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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

UDaily: UD professors say nation has fallen behind on offshore wind power
09/29/2015 -

University of Delaware faculty from the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE), the College of Engineering and the Alfred Lerner School of Business and Economics say that the U.S. has fallen behind in offshore wind power.

The UD professors, who are all affiliated with UD’s Center for Carbon Free Power Integration (CCPI), reported their findings in an invited paper that appeared this week in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

UDaily: Oliver named Robertson Professor of Marine Science and Policy
09/28/2015 -

Matthew Oliver, an associate professor in University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, has been named the Patricia and Charles Robertson Professor of Marine Science and Policy. The endowed chair, funded through a generous gift from UD alumna Patricia Robertson and her husband Charles, is meant to reward exceptional young faculty talent.

09/24/2015 -

A multifaith group in Wilmington on Wednesday convened the first of two vigils focused on climate change and what participants said is a public moral duty to address the causes of global warming and its dangers. Delaware Interfaith Power, one of 40 such state groups nationwide, organized the sessions outside First & Central Presbyterian Church near Rodney Square. Organizers said the event was timed to coincide with Pope Francis’s arrival in the United States, and with Yom Kippur, a time when members of the Jewish faith fast and seek forgiveness.

UDaily: Researchers examine market potential, environmental trade-offs of using natural gas as a marine fuel
09/23/2015 -

As the maritime shipping industry transitions toward cleaner fuels in response to new environmental regulations and emissions standards, abundant supplies of natural gas in the United States, and worldwide, appear to offer a promising solution in transportation industries.

Natural gas is considered by many to be a 21st century energy resource that will enable multiple sectors, including shipping, to transition away from petroleum fuels. But, questions remain about whether the economic and energy potential benefits include co-benefits for the environment. 

UDaily: Study finds conservation mascots effective in more ways than one
09/22/2015 -

Smokey Bear has spent decades reminding picnickers “only you can prevent forest fires” and has even been known to cry over the devastation they leave in their wake. University of Delaware researchers say the cartoon bear illustrates how mascots can most effectively protect the environment – by threatening disappointment. New findings show adults are less likely to pollute when conservation information is presented to them by a mascot. And, they are most likely to make the right choice when it prevents the fuzzy creatures from being sad.

UDaily: UD's Yan Jin receives national society's soil physics award
09/22/2015 -

The University of Delaware’s Yan Jin has been presented the 2015 Don and Betty Kirkham Soil Physics Award by the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA). The award is designed to recognize a mid-career soil scientist who has made outstanding contributions in the areas of soil physics and is supported by the Don and Betty Kirkham Fund established through the Agronomic Science Foundation and administered by the society.

UDaily: Intense X-ray technology sheds new light on dynamics of how minerals, fluids interact
09/18/2015 -

It's often true that to get to the bottom of big problems or understand massive systems, you have to go deep into the details.

When those details are the size of atoms and molecules, it takes special equipment and extraordinary precision to get what you're after.

A new study by a team including University of Delaware researcher Neil Sturchio and his colleagues at the Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois at Chicago has given scientists an unprecedented look at such detail, showing how minerals and fluids interact in extreme conditions.

09/11/2015 -

The wind turbine on University of Delaware’s Lewes campus has now reached its fifth anniversary. Standing at 256 feet, the wind turbine in Lewes is the only commercial-sized wind turbine in Delaware. Since 2010, it’s generated 23.57 million kilowatt hours of electricity, powering the facilities at University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment campus.

UDaily: Geography department now offers undergraduate meteorology, climatology degree
09/11/2015 -

The University of Delaware’s Department of Geography has launched a new undergraduate degree program in meteorology and climatology. Courses in the new major, which started this fall, combine basic atmospheric science and climatology science with rigorous training in mathematics, physics and computer science.

09/09/2015 -

By the end of 2017, Wilmington-based Butamax Advanced Biofuels, a joint venture of BP and DuPont, hopes to replace ethanol at gas stations with a new biofuel called biobutanol. The U.S. has a long history of producing butanol, most notably as an industrial solvent in plants that manufactured explosives during the First and Second World Wars. But its potential to be used to fuel cars emerged in the last twenty years.