environmental disaster Articles

  • 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 ...

  • Flood Risk and Social Justice

    Flood Risk and Social Justice is a response to the rising significance of floods and flood-related disasters worldwide, as an initiative to promote a socially just approach to the problems of flood risk. It integrates the human-social and the technological components to provide a holistic view. This book treats flooding as a multi-dimensional human and natural world tragedy that must be ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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? ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The health impacts of climate change and variability in developing countries

    Health is a focus reflecting the combined impacts of climate change on the physical environment, ecosystems, the economic environment and society. Long-term changes in the world's climate may affect many requisites of good health - sufficient food, safe and adequate drinking water and secure dwelling. The current large-scale social and environmental changes mean that we must assign a much higher ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 10 tips to become ecosystem smart in DRR interventions

    10 tips developed by Wetlands International for policy makers and practitioners to better integrate the management of ecosystems and natural resources in their DRR work. 1. Build understanding and capacity on ecosystems and the services they deliver Build capacity of government at all levels, communities and civil society organisations on the services that ecosystems deliver and ...


    By Wetlands International

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