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Public participation in flood risk management: the case of Germany

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Sep. 10, 2014)

How can stakeholders best be involved in the implementation of the EU Floods Directive? According to recent research examining Germany as a case study, three types of strategy are being pursued across the country’s 16 federal states: the first draws on Water Framework Directive (WFD) procedures, the second meets only minimum requirements for ...

Ten Steps To Incorporating Risk Analysis Into Your Business

by Vose Risk Consulting and Software  (Sep. 9, 2014)

Introduction Every authoritative guideline on risk management advocates the quantitative (that is, probabilistic) evaluation of risk using Monte Carlo simulation – from ISO1, COSO2, NASA3, RAND Corporation4, AACE International5 and APM6, to Solvency II7 and Basel II/III8. There is some variation in terminology, but a general agreement on the ...

Global Shale Gas Development: Water Availability & Business Risks

by World Resources Institute WRI  (Sep. 9, 2014)

This report analyzes water availability across all potentially commercial shale resources worldwide.It also reveals that water availability could limit shale resource development on every continent except Antarctica. Shale resources are unevenly distributed worldwide and, for the most part, not located where freshwater is abundant. For example, ...

Major Changes to the Risk Management Program Regulations

by All4 Inc.  (Sep. 1, 2014)

On July 31, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) published potential revisions to the Risk Management Program (RMP) regulations, which are codified at 40 CFR Part 68.  U.S. EPA issued a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit and obtain information on specific regulatory elements regarding RMP and its ...

Depth of the biologically active zone in upland habitats at the Hanford Site, Washington: Implications for remediation and ecological risk management

by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.  (Sep. 10, 2014)

Soil invertebrates, mammals, and plants penetrate and exploit the surface soil layer (i.e., the biologically active zone) to varying depths. As the U.S. Department of Energy remediates radioactive and hazardous wastes in soil at the Hanford Site, a site‐specific definition of the biologically active zone is needed to identify the depth to which ...

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) ...

7 million premature deaths annually linked to air pollution

by GLOBE Foundation  (Sep. 8, 2014)

New estimates released earlier this year by the World health Organization (WHO) suggest that in 2012 around 7 million people died – one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single ...

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 ...

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 ...

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