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2011-02-03 07:16:48

A top expert with the United Nations said Wednesday that forests around the world could start expanding again within a few years. But, according to a UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) global study, trees are still being cut down at "alarmingly high" rates, mainly in the Amazon and Africa. FAO assistant director general Eduardo Rojas-Briales said that many new trees will only have "junk" value in the disposing of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming. While the estimated...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'