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'What nightmares are made of.' Hackers hit Florida water supply

An extraordinary cyberattack on a water treatment facility in Florida--the first documented attempt to hack into and contaminate a U.S. community's water supply--raises questions around critical infrastructure security as water and energy utilities move to digitize their operations.

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Toxics

'This is bad.' Hacking chaos engulfs FERC, DOE, Microsoft

The Department of Energy's nuclear weapons office and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are the latest agencies swept up in a staggering hack of global computer networks.
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Climate

'Major vulnerability': EV hacks could threaten power grid

The spread of electric vehicles is melding parts of the U.S. power and transportation sectors - and posing a unique problem for grid cybersecurity, experts warn.

www.nytimes.com
Toxics

Environmentalists targeted Exxon Mobil. Then hackers targeted them

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating a global hacker-for-hire operation that sent phishing emails to environmental groups, journalists and others.
Climate

The DNC rejects a climate change debate and puts virtual caucusing in doubt

Activists have called for a climate change debate for months. The DNC says one won’t happen, and raised new questions about changes to caucusing.
www.usnews.com
Climate

Pew: Americans see cyberattacks, climate change as biggest threats to U.S.

According to a new study, Americans also view climate change, China and Iran as top threats.
energynews.us
Energy

In Illinois, utility regulators are playing bigger role in smart-grid cybersecurity

Growing exposure to smart-grid-related cybersecurity risks is forcing state regulators to play a bigger role in preparing utilities for potential threats.
e360.yale.edu
Biodiversity

Species sleuths: Amateur naturalists spark a new wave of discovery

Scientists have not kept pace with the work of identifying new species. Now, a growing number of committed hobbyists - ranging from a Belgian bus driver to a California cybersecurity expert - are out in the field, helping to document the world's biodiversity.

fivethirtyeight.com
Energy

Hacking the electric grid is damned hard

Bringing down the grid is a lot harder than just flicking a switch, but the danger is real — and it may never go away.

www.nytimes.com
Interplay

Russian hackers appear to shift focus to U.S. power grid

This week, the Department of Homeland Security reported that over the last year, Russia's military intelligence agency had infiltrated the control rooms of power plants across the United States. In theory, that could enable it to take control of parts of the grid by remote control.

Originals

U.S. intel chief warns of devastating cyber threat to U.S. infrastructure.

While at first glance this story would appear unrelated to environmental health, it actually covers a story of vital importance to the environment, health, and environmental health.

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undark.org

AI is the weapon of the next cold war

Fueled by artificial intelligence, the world may be entering — or perhaps already in — another cold war, with Russia leading the way.
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Climate

Fort Collins energy firm that uses rice husks to power remote villages attracts $20 million from Shell's venture arm

Husk Power Systems is using a mix of solar energy, battery and a biomass gasifier that uses rice husks as fuel. Each decentralized micro energy grid can power 250 to 300 users at time.
From our Newsroom

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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