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Meat Industry Grilled by Investors to Address Water and Climate Risks

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by Brooke Barton, Senior Director, Water and Food, Ceres

Hurricane Florence is only the latest environmental, financial and reputational calamity to hit the nation’s vast livestock industry this year.

Even before last month’s torrential rains caused widespread losses and flooding in hog waste lagoons across North Carolina, meat producers had come under growing pressure due to extensive pollution from their sprawling factory farms, which confine thousands of hogs and chickens in tightly packed facilities.

Consumers Energy Demonstrates Commitment to the Environment; Releases Endangered Blanding’s Turtles into Enhanced Wetlands

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SAGINAW, Mich., October 10, 2018 /3BL Media/ -- Consumers Energy released three endangered Blanding’s turtles back to a Saginaw area wetland on Thursday, Sept. 27.

The rare turtles – two adults and a juvenile -- were rescued from a right-of-way where Consumers Energy was installing Phase 2 of the Saginaw Trail Pipeline and cared for by a herpetologist employed by the company.

Innovative Biological Tracking Software to Optimize Animal Disease Research at Kruger National Park

Research to Mitigate Health and Economic Risks
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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa,  October 5, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Black & Veatch has been tasked by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to implement an electronic system that enables the inventory and management of biological materials at Kruger National Park in South Africa. In partnership with the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), Black & Veatch will support the Office of the State Veterinarian in preventing and controlling animal diseases.

Stoppenhagen Takes Seat on Board That Helps Plan 'Meeting of the Minds’

Black & Veatch director of smart cities business development chosen for expertise in urban sustainability, innovation
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OVERLAND PARK, Kan., September 13, 2018 /3BL Media/ – As an authority on urban sustainability, technology and innovation, Black & Veatch’s Steph Stoppenhagen valued the yearly “Meeting of the Minds” as a preeminent platform for ideas about how cities can do things smarter and better for their citizenry. Now, she’s getting the chance to make a broader imprint on that thought leadership and knowledge-sharing.

Recycling Technologies: Making Plastics Digestible

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In 2016, Recycling Technologies was part of the first cohort of the Barclays Unreasonable Impact accelerator, which supports entrepreneurs that are providing solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Two years on it has booked £65m of future sales and is opening a UK factory with capacity for 300 employees. Founder and CEO Adrian Griffiths tells us the story of his company and how it plans to change the world of plastic recycling.

To Reduce Post-Harvest Loss, Start With a Sustaining End in Mind 

What does success look like? For farmers, a successful season should look like a bountiful harvest translated into a bountiful profit.
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What does success look like? For farmers, a successful season should look like a bountiful harvest translated into a bountiful profit.

Visiting with a rice farmer in Bihar state in India at the end of harvest, it was easy to see that it had been a good year for rice. Awaiting threshing, bundles of rice were organized into stacks twice as tall as the farmer with the length and width of a small building. The farmer was pleased that yields had been good. However, the farmer knew that success had yet to be achieved.

Domtar Sustainability Goals: Journey to 2020

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Domtar has been a longtime leader in sustainability in the forest products industry because we are committed to incorporating sustainability throughout our supply chain — from forest management and raw material procurement to manufacturing processes and how we work. We’ve made great progress on the Domtar sustainability goals we set for the year 2020.

VIDEO | Solving the Energy Challenge on International Youth Day

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There are currently 1.8 billion people between the ages of 10 and 24 in the world; the largest youth population ever. However, 24 million of them are out of school because of political instability, labor market challenges and limited space for political and civic participation. This Sunday, 12th August is International Youth Day, a day to celebrate the role of young women and men as essential partners in change, and an opportunity to raise awareness of challenges and problems facing the world’s youth.

VIDEO | Investing in Bamboo to Curb Floods in Kenya

In Kenya, floods and landslides killed around 100 people and displaced nearly 300,000 between March and May 2018. Smallholder farmers along the Upper Tana River basin are now investing in bamboo trees to curb floods.
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Many of the Kenyan communities affected by floods and landslides this year were already struggling to recover from the 2017 drought - a result of a failed rainy season in 2016 and unusually high temperatures.

"The rainfall patterns have completely shifted. We are receiving more torrential rains of high intensity, accompanied by flooding," Catherine Muthuri, a research scientist at the World Agroforestry Center in Nairobi, told DW.

Black & Veatch, Kansas to Test Beyond-Line-of-Sight Drone Under FAA Pilot Program

Study to Help Determine Potential For Broader Commercial Uses For Unmanned Aircraft
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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. , July 11, 2018 /3BL Media/ – As unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – commonly known as drones – become more vital for commercial use, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is weighing whether to free up more national airspace for them by relaxing restraints on their operation.  Such airspace rules changes could allow beyond-line-of-sight use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), and Black & Veatch is part of the team helping test the safety of that.

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