environmental disaster Articles

  • Integrating sustainability into business continuity planning

    Recently, natural and human-enabled disasters have caused many high profile events that resulted in significant losses of life and property, and that have highlighted business vulnerabilities to environmental factors. In response, many organisations have implemented business continuity plans and adopted more sustainable business processes. Business continuity and sustainability have long and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A vision for the practice of risk reduction

    Disaster risk is rising rapidly. The poorest and most vulnerable people are hit hardest. Many hazards are becoming more frequent and less predictable as a result of climate change. At the same time, environmental degradation erodes nature’s ability to regulate them, and to provide food and water. The result is that more people are caught in a vicious circle of poverty, risk and ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Towards an integrated policy of risk management: A critical analysis of Turkey and France

    This paper discusses the background and issues surrounding Turkish disaster management policy. It also discusses the French experience and provides a comparative analysis and direction for future policy issues concerning both countries. French hazard risk management policies have evolved as a result of European Union (EU) land use, environmental and industrial safety directives. Consistent with ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • European environment outlook

    Protecting our environment is a key element in ensuring sustainable livelihoods for today’s and future generations. Indeed, the most recent Eurobarometer surveys show that as Europeans we regard the protection of our environment to be one of the six key priorities for the European Union. Issues of particular concern are water and air pollution, man-made disasters, and climate change. In ...

  • Aims, obstacles and potential stakeholders of macro-engineering projects

    Macro-engineering involves the large-scale modification and manipulation of natural systems for the benefit of mankind. Some of the major applications of macro-engineering are power production, land reclamation, food production, climate change, environment, water, transport, coastal protection and the protection against (future) disasters. Several of these applications may come together within ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Environment, security and the question of quantification

    The link between environmental change and human security brings together two important issues having to do with nature and society. In the last ten years, great progress has been made in understanding this link, but this new knowledge has been mostly in a descriptive and qualitative form. But now there are some compelling reasons to move from qualitative to quantitative analysis. Quantifying this ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • When Reporting Structure Is Not Enough - Redrawn lines on an organization chart seldom resolve underlying performance issues

    Historically, environmental staffs have been whipsawed between centralized and decentralized structures. There is no universally applicable, ideal organizational structure. Most of these companies have tried a variety of structures over the years, usually in response to a company-wide reorganization, a focused effort to improve performance and/or a reaction to some major EH&S/S disaster. The ...

  • Assessing global change when data are sparse

    Natural disasters and large-scale industrial accidents are rare events having very low probability of occurrence. They may result in high consequences for society, the environment and the economy. Media reports often suggest that the occurrence and severity of such hazards is perceived to be changing. Change may be a consequence of global environmental changes such as global warming, tectonic and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Perception and acceptable risks – the union of decision-theory, behaviour and the brain

    Acceptability and perception drive risky environmental heath and safety decisions: protecting against nearly infinitesimal risks can involve expenditures of millions or billions of dollars. Societal decision-makers and individual taxpayers are asked to understand numbers that span over more than 15 orders of magnitude, numbers with which most individuals lack experience. For example, we perceived ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A flood forecasting neural network model with genetic algorithm

    It will be useful to attain a quick and accurate flood forecasting, particularly in a flood-prone region. The accomplishment of this objective can have far reaching significance by extending the lead time for issuing disaster warnings and furnishing ample time for citizens in vulnerable areas to take appropriate action, such as evacuation. In this paper, a novel hybrid model based on recent ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • What Are Birds Trying to Tell Us?

    When songbird populations started dropping across the U.S. in the 1950s, conservationist Rachel Carson saw disaster waiting in the wings. Something was going terribly wrong with the natural world, she concluded in her 1962 book Silent Spring — something that could harm humans, too, if we didn’t figure it out and fix it. Subsequent actions to ban DDT and gain tighter controls on other ...


    By Ensia

  • Missing links: gender and education for sustainable development

    Focusing on the impact of Hurricane Katrina, 2005 this paper argues for a gender-sociologically, and ecologically sensitive approach to the complex range of issues raised by environmental concerns. The correlation between gender and other themes of education for sustainable development such as class, race and geography is conceptualised within a whole systems approach to learning. Far-reaching ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Advanced procedures for risk assessment and management in Russia

    The Russian Federation has developed a comprehensive, high-technology strategy for coping with natural and technological emergencies, risk reduction, and disaster management. The strategy is implemented under special Russian Federal Programs. One of the main goals of these Programs is the creation of the State Unified System of Monitoring and Forecast of Emergency Situations. The Agency of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Water quality monitoring following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

    Following the passage of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans was left with 80% of its land area flooded. In some locations, the flood waters were over 30 feet deep. In the heat and stagnation, the waters quickly became heavily polluted. Pump out operations began in early September 2005 to get the city dried out quickly. Lake Pontchartrain was the primary receiving water body. A variety of approaches ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Fourier polynomial approximation of estuaries water salinity in the Sundarbans region of Bangladesh

    The geographical location, characteristics of the coastal region and the monsoon climate render Bangladesh highly vulnerable to natural disasters. The reduction of upstream fresh water in the Ganges basin caused for high saline water penetration in the estuaries of the Sundarbans region. The five estuaries namely Baleswar, Bangra, Kunga, Malancha and Raimangal are highly affected by saline water ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Axion waste processing plant training case study 1 – Management team at MBT plant

    The full recovery system was a unique and complex MBT and AD plant. Individual equipment suppliers were not able to provide training in the combined waste recovery system as an overall integrated process. Machinery was not yet operational so separation stages could not be seen working. The new management team was a complex mixture of people, recently recruited from different ...


    By Axion Group

  • Environment and resolutions to avoid discontinuity in supply chain management

    Supply chain management (SCM) is a quintessential area that entails numerous external factors that are both controllable and uncontrollable. Nature is indeed one of the most influential disruptor that affects a steady supply chain. The US Government has implemented many environmental laws and regulations to protect today's environment from pollutants caused by the general public, governmental ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Buncefield Terminal Hemel Hempstead – Case Study

    Project Highlights Envirochem managed the asbestos removal at the very high profile incident within the Buncefield Terminal. Our advice ensured that emergency repair works to the fuel terminal were not delayed during the reconstruction and rebuilding of the project. Project ...

  • Gender, water and climate change

    Climate change is a reality, and poses a serious long term threat to society and to the environment. Scientists have generated significant evidence that the use of fossil fuels, deforestation, and changes in land use have led to an increase in greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere, causing the Earth’s surface temperature to rise. This has already and will continue to result in changing ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • If Only a Spill Site Could be as Pristine After a 2.7 Million Litre Oil Spill, as it had been Before.

    Well actually, it can and it has. In May of 1994 a Brazilian land oil pipeline ruptured and dumped 2.7 millionlitres of oil into the environment. Within hours the oil had found its way into the Atlantic Ocean and sooncontaminated an exotic local beach, threatening the natural ecosystem and destroying the local bathing and recreational facilities. The area was declared an environmental disaster of ...


    By Peat Sorb 2011 Inc.

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