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2010-02-10 12:55:10

In Reversal, Land Is Cleared for Global Trade and Big Cities, Says Study The drivers of tropical deforestation have shifted in the early 21st century to hinge on growth of cities and the globalized agricultural trade, a new large-scale study concludes. The observations starkly reverse assumptions by some scientists that fast-growing urbanization and the efficiencies of global trade might eventually slow or reverse tropical deforestation. The study, which covers most of the world's tropical...

2009-12-16 10:10:00

Rejection by Private Financing, Skyrocketing Cost Projections, Falling Demand, and Faulty Reactor Designs Can't Be Solved With U.S. Shifting to "Nuclear Socialism" to Bail Out Industry. WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The beleaguered nuclear power industry is now the "public option" of U.S. energy, unable to move forward without a bailout in the form of taxpayer-backed loan guarantees involving a high risk of default. Citing three recent negative developments for the nuclear...

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2009-12-09 12:24:14

Deforestation in tropical rain forests could have an even greater impact on climate change than has previously been thought. The combined biomass of a large number of small forest fragments left over after habitat fragmentation can be up to 40 per cent less than in a continuous natural forest of the same overall size. This is the conclusion reached by German and Brazilian researchers who used a simulation model on data from the Atlantic Forest, a coastal rain forest in the state of...

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2009-12-07 10:50:32

Even the snow on Aconcagua Mountain in the Andes is polluted with PCBs. An international team of researchers detected low concentrations of these toxic, carcinogenic chlorine compounds in samples taken from America's highest mountain. The snow samples taken at an altitude of 6200 meters are among the highest traces found anywhere in the world of these substances, which have been banned since 2001. In particular, the samples contained more persistent compounds like hexachlorobiphenyl (PCB 138)...

2009-12-02 12:51:00

EXTON, Pa., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI), producer of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software for integrated analysis of space, defense and intelligence assets, has released STK 9.1, a follow-on to its most significant software release in five years, STK 9. Highlights include an enhanced, interactive graphing package; the new STK/Space Environment and Effects Tool (STK/SEET) and an urban propagation extension for the STK/Communications module. (Logo:...

2009-09-30 11:00:00

Higher Costs, Pollution and Proliferation Dangers if Congress Opens Door to Reprocessing MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Minnesota's Congressional delegation is hearing today from a diverse group of 16 Minnesota organizations -- including Clean Water Action, Environment Minnesota, Sierra Club North Star Chapter and the Minnesota Peace Project -- that strongly oppose any effort to open the door to the reprocessing of radioactive waste from Prairie Island and other...

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2009-08-26 12:25:00

A new study shows that paint with dangerously high lead levels is still being sold for household use all over the world, putting hundreds of millions of young children at risk of permanent brain damage, Reuters reported. Throughout the years, paint manufacturers have dramatically lowered the lead levels allowed in paint, according to research published in the journal Environmental Research. The U.S. has banned the sale of new paint containing more than 600 parts per million (ppm) of lead...

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2009-07-02 15:25:00

What Europe can learn from the successful reintroduction of a once extinct butterfly in BritainIntelligent countryside management could improve the survival chances of animal and plant species threatened by climate change. The creation of small heat-shielded habitats and better links between habitats would counteract a moderate temperature increase and give threatened species more time to adapt better and/or to migrate to cooler regions. This is the conclusion drawn by scientists at the...

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2009-03-30 09:05:00

Did volatile halogenated gases from giant salt lakes at the end of the Permian Age lead to a mass extinction of species? The largest mass extinction in the history of the earth could have been triggered off by giant salt lakes, whose emissions of halogenated gases changed the atmospheric composition so dramatically that vegetation was irretrievably damaged. At least that is what an international team of scientists have reported in the most recent edition of the "Proceedings of the Russian...

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2009-01-26 13:46:48

More frequent freeze-thaw cycles intensify soil processes More frequent freeze-thaw cycles in winter can increase biomass production according to the results of a recent study conducted by the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ), the University of Bayreuth and the Helmholtz Center in Munich. For their experiment at the Ecological-Botanical Garden of the University of Bayreuth the researchers installed underground heating on their plots, thereby enabling five additional thawing...


Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.