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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

11/03/2016 -

Lake Matano is located on a remote, difficult-to-reach island in Indonesia, but its waters offer up answers to a broad range of scientific questions ranging from pollution and predation to endemic species and evolution. For the University of Delaware’s Julie Maresca, the long journey to the lake, and the primitive research conditions she encountered there, proved worth the effort when she and her team made an important discovery about methane release in freshwater systems.

11/03/2016 -

Bio-fuels and bio-based chemicals have gained tremendous traction over the past decade as a means to produce alternatives to fossil fuels and to replace bulk chemical production methods that rely on petrochemicals.

11/03/2016 -

University of Delaware doctoral student Stephanie Dohner has been selected as a Mid-Atlantic Coastal Storms Program graduate research fellow by Virginia Sea Grant. Dohner, of Englewood, Ohio, is studying oceanography in UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. She was one of six finalists selected in the Mid-Atlantic region in a competitive application process.

UD study suggests people prefer conservation as way to protect drinking water
10/29/2016 -

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan put the need to protect and invest in clean drinking water front and center in the minds of many Americans. But how to go about investing, as well as how to get the public on board with such spending, is a difficult challenge that faces policymakers.

A new study from the University of Delaware has found that when given the choice, people prefer to invest their money in conservation, such as protecting key areas of a watershed — also referred to as green infrastructure — rather than in traditional water treatment plants — also referred to as gray infrastructure.

Stanford’s Mark Z. Jacobson to address global warming and energy
10/20/2016 -

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Delaware will hold the second lecture in its 2016-17 Distinguished Lecture Series on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Mitchell Hall Auditorium.

<>Mark Jacobson, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, will deliver a talk, “Is this the Only Hope for Reversing Global Warming? Transitioning Each Country’s All-Purpose Energy to Electricity Powered 100 Percent by Wind, Water, and Sunlight.”


Leading climate scientist to discuss Greenland’s contribution to global sea level
10/12/2016 -

Noted climate scientist Laurence C. Smith will discuss Greenland’s contribution to global sea levels at the John R. Mather Visiting Scholars Lecture at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3.

The lecture will be held in the Gore Recital Hall in the Roselle Center for the Arts on the University of Delaware campus in Newark, and kicks off a yearlong celebration of geography’s 50th anniversary as a department.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required

10/04/2016 -

Pitch:90, a science-oriented elevator pitch competition sponsored by the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN), is expanding to include graduate and undergraduate student researchers in any STEM field at the University of Delaware. Participants in the event have 90 seconds to tell the audience and a panel of judges why their research matters in everyday language without the aid of props or slides. The top five pitchers are awarded monetary prizes, including a $500 grand prize.

10/04/2016 -

The third annual Water Symposium was held on Friday, Sept. 30, in Townsend Hall on the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) campus. The annual event provides an opportunity for faculty and students associated with the interdisciplinary water science and policy (WSP) graduate program, which is spread across multiple departments and colleges at UD, to come together to present their research and share ideas.

10/04/2016 -

When populations of Canada geese and other species of waterfowl were on the decline in the Mid-Atlantic in the early part of the 20th century, conservationists made it a priority to save the species by protecting habitat, setting hunting restrictions, and translocating geese to the region. They were wildly successful and not only did the Canada geese populations explode in the Mid-Atlantic, some of those geese decided to take up permanent residence in the region.

10/04/2016 -

The University of Delaware Water Resources Center (UDWRC) Advisory Panel has selected the following students in five colleges at UD and Delaware State University for its undergraduate and graduate research program during 2016-17, it was announced recently by Gerald J. Kauffman, center director.