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2011-02-09 16:20:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As one of three companies included in Groupon's Save the Money campaign, completely bare will complement the savethemoney.org initiative with its own philanthropic contribution to The Rainforest Action Network. completely bare owner and the newest Real Housewives of New York City cast member, Cindy Barshop is proud to donate a percentage of proceeds from each signature completely bare bikini wax at all locations to The Rainforest Action Network during...

2011-02-09 15:14:15

Cultivating coca bushes, the source of cocaine, is speeding up destruction of rainforests in Colombia and threatening the region's "hotspots" of plant and animal diversity, scientists are reporting in a new study. The findings, which they say underscore the need for establishing larger protected areas to help preserve biodiversity, appear in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology. Liliana M. Dávalos and colleagues note that the pace of deforestation in Colombia has...

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2010-11-12 08:26:05

The steamiest places on the planet are getting warmer. Conservative estimates suggest that tropical areas can expect temperature increases of 3 degrees Celsius by the end of this century. Does global warming spell doom for rainforests? Maybe not. Carlos Jaramillo, staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and colleagues report in the journal Science that nearly 60 million years ago rainforests prospered at temperatures that were 3-5 degrees higher and at atmospheric...

2010-11-03 07:51:00

LONDON, Nov. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Sky, WWF and Global Action Plan have launched a new online resource, the Sky Rainforest Rescue Schools Challenge that will challenge primary and secondary school students to reduce their carbon footprint in order to help protect the rainforest. The Sky Rainforest Rescue Schools Challenge will encourage schools to be more aware of the food we eat, the energy we use and the stuff we buy. It will integrate into the curriculum, covering subjects such as...

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2010-10-26 05:20:00

Researchers have discovered more than 700 new species of prehistoric insects in a 50-million-year-old amber deposit in India. The 330 lb. deposit, dubbed Cambay amber, was unearthed in lignite mines in the Cambay Shale on the coast of India's Gujarat province.  It is the oldest evidence of a tropical broadleaf rainforest in Asia, said the international team of researchers from Germany, India and the United States. The bees, termites, spiders, and flies entombed in the newly excavated...

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2010-10-22 08:57:13

Paleobotanical data for Africa are generally meager and uneven for the Cenozoic The landscape of Central Africa 65 million years ago was a low-elevation tropical belt, but the jury is still out on whether the region's mammals browsed and hunted beneath the canopy of a lush rainforest. The scientific evidence for a tropical rainforest at that time is weak and far from convincing, says paleobotanist Bonnie F. Jacobs at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Fossil pollen from Central and West...

2010-09-24 07:02:00

ISLEWORTH, England, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Team Sky, the UK's only Pro Tour Cycling Team, has changed its colours from blue to green for this year's Tour of Britain to help raise awareness of Sky Rainforest Rescue, which aims to help save one billion trees in the Amazon rainforest. The Sky Rainforest Rescue kit as worn by Team Sky is currently being auctioned off on Going Going Bike. The Team Sky and Sky Rainforest Rescue auction star lot is the bike actually ridden by Tour de France...

2010-09-21 14:30:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Guayaki Yerba Mate, a pioneer and leader in the yerba mate beverage category, will be highlighted as part of the Sixth Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Guayaki was selected from a pool of candidates as a company with an extraordinary approach to addressing challenges in economic empowerment and deforestation. The company's Market Driven Restoration business model will be noted during a special session on investing in the world's...

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2010-07-21 09:30:00

Using NASA satellite data, scientists have produced a first-of-its kind map that details the height of the world's forests. Although there are other local- and regional-scale forest canopy maps, the new map is the first that spans the entire globe based on one uniform method. The work -- based on data collected by NASA's ICESat, Terra, and Aqua satellites -- should help scientists build an inventory of how much carbon the world's forests store and how fast that carbon cycles through...

2010-07-20 14:00:00

WASHINGTON, July 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientists have produced a first-of-its kind map of the height of the world's forests by combining data from three NASA satellites. The map will help scientists build an inventory of how much carbon the world's forests store and how fast that carbon cycles through ecosystems and back into the atmosphere. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Maps of local...


Latest Rainforest Reference Libraries

Rainforests
2013-04-19 19:33:20

Rainforests are forests that are characterized by high levels of rainfall, with definitions based on a minimum usual annual rainfall of about 68 to 78 inches. The monsoon trough, or otherwise known as the intertropical convergence zone, holds an important role in producing the climatic conditions that are essential for the Earth’s tropical rainforests. About 40 to 75 percent of all biotic species are native to the rainforests. It’s been estimated that there might be many millions of...

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2009-07-02 22:38:33

The Amazon Rainforest (known as Floresta Amazônica or Amazônia in Portuguese, and Selva Amazónica or Amazonia in Spanish), also known as Amazonia, or the Amazon Jungle, is a moist broadleaf forest that covers almost all of the Amazon Basin in South America. The basin consists of 1.7 billion acres, of which 1.4 billion acres is rainforest. This rainforest covers nine nations (Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana). Brazil contains...

Deforestation
2009-05-27 18:12:50

Deforestation is the act or process of removing trees from forested lands by cutting or burning. There are many reasons for deforestation. Logs are sold as a commodity and cleared lands can be used for pastures and human settlements. The damage caused by deforestation, however, can be great. If land is not somewhat reforested it can cause damage to habitats for wildlife and other plant life, affect the aridity of the region, and possibly encourage degradation into wasteland. Due to negligent...

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2007-02-21 10:19:06

The Emerald Tree Boa, Corallus caninus, is a species of green snake that lives in the rainforests of South America. It is found in the countries of Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, French Guiana, Guyana, and Surinam. It prefers living in close proximity to large bodies of water, such as swamps, marshes, and rivers within the rainforest. The Emerald Tree Boa grows to an average of 6 feet, but in some areas is capable of reaching lengths of 7 - 9 feet. It is typically a...

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baudekin
  • 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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