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Pumpkin patches pop up around the nation each October and fill with people picking their perfect fall decor. But every year, billions of pounds of gourds bought by consumers are wasted once they’ve served their decorative purpose. more
When most people think of the term “recycling,” plastic, paper and aluminum are materials that come to mind. But coastal states can add another to the list: oysters. more
SMYRNA — Kent County Levy Court is set to vote on a potential solar complex that, if approved, would mean the installation of about 230,000 solar panels on property east of Smyrna. more
MILLSBORO — Environmental officials continue to monitor cleanup at the NRG Indian River Power Plant — site of an overnight spill of an estimated 30,000 gallons of diesel fuel Wednesday that has impacted waterfowl. more
MILLSBORO — State and federal officials Wednesday responded to oversee cleanup of an overnight spill of about 30,000 gallons of diesel fuel at NRG Inc.'s Indian River Power Plant. more
Birds, raccoons, rodents and many other small mammals feasted on the billions of periodical cicadas that emerged this spring. And experts say that, next year, these populations are likely to exhibit a baby boom, thanks to the additional food source. more
NEW CASTLE — More than 100 miles out to sea, Capt. Lauren Morgens and her crew on the Kalmar Nyckel have fished balloons and other trash out of the water more times than they can count. more
LEWES — Annexation into the city of Lewes looms as the linchpin for a manufactured home community coping with raw sewage that poses public health concerns and potential groundwater … more
Danish clean-energy company Ørsted has expanded plans for wind farm projects off Delmarva’s coast that could power 250,000 homes in Maryland and other mid-Atlantic states. However, the double-pronged proposal — Skipjack 1, a 120-megawatt project approved by Maryland’s Public Service Commission in 2017, and Skipjack 2, a much larger proposal still in the bidding process — continues to fan questions. more
Skipjack 1 might have a big brother. Ørsted, the Danish clean-energy company seeking to develop offshore windfarm presence on Delmarva, will seek public feedback virtually Monday on the … more
DOVER — Todd Davis, environmental program manager for the Delaware Department of Agriculture’s Noxious Weed and Seed Lab, warns residents that it is not a good idea right now to cut … more
Hundreds of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins are spending their summers in Chesapeake Bay waters. And now, with the help of crowd-sourced sightings reported each of the last four years, researchers are … more
DOVER — City Council has paused plans to remove 75 mature trees on North Bradford Street in favor of giving property owners whose houses may be affected the opportunity to weigh in. more
Delaware recently passed legislation placing further restrictions on the usage of single-use plastic bags. Since initially passing House Bill 130 in 2019, which banned the usage and distribution … more
More than 50 songbirds in Delaware have been reported dead by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Birds across at least six mid-Atlantic and central states appear to have … more
This summer is already the hottest on record across the globe. It may also be the coldest summer for many years to come. A three-month forecast published in mid-June from the National Oceanic … more
WILMINGTON — At least 14 people were detained by police Monday morning as activists from several climate action groups gathered on the front steps of Chase Bank in Wilmington to protest the organization's funding for the fossil fuel industry and to demand action from President Joe Biden.  more
Amid signs of a significant but uneven rebound in Maryland’s oyster population, the state Department of Natural Resources is planning this fall to ease some harvest limits it had imposed two … more
Bird electric scooters have landed in Salisbury, offering visitors and locals a fun way to get around Downtown. They also have other benefits, Mayor Jake Day said as a truckload of scooters … more
DOVER — Legislation filed Thursday would close a loophole in Delaware’s ban on plastic bags. more
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