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Danish economist chosen as new environment chief

“His globe-trotting raised accusations that he showed little regard for the environment and efforts to reduce carbon emissions generated by air travel” writes Agence France-presse for theguardian.com. Her nomination as head of the Nairobi-based UN environment programme (UNEP) will be submitted to the general assembly for approval.The United Nations secretary-general has picked the Danish economist and environmentalist Inger Andersen as its new environment chief, according to a letter seen by AFP, turning the page on a scandal over expenses that rocked the UN agency. Source: theguardian.com

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EPA blasted for failing to set drinking water limits for ‘forever chemicals’

“PFAS chemicals are widely used to make nonstick and water-proof products, including foams used to fight fires” writes Natasha Gilbert for sciencemag.org. But he emphasized he had “every intention” of enforcing an existing EPA “health advisory” level, which is set at 70 parts per trillion.Some scientists welcomed the plan’s focus on collecting more data on a wider range of PFAS chemicals (there are hundreds in use).By 2020, EPA will monitor PFAS chemicals more broadly using more sensitive tools to enable detection at much lower concentrations, the plan says. Source: sciencemag.org

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Senate environment panel okays Trump’s pick to lead EPA

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A key Senate committee approved U.S. President Donald Trump’s new pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday, putting the former coal lobbyist a step closer to becoming the permanent head of America’s top environmental regulator” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Wheeler has done an outstanding job as the acting administrator over the past six months,” Republican Senator John Barrasso, chairman of the committee said. Source: 95kqds.com

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Space technology, future market for Iranian entrepreneurs

“Nations face private funding, advances in technology and growing private-sector interest in space technology, which make it different from what we previously perceived” reports tehrantimes.com. Iran, as a country which has made several achievements in space technology in recent decades, is not an exception.For years, space technology was associated in the mind of public with launching satellites, astronauts in their weird costume exploring other planets.Space technology was unreachable and done behind closed doors!. To have our share of such a global boom, we should invite the space technology to our…

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Huawei exec: We’re still confident despite ‘complicated’ business environment

“Despite intense international scrutiny of its technology, Huawei’s senior executives projected confidence at a Thursday event launching some of its 5G products” writes Eunice Yoon for cnbc.com. At a research center in Beijing, the Chinese technology giant unveiled its first 5G chip for base stations — the Tiangang — as well as a 5G modem called the Balong 5000 and the CPE Pro router. Source: cnbc.com

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Green industrial, service units lauded 

“The congress aims to encourage industrial and service units to go green and become more environment friendly and all those participating in the event volunteered, he added” reports tehrantimes.com. The industrial and service producing units are active in fields of agriculture, oil, petrochemistry, cement, agriculture, recycling and electricity, deputy environment chief Masoud Tajrishi said during the congress. Source: tehrantimes.com

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Wyoming Introduces Bill Permitting Tokenization of Stocks

“As Cointelegraph recently reported, Wyoming passed two new house bills that aim to foster a regulatory environment conducive to cryptocurrency and blockchain innovation” writes Adrian Zmudzinski for cointelegraph.com. A bill allowing corporations to issue blockchain-based tokens that represent stocks was introduced in Wyoming on Jan. 16, according to the official state legislature site.The current draft of the bill states: “The articles of incorporation or bylaws of a corporation may specify that all or a portion of the shares of the corporation may be represented by share certificates in the form…

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Quality of life in our region depends upon the quality of the Sound’s environment | Op-Ed

“The Partnership will soon release the 2018-2022 Action Agenda, which helps chart the course for making progress on Puget Sound recovery over the next four years” writes Robert Ewing for seattletimes.com. It will take an everyday recognition that quality of life and business in the region depend upon the quality of the Sound’s environment — a recognition that a concern for nature is on par with a concern for human well-being and economic security. Source: seattletimes.com

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Making the Middle East a safe environment for crypto investing

“When looking toward the Middle East specifically, the crypto industry is being defined by regional factors, in addition to the global crypto climate” writes Frank Wagner for dailynewsegypt.com. Investors in the Middle East may be deterred from entering the crypto market by the prominent media narrative surrounding scams and fraudulent activity.In a broad sense, however, it is acknowledged that digital currencies and blockchain technology have a significant role to play in the future.Despite an initial understandable caution exhibited towards cryptocurrency by regulators in the Middle East, there is an undoubtable…

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