What Business Leaders Need to Know About the Latest Emerging Contaminants: PFAS/PFOA

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Over the last several months, media reports on the next set of emerging contaminants, per- and polyfluoroalkyl PFAS/PFOA have exploded. But what does this latest environmental concern have to do with your business? This short E-Alert serves to answer that question.

Americans are drilling deeper than ever for fresh water

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A new study shows Americans are drilling deeper than ever for fresh water.

Airborne lidar system poised to improve accuracy of climate change models

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Researchers have developed a laser-based system that can be used for airborne measurement of important atmospheric gases with unprecedented accuracy and resolution. The ability to collect this data will help scientists better understand how these atmospheric gases affect the climate and could help improve climate change predictions.

Tourist photographs are a cheap and effective way to survey wildlife

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Tourists on safari can provide wildlife monitoring data comparable to traditional surveying methods, suggests new research. The researchers analyzed 25,000 photographs from 26 tour groups to survey the population densities of five top predators (lions, leopards, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, and wild dogs) in northern Botswana, making it one of the first studies to use tourist photographic data for this purpose.

Lots of lead in the water? Maybe manganese is to blame

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In the right environment, a harmless mineral can do a lot to change the composition of the drinking water that flows through lead pipes. New research discovers how.

EPA Issues Policy to Enhance Partnerships With States

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EPA’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) Susan Bodine recently issued a new policy document titled “Enhancing Effective Partnerships Between the EPA and the States in Civil Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Work.” With this policy, EPA gives form to its cooperative federalism goals, deferring primary environmental enforcement to states.

Pokémon-like card game can help teach ecology

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Playing a Pokémon-like card game about ecology and biodiversity can result in broader knowledge of species and a better understanding of ecosystems than traditional teaching methods, like slideshows, according to new research.

One Thing You Can Do: Know Your Tree Facts

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We recently told you about a study that looked at how many more trees could grow on Earth and how much carbon they could absorb from the atmosphere. The answer: The planet has room for about 2.5 billion acres of forest, and all those trees could suck up an additional 200 gigatons of carbon. While that wouldn’t solve climate change, it would be a huge help.

That kind of reforestation would be a monumental global undertaking, but every single tree still counts. They all sequester carbon.

So, if you plant a tree, what kind should it be?

All That Glitters Is Not Green: Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Glitter

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By the looks of the street parades taking place all over the U.S. during Pride Month last month, the glitter industry must have experienced a sales surge as revelers used the tiny reflective particles to jazz up their clothes, hair, skin, and nails. But glitter, unfortunately, is a microplastic that is incredibly harmful to oceans and the environment.

A new tool for data scientists, biologists, and more

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A new computational tool is able to quickly identify the hidden affiliations and interrelationships among groups/items/persons with greater accuracy than existing tools.