environmental disaster Articles

  • Perverse Trade-offs - Ethical considerations in sustainable development

    Within business organizations, decisions that have far-reaching health, safety, environmental, and economic impacts on entire communities (if not nations) can be made unilaterally, sometimes literally by one individual. Corporate managers are in the business of making trade-offs-weighing one choice against another.  But can those trade-off decisions become so faulty as to be perverse? ...

  • Meteorological Certification Feasibility Study 2007

    In 2004, in response to requests from the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and the Meteorological Service of Canada, ECO Canada commissioned a major study of meteorological practice in Canada. The study was funded by Human Resources and Social Development Canada. The study discovered meteorological practitioners functioned in a diversity of scientific and technical fields ...


    By ECO Canada

  • Cosmic Heat Emission concept to 'stop' global warming

    Global warming, over the last few decades, has become one of the most debated challenges facing society. There have been very few innovative remedies to combat this phenomenon which could lead to ecological disaster. A remedial concept is proposed to 'stop' or at least minimise, global warming and cool Earth. This can be achieved by focusing on the primary heat balance between human activities' ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Proactive Leak Detection of Oil & Gas Assets Can Improve Worker Safety

    According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, there have only been 4 new refineries built in the last 20 years on US soil. Those 4 refineries have a combined capacity of These complex, engineering amusement parks must be properly maintained if they want to continue to not only be operable but also profitable. One aspect of proper maintenance and environmental stewardship is ...


    By EnTech Engineering Company

  • Recent & Other Noteworthy Projects - Case Study

    Hanby Field Test Kits continue to lead the way in environmental assessment for marine and land petroleum clean-up projects. Entrix, the primary environmental consultant for BP for the recent Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf, employed the Hanby water test in hundreds of water column analyses they performed offshore. These analyses enabled clean-up and skimming vessels to rapidly determine ...


    By Hanby Environmental

  • Joint action on climate change: Key resources

    Who’s linking climate change, development, and disaster reduction? Ilan Kelman rounds up vital sources and voices. Many useful and mainly free online resources reflect the links amongst climate change, development and disaster risk reduction — the following are some key organisations and documents. Focus on climate change ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Safety: mischief, mishap or mayhem

    Over the past decade there have been numerous organisational disasters that have caught the attention of the public, no more so than the recent disaster involving the Russian Submarine Nerpa in which 20 people died as result of a Freon gas release. This raises the question: are such incidents the result of freak mishaps and individual mischief or does safety culture offer an explanation as to why ...

  • Prediction of ungauged river basin for hydropower potential and flood risk mitigation: a case study at Gin River, Sri Lanka

    A hydrologic study was performed for ungauged river basin of Sri Lanka to examine synthetic discharge relations. Rainfall-runoff relationships were used for identifying hydrological conditions of the Gin River basin. The peak discharge achieves within 4.74 hours from the onset of the rainstorm and 11.95 hours take to reach its normal discharge conditions. Stream frequency of the Gin River is ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Water crisis: the metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia, regional water supply conflict

    Many large population centres are currently facing considerable difficulties with planning issues to secure future water supplies, as a result of water allocation and environmental issues, litigation, and political dogma. A classic case occurs in the metropolitan Atlanta area, which is a rapidly growing, large population centre that relies solely on surface water for supply. Lake Lanier ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Coming in from the cold - A case study on trouble-shooting in Russia

    Client:Consultant: Andy IveAfter the disastrous Komi oil spill of the 1990's, the legislative requirements for a new onshore construction plant of four oil wells to transport into an existing infrastructure line in the late 1990’s were always going to be tough. The project, based west of the Urals on the north coast of Russia, had the added hazards of permafrost with temperatures down to minus ...


    By Ive Design

  • Toward an innovative interdisciplinary method for vulnerability assessments: the case of Taiwan

    Humans live in complicated social-ecological systems within which we interact with our surrounding environment. This interaction is of concern to various disciplines, which focus on various system elements (factors), many of which are mutually interacting. Assessments of vulnerability to climate change assist us in realizing the magnitude of the impact of various climate change factors, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Dynamic cooperation in international law and the shadow of state sovereignty in the context of transboundary waters

    Some of the world’s leading thinkers are exploring ‘cooperation’ as the foundation for global peace and security and even to explain life on earth, building upon and extending significantly the parameters of past discourse on this topic. In The Better Angels of Our Nature, Pinker examines various models of cooperation and concludes inhis extensive study that: ‘Humans are ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Analysis of effects of climate change on runoff in an urban drainage system: a case study from Seoul, Korea

    Both water quantity and quality are impacted by climate change. In addition, rapid urbanization has also brought an immeasurable loss of life and property resulting from floods. Hence, there is a need to predict changes in rainfall events to effectively design stormwater infrastructure to protect urban areas from disaster. This study develops a framework for predicting future short duration ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Characteristics of urban chemical spills in Southern Ontario

    Thousands of chemical spills occur as a result of accidents or natural disasters each year worldwide and have the potential to harm human health and the environment. More than 700 recorded chemical spills involving more than 1,000 types of chemical occur every year in Southern Ontario, resulting in multiple environmental impacts. This paper presents characteristics of urban chemical spills ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Need of Surveillance and High Quality Monitoring

    With the rise in unwanted scenarios in nature due to the man-made activities in the environment a severe need for proper surveillance of various disasters causing factors is a must in the current prevailing situations. An uncountable millions of lives are being lost every year due to accidents or natural calamities. The squandering caused by such undesirable phenomena’s can be curtailed by ...


    By Soldata Limited

  • Homeland Security: Managing the Risks

    Untitled Document Following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001, the U.S. ...

  • What is Crisis Management Software?

    A crisis is not something a company wants to deal with on its own. Having crisis management software in place helps you, your department and company better manage and prevent environmental, health and safety (EHS) risks. With crisis management software, you can easily approach an issue from various angles, including EHS. Using this type of software allows for scenarios to be established in ...


    By EHS Insight

  • Weaving ecosystem services into impact assessment: A step-by-step method

    The services provided by ecosystems play a vital role in human well-being. Although some ecosystem services are easily recognized— food, timber, and freshwater, for example— others may be less apparent. Ecosystems control erosion; reduce the damage caused by natural disasters; and regulate our air, water, and soil quality. A reduction or loss of any of these services and the benefits ...

  • Using scenarios to improve understanding of environment and security issues

    The need to address environment and security For many people, the term 'national security' suggests images of military and police efforts to preserve peace and stability. Environmental issues are seldom seen to play a major role in security but in fact the issues are inextricably linked. Resource overexploitation and changes in climate affect quality of life, potentially ...

  • Freshwater Resources: Managing the Risks Facing the Private Sector

    In recent years, a broad set of national and international water issues has begun to receive significant attention at all levels of society, from leaders at the United Nations to local communities in the United States and around the world. ...


    By Pacific Institute

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