Speak Out: Sea level rise

A recent Delaware State News story reported that sea level rise is here, and it’s not stopping any time soon, officials say. And for the nation’s lowest-lying state, that’s a big problem. According to the Delaware Department of Transportation, it would cost about $1.45 billion to raise all roads and bridges owned by the state. […]

US proposing easing rules on climate-changing oil emissions

WASHINGTON — Oil and gas companies could face far looser oversight of emissions of potent climate-changing methane gas under a proposal expected from the Trump administration as soon as Thursday, oil industry and environmental groups said. The government’s plan would ease requirements on oil and gas sites to monitor for methane leaks and plug them. […]

Letter to the Editor: Group worked tirelessly for Ellendale clean water

We, the members of the Ellendale Civic and Community Improvement Association (ECCIA) are grateful for the coverage of the Clean Water Project in Ellendale. The Sunday, Aug. 11 edition of the Delaware State News reported the Delaware Public Service Commission approved the certificate of public convenience and necessity application for Sussex County to provide water […]

Letter to the Editor: Support Endangered Species Act

I am writing in support of the Endangered Species Act, and in opposition to efforts by Congress to undermine this landmark wildlife conservation law. The Endangered Species Act is a safety net for fish, plants and wildlife on the brink of extinction. Since President Nixon signed the law in 1973, hundreds of species have been […]

Commentary: Food security, climate and the rest of the story

A new United Nations climate report warns global food security is under threat from warming temperatures making food scarcer, and more expensive. The recommended solutions include using no-till and targeted fertilizer use in farming, reducing food waste, and human diet changes to less red meat. Specific claims of climate change damage are: • Deserts are […]

US government weakens application of Endangered Species Act

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration moved on Monday to weaken how it applies the 45-year-old Endangered Species Act, ordering changes that critics said will speed the loss of animals and plants at a time of record global extinctions. The action, which expands the administration’s rewrite of U.S. environmental laws, is the latest that targets […]

Letter to the Editor: Action sought on contaminated water

The following is a letter by Delaware’s congressional delegation recently sent to Department of Defense Secretary Mark Esper urging DOD to take action to address the per – and polyfluoroalkyl contamination recently discovered in private and commercial groundwater sources near the northwestern and eastern boundaries of the Dover Air Force Base. Dear Secretary Esper: We […]

UN climate report: Change land use to avoid a hungry future

GENEVA — Human-caused climate change is dramatically degrading the Earth’s land and the way people use the land is making global warming worse, a new United Nations scientific report says. That creates a vicious cycle which is already making food more expensive, scarcer and less nutritious. “The cycle is accelerating,” said NASA climate scientist Cynthia […]

Speak Out: Plastic bag ban

Gov. John Carney on Monday signed two bills aimed at reducing litter, including one outlawing most plastic bags. House Bill 130, which passed the House in May and the Senate in June, will restrict establishments from giving consumers bags that are “made from non-compostable plastic and not specifically designed and manufactured to be reusable” starting […]

Letter to the Editor: Protection from flooding

I certainly hope that Delaware’s legislative leaders and the head of DNREC watched the rerun of the “60 Minutes” segment on how the Dutch have engineered solutions to flooding in their low-lying country that recently aired. As Delaware is probably the state most likely to be impacted by sea-level rise in the future, now is […]