ecological risk News

  • Managing Ecological Investment Risk

    PORTLAND, Oregon, August 13, 2007 (ENS) - There is one complex term to describe our future: limited biocapacity. The Earth's limited biocapacity is the greatest challenge we face as investors and as humans. We are already facing it, but the severity of its effects depends on where you live and how much money you have. The planet provides some amazing ecosystem services for our ...

  • 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 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 ...

  • 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, ...

  • Urban water ecology

    Sewage overflows are a fact of life in urban areas, and in many cities, excess sewage water enters streams and lakes with rain runoff. Although this pollution is harmful to most organisms, there is one group of insects that thrives on it: mosquitoes. Luis Fernando Chaves, a post-doctoral researcher at Emory University, and his team discovered mosquitoes in abundance in a sewage-contaminated ...

  • 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, ...

  • 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

  • Judi Durda and Damian Preziosi coauthor article on relative risk model for evaluating ecological conditions in an estuary

    Ms. Judi Durda and Mr. Damian Preziosi of Integral Consulting Inc. have coauthored “Development of a Preliminary Relative Risk Model for Evaluating Regional Ecological Conditions in the Delaware River Estuary, USA,” which was recently published in the peer-reviewed journal, Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management. The article describes a preliminary assessment that was undertaken ...


    By Integral Consulting Inc.

  • Global Ecology Announces Development of Fertilizer Production Facilities

    Global Ecology Corporation (GEC), (OTCQB: GLEC) (PINKSHEETS: GLEC), announced today the signing of letters of intent with three towns in southern Alabama; Castleberry, Fort Deposit and White Hall, to develop waste remediation facilities for the production of natural fertilizer and soil additives. As an added benefit, the deployment of GEC's organic waste remediation technology will greatly reduce ...

  • WIKI tool promotes ecological river restoration in Europe

    Policy makers, river restoration practitioners and other stakeholders now have a new online tool at their disposal, providing them with hundreds of river restoration case studies. Created by Wetlands International and partners for the promotion of ecological river restoration in Europe, this River WIKI database holds over 300 river restoration case ...


    By Wetlands International

  • 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 ...

  • US Ecology Announces Senior Management Changes

    US Ecology, Inc. (the "Company") (NASDAQ: ECOL) today announced that the Company and James R. Baumgardner, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer agreed on October 25, 2012 that Mr. Baumgardner's employment with the Company will terminate. Baumgardner also resigned from the Board of Directors of the Company (the "Board"). "Our Board appreciates Jim's past efforts and ...


    By US Ecology, Inc.

  • Mapping pesticide contamination risk

    A new computerised tool helps regulators identify water sources at risk of pesticide contamination. The tool can be used to produce maps indicating water bodies at risk of contamination by taking into account: adjacent land-use, the concentration of pesticides in the environment and biological indicators of contamination. Protection of water resources is a key priority for the EU and water bodies ...

  • 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 ...

  • New Framework for Assessing Metals Risks

    Many EPA programs make decisions on regulation of metals, particularly controlling releases to the environment and establishing acceptable levels in air, water, or land. To assess better the hazards and risks from metals exposure, the agency has developed a new document that lays out the latest and best science available on metals risk assessment. The agency today released the final Framework for ...

  • Integral Principal Judi Durda Elected to Ecological Society of America Certification Board

    Integral Principal Ms. Judi Durda, Certified Senior Ecologist, Ecological Society of America (ESA), has been elected to the Board of Professional Certification for ESA, the country’s primary professional organization of ecologists. ESA members comprise more than 10,000 scientists worldwide. As a board member, Ms. Durda will oversee professional certification of ecologists both in the United ...


    By Integral Consulting Inc.

  • Pacific Coral Triangle `at risk of collapse`

    The Coral Triangle, a roughly triangular marine zone in the Indo-Pacific region that is considered to have the world's richest concentration of marine biodiversity, is facing potential ecological collapse due to heavy pressure inflicted by human ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Experts are concerned about ecological thresholds related to coastal areas

    Society's lack of capability in dealing with imminent and sudden changes of coastal areas is worrying experts. This opinion of experts and other stakeholders was expressed in an international survey conducted by the Finnish Environmental Institute. According to the results of the survey, there are special risks connected to climate change that clearly passes society's capability to respond. The ...

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