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Delaware Farmers Talk Soil Conservation, Climate Change

By Michael Short Photo: Michael Short

“I planted green early (last year) and the slugs ate my breakfast, lunch and dinner,” he said at a July 16 discussion and press event with Sen. Tom Carper to discuss soil conservation practices and the Growing Climate Solutions Act.


Delco plans to take land from Archdiocese to create county’s largest park

By Frank Kummer Photo: FalconPix

Delaware County Council moved Wednesday to use eminent domain to take control of 213 mostly forested acres known as the Don Guanella tract owned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and a private developer and turn it into the county’s largest park — a move church officials say caught them by surprise.


Adapting to climate change isn’t new for state’s Indigenous peoples

By Chris Flood Photo: Chris Flood

According to Lenape Indian Chief Dennis Coker, Delaware’s Native Americans have been dealing with the impacts of environmental changes such as sea level rise for thousands of years. When the grassed plains of the outer continental shelf began to fill with sea water, Native Americans moved to higher grounds, he said.


These Delaware Farmers Are Reclaiming Their Land

By Lisa Dukart Photo: Kranz Hill Farm

The 40-acre sweep of land comprising most of Dittmar Family Farms in Felton is almost unrecognizable after several years in the hands of its new owners, husband-and-wife duo Jenny and Zach Dittmar. Where once the fields were nothing but soybean and corn crops, today the land is abuzz with pollinators like bees, dragonflies and butterflies flitting from the wildflower meadow to the towering sunflower stalks.


Refinery renews plea for reform of biofuel standard as credit prices inflict more financial pain

By Jon Hurdle Photo: DPM

The owner of Delaware City Refinery is trying again to get some relief from renewable fuel credits it is required to purchase, and it’s getting support from Delaware’s Congressional delegation and Gov. John Carney


How climate change impacts Delaware agriculture

By Holly Quinn

Delaware is growing as an agtech state, and there is no agricultural issue that is more pressing than climate change. But what are the issues that ag-focused technologists should be thinking about?


Coastal marshes help mitigate climate change. So why is this Delaware marsh contributing to it?

By Sophia Schmidt Photo: Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

Coastal wetlands are considered key to mitigating climate change, because their plants absorb carbon from the atmosphere and store it in soil even faster than forests do. But research at a salt marsh near Dover raises questions about how much of a carbon “sink” tidal wetlands really are, and if that’s changing as the climate warms.


More than two years after chemical leak, Delaware Croda plant still making fixes

By Mark Eichmann Photo: Mark Eichmann

Croda’s ethylene oxide plant has been out-of-commission since Thanksgiving weekend 2018. That’s when a leak of ethylene oxide wreaked havoc with holiday traffic on the Delaware Memorial Bridge, which sits just a few hundred feet from the plant.


Delaware announces regulation to phase-out HFC chemicals

By Nick Ciolino Photo by Milton Pratt

Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) recently announced new restrictions on substances called hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, which it says are hundreds of thousands of times more potent than C02 in contributing to climate change.


DNREC publishes planned regulations for phasing in greener refrigerants

By Delaware Business Now

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced today that new hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) regulations were published March 1 in the state’s Register of Regulations.