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Roadmap for Sustainable Water Resources in Southwestern North America

by IWA Publishing  (Jul. 8, 2014)

The management of water resources in arid and semiarid areas has long been a challenge, from ancient Mesopotamia to the modern southwestern United States. As our understanding of the hydrological and climatological cycles has improved, and our ability to manipulate the hydrologic cycle has increased, so too have the challenges associated with ...

Break It Down, Build It Up - Sustainable Science Has Roots in ASTM Standards Development

by ASTM International  (Jun. 30, 2014)

It was back in the 1980s,” Richard Wool, Ph.D., recalls. “A lot of waste management sites were running out of space. Barges full of garbage were plowing up and down the East Coast with no place to dock. The idea of having biodegradable plastics would address a number of issues like getting rid of the trash and cleaning up marine waste, ...

The End of Sustainability

by GLOBE Foundation  (Jul. 8, 2014)

The time has come for us to collectively reexamine — and ultimately move past — the concept of sustainability. The continued invocation of sustainability in policy discussions ignores the emerging realities of the Anthropocene, which is creating a world characterized by extreme complexity, radical uncertainty and unprecedented change. ...

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 ...

Reducing Energy`s Water Footprint, Driving a Sustainable Energy Future

by IWA Publishing  (Jun. 16, 2014)

Water is an essential natural resource that impacts all aspects of life: Clean and abundant supplies of water are vital for supporting the production of food, public health, industrial and energy development, and a healthy environment. Water is an integral part of energy extraction, production, and generation. It is used directly in hydroelectric ...

Questions and answers on the Commission Communication `Towards a Circular Economy` and the Waste Targets Review

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Jul. 2, 2014)

What is a circular economy? A circular economy preserves the value added in products for as long as possible and virtually eliminates waste. It retains the resources within the economy when a product has reached the end of its life, so that they remain in productive use and create further value. It may involve: Increasing the time products ...

Planning system for sustainable territorial development in Serbia

by Inderscience Publishers  (Jun. 30, 2014)

The aim of this article is to research the problems in the development and practices of the planning system in the sustainable territorial development of a transition country (Serbia). Research is based upon the analysis and assessment of how integrated and supported is the legal framework, governance system and strategic planning (general ...

Athlone Cooling Towers Demolition, Cape Town, South Africa Case Study

by WardKarlson Consulting Group UAE  (May 13, 2014)

The Athlone Cooling Towers in Cape Town, South Africa, were condemned due to structural damage caused by the heavy Cape winds. A decision was taken to demolish the Cooling Towers, despite the technical challenges and potential risk to nearby populations that this posed. In 2011, Knight Piesold was appointed as project manager to assist with the ...

The Secret to Real Sustainability - Truly sustainable decisions start with looking at the big picture.

by Ensia  (Jul. 22, 2014)

Make every decision with the future in mind. In essence, that’s the definition of sustainability. It means doing our part to ensure that our great-grandchildren — and their great-grandchildren — will have the resources they’ll need to maintain a high quality of life. But for such a simple concept, sustainability requires ...

The development of corporate responsibility practices in Chinese petroleum enterprises

by Inderscience Publishers  (Jun. 25, 2014)

There is a close relationship between health, safety and environment management system (HSE–MS) and corporate social responsibility (CSR). On the one hand, health, safety and environment are three major concerns of CSR. On the other hand, the establishment and implementation of HSE–MS is an important approach for enterprises to fulfil their social ...

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