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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

UDaily: DENIN Ambassadors accepting applications for new members
04/25/2016 -

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) invites any University of Delaware student interested in joining its ambassador program for the 2016–17 academic year to submit an application by Monday, May 2, at 5 p.m. Prospective members may download an application from the group’s webpage.

UDaily: Amount of plastic in marine environment may be greater than previously thought
04/22/2016 -

Plastics are all around us. They are found in containers and packing materials, children’s toys, medical devices and electronics.

Unfortunately, plastics are also found in the ocean.

2015 paper published in Science estimates that anywhere from 4.8 million to 12.7 million metric tons of plastic were dumped into the ocean in 2010 alone. One metric ton equals approximately 2,200 pounds.

UDaily: Field experiment aims to uncover new clues about how oil, other pollutants move in ocean
04/20/2016 -

It’s been six years since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred in the Gulf of Mexico and scientists are still working to understand how oil and other pollutants move in the ocean. The incident, which occurred in April 2010, is considered the largest accidental marine oil spill in history. 

The University of Delaware’s Helga Huntley is among more than 40 scientists studying this problem as a member of the Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE). 

UDaily: Historian reflects on how 1970 event empowered a generation
04/19/2016 -

Adam Rome, an environmental historian at the University of Delaware, wrote the book on Earth Day.

His The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation, published in 2013, tells the story of what he calls “the most famous little-known event in modern American history.” 

Everyone has heard of Earth Day, celebrated annually since 1970 on April 22, but many people today are unfamiliar with its origins and impact.

UDaily: Institute for Global Studies invites campus to cool down with Arctic-themed programs during April
04/06/2016 -

Throughout the month of April, the University of Delaware will discover the science, history and culture of Arctic communities and landscapes while honoring UD’s commitment to research and impact in this, the vast northernmost region of the world. Arctic Month, hosted by the Institute for Global Studies, will feature more than a dozen lectures, programs and events on topics ranging from marine biosciences in the depths of the Arctic Ocean to modern-day Inuit interpretations of long-passed traditions.

UDaily: UD faculty to lead international conference on impacts of extreme climate events
04/05/2016 -

An international conference on the impacts of extreme climate events on aquatic biogeochemical cycles and fluxes will be convened by a group that includes two faculty members in the University of Delaware’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences from Jan. 22-27, 2017, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The special meeting -- which is being organized in part by Shreeram Inamdar, professor of plant and soil sciences, and Thomas Parr, a postdoctoral scientist in the department -- has been selected as an American Geophysical Union (AGU) Chapman Conference. 

UDaily: UD's Earth Month celebration features festival, films, talks, Green Expo
04/04/2016 -

After months of planning by students, faculty and staff, this is what it all comes down to: The University of Delaware’s Earth Month celebration aims to draw attention to issues of environmental sustainability and environmental justice. The schedule of events is available on the Earth Month 2016 webpage, compiled by the Earth Month Working Group of the University’s Sustainability Task Force.

Officially, Earth Day is Friday, April 22, but events are planned throughout the month.

“This year we had the added bonus of working with staff from the Institute for Global Studies, who had designated April as Arctic Month,” said Katie Morrison, assistant director in Residence Life and Housing and co-chair of the Sustainability Task Force. “The two observances dovetail nicely and our coordination has resulted in an especially rich schedule of Earth-related events throughout the month.”

Highlights include the third annual Lights, Camera, EARTH! film festival, which begins at 3 p.m., Friday, April 8, and continues through Sunday evening, April 10. The festival features six films on the theme of climate change, each followed by a faculty-led discussion. 

04/01/2016 -

Leading by example can be a catalyst for progress, which is why “Be the Change” is the theme for the fourth annual student video competition sponsored by the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN). The DENIN Ambassadors student group is organizing the contest during the month of April — Earth Month at UD. This year, the competition will be a social media event, and all UD undergraduate students are invited to participate.

UDaily: Renowned scientist Walter Munk, "Einstein of the Oceans," to speak at UD
04/01/2016 -

Renowned oceanographer Walter Munk will discuss his more than 75 years of scientific discovery and research in ocean sciences, ocean sound transmission and climate change, during a special guest lecture on Monday, April 25. Hosted by University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, the event will take place from 4:30-6 p.m. in Mitchell Hall.UD Acting President Nancy Targett will kick off the evening by welcoming Munk — considered by many to be “the Einstein of the Oceans” — to campus.

03/31/2016 -

At 20 locations in Delaware since 2012, drinking water tests revealed lead levels above the federally set threshold of 15 parts per billion. State officials don't believe this signals a reason for alarm because failed tests are fairly commonplace; what they are concerned about is the response that follows.