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  • 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 ...


  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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 ...


  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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. ...


  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • New tool to assess the environmental impact of landfill sites

    A fast and reliable method to measure the environmental impact of landfill sites has been developed by researchers. Analysis of the chemical composition of gas emissions and water leaching from sites provides a detailed picture of the extent of environmental pollution around landfill sites. Such monitoring is essential in order to manage risks to human health and natural resources. Despite the ...

  • Environmental impacts of batteries for low carbon technologies compared

    A recent study has assessed some of the environmental impacts of the production of batteries used with low carbon systems, such as photovoltaic cells and wind turbines. The results indicate that lithium-based batteries have the most significant impact, in terms of metal depletion and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but more complete data are needed on possible toxic impacts to conduct a full ...

  • Give your opinion on reducing the environmental impact of buildings

    The European Commission is gathering views on how to reduce the environmental impacts of buildings. Buildings use a large amount of resources when they are designed, built, used and demolished, and their impact on the environment, energy consumption and climate change is significant. Improving construction techniques is therefore important to help Europe become a more sustainable economy. The ...

  • 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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