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2014-02-19 23:25:40

Hires Michael Fullmer As Managing Director Singapore (PRWEB) February 19, 2014 Kyriba, the leader in cloud-based treasury management solutions, has established its ASEAN headquarters, with the opening of an office in Singapore. Kyriba SEA is the company’s third location in Asia, following the launch of operations in Hong Kong in 2009 and Tokyo in 2012. Kyriba has appointed Michael Fullmer, formerly SVP of corporate liquidity at SunGard Systems, to lead its presence in the market....

2014-02-19 08:34:36

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Representative Robyn Gabel (D-18(th) District) and Senator Mattie Hunter (D- 3(rd) District) have introduced bills [HB 5690/ SB 3524] to fight the Illinois obesity epidemic and invest in Illinoisans' health through a penny-per-ounce excise tax on sugary beverages. Known as the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Act, the legislation is estimated to raise over $600 million for prevention and health care. The bill is supported...

2014-02-19 08:24:48

Northeast regional connector for entrepreneurs and resources aims to accelerate region-wide cleantech innovation and entrepreneurship BOSTON, Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- NECEC (The New England Clean Energy Council and NECEC Institute), the largest regional business member organization supporting clean-energy companies and entrepreneurs, and Cleantech Open Northeast, a division of the world's largest cleantech startup accelerator, announced a formal alliance to facilitate and...

CERES Satellite Data Paint A Grim Picture Of Arctic Surface Darkening
2014-02-19 07:03:42

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Earth’s reflectivity (albedo) is on a much faster decline than previously estimated due to the retreat of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean. A key instrument incorporated on several NASA satellites has revealed significant data on this profoundly concerning issue. A team of researchers from University of California, San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography used data from the Clouds and Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES),...

Million Dollar Grand Challenge Issued For Dead Zone Solutions
2014-02-19 04:11:12

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online In response to President Obama’s call for institutions and philanthropists to help find solutions to the world’s most pressing issues, Tulane University announced Monday that it would offer a $1 million prize to the researcher or entrepreneur who devises the best plan to combat annual “dead zones” in lakes and oceans. In a statement, the university said that it was soliciting innovative solutions to battle hypoxia, or...

2014-02-18 23:01:24

With a new approach to collecting and processing sensor data, XactMaps is posised to revolutionize the way we measure our world. Providence, RI (PRWEB) February 18, 2014 LIDAR technology, photogrametry and other sensors continue to revolutionize the surveying and mapping industries, and the world is now buzzing about how UAV and unmanned vehicles may hold the future of these industries. But only within the last few years has the sensor technology made advancements in size and weight...

What Good are Footprints?
2014-02-18 12:07:02

Kevin Dennehy - Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies The notion of environmental “footprinting” as a way to represent the impact of human activity on the planet’s environment has become a veritable industry over the last two decades. Since the concept first gained popularity in the 1990s — when it was introduced by researchers William E. Rees and Mathis Wackernagel — footprinting has been used to explain a range of complicated phenomena as a single...

2014-02-18 08:23:54

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Abtech Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: ABHD) ("AbTech"), a full-service environmental technologies and engineering firm addressing issues of water pollution and contamination, is proud to announce the appointment of Governor Parris N. Glendening, former governor of Maryland, and Dr. Francis J. Harvey, who served as 19(th) Secretary of the Army, to its Advisory Board, joining Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Congressman James Saxton and Governor Edward G....

2014-02-17 23:00:56

UNE and AUI Agree to Collaborate to Advance the Internationalization of Higher Education Ifrane, Morocco (PRWEB) February 17, 2014 Against the picturesque setting of fog-shrouded Ifrane, a small resort town in the Atlas Mountains, where skiing is a popular pastime this season, the University of New England (UNE) and Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI), a leading American-style institution in Morocco and North Africa, signed an agreement today to collaborate on academic and cultural...

Deep Ocean Management Needed To Protect Earth's Last Frontier
2014-02-17 13:48:38

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Advancements in extraction technology have made minerals and other resources in the deep sea more accessible than ever, yet knowledge of how the pursuit of these resources might affect the surrounding deep-sea ecosystem is somewhat limited. Now, a group of scientists is calling for a new "stewardship mentality" across countries, economic sectors, and disciplines that is focused on maintaining future health and integrity of the deep...


Latest Earth Reference Libraries

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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