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  • Mapping noise pollution simply and cost-effectively

    To manage noise, it must first be assessed. Several commercial noise prediction tools exist, but they are often complex and expensive. A new Irish study evaluates a simpler tool and demonstrates that it produces very similar results to standard commercial software. The European Directive on Environmental Noise1 requires Member States to draw up strategic noise maps and action plans. A noise map ...

  • Study maps pollution’s pathway to the Arctic, sets path for future research

    MIT researchers have built a model that will be further developed as part of an NSF-funded project to track how chemicals get to remote Arctic environments. Written by Vicki Ekstrom. You can read the original story in MIT News It's been more than a decade ...

  • Traffic noise pollution mapped with new mobile phone app

    A new mobile phone application which can help monitor traffic-noise exposure is presented in a recent study. The app, ‘2Loud?’, can measure indoor night-time noise exposure and, given large-scale community participation, could provide valuable data to aid urban planning, the researchers say. In an Australian pilot study, nearly half of participants who used the app found that they ...

  • 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 ...

  • EPA Releases EJSCREEN, An Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool

    Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released EJSCREEN, an environmental justice screening and mapping tool that uses high resolution maps combined with demographic and environmental data to identify places with potentially elevated environmental burdens and vulnerable populations. EJSCREEN’s simple to understand color-coded maps, bar charts, and reports enable users to ...

  • FIND mapping portal and consultancy services launches to the environmental sector

    FINDmaps.co.uk has launched to the environmental sector as a result of overwhelming success in the property world. FIND is the UK's most advanced online mapping tool for businesses and works for free on any internet browser - they use a ‘software as a service’ business model where you only pay for the data you use. This makes a highly cost effective solution to companies reviewing software, data ...

  • EPA Launches New Online Mapping Tool for Environmental Impact Statements

    Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched an interactive web-based mapping tool that provides the public with access and information on Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) filed with EPA for major projects proposed on federal lands and other proposed federal actions. When visiting the website, users can click on any state for a list of EISs, including information about the ...

  • Mapping the way to cleaner vans by 2020

    To reduce the CO2 emissions of new light commercial vehicles sold in the EU to 147g/km by 2020, from 203g today, innovation should be encouraged by giving "super-credit" weightings to each maker's cleaner vehicles. Longer-term CO2 reduction targets should also be set, and environmental performance testing methods should be made more realistic, said the Environment Committee on Tuesday. The top ...


    By European Parliament

  • Can access to information protect communities from pollution? A lesson from map Ta Phut, Thailand

    Today is International Right to Know Day, a global initiative to share ideas and stories on right to information (RTI) laws and transparent governance. This blog post provides an inside look at how citizens from one Thai community are seeking access to information in order to protect themselves from environmental pollution. On May ...

  • New maps give Europeans close-up picture of air pollution from diffuse sources

    New online maps published today by the European Commission and the European Environment Agency, in close cooperation with the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) of the Joint Research Centre, allow citizens to pinpoint the main diffuse sources of air pollution, such as transport and aviation. The new set of 32 maps shows where certain pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and ...

  • Time to set standards for mapping noise and stick to them

    SoundPLAN, the leading international expert designer and provider of acoustics and air pollution simulation software for environmental modelling, is calling on the bodies responsible for setting noise standards around the world to ensure that they implement and maintain high quality standards with thorough test procedures and scenarios.  The USA’s Federal Highway Administration’s ...


    By SoundPLAN International LLC

  • Caribbean community maps out renewable energy plan

    The Worldwatch Institute is assisting the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in developing a Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) to provide a more strategic approach to implementing renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in the region. The overall goals are to address the inadequate energy security of most CARICOM member states and to establish them as ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Evaluation NUVIA process to map radiological contaminations

    The evaluation has demonstrated that Kartotrak can provide key information to a project manager for a better risk management. After several technical exchanges between NUVIA Process and Geovariances about the use of geostatistics for radiologically contaminated soil characterization, a guided evaluation was conducted to try Kartotrak on a real dataset. The first ...


    By Geovariances

  • EPA Releases EnviroAtlas Ecosystem Mapping Tool

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released EnviroAtlas, a web-based interactive tool that integrates over 300 separate data layers, helps decision makers understand the implications of planning and policy decisions on our fragile ecosystems and the communities who depend on goods and services from these ecosystems. EnviroAtlas is designed for people from all levels of ...

  • Air quality maps of German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) are now produced with FLADIS

    Air quality maps of German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) are now produced with FLADIS ... The German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) publishes near real-time data of air quality in Germany on its web pages. The data is provided in the form ...


    By IVU Umwelt GmbH

  • Why are Canadians such bad polluters?

    According to Statistics Canada’s 2007/2008 edition of Human Activity and the Environment, Canadians are among the worst greenhouse gas (GHG) emitters per capita in the world. Although businesses are starting to improve their performance, the average Canadian is doing very little to reduce their own ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • U.S. EPA releases annual enforcement results and mapping tool

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released enforcement results for fiscal year 2009, and has developed a new Web-based tool and interactive map that allows the public to get detailed information by location about the enforcement actions taken at approximately 4,600 facilities. In FY2009, EPA concluded enforcement actions requiring polluters to invest more than $5 ...

  • EPA Releases Online Mapping Tool to Help Protect Drinking Water Sources

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released DWMAPS – the Drinking Water Mapping Application to Protect Source Waters. This robust, online mapping tool provides the public, water system operators, state programs, and federal agencies with critical information to help them safeguard the sources of America’s drinking water. DWMAPS allows users to learn about their watershed ...

  • ToxicRisk.com combines latest EPA toxic release inventory data with Google Maps

    In 1997 MapCruzin.com created the first interactive maps for Environmental Defense's Scorecard project. Since then Michael Meuser, founder of MapCruzin, has done many other map-based environmental projects on the internet. After the 911 terrorist attacks and the beginning of the War on Terror, many map-based sites like these became hard to find or totally unavailable to the public. MapCruzin ...


    By MapCruzin

  • Water quality and wastewater treatment — WISE interactive maps updated

    A series of maps on water quality, updated with the latest information reported by countries, has been published by the European Environment Agency (EEA). The maps display water quality parameters in various receiving waters across Europe, alongside information on urban wastewater treatment and receiving areas sensitive to eutrophication. The updated maps are useful for water professionals who ...

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