Cascade Announces Promotion of Ron Thalacker and Peter Palko to Chief Operating Officers

Ron Thalacker named Executive Vice President of Operations, Drilling Services

Peter J. Palko, P.E., CHMM, LSRP named Executive Vice President of Operations, Technical Services

Introduction of COO roles to drive operational excellence and seamless client experience

The new COO structure brings an elevated level of collaboration in the organization utilizing scale, reputation, and our integrated services portfolio to accelerate growth and improve profitability”

— John Cowdery, CEO Cascade Environmental

BOTHELL, WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES, July 14, 2020 / — Cascade Environmental (“Cascade”), a leading field services contractor of drilling, site investigation, and remediation services, is pleased to announce the promotion of Ron Thalacker to Chief Operating Officer, Cascade Drilling Services and Peter Palko to Chief Operating Officer, Cascade Technical Services.

Cascade provides full-service, single-source solutions across each step of the environmental lifecycle of a site. The company participates in the stable and growing $10 billion environmental drilling & remediation and geotechnical drilling industries, performing 6,000 jobs per year across the United States.

“Cascade is uniquely positioned to apply comprehensive, multi-faceted solutions to every issue our clients face,” explains CEO John Cowdery. “The new COO structure brings an elevated level of collaboration across the organization utilizing scale, reputation, and our integrated services portfolio to accelerate growth and improve profitability.”

In Feb 2019, Thalacker and Palko were appointed to roles of Executive Vice President of their respective business lines. “Since that time, the company has achieved operational alignment resulting in a steady increase in profitability and efficiency,” said Cowdery. “Under their leadership, we have consolidated five lines of business to two, improved tracking of equipment and labor to boost utilization, standardized back office practices and procedures, optimized our fleet and workforce, and adopted lean and structured training practices.”

There will be no business interruption as Ron and Pete transition into their new roles. “We remain focused on providing our clients an unparalleled experience regardless of location or type of service delivered,” said Thalacker.

Both industry veterans have more than 30 years of business leadership experience. “Our clients will continue to benefit from our experience, which ensures their drilling and technical service needs are executed safely, professionally, and with their objectives in mind,” said Palko. “Our operational model provides clients a value-added experience through consistent project execution across the country with a focus on service, technical excellence, client advocacy, attention to safety, and overall implementation of client initiatives. Lessons learned on project sites nationwide are shared internally to help local client decision makers achieve similar success on every remediation project performed by Cascade.”

“Now that we’ve achieved operational alignment with process, people, and assets, we are focused on continuing to improve our margins and growing the business,” explains Thalacker.

“Our vision is continued growth of our individual service offerings and position as an industry leader in all areas of remediation, including our in situ thermal desorption (ISTD) practice, injection and fracturing programs, direct push sampling and high resolution site characterization (HRSC) programs, as well as continued implementation of engineered solutions using innovative technology solutions such as in situ stabilization, in situ chemical oxidization, and in situ chemical reduction to solve complex soil and groundwater problems across the country,” said Palko.

Thalacker joined Cascade in 2016 as Senior Vice President of Drilling Operations with regional responsibilities. He holds a Bachelor of Administration and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Palko joined Cascade through the acquisition of Medford, New Jersey-based Panther Technologies in 2016. He is a registered Professional Engineer, Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, and Licensed Site Remediation Professional. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce and Engineering/Operations Management from Drexel University.

“Our C-suite team is stronger than ever and ready to lead the company through its next stage of growth,” said Cowdery. “They outperformed expectations and displayed exemplary leadership during the uncertain and dynamic times of the COVID pandemic. I look forward to our continued success.”

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Cascade is a field services contractor that partners with our clients to provide seamless environmental and geotechnical solutions from concept to completion. Our vision is to integrate technology, safety, sustainability, and human potential to tackle the challenging environmental and geotechnical issues facing our clients. For more information on Cascade, please visit

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English Learning Apps for Kids Market By Technology, Share, Demand, Growth, Opportunity, Projection Forecast 2026

PUNE, INDIA, INDIA, July 14, 2020 / —  

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NutriFit's First Virtual Guided Tasting Experience to Introduce New Executive Sous Chef & Detail Food Safety Process


Join NutriFit for their first virtual, guided tasting experience!

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, July 13, 2020 / — NutriFit is proud to share their first virtual tasting experience! This experience will involve an introduction to Oscar Gonzalez, the latest Executive Sous Chef at NutriFit. Furthermore, NutriFit will go over the importance of health coaching for their customers and discuss their food distribution, safety, and sanitation process.

