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  • ALBANISA Oil Spill Equipment Setup - Case Study

    As a part of the Bolivarian Alliance for the People of Our America (acronym in Spanish: ALBA), Nicaragua has received funds to build a new oil hub in the Caribbean. The hub will be available for oil companies in order to store their products before reaching its final destination. By doing that the profit will be increased as the costs for transportion is reduced. The updated environmental ...


    By DESMI A/S

  • Should energy managers worry about energy data security?

    Ah, 2016 – the year of fake news, celebrity deaths and cyber attacks, namely to the electricity grids of several countries. The biggest story came out of the United States, where the Washington Post (falsely)  ...


    By DEXMA

  • Top 10 Compliance Storylines from 2016

    For the compliance sector, 2016 was a critical year. It was a year in which regional government bodies around the globe took on greater responsibility as gatekeepers of environmental and human rights standards in the corporate sector. It was also the year of the investor, where corporate decision makers became more concerned with transparency and accountability in supply chains. ...


    By Assent Compliance Inc.

  • Technical and safety practices

    Safety is absolutely paramount in the medical industry, with lives literally at stake if something were o go wrong. Regrettably, this was more than reinforced recently following the tragic news of a death of a newborn at a hospital in Sydney, Australia, after it was mistakenly administered nitrous oxide (N2O) instead of oxygen (O2) in July this ...


    By Geotech

  • Why Water Management Professionals Can’t Afford to Ignore Innovation

    Innovation in the water management industry is born from the collaboration between water managers, operators, engineers and manufacturers who set out to resolve problems or improve service levels that impact all parts of the supply chain. This is usually the result of early adopters either at the field level or in engineering ...


    By Singer Valve Inc.

  • Biosolids ban struck down

    In 1994, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts (LACSD) bought a 4,700-acre farm (called Green Acres Farm) in southwest Kern County for the purpose of land applying biosolids from its 11 wastewater treatment plants. LACSD land applied 800 wet tons/day at this site for several years. In 2006, Kern County voters passed Measure E on the ballot with 83 percent approval. This measure banned ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • 10 Reasons why you should continuously monitor low temperature and liquid chemical sterilants for worker safety

    1. Sterilant chemicals are highly toxic Low temperature and liquid chemical sterilants are designed to kill all microorganisms including resistant spores and if they were not toxic, they would not be effective in sufficiently high concentration to destroy all microbial life including the chemically resistant sporicidal forms of certain ...


    By ChemDAQ, Inc.

  • Gavin Russell, Sales Engineer at TOMRA Sorting Recycling, is sharing key considerations on managing MRF upgrades

    Gavin Russell, Sales Engineer at TOMRA Sorting Recycling, analyses the rising volume of MRF upgrades, considers the rationale driving such decisions, and shares some ideas on how to manage a successful upgrade. Material quality issues Whilst material quality is a primary factor in any evaluation of an MRF’s performance, this can be influenced by a range of ...


    By TOMRA Sorting (TITECH)

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...


  • 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

  • Decision support for improvisation during emergency response operations

    Emergency response organisations are faced with complex, unpredictable events with the risk of catastrophic losses. To assist emergency response organisations in responding to these events, new models must be developed and the traditional command and control structure of decision-making must be revised to accommodate greater flexibility and creativity by teams. In this paper, we propose the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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