Plans for wind farm interconnect at Fenwick Island State Park withdrawn

FENWICK ISLAND – A Danish-based clean energy company has removed its pitch for a beach-based interconnect at Fenwick Island State Park for its Skipjack Wind Farm, citing concern for existing wetlands and ecosystems. Following the completion of more thorough evaluations of the area proposed for the interconnect facility, Ørsted announced Friday it has determined that […]

Commentary: Responding to challenges in US recycling system

By Thomas Carper EDITOR’S NOTE: On June 17, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing, “Responding to Challenges in the U.S. Recycling System.” Below is the opening statement of ranking member Sen. Carper as prepared for delivery. Thank you for holding this hearing today, Mr. Chairman. As you and some of […]

Commentary: COVID-19 doesn’t make one-use plastic necessary

By John J. Weber Like everywhere, Delaware residents are doing their best to stay safe from COVID-19, but in this time of uncertainty and misinformation, I am hopeful that they remain aware that single-use plastic bags are not going to keep them any safer. This fallacy, promoted by a contributor on these pages last month […]

Letter to the Editor: Documentary brings the plastic problem home

The Surfrider Foundation’s Delaware chapter has worked hard to protect our coast from two modern pollution threats. One is offshore oil drilling, and, along with many national and local partners, we have successfully fought that bad idea for years. The other is plastic pollution, which is increasingly fouling our beaches, while threatening marine life and […]

Commentary: MERR celebrates World Oceans Day with Delaware

By Suzanne Thurman Delawareans have much to celebrate on the upcoming World Oceans Day. The waters off Delaware host over 32 species of marine mammals and sea turtles throughout the year, including large whales such as humpbacks, dolphins, porpoises, manatees, seals, and sea turtles. Many of these species are endangered and rely on the healthy […]

Thousands evacuated as river dams break in central Michigan

MIDLAND, Mich. — Rapidly rising water has overtaken dams and forced the evacuation of about 10,000 people from flooded communities in central Michigan, and the governor warned that one city could end up “under approximately 9 feet of water” Wednesday. For the second time in less than 24 hours, families living along the Tittabawassee River […]

Commentary: Health and safety of single-use plastic bags

By Len Fischer The clock is ticking toward January 2021 and many Delawareans are unaware of the new law banning single-use plastic grocery bags which will force use of problematic reusable bags. The General Assembly should rescind the ban as this new law will have little effect on improving the environment. Also, rescinding would assure […]

Commentary: Better buffers needed in Sussex County

By Aimee Isaac Prior to European settlement, 90% of Delmarva was forested. Imagine, 90% forests. Today, this has been reduced to about 10%, although Delaware fares a bit better, at 30%. Most of us know that forests provide essential habitat for wildlife and store carbon, which helps combat climate change. Many on my Facebook feed […]

Commentary: Fight another quieter crisis right in your backyard

By Sen. Stephanie Hansen Today marks 50 years since the first Earth Day in 1970 – a day that in many ways signifies the beginning of the movement for environmental protections. In those days, when DDT and other pesticides were ubiquitous, Ohio’s Cuyahoga River was still catching on fire, and there were few controls on […]

Commentary: Even 50 years after first Earth Day, still plenty you can do

By Shawn Garvin Earth Day, on April 22, will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. While people celebrating our planet won’t be able to gather together as we have in past years, it has never been more important to renew our commitment to protect the environment and redouble our resolve for sustainable change. We must […]

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