environmental risk News

  • A new way to harness wasted methane

    Original story at MIT News Methane gas, a vast natural resource, is often disposed of through burning, but new research by scientists at MIT could make it easier to capture this gas for use as fuel or a chemical feedstock. Many oil wells burn off methane — the largest component of natural gas — in a process ...

  • IAIA October news

    1. Special biodiversity symposium: “Mainstreaming the Mitigation Hierarchy in Impact Assessment” Registration is open through 27 October for a special IAIA biodiversity symposium, “Mainstreaming the Mitigation Hierarchy in Impact Assessment.” Pre-registration and pre-payment by that date is required due ...

  • Environmental risks of urban creep

    A recent study published in the Water and Environment Journal has shown that permeable hardstanding solutions should be promoted through legislation, education and incentives. With the aim of supporting any proposed changes to Scottish building regulations, the authors investigated the impact of hardstanding on flood risk and water quality. Urban development generally leads to an increase in ...


  • Foreclosed Properties and Indoor Environmental Risks

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of another online video to help educate the public about issues that may impact their health.  The latest educational video discusses foreclosed properties and potential indoor environmental hazards.   Foreclosed properties can offer buyers great value when purchasing residential or commercial ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • The Environmental Risk Assessment and the Law on Environmental Liability

    Directive 2004/35/CE of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 April 2004 on environmental liability with regard to the prevention and remedying of environmental damage has been transposed in the Spanish legal order by means of Law 26/2007 of 23 October on Environmental Liability. The purpose of Law 26/2007 is to establish aframework of environmental liability based on the ...

  • Why the precautionary approach is needed for environmental health risks

    Speaking in Paris on 12 October, David Gee of the European Environment Agency announced that the second edition of his important book on the precautionary approach would be available in spring 2010. It would include the following examples of the need to use the precautionary approach: BPA, nanotechnology, lead in petrol, mercury in the Mimamata disaster, GMOs, and EMFs amongst others. The ...

  • Environmental Degradation Increases the Risk of Disasters Worldwide

    Environmental degradation is a significant factor that reduces the capacity of societies to deal with disaster risk in many countries around the world. This is the key message of the World Risk Report 2012, presented today in Brussels, Belgium by the German Alliance for Development Works (Alliance), United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and The Nature ...


    By The Nature Conservancy

  • E-cigarette waste poses potential environmental risks

    Disposable components of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), such as e-cigarettes and e-pens, could pose a potential environmental risk unless properly regulated, suggests new research. The study examined the levels of potentially toxic chemicals in disposable battery and ‘cartomiser’ ENDS components. ENDS are becoming increasingly popular in Europe, partly due to their ...

  • Mesothelioma risk inspires environmental emergency declaration

    According to a press release issued by the Kentucky Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet, an environmental emergency has been declared in Carlisle County for a demolition site near Arlington, Kentucky. The property, located at KY 51 North, is a former electroplating facility that was known as Deena Products, which manufactured lamp fixtures. The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of ...


  • Environmental risks and financial stability - the threat is real

    Policy-makers and financiers seeking to bring equilibrium back to the markets should heed the thinking of financial sustainability advocates to stay clear of creeping environmental, social, and governance risks, according to a joint report by the UNEP Finance Initiative, the International Institute for Sustainable Development, and the Blended Capital Group. Released today, ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Greenwashing into the red: the new risks of deceptive environmental marketing

    Capitalizing on consumer interest in sustainability just got more complicated. BP's Gulf of Mexico oil disaster has reversed years of goodwill built by its "Beyond Petroleum" rebranding campaign, perhaps the best-known green marketing effort in history. But consumers' growing environmental-marketing skepticism is not the only challenge companies will need to overcome when they tout environmental ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Environmental Degradation Increases the Risk of Disasters Worldwide

    Environmental degradation is a significant factor that reduces the capacity of societies to deal with disaster risk in many countries around the world. This is the key message of the World Risk Report 2012, presented today in Brussels, Belgium by the German Alliance for Development Works (Alliance), United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and The Nature ...


    By The Nature Conservancy

  • Banks at risk from environmentally unfriendly companies

    That is the view held by the majority of banks and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) surveyed for Biodiversity, the Next Challenge for Financial Institutions published by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) this month. Ivo Mulder, the report's author, said: 'Continuous decline of global species diversity is not only leading to more concerned conservationists - the private sector is also ...

  • Help protect children from environmental risks

    October is Children’s Health Month. To heighten awareness about environmental issues impacting children, EPA is providing parents and caregivers simple tips they can use to help protect children in their homes, schools and communities. “As both EPA Administrator and a mother, I understand the importance of protecting our children from environmental threats,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. ...

  • Public perceptions of environmental risk: the role of journalists

    Science not communicated is said to be science not done, but journalists’ portrayal of scientific findings can sometimes have a negative impact on public perceptions of science and even create false controversy. This study examined how presenting opposing scientific viewpoints affects public perceptions of environmental risk. The way journalists represent scientific debate and in particular ...

  • Freescale Semiconductor Implements Enviance’s Environmental ERP Solution to Reduce Environmental Risk

    Freescale Replaces Client Server Software with Enviance to Achieve Greater Emissions Awareness and Flexibility to Manage Growing Environmental Priorities CARLSBAD, Calif. - Enviance, Inc., a global provider of Environmental ERP solutions that measure, manage, report and reduce environmental and regulatory risks, announced today that Freescale Semiconductor has ...


    By Enviance, Inc.

  • ISO 14001:2015 – Risks and Opportunities vs. Environmental Aspects

    ISO 14001 has always talked about the importance of identifying, understanding, and controlling your environmental aspects for better environmental performance, but the newly released standard, ISO 14001:2015, also includes requirements for understanding and addressing your risks and opportunities related to your Environmental Management System (EMS). So, the question is, what is the ...

  • New Survey Reveals One In Four Commercial Properties Exposed To Environmental Risk

    One in four commercial properties in the UK’s largest cities face exposure to potential environmental risks and possible loss in land and property values according to a recent survey from the UK’s leading provider of digital mapping and land data intelligence, Landmark Information Group. The survey, which analysed the incidence of major categories of potential environmental risk within 100 ...


    By Landmark Information Group

  • FREE Web Seminar: Probabilistic Environmental Risk Assessment of Pesticides

    FREE Web Seminar: Probabilistic Environmental Risk Assessment of Pesticides Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 Time: 3:00 pm GMT Standard Time (London) There is increasing interest in Europe in the probabilistic risk assessment of pesticides to help reduce reliance on overly conservative combinations of worst case exposure and toxicity values. Initiatives such as EUFRAM and WEBFRAM have provided ...


    By Oracle

  • Environmental Professionals Share Information about Lead Poisoning Risks at Shooting Ranges

    There are an estimated 9,000 non-military outdoor firing ranges and approximately 16,000 to 18,000 indoor ranges operating in the United States according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  The U.S. military alone operates more than 3,000 indoor firing ranges. Millions of law enforcement officers, soldiers and gun enthusiasts regularly visit ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

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