Latest Environment Stories

2014-10-29 12:22:25

TEDDINGTON, England, October 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The free to use motor trade insurance comparison site GoMotorTrade has recently discussed the advantages and disadvantages of buying electric vehicles. Electric cars are becoming increasingly popular due to the incentives brought in by the government and the fact that consumers are able to take part in reducing emissions on a global scale, however there are still those that are wary of them. One of the advantages of...

2014-10-29 03:00:29

Provided by Alison Satake, Louisiana State University A world without plants would be a world without oxygen, uninhabitable for us and for many creatures. We know plants release oxygen by absorbing carbon dioxide and breaking down water using sunlight through the process of photosynthesis. However, we know little about the mechanics of how plants create oxygen during photosynthesis. A breakthrough that will help advance our understanding of this critical ecological process was made...

LADEE impact site
2014-10-29 03:45:37

Provided by Nancy Neal-Jones, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center NASA’S Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has spied a new crater on the lunar surface; one made from the impact of NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission. “The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) team recently developed a new computer tool to search Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) before and after image pairs for new craters, the LADEE impact event provided a fun test, said...

VV02 VEGA with PROBA-V / VrenSat
2014-10-29 02:30:38

Provided by the European Space Agency The Vega launch of ESA’s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IVX), due on 18 November from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, has been postponed to allow for additional analyses of the Vega flight trajectory. For this mission, instead of heading north into a polar orbit, as on previous flights, Vega will head eastwards to release the spaceplane into a suborbital path reaching all the way to the Pacific Ocean to test new technologies for future...

Galapagos Tortoise
2014-10-29 10:47:22

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Tortoises living on the Galapagos island of Española have made a dramatic recovery after their population had reached a low point of just 15 individuals. According to a newly published study in the journal PLOS ONE, captive breeding and reintroduction of the reptiles over a 40-year period has led to a resurgent population of around 1,000 individuals living on the island. “It's a rare example of how biologists and managers can...

2014-10-29 02:30:38

Provided by Rosalie Murphy, JPL Earth Science and Technology Directorate A new space-based instrument to study how effectively plants use water is being developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. The instrument, called the ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS), will monitor one of the most basic processes in living plants: the loss of water through the tiny pores in leaves. When people lose water through their pores,...

2014-10-29 08:28:31

LUNG FORCE is a New National Movement Aimed at Fighting Lung Cancer in Women CHICAGO, Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month this November, Emmy-nominated actress and author Valerie Harper, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Jewel, country music singer Kellie Pickler and female NASCAR standout Mackena Bell are teaming up with the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE to raise awareness and much needed funds to help confront lung cancer in women....

2014-10-29 08:26:49

SYDNEY, Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- CBD Energy Limited (NASDAQ: CBDE), a diversified clean energy company and leading global provider of solar systems, is pleased to announce that it has fully erected 6 wind turbines on its Taralga Wind Farm site in New South Wales, Australia, with a further 17 nearing completion. When construction is complete, the Taralga Wind Farm will have 51 operating wind turbines. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20141029/155159 The initial...

2014-10-29 08:26:46

Partnership Marks Expansion of The Nature Conservancy's Plant a Billion Trees Program MILWAUKEE, Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Harley-Davidson®, together with The Nature Conservancy, is mobilizing its global community of riders to raise funds to plant 50 million trees worldwide by 2025 as part of its Renew the Ride(TM) initiative. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20141028/154910 Dedicated to the goal of preserving the open road for future generations of riders, Renew...

2014-10-29 08:26:25

Showcasing Taiwan's Award-winning Brands TAIPEI, Taiwan, Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Taiwan Green Products Campaign, featuring award-winning brands, finally makes its debut in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20141028/154914 Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20141028/154915 Without a doubt, global warming has become a serious threat to many parts of Asia, and the effects of climate change in the region over the past few years have...

Latest Environment Reference Libraries

Red Maasai
2014-10-30 10:39:35

The red Maasai is a breed of domestic sheep that is native to East Africa. The origin of this breed is unknown, but it is known to have been present in Kenya and kept by the Maasai people throughout much of their history. This breed was the most populous sheep breed kept by the Maasai people and many other tribes until the 1970’s, when farmers were offered subsidies to crossbreed their sheep with imported breeds like the Dorper sheep. This caused a decline in purebred Maasai sheep, which...

Chiricahua Leopard Frog, Lithobates chiricahuensis or Rana chiricahuensis
2014-10-29 12:41:14

The Chiricahua Leopard Frog (Lithobates chiricahuensis or Rana chiricahuensis) is a species of frog belonging to the Ranidae family that is located in Mexico and the United States. Its natural habitats include temperate forests, rivers, intermittent rivers, swamps, freshwater lakes, intermittent freshwater lakes, freshwater marshes, intermittent freshwater marshes, freshwater springs, open excavations, and ponds. It is threatened by loss of habitat and chytrid fungus to such a degree...

Asiatic Grass Frog, Rana chensinensis
2014-10-29 12:37:54

The Asiatic Grass Frog (Rana chensinensis), known also as the Chinese Brown Frog, is a species of frog belonging to the Ranidae family. It can be found in China, Mongolia, possibly North Korea, and possibly Russia. Its natural habitats include temperate forests, rivers, intermittent rivers, swamps, freshwater lakes, freshwater marshes, intermittent freshwater marshes, arable land, irrigated land, and pastureland. It is threatened by loss of habitat. In China, it is hunted for use...

Gopher Frog, Rana capito
2014-10-29 11:26:34

The Gopher Frog (Rana capito) is a species of frog belonging to the Ranidae family. It is native to the Southeastern United States. It mostly inhabits the threatened sand hill communities, flatwoods, and scrub in the Atlantic coastal plain where it is normally found near ponds. The two subspecies include the Carolina Gopher Frog (R. c. capito), and Florida Gopher Frog (R. c. aesopus). The Dusky Gopher Frog (T. sevosa) had formerly been considered a subspecies but was elevated to a species...

Long-Legged Wood Frog, Rana macrocnemis
2014-10-29 11:23:16

The Long-Legged Wood Frog (Rana macrocnemis), known also as the Caucasus Frog or the Uludag Frog, is a species of frog belonging to the Ranidae family. It can be found in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Georgia, Turkey, and Turkmenistan. Its natural habitats include boreal forests, temperate forests, temperate shrubland, tropical or subtropical dry shrubland, temperate grassland, rivers and intermittent rivers, swamps, freshwater lakes, intermittent freshwater lakes, freshwater marshes,...

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