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  • Pollution early-warning system

    Current alarm at the massive oil plume in the Gulf of Mexico emphasises the problem of marine pollution and how difficult it is to evaluate. The North Sea has been the test-bed for the highly advanced pollution early-warning system MERMAID during the last 20 years; this development is now aiding marine authorities around the world to keep seas clean. MERMAID (Marine Environmental ...


  • Early warning system for pluvial flooding

    An early warning system for pluvial flooding caused by surface water runoff has been developed and could be implemented in the near future. The method offers greater warning and better targeting of resources. Pluvial flooding occurs when large volumes of surface water, typically from heavy rainfall, accumulate causing overland flow and ponding which is unable to drain away. Urban underground ...

  • OTT issues Flood Warning

    Nigel Grimsley, Managing Director of OTT Hydrometry is urging those responsible for flood prevention and management to take action this summer to ensure they are protected before the arrival of severe weather. “Saturated soil and blocked channels contribute to the severity of flooding, but in many cases it is the location and intensity of rainfall that contributes to the speed with which ...


    By The OTT Hydromet Group

  • Mississippi flood warnings

    Emergency officials warned another 200 homeowners at the weekend in the Memphis area they are at risk of dangerous flooding as the region braces for the highest Mississippi River crest since 1937. The Mississippi River, swollen with winter snow melt and rain, is carrying near-record flows slowly south to New Orleans where the crest may be at least two weeks away. The river is projected ...


  • Intelligent monitoring system provides flood warnings

    Water level sensing technology from OTT Hydrometry is being used in an intelligent flood warning system that has been installed at a ford in Kenilworth, Warwickshire. The system, which was designed and installed by SWARCO Traffic, monitors water level in the Finham Brook where it passes under the A452, and warns drivers when potentially dangerous conditions arise. Working closely with ...


    By The OTT Hydromet Group

  • Drought warning system being developed in South Africa

    The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute is developing a new drought warning system for parts of South Africa. The recently started project is focusing on producing forecasts and recommendations so as to better manage times of strain. The work is being done in close co-operation with local players. Like many other countries, South Africa is periodically severely affected by ...

  • An early warning system for land use planners

    Before making large changes to land use, such as new transport networks, it is important to assess what the environmental impact will be. Ideally, the assessment should be conducted as early as possible and to be useful, must be fast and simple with clear recommendations. Researchers have developed a new environmental impact assessment method for changes to large geographic areas, which they ...

  • Hach launches the GuardianBlue™ Early Warning System

    Loveland, Colorado - Hach Company announced today it has received SAFETY Act Designation and Certification from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for GuardianBlue™—the first and only early warning monitoring system designed to help cities protect their drinking water systems from terrorist contamination attacks and real-world events. The SAFETY Act provides litigation protection for ...

  • Ontario Residents Warned of Formaldehyde Dangers

    North Bay residents on a private water system near Trout Lake in Ontario were warned last month not to drink the water.  The warning followed an accident that caused a tanker truck to crash and spill its cargo of formaldehyde into the lake which provides drinking water for some area residents. The driver of the crash died and investigators are working to determine if he died because of the ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • IEA warns of `oil crunch` by 2030

    “We cannot let the financial and economic crisis delay the policy action that is urgently needed to ensure secure energy supplies and to curtail rising emissions of greenhouse gases. We must usher in a global energy revolution by improving energy efficiency and increasing the deployment of low-carbon energy,” said Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) today in ...


    By International Energy Agency

  • Toledo warns residents not to drink the water

    About 400,000 people in and around Ohio's fourth-largest city were warned Saturday not to drink its water after tests revealed the presence of a toxin possibly from algae on Lake Erie. Concerned residents of the Toledo area descended on city stores, buying carts full of bottled water, bags of ice and flavored water and emptying shelves within hours of the advisory, which was issued ...


    By Associated Press

  • WSP warns of tighter OSHA recordkeeping

    Manufacturers, organizations with large worksites and employers with high injury rates are increasingly under the microscope of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) following recent changes to the recordkeeping program. OSHA launched the Recordkeeping National Emphasis Program (NEP) in October 2009 and of nearly 200 inspections in the first 12 months, almost 50% revealed ...


    By WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

  • Past presents warning on greater warming

    If the distant past is anything to go by, then climate scientists may have under-estimated the hazards of greenhouse gases, and future global warming could be a lot worse than anybody thought. The calculation rests on two things. One is a detailed reconstruction of rising greenhouse gas concentrations and an interlude of ...


    By Climate News Network

  • History warns of drought’s destructive force

    The Mayan civilisation in what is now Mexico perished more than a thousand years ago not just because of drought, but perhaps because of too much reliance on water in reservoirs. The story of the rise and decline of ancient civilisations has resonance for today. And researchers at Vienna University of ...


    By Climate News Network

  • EPA warn over reliance on landfill

    Ireland has been warned that urgent action is required if Ireland is to meet tough targets to cut down on rubbish being sent to landfill. This warning is met with the Environmental Protection Agency calling for increased levies and a ban on dumping untreated waste in tips. The EPA’s annual review found that there was an 8% rise in the amount of waste being disposed of in landfill. There are ...


    By Macfab Systems

  • ALERT Flood Warning System Data Communications Gets First Upgrade in 30 Years by the National Hydrologic Warning Council

    SAN DIEGO - The National Hydrologic Warning Council (NHWC) has released ALERT2™, a new standard for transmitting data designed to significantly improve accuracy and performance in systems and software used for early detection of floods and other water hazards around the world. ALERT, which stands for Automated Local Evaluation in Real Time, uses remote sensors to transmit environmental data ...

  • ENER-G offers early warning system to help businesses avoid ‘Triads’

    Business energy broker ENER-G Procurement is offering a free  ‘Triad warning service’ to help intensive business energy users minimise their costs for peak winter electricity usage. Transmission Network Use of System (TNUoS) charges for half-hourly customers are based on ...


    By ENER-G

  • Pulsar Instruments plc launches its new Noise Warning System: PulsarSafeEar

    The new Noise Warning System from Pulsar Instruments offer a safer environment for employees In a world where peoples’ hearing can be affected daily by noise in the workplace, it is imperative that the focus remains on hearing safety. As a leading provider of noise measurement equipment ...


    By Pulsar Instruments plc

  • Tsunami Multi-Channel Warning System Enters Field Testing

    eVigilo will integrate its Alert and Distribution Center (IADC) with the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS). IADC will receive Tsunami notifications from GDACS or from National authorities (e.g. Civil Protection) and will send automatically geo-targeted Internet and mobile alert messages across multiple channels such as : Push IP over fix and mobile networks, cell broadcast as ...


    By eVigilo

  • Large-scale early flood warning systems provide high returns on investment

    Continental-scale early flood warning systems in Europe can provide significant monetary benefits by reducing flood damage and associated costs. Specifically, a new study found that the return from the European Flood Awareness System (EFAS) and available flood damage data has the potential to be as high as approximately 400 euros for every one euro invested. Early flood warnings — and ...

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