environmental risk News

  • 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 ...

  • 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 Foundation

  • 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

  • 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 Foundation

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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 ...


  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • Revisiting EFSA@EXPO: How can we advance environmental risk assessment?

    Environmental risk assessment (ERA) is an important part of maintaining a healthy environment and conserving biodiversity. ERA has become indispensable to regulatory decision-making, and in this context ERA evaluates the potential adverse effects of regulated stressors – such as genetically modified plants, pesticides and feed additives – on the environment. What can be done to ...

  • Environmental groups push the SEC for full corporate climate risk disclosure

    A broad coalition of investors and major environmental groups have repeated their call to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to address the obligations of publicly-traded companies to assess and fully disclose the material economic opportunities and risks from climate change. The 20 signatories to the letter include leading US and European institutional investors such as CalPERS, ...


    By Ceres

  • Government and research councils establish centre to tackle environmental risk

    A new centre dedicated to helping the Government understand natural and environmental risk has started work. The collaborative Centre of Excellence in Understanding and Managing Natural and Environmental Risk is based at Cranfield University and will provide world-leading evidence and expertise on environmental risks such as flooding, animal and plant disease, and adapting to climate change. The ...

  • US study finds health and environmental risk in building insulation

    Researchers in the United States are calling for a change to the US building codes, following a study showing that the mandatory flame retardants routinely added to foam insulation are not only harmful to human health and the environment, but also make no difference to the prevention of fire in buildings where a fire-safe thermal barrier already exists. Such a change would bring the US building ...


    By Taylor & Francis Group

  • 10-Year Anniversary of Protecting Children from Environmental Health Risks

    This year marks the 10th Anniversary of Executive Order 13045 - 'Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks.' Executive Order 13045 requires each federal agency to identify and evaluate environmental health and safety risks to children. Today, experts in children's environmental health protection shared their ideas about how to protect children over the next 10 ...

  • Coal Ash, environmental risks to dominate southern company annual meeting

    With Southern Company"s annual shareholder meeting tomorrow, and with two resolutions on the ballot focusing on risks from the company"s environmental practices, there is rising pressure on Southern Company to take action to improve its environmental record in relation to coal ash and other matters. Shareholder proposals on climate change and coal ash have been earning record votes at companies ...

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