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UK Has Second-Wettest Year On Record
2013-01-04 11:15:53

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to data released by England´s meteorological agency the Met Office, 2012 was the second wettest year on record for the U.K., with total rainfall at 52.4 inches — just 2.5 inches short of the all-time record set in 2000. Most areas were affected by extreme weather, the BBC reports, and thousands of homes were flooded while farmers struggled to grow crops in the saturated soil. The disturbing part of this...

2011-04-05 08:41:00

SOMERVILLE, Mass., April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As Poland's wind energy industry accelerates its new project development initiatives to meet European Union mandates and exploit the country's promising wind resources, project developers are being offered expanded access to technology that will help drive the development process. The global renewable energy consulting firm Wind Prospect will be taking delivery of two Second Wind Triton® Sonic Wind Profilers this month to...

2011-03-08 08:00:00

SOMERVILLE, Mass. and CAPE TOWN, South Africa, March 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Wind measurement technology developer Second Wind and wind consultancy firm Wind Prospect raised awareness of the Triton Sonic Wind Profiler in a steadily growing wind energy market with a demonstration of remote wind sensing last week in South Africa. The event in Cape Town, South Africa drew wind power developers, researchers, technologists and financiers. Second Wind conducted a live demonstration of Triton's...

2011-02-17 11:24:00

SOMERVILLE, Mass., Feb. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Second Wind's presence in the growing Australian and New Zealand wind energy markets more than doubled in 2010 as developers bought more Triton Sonic Wind Profilers and used the company's SkyServe satellite wind data service to view and analyze wind information. Second Wind received orders for 17 more Tritons from 12 Australian and New Zealand companies in 2010, bringing to 29 the number of systems deployed at wind farm sites in both...

2010-11-09 08:00:00

NEWCASTLE, Australia and SOMERVILLE, Mass., Nov. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Wind Prospect CWP (WPCWP), one of the most successful independent renewable energy developers in the world, today announced it has received planning permission to build the Boco Rock Wind farm near Nimmitabel, New South Wales, Australia. The Boco Rock Wind Farm - which will comprise 122 turbines with a maximum capacity of 270MW - is the first New South Wales wind farm development project for Wind Prospect and the...

2009-01-19 09:00:00

Michigan's largest commercial-scale wind energy development starts operations MADISON, Wis., Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- RMT, Inc. (RMT), the leader in wind energy development, engineering, and construction, has completed construction of Michigan Wind 1, located near Ubly, Michigan. With a total capacity of 69 MW, Michigan Wind 1 is the largest commercial-scale wind farm in Michigan. The wind facility began commercial operation in mid-December, and will produce enough electricity to power over...

2008-09-11 11:34:56

Researchers announced on Tuesday the rediscovery of a tiny frog species in a remote area of Australia's tropical north thought by many experts to be extinct. Having gone unseen since 1991, the 1.5 inch-long Armoured Mistfrog, was thought to have been wiped out by a devastating fungus that struck northern Queensland state, experts said. But professor Ross Alford, head of a research team on threatened frogs at the university, said two months ago a doctoral student at James Cook University in...

2008-09-02 13:20:00

The Australian government's top water official said on Tuesday that drought in Australia's main food growing region of the Murray-Darling river system has worsened, with water inflows over the past two years at an all-time low. Irrigated crops such as rice, grapes and horticulture are expected to be hit the hardest by the drought, but it would have less impact on output of wheat, which depends largely on rainfall during specific periods and is on track to double after two years of shrunken...

2008-08-29 03:00:30

By Teresa Stepzinski BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Tropical Storm Fay destroyed fewer loggerhead sea turtle nests on Georgia beaches than originally feared, state wildlife biologists said Monday. About 8 percent of the state's nests were lost, according to preliminary assessments. Georgia Department of Natural Resources biologists and sea turtle patrol volunteers conducted the weekend surveys on all the beaches except Blackbeard Island. "We lost about 106 nests ... Luckily, it wasn't as bad as...

Latest Environment of Australia Reference Libraries

Burrawang, Macrozamia communis
2014-01-31 08:51:17

Macrozamia communis is a type of Australian cycad plant. The species is located on the coast of New South Wales. It is commonly known as the Burrawang. Its common name is derived from the Daruk Australian Aboriginal Language. This name is often applied to other species of Macrozamia. M. communis normally has an un-branched trunk, cycad plants branch very rarely. The species has dark green colored leaves which become dull with age. This plant has separate male and female specimens that are...

Zamia Fern, Bowenia spectabilis
2014-01-30 07:24:18

Bowenia spectabilis is a species of cycad plant. The species may also be referred to as the “Zamia fern”. The plant is regularly found in Australia, specifically in northeastern Queensland from the Mcllwraith Range to Tully. The population is estimated at an excess of 10,000 plants. Bowenia spectabilis have flourished in subtropical or tropical, moist lowland forests. It can be found growing close to streams and on sheltered slopes and even in the high altitudes in the Atherton...

Dibbler, Parantechinus apicalis
2013-06-18 10:01:35

The dibbler (Parantechinus apicalis) is a species of marsupial that is native to Australia, with a range that includes some offshore islands and the southwest mainland areas of Western Australia. It prefers a habitat within vegetation with thick debris in sandy soils. This species is the sole member of its genus, Parantechinus, which included the Sandstone dibbler. The dibbler was first described by John Edward Gray in 1842, but it wasn’t until 1947 that the species would be placed in its...

2009-01-13 18:24:37

The Great Barred Frog (Mixophyes fasciolatus) is a species of ground-dwelling frog found in Australia. It inhabits rainforests, Antarctic beech forests or wet sclerophyll forests. This frog breeds in both streams and ponds and calls from the surrounding land. Though a ground-dwelling species, it is most often found near running water where, when threatened, can easily escape by jumping into the water and swimming away. The Great Barred Frog reaches a size of 3.15 inches, and has large,...

2008-07-11 16:19:07

The Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta), is found mainly in Australia and New Guinea. In Australia it occurs in thickets throughout much of western, northern and eastern Australia, being absent only from the coldest or wettest areas. The Brown Honeyeaters have highly developed brush-tipped tongues adapted for nectar feeding. Photo Copyright and Credit

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