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Science News Archive - September 18, 2008

By DYKES, Mervyn These fast-growing monsters, capable of adapting to many different habitats, are among the most invasive of species. -------- ------------ One of the world's biggest "weeds" has the Department of Conservation (DOC) ready to do battle in the bush areas of Manawatu.

At this time a few years ago, the late Roland Clark (Nor-wester) and neighbours planned to host farm foresters from across the South Island. Then, the Canterbury Plains presented a model of innovative shelter- belt and tree-plot planting.

By Dale Williams MORE than 100 residents have pleaded with officials to take urgent action to avoid the devastation caused to their homes in recent floods. People living in Halesowen had their homes ravaged when rising waters left houses under four feet of water earlier this month.

By Journal Staff Report About 12,900 acres of state trust land in Mora County have been leased for oil and gas exploration, officials announced Wednesday. The lease sale was opposed by some residents who feared it could lead to large-scale energy development in an otherwise rural area.

THE hunt is on for dormice in Northumberland. Northumberland Wildlife Trust has been given a cash boost from The People's Trust for Endangered Species to help the search. It is thought that the most northerly population of the hazel dormouse in the UK is in the Allenbanks area.

To: ENVIRONMENTAL EDITORS Contact: Arthur Wasserspring, +1-631-289-5500, for Windswept Environmental Group, Inc. HOLTSVILLE, N.Y., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Windswept Environmental Group, Inc.

Grove Farm Company was honored with a GE ecomagination Leadership Award in Honolulu, Hawaii today for an innovative, environmentally responsible solution that provides a sustainable, new water resource for as many as 15,000 residents and visitors on the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i.

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Walk among millions of King penguins, safari on the Serengeti, swim with sea lions, get up-close-and-personal with polar bears and experience the wonders of the Amazon and Machu Picchu.

A recently completed 16-year U.S. ground water study shows statistically significant increases in concentrations of nitrates in seven of 24 well networks. Nitrate is the most common chemical contaminant in the world's ground water, scientists said.

Luxury Limousines of Sacramento is pleased to announce that it is one of the first five limousine companies in the nation to have qualified for partnership in the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Leaders Program.

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jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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