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2014-02-04 11:43:47

Biodiversity co-benefits and climate change mitigation strategies A team of Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) scientists created maps of habitat corridors connecting protected areas in the tropics to incorporate biodiversity co-benefits into climate change mitigation strategies. Drs. Patrick Jantz, Scott Goetz, and Nadine Laporte describe their findings in an article entitled, "Carbon stock corridors to mitigate climate change and promote biodiversity in the tropics," available online in...

2014-01-30 04:21:57

TOKYO, Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Appeal 2014 to End Stigma and Discrimination against People Affected by Leprosy was launched in Jakarta, Indonesia, on January 27, endorsed by national human rights institutions from 39 countries and regions. India, Brazil and Indonesia, which together contribute the most cases of leprosy in the world, were among those whose human rights bodies declared: "We uphold the right of people affected by leprosy to live in dignity, free from...

2014-01-29 11:17:50

Ever since the nineteenth century scientists have recognized that some regions contain more species than others, and that the tropics are richer in biodiversity than temperate regions. But why are there more species in the tropics? A new study publishing 28 January in the Open Access journal PLOS Biology scrutinizes most of the living mammalian species and reveals a two-fold mechanism; the rate at which mammals arose was higher in the tropics, and the rate at which they became extinct lower....

2014-01-24 20:20:43

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Open to families and bike riders of all ages, the 2nd annual Habitat for Humanity Bike Ride offers "something for every cycling enthusiast," including routes for families with young children, individual and expert riders. The ride kicks off at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale located at 401 Southeast 15th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140124/FL52011LOGO ) "Our mission as...

2014-01-17 23:20:49

This Friday, January 17th 2014, Palm Beach Academy of Health and Beauty (PBA) will visit the 2014 Mediterranean Arts Festival presented by St Mary’s Orthodox Church in West Palm Beach. Miami,FL (PRWEB) January 17, 2014 This Friday, January 17th 2014, Palm Beach Academy of Health and Beauty (PBA) will visit the 2014 Mediterranean Arts Festival presented by St Mary’s Orthodox Church in West Palm Beach. Expect there to be a variety of Mediterranean fare, drink, music, dancing, hookah,...

2014-01-16 23:02:15

On Saturday, February 8th, Branches and the South Miami MLK Committee will be hosting the MLK Remix, a free outdoor Arts and Culture Festival. South Miami, FL (PRWEB) January 16, 2014 On February 8th, Branches and the South Miami MLK Committee will be hosting the MLK Remix, a free outdoor Arts and Culture Festival. When: Saturday, February 8th, 2014 Time: 12 p.m.- 6 p.m. Where: The Bethel-Gibson Community Center, 5800 SW 66th St., Miami, FL 33143 Admission Fee: None International...


Latest Tropics Reference Libraries

Avocado Tree, Persea americana
2014-02-14 16:17:00

Persea americana is a flowering plant that belongs to the Lauraceae family. It is widely known as the Avocado tree. P. americana is a tree that grows up to 66 feet tall. It has alternately arranged leaves that measure about 5 to 10 inches long. Its flowers are tiny and greenish-yellow, measuring .2 to .4 inches in diameter. The tree’s popular, pear shaped green fruit measures 2.8 to 7.9 inches long and weighs between 3.5 and 35 ounces. It contains a single large seed, measuring 2 to 2.5...

Queen Sago Palm, Cycas rumphii
2014-01-30 08:32:40

Cycas rumphii is a palm-like species of cycad plant. The plant may also be referred to as Queen sago or the Queen sago palm. This species is a member of the Cycadaceae family and is native to the Malesian region. The C. rumphii is a relatively small plant reaching approximately 33 feet. Its trunk is grey with diamond patterned bark and measures up to 16 inches in diameter. Its leaves typically grow between 4.9 and 8.2 feet long. Leaves have a bright green coloration and a glossy surface....

Queen Sago, Cycas circinalis
2014-01-30 07:56:38

Cycas circinalis is a species of cycad plant. also referred to as the Queen sago. C. circinalis is native to Sri Lanka, although it is a widely cultivated plant. C. circinalis is commonly used for landscape, decorative purposes and may be used as a food source. The plant’s seeds are carefully soaked, ground and used to make flour. You will often find its flour used in tortillas, tamales and soups. The palm-like plant is a slow growing species. C. circinalis are known to have a short,...

Tropic of Capricorn
2013-02-21 13:31:57

The Tropic of Capricorn, alternately called the Southern Tropic, is a marker of the most southerly latitude on the Earth at which the Sun can be directly overhead. This occurs at the December solstice, when the southern hemisphere is tilted towards the sun at its maximum degree. It is one of the five major circles of latitude that mark maps of the Earth. It presently lies 23 degrees 26’ 16’’ south of the Equator. Currently, the Tropic of Capricorn is drifting towards the north at...

Tropic of Cancer
2013-02-19 16:11:13

The Tropic of Cancer, which is also referred to as the Northern tropic, is the circle of latitude on the Earth that serves as a marker for the most northerly position at which the sun may appear directly overhead at its zenith. This event happens once per year, at the time of the June solstice, when the Northern Hemisphere is tilted towards the Sun to its maximum degree. Its Southern Hemisphere counterpart, marking the most southerly position at which the Sun might appear directly...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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