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2008-07-05 00:00:11

For peat's sake - a Mumbles- based conservation group is planning to spread the word about composting this summer. Coeden Fach, which means little tree in English, has won pounds1,600 of B&Q products to set up a peat-free compost scheme, after beating off stiff competition. Peat is a traditional part of Wales's natural habitat, and is very effective at storing carbon. But thousands of tonnes of the stuff are dug up and used as a compost base. Carolyn Sharpe, aka Witchhazel...

2008-06-27 09:03:03

Finnish electricity generation group Fortum has built a 23MW combined heat and power plant in the city of Parnu, Estonia, for a total investment of around E80 million. The plant is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2010. The plant will have a 23MW heat production capacity. The new power plant will be biomass and peat fueled. Biomass will be mostly used, depending on its availability in the local market, with the deficit fuel requirement to be covered by peat. Compared to separate...

2008-06-21 06:00:11

By Wade Rawlins, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Jun. 21--The fire in Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in Eastern North Carolina has burned more intensely and spread more widely because of changes to the land in earlier decades to promote farming. Much of the swampy land blackened by the Evans Road fire is crosshatched with ditches and canals that lower the water level and make the ground suitable for growing crops. The drainage ditches also allow the carbon-rich peat soil...

2008-06-14 09:00:20

This week we watched wildfires in California and our own backyard. A fire that began from a light ning strike two weeks ago continued to spread across rural eastern North Carolina, with smoke from burning peat blanketing Hampton Roads on Tuesday evening. Attention then turned to the Dismal Swamp, where firefighters are battling another blaze that has consumed more than 1,400 acres since Monday. Meanwhile, in the Santa Cruz mountains of California, residents are watching an all-too-common...

2008-04-21 10:45:00

Plans by Lewis Wind Power to erect 181 wind turbines on the Western Isle of Scotland have been denied by government officials.Many people in the local community hoped that the wind farm would have positive repercussions for citizens.Scottish ministers, however, found that LWP's plans would interfere with Lewis Peatlands Special Protection Area, which is designated under the European Commission (EC) Birds Directive and protected under the EC Habitats Directive.LWP said that its recent plan for...

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2008-03-26 01:50:00

In an investigative report published today by Eyes on the Forest, evidence shows that a new logging road in Riau Province -- strongly indicated as illegally built by companies connected to Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) -- is cutting into the heart of Sumatra's largest contiguous peatland forest, a rare hydrological ecosystem that acts as one of the planet's biggest carbon stores. The road would allow APP and affiliated companies to restart clearance of natural forest and destruction of deep...

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2007-04-02 00:40:00

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Only a few years ago, oil from palm trees was viewed as an ideal biofuel: a cheap, renewable alternative to petroleum that would fight global warming. Energy companies began converting generators and production soared. Now, it's increasingly seen as an example of how well-meaning efforts to limit climate-changing carbon emissions may backfire. Marcel Silvius, a climate expert at Wetlands International in the Netherlands, led a team that compared the benefits of palm...

2006-12-13 03:00:30

By Moldes, A; Cendn, Y; Lpez, E; Barral, M T Municipal solid waste (MSW) compost from aerobic or anaerobic bioprocesses was evaluated as components of substrates for potted plant production. Experiments were conducted with potted media consisting of MSW compost mixed with other conventional substrates (peat or composted pine bark). Spring barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) and cress (Lepidium sativum L.) were used to evaluate the biological quality of composts. Higher germination rates of spring...

2006-08-09 03:20:00

By Ed Davies JAKARTA -- Choking smoke from Indonesian forest fires marks the return of an annual hazard across the region which authorities appear powerless to stop and that only one thing can be relied upon to contain -- rain. The fires are a regular occurrence during the dry season in areas such as Sumatra and Borneo, but the situation has worsened in the last decade, with timber and plantation firms often blamed for deliberately starting fires to clear land. Indonesian authorities have...

2006-07-30 20:05:37

By Kevin Smith DUBLIN (Reuters) - Life in the Iron Age may have been nasty, brutish and short but people still found time to style their hair and polish their fingernails -- and that was just the men. These are the findings of scientists who have been examining the latest preserved prehistoric bodies to emerge from Ireland's peat bogs -- the first to be found in Europe for 20 years. One of the bodies, churned up by a peat-cutting machine at Clonycavan near Dublin in 2003, had...


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drawcansir
  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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