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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

UDaily: EPSCoR Track-2 - New grant from NSF EPSCoR will establish water resources network
07/24/2013 -

The Delaware Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is a partner in a three-year, $6-million grant from the National Science Foundation through its EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-2 program.

The grant program supports research by consortia of EPSCoR jurisdictions. Through this award, Delaware will join with the EPSCoR programs in Rhode Island and Vermont to form the North East Water Resources Network (NEWRnet). Two million dollars of the grant will go to each of the three states involved.

UDaily: Island journey - UD students travel to Palau for scientific cruise, marine policy discussions
07/10/2013 -

In the small island nation of Palau, located 600 miles east of the Philippines, rising sea levels threaten infrastructure and the economy — but there are very limited resources to address such problems.

Marisa Van Hoeven, a master’s degree student in marine policy in the University of Delaware’s School of Marine Science and Policy in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE), traveled to the remote country last week to discuss climate adaptation with government officials. 

UDaily: Through July 30: MacArtor exhibit,  Library exhibits 'In Memoriam: June D. MacArtor Environmental Guardian'
07/09/2013 -

The University of Delaware Library has announced a one-case memorial exhibition saluting the legacy of environmental protection championed by the late June D. MacArtor (June 3, 1930-June 13, 2013).

The exhibition, titled “In Memoriam: June D. MacArtor, Esquire, Delaware’s Environmental Guardian,” will be on display in the Information Room of Morris Library through Tuesday, July 30.

UDaily: Algae species holds potential for dual role as pollution reducer, biofuel source
06/27/2013 -

A hardy algae species is showing promise in both reducing power plant pollution and making biofuel, based on new research at the University of Delaware. The microscopic algae Heterosigma akashiwo grows rapidly on a gas mixture that has the same carbon dioxide and nitric oxide content as emissions released from a power plant.

06/25/2013 -

It's the first day of summer, a hot time in the desert city of Phoenix. And in cities across the United States--and the Northern Hemisphere. Heat islands, as these urban hot spots are called, are metropolitan areas significantly warmer than surrounding rural areas. Why?

06/25/2013 -

For around 450 million years, Horseshoe crabs have crawled ashore to spawn on moonlit nights – much like a recent one at Pickering Beach on the Delaware Bay.For around three decades, wildlife enthusiasts have gone out to survey them doing this. Stew Michels, program director for Delaware’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, is leading one of the numerous crab survey crews walking 23 beaches on both sides of the Delaware Bay the night WDDE joined them.

UDaily: UD scientists pioneer inexpensive catalyst to drive synthetic fuel production
06/25/2013 -

University of Delaware chemist Joel Rosenthal is driven to succeed in the renewable energy arena. Working in his lab in UD’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Rosenthal and doctoral student John DiMeglio have developed an inexpensive catalyst that uses the electricity generated from solar energy to convert carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas, into synthetic fuels for powering cars, homes and businesses. 

06/25/2013 -

Delaware’s beach replenishment program may help in the near term to protect shore homes and businesses from future storms like Hurricane Sandy, but critics say it’s an expensive and ultimately futile effort to defend the existing coastline against rising sea levels. This year’s program isn’t due to start until some time in July, after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract. When it does, a total of 1.9 million cubic yards of sand – enough to fill about 1 million pickup trucks — will be dumped on beaches at Bethany and South Bethany, Rehoboth and Dewey, and Fenwick Island. In a separate operation, more sand will be pumped onto the north shore of Indian River Inlet south of Rehoboth Beach.

06/25/2013 -

Ocean waters melting the undersides of Antarctic ice shelves are responsible for most of the continent's ice shelf mass loss, a new study by NASA and university researchers has found. Scientists have studied the rates of basal melt, or the melting of the ice shelves from underneath, of individual ice shelves, the floating extensions of glaciers that empty into the sea. But this is the first comprehensive survey of all Antarctic ice shelves. The study found basal melt accounted for 55 percent of all Antarctic ice shelf mass loss from 2003 to 2008, an amount much higher than previously thought.

06/20/2013 -

In a suburban back­yard near Rehoboth Beach, Carlton Updyke’s colony of purple martins is thriving. The same is true of Chuck Fullmer’s colony – along a commercial strip off Del. 5 southeast of Georgetown. But for martin land­lords further north in Pennsylvania, the picture is less robust and some re­searchers believe that as we experience earlier springs – a possible im­pact from a changing cli­mate – there may be a mis­match between the time when insects hatch in huge numbers and the ar­rival of insect-eating birds like purple martins.