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tree growth
2014-09-19 02:00:23

Barbara Wankerl, Technische Universität München Trees have been growing significantly faster since the 1960s. The typical development phases of trees and stands have barely changed, but they have accelerated – by as much as 70 percent. This was the outcome of a study carried out by scientists from Technische Universität München (TUM) based on long-term data from experimental forest plots that have been continuously observed since 1870. Their findings were published recently in Nature...

stream restoration project in Baltimore
2014-09-10 23:04:46

Urban waters record the salt in our food, cement in our sidewalks, University of Maryland scientist says. (PRWEB) September 10, 2014 Most people think of city landscapes as simpler, diminished versions of the wild forests and free-flowing streams found in remote places. But in a series of studies published Sept. 10, 2014 in a special issue of the journal Biogeochemistry, scientists specializing in urban ecosystems say just the opposite is true. Urban landscapes are more complex than they...

Egyptian Hieroglyphs
2014-09-10 04:54:50

John Hopton for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online So great is the range of artwork depicting animals in ancient Egyptian artifacts that scientists have utilized them to study the ecosystem of the Nile Valley over 6000 years. They concluded that species extinction and reduced ecological stability were caused by a drying climate and growing human population. The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, looked at a range of artwork detailing large mammals, and...

forest fires in the UK
2014-09-09 03:00:11

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis Climate change is expected to contribute to a dramatic increase in forest fire damage in Europe, but better forest management could mitigate the problem, according to new research from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). Climate change is expected to bring increased temperatures and longer droughts—conditions that will make forests more susceptible to fires. By 2090, the area burned by forest fires...

2014-09-08 16:21:31

OTTAWA, Sept. 8, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) says Canada has one of the best records in the world when it comes to sustainable forest management and the industry continues to engage with partners on further advances. FPAC was responding to a recent study published by the World Resource Institute (WRI) that noted a global increase in the fragmentation of intact forest landscapes, while suggesting Canada is seeing the greatest reduction. In...

2014-09-02 23:04:12

One of Europe’s most influential forest services, the Hessen-Forst Enterprise in Hessen, Germany, recently purchased 580 of Juniper Systems’ Mesa® Geo Rugged Notepads to manage the nearly 1.7 million acres of forests in Hessen. Hessen, Germany (PRWEB) September 02, 2014 One of Europe’s most influential forest services, the Hessen-Forst Enterprise in Hessen, Germany, recently purchased 580 of Juniper Systems’ Mesa® Geo Rugged Notepads to manage the nearly 1.7 million...

2014-09-02 16:22:14

Erikson Air-Crane and Type II helicopter are now available SAN DIEGO, Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of San Diego Gas & Electric's (SDG&E) efforts to serve as a regional partner in public safety, the utility has contracted the Erikson Air-Crane helitanker for the fifth consecutive high-risk fire season. Additionally, SDG&E has established a contract with Helistream Aviation for a Type II helicopter through November. "The spring wildfire storm was a stark reminder...

2014-08-22 16:20:29

Sea turtles struggle to find food with rising temperatures MIAMI, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An unprecedented marine heat wave that swept the Southeast Indian Ocean in 2011 has given FIU scientists a glimpse into the future of climate change. The heat wave caused the loss of more than 90 percent of the dominant seagrass in some regions of Shark Bay, Australia. Since seagrass meadows provide habitat for many ecologically important species, and provide food for large...

Adoption Of ‘Novel Ecosystems’ By Policymakers Criticized By Professor
2014-08-20 03:19:16

University of Tennessee at Knoxville Embracing "novel" ecosystems is dangerous, according to a new study by an international team. Novel ecosystems arise when human activities transform biological communities through species invasions and environmental change. They are seemingly ubiquitous, and thus many policymakers and ecologists argue for them to be accepted as the "new normal"—an idea the researchers say is a bad one. In the study, published in the September edition of the...

2014-08-15 23:01:35

International environmental consulting firm Trinity Consultants and Sacramento-based Sierra Research have agreed in principle to merge, to provide enhanced air quality consulting and pollution control research and engineering to clients. (PRWEB) August 15, 2014 Trinity Consultants, Inc., an international environmental consulting firm that specializes in industrial air quality issues, and Sierra Research, an air quality and pollution control research and engineering firm, announce an...


Latest Systems ecology 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...

Taiga
2013-04-19 18:21:46

Taiga, or otherwise known as boreal forest, is a biome that is characterized by coniferous forests made up mostly of spruces, larches, and pines. The taiga is the world’s largest terrestrial biome. In North America, it covers most of inland Canada and Alaska as well as portions of the extreme northern continental United States and is known as the Northwoods. It covers most of Sweden, Finland, much of Norway, lowland/coastal areas of Iceland, much of Russia, northern Kazakhstan, northern...

Environmental Science
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Environmental science is a science that contains a wide range of scientific disciplines. These disciplines are grouped together based on the natural environment which they encompass and interact with. These sciences include physical, chemical, and biological components. Environmental science provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the environmental systems. The most common way environmental science is studied is through the work of one individual or small team drawing on the...

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cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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