You will enjoy a five-course menu of epicurean creations designed by Jackie Keller and Oscar Gonzalez, Executive Chef team at NutriFit. On Friday, July 31, the menu will be delivered fresh to your door, with guided tasting via Zoom starting at 6:30 pm that evening and lasting about 30 minutes. The tasting will even include a lively presentation and interactive discussion, which include wine pairing tips. The experience is rated at an affordable $59.95 per participant. Even more enticing, is that when you purchase a fourth ticket, the fifth is on the house from NutriFit. So, bring the whole gang with you.

NutriFit is looking forward to letting you know that your families, acquaintances, employers and neighbors can attend this special gathering. Everyone is welcome because NutriFit 's goal is to educate about safe habits and to promote healthier lifestyle choices. Just RSVP and do this quickly, as enrollment is limited. Free local delivery is provided for existing NutriFit members. Those not yet part of the NutriFit family will charged a nominal shipping fee. Shipping worldwide is also a service available on 7/31 for delivery, but the cost depends on the location.

The NutriFit menu used for the experience, "The Basil Flight", highlights NutriFit’s very own SimpliHealth Growers organic basil, which is manually grown and cultivated on their own solar-powered farm. It is a unique culinary experience that you wouldn't want to skip out on. So, support NutriFit to launch this event off be apart of the latest NutriFit reward program, the Party of the Connoisseur.

Menu – The Basil Flight

1- Heirloom tomato Farcie with Burrata, basil and Kalamata caramel

2- Miso-glazed Mary’s chicken confit with pickled beetroot, vichyssoise, Basil pea salad

3- Pinot Noir braised Short Ribs with celeriac mousse. Lamb au Jus with Cipollini onions

4 – Capri candy palate cleanser – Heirloom tomatoes dipped in toasted Basil coating

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NutriFit specializes in creating fresh, customized and delivered meals. Since 1987, they have strived to help their clients achieve optimal heath and well being. NutriFit’s ingredients are all free range, organic or sustainable, and much of their produce comes from their own organic farm under the brand name SimpliHealth Growers. The farm is completely solar-powered, and has been named by the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat.

NutriFit goes beyond meal delivery to impact those who are serious about health. They offer full-service nutritional support. Jackie Keller, NutriFit Founder and Director, is a board certified Professional Health & Wellness Coach. Coaching is available virtually, and they also have a line of health-related products (snacks, Salt & Sugar Free spice blends, Jackie's book, and merchandise) available for purchase and shipping nationally. NutriFit also strives to reduce their carbon footprints by recycling, reusing, and renewing, and a portion of their profits are donated to World Central Kitchen during this crisis to help support the needy here in our local area, nationally and abroad.

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East Coast Electronics Recycling Voted the #1 East Coast E-Waste Recycler By Consumers

Focusing on the safe collection and disposal of computers and electronic equipment, ECER Inc. takes pride in providing top-quality customer service.

SHIRLEY, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES, July 13, 2020 / — East Coast Electronics Recycling is proud to announce that they have been voted the #1 e-waste recycler by consumers. The professionals of ECER Inc. work diligently to coordinate the proper pick-up and disposal of all e-waste products while ensuring complete customer satisfaction.

Given their outstanding testimonials, it is no surprise that ECER Inc. has received the top vote for its comprehensive services. Customers were quick to praise the company's efficiency and professionalism, with many claiming that they are a trusted resource for any removal needs.

Customers also highlighted the staff's extensive knowledge and keen eye for detail. Below a customer describes their experience with the company:

“Our population has grown steadily over the last several years, and with it has been an increase in demand for recycling of old electronics. Our neighbors suggested ECER Inc. as a company that would address this need. The staff is completely professional and courteous. They arrive promptly, load and shrink-wrap the material, and haul it away. Simply put, ECER Inc. takes the stress and headaches out of electronic waste recycling.” – proud customer of ECER Inc.
The team of professionals at ECER Inc. are thankful to their loyal customers and look forward to serving them in the future. For more information on East Coast Electronic Recycling please visit the official site here.

About East Coast Electronic Recycling

ECER Inc. is a full-service e-waste pick up and recycling business located in Shirley, Massachusetts. With various government policies regarding the proper disposal of e-waste, it is imperative that all materials be transported safely and responsibly. From old computers to assorted electronics, ECER Inc. is the perfect solution for both small and large scale businesses.

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Bye Aerospace Closes $10 Million in Funding

Bye Aerospace’s eFlyer 2 technology demonstrator on final approach during recent flight testing

Bye Aerospace’s eFlyer 2 technology demonstrator on final approach during recent flight testing at Centennial Airport south of Denver, Colorado.

