batteries.

UDaily: UD researcjers aim to disarm a 'cereal killer'
06/24/2014 -

A fungus that kills an estimated 30 percent of the world’s rice crop may finally have met its match, thanks to a research discovery made by scientists at the University of Delaware and the University of California at Davis. The research team, led by Harsh Bais, associate professor of plant and soil sciences in UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, has identified a naturally occurring microbe living right in the soil around rice plants — Pseudomonas chlororaphis EA105 — that inhibits the devastating fungus known as rice blast. What’s more, the beneficial soil microbe also induces a system-wide defense response in rice plants to battle the fungus.

06/24/2014 -

Along Prime Hook Beach, one of Delaware's most flood-threatened spots, longtime resident James A. Joyce Jr. said he pays attention to hurricane hazards, but worries more often about winter northeast storms.

"I've been here 18 years now and we've been fortunate so far," Joyce said. "None of the hurricanes have really hit us hard. But hurricanes are always bad for somebody, and eventually our luck is going to run out."

UDaily: Anderson named fellow of International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade
06/24/2014 -

Lee G. Anderson, retired Maxwell P. and Mildred H. Harrington Professor of Marine Studies in the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, has been named a fellow of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET) in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of fisheries economics. He is one of the first four IIFET fellows named and will deliver an address at the organization’s conference in Australia in July.

UDaily: Special Initiative for Offshore Wind convenes industry, government in D.C.
06/17/2014 -

In Europe, offshore wind turbines support 58,000 jobs and generate enough electricity to power 6 million homes. Experts from the offshore wind industry gathered at the Capitol Thursday, June 12, to share lessons learned that could help produce similar results stateside.

Organized by the University of Delaware’s Special Initiative on Offshore Wind, which fosters collaboration among offshore wind energy industry, policy makers, non-government organizations and academics, the symposium focused on reducing costs and creating jobs.

UDaily: UD-developed 'eco-leather' earns 2014 World Green Design Award
06/17/2014 -

The World Green Design Organization has selected University of Delaware Professor Richard Wool’s innovative “Eco-leather” for the 2014 World Green Design Award.

Developed in Wool’s laboratory at UD, eco-leather is an environmentally friendly, bio-based material that can be produced without the traditional leather tanning process. 

Instead, natural materials such as flax and cotton are combined with plant oils from palm, corn or soybeans under high pressure, then laminated together in layers to create a product that acts and feels like leather, according to Wool, director of the Affordable Composites from Renewable Resources (ACRES) program at UD.

UDaily: Altering shipping routes for offshore wind development could save billions
06/02/2014 -

Rerouting ships to open up areas for offshore wind development could save billions of dollars in construction and operating costs for the renewable energy source, according to new findings by the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE). The savings come at a relatively small expense for sending commercial ships slightly farther out to sea when traveling between Mid-Atlantic ports, the research shows. The analysis was part of an economic study on societal costs and benefits of allocating ocean space off the coast for wind energy development.

UDaily: UD's Dentel receives global outreach award in his honor
06/02/2014 -

Steven K. Dentel, University of Delaware professor of civil and environmental engineering, was honored as the namesake and inaugural recipient of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) Steven K. Dentel Award for Global Outreach. This prestigious award recognizes Dentel for his “outstanding contributions and leadership through involvement in environmental engineering and science outreach activities to the global community” and will be presented to future recipients who display similar exemplary activities.