ecological problem News

  • Ecological globalization

    Ecosystems are constantly exchanging materials through the movement of air in the atmosphere, the flow of water in rivers and the migration of animals across the landscape. People, however, have also established themselves as another major driver of connectivity among ecosystems. In the June 2008 Special Issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, titled “Continental-scale ecology in an ...

  • Solving problems with solar power

    How can the idea of a a programme like '10,000 solar roofs in ten years' become reality in the canton of St Gallen? Does solar energy have a future in Switzerland? Is there any ...

  • 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, ...

  • EPA investigation of Gowanus canal identifies widespread contamination, health and ecological problems; hundreds of samples find PAHs, PCBs, heavy metals and other Toxins (NY)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has completed its investigation of the Gowanus Canal Superfund site in Brooklyn, N.Y. The investigation confirmed the widespread presence of numerous contaminants in the canal and identified the sources of contamination. The investigation also identified characteristics of the canal that will influence future plans for a cleanup. A companion human and ...

  • Research and Markets: Freshwater Ecology. Edition No. 2. Aquatic Ecology

    Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/277dn8/freshwater) has announced the addition of Elsevier Science and Technology's new book "Freshwater Ecology. Edition No. 2. Aquatic Ecology" to their offering. The Second Edition of Freshwater Ecology is broad, up-to-date treatment of everything ...


  • Cultivating Resilience in the Face of Ecological Change

    In the past decade, approximately 200–300 million people have been seriously affected by natural disasters or technological accidents each year—a staggering figure that is bound to only increase in the coming decades. It is becoming clear that a failure to make political systems pay attention to climate challenges might lead to massive population displacements. In State of the ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • World is facing an ecological ‘credit crunch’

    The world is heading for an ecological credit crunch as human demands on the world's natural resources reach nearly a third more than earth can sustain. That is the stark warning contained in the latest edition of WWF’s Living Planet Report, the leading statement of the planet’s health. It shows that species and wildlife continue to decline, and around 50 countries are slipping into a state of ...


    By WWF UK

  • BP and Princeton renew partnership to tackle climate problem

    BP has committed to a five-year renewal of a joint research partnership with Princeton University that identifies ways of tackling the world's climate problem. It will support Princeton to at least its current level of funding for the years 2011 to 2015. The grant reflects the success of the Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI), which has had a significant impact on the climate change debate, ...


    By BP - British Petroleum

  • Invasive alien species: a growing problem for environment and health

    Invasive alien species pose greater risks than previously thought for biodiversity, human health and economies, according to two new reports from the European Environment Agency (EEA). An alien or non-native species is an organism which humans have introduced –intentionally or accidentally -outside its previous range. It is deemed ‘invasive’ if it has negative ...

  • Growing Company tackles Growing Problem (…Japanese Knotweed)!

    tcm (Thurlow Countryside Management) has now opened a new office in Whitstable, Kent. What’s this growing problem? When asked to think of a weed, one envisions the dandelion or perhaps the clover, mildly annoying at worst and easily removed by a carefully positioned root barrier or maybe a splash of Weedol. It’s time to think again – surely and not so slowly we are being invaded by what ...


  • The solutions to environmental and energy problems have to be coordinated

    The Gulf oil spill brings home the message that there is shifting balance between the creature comforts we seek and the cost of obtaining them. This cost is measured not only in dollars but also in reduction in our life quality. The McIlvaine Company has undertaken two major efforts to help provide a coordinated basis for energy and environmental decision making. The first effort is to provide ...


    By The McIlvaine Company

  • Extent of plastics in the Mediterranean Sea: a growing problem

    The extent of marine litter in the Mediterranean Basin has been revealed by a new study. Researchers reviewed previous studies to show that the northwest Mediterranean Sea is a hotspot for plastic debris. They found that marine litter harmed 134 species in the Mediterranean Sea and call for more to be done to manage the growing problem of debris, especially plastics, littering the Sea. Marine ...

  • Environmental treatmentand solutions for mining and road problems

    For years the practice of mining has depleted the world's valuable supply of raw materials. While these supplies are being consumed a large portion of them are being wasted during and after the mining process due to the continuous losses of fines through the previously unavoidable procurement of suspended particulate matter. The results of these suspended particles of raw materials are not only ...


    By Cypher Environmental Ltd.

  • UBC `ecological footprint` creators honoured at Rio+20

    Two pioneering UBC researchers who developed the "ecological footprint" concept have won the prestigious Blue Planet Award for Sustainability, valued at nearly $645,000 CDN, at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil. The award, one of the world's premier environmental prizes, recognizes William Rees, a professor emeritus at the UBC School of Community and ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Ecological approach used to remediate former mining site

    Cleanup of the inactive Burlington Mine site in Boulder County, CO, was initiated in 2003 as a voluntary cleanup overseen by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) pursuant to the Colorado Voluntary Cleanup Redevelopment Act of 1994. An ecological approach was used to improve downstream water quality, reduce surface- and ground-water interaction with contaminated ...

  • School kids solving the world`s environmental problems recognized at RIO+20

    Whether or not their countries agree to move forward, thousands of schools representing 117 countries are collaborating to solve the world's biggest environmental problems. As today's world leaders gather at the RIO+20 Conference to define pathways toward a more resilient and sustainable world, tomorrow's world leaders were also recognized. The best school projects from around the world were ...

  • TrojanUV Helps Provide a Unique Solution for Drought Problems in Cambria, California

    The solution comes by treating water consisting of treated wastewater effluent and mixture of freshwater and saltwater. This involves a three-step process: Removal of solids through filtration Desalination using reverse osmosis Disinfection and removal of ...

  • School Kids Solving the World's Environmental Problems Recognized at RIO+20

    Whether or not their countries agree to move forward, thousands of schools representing 117 countries are collaborating to solve the world's biggest environmental problems. As today's world leaders gather at the RIO+20 Conference to define pathways toward a more resilient and sustainable world, tomorrow's world leaders were also recognized. The best school projects from around the world were ...


    By Marketwire

  • UNTHA shredding technology – Ecologically sound preparation of hazardous waste for combustion

    Paint cans, metal buckets, plastic jerry cans, 200 l metal barrels, grid containers made from metal, 1000 l IBC containers, etc. – all these things together result in a mix of paint, acids, lye, solvents, and similar substances. Ekol, d.o.o. a company from Kranj/Slovenia was looking for a shredder to prepare such materials for further treatment in an incinerator.  They found the right ...


    By UNTHA Shredding Technology

  • 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 ...

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