George E. Bye, Bye Aerospace CEO

George E. Bye, Bye Aerospace CEO

Chrysanthe Gussis, Bye Aerospace strategic advisory board member

Chrysanthe Gussis, Bye Aerospace strategic advisory board member

eFlyer Developer Receives Strategic and Venture Financing to Build Conforming Prototypes

ENGLEWOOD, CO, UNITED STATES, July 13, 2020 / — Bye Aerospace Closes $10 Million in Funding
eFlyer Developer Receives Strategic and Venture Financing to Build Conforming Prototypes

Bye Aerospace, developer of the all-electric eFlyer family of FAA Part 23-certified aircraft, announced completion of a $5 million strategic investment by a venture capital group earlier this year. The successful investment was soon followed by the completion of a $5 million venture raise.

George E. Bye, CEO, of Bye Aerospace, said the investments have allowed Bye Aerospace to begin work on “Serial #001,” the first production-conforming prototype of its two-seat eFlyer 2 aircraft. “I would like to thank everyone involved in the transactions for their rigorous participation in this process,” Bye said. “My special thanks to the leaders, advisors, and industry partners of our funding sources for their involvement over the past year in executing the details of this important phase of funding.”

Chrysanthe Gussis, a Bay Area green tech investor, finance expert and a member of Bye Aerospace’s strategic advisory board, said, “Electric flight is the future of air travel, and even more so now following the coronavirus outbreak, especially as the demand for affordable, smaller, greener aircraft increases. We are seeing more investors recognize the vision of Bye Aerospace as a leader in this sector.”

Bye noted that although the two financial transactions successfully closed during coronavirus restrictions, much of the due diligence and planning was completed before the Covid-19 pandemic escalated. “Since raising the $10 million we have completed critical design review in early June and are now underway with multiple test flights of the eFlyer 2 technology demonstrator,” he said. “Next, we will be solidifying our supply chain relationships to begin assembly on Serial #001, the first production-conforming eFlyer 2 aircraft.”

Previously, in late 2018 Bye Aerospace completed a major investment by SUBARU-SBI Innovation Fund.

Bye Aerospace is developing the FAA FAR 23-certified family of all-electric eFlyer general aviation aircraft, starting with the two-seat eFlyer 2, for the professional flight training mission and the eFlyer 4 for air-taxi and advanced training uses. All of Bye Aerospace’s current and future families of aircraft feature exemplary engineering, research, and electric aircraft solutions producing no CO2 and are designed to answer compelling market needs. These needs include five-fold lower operating costs, zero emissions, and decreased noise. Bye Aerospace estimates the eFlyer will eliminate the release of five million metric tons of CO2 each year for flight training alone.

About Bye Aerospace, Inc.
Bye Aerospace, based in Denver, Colorado, specializes in the design and manufacture of electric aircraft including the eFlyer family of aircraft. Bye Aerospace, named “2020 Small Business of the Year” by the Aurora, Colo. Chamber of Commerce and recognized as “Most Innovative” in the 2020 Made in Colorado awards sponsored by ColoradoBiz magazine, was founded by George E. Bye, who is also Chairman and CEO.


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Wayne Pacelle: House Committees Urge Enforcing Anti-Cruelty Laws, Bar U.S. Horse Slaughter

Yearlings at Stone Farm in Paris, Kentucky | Photo Credit: Marty Irby

Yearlings at Stone Farm in Paris, Kentucky | Photo Credit: Marty Irby

Wayne Pacelle

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But BLM Gets Millions for Horse and Burro Round-Ups, While USDA Gets Millions for Inhumane Predator Killing

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, July 13, 2020 / — by Wayne Pacelle

In 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) removed from a searchable website the animal welfare inspection records for puppy mills, horse shows (where “soring” is prevalent), laboratories using animals, and circuses and other public exhibitors of animals. It was an outrageous maneuver to deny the public information about individuals not following the bare-minimum animal care standards called for in the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act. This scrubbing of information, combined with lax enforcement, was a double-barreled betrayal of the American public and a set up for the abuse of animals.

Lawmakers of both parties – from Martha McSally, R-Ariz. to Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., to Vern Buchanan, R-Fla. — demanded that USDA restore the searchable database, and they used the annual funding bill for the USDA to give them the directive. Congress controls the purse strings, and USDA grudgingly seems to recognize that it must listen to this dictate from Congress.

That was one example of how the work the Congress did last year through its annual Agriculture spending bill changed the fortunes of animals. And this year’s bill is equally consequential for animals, with Chairman Bishop continuing to promote animal welfare through this bill. The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday passed a $153 spending bill for the Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration for 2021 and a nearly $14 billion measure for the Interior Department. There’s so much at stake for animals in each of these bills, and here are some highlights.

Agriculture-Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Spending:

In 2017, USDA nixed a last-minute rule from the Obama team that would have strengthened the Horse Protection Act by banning the large stacked shoes and ankle chains that some trainers and owners put on the feet of Tennessee Walking horses for shows. The Obama Administration waited until the last second to publish the final rule in the Federal Register and the key personnel failed to complete the job, giving a pathway for the freshly minted political appointees from the Trump Administration to roll back the regulation. They did so even though more than 300 Senators and Representatives backed the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, an even more sweeping measure to reform the industry.

