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Three Times More Mercury In Upper Ocean Since Industrial Revolution: Study
2014-08-07 03:05:46

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Although the days of odd behavior among hat makers are a thing of the past, the dangers mercury poses to humans and the environment persist today. Mercury is a naturally occurring element as well as a by-product of such distinctly human enterprises as burning coal and making cement. Estimates of "bioavailable" mercury—forms of the element that can be taken up by animals and humans—play an important role in everything from drafting an...

Researchers Find Cooling Effect In Warming Arctic lakes
2014-08-07 03:47:42

University of Minnesota Scientists have known for a while that warming global temperatures are causing Arctic lakes to release methane, a potent greenhouse gas that leads to even more warming. In a new study published in the journal Nature, a team of researchers including U of M researcher Jacques Finlay, found that Siberian lakes have actually pulled more greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere than they have released into it since the last Ice Age, causing an overall slight cooling...

2014-08-06 23:10:03

New Software Leverages Connected Technology to Certifiably Reforest Paper Consumption Nashville, Tenn. (PRWEB) August 06, 2014 RJ Young, an independent office equipment and business technology provider, has become an authorized channel partner of the PrintReleaf Exchange [PRX], the first technology platform to enable cloud-based paper tracking and reforestation. This strategic partnership allows RJ Young to provide its customers with an innovative and authentic way to promote sustainable...

2014-08-06 16:25:18

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A team of researchers has uncovered key attributes of so-called "brown carbon," atmospheric particles that play an important role in warming the atmosphere but are poorly understood. The team, led by Carnegie Mellon University with scientists from the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of Montana, said these findings, published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience, could help improve global climate predictions....

2014-08-06 16:20:54

Solutions Company to Provide Hydrographic Surveying Services RESTON, Va., Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), a national security, health and engineering solutions company, was awarded a prime contract by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Coast Survey (OCS) to provide hydrographic surveying services. The multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract has a five-year period of performance and a total contract value of...

2014-08-06 12:23:23

Comment on "The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations" by University of Michigan Professor Dorceta Taylor for Green 2.0 http://diversegreen.org/report/ WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Unlike many U.S. organizations in the environmental arena, the Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) not only boasts a diverse staff but also is dedicated to ensuring that low-income communities of color benefit equitably from efforts to curb climate change and increase U.S....

Wildfire fuel
2014-08-06 02:45:19

Los Alamos National Laboratory Scientists have uncovered key attributes of so-called “brown carbon” from wildfires. Scientists have uncovered key attributes of so-called “brown carbon” from wildfires, airborne atmospheric particles that may have influenced current climate models that failed to take the material’s warming effects into account. The work was described by a collaborative team of researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University and the...

2014-08-06 08:25:11

AbTech Holdings Targets Stormwater and Mining Industries including Selenium VI Removal Capability to Undetectable at Part per Billion Concentration Level SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AbTech Holdings, Inc. (OTC QB: ABHD) ("AbTech" or the "Company"), a full-service environmental technologies and engineering firm dedicated to providing innovative solutions to communities, industry and governments addressing issues of water pollution and contamination, today announced...

2014-08-06 04:21:22

ASTANA, Kazakhstan, August 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Online voting started for the EXPO-2017 Astana exhibition mascot on 4 August 2014 in Kazakhstan. Cast your vote and see the voting results on the official website http://www.expo2017mascot.kz from 4 to 18 August. To view the Multimedia News Release, please click: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/71400571-Astana-EXPO-2017 The qualifying round of the international competition for the best design of the EXPO-2017...

2014-08-05 23:09:40

Congress members offered inspiring words to 75 Americans before they departed for Germany on the year-long Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) fellowship program, administered by Cultural Vistas Washington, DC (PRWEB) August 05, 2014 Cultural Vistas sent off the 31st class of American participants in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) to Germany last week with a whirlwind two days of orientation, meetings with U.S. Department...


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Sri Lanka cinnamon, Cinnamomum verum
2014-02-09 09:22:38

Cinnamomum verum is an evergreen tree species. The plant may also be commonly referred to as True cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon, or Sri Lanka cinnamon. C. verum belongs to the Lauraceae family. This small tree is popular because its inner bark is used to make the common spice cinnamon.  A large majority of plants grow in Sri Lanka; however it is cultivated for commercial purposes in other regions. C. verum trees can grow anywhere between 32 and 50 feet tall. Its leaves are longer than they...

Erik The Red
2014-01-06 11:48:00

Known as Erik the Red, Erik Thorvaldsson is remembered in medieval and Icelandic saga sources as having founded the first Norse settlement in Greenland. The Icelandic tradition signifies that he was born in Rogaland, Norway. The designation “the Red” probably refers to his hair or his beard color. Leif Ericson, the well-known Icelandic explorer, was Erik’s son. When Erik the Red’s father was exiled from Norway due to manslaughter, he sailed west from Norway accompanied by...

Desert greening
2013-04-25 16:10:03

Desert greening is made up of any number of methods used to revitalize deserts. So far, only arid and semi-arid desert are meant when using this expression. The icy deserts and other types are considered to be unsuitable. The different methods include landscaping methods to reduce evaporation, erosion, consolidation of topsoil, temperature, sandstorms and more, permaculture in general, planting trees, regeneration of salty, polluted, or degenerated soils, floodwater retention and...

Mudflats
2013-04-19 21:07:34

Mudflats, or otherwise known as tidal flats, are coastal wetlands that form when mud is left behind by tides or rivers. They’re found in sheltered regions such as bayous, lagoons, estuaries, and bays. Mudflats might be seen geologically as exposed layers of bay mud, a result from the deposition of estuarine silts, marine animal detritus, and clays. The majority of the sediment in a mudflat is within the intertidal zone, therefore the flat is submerged and exposed about twice per day. In...

Wetland
2013-04-19 18:19:23

A wetland is an area of land that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally, such that it takes on the traits of a distinct ecosystem. First and foremost, the factor that distinguishes the wetlands from other land forms or water bodies is the unique vegetation that has adapted to its characteristic soil conditions. The wetland consists mostly of hydric soil, which is supportive of aquatic plants. The water that is found in wetlands can be saltwater, brackish, or freshwater....

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  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.