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  • Nanoparticles present in residues of waste incineration plant

    The use of nanomaterials in consumer goods is growing, as is their presence in waste. A new study is the first to follow the fate of engineered nanoparticles through the entire waste incineration chain. The results indicate current filter technology is effective in removing nanoparticles from flue gas, but that nanoparticles also bind to residues, such as fly ash and slag, which eventually end up ...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • Business Progress on Sustainability Has Stalled, Says New Report

    The seventh annual edition of the report, which measures the global progress of large, publicly traded companies in addressing a myriad of environmental challenges, reveals little meaningful progress across most metrics, including greenhouse gas emissions, water use, waste disposal and other pollutant impacts. “While more and more companies are undertaking a growing number of initiatives to ...


    By Trucost Plc

  • Global Soil Week Discusses Integrative Review Approach for HLPF 2017

    The fourth Global Soil Week (GSW 2017) convened in Berlin, Germany, from 22-24 May 2017, on the theme, ‘Catalysing SDG Implementation through a Land and Soil Review.’ The meeting aimed to contribute to the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by looking at the subset of SDGs that are under review by the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable ...

  • CO2 Solutions Provides Update on Demonstration Project

    CO2 Solutions Inc. (TSX-V: CST) (CO2 Solutions or the Corporation), the leader in the field of enzyme-enabled carbon capture technology, today provided an update on its demonstration project at Salaberry-de-Valleyfield("Valleyfield"), near Montreal, Québec. Further to the Corporation's press release of July 13, ...


    By CO2 Solutions inc.

  • European Commission funds € 3 million project to eliminate rodenticide use

    The European Commission has decided to fund the laser fencing project against unwanted animals “LIFE Laser Fence”. Within the timespan of three years and a budget just over €3 million the aim is to eliminate rodenticide use, decrease crop losses by half and create awareness for the negative effects of chemicals and their impacts on the environment in Europe. The project is a ...


    By Bird Control Group

  • How can governments boost green technologies?

    Governments looking to boost their economies, create jobs and meet environmental targets see eco-innovation as part of the solution.   Some subsidise research and development. Others stimulate demand by labelling energy efficient appliances and regulating against environmentally harmful products. All are looking for efficient policies to make it work. ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • UNEP Côte d`Ivoire Assessment Highlights Action Required for Path to Sustainable Development

    Large scale reforestation and sound environmental management could support the recovery of Côte d'Ivoire's forest cover, which now forms just 3 per cent of the country's national territory and continues to decrease rapidly, according to UNEP's Côte d'Ivoire Post-Conflict Environmental Assessment. Côte d'Ivoire's forests have global significant biodiversity value and ...

  • Rwanda implements UN-supported climate adaptation plan: relocating communities from high-risk zones

    Once home to populations of Chimpanzees and Golden Monkeys, the sloping terrain of Rwanda's Gishwati Forest has in recent decades suffered severe environmental degradation - made worse by extreme weather events. Land slides, floods and torrential rain have claimed lives, demolished human settlements, and destroyed thousands of hectares of forest and farm land. A United Nations-led project and a ...

  • Call to improve climate policies in China

    With an energy consumption almost 5 times greater than the European Union, China is predicted to become the world’s largest greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter by 2010.  Environmentalists suggest that it will be impossible to limit global warming if China does not make a formal commitment to emissions reductions. A new study points the way forward for China, suggesting ways to reduce China’s GHG ...

  • Stepping up action for wetlands worldwide

    We are releasing Wetland Solutions for People and Nature, our Strategic Intent for 2015 – 2025. Around the world, wetlands are under growing pressure. Implementing this strategy will help prevent and reverse the loss of wetlands and make a significant contribution to sustainable development. Our strategy sets out the ambitions of Wetlands International in terms ...


    By Wetlands International

  • ASTM D3241 - 11a standard test method for thermal oxidation stability of aviation turbine fuels

    The test results are indicative of fuel performance during gas turbine operation and can be used to assess the level of deposits that form when liquid fuel contacts a heated surface that is at a specified temperature. 1. Scope 1.1 This test method covers the procedure for rating the tendencies of gas turbine fuels to deposit decomposition products within the fuel system. ...


    By ASTM International

  • Technique for arsenic-free water developed

    A novel approach to arsenic removal could lead to a quick and inexpensive purification of drinking water in developing countries. Previous research demonstrated that arsenic can be removed from water using activated carbon or iron minerals, such as magnetite nanocrystals. However, such particles are too small to be effective in flowing water and they quickly degrade when exposed to the ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • World Bank, Global Environment Facility Support Integrated Nutrient Pollution Control Project In Romania

    WASHINGTON, October 30, 2007 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a new International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) loan (50 million Euro) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant (US$5.5 million) to Romania today for the Integrated Nutrient Pollution Control project.   The project supports Romania’s commitments to meet EU environment standards through an ...


    By The World Bank

  • Expedition to test new technologies for deep sea deposit exploration

    A research cruise this summer, led by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), will address the massive technical challenges in exploring for sea-floor mineral deposits. This expedition will take place on board the RRS James Cook, marking a decade of service that has seen this ship travel 218,972 miles in pursuit of science – the equivalent of circumnavigating the globe ten times. Seafloor ...

  • Encouraging results in evaluating groundwater contaminants

    The widespread use of pesticides across the United States has been in practice for decades, with little knowledge of the long-term effects on the nation’s groundwater. The results of a new study show that samples taken from over 300 wells across the US have not retained a high concentration of pesticide contamination. The news is a result of a decadal long study to assess the extent of the ...

  • Conservation checklist aids best practice in managing landscapes

    Sound, science-based approaches are needed to meet the challenge of conserving biodiversity and natural resources. However, despite over two decades of research, there is little agreement on general principles governing best practice in landscape management with much ecological knowledge overlooked. Following a workshop in Australia, conservation experts from around the world have now identified ...

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