This year’s Agriculture-FDA spending bill urges USDA to restore the 2017 rule as written. The bill also doubles — to $2 million — spending on enforcement to protect horses from soring and instructs the USDA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) to better enforce the HPA. Both actions signal again that the U.S. House wants to see the end of the long era of horse torture in the Big Lick segment of the Tennessee Walking horse industry.

This bill also continues a ban on U.S. inspections of horse slaughter plants, blocking the opening of any U.S.-based plants butchering horses for export for human consumption. In recent years, this has been a contentious issue, with most Republicans on the committee favoring slaughter and most Democrats opposing it. With the Democrats taking control of the House in 2018, the committee’s leadership has been resolute in including the provision in the spending bill and settling the issue. To their credit, no Republican lawmakers on the committee, led by ranking member Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., challenged the ban on horse slaughter in yesterday’s committee consideration of the bill.

The package includes $3 million in funding for 2021 for the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act that Animal Wellness Action worked to successfully get signed into law in the 2018 Farm Bill. The PAWS Act was enacted to help address the issue of domestic violence against pets and the lack of ability to accommodate pets in domestic violence shelters.

Lawmakers also included language urging USDA OIG to enhance animal fighting enforcement, encouraging the department’s law enforcement arm “to combat this illegal activity and to investigate animal fighting as soon as it has any evidence of such illegal activity.” That’s especially significant because a series of AWA and AWF investigations have uncovered massive cockfighting operations in at least a dozen states and also called out Puerto Rico’s political leaders for abetting illegal animal fighting activities in the Commonwealth. All animal fighting, including in the territories, has been outlawed since December 2019, when the AWA-backed Parity in Animal Cruelty Enforcement (PACE) Act took effect.

USDA has the responsibility to enforce the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act. The law denies any protection for poultry, but nevertheless, USDA inspects those plants for food safety and worker safety purposes. In April, after slaughter plants became the nation’s hot spots for COVID-19, USDA approved more than 15 poultry processing plants’ requests to increase line speeds by 25%, from 140 to 175 birds a minute. That increased pacing results in more mistreatment of birds and unending pressures on line workers. This bill would forbid the USDA increase in processing speeds.

The race for a COVID-19 vaccine has put FDA in the center of our nation's anti-pandemic strategies, and the committee weighed in emphatically on this issue, noting that "nonclinical approaches that do not involve use of animals to evaluate new pharmaceuticals are being developed and might better predict some human outcomes and reduce animal testing." AWA, the Center for a Humane Economy, and the Center for Responsible Science want to see Congress and the FDA lift its mandates for animal testing, including in circumstances where animals cannot contract a disease or show symptoms. The committee's language is a great first step toward 21st-century science.

Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, was instrumental in holding FDA accountable for pet food safety. There has been a raft of pet food adulteration cases, and Kaptur is pressing FDA to report to the Congress and the public to provide assurances, so that pets don’t become ill or die from the commercial food they consume.

The committee has continued to nudge USDA’s Wildlife Services in the direction of doing more in the way of non-lethal wildlife management to address human-wildlife conflicts, but it has not directed the rogue program to restrict its use of body-gripping traps, poisons, and aerial gunning to kill native wildlife. Wildlife Services uses these killing strategies mainly for the benefit of the cattle and sheep industries already getting below-cost grazing rights on our federal lands.

AWA Rating of the bill: B+

Interior Spending:

In a major development for wildlife, the U.S. House Interior spending bill released by a key subcommittee today includes a prohibition on importing elephant or lion trophies from Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. This came about partly because of last year’s House floor vote pushed by AWA — and led by Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla. — to forbid imports of the heads and hides of these rare animals. “The hunting and slaughter of endangered elephants and lions should not be supported with taxpayer funds,” Buchanan said. “Banning the import of these so-called “trophies” will help protect these magnificent creatures. We don’t get a second chance once a species goes extinct.”

This policy is so crucial because the United States has been the world’s largest trophy hunting nation, with Americans trekking to African nations by the thousands to slay elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes, and other majestic creatures, including animals on the List of Threatened and Endangered Species. We applaud Chairwoman Betty McCollum, D-Minn., for including this provision in the bill. Now we need the Senate Interior Appropriations committee to follow suit to see that this policy is enacted in the final spending bill approved by the Congress. Please sign and share the petition below and call your lawmakers about the issue.

