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Smart utilities and sustainable resource management

by GLOBE Foundation  (Jan. 28, 2015)

With the increased availability of inexpensive micro-sensor technologies, everything is becoming “sensor-tagged”. Energy and water utilities are benefiting from this “sensorization” of our infrastructure and the associated smart technology advancements. These progressive utilities are employing innovative, real-time ...

We Created the Technosphere, but is it the Birth Place of the Circular Economy

by Tetronics (International) Ltd  (Jan. 27, 2015)

Human activity has created the ‘technosphere’, a landscape which is composed of the materials we have developed, created and thrown away. Far from being a miserable landscape that may initially come to mind, like the desolate garbage filled scene in WALL-E, it could actually be the basis on which we can create a more sustainable way of ...

The European environment - state and outlook 2015 - An integrated assessment of the European environment

by European Environment Agency (EEA)  (Jan. 22, 2015)

The European environment — state and outlook 2015 report (SOER 2015) provides a comprehensive assessment of the European environment's state, trends and prospects, and places it in a global context. It will inform European environmental policy implementation between 2015 and 2020, and analyses the opportunities to modify existing policies ...

Crude Oil and Natural Gas Industry Reduced Emission Completion NSPS Requirements

by All4 Inc.  (Dec. 17, 2014)

As 2015 quickly approaches, there is still momentum in the development of domestic unconventional oil and gas resources.  Therefore, exploration and production companies utilizing hydraulic fracturing are reminded that the final compliance provisions for reduced emission completions (RECs) pursuant to 40 CFR Part 60, Subpart OOOO (Standards ...

Interview with Ronald Ebelhar, 2015 Chairman of the ASTM Board

by ASTM International  (Jan. 8, 2015)

Ron Ebelhar has provided leadership in civil engineering projects and ASTM technical committee work since the 1970s. This year, he brings his experience to his elected position as chairman of the ASTM board of directors. You have worked on dozens of engineering projects since getting your degrees in civil engineering. What are some of the most ...

Managing Mali’s Wetland Wealth for People and Nature

by Wetlands International  (Dec. 15, 2014)

Introduction Wetlands International has been in Mali since 1998, when it started a partnership with the national government to help better manage the country’s water resources for both its people and nature. Those early efforts involved scoping out the state of Mali’s unique natural habitats, not least its globally important wetland, ...

Farmers' willingness to pay for rehabilitation of degraded natural resources under watershed development in Ethiopia (case study in Dejen Woreda)

by Inderscience Publishers  (Oct. 30, 2014)

This study goes to identify factors that affect farmers' WTP and estimating the TEV. The Bivarite Probit model is used for the estimation of the parameters using 185 sample size. The mean WTP from DBDCV is 28.48 ETH Birr per annum; is higher than the open ended CVM (i.e., 24.8 Birr). The TEV is estimated to be 105,148.16 ETH Birr. Education, ...

Expanding metal mixture toxicity models to natural stream and lake invertebrate communities

by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.  (Dec. 5, 2014)

A modeling approach that was used to predict the toxicity of dissolved single and multiple metals to trout is extended to stream benthic macroinvertebrates, freshwater zooplankton, and daphnia magna. The approach predicts the accumulation of toxicants (h, al, cd, cu, ni, pb, and zn) on organisms using three equilibrium accumulation models that ...

Electronic Waste: The Rich Resource in the Urban Mine

by Tetronics (International) Ltd  (Oct. 29, 2014)

Forgetting your mobile phone can be a real pain, playing on your mind during the day. Then as you think you can feel your phone vibrating in your pocket and you come to realise how dependent we are on our gadgets. Electrical equipment has changed our lives completely and we rely on phones, microwaves, TVs, kettles, computers to keep us informed, ...

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