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3/26/2020

Growing cover crops on row-crop fields after harvest can raise soil microbial abundance by 27%, according to a study by the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois. The combined 60 previous one-off studies to find a consistent degree of microbial benefit.

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University of Illinois
3/26/2020

The Appellate Division of the Department of Environmental Protection has approved the renewal of the Tier A MS4 general permit in New Jersey. General permits eliminate the costs and delays involved in issuing individual permits to each municipality.

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JD Supra
3/26/2020

Florida's Everglades could benefit from $18 million in annual funding if a half-percent sales tax boost gains favor with the Martin County Commission. Money from the new tax could go toward the purchase of parts of the 92,000 acres of Indian River Lagoon-South Project natural lands as part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan.

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Comprehensive Everglades
3/26/2020

Environmentalists in northeast North Carolina are at odds with farmers and developers over a Trump administration law to ease pollution restrictions on some waterways that link watersheds. Farmers and developers viewed previous rules as needlessly restrictive and welcome the changes, while environmental groups plan to mount a legal challenge due to concerns over pollution flowing downstream.

3/26/2020

Deforestation due to farming and ranching have taken a heavy toll on Costa Rica's mangrove swamps. However, one local community is taking steps to restore the mangroves and the protection they provide from the sea, planting mangrove trees and digging channels to improve water flow into the mangrove swamp.

3/26/2020

Many engineers and factory workers are still on the job performing essential tasks, including manufacturing medical equipment, despite shutdowns in other work environments to curb the spread of coronavirus. Carlos Gonzalez reviews OSHA's four levels of coronavirus risk for all workers as well as the steps employers can take to protect employees.

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ASME
3/25/2020

Liability claims against architects and engineers rose last year for the first time in several years, with the highest claim severity occurring in structural engineering, followed by architecture, mechanical engineering and civil engineering, according to Ames & Gough. Social inflation, a trend toward higher jury verdicts, is a primary driver of increasing costs for carriers, insurers say.

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Insurance Journal
3/25/2020

The shift to artificial intelligence hiring will enable real-time matching of prospects and open positions, automated candidate ranking and interview scheduling. As the coronavirus outbreak disrupts jobs and the economy, Snagajob CEO Mathieu Stevenson thinks AI hiring will be the next big thing for recruiters will use to meet their needs.

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Fast Company online
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Snagajob
3/25/2020

Wingcopter, a German drone startup, and UPS have formed a partnership to develop a drone to be used for package deliveries. Their first priority will be to get Wingcopter's aircraft approved for commercial use in the US.

3/25/2020

The topic of protective clothing has become mainstream in recent weeks, with face masks, gowns, and other items entering broader use outside of hospitals and healthcare facilities in response to COVID-19. Tim Sprinkle outlines five standards for personal protective equipment.

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ASTM International