With the Democrats in charge, this bill contains no language to remove federal protections for wolves in the Great Lakes and several other species targeted by a small number of lawmakers. Delisting is a necessary step for trophy hunting of wolves and commercial trapping of them in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The Trump Administration has proceeded with a wolf delisting rule for the wolf populations in the Northern Great Lakes region, and the committee adopted some cautionary language to the agency on that subject. Both the Obama Administration and now the Trump Administration have pursued delisting, but the federal courts have repeatedly blocked those ill-considered and premature maneuvers.

The Interior spending bill also includes additional monies to combat wildlife trafficking, which is one of the world’s most lucrative and destructive industries.

On the downside, the committee gave the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) more than $102 million for the wild horse and burro program, even though the department has said it will round up as many as 30,000 horses a year. The committee’s report language did not express any enthusiasm for the BLM’s wild horse and burro management plan recently submitted to Congress, but somehow decided to give them as much money as last year and with no restrictions on how that money could be used. Somehow, and without any objective foundation, a few animal protection groups, led by HSUS, continue to tout that these spending levels and BLM’s ruthless round-up plans are a boon to horses and burros.

No good can come from BLM getting more money with William Pendley at the helm. He has publicly expressed his contempt for wild horses and burros, announced in his intentions to depopulate wild horses and burros from the West, and labeled humane fertility control a foolish strategy. Last week, President Trump last week announced he is seeking to formalize Pendley’s role by seeking his Senate confirmation as director of the BLM (he’s been “acting director” for the bulk of Trump’s first term). A long-time zealot and anti-wild horse and burro crusader — the former president of the extremist Mountain States Legal Fund and a booster of putting more livestock on our public lands — Pendley does not deserve U.S. Senate confirmation.

The House Appropriations Committee again includes language forbidding slaughter of wild horses and burros removed from the range. While that policy is one we support, it does not address the massive round-ups the bureau is promising. As those round-ups transfer tens of thousands of horses and burros from federal lands to captive holding facilities, the costs of care will rise, enabling pro-horse-slaughter lawmakers and interest groups to make the argument that swelling captive populations of wild horses and burros can only be responsibly managed by sending them to slaughter.

AWA Rating: B

The Senate Appropriations will take up its Agriculture-FDA and Interior spending bills soon. In the end, Congressional leaders are likely to settle disputes between the House and Senate versions and send final bills to the President at the end of the year. This is just the beginning of the process, but an important and defining start to legislating that has life-altering consequences for animals.

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The colorful history of plastids

Phylogenetic tree showing the origin and evolution of plastids.

Schematic evolutionary tree of eukaryotes with an emphasis on photosynthetic lineages. Members of the Archaeplastida have primary plastids stemming directly from cyanobacteria. The primary plastids of red and green algae have spread from the Archaeplasti

Emerging data provides new insight into plastid evolution

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, July 13, 2020 / — A billion years ago, a single-celled eukaryote engulfed a cyanobacterium—an organism capable of converting the sun’s energy into food in the form of carbohydrates. In one of the single most pivotal events in the history of life, instead of the bacterium being digested, an endosymbiosis was formed, with the bacterial cell persisting inside the host eukaryote for millennia and giving rise to the first photosynthetic eukaryotes. The descendants of this merger include plants, as well as a large number of single-celled eukaryotes that are collectively referred to as algae (i.e. kelp, nori). The remnants of the cyanobacterium eventually evolved into an organelle known as a plastid or chloroplast, which allows photosynthetic eukaryotes to produce their own food—and thus to provide food to animals like us. Despite the importance of this event, a variety of aspects of plastid evolution have long remained shrouded in mystery. In a review in Genome Biology and Evolution, Shannon Sibbald and John Archibald highlight emerging genome data in this field and provide new insight into plastid evolution.

Plastids can be found patchily distributed across a number of eukaryotic lineages, often nested within groups that are otherwise non-photosynthetic. This irregular distribution has historically made it difficult for scientists to uncover the evolutionary origin and history of plastids and to trace their transfer from branch to branch on the eukaryotic tree. Both biochemical and molecular data point to a single origin of plastids from the engulfment of a member of the β-cyanobacteria by the single-celled ancestor of the Archaeplastida, a group consisting of all green algae (including land plants), red algae, and glaucophyte algae.

Secondary, tertiary, and higher order acquisitions of plastids are thought to have occurred when a eukaryotic cell containing a plastid was then engulfed by another eukaryote, which was then engulfed by yet another eukaryote, and so on. This type of plastid acquisition appears to have involved green algal endosymbionts on at least two occasions and perhaps even more often with red algae, giving rise to so-called “complex” plastids. According to Archibald, “Multigene phylogenies have gradually improved our understanding of the structure of the eukaryotic tree, and, consequently, the field has started to shift—the emerging consensus is that secondary/tertiary endosymbiosis is more common than previously assumed.” However, co-author Sibbald points out that this does not mean that the puzzle has been solved. “We still don’t know how many secondary, tertiary, and higher endosymbiotic events gave rise to the plastid diversity we see today or, in many cases, who the host and endosymbiont partners were.”

