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2014-01-23 23:01:52

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) has signed an agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to renew its management of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) for five years. Boulder, CO (PRWEB) January 23, 2014 The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) has signed an agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to renew its management of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) for five years. The award was...

2014-01-23 16:21:24

TORONTO, Jan. 23, 2014 /CNW/ - Today at the Toronto Region Board of Trade, the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, participated in a panel discussion emphasizing new employment opportunities for Canadians in the growing extractive industry. Minister Leitch stressed the importance for employers to hire from under-represented groups, such as women and Aboriginal people, in order to help address the expected skills and labour...

Climate Change In Antarctica Partially Driven By Warming In The North And Tropical Atlantic Ocean
2014-01-23 04:26:22

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of New York University climatologists has concluded that the gradual warming of the North and Tropical Atlantic Ocean is adding to climate change in Antarctica. The conclusions rely on more than three decades of atmospheric data and reveal new ways in which Antarctic climate change is affected by distant regional conditions. "Our findings reveal a previously unknown—and surprising—force behind climate change that is...

2014-01-22 23:23:27

Video Series Show the Front Lines of Pacific Sea Level Rise Honolulu, Hawaii (PRWEB) January 22, 2014 Pacific Islanders in Micronesia, Palau and the Marshall Islands are watching their homelands vanish, as sea levels rise at an alarming rate due to climate change. The devastating effects on island livelihood are documented in three new videos "Vanishing Islands," "Changing Palau," and "Encroaching Seas" by LYON.US.com, a Hawaii-based planning and engineering...

2014-01-22 16:21:44

OTTAWA, Jan. 22, 2014 /CNW/ - In 2012, at a time when programs and services that directly benefitted Canadians were being cut, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) used $4 million from a "special reserve fund" to pay for commercials to sell Canadians on the proposed budget. The advertising campaign's goal was to convince the public of the opportunities to capitalize on Canada's natural resources and that the budget would create jobs. At the same time, programs that directly...

Impact Of El Niño On Continental Evaporation
2014-01-22 12:05:08

ESA As global temperatures gradually increase, more water is expected to evaporate into the atmosphere. But using satellite data, scientists have discovered that El Niño-induced droughts have caused global declines in evapotranspiration despite rising temperatures. Terrestrial evaporation, or evapotranspiration, is the transfer of water from soil and vegetation into the atmosphere. It’s a critical component of the global water cycle and, in recent years, it has gained increased...

2014-01-22 11:37:41

The recent Arctic blast that gripped much of the nation will likely contribute to a healthy rise in Great Lakes water levels in 2014, new research shows. But the processes responsible for that welcome outcome are not as simple and straightforward as you might think. Yes, extreme winter cold increases ice cover on the Great Lakes, which in turn reduces evaporation by preventing water vapor from escaping into the air. But this simplistic view of winter ice as a mere "cap" on Great Lakes...

2014-01-22 08:23:25

SPRINGFIELD, Va., Jan. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Versar, Inc. (NYSE MKT: VSR) announced today that it has been awarded a contract with Frederick County, Maryland, to support the County's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit compliance. With a capacity of $2.25 million over three years, this award will allow Versar to continue to provide a wide range of stormwater and watershed services to Frederick County....

2014-01-22 08:23:15

BAKERSFIELD, Calif., Jan. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- MTS Environmental Solutions, a leader in providing innovative, environmentally friendly products for the food and beverage industries, is pleased to announce a new line of green, safe and sustainable synthetic mineral acids. These winery cleaning solutions are designed to replace many of the dangerous acids already used by many in the industry today, since they are just as strong as current chemicals but will not hurt those who use...

2014-01-21 20:20:44

DUBLIN, January 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/98n8cm/analysis_of_the) has announced the addition of the "Analysis of the Water and Wastewater Treatment Equipment Market in Saudi Arabia" [http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/98n8cm/analysis_of_the ] report to their offering. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 ) The water and wastewater treatment equipment market in Saudi...


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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