environmental disaster Articles

  • Disaster Recovery

    Disaster Recovery is the process to aid critical infrastructures, people, or nation involved in the disaster and to orderly return back to standard state or operation. In addition,disaster recovery include the following steps: Rebuild resources Counseling adults and children to cope with disasters Ensuring public health and safety Community organizations and educators ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Are mining waste disasters inevitable?

    On 5 November 2015 the dam of an iron ore tailings management facility in Bento Rodrigues, Brazil, suffered a catastrophic failure and flooded the area. The immediate consequences were dire: the accident killed at least 11 people, injured over a dozen more and left more than 500 people homeless. However, this is just the start: the environmental impact of the Bento Rodrigues dam disaster, with ...

  • Data Mining Disaster

    Computer technology that can mine data from social media during times of natural or other disaster could provide invaluable insights for rescue workers and decision makers, according to an international team writing in the International Journal of Emergency Management. Adam Zagorecki of the Centre for Simulation and Analytics, at Cranfield University, Shrivenham, UK and David Johnson of Missouri ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Tax Credit Tips For Biogas Projects

    With the end of 2016 in plain view, anaerobic digestion (AD) projects in the development phase should examine what has to happen by December 31 in order to tap into available federal tax credits. Under current law, Section 45 of the federal tax code makes AD projects eligible for a Production Tax Credit (PTC), which can be converted into an Investment Tax Credit (ITC), if the projects are used to ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Flood disasters – a global perspective

    Various disasters in recent decades have confirmed that the risk from water-related events has been increasing significantly worldwide. Among those events are tsunamis, storm surges, river floods, flash floods, mass movements and droughts. The driving factors of this risk are the unabated increase in global population, the concentration of people in high-risk areas such as coasts, flood plains ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Disaster and climate risks aren’t separate

    Governments must integrate work across frameworks if global policy won’t, say Zenaida Delica-Willison and JC Gaillard. Disasters are a serious challenge everywhere. All communities need resilient and sustainable development, and that cannot be achieved without thinking through Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) strategies. But many years of discussion and work on DRR have been ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Planning for Natural Disaster Debris Guidance

    Each year, natural disasters, such as wildfires, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, and winter storms, challenge American communities. The National Science and Technology Council estimates that these disasters cost the United States $52 billion per year in the form of lives lost and property destroyed (2005). Natural disasters have generated large amounts of debris, causing considerable ...

  • The Role of Environmental Health in Disaster Management: A Qualitative Study of Australian Experiences

    Even though environmental health is widely considered to be an integral component of disaster management, limited research on this topic has been conducted. Using a qualitative approach, the authors conducted in-depth interviews of practitioners in Queensland, Australia, to explore the role of environmental health in disaster management and determine how those internal and external to the ...

  • If a Natural Disaster Occurred Tomorrow, Would Your Environmental Business be ready to Help?

    2011 has been a historic year for natural disasters.  From wildfires, flooding, tornadoes and tsunamis, we have seen it all.  Just this month, the 2011 U.S. Hurricane Season began.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced their predictions for the season as being above average with as many as 10 hurricanes being predicted. Whether an earthquake, ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Averting environmental disaster: The salvage of the Seawin Sapphire - case study

    The successful salvage of the Seawin Sapphire was an exceptional example of what can be achieved through passion, commitment and co-ordination.         This extraordinary operation was concluded with no major incidents and set legal precedent for dealing with future environmental emergencies. Amid a winter storm in Table Bay Harbour the Seawin Sapphire, a 151 ...

  • Innovation by disaster: the ozone catastrophe as experiment of forced innovation

    In this paper, the process of adapting and replacing products and processes by new alternatives will be analysed. The paper will reflect upon effective means of stimulating environmental innovation by analysing the innovations that resulted from the ban on CFCs. The ozone hole catastrophe has been announced in two steps: first there was the land breaking paper of Rowland and Molina of 1974, which ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Can sustainability reporting be used as a predictor of industrial disasters?

    Sustainability reporting is a newer type of reporting for businesses world-wide. The reporting is a formalised means of assessing the status of economic, social and environmental factors involved in a business entity. Data included within the reports varies because of the lack of a uniform reporting standard. Even with these conditions, sustainability data can be used to predict the risk of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Steering the Policy and Practice in Disaster Risk Reduction

    This September Wetlands International officially joined PEDRR, a global alliance of UN agencies, NGOs and specialist institutes which plays a vital role in steering the policy and practice in disaster risk reduction ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Online tools `decentralising disaster relief efforts`

    Disaster response and relief efforts are becoming more dynamic and decentralised with the development of web-based geospatial technologies, says a study. Researchers writing in Disasters evaluated the experiences of Harvard ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Downstream Voices - Wetland Solutions to Reducing Disaster Risk

    Until recently, the world’s response to inevitable climate change was based on producing ever more precise forecasts of what would happen locally – running ever more sophisticated climate models to generate data on the climate in Bamako, Mali in 2040, for instance – and then working out how to “adapt” to the change. While ever bigger super-computers with ever more ...


    By Wetlands International

  • An information management system for the emergency management of hurricane disasters

    Access to accurate and comprehensive information for a wide spectrum of topics to support hurricane disaster planning and response is of critical importance to emergency managers. This paper presents the development of IMASH, an Information Management System for Hurricane disasters. IMASH is an intelligent integrated dynamic information management tool, capable of providing comprehensive data ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The importance of heritage preservation in natural disaster situations

    Natural disasters impact on the human-created environment. Affected are both the general built environment as well as those few places that a community cherishes as representing their past achievements, aspirations and tribulations ? their cultural heritage sites. Natural disasters are localised events and have the ability to cause extensive loss and destruction to a community's cultural ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Generating biomass fuel from disaster debris

    Natural disasters create massive amounts of vegetative debris, the majority of which is landfilled or open burned. These environmentally harmful practices are the norm partly out of necessity and convenience, with a focus on clearing material as quickly as possible after a disaster - versus finding outlets for the material including mulch, compost and biomass fuel. The biomass fuel market in ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Using disaster warning tools to their best potential

    Stronger links between scientific tools and the environment in which they operate can improve the effectiveness of early warning. To say there is a lot riding on disaster management is an understatement. The lives and livelihoods lost, as well as extensive damage, underscore the human, ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Why disaster warning and development go hand in hand

    To engage people in early action we must understand their experience, behaviour and constraints, says disaster policy expert Andrew Collins. Disaster predictions have significant uncertainty that tends to undermine efforts to act on early warnings. In Bangladesh, for example, where there ...


    By SciDev.Net

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