Even more confusing, recent data show that the majority of eukaryotes with plastids acquired from red or green algae (i.e. complex red or green plastids) actually harbor a mosaic of genetic material from both red and green algae in their nuclear genomes. This has led to the “shopping bag” model of plastid evolution, which suggests that multiple red and green algae may have been transiently housed by various eukaryotic lineages over time before the establishment of the permanent (or at least current) resident plastid. Indeed, a number of lineages participate in a practice known as “kleptoplasty”, in which they consume plastid-containing algae and steal their plastids, harboring them for several weeks to months and benefiting from the carbohydrates they produce before replenishing them with new ones. Thus, while it seems at least plausible that some lineages may have harbored a mix of both red and green algae before one eventually became more permanently established, Archibald notes that “understanding the evolutionary significance of this ‘red-green’ mosaicism in modern-day algae remains a particularly challenging task.”

Additional difficulties in tracing plastid evolution arise from the loss of photosynthesis in some lineages, which can be accompanied by the further loss of the plastid genome and, in a few cases, complete loss of the plastid itself. For example, most apicomplexans like the malaria parasite Plasmodium contain a relict plastid-like organelle known as the apicoplast, which still carries out a number of biosynthetic processes. In the closely related human parasite Cryptosporidium parvum, however, the plastid has been completely lost (or was never present), and key metabolites are instead scavenged from the host. There are also a number of plants that have lost the ability to photosynthesize and instead parasitize other plants or rely on fungi to provide nutrients, such as the parasitic flowering plant Rafflesia.

Perhaps most interestingly, the tenet that all plastids stem from a single eukaryotic-cyanobacterial endosymbiosis has even been called into question by recent data showing that the freshwater shell-building amoeba Paulinella chromatophora possesses photosynthetic organelles derived from an independent acquisition of an α-cyanobacterium, which is thought to have occurred only a hundred million years ago. This suggests that more widespread sampling may reveal other lineages with independently derived plastid-like organelles. These more recent events may provide new insight into the mechanisms by which a cyanobacterium evolves into a plastid within the host cell.

Rather than answering the decades-old questions in the field of plastid evolution, it appears that recent genomic data have for now revealed even more unknowns. As Archibald notes, “It is sobering to consider that as we have collected more sequence data, the picture of plastid evolution has become less and less clear.” Answering these questions will require addressing what Archibald describes as “a longstanding challenge in the field”: integrating data from independent lines of inquiry, including phylogenetics, biochemistry, and membrane biology.

Casey McGrath
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US company HYZON Motors Inc. Announces Europe’s first dedicated Hydrogen Truck Production Facility

The New HYZON Motors 2020 Fuel Cell Powered Prime Mover

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Shot from the road of the HYZON Motors Integration Facility in the Netherlands

Integration Facilities in The Netherlands

Fuel Cell Trucks Being Built in the Netherlands facility of HYZON Motors

Fuel Cell Truck Integration Underway

HYZON Motors Building Fuel Cell Trucks in the Netherlands, with immediate roll-out to European Countries

GRONINGEN, THE NETHERLANDS, July 13, 2020 / — HYZON Motors Inc. announces the launch of HYZON Motors Europe B.V., its new European headquarters and manufacturing center based in Groningen, the Netherlands. HYZON Motors expects to ship hundreds of fuel cell heavy vehicles by the end of 2021.

Expanding rapidly around the globe, HYZON’s European announcement follows the HYZON re-launch of the former General Motors’ fuel cell facility in New York and the commencement of HYZON operations in Australia. There is currently a very strong appetite for transitioning high utilization commercial vehicles off diesel in the interests of decarbonization.

Joining forces across continents, US-headquartered HYZON Motors Inc and Holthausen Clean Technology B.V. have teamed up to offer high quality, locally built zero emission commercial vehicles that meet European standards, reduce supply chain interdependencies, and create new local jobs in environmentally sustainable industries.

European Union countries and major European corporations are increasingly seeking solutions to the challenge of reducing their carbon footprint, with diesel-powered heavy trucking being a significant contributor to carbon emissions. Such diesel engines are also the major cause of harmful particulate emissions in densely populated urban areas, and are being progressively banned from busy cities.

With mature high-power fuel cell powertrain technology and the leading fuel cell vehicle integration experience in Europe, Hyzon Motors Europe is offering zero emission buses and trucks with no operational compromises, and the option of all-inclusive operating leases for fleet operators. The Groningen facility is already shipping Hydrogen powered heavy vehicles, and is taking orders for delivery across the continent.

