soil subsidence News

  • Resisting subsidence pitfalls with Tensartech retaining wall solutions

    Extensive underground mining in south Poland posed a significant challenge to construction of the A1 motorway which forms part of the connection between the Czech border, Piekary Slaskie and on to northern Poland. To accommodate potential differential settlement on the approach embankments to bridge structures, the engineering consultant consortium addressed the challenge by designing ...


    By Tensar International

  • Help students think like soil scientists

    Emphasizing cross-disciplinary concepts in teaching soil science courses, such as mass-volume relationships, can help undergraduates learn real-world, problem-solving skills that are crucial to their success in soil science careers. Drs. Josh Heitman and Michael Vepraskas, North Carolina State University Soil Science Department, highlighted this need for quantitative measurement skills in an ...

  • Next steps for peatlands at the 12th Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

    What are the next steps for RSPO and its members in relation to palm oil and peatlands? 2013 was an important year with new Principles & Criteria (P&C ) adopted to address ‘peatsoil subsidence’ and ‘greenhouse gases’, both resulting from peatland drainage for palm oil plantations. Now the challenge is to get these P&C’s applied and monitored successfully, ...


    By Wetlands International

  • `Carbon farm` project will study ways to capture atmospheric CO2

    Imagine a new kind of farming in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta - 'carbon-capture' farming, which traps atmospheric carbon dioxide and rebuilds lost soils. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the University of California, Davis plan to make it happen. DWR has awarded USGS and UC Davis a three-year, $12.3 million research grant to take ...

  • Peatlands of South East Asia are heading towards a socio-economic disaster

    Agricultural production in vast regions of South East Asia will be lost in the coming decades as a result of flooding of extensive lowland landscapes due to unsustainable development and management of peat soils. About 82% of the Rajang Delta in Sarawak (East Malaysia) will be irreversibly flooded within 100 years and substantial areas are already experiencing drainage problems. This will ...


    By Wetlands International

  • First ‘permeable structures’ in place to protect eroding coastlines in Java

    What do you do when your house is slowly being swallowed by the sea??? This is the question that Wetlands International was asked to advise on by the community of Timbul Sloko Village, on the North coast of Central Java, Indonesia. For the past decade the people of Timbul Sloko Village have witnessed the devastating impact of converting the mangroves into fish ...


    By Wetlands International

  • China Accelerates Plans for Environmental Taxes, Moves to Cut Emissions From Coal

    China will speed up the development of environmental tax legislation that could penalize heavy polluters to help the central government pay for programs to address air, soil and water pollution, said a report from the State Council, China's top decision-making body.   Authorities from the State Administration of Taxation (SAT), the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • Welcoming the protection of the Tripa peat swamp (Aceh), fearing for similar cases

    Wetlands International welcomes the decision by the Indonesian government to protect the Kallista Alam peat swamp forest area (1650Ha) in Tripa, Aceh. We also recognise the issue identified by Dr Kuntoro Mangkusubroto (head of Indonesia’s climate team) who mentioned that "The case of Kallista ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Encouraging first step, but still a long way to go for APP to stop peat destruction

    Wetlands International welcomes today’s announcement by Asia Pulp and Paper that it will retire 7000 ha of active Acacia plantations to protect carbon-rich peatlands. While this is an encouraging first step, significant additional efforts will be needed to prevent irreversible flooding and secure sustainable management of peatland landscapes in APP’s areas of operation. ...


    By Wetlands International

  • EPA Reaches Agreement with Companies to Remediate Contaminated Site in Ravenswood, West Virginia

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today TRC Companies, Inc., TRC Environmental Corp. and Ravenswood Holdings Company, LLC (TRC) have signed an EPA consent order outlining work to be done to prevent releases of cyanide into soil and groundwater for a 2.7 acre site in Ravenswood, W.Va., where a former aluminum manufacturing facility deposited contaminated waste. The TRC Spent ...

  • Pennsylvania DEP Awards Nearly $8 Million for Mine Reclamation Work

     The Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $7,983,107 for remediation projects at and near abandoned mine sites in Clearfield, Luzerne, Schuylkill and Somerset counties. "These projects will make one neighborhood safer from mine subsidence, provide water to another, and reclaim hundreds of acres of land that was mined and abandoned decades ago," DEP Deputy Secretary for Active ...

  • Better protection against floods

    Hurricanes are devastating. Aside from the high, sustained wind speeds, they usually bring with them heavy rain, which can quickly lead to the breaching of flood defences in susceptible areas. Now, US and UK researchers have reviewed hurricane flood defence barriers and technologies with a view to helping engineers find improved designs. Writing in the International Journal of Forensic ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Biogenie’s Guaranteed Solution Revives a $15 M Investment Project

    LACHENAIE, November 26, 2003 – Biogenie, a firm specializing in site remediation, has been awarded a $3 M contract for the remediation of a brownfield site in the City of Laval on which the largest soccer complex in Canada will be built. To carry out this $15M investment project, Complexe Multisports, a non-profit organization recognized by the City of Laval, chose Biogenie’s proposed remedial ...

  • Ecological approach used to remediate former mining site

    Cleanup of the inactive Burlington Mine site in Boulder County, CO, was initiated in 2003 as a voluntary cleanup overseen by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) pursuant to the Colorado Voluntary Cleanup Redevelopment Act of 1994. An ecological approach was used to improve downstream water quality, reduce surface- and ground-water interaction with contaminated ...

  • Adjustments to agriculture may help mitigate global warming

    A recent report from Greenpeace details the direct and indirect effects of agriculture on climate change and suggests how the sector can move from being a major greenhouse gas emitter to being a carbon sink. “As a key contributor to climate change, the environmental impact of industrial farming has reached critical levels,” said Jan van Aken, Greenpeace Sustainable Agriculture Campaigner. ...

  • Towards sustainable development of palm oil

    Oil palm growers, the food, cosmetics and oil industry, governments, scientists and environmental and social groups from all over the world participate this week in the 11th Annual Roundtable Meeting on Sustainable Palm Oil (RT11 RSPO). The main theme of this year’s meeting is “RSPO Standard 2013. Understand. Apply. Embrace”. Wetlands International has been involved in the ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Options for peatland-based climate change mitigation presented at UN climate talks

    Opportunities for climate change mitigation through peatland rehabilitation and lessons learned for future agreements under the UNFCCC were discussed at a side event during the Bonn climate negotiations. Participants at the side event , jointly organised by Wetlands International, ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Indonesian Civil Society presents a Roadmap towards sustainable peatland management for pulpwood plantations

    Civil society in Indonesia today presents a Roadmap towards sustainable peatland management for the Indonesian pulpwood plantation industry. The roadmap aims to stop further expansion and new developments of plantations in peatlands and promote alternative sustainable peatland management practices. This is to ensure long-term productivity in peatland landscapes that assures economic, ecological ...


    By Wetlands International

  • EPA announces 2011 environmental justice grants

    CHICAGO The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced four environmental justice grants totaling $100,000 to non-profit and tribal organizations in the Great Lakes region. These grants for projects in Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin will help to conduct research, provide education and develop solutions to health and environmental issues in communities overburdened by pollution. ...

  • Global conventions kick-start initiative to reduce peat carbon emissions in Paris

    The Conventions on Biological Diversity (CBD), Wetlands (Ramsar), and Desertification (UNCCD) launched a global map of peatland hotspots at the climate summit in Paris which opened yesterday. The map shows where the most urgent action is needed to reduce the alarmingly high rate of carbon emissions that result from drained and degraded peatlands. The launch of the ...


    By Wetlands International

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