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2010-05-06 18:10:00

- Migratory bird stop between North and South America at risk BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, May 6 /PRNewswire/ - A new environmental study sharply critical of the Government of Barbados shows the key Graeme Hall mangrove wetland is disappearing due to outside pollution and poor water quality. The Graeme Hall wetland is the last remaining mangrove in Barbados - a red mangrove forest that has existed for no less than 1,300 years. It is the only wetland in Barbados recognized internationally under the...

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2010-02-01 13:05:00

The loss of wetlands in the prairie pothole region of central North America due to a warmer and drier climate will negatively affect millions of waterfowl that depend on the region for food, shelter and raising young, according to research published today in the journal BioScience. The new research shows that the region appears to be much more sensitive to climate warming and drying than previously thought. "The impact to the millions of wetlands that attract countless ducks to these breeding...

2010-01-22 17:51:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy and Larry Selzer, president and CEO of The Conservation Fund, gathered today on the shores of the Anacostia River to sign a memorandum of understanding announcing a partnership that will promote enhanced conservation and balanced management of the nation's water resources and sustainable development in adjacent communities. "Today's ceremony builds on the U.S. Army Corps of...

2010-01-03 08:00:56

Australian scientists have announced the world's first successful large-scale restoration of a coastal wetland being devastated by acid runoff. A dramatic improvement in environmental conditions has been achieved by researchers working on the trial Hills Creek catchment at the East Trinity site near Cairns in Queensland, using a combination of natural tidal action and strategic treatment with lime. Mangrove and wetlands are returning, birdlife is flocking to the area and fish abound in creeks...

2009-11-24 09:00:00

NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Forty-three percent of threatened and endangered species in the United States depend on wetlands during some stage of their life cycle. Despite their recognized value to the environment, more than 80,000 acres of wetlands continue to be lost in the U.S. each year. In an effort to protect Louisiana's coast from future natural disasters and habitat loss, Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) has partnered with Restore America's Estuaries, the Coalition to...

2009-10-28 10:58:03

Understanding phosphorus cycling is essential for managing modern wetlands Phosphorus is an essential element in production agriculture, however fertilizer runoff and wastewater discharge have led to massive eutrophication problems in water bodies worldwide. Many researchers believe such contamination is at least partly responsible for offshore "dead zones," such as the expansive area found in the Gulf of Mexico. While wetlands often act as filtering or storage systems for nutrients,...

2009-10-28 08:12:00

OTTAWA, Canada, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ - A complaint filed by the Canadian owner of Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary, an eco-tourist facility in Barbados, alleges that the Government of Barbados has violated its international obligations by refusing to enforce its environmental laws, thereby allowing increased pollution and land development to damage the Sanctuary. Notice of the dispute was given to Barbados in accordance with the Agreement For The Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments...

2009-09-22 14:48:00

TRENTON, N.J., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the New Jersey Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership (NJCWRP) today recognized recipients of 10 CWRP grants, whose projects have helped restore and enhance aquatic habitats in New Jersey. The presentations were made during an inaugural recognition event at the DEP headquarters in Trenton. "Through this unique partnership with the New Jersey Corporate Wetlands Restoration group,...

2009-07-29 13:43:55

Global warming is speeding the release of carbon dioxide, a chief greenhouse gas, from underground peat in subarctic wetlands, Dutch research indicates. The research suggests rising temperatures are adding to the magnitude and velocity of global warming, Free University plant ecologist Ellen Dorrepaal and colleagues write in the journal Nature. Their research shows that raising temperatures about 1 degree Celsius accelerates total ecosystem respiration rates by as much as 60 percent, creating...

2009-05-28 08:00:00

ATLANTA, May 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Southern Company (NYSE: SO), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Association of Counties and Wildlife Habitat Council today announced that eight new wetland, riparian and coastal conservation grants have been awarded in the Southeast through the Five Star Restoration Program. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080801/SOCOLOGO ) This year, Southern Company provided $198,928 in grants...


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Lucia Widow, Palpopleura lucia
2013-07-17 11:23:24

The Lucia widow (Palpopleura lucia) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in a large range that includes Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Madagascar, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia, among many other areas of sub-Saharan Africa. It prefers a habitat in tropical and subtropical habitats near rivers, swamps, wetlands, lakes, and marshes. The total population number of this species is not known and it is threatened by habitat loss due to drainage modifications and...

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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'