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2008-07-11 09:00:31

By Michael McCarthy Environment Editor In one of the world's great wildlife spectacles, tens of thousands of lesser flamingos gather at a South African wetland - but it is a spectacle now gravely threatened by pollution. Kamfers Dam, near Kimberley, is the only nesting site in the country - and one of only six breeding areas in the world. It has hosted more than 50,000 flamingos, and this year 9,000 chicks hatched on the dam's artificial flamingo island. But conservationists believe...

2007-03-12 09:00:23

By Jennifer Smith, Newsday, Melville, N.Y. Mar. 12--Second of two parts When the waters of the Forge River turned cloudy and rank, and the fish began to die, many Mastic residents figured sewage was to blame. In a way, they were right. But the pollution suffocating the troubled waterway didn't come from a broken sewer main, or the tanker trunk of an unscrupulous pump man dumping effluent on the sly. Instead, researchers and health officials unraveling this environmental...

2006-12-29 03:01:34

By Huntsman, Brent E; Staples, Charles A; Naylor, Carter G; Williams, Jim-Bob ABSTRACT: The fate of nine-mole nonylphenol ethoxylate (NPE9) discharged to an on-site wastewater disposal (septic) system was the focus of a 2- year investigation. Known amounts of NPE9-based detergent were metered daily into the plumbing at a single-family household. The ethoxylate-containing wastewater was discharged to the highly anoxic environment of a 4500-L septic tank before distribution to the oxic...

Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'