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The leading cause of death in developing countries might surprise you

by Ensia  (Jan. 13, 2015)

What’s the leading cause of death in low- and middle-income countries? A.  malnutrition and undernutrition B.  tuberculosis, malaria & HIV/AIDS C.  pollution If you guessed “C,” you got it. Exposures to polluted soil, water and air (both household and ambient) killed 8.4 million people in these countries in ...

Final Report - Hotspots Analysis: mapping of existing methodologies, tools and guidance and initial recommendations for the development of global guidance

by PE International AG  (Jan. 7, 2015)

UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative - Flagship Project 3a (Phase 1) Hotspots Analysis: mapping of existing methodologies, tools and guidance and initial recommendations for the development of global guidance Foreword This research is funded by the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative and forms part of the delivery of all three (3) of the ...

Alstom Exec: Carbon Pricing & Technology Innovation Are Symbiotic

by The World Bank  (Jan. 20, 2015)

Amy Ericson, U.S. country president for technology company Alstom, spoke at the World Bank Group about the interplay between carbon pricing and innovation that can lower carbon emissions for cleaner, more sustainable development. Alstom is involved in the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition. "Alstom supports a price on ...

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 ...

Basis for the development of sustainable optimisation indicators for activated sludge wastewater treatment plants in the Republic of Ireland

by IWA Publishing  (Jan. 21, 2015)

This paper describes the basis of a stakeholder-based sustainable optimisation indicator (SOI) system to be developed for small-to-medium sized activated sludge (AS) wastewater treatment plants (WwTPs) in the Republic of Ireland (ROI). Key technical publications relating to best practice plant operation, performance audits and optimisation, and ...

Developing a global sustainability strategy

by Antea Group - USA  (Nov. 6, 2014)

Challenge: Antea Group's Global Corporate Consultancy assisted a nutritionals business of a global health care and medical research company to establish its global sustainability strategy. We worked with our client to outline a sustainability strategy and associated benefits to be presented to senior management for approval. Solution: An ...

The rise of sustainable urban development on Reunion Island

by Inderscience Publishers  (Dec. 1, 2014)

Reunion Island with 800,000 inhabitants shows growth in terms of population, economic, social and cultural development. Limited territory leaves little room for the compensation of urban dysfunctions by the urban spread. Rapid development calls for an additional 200,000 houses by 2030. Furthermore, increasing petrol and transportation costs mean ...

Predicting infiltration pollutant retention in bioretention sustainable drainage systems: model development and validation

by IWA Publishing  (Dec. 22, 2014)

A major problem of increased urbanization is the rise in pollution caused by runoff. A solution to this problem can be found through the use of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) such as rain gardens. Previous research has focused primarily on hydrologic design including the degree to which groundwater is replenished by these systems and ...

Case-study - Shaping a sustainable future for synthetic polymer production

by Climate-KIC  (Jan. 23, 2015)

Consciousness of climate change mitigation and increasing costs of raw materials for energy production are set to shape the future of polymer production. The Dream Products project aims to explore the potential to partly replace petroleum with CO₂ as a base raw material for polymers with the overall goal of bringing CO₂ based products ...

Black energy intensity versus green energy intensity: implications for sustainable development

by Inderscience Publishers  (Dec. 1, 2014)

This study attempted to identify the common trends for the 'black' and 'green' economic development of the major developed and developing countries as well as exceptions to these trends. It investigated these economies' energy and carbon dependences in the last 42 years and their renewable energy growths in the last ten years. In addition to the ...

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