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The state has issued an air quality warning for Wednesday.

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Pushing to meet President Biden’s climate change targets in his home state, Delaware lawmakers are creating an environmental justice task force to ensure infrastructure projects benefit marginalized Delawareans.

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The state and City of Lewes are seeking public input on the environmental issues facing the town.  The goal is to make the town more resilient.

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Delaware’s climate has gotten warmer and wetter in recent decades. The new climate “normals” the federal government released last week made this clear.

And Delaware’s farmers are among the groups working to adapt to the changes.

In this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt talks with Emmalea Ernest and David Owens of the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension about what the First State’s “new normal” means for agriculture

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Every ten years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) puts out new climate “normals.” The ones released Tuesday reinforce that Delaware is getting warmer and wetter.

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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.

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The City of Lewes could become the first town in Delaware to explicitly account for sea level rise in its building code.

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Antarctica is half a world away from Delaware. But the way its ice melts due to climate change will affect how much sea levels rise all over the world, including the east coast of the U.S.

One University of Delaware researcher is trying to better understand how this melting happens. He sets off to Antarctica next January to do just that.

In this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt talks with coastal physical oceanographer and UD assistant professor Carlos Moffat about his plans for the five-year research and education grant he received from the National Science Foundation.

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Salt marshes, which line much of Delaware’s coast, are often thought of as “sinks” for global warming-causing carbon. But researchers at the University of Delaware are challenging this understanding.

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The state is adding new rules on the use of certain chemicals in its latest attempt to reduce emissions.

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The State of Delaware is fighting to keep its suit against fossil fuel companies over climate change in state court. 


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On his first day in office, President Joe Biden recommitted the U.S. to the Paris climate agreement — and rescinded the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. Local environmental advocates are pleased.

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State lawmakers spent a hefty amount of time debating new renewable energy standards Thursday.

A bill to eventually expand renewable energy use in the First State will be heard in committee Tuesday. 

Salt marshes are known as a “sink” for global warming-causing carbon.

That’s important for Delaware, since the small, coastal state has lots of these ecosystems.

But what scientists didn’t know is that they also hold another, even more potent greenhouse gas - methane. That’s the conclusion of research out of the University of Delaware.

In this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt talks UD researcher Rodrigo Vargas about how science missed this detail, and what it might mean for mitigating climate change.

Sea levels are rising in the Delaware Bay faster than in other places. Experts are sounding the alarm about the threat to historic resources. 

The City of Dover plans to buy power from a pair of solar projects expected to be the biggest in the state to date.

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Delaware is one step closer to finishing a plan to guide the low-lying state through the impacts of climate change. Officials are almost finished gathering public input. 

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State environmental officials took their developing plan to deal with climate change back to the public Thursday, seeking input on minimizing greenhouse gas emissions.

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New Castle County residents debated the best way to deal with climate change last week.

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The State of Delaware is suing thirty fossil fuels companies and a trade association over the effects of climate change. 

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A smaller pool of candidates is vying for Mayor of Wilmington in 2020. 

But Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt reports the race is no less contentious.

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A new outlook from federal oceanographic scientists reaffirms projections that coastal towns in Delaware will see more sunny-day flooding in the future.

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State environmental regulators sought input from the public this week as they craft a plan to mitigate and respond to climate change.

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Gov. John Carney delivered his State of the State address and unveiled his budget plan for Fiscal Year 2021in January, rolling out his priorities for the coming year in a variety of areas.

Gov. Carney recently visited the Delaware Public Media studios to talk a bit more in-depth about some of those priorities and other issues.  And we bring you more of that conversation this week - hitting topics ranging from clean water and guns to the budget and the death penalty.

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Delaware is revisiting what it needs to do to combat climate change. 

DNREC holds public meetings in Georgetown, Wilmington and Dover next week to discuss what it wants to do and get feedback as it develops a climate action plan.  But already some are saying not the state is not on the right track.

Contributor Jon Hurdle takes a closer look at where the First State is headed on developing its climate policy.


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A member of Delaware’s Congressional delegation is pushing for greater action on climate change from the federal government. 


The recently approved Wilmington 2028 Comprehensive Plan combines 13 current neighborhood and city-wide plans into a single document, with new goals for Delaware’s most populous city.



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Sen. Chris Coons is forming a group in the Senate to work on climate change legislation.

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University of Delaware students, activists and elected officials gathered at UD’s Newark campus Friday to demand action on climate change.