first response Articles

  • First short-term noise monitoring system for airports launched

    Airport Noise Monitoring On Demand increases flexibility for investigation, compliance or planned changes Brüel & Kjær today announced the release of Airport Noise Monitoring On Demand, a system that enables airports to temporarily - and cost-effectively - increase noise monitoring when needs arise. This system helps airports measure ...

  • Powering Renewable Programs: The Utility Perspective

    When considering how to build out a renewable energy portfolio, there are a lot of factors and many points of view to consider. For purposes of this narrative, we will take the point of view of the electric utility itself. Your electricity providers are quite familiar with the concept of a “smart grid.” According to the Department of Energy (DOE), a smart grid “generally refers ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • What To Do When OSHA Arrives - Part 1

    Continuing Our Guide for New Plant Safety Managers You have been the new plant safety manager for a little over two months. During this timeframe you have had the opportunity to review the limited number of safety procedures left in your office by your predecessor and you are beginning to ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • Senix Water Level Sensors Drive Irrigation Automation Project

    Australia’s Water Crisis Irrigation management is serious business in Australia especially within the Murray-Darling Basin, a 1,000,000 square kilometer watershed that is home to Australia’s most productive agricultural land. The basin’s 23 rivers have ...


    By Senix Corporation

  • 10 things you need to know about the circular economy

    10 things you need to know about the circular economy A working circular economy could be a practical solution to the planet’s emerging resource problems. Here’s 10 facts you should know. 1. Why do we need one? The circular economy is touted as a practical solution to the planet’s emerging resource crunch. Reserves of key resources such ...


    By GPT Waste Management Ltd

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Preparation for and response to the flood of 2008 in Cedar Falls, Iowa

    The purpose of this paper is to examine the preparation for, and responses to, the 2008 flood in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The analysis of this study was based on qualitative research methodology that includes interviews of key personnel (e.g., emergency planners) who were involved in emergency planning, decision making, response, and recovery efforts during and after the 2008 flood in Cedar Falls, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • India to Mandate Corporate Social Responsibility Spending

    India becomes one of the first countries in the world to mandate Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) spending under the statuary provision of the Companies Act, 2013. This Act primarily regulates incorporation of a company, responsibilities of a company, directors, and dissolution of a company. The revised Act partially replaces The Companies Act, 1956 and after receiving the assent of the ...


    By SGS

  • 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

  • Governance of new technologies: recommendations for responsible innovation in nanotechnology

    Effective risk governance is important when developing new technologies. This study assessed the approaches to governance of nanotechnology in Europe, based on a comprehensive review of literature and practices, complemented by discussions with key stakeholders. The study provides a new analytical framework for exploring the strengths and weaknesses of governance strategies and makes ...

  • 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.

  • Opinion: Global Climate Change - A Stern Response?

    EXTRACT: Two major publications have been published in the last few months. In December2006 the Government issued The Stern Report Review (hereinafter the Stern Review)1 and in February 2007 Working Group I of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) adopted the Summary for Policymakers of the first volume of Climate Change 2007.2 Initial reactions to these reports suggested that the ...


  • 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

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