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MAVEN Mission
2014-09-09 10:50:55

Izumi Hansen and Elizabeth Zubritsky, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center On Sept. 21, 2014, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft will complete roughly 10 months of travel and enter orbit around the Red Planet. The orbit-insertion maneuver will be carried out as the spacecraft approaches Mars, wrapping up an interplanetary journey of 442 million miles (711 million kilometers). Six thruster engines will fire briefly for a “settling” burn that damps out...

high def earth
2014-09-09 10:28:47

Laura Nilesm International Space Station Program Science Office and Public Affairs Office, NASA’s Johnson Space Center A series of new Earth science instruments launching to the International Space Station over the next year is prompting a new era of Earth observation from the orbiting outpost. These new tools that monitor ocean winds and measure clouds and pollution in the atmosphere, among other climate science phenomena, will help NASA deliver important information to climate...

forest fires in the UK
2014-09-09 03:00:11

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis Climate change is expected to contribute to a dramatic increase in forest fire damage in Europe, but better forest management could mitigate the problem, according to new research from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). Climate change is expected to bring increased temperatures and longer droughts—conditions that will make forests more susceptible to fires. By 2090, the area burned by forest fires...

crops
2014-09-09 03:00:17

Fariss Samarrai and H. Brevy Cannon, University of Virginia As the world population continues to grow, by about 1 billion people every 12 to 14 years since the 1960s, the global food supply may not meet escalating demand – particularly for agriculturally poor countries in arid to semi-arid regions, such as Africa’s Sahel, that already depend on imports for much of their food supply. A new University of Virginia study, published online in the American Geophysical Union journal,...

2014-09-09 08:24:01

LAKE GENEVA, Wisconsin, September 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Jim Kandler, Managing Director of RoHS Ready LLC, and Dr Aidan Turnbull, Director of BOMcheck.net, will highlight how companies can reduce costs and improve quality of RoHS and REACH compliance declarations at a complimentary seminar at the SMTA International Conference (http://www.smta.org/smtai), Donald Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL on Tuesday September 30 at 5.30pm. In discussions together, Dr Turnbull and...

2014-09-09 08:23:23

Envitems E6100 makes precision air quality monitoring more convenient, affordable TAMPERE, Finland, Sept. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With the release of its inaugural product, Envitems (http://www.envitems.com) has announced itself as a major player in the clean technology, or "cleantech," industry. The Envitems E6100 (http://www.envitems.com/share/LIT-E6100-001.pdf) air quality station represents the most capable measurement device of its type, all housed within a surprisingly compact...

2014-09-09 08:23:20

HOUSTON, Sept. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Heavy rainfall this winter may cause dangerous levels of mold to develop in houses vulnerable to water damage. Getting a residential mold inspection performed by a certified professional lets Houston residents take care of mold formation before it develops into a serious problem. An El Nino occurs when an upwelling of cold water off the coast of South America pushes warmer water into the western basin of the Pacific Ocean. These warm waters...

2014-09-09 08:23:18

Nonprofit encourages the public to help save threatened jaguars across three Latin American countries WARRENTON, Va., Sept. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rainforest Trust, a nonprofit conservation organization focused on saving threatened lands and endangered species, has announced a year-long initiative to save one million acres of rainforest that is home to the imperiled jaguars, the largest wild cats in the Western Hemisphere. Over the next year, Rainforest Trust's Million...

2014-09-09 08:23:15

ISSAQUAH, Wash., Sept. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Earthdefine, a provider of high resolution spatial data products, has released the first high resolution land cover dataset for California. The California SpatialCover Land Cover product is based on 2012 aerial imagery and provides spatially explicit information at 1 meter resolution for six land cover classes - trees, impervious, bare, water, herbaceous, and shrubs. The dataset has a resolution that is 30 times higher than previously...

2014-09-09 08:23:09

PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Major League Soccer understands the importance of environmental sustainability and is committed to identifying ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Major League Soccer and the Portland Timbers chose GreenDrop Recycling Stations to help implement their strategic sustainability plans for waste diversion at this year's 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game in Portland, OR, at Providence Park. Photo -...


Latest Environment Reference Libraries

Foothill Yellow-Legged Frog, Rana boylii
2014-09-16 08:43:34

The Foothill Yellow-Legged Frog (Rana boylii) is a small frog measuring about 1.46 to 3.2 inches. It belongs to the genus Rana within the Ranidae family. This species can be found from northern Oregon, down California’s west coast, and into Baja California, Mexico. Both the Columbia Spotted Frog and the Cascades Frog, also part of the Rana genus, reside in the northern regions of this frog’s territory. They show a preference for living in streams and rivers, and lay their eggs in masses...

Rio Grande Leopard Frog, Rana berlandieri
2014-09-16 08:16:44

The Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri) is a species of aquatic frog that is native to the southern United States in Texas and New Mexico, and south through Mexico and Central America. It is also occasionally referred to as the Mexican Leopard Frog. The handle berlandieri honors the Belgian naturalist Jean Louis Berlandier, who worked for the Mexican government on one of the first biological surveys of Texas. These frogs grow up to 2.2 to 4.5 inches long. They are normally tan,...

Kihansi Spray Toad, Nectophrynoides Asperginis
2014-09-15 16:37:21

The Kihansi Spray Toad, Nectophrynoides Asperginis, is a yellowish colored dwarf toad. The females can reach up to 1.1 inches long and the males can reach up to .75 inches long. This ovoviviparous species was described scientifically in the year 1999. It was found only in the spray zone around the Kihansi waterfalls in the southern Udzungwa Mountains located in Tanzania. At about 220,000 square feet, this was the smallest natural distribution known for any vertebrate species, but it was...

Malabar Tree Toad, Pedostibes Tuberculosus
2014-09-15 16:22:26

The Malabar Tree Toad, Pedostibes Tuberculosus, is a species of toad located in forests along the Western Ghats of India south of Goa. It is small and it can be found in wet tree hollows or leaf bases that contain water. This slender frog features a moderately sized head with a pointed snout and vertical lores. The distance between the eyes is as wide as the width of the upper eyelid. The opening of the ear is well marked and is about a third of the diameter of the eye. The fingers are...

Striped Raphael Catfish, Platydoras armatulus
2014-09-12 09:39:00

The striped Raphael catfish (Platydoras armatulus), also known as the talking catfish or the chocolate catfish, is a species of catfish that can be found in many areas of South America, including the Amazon, the Orinoco, and the Tocantins and it has been introduced into the United States of America. This species burrows into the soft sand in river bottoms, feeding on crustaceans, mollusks, and organic fragments. The striped Raphael catfish holds small, curved spines that extend across its...

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