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  • Technical Leadership in Ecological Risk Assessment

    A leader in environmental and ecological risk assessment, CH2M maintains a strong technical presence at leading environmental forums including the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), one of the world’s most comprehensive conferences dedicated to environmental risk management being held November 6-10, in Orlando, Florida. Our technical experts’ ...


    By CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.

  • Ecological assessment for InCar project of ThyssenKrupp

    In the cross-Group research project InCar, ThyssenKrupp engineers from the Steel Europe and Components Technology business areas have developed 35 innovations for auto manufacturers. The first InCar parts are already being tested in auto manufacturers' plants for introduction into production.The project offers new solutions for the body, chassis and powertrain areas. Using InCar innovations, auto ...


    By thinkstep

  • Ecological risk assessment framework for contaminants in soil

    The environmental and conservation regulators launched the ecological risk assessment (ERA) framework and technical guidance in London on 15th October 2008. The long-awaited methodology assesses risks to ecosystems from land contamination, an area of environmental assessment that has so far largely been ignored in the UK. The ERA methodology is applicable to any land quality assessment that ...


    By ENVIRON

  • Ecological risk assessment has evolving role in environmental decisions

    As concerns about the environment and a push for “green living” continue to grow, the scientific community is taking a broad look at the use of ecological risk assessment, also known as ERA. ERA is the topic of four articles in the July 2008 issue of Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, published by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. ERA is a combination of risk ...

  • New tool to assess the ecological impacts of offshore wind turbines

    How do offshore wind farms affect marine wildlife? A new study outlines a systematic approach developed for Swedish waters that could also be useful for assessing wind energy impacts on the marine environment more widely. Under the 20-20-20 targets, the EU is committed to increasing the proportion of its energy that is produced from renewable resources to 20% by 2020. To address this challenge, ...

  • BREEZE software available for human health & ecological risk assessment

    BREEZE® Software introduces BREEZE Risk Analyst, human health and ecological risk assessment software. BREEZE Risk Analyst can be used to conduct GIS-based analyses of multi-pathway human health risk assessments or food-web based ecological risk assessment modeling. The application provides the framework for conducting risk assessment modeling for both regulatory and non-regulatory applications, ...

  • Causes of ecological degradation in waterways

    Human activities can have a multitude of different effects on rivers and streams, and it is difficult to identify those that have the biggest impact on aquatic populations. A newly developed method for assessing ecological degradation in waterways helps deal with this problem and could provide crucial information for water managers charged with tackling the root causes of degradation. In the EU, ...

  • Testing ecological toxicity in rivers

    Water quality in rivers is commonly classified according to its physical and chemical properties, but this may not fully describe its biological health. Polish researchers have tested a new method of water assessment, which looks at the toxicity to organisms of not just water, but also sediment and floodplain soil samples. This provides a more complete picture of a river's health and may help ...

  • Call for Papers on Industrial Ecology and Nanotechnology

    The Journal of Industrial Ecology announces a call for papers for a special issue on Industrial Ecology and Nanotechnology by March 1, 2007. Roland Clift, of the Centre for Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey, UK and Shannon Lloyd, of Concurrent Technologies Corporation, USA, will serve as co-editors of the special issue. The Journal of Industrial Ecology is an international ...


    By MIT Press Journals

  • Ecological Catastrophe Overwhelms the Strait of Kerch

    A 'colossal' ecological catastrophe is growing even larger in the Strait of Kerch where at least 10 oil tankers and cargo ships loaded with sulfur were wrecked in a fierce storm on November 11. At least six sailors died in the wreckage. Now the storm in the Strait of Kerch is getting stronger, so it is not possible to stop the flow of oil into the sea and organize its collection and removal. ...

  • Northwest Green Chemistry and Washington State Department Of Ecology To Offer Training On Quick Chemical Assessment Tool

    Northwest Green Chemistry and the Washington State Department of Ecology are presenting a four-part webinar series introducing and providing training on the Quick Chemical Assessment Tool (QCAT). QCAT allows users to evaluate chemical ingredients and provides alternative chemical recommendations. During the webinar, users will be given ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • EnviroScience Opens Nashville Office and Expands Capabilities into Hazardous Materials and Ecological Damage Assessments

    EnviroScience, Inc. has opened a Nashville, Tennessee office and has hired local employees with extensive chemistry and toxicology backgrounds.  The new office will bring additional capabilities of ecological damage assessments and HAZMAT cleanup solutions to the business.  In addition, the office is expected to greatly expand EnviroScience's key business area of biological monitoring ...


    By EnviroScience, Inc.

  • EPA Sharpens Focus on Ecological Benefits of Regulations

    (Washington, D.C.) What benefits do people actually derive from clean air, water and land? EPA has taken a major step towards answering this question with the release today of its Ecological Benefits Assessment Strategic Plan (EBASP). EPA has traditionally been able to quantify human health benefits more easily than total ecological benefits when making regulatory decisions. The EBASP will help ...

  • Massachusetts division ecological restoration contract extension

    Woods Hole Group announces its contract has been extended with the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration (DER), extending its integral role in the state\'s wetland restoration efforts. The Cape Cod-based company has been working as a consultant with the DER for several years to restore and protect the Commonwealth\'s rivers, wetlands, and watersheds. The extension ensures Woods Hole ...

  • Species and ecological communities get national protection in Australia

    Alpine habitat which provides a haven to threatened species and plays an important role supplying water to inland water resources as well as the worlds largest sea turtle will receive a greater level of protection under federal environment legislation, Environment Minister Peter Garrett said today. Mr Garrett today announced the addition of the ecological community, alpine Sphagnum bogs and ...


    By Australian Government

  • Unconventional shale gas and oil: overview of ecological impacts

    Research findings on the wildlife and habitat impacts of unconventional shale gas and oil developments in the US have been collated in a new review. Its authors stress the importance of collecting data on local ecosystems before such developments begin, to allow changes in nature be tracked and aid on-going improvements to management. Unconventional shale oil and gas are already important sources ...

  • Micro wind turbines and wildlife: integrating plaplanning with ecology

    The ecological impacts of micro wind turbines (up to 50 kW) are treated in a diverse way by different local authorities in the UK during the planning approval process, research suggests. The study calls for ecologists, policymakers, planners and industry representatives to improve the integration of ecological information within planning, and for greater guidance for local authorities on the ...

  • Collecting data to explore the ecological threat of nanomaterials

    The overall ecological impact of 10 engineered nanomaterials has been modelled for the first time using toxicity data from multiple living species. These models will allow researchers to assess the effect nanomaterials may have on both ecosystems and people. Engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) are small-scale substances measuring less than 100 nm in at least one dimension. They are increasingly used ...

  • Environmental assessment of industrial clusters

    Critically polluted industrial areas are not just an environmental challenge, but they are a public health challenges. 85% of big industrial clusters in India are health hazards as air, water and land pollution levels are not fit for human habitants.  The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) released a study Criteria for Comprehensive Environmental Assessment of Industrial Clusters ranking the ...

  • IPCC assesses geoengineering proposals

    Geoengineering experts, who gathered this week to assess proposals for manipulating the earth to avoid climate disaster, have stressed that they are not planning to make recommendations about actions the world should take — but are merely assessing whether the proposals are sound science. Spraying the atmosphere with aerosols; changing the colour of clouds; and 'fertilising' oceans with ...


    By SciDev.Net

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