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2014-09-08 16:21:31

OTTAWA, Sept. 8, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) says Canada has one of the best records in the world when it comes to sustainable forest management and the industry continues to engage with partners on further advances. FPAC was responding to a recent study published by the World Resource Institute (WRI) that noted a global increase in the fragmentation of intact forest landscapes, while suggesting Canada is seeing the greatest reduction. In...

2014-09-08 12:30:59

After the meeting with the Prime-Minister, the entrepreneur will participate in the World Economic Forum - Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2014 on September 10-12 in China. SAO PAULO, Sept. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mario Garnero, founder of Garnero Group and Brasilinvest, will meet the Prime-Minister of China Li Keqiang on Tuesday, September 9, in order to discuss opportunities of cooperation between the countries, cybernetics, and businesses with GGAC, a listed company of the...

2014-09-08 12:22:57

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Cloudburst Group, a leading consulting firm serving public and private sector clients in natural resource management, housing and community development, and public health, announced today that Dr. Gregory Myers has joined the company as Director of Private Sector Engagement. Dr. Myers will oversee Cloudburst's growing practice area supporting private sector clients in improving their policies and practices for managing land...

Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation lidar
2014-09-08 11:37:53

Elizabeth Zubritsky, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center A laser-based instrument being developed for the International Space Station will provide a unique 3-D view of Earth’s forests, helping to fill in missing information about their role in the carbon cycle. Called the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) lidar, the instrument will be the first to systematically probe the depths of the forests from space. The system is one of two instrument proposals recently selected for...

earth atmosphere ozone layer mystery
2014-09-08 05:20:11

Dr. Tony Phillips, Science@NASA High above Earth, more than 20 miles above sea level, a diaphanous layer of ozone surrounds our planet, absorbing energetic UV rays from the sun. It is, essentially, sunscreen for planet Earth. Without the ozone layer, we would be bathed in dangerous radiation on a daily basis, with side effects ranging from cataracts to cancer. People were understandably alarmed, then, in the 1980s when scientists noticed that manmade chemicals in the atmosphere were...

2014-09-08 04:21:28

AERZEN, Germany, September 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Onlime announced today a new three year contract with Telesat for Telstar 11N Ku-band capacity linking Europe and Africa. Onlime has Ku-Band coverage over the whole of Africa and the Telstar 11N footprint over the western part of sub-Saharan Africa is an important part of the jigsaw. Onlime started with pre-launch capacity on the satellite and has seen demand grow steadily over the past five years. Onlime delivers both SCPC...

2014-09-08 04:20:33

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Eurasian countries will invest $18.3 billion in electric grid modernization - or 'smart grid' - over the next decade. The region has strong drivers for smart grid investment, a number of experienced vendors and significant funding available from multilateral lending organizations. Near-term growth will be focused in Central Asian countries currently battling high electricity losses. Larger countries such as Russia are expected to develop in...

Notre Patrimoine Polaire***Our Polar Heritage
2014-09-07 03:00:11

Mark Floyd, Oregon State University A new study of three ice cores from Greenland documents the warming of the large ice sheet at the end of the last ice age – resolving a long-standing paradox over when that warming occurred. Large ice sheets covered North America and northern Europe some 20,000 years ago during the coldest part of the ice age, when global average temperatures were about four degrees Celsius (or seven degrees Fahrenheit) colder than during pre-industrial times. And...

2014-09-05 23:07:16

Popular 5k obstacle series fundraises for CAF’s Operation Rebound San Diego, CA (PRWEB) September 05, 2014 The Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge 5k has teamed up with the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) and pledged $100,000 to its Operation Rebound program using a portion of the proceeds from ROC’s 2014 Epic Tour. The Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge 5k - also known as ROC Race - is the original gameshow inspired obstacle run. ROC Race is taking over 16 U.S. cities across the nation...

2014-09-05 16:20:47

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded a sole source contract modification to Ball Aerospace and Technology Corp. of Boulder, Colorado, for the Ozone Mapping and Profiling Suite (OMPS) for flight on the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) mission. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The JPSS-2 mission is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide global environmental data in low Earth polar...


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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Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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