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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

09/09/2015 -

Warming ocean temperatures off the North Atlantic are causing fish to move up the coast to cooler waters — raising concerns among scientists and regulators about the ocean's ecosystem, and potentially changing the experience Delaware anglers have enjoyed for generations.

09/09/2015 -

Jonathan Sharp, a professor emeritus at the University of Delaware, studied the chemistry of Delaware River and Bay for more than 30 years, watching from a front-row seat as water quality began to improve with the passage of the Clean Water Act. And while there have been many environmental changes in the estuary, a long-term shift in temperature is not one of them.

09/03/2015 -

The Delaware Geological Survey (DGS) has released a new technical report titled Simulation of Groundwater Flow and Contaminant Transport in Eastern Sussex County, Delaware with Emphasis on

UDaily: Four UD graduate students receive two-year fellowships from DENIN
09/03/2015 -

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) has announced its second cohort of DENIN Environmental Fellows. This fellowship program supports doctoral students whose research interests demonstrate a clear bridge between science and society.

The four recipients were selected based on their proposals for doctoral research that will benefit the environment in Delaware and beyond, as well as their demonstrated experience and commitment to communicating and transferring the benefits of their research to the wider world.

UDaily: UD researchers identify behaviors of nanoparticle that shows promise as nanofertilizer
09/03/2015 -

Researchers at the University of Delaware have discovered unique behaviors of hydroxyapatite nanoparticles (HANPs) that show promise as a phosphorus nanofertilizer and could be used to help slow the release of phosphorous in soils.

This would both increase phosphorous uptake efficiencies in the growing of plants and also in protecting environmentally sensitive sites, including bodies of water, by reducing nutrient loading, which is important because phosphorous is a nonrenewable resource and an essential nutrient for agricultural production. 

09/01/2015 -

Every now and then you hear about a shark sighting -- like the hammerhead that washed up on the shores of Fenwick Island earlier this summer. Or Mary Lee, the tagged Great white shark who’s known to wander near the Delmarva coast. As one fisherman told Delaware Public Media, there’s also been more sharks caught near the shore this summer than usual. And we’re talking adult-size sharks, not puppies. In our latest installment for iSeeChange, Delaware Public Media’s science reporter Eli Chen asked a couple of scientists what might be drawing these sharks closer to shore.

UDaily: UD's wind turbine in Lewes marks fifth year of clean energy generation, research
09/01/2015 -

According to a recent Department of Energy report, wind power is expected to contribute 35 percent of the nation’s energy by 2050, up from 5 percent today.

Since 2010, the University of Delaware has been a leader in generating carbon-free energy. This past June, UD marked the fifth anniversary of the installation of the wind turbine (a Gamesa G90-2.0 MW model) located on the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes, a joint collaboration between UD and Gamesa.

08/28/2015 -

Seas around the world have risen an average of nearly 3 inches since 1992, with some locations rising more than 9 inches due to natural variation, according to the latest satellite measurements from NASA and its partners. An intensive research effort now underway, aided by NASA observations and analysis, points to an unavoidable rise of several feet in the future. Members of NASA’s new interdisciplinary Sea Level Change Team will discuss recent findings and new agency research efforts during a media teleconference today at 12:30 p.m. EDT. NASA will stream the teleconference live online.

08/28/2015 -

Enthusiasm is building across the Wilmington Diocese over Pope Francis’ scheduled visit to Philadelphia late next month, with some local Catholics planning to join a million-or-more-person crowd in Philadelphia and many more saying they’ll watch every moment from afar. The buzz has been slower to grow, however, for the pope’s recently issued 184-page papal letter, or encyclical, on the environment, climate and “care for our common home” on Earth.

08/27/2015 -

What do the roof of a building in a West Coast redwood forest, a bluff in California chaparral, and a research vessel in Monterey Bay have in common? They're often draped in tendrils of fog. That makes them prime sites for collecting fog water samples. And there's something else that can be found at those sites: mercury, according to atmospheric chemist Peter Weiss-Penzias of the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC).