environmental disaster News

  • Sylmar blast fines, Dickinson trench collapse, Imperial Sugar and more on EHS This Week

    In this episode of EHS This Week, Kristy and I discuss the top stories from the world of environment, health and safety news for the past seven days, including: Cal-OSHA's resolution of Sylmar blast fines. OSHA's take on Dikinson Trench collapse. An odd acknowledgement of Imperial Sugar's fourth anniversary by OSHA. The growing (and number) of China's environmental ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • Mobile lab to support UN environmental emergency response inaugurated

    An innovative mobile laboratory developed by the Netherlands to support international response to environmental emergencies was officially inaugurated by the Ministers of Environment and Development Cooperation in The Hague. The modular unit, known as the Environmental Assessment Module (EAM), can be rapidly deployed for disasters involving hazardous substances, together with the relevant ...

  • BP Temporarily suspended from new contracts with the federal government

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that it has temporarily suspended BP Exploration and Production, Inc., BP PLC and named affiliated companies (BP) from new contracts with the federal government. EPA is taking this action due to BP’s lack of business integrity as demonstrated by the company's conduct with regard to the Deepwater Horizon blowout, explosion, oil ...

  • NRDC: Kerry a champion for action against climate change

    The U.S. Senate confirmed John Kerry today as the next U.S. Secretary of State. Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, made the following statement: “In nearly three decades in the U.S. Senate, John Kerry has distinguished himself as a champion for action against climate change, an advocate for the international cooperation we need to protect the ...

  • Field stations foster serendipitous discoveries in environmental, biological sciences

    North America's biological field stations have long been home to a rich legacy of research results, scientists say, making them important places for serendipitous discoveries in the biological and environmental sciences. In a paper published in the April issue of the journal BioScience, researchers affiliated with the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Supporting technology with behavioral shifts

    Innovations such as EcoBioClean represent a step beyond what was previously considered possible in terms of ecology and environmental disaster response. Rather than ‘mopping up’ crude oil and other contaminants, this solution actively works to neutralize them in a way which supports and protects the environment local to the spillage. But it cannot be effective in isolation. While this ...


    By Jacor, LLC

  • UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $850 M for oil spill

    The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution Friday asking Israel to pay Lebanon over $850 million in damages for an oil spill caused by an Israeli air force attack on oil storage tanks during its war with Hezbollah in July 2006. The assembly voted 170-6 in favor of the resolution, with three abstentions. Israel, ...


    By Associated Press

  • UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $850 M for oil spill

    The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution Friday asking Israel to pay Lebanon over $850 million in damages for an oil spill caused by an Israeli air force attack on oil storage tanks during its war with Hezbollah in July 2006. The assembly voted 170-6 in favor of the resolution, with three abstentions. Israel, ...


    By Associated Press

  • Book chronicles businessmen who led fracking boom

    "The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters" (Portfolio/Penguin), by Gregory Zuckerman Gregory Zuckerman's book "The Frackers" tells the unexpected story of how a once-obscure method of producing oil and natural gas from shale rock led to a huge American energy boom - and to a bitter debate over whether that's a great thing or an environmental disaster. The ...


    By Associated Press

  • Pollution at sea: MEPs vote for compulsory criminal law penalties

    More effective measures to combat pollution at sea through stricter legal penalties in EU law were backed in a legislative vote by the Transport Committee on Tuesday. Criminal penalties: Member States to regard serious cases of pollution as criminal actsthe distinction between serious and minor cases (those not resulting in a deterioration of water quality) will be preservedminor cases are ...


    By European Parliament

  • The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), Screening Dust: The Great Asbestos Trial

    Anti-asbestos campaigners have urged more criminal prosecutions against the global directors of asbestos corporations, following the recent conviction of European industrialists Stephen Schmidheiny and Baron Cartier de Marchienne in Italy. The call was made this weekend at a meeting of Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). The ADAO has organized a special ...

  • Reef crash underscores need for better shipping rules

    Large vessels need to be in safe hands when transiting through the Great Barrier Reef, and this means local pilots with local knowledge, WWF said this week. The global conservation organisation has called for immediate improvements to the way shipping is managed in the Great Barrier Reef after the Chinese-owned bulk coal carrier Shen Neng 1 slammed into the reef on the weekend. This is the ...


    By WWF International

  • B Lab launches first national Ad Campaign for B Corporations

    The nonprofit B Lab launched the first national ad campaign for the community of Certified B Corporations today, inviting 17 MM values-driven consumers to support 'a better way to do business.' The ads feature more than 60 of the 350 Certified B Corps in home and office settings with the unifying message 'Better Companies Make Better Products. B Corps are Better Companies.' The campaign will ...

  • Kakadu still battling South American invader

    In a paper recently published in Nature, an international group of scientists led by CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences’ Dr Shon Schooler explained how this unpredictability could lead to a strategy for ongoing control of the weed. A native of South America, the aquatic plant Salvinia molesta is one of the most widespread and environmentally and economically destructive invasive plants because it can ...

  • Nigerian Fishermen Reject Shell`s $50 Million

    Thousands of Nigerian fishermen have rejected an offer of $50 million from Royal Dutch Shell for "some of the largest oil spills in history," their British lawyers said Friday after winning a landmark court ruling. Shell already accepts responsibility for paying compensation and cleaning up spills caused by its own failures. But the London High Court decided that Shell can be held legally liable ...


    By Associated Press

  • Fuel film galvanizes support in Louisiana for deepwater oil spill solutions

    To coincide with the two month anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that triggered the worst environmental disaster in American history and the June 22nd DVD release of the Sundance Award Winning documentary, FUEL, New Orleans native, filmmaker and alternative fuels activist, Josh Tickell and his producing partner and wife Rebecca Harrell Tickell kicked off a campaign earlier ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Healthy workplaces in the spotlight as documentary film award winner revealed

    All That Glitters, a thought-provoking film about a worker in a goldmine in an inhospitable region of Kyrgyzstan, has been announced as the winner of the second Healthy Workplaces Film Award for the best documentary on work-related topics. The award is supported by the European Agency for Safety and Healthy at Work (EU-OSHA) as part of its mission of promoting safer and healthier workplaces in ...

  • Innovative Environmental Insurance Provider Announces Million Mile Giveaway

    Recently, Legends Environmental Insurance Services announced their new Million Mile Giveaway Program. The program provides airlines miles for policy holders to use for business trips, vacations or as incentives for their employees. Legends has made a name for itself by revolutionizing the environmental insurance industry with superior insurance programs and innovative benefit and revenue ...

  • Settlement of Clean Water Act Violations Aims to Prevent Future Oil Spills by Cargill Inc.

    Cargill Incorporated, a privately held multinational corporation headquartered in Minnetonka, Minn., has agreed to settle allegations that it violated the Clean Water Act (CWA) at two different large oil storage facilities located in Blair, Neb., and Eddyville, Iowa. Through the settlement with EPA Region 7, Cargill will pay a civil penalty of $187,500 to the United States. The Clean Water Act ...

  • Dynamic Adsorbents, Inc. (DAI) Alumina Adsorbent Technology Featured in Textile World Magazine as July-Augusts’ Quality Fabric of the Month

    JULY 21, 2010, ATLANTA, GA - DAI launches its first alumina enhanced textile product line designed for responding to disasters like cleaning-up oil spills and providing superior protection against diseases like influenza. Hobbs Bonded Fiber (Waco, TX) is working alongside DAI, impregnating the activated alumina into needle-punched woven substrates producing these innovative products. ...


    By Dynamic Adsorbents, Inc.

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