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2011-04-13 00:00:28

The Nature Conservancy to Host "Picnic for the Planet" Event in 350+ Cities Worldwide Arlington, VA (PRWEB) April 13, 2011 The planet does a lot for us"” let's take it out for lunch. On April 22"”Earth Day 2011"”The Nature Conservancy will host Picnic for the Planet, a global celebration of the planet we live on, the food it provides and the people we share it with. The concept is simple: no matter where you live, head to a favorite outdoor spot and enjoy good food in the...

2011-04-06 13:05:00

SAN FRANCISCO, April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As Congress is set to pass a budget that could include severe cuts to vital conservation programs, The Nature Conservancy has announced its "Top Ten California Treasures." These treasures are California's most iconic parks and recreation areas that were funded by a federal program called the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is currently proposed to be cut by 90 percent in the House of Representatives' budget....

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2011-03-29 06:40:00

Water shortages around the world will become more severe as the world's population continues to grow, especially in urban areas, according to a new study led by The Nature Conservancy's Rob McDonald. The study, "Urban Growth, Climate Change and Freshwater Availability," looks at cities specifically with populations of 100,000 or more in developing countries, including those in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Close to one billion urban residents could face severe water...

2011-03-15 16:40:00

NEW YORK, March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Toyota USA Foundation, a charitable endowment supporting K-12 math and science education, today announced over $5.2 million in new grants. The latest round of grants is going to 8 organizations from across the country. "These grants are an investment in the future of our educators and young people, and will give them invaluable skills for the future," said Patricia Salas Pineda, group vice president of Toyota Motor North America. "Toyota is...

2011-02-23 04:00:00

Win an Island Adventure with The Nature Conservancy SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Nature Conservancy's successful island restoration and innovative conservation practices have inspired countless scientists and conservationists around the world. And now, Santa Cruz Island has motivated novelists as well. Best-selling author T.C. Boyle--author of such works as The Women, The Tortilla Curtain, and A Friend of the Earth--has written a new novel principally set on...

2011-02-18 11:14:00

Non-native insects and diseases can spread by traveling on wood packaging and other untreated wood ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A collaboration of diverse interests aimed at addressing the threat of non-native insects and diseases is urging the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to subject wood packaging material from Canada to the same requirements other countries must follow for this material before it can enter the country. Currently, the...

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2011-02-03 09:05:00

Experts are calling for some reefs to be closed to oyster harvesting based on research that they claim has revealed that the global population of the mollusk species is declining rapidly. An international team of investigators, led by Michael Beck, a Senior Scientist with the Nature Conservancy and a Research Associate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, examined oyster reefs in 144 bays across 44 different ecoregions, according to an American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS)...

2011-01-24 15:25:00

MOBILE, Ala., Jan. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On January 22-23, 2011, nearly 550 volunteers from Alabama and beyond donned boots and gloves and donated their time to place 16,000 bags of oyster shells along the shore - the first step to building 100 miles of oyster reef over the next three to five years in Mobile, AL. The oyster reef building project marks the first in a series of habitat restoration projects aimed at restoring Alabama's Gulf coast, an effort led by the 100-1000: Restore...

2010-12-15 13:44:00

Thirty-five percent of firewood is brought from another location, increasing risk of invasion from forest pests ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As winter arrives, people across the country are engaging in a centuries-old tradition of buying or gathering firewood to fuel home fires. In a recent poll conducted by The Nature Conservancy, one in twenty Americans said they moved firewood long distances (i.e., more than 50 miles, a distance widely accepted as moving it...

2010-12-08 12:00:00

Poll results indicate most Americans are concerned about non-native forest pests and they support measures to stop their spread ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Most Americans live near trees, and consider them very important to their quality of life. Recent polling by The Nature Conservancy shows that the American public is well aware of invasive forest pests that kill trees, and are willing to take steps to protect trees from this threat. According to the poll,...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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