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2009-05-01 09:51:37

In the last decade, Asian farmers have cleared tens of thousands of square miles of forests to accommodate the world's growing demand for palm oil, an increasingly popular food ingredient. Ancient peatlands have been drained and lush tropical forests have been cut down. As a result, the landscape of equatorial Asia now lies vulnerable to fires, which are growing more frequent and having a serious impact on the air as well as the land. A team of NASA-sponsored researchers have used satellites...

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2009-02-26 14:59:57

A top Australian scientist said Thursday that the nation's bushfires, which have devastated Victoria state, have released millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.  The Victoria fires, many of which are still burning, have killed more than 200 people and were the worst in Australia's history. Mark Adams of the University of Sydney said forest fires could become a growing source of carbon pollution as the Earth continues to warm, triggering a vicious cycle in which forests...

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2009-02-23 09:44:09

Severe fires in Indonesia "“ responsible for some of the worst air quality conditions worldwide "“ are linked not only to drought, but also to changes in land use and population density, according to a new study in Nature Geoscience led by Robert Field of the University of Toronto. "During the late 1970s, Indonesian Borneo changed from being highly fire-resistant to highly fire-prone during drought years, marking the period when one of the world's great tropical forests became one...

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2009-01-30 09:22:05

More than 200 scientists from around the world have attended the weeklong POLinSAR 2009 workshop hosted at ESRIN, ESA's Earth Observation centre in Frascati, Italy. Discussions among the participants include new techniques for providing vital information on our planet that could help to combat global warming through carbon accounting, wetland preservation and improve climate models. Using the novel polarimetric mode of the PALSAR synthetic aperture radar (SAR) aboard Japan's ALOS satellite,...

2009-01-29 09:59:36

A team of Czech, Spanish and British scientists has produced the first map to outline the level of alien plant invasions across the European Union. The researchers said biological invasions are one of the major threats to biodiversity and also affect the economy and human health. For their effective management it is important to understand which areas and ecosystems are at the highest risk of being invaded, the researchers said. Plant ecologists investigated species composition of vegetation...

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2009-01-22 11:12:14

Biological invasions are one of the major threats to biodiversity and in many cases they have considerable impact on economy and human health. For their effective management it is important to understand which areas and ecosystems are at the highest risk of being invaded. The first map of the level of alien plant invasions in European Union was published in the Wiley-Blackwell journal Diversity and Distributions. An international team of Czech, Spanish and British plant ecologists...

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2008-11-06 09:40:00

Carbon release from desiccated bogs will speed up the rate of global warming Billions of tons of carbon sequestered in the world's peat bogs could be released into the atmosphere in the coming decades as a result of global warming, according to a new analysis of the interplay between peat bogs, water tables, and climate change. Such an atmospheric release of even a small percentage of the carbon locked away in the world's peat bogs would dwarf emissions of manmade carbon, scientists at...

2008-11-05 18:00:10

TARRYTOWN, N.Y., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Environmental Power Corporation , a leader in the renewable bioenergy industry, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Microgy, Inc., has entered into a strategic alliance agreement with Organix, Inc., of Walla Walla, Washington, to produce a peat alternative, RePeet(TM), using solids recovered from selected Microgy anaerobic digestion facilities. "This is a very exciting alliance," said Rich Kessel, President and Chief Executive...

2008-10-31 09:00:23

Finnish industrial process provider Metso has announced that it will supply electricity and heat supplier Kuopion Energia with a multi-fuel fired power boiler for installation at its new combined heat and power plant located in Haapaniemi, in the town of Kuopio, Finland. Start-up of the boiler is scheduled for the end of 2011. The total value of Kuopion Energia's investment is E135 million of which Metso's equipment and installation delivery covers approximately half. Metso Power will...

2008-10-30 09:00:34

Metso will supply Kuopion Energia Oy with a multi-fuel fired power boiler to their new combined heat and power (CHP) plant located in Haapaniemi, in the town of Kuopio, Finland. Start-up of the boiler is scheduled for the end of 2011. The total value of Kuopion Energia's investment is EUR 135 million of which Metso's equipment and installation delivery covers approximately half. The equipment delivery will be included in Metso Paper's Q4 orders received. Metso Power will supply for the...


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  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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