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PPCPs: Preparing for an uncertain regulatory future

by Thermo Fisher Scientific, LIMS & Laboratory Software  (Mar. 25, 2015)

A recent study published in Environmental Pollution* identified 56 active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) in effluent samples from 50 large wastewater treatment plants across the U.S. Among the products found in samples were commonly prescribed anti-psychotic and antihypertensive drugs. As more studies continue to fuel public concerns over risks ...

Rugged Tablet helps with Data collection in tornado clean-up - Case Study

by Handheld UK and Ireland Ltd  (Mar. 4, 2015)

Challenge After a massive tornado wiped out much of the city of Joplin, Missouri, Asbell Excavating needed to find all of the downed transformers, note their location, then go back and clean up the spills before serious environmental damage could occur. Solution GPS points were imported first into an Excel spreadsheet then into Carlson Takeoff, ...

Environmental contaminants and chromosomal damage associated with beak deformities in a resident North American passerine

by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.  (Nov. 6, 2014)

A large cluster of beak abnormalities among black‐capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus) in Alaska raised concern about underlying environmental factors in this region. We analyzed metals and trace elements, organochlorine (OC) pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and polychlorinated dibenzo‐dioxins and polychlorinated dibenzofurans ...

Drawing the Line between Water Damage Restoration and Mold Remediation

by Indoor Environmental Technologies (IET)  (Nov. 6, 2014)

Background of Water and Mold Damage In recent years, many insurance policies have instituted limits or caps on the amount that will be paid for “mold or microbial damage.” Often, what constitutes microbial damage is defined poorly, if at all, in the policy. Meanwhile, the funds available for water damage restoration are generally not ...

A gene to organism approach – assessing the impact of environmental pollution in eelpout (Zoarces viviparus) females and larvae

by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.  (Feb. 7, 2015)

A broad biomarker approach was applied to study the effects of marine pollution along the Swedish west coast using the teleost eelpout (Zoarces viviparus) as the sentinel species. Measurements were performed on different biological levels from molecular to organismal, including measurements of mRNA, proteins, cellular and tissue changes, as ...

Effects of benzo[a]pyrene on growth, the anti‐oxidant system and DNA damage in earthworms (Eisenia fetida) in two different soil types under laboratory conditions

by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.  (Oct. 20, 2014)

The aims of the present study were to compare the toxic effects of benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) and to screen for rapid and sensitive biomarkers that can be used to assess the environmental risks of benzo[a]pyrene in earthworms in different natural soil types. We exposed Eisenia fetida to two types of soil (red soil and fluvo‐aquic soil) spiked with ...

The Challenge: Perspectives and reflections on the public reaction to recent Fukushima‐related radionuclide studies, and a call for enhanced training in environmental radioactivity

by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.  (Dec. 18, 2014)

In Response: An academic perspective Recent scientific publications addressing the release of radionuclides into the Pacific Ocean from the damaged Fukushima nuclear reactor in Japan, and in particular their bioaccumulation in marine fish (including some that have migrated to the west coast of United States), have received remarkable public ...

Sovereignty of states, peaceful nuclear energy and principles of international environmental law

by Inderscience Publishers  (Dec. 1, 2014)

The sovereign right of states to peaceful nuclear energy is analysed on the basis of principles of international environmental law. The exercise of this right depends on the implementation of certain obligations under international law. The notion of sovereignty as independence and superiority does not serve the challenges of peaceful nuclear ...

Assessing the damage and restoring the land at Vergelegen Wine Estate - case study

by NCC Environmental Services (Pty) Ltd  (Jun. 4, 2014)

NCC was contracted to provide 24 hour fire fighting services for the 29 days that the Vergelegen estate was under threat. With the support of NCC’s thorough reporting and professional guidance, the insurer awarded the costs of re-setting the Alien Vegetation Clearing Plan. From February through March 2009 devastating fires swept through ...

Living with floods in the Mahanadi Delta, India

by Wetlands International  (Mar. 14, 2015)

In October 2013, one of the fiercest cyclones to hit the Bay of Bengal for many years made landfall on the low-lying delta coast of the Indian state of Odisha. With winds battering the coastline at more than 200 kilometres per hour, the structural damage from cyclone Phailin was intense. Thousands of straw, timber and bamboo homes were destroyed ...

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