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Europe’s warming raises tropical disease risk

by Climate News Network  (Aug. 27, 2014)

Add one more horror to the list of awful threats that climate change poses: it could introduce dengue fever in Europe. Dengue fever is already a hazard for 2.5 billion people in humid tropical regions, and 50-100 million people a year are infected by the mosquito-borne disease. It puts 500,000 of them in hospital each year, and kills around 12,000 ...

Tools to improve the management of transboundary river basins for disaster risk reduction

by IWA Publishing  (Aug. 6, 2014)

This paper firstly presents a brief overview of the complex environment of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region in the context of disaster risk reduction (DRR), analyzing characteristics of the major hazards and actors involved. Secondly, it argues that the SADC Water Division and International River Basin Organizations (RBOs) ...

Global megatrends update: 3 Changing disease burdens and risks of pandemics

by European Environment Agency (EEA)  (Aug. 15, 2014)

Assessment of global megatrends — an update Europe is bound to the rest of the world through an enormous number of systems — environmental, economic, social, political and others. Such networks enable complex flows of materials and ideas across the globe, producing uncertain feedbacks and knock-on effects over time. Greenhouse gas ...

40th anniversary of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

by Pulsar Instruments plc  (Aug. 18, 2014)

31st July 2014 marked the 40th anniversary of the Health and Safety at Work Act. Also referred to as HSWA or the HSW Act, the Health and Safety at Work Act is the primary legislation covering occupational health and safety in the United Kingdom. Take a look at what exactly this monumental Act involves and what impact it has had on employee health ...

Manure Spills: Prevention, Detection, Control Options, & the Role of Anaerobic Digesters

by BIOFerm™ Energy Systems  (Aug. 27, 2014)

An internet search for manure-related spills can lead to an exhausting list of news articles and images of catastrophic environmental damage. In Wisconsin alone, the ...

Aquatic Risk Assessment of Pesticides in Latin America

by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.  (Jul. 17, 2014)

Latin America is anticipated to be a major growth market for agriculture and production is increasing with use of technologies such as pesticides. Reports of contamination of aquatic ecosystems by pesticides in Latin America have raised concerns about potential for adverse ecological effects. In the registration process of pesticides, all ...

Climate and economy fan flames in Spain

by Climate News Network  (Aug. 21, 2014)

Climate change is gradually turning Spain into a fire zone – but it’s also the change in the economic climate that is inflaming the situation. A research group reports in the journal Environmental Science and Policy that a mix of factors is ...

Peat restoration – the key solution for large peat-fires in Russia - Case Study

by Wetlands International  (Aug. 23, 2014)

Thanks to an active and laborious fire-fighting operation the recent peat and forest fires in Tver Province were localised and the region was saved from events becoming as dramatic as in 2010 when dense smoke haze covered the city of Moscow for weeks. Still, the ...

Bankers, what are the risks of your peatland investments?

by Wetlands International  (Jul. 9, 2014)

The world’s increasing demand for palm oil and pulp wood for paper production attracts the private sector to invest more and more in these businesses in Indonesia and Malaysia. But are banks, the creditors of these businesses, aware of the risks of their investments in palm oil and ...

ISO/DIS 14001 Proposes Increasingly Strategic Approach in Environmental Management

by SGS  (Jul. 10, 2014)

The latest milestone in the ISO 14001 revision process was reached on 1 July 2014 when ISO/DIS 14001 was issued. The first formal draft describes the potential requirements of the revised version of ISO 14001 but it does give an indication on what might be included in the final version of the standard planned to be published in ...

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