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2014-08-05 16:23:56

Acquisition increases contracted assets to 633 MW in Brazil and 1,200 MW in Latin America.ContourGlobal also announces that Brazil's State Development Bank, BNDES, has disbursed R$320 million (US$142 million) to ContourGlobal's Chapada do Piaui I project. SAO PAULO and NEW YORK, Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ContourGlobal, an international power generation company, announced today that it has acquired an additional 122.6 MW of installed wind capacity in Brazil through a...

2014-08-05 16:22:29

Making Marine Protected Areas a Global Agenda Item LANDOVER, Md., Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lewis Pugh announced this morning the Seven Swims in The Seven Seas for 1 Reason expedition: a long distance swim in each of the Seven Seas (the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Aegean, Black, Red, Arabian and North Sea). Already the first person to complete a long distance swim in every ocean of the world, he will be the first person to undertake a long distance swim in each of the...

2014-08-05 12:33:35

ATLANTA, Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern Company, in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), has awarded more than $1.8 million in grants to 53 organizations nationwide - as part of the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration program - to encourage environmental stewardship and community partnerships and protect vital habitats. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20080801/SOCOLOGO Funding from Southern Company directly supports 11 projects within the...

2014-08-05 12:23:01

Alfonso Cuellar named president and managing director of H+K Colombia BOGOTA, Colombia, Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Hill+Knowlton Strategies today announced the appointment of Alfonso Cuellar to the role of president and managing director of Colombia effective immediately. He will be headquartered in Bogota. An expert in corporate communications and the energy industry, Cuellar also will serve as director for the energy practice in Latin America, advising national and...

2014-08-05 12:22:40

Material handling to begin immediately PLANO, Texas, Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Rare Earths, Inc. (OTCQB:UREE), a domestic rare earths exploration company with approximately 22,000 acres of mining claims in Idaho, Montana and Colorado, announced that the company has received approval from the U.S. Forest Service to access a stockpile located on USRE-held mining claims, which are part of the company's ongoing exploration efforts at the Last Chance prospect claims in the Lemhi...

2014-08-05 08:26:26

Agreement Demonstrates K-C's Efforts to Set Industry-Leading Fiber Sourcing Goals DALLAS and MONTREAL, Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today marks the fifth anniversary of a milestone agreement between Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) and Greenpeace, which established a framework for collaboration towards long-term solutions to protect forests worldwide. Over the years, the relationship helped accomplish key objectives for both organizations by increasing the use of fiber from sustainable...

Arctic Melt Ponds
2014-08-05 03:00:50

Kate Ramsayer, NASA's Earth Science News Team Even from 65,000 feet above Earth, aquamarine melt ponds in the Arctic stand out against the white sea ice and ice sheets. These ponds form every summer, as snow that built up on the ice melts, creating crystal clear pools. On July 16 and July 17, NASA’s ER-2 aircraft flew above Alaskan glaciers and to the North Pole, carrying an instrument called the Multiple Altimeter Beam Experimental Lidar, or MABEL. MABEL is a laser altimeter,...

2014-08-04 23:00:47

Staying in line with the Edusei Foundation's goal of developing the youth for a better future; the foundation, founded by Dr. Kwame Bawuah-Edusei, donated much-needed items to the Osu Children's Home. The foundation hand delivered the donated items and met with the children to give them words of encouragement. (PRWEB) August 04, 2014 The Osu Children’s Home is located in the heart of Ghana’s capital, Accra. It was established to cater for orphans and other socially-challenged...

2014-08-04 16:21:06

WINNIPEG, Aug. 4, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and Joyce Bateman, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre, met today with Mr. Vic Gerden, CEO of WestCanitest R&D (WestCaRD) and Mr. Ken Webb, Executive Director of Manitoba Aerospace, to discuss the Government of Canada's actions to ensure Canadians have the skills in demand in today's economy. Minister Kenney, MP Bateman, Mr. Gerden and Mr. Webb were touring the...

2014-08-04 16:20:42

HAMPTON, Va., Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, Aug. 5 at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, atmospheric scientist Norman Loeb will present "The Recent Pause in Global Warming: A Temporary Blip or Something More Permanent?" at 2 p.m. in the Reid Conference Center. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Loeb's presentation will provide a summary on recent research related to a slow-down in surface warming referred to as the "Global...


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
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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