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Potential Energy: Study of Maryland demonstrates Mid-Atlantic offshore wind capacity
01/30/2012 -

Offshore wind farms could generate more than enough energy to meet Maryland’s annual electricity consumption, according to a just-published study by researchers at the University of Delaware. The potential power output is nearly double current energy demands for the state, even when taking into account various limitations on where to place equipment in the Atlantic.

Feb. 28: DENIN Dialogue series: Writer, conservationist, advocate Terry Tempest Williams to speak at UD
01/26/2012 -

Jan. 24, 2012-- Terry Tempest Williams, renowned environmental writer and the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah, will be the featured speaker in the Delaware Environmental Institute’s DENIN Dialogue Lecture Series on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in Mitchell Hall at 7 p.m.

01/19/2012 -

Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Jill Fredel, Department of Health and Social Services, 302-255-9047
DNREC, DHSS join First Lady Carla Markell in promoting 2012 as a year of volunteer service
New state websites offer volunteer opportunities and events
DOVER (Jan. 18, 2012) – As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy this week, Delaware’s First Lady Carla Markell is issuing a call to volunteers statewide to resolve to make 2012 a year of service.  Mrs. Markell is being joined by Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Secretary Collin O’Mara and Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Secretary Rita Landgraf to encourage Delawareans to make a resolution to volunteer in the new year.

Sea change:  Penguins provide window into shifting Antarctic ecosystem
01/19/2012 -

What’s the best way to study the Antarctic’s ecosystem? Follow the penguins.

Scientists are tracking penguins on land, under the sea, and even from space to unravel the environmental dynamics in the West Antarctic Peninsula as the region experiences climate change.

“We’re not just down there bird watching,” said Matthew Oliver, assistant professor of oceanography in UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. “This is a concerted effort to put the whole ecosystem together.”

Critical Workshop: Landmark international workshop for critical zone scientists held at UD
01/18/2012 -

International collaboration in critical zone science took a giant step forward in November when about 80 researchers from the U.S., Europe, China and Australia gathered at the University of Delaware for a three-day workshop focused on planning future joint experiments.

First invasive nutria population since 2002 confirmed in Delaware
01/18/2012 -

Following on a lead from an alert fur buyer, biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s APHIS Wildlife Services have confirmed the presence of an invasive nutria population on a pond near the town of Marydel, Delaware in the west central part of the state.

01/17/2012 -

Contact: Joanna Wilson, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Delaware Division of Energy and Climate offers tips to keep costs down while chasing away winter chills
DOVER (Jan. 17, 2012) – It’s mid-January in Delaware. You’re shivering in the grip of winter’s chill. You’d like to keep warmer, but that means using more power in your home and more gas in your car – and having less money in your pocket. To tip that balance in your favor, the Delaware Division of Energy and Climate offers the following tips to help you use less energy and save more money this winter – and in some cases, year-round.

Coffee and collaboration: DNREC leadership joins UD environmental faculty for lively EcoCafe discussion
01/13/2012 -

Leaders of the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) spent the morning of Dec. 14 getting to know one another better at the most recent EcoCafé workshop held at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute in Newark.

“EcoCafés” are breakfast meetings hosted by DENIN several times a year that are designed to increase communication and collaboration between University of Delaware researchers and DNREC personnel working on related environmental challenges.

01/13/2012 -

A new study led by a NASA scientist highlights 14 key air pollution control measures that, if implemented, could slow the pace of global warming, improve health and boost agricultural production.

The research, led by Drew Shindell of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City, finds that focusing on these measures could slow mean global warming 0.9 ºF (0.5ºC) by 2050, increase global crop yields by up to 135 million metric tons per season and prevent hundreds of thousands of premature deaths each year. While all regions of the world would benefit, countries in Asia and the Middle East would see the biggest health and agricultural gains from emissions reductions.

Federal Government Releases Action Plan to Address Ocean Challenges
01/13/2012 -

To address the most pressing challenges facing ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources, the federal government today released a National Ocean Policy action plan.

The draft requests comments on actions the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other federal agencies on the National Ocean Council will take to improve the health of the ocean, coasts and Great Lakes, which support tens of millions of jobs, contribute trillions of dollars a year to the national economy and are essential to public health and national security.