environmental impact News

  • Measuring the environmental impacts of nations

    A study released on January 22 suggests the environmental damage caused by rich nations on poor nations exceeds $1.8 trillion, while the impact of poor nations on their richer counterparts is less than one third of that amount. The study is the first-ever global accounting of the dollar costs of countries' ecological footprints. The study, led by former ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Environmental impact of holidays

    Going on holiday needn't necessarily imply great environmental impact. According to a survey by NHTV, the international business school at Breda, in the Netherlands, 15% of holidays taken by Dutch people, whether at home or abroad, have a daily environmental footprint smaller than staying at home. In total, Dutch holidays contribute 14.4 megatonnes of CO2, or 7.9% of total Dutch emissions. The ...


  • River transport and environmental impact

    Transport companies can now use an 'eco-calculator' to calculate the main external costs of goods transport. Unlike the tools already provided for passenger transport, such as voyages-sncf.com, ViaMichelin, or Mappy which only cover the cost of the journey and the CO2 emissions involved, the eco-calculator put online by Voies Navigables de France (VNF) calculates the cost in euros of atmospheric ...

  • The environmental impact of gold production

    New research has assessed the environmental impact of gold production using life cycle assessment and estimated embodied energy and greenhouse gases, embodied water and solid waste burden that each tonne of gold produces. Gold is a highly valued metal, used not only in jewellery, but also electronics and other industrial applications, dentistry and for investment. Like other metal industries, ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • The environmental impacts of natural disasters

    When natural disasters collide with human affairs there are often immediate losses of human life and widespread devastation to the built environment to contend with. But when these disasters strike the longer term environmental impacts can exact an additional and sometimes lasting toll on the health and wellbeing of the people affected. Two hundred million people were affected by ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Environmental impact of animal waste

    North and South Carolina have seen a steady increase in swine production over the last 15 years. In North Carolina alone, swine production generates approximately a quarter of the state’s gross farm receipts. The presence of so many large-scale pig farms leads to the problem of proper animal waste disposal.   The most common practice in the Carolinas is storing animal waste in ...

  • Environmental Impact of Nuisance Birds

    The environmental professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide comprehensive investigative and sampling services to determine if nuisance birds are causing health risks for building occupants and damage to property. The unwanted presence of birds can lead to not only unpleasant things such as bird droppings, but they can also lead to unhealthy situations.  Nuisance birds, including ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Climate models may be overestimating the cooling effect of wildfire aerosols

    Original story at MIT News Whether intentionally set to consume agricultural waste or naturally ignited in forests or peatlands, open-burning fires impact the global climate system in two ways which, to some extent, cancel each other out. On one hand, they generate a significant fraction of ...

  • Cement develops an appetite for C02

    Three new studies illuminate the sheer complexity of the aspect of climate science known as the carbon cycle − how carbon dioxide gets into the atmosphere and out again. Sometimes, human agency is at work, but nature takes care of it anyway – as one of the studies reveals in the case of cement, the world’s most widely-used building material. Zhu Liu, postdoctoral scholar at ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Government must prove that Heathrow expansion won’t breach climate legislation, say official climate advisers

    The Chair of the Committee on Climate Change, Lord Deben, this week challenged the Government to come up with an answer on aviation emissions if it wants to go ahead with Heathrow expansion. Deben set out the Committee’s concerns in an open letter to the Energy ...


    By A.E.F. S.r.l.

  • Reducing the environmental impact of our activities

    Do we really need to print everything? Could we replace travelling for meetings by video-conferencing? How could we increase energy efficiency in our offices? For the fourth consecutive year, the European Environment Agency has successfully passed an external audit, certifying its compliance with the rules of the Eco-Management Audit Scheme (EMAS). 'Thinking about environmental improvement at a ...

  • Siemens Introduces Environmental Impact Calculator

    Siemens Building Technologies announced today it has introduced the Environmental Impact Calculator, a new application now available free-of-charge through the Apple Store. Siemens’ new tool allows energy engineers, facility managers and others to estimate a building’s baseline carbon footprint from purchased electricity, natural gas and heating oil. ...

  • The Environmental Impact of Expanding the Oil Sands

    Water.ca was pleased to present a panel discussion on the projected expansion of the oil sands and its impact on our environment, Thursday, February 22, 2007. The panel included Dr. Mary Griffiths, Senior Policy Analyst, Pembina Institute Energy Watch Program, Melody Lepine, Director of Industrial Relations, Mikisew Cree First Nation, and Ezra Levant, Publisher of the Western Standard. ...


  • Discover Environmental Impacts and Innovative Solutions

    Environmental issues are top of mind for many companies and their stakeholders. With public awareness of environmental issues on the rise, companies have started to respond in meaningful ways through their investment decisions, environmental goals, and impact reduction. In the past few years, several major disruptive weather events have interrupted business as usual, underlining the need to ...

  • Agreement on environmental impact assessment directive

    The Permanent Representatives Committee1 today (on December 20) approved a compromise agreed with the European Parliament on a draft directive amending directive 2011/92/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment. It thereby endorsed the agreement reached between the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and representatives ...


    By EU Council of Ministers

  • Reducing the environmental impact of construction tunnelling

    The construction industry is among the top three drivers of resource use in the EU. This study investigated the environmental impacts of a common construction method, drill and blast tunnelling, using life cycle assessment. The researchers assessed 20 years of data on tunnelling in Norway to identify areas that could be targeted to reduce its environmental impact. They recommend reduced ...

  • EPA to scrutinize environmental impact of Bisphenol A

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a number of actions to address the potential effects of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used in the manufacture of a wide range of consumer and industrial products. The BPA action plan released today focuses on the environmental impacts of BPA and will look to add BPA to EPA’s list of chemicals of concern and require testing related to ...

  • Corporate environmental impacts continue to grow

    The most comprehensive assessment of corporate sustainability activity to date shows that while companies around the world engage in a wide range of sustainability initiatives, the costs to the environment continue to grow. The sixth annual "State of Green Business" report (download free here), published by GreenBiz Group in ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • EPA encourages the use of chemicals with a smaller environmental impact

    EPA is issuing a final rule that encourages the use of solvents that don’t significantly contribute to ground-level ozone. Two chemicals used in solvents, propylene carbonate and dimethyl carbonate, no longer need to be regulated as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) under the Clean Air Act.  Extensive scientific reviews indicate these chemicals have little or no effect on forming smog or ...

  • New metric will impact environmental, energy and health decisions

    Quality Enhanced Life Days (QELD) would seem to have little to do with greenhouse gas decisions, but it actually will be a tool for much more rational decision-making relative to environmental, energy, health, and, in fact, every political decision. Bob McIlvaine of the McIlvaine Company explains that QELD is just a label for a tool that human beings intuitively use to make any choice.  ...


    By The McIlvaine Company

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