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Monthly Newsletter - September 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 Professional Development Webinars

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The Air & Waste Management Association will be offering a variety of high-quality webinars throughout September and October 2020.

Lakes Environmental will present a webinar series on Air Dispersion Modeling with AERMOD and one on PUFF Dispersion Modeling with CALPUFF and SCICHEM. Additional details can be found below.

Webinar Series:

Air Dispersion Modeling with AERMOD


Sep 30 and Oct 1, 2020



Webinar Series:

Puff Dispersion Modeling with CALPUFF and SCICHEM


Oct 6 and Oct 7, 2020



Just Announced! Online CALPUFF Course – Nov 3-4, 2020

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Our team will present 2 days of online CALPUFF training on November 3 and 4, 2020 from 8:30am to 5:00pm (CDT). The same great course, now from the convenience of your home or office!

Space is limited so please be sure to register early!


CALPUFF (Nov 3-4, 2020)



Online AERMOD Course – Nov 17-18, 2020

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Our recently announced October AERMOD course is already full! Don't miss out on our next 2-day online AERMOD course taking place on November 17 and 18, 2020 from 8:30am to 5:00pm (CDT).

Register and pay today before space is gone!


AERMOD (Nov 17-18, 2020)



Online AERMOD Training Announcement

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We're pleased to announce the following upcoming Online AERMOD Air Dispersion Modeling Courses. Join us for world class training with our senior level air quality experts!

Jan 19-20, 2021


Feb 16-17, 2021


Registration is now open! Due to the immense popularity of these courses and small class sizes, we recommend registering and making payment as soon as possible.

Lakes Environmental Closed for Canadian Thanksgiving Holiday

Lakes Environmental's offices will be closed on Monday, October 12, 2020 to observe the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday. If you have any needs during that time, please e-mail us at and we will contact you on Tuesday October 13, 2020 when our offices reopen.

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Adding or Importing Chemicals to SLAB View

SLAB View can be an excellent choice for modelers needing to assess impacts and predict hazardous zones resulting from accidental releases. In addition to its easy-to-use source term and input wizard, SLAB View presents high-resolution graphical output in both 2D & 3D so modelers can quickly see how the release develops over time and what the total footprint of the release will be.

One important part of SLAB View is defining the release chemical. The application has a built-in Chemical Database containing properties of nearly 250 unique chemicals. Users may still need to add their own chemicals or mixtures. Follow the steps below to add your own User Defined chemicals to SLAB View.

Step 1: Open the Chemical Database. This can be done from the Data | Chemical Database menu or by clicking the Chem button on the main tool bar.

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Step 2: The Default database shows the list of chemicals already included. To search the database, first select the column of the field you want to search like Chemical Name or CAS #. Type in your query in the Search field, and the Database will jump to a close match.

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Step 3: If the chemical or mixture is not present, select the User Defined tab to add your own custom information.

Step 4: To add an individual entry, click the Add button to open the Add Chemical dialog.

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Best effort to obtain useful and accurate results for each chemical property should be taken, though it should be noted that all literature does not agree on some values.

Step 5: To add multiple chemicals, a template can be prepared and imported into the Database using the Import button. Files can be imported in XML or Text (semicolon delimited) format. The parameter values should be listed in the same order as the order of columns in the Chemical Database.

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Britons Hope To Keep Sustainable Habits Beyond Covid-19 Lockdown

September 9, 2020 - Britons are keen to continue with low-carbon lifestyle choices adopted during lockdown, according to research by Cardiff University and The University of Manchester.

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New Model for Pricing Carbon Will Help Meet Net-Zero Climate Change Goals

August 17, 2020- An article released today by researchers at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy in the journal Nature Climate Change introduces a new approach for pricing carbon — Near-term to Net Zero. As policymakers and advocates increasingly focus on net-zero emissions by midcentury, the Near-term to Net Zero approach is a method of setting carbon prices that could ensure net-zero emissions goals are met as one piece of comprehensive climate policies.

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