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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

08/11/2015 -

They’re boxy Big Apple castoffs – and just passing through. Sixty or more times a day, heavy black trucks carry 20-ton enclosed containers out of the CSX rail yard off Centerville Road near Boxwood Road and turn south toward Interstate 95. The trucks are part of a little-noticed floating and rolling virtual pipeline connecting New York City wastebaskets to a Chester, Pennsylvania, trash-to-electricity generator. Delaware became part of the connection earlier this year, when New York ramped up new trash disposal options that will send an estimated 400,000 tons of city trash a year to the Covanta Delaware Valley incinerator.

UDaily: Young coastal scientists and engineers share research with peers
08/07/2015 -

More than 60 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-career professionals shared their research at the Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference-North America on the University of Delaware campus from July 27-29. Gov. Jack Markell, who welcomed the participants, said the First State was the perfect place for the event.

UDaily: "Green Light" symposium illuminates connections between art and science
08/06/2015 -

The University of Delaware will host a daylong symposium on Friday, Sept. 25, bringing together industry leaders, artists, designers and scholars to explore the future of artificial lighting. “Green Light: Prospects in Lighting Design and Technology” will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Clayton Hall on the University’s Newark campus. Registration, at $55 per person or $25 for full-time students with ID from any institution, is now available at this website.

UDaily: DENIN announces its first graduate student research symposium
08/05/2015 -

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) will host its first research symposium for graduate students on Thursday, Oct. 8. The symposium will take place from 3-7 p.m. in the Harker Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory and will include both oral presentations and a poster session. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top presenters in each category.

08/04/2015 -

While Delaware has been ahead of most of the country in curbing power plant carbon dioxide emissions blamed for rising global temperatures, new rules announced Monday by President Obama likely will prove tougher and more costly. The new standards come amid concerns that progress in meeting carbon dioxide reductions has been too slow nationwide and globally to meet a United Nations goal of holding the world's temperature increase below about 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit by the turn of the century, according to many scientists.

UDaily: UD researchers monitor conditions in Delaware Bay aboard Cape May-Lewes ferry
07/31/2015 -

The ferry serves a dual purpose: as it carries commuters and tourists across the bay, it measures water quality parameters like temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen and chlorophyll, as well as atmospheric properties like pressure, temperature, humidity and wind speed. 

07/29/2015 -

Curiosity was piqued at a Delaware marina Friday – a day after a manatee was spotted in its waters near the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. "They're a fascinating creature," said A. Ralph Woodrow, who was at Summit North Marina on Friday morning in hopes of catching a glimpse of the Florida manatee. "Have you seen one? Do you know anything about them?

07/29/2015 -

This week, young coastal scientists from all over North America flocked to University of Delaware to present the latest research in their field. Alina Pieterse, a PhD student at UD, has been studying tidal marshes, or wetlands. They play a critical role in acting as barriers to incoming waves, reducing the impact of floodwaters on coastal areas. Pieterse finds Delaware’s tidal marshes interesting partly because they cover more of the state than its beaches, unlike in her native Netherlands.

UDaily: Serviam Girls Academy students learn about soils at inaugural camp at UD
07/29/2015 -

The inaugural Soil Is Life summer camp was held July 10 as 45 students from Serviam Girls Academy spent time on the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources campus learning from Angelia Seyfferth about the importance of soils. The camp was funded by a five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Award that Seyfferth received in 2014.

UDaily: DENIN Ambassador alum finds career with Thomson Reuters
07/29/2015 -

Recent University of Delaware graduate Radhika Samant always envisioned herself beginning her career in the environmental field but when she was offered a job to work at Thomson Reuters in New York City following Commencement, the opportunity was too good to pass up.