Trump removes protections for some waterways

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration lifted federal protections Thursday for some of the nation’s millions of miles of streams, arroyos and wetlands, completing one of its most far-reaching environmental rollbacks. The changes will scale back which waterways qualify for protection against pollution and development under the half-century-old Clean Water Act. President Donald Trump has made […]

Letter to the Editor: Litter in Delaware

My husband and I travel every two years to the state of Maine for vacation. We noticed years ago, on our first trip, how beautiful the state was and also how clean the highways, towns, villages and forests were as there was no litter anywhere. Here in Delaware it seems like people use the state […]

Letter to the Editor: MLK Boulevard is a mess

I am a resident of the MLK Boulevard corridor in downtown Dover and I’ve been appalled by the amount of litter thrown and left on the sidewalks of MLK, between Wawa and Legislative Hall, over the past several months. Since I work downtown, I walk on this road several times per day and, despite my […]

Commentary: Fox Island, right where it should and shouldn’t have been

I was just 33 when I met her, turning 50. A 40-year relationship ensued — intimate, though I shared her with so many others. And now we’re parting. It was educational. The 11-bedroom lodge on Great Fox Island, built in 1929 amid protective tidal marshes at the juncture of Tangier and Pocomoke sounds, was a […]

DNREC monitoring another Lewes wastewater system malfunction

DOVER — Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control staff were dispatched Thursday to the Lewes Wastewater Treatment Plant after Tidewater Utilities notified the department that the facility was once again forced to bypass stages of its treatment and discharge partially treated effluent into the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal late Wednesday evening. The bypass lasted two […]

Federal protection sought for Delaware-based firefly

BETHANY BEACH – There’s ample reasons to stave off firefly extinction. “From an environmental perspective, firefly larvae are carnivores that live in soil or leaf litter and eat soft-bodied arthropods like snails, slugs, and worms,” said Endangered Species Program Senior Scientist Dr. Tara Cornelisse, who’s based in Portland, Oregon. “They are also important because they […]

Climate activist Greta Thunberg is Time ‘person of the year’

NEW YORK — Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg was named Time’s “person of the year” Wednesday, becoming at age 16 the youngest person to whom the U.S. magazine has given the title. Thunberg emerged as the face of the youth climate movement after she started skipping school once a week to protest outside her country’s […]

Activists cheer for “Greta!”, urge climate action in Madrid

MADRID — Activists of all ages and from all corners of the planet demanded concrete action Friday against climate change from leaders and negotiators at a global summit in Madrid. The march was led by dozens of representatives of Latin America’s indigenous peoples — a mark of deference after anti-government protests in Chile, the original […]

Greta Thunberg says voyage ‘energized’ her climate fight

LISBON, Portugal — Climate activist Greta Thunberg arrived in Portugal on Tuesday after a three-week voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, telling cheering supporters that the journey had “energized” her for the fight against climate change. The Swedish teen, whose one-woman protests outside the Swedish parliament helped inspire a global youth movement, sailed into the port […]

UN chief urges countries not to surrender on climate fight

MADRID — U.N. Secretary-General urged countries Monday not to lose hope in the fight against climate change, as representatives from nearly 200 countries gathered in Madrid for a two-week meeting on tackling global warming. In his opening speech to delegates, Guterres cited recent scientific data showing that levels of heat-trapping gases have hit a record […]