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Fires In Southern California Still Blazing
2014-05-15 03:24:45

NASA The single fire that ignited and split into nine separate fires still blazes in Southern California today. Firefighters are hoping for a break today (Thursday, May 15, 2014) but it doesn't look like luck may be on their side. Conditions continue to be bone dry with unseasonal heat (98-106 degrees) and the Santa Ana winds are kicking up and allowing these fires to easy jump fire lines. This particular fire started on Wednesday as a single fire and within a day is now nine separate...

2014-05-15 12:24:26

Report details progress toward integrating sustainability into company's day-to-day operations BOISE, Idaho, May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IDACORP, Inc. (NYSE: IDA) has released its 2013 sustainability report. Titled Progress, the report was issued May 15 in conjunction with the company's 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20131105/LA10343LOGO The third annual sustainability report lists IDACORP's 2013 strategic sustainability initiatives, and...

2014-05-15 12:24:15

"Summer Sunlight Activities" and New Documentary Short Film Latest from Unilever Initiative to Take Small Steps Toward a Bright Future ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- This summer, Unilever is challenging families to create a brighter future while having fun together. Taking a cue from the optimistic outlook children have on the world, an interactive series of "Summer Sunlight Activities" and a new short film, "The Way Kids See It," are launching today to inspire families...

2014-05-14 23:12:28

The April 2014 kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian girls by the Boko Haram has caused worldwide outcry for their return. Edy Nathan MA, LCSW gives insight into how the 50 girls who escaped might have been able to do so and what life is like when surrounded by violence. New York, New York (PRWEB) May 14, 2014 Like many other villages and towns in Nigeria, the Borno State is populated with children who know what it is to be surrounded by violence, death and destruction. When trauma is a...

2014-05-14 23:03:04

ENVIRON, an international environmental, health, safety and sustainability consultancy, today announced it has entered into a strategic alliance with Port Gamble Environmental Sciences (PGES) in Port Gamble, Washington. Arlington, VA (PRWEB) May 14, 2014 ENVIRON, an international environmental, health, safety and sustainability consultancy, today announced it has entered into a strategic alliance with Port Gamble Environmental Sciences (PGES) in Port Gamble, Washington. Originally founded...

2014-05-14 16:23:46

- Applications for grants up to $25,000 are due by May 30 RICHMOND, Va., May 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, parent company of Dominion Virginia Power, will award $500,000 this year to a variety of organizations across Virginia in support of environmental stewardship initiatives. Applications requesting up to $25,000 will be accepted now through May 30. "Dominion is privileged to partner with organizations across the Commonwealth...

2014-05-14 16:21:52

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pentagon and a New York Times reporter gave conflicting accounts this week of whether U.S. special forces beat and threatened to kill an Afghan journalist in late February http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20080917/NPCLOGO The Times reported on March 1 that U.S. special forces had raided a radio station south of Kabul, Radio Paighame Milli, allegedly destroying equipment, detaining three employees, cutting off the station's...

2014-05-14 12:28:08

BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Azerbaijan's Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and the recent landmark visit by French President Francois Hollande have been used by NGOs to selectively target Baku as part of a "biased campaign", a prominent MP said today. Elkhan Suleymanov said the letter writing campaign by the European Stability Initiative, Freedom House and Human Rights Watch over the issue of political prisoners has...

2014-05-14 12:24:34

POINTE-CLAIRE, QC, May 14, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The mayor of the City of Pointe-Claire, Morris Trudeau, has announced that Québec's Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change (Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, or MDDELCC) began work this week to characterize the soil of the Reliance site on which PCBs were once illegally stockpiled. "This is a very important step for...


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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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