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  • 100+ organizations in Argentina ask Parliament to approve Wetlands Law

    Over 100 civil society organizations from Argentina, led by the Argentina office of Wetlands International, addressed the Parliament last week to get the full approval of the Minimum Standards Law for Wetlands Conservation. The call comes after the latest flooding incidence in the Buenos Aires province, which caused five deaths and affected 30,000 people of which 6,000 were forced to leave ...


    By Wetlands International

  • USACE integrates fracturing and iron/carbon injections at Colorado site

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) performed a large-scale pilot test in 2009 for remediating TCE-contaminated groundwater at the "Atlas 12" formerly used defense site. Hydraulic fracturing was conducted to optimize emplacement of a zero-valent micro-iron/complex carbon amendment that chemically and biologically reduces contaminants in bedrock. Three-dimensional (3-D) mapping was used to ...


  • Asia`s booming cities must go green or risk disaster

    Asia must act now to pave the way for green, resource-friendly cities or face a bleak and environmentally degraded future. That was the key conclusion of a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report released this month. But amid the alarming details of the growing environmental crisis in Asia's expanding mega-cities, there were signs of hope and opportunity. "Asia has seen unprecedented urban ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • World Water Day: Shared 100-year vision needed for Great Lakes region

    It's an area as large as London to Marseille to Vienna to Warsaw. It holds more than 20 percent of the earth's surface fresh water, and sustains a population of 50 million. For millenniums, the Great Lakes have been a source of precious water but as World Water Day 2012 was marked on March 22, some organizations are pointing to ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Study Finds Ingeo™ Biopolymer Stable in Landfills with No Statistically Significant Quantity of Methane Released

    A peer-reviewed article appearing in the journal of Polymer Degradation and Stability concludes that Ingeo™ biopolymer is essentially stable in landfills with no statistically significant quantity of methane released. This conclusion was reached after a series of tests to ASTM D5526 and D5511 standards that simulated a century’s worth of landfill ...

  • The hidden threats that could imperil the sustainable economy

    The world’s economies and people face hidden dangers to sustainability that demand immediate action, according to State of the World 2015: Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability, the soon to be released edition of the annual series from the Worldwatch Institute. These threats, driven directly or indirectly by growing stress on the planet’s resources, have the ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Developing countries increasingly threatened by climate change – UN official

    Climate change is among a host of new challenges that is making it increasingly difficult for the world’s poorest people to escape from poverty and hunger, the head of the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said today. Most of the world’s poor live in rural areas of developing countries and depend on agriculture to survive. In addition, millions of small-scale ...


    By United Nations

  • BluForest Inc.: Obama Vetoes E.U. Levied Carbon Tax on US Airlines

    BluForest Inc. (OTCBB: BLUF) (OTCQB: BLUF) ("BluForest" or the "Company"), an emerging leader in the field of Carbon Trading and Renewable Energy notes that President Obama is still committed to reducing carbon energy in light of his signing a recent bipartisan bill vetoing a European Union carbon tax levied on US Airlines flying to Europe. Charles Miller, Chief Executive Officer and Director ...


  • 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 ...


  • Construction Begins on DOE-Sponsored Carbon-Capture Project at Kentucky Power Plant

    Today, construction began on an innovative $19.5 million carbon-capture pilot, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), at Kentucky Utilities’ E.W. Brown Generating Station near Harrodsburg, Kentucky. The 2 megawatt thermal system will be the first megawatt-scale carbon-capture pilot unit in the Commonwealth. Officials of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and energy leaders — ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • CapPlan water for GIS-Centric capital planning

    The City of Napa, California, USA, has selected CapPlan Water for the InfoWater ArcGIS-centric (ESRI, Redlands, CA, USA) platform. The City of Napa is the latest utility to turn to the CapPlan product line for advanced decision support and optimisation of rehabilitation and renewal spending. The decision further substantiates MWH Soft's worldwide leadership position in engineering-GIS modeling ...


  • Volume of nuclear waste could be reduced by 90 percent says new research

    Engineers from the University of Sheffield have developed a way to significantly reduce the volume of some higher activity wastes, which will reduce the cost of interim storage and final disposal. The researchers, from the University’s Faculty of Engineering, have shown that mixing plutonium-contaminated waste with blast furnace slag and turning it into glass reduces its volume by 85-95 ...

  • CapPlan water generation V3.5

    MWH Soft has released water modeling and management software V3.5 generation of CapPlan Water. Running on the GIS-centric InfoWater package, CapPlan V3.5 adds numerous scoring options for better determination of likelihood and consequence of failure for underground infrastructure. CapPlan Water changes the way water utilities plan the relative phasing of system improvements by allowing ...


  • DOE selects projects to advance nanomanufacturing

    The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 20 project proposals for funding following its Nanomanufacturing for Energy Efficiency 2008 Research Call. The projects promise to make revolutionary improvements in a broad range of energy production, storage, and consumption applications that will reduce energy and carbon intensity in industrial processes. Nanotechnology, the understanding and ...

  • Third Africa environment outlook addresses key environmental risks for human health and draws pathways for sustainable future

    Africa's leaders should put implementing environment and health issues at the top of their national and continent-wide policies if growing challenges such as air pollution, vector-borne diseases and chemical exposure are to be addressed, according to a new report compiled by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released today. African Environment Outlook-3 (AEO-3), commissioned by the African ...

  • Putting environmental sustainability at the core of WASH Practice

    WASH (drinking water supply, sanitation and hygiene) relies on and impacts water. Therefore, environmental sustainability needs to be at the core of WASH practice. Wetlands International featured our experiences reaching nature-based solutions and sought out additional partners to help transform the WASH sector at an event during Stockholm World Water Week. Speaking to an audience of more ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Black Sea in Pollution Crisis: Georgian Communities Take Action

    Following decades of pollutants entering its waters, the Black Sea is now facing an environmental crisis of extreme proportions, and is considered one of the most environmentally degraded regional seas in the world. Every year, about 350 cubic km of river water pours into the Black Sea, which has resulted in soaring pollution levels, threatening marine habitats and livelihoods. Areas along ...

  • Remarks by UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner on Green Economy at Lomonosov State University, Moscow

    UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UNEP Achim Steiner addressed students of the Lomonosov Moscow State University today on the topic of Inclusive Green Economy. According to Mr. Steiner, the traditional approaches of resource use are no longer feasible with a global population of 7 billion and growing. Further, global resources are not consumed equally in the world. The current ...

  • The Provision of Safe and Adequate Water is a Fundamental Human Right

    Today, talks on water as a human right and the government’s responsibility to provide it took centre-stage at a High Level Event consisting of the Uganda’s Ministry of Water and Environment, local organisations, international NGOs and donors. “Water is life, as it is commonly said, and provision of safe and adequate drinking water is a fundamental human ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Water deserves higher priority on development agenda – UN official

    Water must be given higher priority on the development agenda, a top United Nations official told a global gathering that opened this week in Istanbul, stressing that the problems the world faces with regard to this precious resource are enormous. “Developing countries themselves need to increase investment in water, and systematically integrate water in poverty reduction strategies,” Koïchiro ...


    By United Nations

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