Max and Carl Holthausen, joint Managing Directors of HYZON Motors Europe, issued a statement; "As a European pioneer in fuel cell vehicle commercialization, Holthausen Clean Technology has been delivering fuel cell trucks for years, and we are honored now to join force with our US partner, HYZON Motors, to bring the most advanced fuel cell truck technology to European customers. Made in Europe to meet European decarbonization objectives."

Encouraged by the European Union’s anticipated $140 Billion hydrogen economy by 2030, and the recently unveiled $9 Billion National Hydrogen Strategy for Germany, the HYZON initiative is at the heart of post Covid-19 economic recovery efforts, which will have a strong focus on sustainability.

HYZON Motors Europe is believed to be the first company in series production of zero emission heavy vehicles in Europe, with lead times of 6-8 months for heavy and medium duty trucks, and the only company in the world currently offering zero emission trucks of gross vehicle mass exceeding 40 tonnes.

The global HYZON Motors team are certain the father of the fuel cell, William Robert Grove, who would have celebrated his birthday during the week of this announcement, would be delighted to see the recent progress on this technology, which he invented in 1842. Fuel cell technology is finally poised to make a very meaningful contribution in the context of addressing climate change.

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HYZON Motors Inc is a US-headquartered hydrogen vehicle company on a mission to help operators of heavy vehicles transition to cost effective, zero emission, sustainable operations. HYZON achieves this by offering attractive economics with no compromise on performance. HYZON has made significant commercial progress in Europe, Asia and Australia. The company anticipates its novel zero emission mobility model will expand in global markets over the next few years.

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BLM Wild Horse Helicopter Roundup

BLM Wild Horse Helicopter Roundup

Animal Wellness Action Executive Director Marty Irby

Animal Wellness Action Executive Director Marty Irby

Suzanne Roy, American Wild Horse Campaign

Suzanne Roy, American Wild Horse Campaign

It’s time for Congress and the White House to rein in this costly, swampy spending spree that’s destroying our iconic American wild horse and burro populations.”

— Marty Irby, executive director at Animal Wellness Action

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, July 10, 2020 / — Today, two of the nation’s leading wild horse protection and humane organizations expressed disappointment with the U.S. House Appropriations Committee’s decision this morning to approve Fiscal Year 2021 Interior appropriations legislation giving the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) $102 million for its wild horse and burro program. In a report delivered to Congress in May, the agency said that it intended to use the funding to round up as many as 20,000 wild horses a year from Western public lands.

In passing the bill unamended, the committee ignored requests by key members, including U.S. House Natural Resources Chair Rep. Raul Grijalva, Public Lands Subcommittee Chair Deborah Haaland, and Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) of the Appropriations Committee, to require the BLM to implement humane fertility control as an alternative to cruel and unsustainable roundups and to prohibit surgical sterilization of wild horses and burros.

The bill carries over the 27% budget increase Congress awarded the BLM wild horse and burro program last year after the Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA, and Return to Freedom joined the cattle industry in lobbying for a mass wild horse roundup plan. Although the groups portrayed the plan as a humane fertility control program that did not include brutal surgical sterilization methods, they have not supported efforts by Congressman Grijalva and others to require the BLM to fund humane, reversible fertility control programs or prohibit surgical sterilization.

“The House Appropriations Committee missed an opportunity to say ‘whoa’ to the BLM’s rampant mismanagement and mistreatment of our nation’s wild horses and burros,” said Suzanne Roy, Executive Director of the American Wild Horse Campaign. “Committee members just let down the American public and our iconic wild horses and burros by voting to hand over $100 million in taxpayer funds to the BLM to continue its unscientific, unsustainable and inhumane wild horse and burro roundup program.”

“It’s time for Congress and the White House to rein in this costly, swampy spending spree that’s destroying our iconic American wild horse and burro populations,” said Marty Irby, a lifelong horseman and executive director at Animal Wellness Action. “House and Senate Leadership and President Trump should saddle up and demand that our hard-earned tax dollars funding the BLM be used to implement PZP birth control instead of cruel helicopter chases, mass roundups, and the incarceration of the horses whose backs our nation was built upon.”

The groups said they support the Committee’s decision to continue the ban on slaughter of wild horses and burros under the jurisdiction of the BLM and U.S. Forest Service, but vowed to continue to fight for reform of the BLM’s woefully mismanaged wild horse roundup program, which the National Academy of Sciences has called “expensive and unproductive for the BLM and the public it serves.”

The bill now heads to the full House for a vote. The Senate version of the bill is still pending.


The American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) is the nation’s leading wild horse protection organization, with more than 700,000 supporters and followers nationwide. AWHC is dedicated to preserving the American wild horse in viable, free-roaming herds for generations to come, as part of our national heritage.

