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Invasive Plants A Problem In Europe
2014-02-03 12:51:48

Pensoft Publishers Some introduced (i.e. non-native) plants become abundant, threaten species richness and the well-functioning of ecosystems, the economy, or health (plant invasion). Environmental policies that attempt to restrict the expansion of non-native species are based on a consensus among scientific experts that invasions are a serious environmental problem. An example of a problematic non-native species in many parts of the world is Fallopia japonica, the Japanese knotweed that...

Winter Ice Is On The Decline Across Alaskan Lakes
2014-02-03 10:22:48

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new study from the European Space Agency, ice in northern Alaska’s lakes during winter months is on the decline. Twenty years of satellite radar images in the study, which was published in The Cryosphere, show how shifts in our climate are affecting high-latitude regions. [ Watch the video: Monitoring Lake Ice ] Alterations in air temperature and winter precipitation over the last 50 years have affected the timing,...

2014-02-03 08:31:51

CAMBRIDGE, England, February 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Speciality Coffee Association of America (SCAA) was formed in 1982 by a small group of coffee professionals keen to set quality standards for the specialty coffee trade and create an official forum for discussing common challenges. The association is now the world's largest trade association of its kind, with more than 4,000 business members, both in the US and internationally. SCAA and its members take an active stance...

2014-02-03 08:21:10

BUNDALL, Australia, Feb. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In what is an Australian first, infrastructure firm Global Road Technology (GRT) has been commissioned by the Indonesian military to build and develop roads across 1500 kilometres of the nations border regions for civilian use with it's specifically developed rapid deployment road stabilization technology. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140203/PH57460-a )(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140203/PH57460-b ) This...

2014-02-03 08:20:34

Joint Polar Satellite System-1 SpaceWire Network Tested BOULDER, Colo., Feb. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has successfully completed the SpaceWire Inter-operability Test for the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) satellite and has begun spacecraft bus integration. Ball will power-up the spacecraft for the first time later this month as build progresses toward an early 2017 launch. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140203/LA56936)...

2014-01-30 23:21:09

Kalorama Information has published “IVD in Singapore and Malaysia,” a detailed look at the market for in vitro diagnostics in these important dual markets. New York, NY (PRWEB) January 30, 2014 Kalorama Information has published “IVD in Singapore and Malaysia,” a detailed look at the market for in vitro diagnostics in these important dual markets. The whole of Southeast Asia represents a unique market development opportunity for healthcare providers and their various industry...

NASA Sees Developing Tropical System Affecting Mozambique's Nampala Province
2014-01-29 09:30:44

NASA NASA's Aqua satellite captured infrared data on a developing area of tropical low pressure known as System 91S that was brushing the Nampala Province of Mozambique on January 28. Nampula is a province in northern Mozambique and its eastern coast runs along the Mozambique Channel of the Southern Indian Ocean. When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Mozambique Channel on January 28 at 10:35 UTC/5:35 a.m. EST the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder instrument known as AIRS captured...

2014-01-29 08:23:35

New report details Canadian mining's economic contributions and top needs for 2014 OTTAWA, Jan. 29, 2014 /CNW/ - New data shows a dramatic increase in the number of Canadians employed in the mining and related industries with more than 418,000 people in full-time-equivalent jobs working in various facets of the sector, according to the Mining Association of Canada's latest Facts & Figures 2013 report. Drawing from a new data source, Natural Resources Canada released a...

2014-01-29 08:23:29

Largest single US private investment in Armenia's history adds to Contour's growing Eastern European and Renewable Energy Portfolios NEW YORK, Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ContourGlobal and the Government of Armenia announced today that they have signed an agreement for ContourGlobal to purchase and modernize the Vorotan Hydro Cascade, a series of three hydroelectric power plants totaling 405 MW on the Vorotan River in southern Armenia, for a purchase price of $180 million USD. The...

2014-01-29 08:23:16

Greenpeace, WWF, Kimberly-Clark, SCA, IKEA and other sustainability experts at Tissue World Sustainability Summit in Miami on March 19-21. NEW YORK, Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Tissue is based on a F-E-W (fibers, energy, water) resources. Tissue paper products like bathroom and facial tissue, napkins and kitchen towels are part of an $80 billion global business which fundamentally uses three basic resources: Fibers, Energy and Water, appropriately abbreviated as F-E-W. (Photo:...


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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