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As a part of his climate change tour of Delaware this week, Congressman John Carney stopped at the DuPont Nature Center Thursday.

The DuPont Nature Center, located at where the Mispillion River and Cedar Creek meet the Delaware Bay, has had a front row seat to the effects of sea level rise in recent years.

A long rock jetty was built along the shoreline decades back to fend off the rising seas. But over time, storms created breaches and hastened the pace of coastal erosion.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A private, commercial lab in Delaware is undergoing decontamination after being sent possibly active anthrax spores from the U.S. Department of Defense. 

One person directly handled the sample and is undergoing antibiotic treatment. An undisclosed number of other staff are also being treated out of caution according to state Department of Public Health officials.

Delaware Wild Lands


In recent years, the 10,000-acre Milford Neck Preserve has suffered from the effects of rising sea levels.


“We started to see die-off in the marsh and of our coastal forest, but it happened at a rate much faster than we expected," said Kate Hackett, executive director of Delaware Wild Lands.

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This week, Delaware’s lone congressman John Carney is taking a special tour of the First State to talk about climate change and sea level rise with local stakeholders.

The congressman sat down with a small group of regulators and heads of local municipalities at Sambo’s Tavern in Leipsic, to have a candid conversation about flood insurance.

Representatives of Leipsic, Little Creek, Broadkill Beach and Kitts Hummock attended to share their concerns. These included discrepancies between homeowner’s and flood insurance plans, the differences between federal and private insurance programs, and where home on coastal barrier reefs enter into the equation.

Photo courtesy: DE Div. of Public Health

As we approach the summer months, the risks of getting dangerous sunburns increases.


Each year, two million people are diagnosed with melanoma. But detecting skin cancer before it spreads results in a 98 percent survival rate.  


Mayo Clinic

City, state and federal officials celebrated the achievements of a Nemours Children’s Health System program aimed at lowering asthma-related health problems in Delaware kids by reducing environmental triggers for the disease in public housing communities. 

The program was funded by a two year Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation grant that ends in June.

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President Barack Obama announced the first national strategy to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators on Tuesday. It came on the heels of a recently released national study that revealed that beekeepers lost over 40 percent of their honey bee colonies in the past year.

The study, conducted by the Bee Informed Partnership, the USDA, among others, showed that Delaware possessed one of the highest rates of colony loss, at 61 percent.


On Tuesday, Christiana Care Health System hosted a Symposium on eliminating healthcare disparities.


Two scientists - Dr. Lisa Cooper and Dr. Giselle Corbie-Smith - presented research on health inequalities.

The Ministry of Caring in Wilmington has received a federal grant to support low-income individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

The $790,298 grant given by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will fund services administered at the Ministry of Caring’s House of Joseph II, a residence for men and women with HIV and AIDS. The house provides a number of services, including dental, nutritional, and end-of-life care.

Mark Poletunow, deputy director of the Ministry of Caring said that the grant goes a long way to help bring stability to the lives of people infected by the disease.

“Often with individuals who have HIV/AIDS, a lot of issues begin to go out of whack in their lives, like diet, medications, and even issues of having a stable, supportive environment," said Poletunow.

Gary Cooke

With the discovery of the season’s first piping plover nest at Cape Henlopen’s Gordons Pond Beach, DNREC is announcing the closure of a half-mile stretch of shore at one of the state’s most popular summer destinations.

The area between Herring Point and the Observation Towers will be off limits to the public starting Wednesday, May 20th, to protect the feeding and breeding areas of the migratory shorebirds.