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UN Climate Chief Calls for $7 Trillion of Green Finance as World Faces Trump...

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Study to focus on pollution potential of oil and gas wastewater spread on roadways

Understanding the environmental impact of using oil and gas wastewater as a road treatment may lead to safer water resources and stricter government regulations,...

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