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Bigger, older cousin to Earth discovered
NASA via Science Daily
NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the "habitable zone" around a sun-like star. This discovery and the introduction of 11 other new small habitable zone candidate planets mark another milestone in the journey to finding another "Earth."
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US proposes new rules to protect streams from coal pollution
The New York Times
The Interior Department recently proposed a new rule aimed at protecting streams from the high level of pollution caused by a technique known as mountaintop removal mining. The proposed rule, which updates a 1983 regulation, quickly met fierce opposition from the mining industry and some Republicans. The rule would have the greatest effect on states in the Appalachian Mountains, where the disputed mining practice is most common.
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Ice flows, haze offer more clues to Pluto's geology
Science News
Exotic ices flow across Pluto’s surface, and its reddish color appears to come from a thin haze, the latest report from the New Horizons spacecraft reveals. The new finds have set scientists scrambling to construct the story of how Pluto’s climate and weather work. A stunning image of the dwarf planet in silhouette reveals a layer of haze extending at least 130 kilometers above Pluto’s surface. That’s five times farther than predicted, Michael Summers, a New Horizons scientist at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, said at a news conference.
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AIPG Business Meeting luncheon
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The AIPG Business Meeting luncheon, September 18th, will include the presentation of AIPG Section Leadership Awards and AIPG Presidential Certificates of Merit. All registrants are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Register online or use the registration form.

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AIPG Section Newsletter
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The AIPG Colorado Section Newsletter - June 2015 is now online.
The AIPG Michigan Section Newsletter - July 2015 is now online.

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New AIPG student chapter — Northern Kentucky University and AIPG Student Chapter - SUNY Geneseo
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Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Kentucky; Faculty Sponsor: Thomas Brackman; Chapter Sponsor from Section: Bill Brab, CPG; Founded July 2015; Student Chapter Officers: President - Hannah Utterback, SA-6489; Christopher Boyd, SA-6564; Heather Cole, SA-6574; and Treasurer - Terry Jarvis, SA-5374.

SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, New York; Faculty Sponsor: Nicholas Warner; Chapter Sponsor from Section: Dennis McGrath, CPG; Founded July 2015; Student Chapter Officers: President - Samantha Eckes, SA-6785; Vice President - Michael O'Shea, SA-6908; Secretary - Julianne Sweeney, SA-6888; and Treasurer - Adrian Bergere, SA-6902.

For a complete list of student chapters, follow the "Read More" link.

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Date Event More Information
Sept. 19-22 AIPG 2015 National Conference, Anchorage, Alaska Hosted by AIPG National and co-hosted by AIPG Alaska Section
Sept. 29-30 AIPG Georgia Section: "Innovative Environmental Assessment of Remediation Technology Kennesaw, Georgia
Sept. 9-13, 2016 AIPG 2016 National Conference Santa Fe, New Mexico


INDUSTRY NEWS


New timeline links volcanic eruptions to centuries of cold temperature extremes
Yale News
A new study reorders the timing and reveals the climate impact of nearly 300 major volcanic eruptions worldwide, dating back to the early Roman period. The analysis, published in the journal Nature, resolves longstanding inconsistencies between historic atmospheric sulfate data taken from ice cores and corresponding temperature data derived from tree rings and other sources. The new chronology of volcanic eruptions reveals that such eruptions had a significant and repeated impact on global climate.
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Finding the origins of life in a drying puddle
Georgia Institute of Technology via Science Daily
Anyone who's ever noticed a water puddle drying in the sun has seen an environment that may have driven the type of chemical reactions that scientists believe were critical to the formation of life on the early Earth.
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Quiet lawsuit challenges New York's fracking ban
Poughkeepsie Journal
East Rochester attorney David Morabito quietly filed a lawsuit two months ago against the state Department of Environmental Conservation, challenging the agency’s decision to prohibit him from fracking on land he owns in Allegany County. To this point, the lawsuit has garnered little public attention, in part because Morabito initially chose not to publicize it and it was filed in state Supreme Court in Allegany County. But the challenge could set the stage for the courts to decide whether the newly installed statewide ban on high-volume fracking has legal merit and comes as natural-gas trade groups weigh whether to file a lawsuit of their own.
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We're not alone — But the universe may be less crowded than we think
Michigan State University
There may be far fewer galaxies further out in the universe then might be expected, according to a new study led by Michigan State University. Over the years, the Hubble Space Telescope has allowed astronomers to look deep into the universe. The long view stirred theories of untold thousands of distant, faint galaxies. The new research, appearing in the current issue of the Astrophysical Journal Letters, however, offers a theory that reduces the estimated number of the most distant galaxies by 10 to 100 times.
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Researchers explore Devil's Well for first time in 30 years
Salem News
Cave explorers with the Cave Research Foundation entered Devil’s Well recently at the invitation of the National Park Service to conduct a proof of concept exploration of the site, as well as to monitor the cave’s vast underground chamber. It was the first time in over 30 years that human eyes bore witness to the interior of Devil’s Well and braved the various hazards to entering its subterranean chasm.
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Offshore wind farm raises hopes of US clean energy backers
The New York Times
A few miles off the coast of Block Island, part of Rhode Island, a small flotilla has been gathering: crane vessels, tugboats and barges that began this week installing the 1,500-ton foundations of the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm. It’s a moment that its supporters have long anticipated, billing it as nothing less than the dawn of a new clean energy future for the United States, which lags Europe and China in harnessing ocean gusts for electricity.
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Destructive high-energy electrons streaking into Earth's atmosphere from space
Dartmouth College via Science Daily
Scientists have engaged in a unique study of potentially destructive high-energy electrons streaking into Earth's atmosphere from space, for the first time employing two distinctly different and distant vantage points high above the Earth.
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