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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, ...

How to communicate the risks of population growth?

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Nov. 13, 2014)

We need a better understanding of how the public perceive the risks of population growth, a new discussion paper argues. Research into public perceptions of the environmental and social challenges of population growth could guide behavioural-change communications to help limit growth and manage the difficulties. Specific communication issues ...

Can low oil prices be good for the environment?

by Associated Press  (Nov. 14, 2014)

Deepwater drilling rigs are sitting idle. Fracking plans are being scaled back. Enormous new projects to squeeze oil out of the tar sands of Canada are being shelved. Maybe low oil prices aren't so bad for the environment after all. The global price of oil has plummeted 31 percent in just five months, a steep and surprising drop after a ...

CSP faces new California siting limits in DRECP

by CSP Today - part of the FC Business Intelligence Ltd group  (Nov. 5, 2014)

The publication of the Preferred Alternative draft of the much-awaited Desert Renewable Energy and Conservation Plan (DRECP) brings both hope and consternation to supporters of clean energy in California. DRECP would close approximately 20 million acres of a 22 million acre area of California desert lands to large-scale renewable energy ...

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, ...

Rotary-Valve Fast-Cycle Pressure-Swing Adsorption Paper

by Xebec Adsorption Inc.  (Oct. 30, 2014)

Off-shore production/processing platforms often strand valuable associated and/or natural gas reserves due to severe space and weight/or limitations on the platform prohibiting the installation of gas processing and/or treatment facilities. This paper will describe how one such oil producer, located in the Santa Barbara Channel, met the ...

Resource scarcity: Why don`t we act even when it is in our best interest?

by Strategic Environmental Consulting Limited (SEC)  (Nov. 10, 2014)

From academics, policy makers, local government to miners, manufacturers and retailers - we will all be needed to complete this journey. But how do we work towards a more resource responsible future? Gareth Kane’s blog on resource scarcity made the pitch for that issue to reach a ...

Power Positive Resource Recovery

by BioCycle Magazine  (Aug. 22, 2014)

Using laws of thermodynamic analysis to evaluate the energy and power characteristics of wastewater and beneficial uses of biogas offers greater insight into best business practices and what is achievable. Growing numbers of waste-water treatment plants (WWTP) are striving to produce more power onsite. In recent years, there’s even been a ...

Data mining techniques for water ecotoxicity classification for application on water resources management

by Inderscience Publishers  (Sep. 25, 2014)

Among the various forms of action that promote sustainability, technological innovation can be considered one of the most important. This paper applied data mining techniques to discover knowledge in the field of water quality monitoring data, providing useful and relevant support for decision-making in environmental management systems. At the ...

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