first response Articles

  • Saline Pond Multi-Layer Liner System - Case Study

    Gas operation benefits from the conversion of a single-liner system to a double-liner with leak detection monitoring Extensive gas operations near the North Saskatchewan River in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, are understandably closely regulated. To help the client remain well above compliance requirements and expand their leak detection capabilities, Nilex implemented the ...


    By Nilex

  • Transformational adaptation – when climate change means business as usual is no longer possible

    1. A lesson from the past Deep in the central Sahara, a crumbling mud-brick town sits at the edge of a dry lake bed. This is the medieval town of Germa, in southwestern Libya, one of a string of settlements along the Wadi al-Ajal, a valley defined by the towering dunes of the Ubari Sand Sea to the north, and the black cliffs of the Messak Settafet plateau to the south. Germa is romantic ...


    By Garama 3C Ltd

  • Fire Codes: A Foundation of Safety for a Rapidly Changing World

    Chief among these safety features is fire protection. There are myriad codes and regulations relating to fire safety in commercial buildings, from standards on portable fire extinguishers to the installation of stationary pumps for fire protection — the U.S.- based National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) alone has more than 300 consensus codes that have been adopted in whole or in part ...

  • Using Electromagnetic induction to characterize soils - Case Study

    Electrical conductivity measurements have been used for years to determine salinity and moisture in soils. Probes were inserted directly into the soil to determine how well the soil conducted an applied current. This process was slow and labor-intensive and was usually reserved for scientific studies. A more recent technique for measuring conductivity is electromagnetic induction (EM), a ...


    By Geonics Limited

  • Analyzer underpins growth of container inspection company

    After a career as a customs officer in the Netherlands, Wim van Tienen was well aware of the toxic gas hazards presented by some freight containers, so in 2009 he started a company, Van Tienen Milieuadvies B.V., offering gas analysis and safety advice. The company grew quickly and now employs 23 staff. Wim attributes a large part of this success to the advanced FTIR gas detection and analysis ...


    By Gasmet Technologies Oy

  • Choosing the Right H2S Analyzer for Your Specific Application

    Not all H2S analyzers are created equal, and certain H2S analyzers work better on different applications than they do others. Significant amounts of time, money and headaches can be saved by learning about the different H2S analyzer principles of operation and choosing the correct analyzer for your ...


    By Analytical Systems Keco

  • Corporate Social Responsibility

    Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a relatively new concept whose popularity has been catalyzed by the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in South Africa in 2002. It is a belief that corporations should extend their reach beyond their employees and shareholders to the communities that host and surround them. It is important to note that there is no universal description of CSR and ...

  • Poverty alleviation and corporate responsibility

    Last week, the Financial Times carried a story about how GrupoNueva aims to target the world's poor as a potential market by aiming to design and sell affordable wood and water pipeline products to this vast segment of the world's population. The company, it said, was aiming to show how profitability and corporate responsibility can go hand in hand.The move is one of the first responses to the ...

  • Emergency remediation response case study

    Services Performed Emergency remediation response, oil and hazardous waste consulting and a mold/indoor air quality (IAQ) testing Summary Following the flooding of the Spicket River during the Spring 2006, EFI Global was engaged to evaluate a nursing home in Lawrence, MA. After the initial environmental evaluation, our team observed that the basement and ...


    By EFI Global, Inc.

  • FuelCellsEtc – Spin-out or Sale response

    There has been some question about whether FuelCellsEtc was a “Spin-out” or an “Acquisition” (see Fuel Cell Nations post).  I confess, this is largely due to my own inconsistencies in terminology.  So here’s the skinny:  FuelCellsEtc licensed (exclusively) all of ...


    By Fuel Cells Etc

  • Chemical Spill Response Products & Procedures

    The current political and world climate has forced the Emergency Response Community to take a closer look at the number of potential hazards that they may be called upon to deal with. Of particular concerns are the response to terrorist and/or chemical incidents. Depending on the type of event, responders may be faced with a myriad of challenges and onsite dangers. With a chemical release, the ...


    By Fast-ACT

  • Risk, fiduciary responsibility and `regulatory insulation

    With 'regulatory insulation' taking hold worldwide as a powerful business strategy, the author advises forward-thinking company leaders to look at the world through an ecological lens, allowing them to identify key future issues, position their products ahead of the trend, and outflank their competitors. INTRODUCTION We've seen our share of scandals in recent years — Enron, WorldCom, and so many ...


    By AHC Group

  • Getting it right first time around

    The financial sector has a crucial role to play in promoting sustainable development in emerging markets - and is beginning to rise to the challenge. Roz Bulleid reports from São Paulo. For many environmentalists, the most profound challenges the planet faces are to be found in the developing world. As economies from Peru to China rapidly industrialise, they are making ever-greater demands on ...

  • Tower rescue: first-in operations and the IAP

    Across the country “tower” type rescues are becoming more and more common.  Accordingly, there is a growing need for local rescuers to be aware of these sites in their response areas, pre-plan for different rescue scenarios, and train their specialized rescue personnel to the appropriate level in order to facilitate the rescue in a safe manner.  Tower rescues have become so ...


    By Elevated Safety, LLC

  • Cadmium Accumulation and Antioxidative Responses in the Sesbania drummondii Callus

    Abstract  The effect of cadmium (Cd) on growth, accumulation, and antioxidative response was studied in Sesbania drummondii callus, cultivated on different concentrations of Cd (0–250 μM) for four weeks. Callus growth was comparable to that of the control for concentrations up to 50 μM Cd; however, concentrations higher than 50 μM affected growth. A concentration of 100 ...


    By Springer

  • A systems view of data integration for emergency response

    In the wake of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 and Hurricane Katrina, emergency response has acquired a new level of importance. Emergency managers must be prepared to respond to conscious acts of terror, caused by individuals wanting to inflict harm, as well as the more traditional natural calamities and human errors. Response must be faster, more integrated, and more intelligent in ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Response of epilithic diatom assemblages to urbanization influences

    Urbanization has long been recognized to alter the hydrology, water quality and channel form of waterways. Recently, consideration of urban impacts on waterways has expanded to include assessment of the aquatic biota, generally focusing upon the macroinvertebrate fauna. This study compares the impacts of urbanization on the structure of stream benthic diatom communities in 16 first- and ...


    By Springer

  • Challenges and responses in the Murray–Darling Basin

    This paper traces the evolving institutional and policy responses to the social, environmental and economic needs of stakeholders in the Murray–Darling Basin. The paper begins by describing four cycles of challenge and response in the basin: the first period (1830–1900) witnessed the state-level development of irrigation and navigation in the basin; the second period ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Linking survival and biomarker responses over time

    The practical usefulness of biomarkers is limited by the complexity of linking their responses to life‐history traits of the organisms (e.g., survival, growth, reproduction) over time. Here we present a first attempt to simultaneously model biomarker responses and survival over time with a toxicokinetic‐toxicodynamic approach. Even though more work is clearly needed, the present study provides ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Myanmar (Burma): Being Environmentally Responsible not Reckless

    Over the last few months Myanmar (Burma) has rarely been seen out of the news. A number of key milestones have been witnessed by both the Burmese people and the wider International community.  The success of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (“NLD”) party at the polls, the floatation of the Myanmar (Burma) currency (Kyat – pronounced Chat), ...

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