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UNEP and Brazil Launch Research Project to Manage Mercury Risks

by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)  (Jul. 28, 2015)

Brazil's Ministry of Environment (MoE) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today launched a new research project to help manage environmental health risks from mercury. The project, Development of Minamata Convention on Mercury - Initial Assessment in Brazil, aims to facilitate the ratification and early implementation of the ...

The Environmental Risk Assessment and the Law on Environmental Liability

by MediTerra Environmental Consultants, S.L.  (Jan. 23, 2009)

Directive 2004/35/CE of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 April 2004 on environmental liability with regard to the prevention and remedying of environmental damage has been transposed in the Spanish legal order by means of Law 26/2007 of 23 October on Environmental Liability. The purpose of Law 26/2007 is to establish aframework of ...

Assessing the ecotoxicological risks of nanoparticles

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Apr. 22, 2009)

A new study highlights the need for more research aimed at understanding the effects of nanoparticles on the environment. Efforts should focus on developing more sensitive analytical methods for characterising and detecting nanoparticles, say the researchers. The study discusses engineered nanoparticles (ENPs), a diverse class of nanoscale ...

World leaders meet in Addis in a bid to boost development finance

by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)  (Jul. 13, 2015)

Over 30 heads of state and government, more than 110 government ministers and over 1000 business and civil society representatives gathered in Addis Ababa for the opening of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development with calls to ensure the necessary resources to improve people's lives while protecting the planet The meeting ...

Deep-sea mining looms on horizon as UN body issues contracts

by Associated Press  (Jul. 25, 2015)

The deep oceans span more than half the globe and their frigid depths have long been known to contain vast, untapped deposits of prized minerals. These treasures of the abyss, however, have always been out of reach to miners. But now, the era of deep seabed mining appears to be dawning fueled by technological advances in robotics and dwindling ...

New Framework for Assessing Metals Risks

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Mar. 12, 2007)

Many EPA programs make decisions on regulation of metals, particularly controlling releases to the environment and establishing acceptable levels in air, water, or land. To assess better the hazards and risks from metals exposure, the agency has developed a new document that lays out the latest and best science available on metals risk assessment. ...

Ecological risk assessment has evolving role in environmental decisions

by Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)  (Jul. 11, 2008)

As concerns about the environment and a push for “green living” continue to grow, the scientific community is taking a broad look at the use of ecological risk assessment, also known as ERA. ERA is the topic of four articles in the July 2008 issue of Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, published by the Society of Environmental ...

FREE Web Seminar: Probabilistic Environmental Risk Assessment of Pesticides

by Oracle Crystal Ball GBU  (Jan. 18, 2007)

FREE Web Seminar: Probabilistic Environmental Risk Assessment of Pesticides Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 Time: 3:00 pm GMT Standard Time (London) There is increasing interest in Europe in the probabilistic risk assessment of pesticides to help reduce reliance on overly conservative combinations of worst case exposure and toxicity values. ...

Environmental Site Assessment

by ASTM International  (Dec. 10, 2013)

A revision of ASTM E1527, Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process, has been issued; it clarifies language and strengthens the report that results from following the standard. E1527 guides those assessing the environmental condition of commercial real estate and identifies ...

Ecological risk assessment framework for contaminants in soil

by ENVIRON  (Oct. 16, 2008)

The environmental and conservation regulators launched the ecological risk assessment (ERA) framework and technical guidance in London on 15th October 2008. The long-awaited methodology assesses risks to ecosystems from land contamination, an area of environmental assessment that has so far largely been ignored in the UK. The ERA methodology is ...

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