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2014-03-31 23:22:47

Independent review of climate science by Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) contradicts "alarmist" views of United Nations report. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) March 31, 2014 The Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) today released Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts. The 1,062-page report contains thousands of citations to peer-reviewed scientific literature -- and concludes rising temperatures and atmospheric CO2 levels...

2014-03-31 20:20:39

--SFI Forest Partners® Program Gaining Significant Traction Towards its 2014 Certification Goal-- WASHINGTON, March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, over 600,000 acres of timberland managed by Timberland Investment Resources, LLC (TIR) have been certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) standard. TIR's investment footprint spans 14 states, with a significant presence in the southeastern U.S. Their certification builds on the SFI Forest Partners®...

2014-03-31 12:23:24

INDIANAPOLIS, March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Water Technologies (OTC Pink: GWTR) notes increasing water prices and limited supplies are increasing demand for tools that improve the efficiency of water distribution systems. The company has assembled innovative technologies for improving water efficiency, ranging from sensors and software that reduce leaks and pipeline rehabilitation techniques to customer dashboards that improve usage data. All fit into the company's "People +...

2014-03-31 08:23:59

NAPERVILLE, Ill., March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2(nd) Annual Smart Water Leadership Summit will be held May 6 and 7, 2014 at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington D.C. This Summit will generate value for its participants by bringing together top leaders to present and discuss best practices, regulatory requirements and leadership regarding building water safety and sustainability. There is no charge to attend either on-site or remote via live streaming video. To...

Arctic sea ice pack
2014-03-30 03:02:43

National Snow and Ice Data Center Will next year’s summer Arctic ice extent be high or low? Can ship captains plan on navigating the famed Northwest Passage — a direct shipping route from Europe to Asia across the Arctic Ocean — to save on time and fuel? A new study says year-to-year forecasts of the Arctic’s summer ice extent are not yet reliable. Scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), University College London, University of New Hampshire and University...

2014-03-28 04:21:18

SINGAPORE and PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea, March 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- InterOil (NYSE: IOC; POMSoX: IOC) has received notification from Oil Search (ASX, POMSoX: OSH) of a dispute under the Joint Venture Operating Agreement relating to Petroleum Retention License 15 in Papua New Guinea. We will be responding in accordance with the terms of that agreement. Any proceedings commenced by Oil Search seeking to set aside the transaction completed with Total S.A. (Paris: FP, NYSE: TOT)...

2014-03-27 23:22:40

Cayman Enterprise City (CEC), the Cayman Islands’ award-winning special economic zone, today announces 2014 plans for a focus on global commodities companies seeking to curb escalating operational costs in order to become more profitable. George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (PRWEB) March 27, 2014 Cayman Enterprise City (CEC), the Cayman Islands’ award-winning special economic zone, today announces 2014 plans for a focus on global commodities companies seeking to curb escalating...

2014-03-27 23:01:38

Ninth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-9) will feature world-famous scientists and writers, precede FreedomFest 2014. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) March 27, 2014 Is the theory of man-made global warming still credible? Why do surveys show a majority of Americans and scientists do not believe global warming is man-made and a major problem? Hundreds of the world’s most prominent “skeptics” of the claim that human activity is causing a climate crisis will converge in Las Vegas...

Deadly Washington Landslide Was Not Caused By An Earthquake: USGS
2014-03-27 11:11:19

[ Watch the Video: Landslide Hazards ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A large landslide in northwest Washington that buried some 30 houses and killed at least two dozen people on March 22, 2014 may have been erroneously blamed on a minor earthquake that reportedly struck the area several days prior to the disaster. Shortly after a press briefing by Snohomish County Emergency Management’s John Pennington was issued on Tuesday announcing that a 1.1 magnitude...

2014-03-26 23:00:44

Hoops are front and center in an interactive 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Map created for March Madness by GeoDecisions. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) March 26, 2014 Are you a bracketologist? Hoops are front and center in an interactive 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Map created for March Madness. Developed by Patrick Empey, a senior graphic information system (GIS) analyst for GeoDecisions, an information technology company specializing in geospatial solutions, the...


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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