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- Inderscience Publishers
- Book Review: Deleuze and Environmental Damage by Mark Halsey
Water management solutions minimize flood damage
Human societies around the world have used timber as a building material for thousands of years. As wood is the only significant biological building material we are naturally inclined to believe that using wood in construction is good for the environment. As a matter of fact the environmental benefits of using timber are not straightforward: although it is a natural product, a large amount of energy is used to dry and process it. Much of this can come from the biomass of the tree itself, but that requires...
How listening to the ocean can help reveal environmental damage
In 2013, Katherine Indeck listened to recordings of sounds made in a channel between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, Florida. Some of the audio files had been collected in 2005 during an unusually severe red tide, a bloom of toxic algae that killed fish, dolphins and sea turtles. Other recordings were made after the ecosystem began to recover. During the recovery years, Indeck could hear sounds from animals such as snapping shrimp, which she likens to bacon grease popping in a pan. But during the red tide, the...
Mosul battle brings environmental damage, with serious impacts on health, prospects of recovery
Civilians in Northern Iraq are falling victim to additional suffering - including near suffocation and respiratory illnesses - due to what appears to be a scorched-earth policy employed by retreating ISIL militants following the launch of a major military offensive to retake the city of Mosul. Nineteen oil wells have been set ablaze by armed groups near Al Qayyarah, located south-east of Mosul, with citizens and armed forces exposed to toxic fumes. The burning crude oil produces a wide range of pollutants,...
Coordinating ecological risk assessment with natural resource damage assessment: A panel discussion
Contaminated sites in the U.S. undergo remediation and restoration through regulatory programs that lead the two processes through independent but often parallel pathways with different objectives. The objective of remediation is to reduce risk to human health and the environment, whereas that of restoration is to restore injured resources and compensate the public for lost use of the services that natural resources provide. More complex sites, such as those associated with large river systems and urban waterways,...
Environmental contaminants and chromosomal damage associated with beak deformities in a resident ...
A large cluster of beak abnormalities among black‐capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus) in Alaska raised concern about underlying environmental factors in this region. We analyzed metals and trace elements, organochlorine (OC) pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and polychlorinated dibenzo‐dioxins and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDD‐Fs) in adults, nestlings, and eggs of the affected population; we also tested local bird seed for OC pesticides. Our results offered no support for the hypothesis...