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2014-09-24 12:31:06

One million dollar commitment from Monsanto Company to National 4-H Council supports the 4-H Ag Innovators Experience CHEVY CHASE, Md., Sept. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National 4-H Council and Monsanto Company today announced that they will continue their efforts to inspire the next generation through the 4-H Ag Innovators Experience. Through this program, the organizations are partnering to help youth develop 21(st) century workforce skills necessary to meet the needs of a...

2014-09-24 12:25:41

New Episode Celebrates Shelter Pets with Positive and Uplifting Stories LOS ANGELES, Sept. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Actor and animal advocate Allison Janney is hosting "Shelter Me: New Beginnings," the fourth episode of the inspiring national PBS series that celebrates shelter pets with positive and uplifting stories. Premiering in October, this one-hour, emotionally-charged episode focuses on two stories, including an aircraft transport of 128 shelter dogs to loving homes as well as...

2014-09-24 12:24:23

TORONTO, Sept. 24, 2014 /CNW/ - The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) today announced updates to the saveONenergy RETROFIT PROGRAM that provide additional financial incentives for Ontario businesses to reduce energy used by lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, refrigeration systems and building plug loads. Retrofitting outdated equipment provides cost savings and improves the efficiency of operational procedures and processes. Eligible companies can receive...

2014-09-24 12:24:09

Experts from California Water Board, Mercer, Sustainalytics, and Zevin Asset Management Among Those to Outline Views on Implications for Investors COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Sept. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dangers posed by stranded carbon assets and drought to the bottom lines of investors will be a major focus of The SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing (SRI) November 9-11, 2014 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado...

2014-09-24 12:24:04

- Awards eight seed grants across the Carolinas and southern Virginia CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Energy today announced the creation of a $10 million Water Resources Fund to benefit waterways across North Carolina and South Carolina. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20130322/CL81938LOGO The fund will also be used to improve waterways downstream from Duke Energy operations that flow into neighboring states. In addition to the Water Resources Fund, Duke Energy is...

2014-09-24 12:24:03

Special September 24 event highlights Minamata Convention's early entry into force NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- During the opening day of the 69(th) General Assembly of the United Nations, NGOs are calling on governments to sign on and ratify the mercury treaty. The Minamata Convention on Mercury was recently adopted at the Conference of Plenipotentiaries in Kumamoto, Japan on 10 October 2013. "The adoption of a global legal agreement on mercury is a major...

2014-09-24 12:23:59

LONDON, September 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Soma Oil & Gas Holdings Limited (Company No. 08506858) Soma Oil & Gas Exploration Limited (Company No. 8619726) Soma Management Limited (Company No. 8619760) (together...

2014-09-24 12:23:56

U.S. Industry Recycling Rate Remains Above 65 Percent for Third Consecutive Year ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Aluminum beverage cans are once again the most recycled beverage packaging type in the United States with an industry recycling rate of 66.7 percent in 2013, according to new data released by the Aluminum Association, Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) and Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). This marks the third consecutive year the...

2014-09-24 12:23:55

Entries Are Due Oct. 31 HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today urged Pennsylvania students, ages nine to 14, to enter a national radon poster contest designed to help raise awareness about the dangers of radon. The deadline to enter is Oct. 31. Radon exposure causes nearly 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year, and 40 percent of homes in Pennsylvania have radon levels above the EPA guideline of...

2014-09-24 12:23:45

KINGSEY FALLS, QC, Sept. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Today, on National Tree Day, partners of the 2014 BRP - Cascades Golf Tournament are proud to announce that the event earned a Level-2 rating according to the responsible event management standard of the Bureau de normalisation du Québec. A tree-planting project recently completed a series of green measures taken to achieve this objective: 58 deciduous trees were planted in Magog, which hosted the tournament, to offset greenhouse gas...


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Mountain Stream Tree Frog, Litoria barringtonensis
2014-09-25 09:47:45

The Mountain Stream Tree Frog (Litoria barringtonensis) is a species of tree frog that is endemic to highland areas of NSW, Australia extending from the Myall Lakes region, north to around Dorrigo National Park and west to Barrington Tops National Park. This frog is a rather small tree frog measuring to about 45 millimeters in length. It is a light green to dark olive green in color on the dorsal surface and occasionally brown morphs are encountered. The thighs are a mango-yellow color and...

Green Thighed Frog, Litoria brevipalmata
2014-09-25 09:23:39

The Green-Thighed Frog (Litoria brevipalmata) is a species of ground-dwelling tree frog of medium size. The Green-Thighed Frog is endemic to the east coast of Australia. Its range extends from Cordalba State Forest in south-eastern Queensland to Ourimbah in New South Wales; within this area, though, the populations are severely fragmented. The several records from Darkes Forest, south of Sydney, are incorrect. Numbers have decreased at Ourimbah, but there have been no record of declines or...

Dorpor
2014-09-25 08:56:51

The Dorpor is a breed of domestic sheep that was developed in South Africa during the 1930’s by crossbreeding the Blackhead Persian sheep and the Dorset Horn sheep for the purpose of creating a sheep that could produce meat in arid areas of the region. Today, the breed can be found throughout South Africa and in other areas including Australia. The Dorper Sheep Breeders Society of South Africa was established in the 1950’s and it is now the second most populous sheep in that region....

Clun Forest Sheep
2014-09-23 08:05:26

The Clun Forest sheep is a breed of domestic sheep that was developed in and named after the Clun Forest area of Shropshire. The first record of this breed was written in 1803 by Reverend Joseph Plymley, who wrote about its appearance. In 1873 Youatt wrote of the same characteristics, but also stated that the breed was changing quickly due to crossbreeding with many local breeds including the Longmynd and the Shropshire sheep. The Clun Forest Sheep Breeders Society was established in 1925...

Atitlan Grebe, Podilymbus gigas
2014-09-22 15:56:59

The Atitlan Grebe (Podilymbus gigas), known also as Giant Grebe, Poc, or Giant Pied-Billed Grebe, is an extinct water bird, a relative of the Pied-Billed Grebe. It was native to the Lago de Atitlan in Guatemala at an altitude of 1700 meters above sea level. Thanks to the work or the American ecologist Anne LaBastille, its decline is comprehensively known. LaBastille observed this species for over 25 years. She has also written a book regarding this bird called Mama Poc. This Grebe reached...

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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.'