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2014-08-26 12:22:57

The Wilderness Act delivers clean water, fresh air, and billions in recreation revenue to local communities through its designations. WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Next week, Americans across the country will mark the 50(th) anniversary of one of the country's most effective conservation laws, the Wilderness Act. Signed by President Johnson on September 3, 1964, the Act was a historic achievement for federal public lands protection, marking the beginning of an...

2014-08-26 12:21:39

STARKVILLE, Miss., Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New questions about geology, oceanography and seafloor ecosystems are being raised because of research by a Mississippi State University geologist. Lead author Adam Skarke, assistant professor of geosciences at MSU, worked with researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and other institutions on a scientific team that discovered methane seeps in unlikely places along the seafloor on the northern part of the U.S....

2014-08-26 08:25:32

Advanced bioreactor technology removes contaminants from complex industrial waste streams using a high-performing biological process DES PLAINES, Ill., Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- UOP LLC, a Honeywell (NYSE: HON) company, announced today its commercial launch of an integrated bioreactor system to efficiently remove organic and inorganic contaminants from a wide range of industrial wastewater streams. Honeywell's UOP XCeed(TM) bioreactor system, based on Honeywell's immobilized...

2014-08-25 12:21:34

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), CSA Group, and UL Environment today announced the release of AHAM 7002-2014/CSA SPE-7002-14/UL 7002, Sustainability Standard for Household Portable and Floor Care Appliances, the first voluntary sustainability standard for such appliances. This new standard is the third in a family of product sustainability standards under development by AHAM, CSA Group, and UL. These standards...

arctic sea ice nasa
2014-08-25 02:30:19

Patrick Lynch, NASA’s Earth Science News Team As we near the final month of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, NASA scientists are watching the annual seasonal melting of the Arctic sea ice cover. The floating, frozen cap that stretches across the Arctic Ocean shrinks throughout summer until beginning to regrow, typically around mid-September. As of Aug. 19, Arctic sea ice covered about 2.31 million square miles. While this is on track to be larger than the record-breaking low year in...

2014-08-25 08:21:29

Citizens of the World details environmental, social and economic sustainability initiatives MONTREAL, Aug. 25, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today released the 2013 edition of Citizens of the World, the airline's third corporate sustainability report. The document evaluates Air Canada's performance during 2013 in four key areas of sustainability: safety, the environment, the well-being of employees, and the company's community involvement. "Communities are important to Air...

2014-08-22 12:25:14

Country provides basic infrastructure to contribute to the national economic Growth MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The government of Equatorial Guinea has built basic infrastructure in the country over the past 20 years such as social housing, roads, electricity, health and education facilities, and water accessibility, said Equatorial Guinea's Health Secretary of State, Maria del Carmen Andeme Ela. Secretary of State Andeme Ela recently...

digital elevation models for Greenland and Antarctica
2014-08-21 06:00:57

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Data from the European Space Agency's (ESA) CryoSat-2 spacecraft has been used to map elevation and elevation changes in both Greenland and Antarctica by a team of researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) in Germany. The new maps, which are the most complete to ever be created from a single satellite mission, reveal the ice sheets are losing volume at an unprecedented yearly rate (approximately 500 cubic kilometers). The...

2014-08-20 23:04:05

National laboratories, including the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, are teaming up with academia and industry to unleash high performance computing (HPC) on climate change through a new project funded by the Department of Energy's Office of Science. Livermore, California (PRWEB) August 20, 2014 High performance computing (HPC) will be used to develop and apply the most complete climate and Earth system model to address the most challenging and demanding climate change issues. Eight...

2014-08-20 08:27:35

IREX and Partners work to sustain peace amidst the crisis WASHINGTON, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Since the start of the Ebola crisis in Liberia, IREX has been working with its partners to get out responsible and accurate information and promote a better understanding of proper prevention measures. With much of the attention focused on containment and treatment, IREX, through the USAID funded Civil Society and Media Leadership (CSML) Program, seeks to draw attention to...


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
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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