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Monthly Newsletter - July 2020 Edition

The Only Video Conference Solution with Zero-Knowledge Encryption

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If you are using Teams, Skype, Zoom, or Google Meet video calls for work, you may want to check your settings. All calls made on those platforms are not secure and can be seen by their providers, who tend to use the term “end-to-end encryption” loosely. So, the sensitive data or confidential information you share over calls isn’t as private or confidential as you thought!

Lakes Software just launched Tauria, the world’s first video conference solution that offers true, zero-knowledge end-to-end encryption. This means your data is locked and only you (and those you share access with) have the key. That’s right, not even Tauria will have access!

Tauria’s encrypted video calls can be used for video conferences for up to 50 people, 1-on-1 calls, and screen sharing. What’s more, your messaging and file sharing can also be done on Tauria. Everything you need, secure in one place.

Users on Tauria can work online and collaborate while protecting confidential and critical work information. All data is protected by zero-knowledge encryption protocols which means your calls, messages, and files are unreadable by outside parties, including governments, competitors, and even Tauria themselves.

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Sign up today to get a free 30-day trial and for a limited time get 50% off the standard plan!

A&WMA ACE 2020 Virtual Conference Wrap-Up

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The Air & Waste Management Association's 2020 Annual Conference and Exhibition looked a little different from previous years, but the virtual event was a great success! With live events spanning June 30th through July 2nd, hundreds of environmental professionals gathered for live technical sessions and virtual interactions with presenters, sponsors, and other attendees.

Lakes Environmental was proud to be a gold sponsor and an exhibitor for the conference, and we enjoyed speaking with several of you throughout the event.

People who were unable to attend live can still register for on-demand access to all recordings of the live sessions and preview the hundreds of presentations and papers presented throughout the conference. Visit the AWMA ACE Virtual Conference website to register for on-demand access.

Next year's A&WMA Annual Conference and Exhibition will take place from June 14 to 17, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. We hope to see you there!

Online AERMOD Course + Optional Special Session – Sep 22-24, 2020

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Our August online AERMOD course is already full! We're pleased to announced another 2-day online AERMOD course for modelers worldwide plus an optional 2-hour session to address the dispersion modeling requirements of Ontario Regulation 419/05: Air Pollution - Local Air Quality. In this extra session, a breakdown of modeling requirements found in 419/05 will be presented, and students will complete a hands-on exercise following Ministry guidelines.

Our standard online AERMOD course will take place on September 22 and 23, 2020 from 8:30am to 5:00pm CST with the optional Ontario Reg. 419/05 session taking place on September 24, 2020 from 9:00am to 11:00am CST.

Due to the immense popularity of our online courses and small class size, we recommend registering and making payment as soon as possible.


AERMOD (Sep 22-23, 2020)

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Ontario Reg. 419/05 (Sep 24, 2020)



Just Announced! Online AERMOD Course – Oct 20-21, 2020

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Our team will present 2 days of online AERMOD training on October 20-21, 2020 from 8:30am to 5:00pm (CST). The same great course, now from the convenience and safety of your home or office!

Register and pay today before space is gone!


AERMOD (Oct 20-21, 2020)



Lakes Environmental Closed for Ontario Civic Holiday

Lakes Environmental's Waterloo office will be closed on Monday, August 3, 2020 to observe the Ontario Civic holiday. Though our Waterloo sales office will be closed, our Dallas support office will remain open on this day. If you have any support needs during that time, please e-mail us at and we will respond to our inquiry as soon as possible.

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Using Annotations in Lakes Software Applications

One feature of Lakes Software applications that our users have come to appreciate, is the wealth of customization options available to provide high quality visualization of model output. Beyond the usual drawing tools for adding model objects, each application contains a set of Annotation Tools which allow users to add additional objects to the main display.

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Annotation Drawing Tool

Each tool provides users the ability to draw a fully customizable object that won’t interfere with model inputs. Annotations include rectangles, circles, polygons, text, point markers, arrows, webs, and north compass arrows.

For example, the default Labels in the applications show model object IDs. The Text Annotation, however, allows users to write descriptive text to highlight areas or objects within the modeling domain.

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Sample project with Text and Arrow Annotations

To use Annotations, select the shape of interest from the Annotation Toolbar. Click or draw to place the object in the main display. Once finished drawing, the Annotation dialog will appear to allow additional customization such as color, line width, transparency, and more.

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Polygon Annotation Dialog

Adding annotations is an easy way to customize and improve the look of your output!



Heatwave Trends Accelerate Worldwide

July 6, 2020 - In nearly every part of the world heatwaves have been increasing in frequency and duration, a new study led by UNSW climate scientists shows.

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Half Of The World’s Population Exposed To Increasing Air Pollution, Study Shows

June 17, 2020- A team of researchers, led by Professor Gavin Shaddick at the University of Exeter, has shown that, despite global efforts to improve air quality, vast swathes of the world’s population are experiencing increased levels of air pollution.

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