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  • 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

  • ISO Guide will help reduce environmental impacts of products

    ISO has published an updated edition of its guide to reducing the potential environmental impact of products by taking environmental aspects into account in product standards. Every product has an impact on the environment during all stages of its life-cycle, from extraction of resources to end-of-life treatment and the need to reduce the potential adverse impacts on the environment of a product ...

  • Europeans overwhelmingly consider the environmental impact of products they buy

    Four out of five Europeans say that they consider the environmental impact of the products they buy reveals a Eurobarometer survey published this week. Environmental consideration was highest in Greece where more than 9 in 10 of those surveyed said the impact of a product on the environment plays an important aspect in their purchasing decisions. In the same survey Europeans were evenly divided ...

  • 80% of Europeans are concerned about the environmental impact of products

    According to a new survey, most Europeans would be prepared to change their purchasing habits and buy more environmentally-friendly products, but many feel they lack information and distrust manufacturers' environmental claims. The survey on the "Attitudes of Europeans towards building the single market for green products" indicates that more than three-quarters of respondents are willing to pay ...

  • 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 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 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

  • Providing quality assurance to data delivered by Copernicus Climate Change Service

    The Centre for Carbon Measurement at NPL, in collaboration with the University of Reading and Telespazio France, has launched a major new project to ensure the Copernicus Climate ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Environmental Product Declarations

    ASTM International is now a program operator, providing a venue for the development of product category rules and verifying environmental product declarations. Concern for the environment and for our effect on the planet grows day by day, as evidenced by the increasing use of the terms “green” and “sustainability” in everyday language. This concern is not just ...


    By ASTM International

  • Unintended energy impact from bioethanol production

    Increasing crop production to meet demand for biofuels potentially increases the use of nitrogen fertilisers, which can lead to nitrate pollution in surface and groundwater. A new study is the first to consider the unintended extra energy needed to treat water to remove nitrate contamination in drinking water supplies. In the United States, the Renewable Fuel Standard1 (RFS) stipulates the ...

  • Odors Cause Health Concerns and Impact Worker Productivity

    The building science professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide indoor air quality (IAQ) identification services and solutions for commercial and residential property owners plagued by problematic odors. Indoor plumbing not only isolates us from the obvious undesirable liquids and solids we flush down our drains, but also safeguards us from the noxious and caustic gasses generated therein. ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • How food production impacts water quality

    Our water systems are currently being threatened by the crops we grow and food we produce. In many countries, agriculture is the leading source of nutrient pollution in waterways—a situation that’s expected to worsen as the global population increases and the demand for food grows. So it’s timely that ...

  • New Formaldehyde Regulations Impact Wood Products

    LA Testing provides formaldehyde and VOC testing services to ensure indoor environments are safe for building occupants. Garden Grove, CA, September 7th, 2010 This summer President Barack Obama signed into law a bill limiting the amount of formaldehyde emissions from some composite wood products.  The Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act amends ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Interface, Inc. raises sustainability bar: zero environmental impact by 2020; environmental product declarations for all interfaceFLOR products globally by 2012

    Today Interface Inc. (NASDAQ: IFSIA) has announced that, as part of its "Mission Zero" commitment to eliminate negative environmental impact by 2020, the company pledges to obtain third-party validated environmental product declarations (EPDs) on all InterfaceFLOR products globally by 2012. The worldwide leader in design, production and sales of environmentally responsible modular carpet has also ...

  • 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 ...

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