environmental damage News

  • Putting a price on global environmental damage

    Global environmental damage caused by human activity in 2008 represented a monetary value of $ 6.6 trillion, equivalent to 11% of global GDP, calculates a study released today by the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI). Those global costs are 20% larger than the $ 5.4 trillion decline in the value of pension funds in ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Hurricane Environmental Damage `Almost Unimaginable`

    Untitled Document BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, September 7, 2005 (ENS) - Hurricane Katrina has left Louisiana with environmental wreckage that is ",almost unimaginable,", the head of the state Department of ...

  • Fires cause Immediate Damage and Smoke Damage Claims

    The building consulting experts at EC2 provide testing solutions for commercial and residential properties for fire and smoke damage investigations across the greater Chicago area and throughout Illinois.   The Chicago Fire Department (CFD) can trace their roots back to before 1833.  They are one of the largest fire departments in the United States and each year respond to countless ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Ecolabelling of seafood products to reduce environmental damage

    Ecolabelling of seafood products has been introduced to address the environmental impacts of fisheries and fish products. A recent study has compared various types of ecolabelling schemes to assess how they could reduce the ecological impact of fishing, offering suggestions for criteria that seafood products must meet in order to receive ecolabels. Ecolabels are a form of certification that help ...

  • Environmental damage and energy tax reform: the Dutch challenge

    The ‘green result’ of the Dutch energy tax system could be significantly improved by better aligning the tax structure with overall environmental damage costs.  For some energy products, such as natural gas and electricity for households, tax rates in the Netherlands are higher than the cost of the environmental damage they cause (the so called Pigovian rate). Conversely, tax ...

  • Indoor Environmental Health Concerns Following Water Damage

    So far in 2013, there have been numerous destructive flooding events across the United States.   With the hurricane season here, even more areas will likely have to deal with flooded homes, schools and businesses as the season progresses.   Moisture and water can enter a building and begin causing problems in many ways. Local flooding is an obvious concern, but leaking roofs ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Suppressed aviation report forecasts `massive environmental damage`

    Climate change emissions by the airline industry, airport noise, and local air pollution are all trending sharply upwards, according to a suppressed report based on information contained in US, European and UK government databases maintained by regulatory agencies. The technical report was submitted to the 7th US/Europe Air Traffic Management Research and Development Seminar held in Barcelona, ...

  • Damage to pearl mussel sites

    Works in and around rivers that are home to the rare freshwater pearl mussel (such as the River Tay in Scotland) can have a devastating effect on the species if the correct working practices are not observed. Groups including the Scottish Environment Protection Agency have launched a campaign to remind landowners of this. SEPA, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Tayside Police have been ...

  • EEA: Environmental damage will undermine Europe`s economy

    Increasing global demands for natural resources are heaping increased pressure on Europe's environment and posing a significant threat to the continent's economic health, the European Environment Agency (EEA) warned today. Publishing its fourth Environment State and Outlook report (SOER 2010), the EEA said that if Europe's stocks of natural capital continue to be depleted, the region's economy ...

  • Designing with damaged land

    A citizens’ guide to reclaiming abandoned mine sites ecologically Written by Scott R Campbell. You can read the original story in MIT News A new website will be launched in September at waste2place.com that ...

  • Property Damage from Fire, Smoke & Water Damage Discussed in New Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production discusses how a structure fire can cause a wide range of damage, even to nearby properties not touched by flames. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that each year in the United States fire departments respond to over 1 million fires of all ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Herring organs damaged by acidified seawater

    Ocean acidification could damage the organs of Atlantic herring, as well as slow their growth and development, recent experiments show. It adds to the list of pressures currently threatening this commercially important species, including over-fishing and marine pollution. Our oceans are changing as high levels of atmospheric CO2 dissolve into seawater and lower its pH to become more acidic. The ...

  • Wildfires and Insured Property Damage Claims

    A prolonged drought in large portions of the Western United States has made for explosive wildfire conditions in many states.  California has already been especially hard hit, but even states such as Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico have already experienced an active wildfire season. Flames from wildfires destroy many homes and businesses each year.  These ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Rebuilding cities in a climate-damaged world

    So began a 2009 article in Harvard Business Review. Although the message was aimed at business, it applies equally well to building cities.    This is especially prescient when the cities in question were damaged or destroyed by climate disaster. Are they being redeveloped with ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Commercial Property Damage Claims & Common Indoor Environmental Issues in Texas

    Each year, billions of dollars are paid to settle insured commercial property damage claims. Many of these claims are due to water damage, fire damage, and wind and storm damage. While damage from any one of these events is often quite visible, they can also create potential indoor environmental hazards that many business owners and property managers may not immediately recognize.  These ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Hailstorms, Property Damage and Potential Indoor Environmental Concerns Discussed in New Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production discusses hailstorms and the billion dollars worth of property and crop damage that occurs each year in the United States.   “Following a hailstorm, property owners should check for signs of damage,” ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Even Minor Tornado Damage can Result in Indoor Environmental Hazards

    According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in an average year Texas has 137 tornadoes, more than any other state in the country.  Less than two months into spring and Texas has already been hit with a number of powerful tornadoes that have caused damage to homes and buildings in many regions of the state.  In a typical year in the United States, ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Property Damage Claims & Indoor Environmental Concerns Discussed in New Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production discusses indoor environmental concerns that may be associated with some types of property damage insurance claims.   “Some of the most common homeowners insurance claims revolve around ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Wind Damage, Moisture and Mold Discussed in New Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production discusses how wind damage can also result in moisture and mold problems in residential and commercial buildings.    “Thunderstorms, microbursts, tornadoes and hurricanes are all ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Flood Risks and Property Damage Discussed in New Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production discusses flood risks and property damage issues.    “Flooding can cause devastating damage to a home or business so it’s important that people understand flood risks in their area, ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

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