Animal Wellness Action (AWA) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) organization with a mission of helping animals by promoting legal standards forbidding cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife. We advocate for policies to stop dogfighting and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to confront factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we promote enacting good public policies and we work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we must elect good lawmakers, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which ones don’t. We believe helping animals helps us all.

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U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu Introduces LEAD Act to Address Lead Poisoning of Condors, Bald Eagles, and Other Wildlife

Lead ammunition commonly poisons condors, and bald eagles | Photo credit: Shutterstock

Lead ammunition commonly poisons condors, and bald eagles | Photo credit: Shutterstock

Animal Wellness notes that millions of hunters have already switched to copper, steel, and far less toxic metals for ammunition

Given all we know about the toxic properties of lead, the last very last place lead ammunition should be used is on federal lands specifically set aside to shelter and preserve wildlife.”

— Wayne Pacelle, president of Animal Wellness Action

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, July 10, 2020 / — Today U.S. Representative Ted Lieu, D-Ca., introduced legislation to phase out the use of lead ammunition on National Wildlife Refuges, putting an end to the needless incidental poisoning of millions of wild animals by lead left behind in fields, forests, and wetlands, including in the remains of animals peppered with fragmented shot and not retrieved. Animal Wellness Action (AWA), the Animal Wellness Foundation, and the Center for a Humane Economy are calling on lawmakers to push this legislation forward, with Animal Wellness Foundation president Annie Harvilicz, D.V.M., calling the malleable metal “a known toxin that, left behind after discharged from a weapon, quietly but mercilessly kills countless wild animals while also posing a threat to families who consume wild game.”

Lead has been the leading cause of death for California condors, and partly in response to the peril posed by lead to this highly endangered species, California completely phased out the use of lead (with the prohibition applying to federal lands) in July 2019. Other states with condors, such as Arizona, have taken more limited remedial actions. Dr. Harvilicz notes that lead fragments left behind on the landscape and in the carcasses of animals are small and make it very likely that animal scavengers and even people consuming deer meat will incidentally ingest the lead pellets.

The federal government has primary authority for wildlife management on National Wildlife Refuges. “Given all we know about the toxic properties of lead, the last very last place lead ammunition should be used is on federal lands specifically set aside to shelter and preserve wildlife,” added Wayne Pacelle, president of Animal Wellness Action. More than 500 scientific studies published over the last century have documented that at least 134 of wildlife suffer from lead poisoning, including golden eagles, bald eagles, and grizzly bears.

"Lead poisoning is a well-known health risk for humans, but it also threatens wildlife. Birds like California condors and bald eagles scavenge on animal carcasses and are at risk of lead poisoning because of exposure to lead fragments from ammunition. Lead from spent bullets can also leach into water supplies and poison additional innocent animals,” said U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif. “By banning lead ammunitions on the 95 million acres of land that U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages, we can reduce the exponential harm inflicted on animals from lead exposure. My bill is a common-sense solution that has support from sportsmen and conservationists alike. I look forward to working with my Congressional colleagues on efforts like this to reduce harm inflicted on our animal friends."

Lead alternatives are readily available, and comparably priced copper and steel ammunition outperform lead, according to many hunters. In 1991, the Fish and Wildlife Service banned the use of lead ammunition in waterfowl hunting and the results have been positive on the ecosystem. Waterfowl hunting has continued uninterrupted, lead poisoning has been reduced, and numerous species have been protected for a variety of wildlife uses. Since the implementation of the ban, researchers found that the use of lead-free shot reduced the death of mallards from lead poisoning by 64%, reduced lead in black ducks by 44%, and overall saved approximately 1.4 million ducks a year. The study further shows that blood lead concentrations significantly declined in both golden eagles and turkey vultures within a year.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has a statutory duty to act to protect and conserve wildlife on its lands, and in 2017, consistent with that responsibility, issued a Director’s Order to phase out the use of lead on these federal lands by 2022. However, the order was undone by the new Secretary of Interior on his first day, taking no time to examine the science and data behind the original policy.

Animal Wellness Action (Action) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) organization with a mission of helping animals by promoting legal standards forbidding cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife. We advocate for policies to stop dogfighting and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to confront factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we promote enacting good public policies and we work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we must elect good lawmakers, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which ones don’t. We believe helping animals helps us all.

The Animal Wellness Foundation (Foundation) is a Los Angeles-based private charitable organization with a mission of helping animals by making veterinary care available to everyone with a pet, regardless of economic ability. We organize rescue efforts and medical services for dogs and cats in need and help homeless pets find a loving caregiver. We are advocates for getting veterinarians to the front lines of the animal welfare movement; promoting responsible pet ownership; and vaccinating animals against infectious diseases such as distemper. We also support policies that prevent animal cruelty and that alleviate suffering. We believe helping animals helps us all.

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