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2010-06-18 07:45:47

Cost-effective approach could help predict climate change impacts for all marine ecosystems In a report published in this week's issue of Science, a team of oceanographers, including MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory) Ecosystems Center director Hugh Ducklow, outline a polar ocean observation strategy they say will revolutionize scientists' understanding of marine ecosystem response to climate change. The approach, which calls for the use of a suite of automated technologies that complement...

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2010-06-06 07:18:21

Scientists from Louisiana State University look for signs of microbial life in Antarctica's glaciers Antarctica is just about as far away from Louisiana State University's (LSU) hot and humid home state as you can get. But despite the extreme temperatures and frozen landscape, that's just where doctoral student and Louisiana native Shawn Doyle, along with his adviser, Brent Christner, spends a great deal of time doing fieldwork. "Shawn's project focuses on providing evidence that...

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2010-01-11 13:41:05

Forty years ago, a pioneering research team from Ohio State made history as the first U.S. women in Antarctica In the spring of 1969, Terry Tickhill Terrell was 19 and an undergraduate chemistry major at Ohio State University, bored with her lab work and restless. She had never traveled more than 250 miles from the Barnesville, Ohio, farm where she grew up. One day, after reading an article in the school newspaper about a graduate student who had just returned from Antarctica, Terrell decided...

2009-08-05 05:45:00

SINGAPORE, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The current economic turmoil has necessitated strategies for survival and led multinationals to downsize and businesses to wind-up operations across sectors. Business planning and resilience are crucial factors now in order for businesses to be successful and thrive again in the future. As such, there is a highly business savvy segment of leaders who are carefully planning their strategies to spring back when the economy rebounds. (Logo:...

2009-04-18 11:42:01

Nations with ties to Antarctica have agreed to limit tourism, say scientists and diplomats working together to protect the fragile ecosystem. The restrictions would require member countries of the Antarctic Treaty to prevent ships with more than 500 passengers from landing in Antarctica and to allow a maximum of 100 passengers on shore at any given time, the BBC reported Saturday. The agreement was reached Friday at the 32nd Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in Baltimore, where nearly 400...

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2009-02-19 13:40:00

Sunday marked the official opening of Antarctica's new Belgian-operated "Princess Elisabeth" scientific research center, where dozens of scientists and researchers around the world are coming to learn more about how the great white continent affects the rest of the world, the AFP reported. The new station is being praised for its cutting-edge zero emissions technology and is even being called the "greenest" research station on the continent. The state-of-the-art flying saucer-like building is...

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2009-02-16 12:57:30

Forty-two years after the closure of its first Antarctic base, Belgium opened a new $26 million "zero emissions" polar science station in Antarctica on Sunday, the Associated Press reported. The Belgian-based International Polar Foundation introduced the Princess Elisabeth research hub, which it claims is totally energy self-sufficient and will release few, if any, carbon dioxide emissions. Governments everywhere are seeking out alternative energy sources to combat climate change brought on...

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2009-01-13 16:54:19

A report on Tuesday suggests Australia's Aborigines will feel the impact of climate warming more than other Australians, as their remote outback homes and generally poor health making them particularly vulnerable. Researchers wrote in the Medical Journal of Australia that with temperatures in the tropical north and interior tipped to rise by three degrees Celsius by 2050, worsening already searing summer heat, the government must act fast to improve aboriginal health and housing. The report...

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2008-12-01 14:35:00

British and German Scientist have put together the first comprehensive inventory of sea and land animals living in a polar region. Teams from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and Hamburg University found that Antarctica's South Orkney Islands had a bigger abundance of life than expected. Over 1,200 species were found, including five new to science. The findings were published in the Journal of Biogeography, and are expected to help monitor how the animals respond to future changes. "This is...

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2008-10-06 12:20:00

A glacier hasn't been seen in England since the Ice Age. Ironically though, Antarctic scientists are gathering in a muddy field In Britain to study how to endure life on the world's coldest continent. Living in tents and occasionally sharing the field with horses or geese from nearby farms, the scientists study skills such as igniting a frozen paraffin stove or dodging a crevasse. Ever since the 1970s, the British Antarctic Survey has taught the majority of their staff here: cooks, pilots,...


Latest Continents Reference Libraries

Asia
2013-02-19 13:06:23

Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent. It is located mainly in the eastern and northern hemispheres covering 8.7 percent of the Earth’s whole surface area and making up 30 percent of its land area. With about 4.3 billion people, it hosts 60 percent of the world’s current human population. This continent has a high growth rate in the modern era. For example, during the 20th century, Asia’s population almost quadrupled. This continent is defined as making up the...

Europe
2013-02-19 08:55:56

Europe is, by regulation, one of the world’s seven continents. Consisting of the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, Europe is generally divided from Asia by the watershed divides of the Ural and Caucasus Mountains, the Ural River, the Black and Caspian Seas, and the waterways that connect the Black and Aegean Seas. It is bordered by the Arctic Ocean towards the north, Atlantic Ocean to the west, Mediterranean Sea to the south, and the Black Sea and connected waterways to the southeast....

Africa
2013-02-18 11:10:17

As the world’s second-largest and second most populous continent, Africa is about 11.7 sq. miles including adjacent islands. It covers 6 percent of the Earth’s total surface area and 20.4 percent of the total land area. With 1 billion people, it accounts for about 15 percent of the world’s human population. It is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, both the Suez Canal and the Red Sea along the Sinai Peninsula to the northeast, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and the Indian...

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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.