Urban Cleaning Articles

  • A day in the life of Fariha Hassan

    In this new series, we take a look at some of the bright and knowledgeable people behind our success here at AdEdge Water Technologies and see how they tackle their day-to-day challenges. Today we are here with Fariha Hassan, a project manager with AdEdge since 2015. What is your role at AdEdge? ...

  • Assessing Clean Air Zones with ADMS-Urban

    CERC develop the world-leading model ADMS-Urban which is designed for assessing air quality interventions such as Clean Air Zones (CAZ) and Low Emissions Zones (LEZ). For example, ADMS-Urban is being used by · Transport for Greater Manchester to model CAZ options ...

  • Nine out of ten air pollution deaths occur in developing nations

    More than 90% of air pollution-related deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, with seven million fatalities recorded around the world every year. That is according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), which reveals that Asia and Africa are the regions worst ...

  • Central Africa’s Waste Fight, Part 2

    “In crowded internally displaced camps, it is crucial to prevent diseases and epidemic outbreaks. In 2016, 152 000 people benefited from improved access to sanitation through latrines construction and waste management systems.” ...


    By Inciner8 Limited

  • Food Waste Management: A MASSIVE Growth Opportunity in China

    With China’s growing number of urban consumers, more and more pressure is being placed on system to account for the outputs of cities, particularly on its food systems.  One of growing concerns is the issue of managing the sizeable amount of food waste that is coming from restaurants, canteens, and households.  It is a concern that is increasingly strained by the poor waste ...


    By Collective Responsibility

  • London’s reliance on diesel triggers re-emergence of an old enemy: smog

    It’s Christmastime on Oxford Street. Brilliant displays of white lights rain from above. Decked-out shoppers dash from one gaudy sale to the next. And Johnny Conquest breathes in poison. “The air is horrible. The taxis stop right here, and when they take off, boom, you can taste it,” says the 67-year-old as the heavenly smell of the caramel peanuts he hawks from a humble street ...


    By Camfil Ltd

  • Removal of Fallen Leaves Can Improve Urban Water Quality

    The timely removal of leaf litter can reduce harmful phosphorus concentrations in stormwater by over 80 percent in Madison, Wisconsin, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study. Autumn leaf litter contributes a significant amount of phosphorus to urban stormwater, which then runs off into waterways and lakes. Excessive amounts of ...

  • This Designer Is Cleaning Up City Smog and Turning It into Jewelry

    A Dutch designer has created a new tower to filter city smog and — hopefully — help end China’s air pollution problem. China’s ongoing struggle with smog is notorious. Rapid industrialization paired with an initial lack of ...


    By Camfil Ltd

  • Recapping the Debate Over Whether Low-Carbon Economies Are Good for Tech

    To be of any use, tech products need power from electrical outlets, stored chemical energy such as batteries and generators, solar collectors, kinetic energy like my emergency hand-crank radio/charger, or other means. As more global and local regions move away from fossil-fuel-based power to low-carbon renewable power, I wonder how my colleagues in the tech industry would weigh in on a debate ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • Case study - Investigations of PAH pollution in stormwater stream TVARAN

    Project reference Project: Pilot project in Umeå city (Sweden) Customer: Umeå county, Sweden Project period 2001-2002 Nature of task: Determination of bioacumulative PAH pollution profile in Tvärån stormwater stream ...


    By Exposmeter AB

  • Making India`s waste streams sustainable

    MIT researchers are developing a decision-support tool to help cities in India sustainably manage the societal and environmental impacts of their waste. The massive Deonar dumping ground in Mumbai has become the most visible emblem of an increasingly serious nationwide problem for India: what to do with its trash. Deonar’s towers of garbage are ...

  • Maps: Navigation or Communication Tool?

    Since we first scratched directions into the dirt, maps have been the go-to when it comes to finding an unfamiliar place or geographical location.  But they can offer more than just an address or walking route. Beyond the directions and street names, maps can tap into our instinctive understanding of the world in a powerful way by using identifiable symbols, geographical ...


    By Arkit

  • What the Green Climate Fund really means for international development

    In its seventh year, progress for the fund has been slow. What will it take to fulfill the GCF’s promise? When the world’s poor countries demanded action during the failing United Nations–led climate negotiations in Copenhagen in 2009, the U.S. government responded with a promise: It would help raise US$100 billion a year by 2020 to assist efforts to cope with ...


    By Ensia

  • What the Green Climate Fund really means for international development

    In its seventh year, progress for the fund has been slow. What will it take to fulfill the GCF’s promise? When the world’s poor countries demanded action during the failing United Nations–led climate negotiations in Copenhagen in 2009, the U.S. government responded with a promise: It would help raise US$100 billion a year by 2020 to assist efforts to cope ...


    By Ensia

  • San Francisco bay area city cleans Mossy mess - case study

    In Contra Costa County, east of San Francisco, we installed an IWS Screen to remove all types of water borne debris including moss, grass, hyacinth and tumbleweeds.   The installation reduces man hours and risk of injury from raking trash racks as well as keeping service lines clear. This project included: Traveling Screen(s) Elevator Pump ...


    By International Water Screens

  • For Thanksgiving, some positive environmental news to share around the table

    Thanksgiving is the one national holiday that has avoided being despoiled by excessive commercialization. It is a time when families and friends gather to appreciate one another and be thankful. But on the environmental front, we are constantly bombarded with stories of impending crises, environmental disasters, ecosystem collapse and species loss. Not only does this ...


    By Ensia

  • PEL Installs BB06 Waste Glass Bottle Crusher in Prestigious Shelbourne Hotel.

    PEL Waste Reduction Equipment installs BB06 glass bottle crusher in the prestigious Shelbourne Hotel on Dublin’s St Stephens Green. The luxurious 5-star Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin, part of the Marriot Hotel Group offers 265 rooms including 19 suites, ten meeting rooms, a fitness club and spa. The hotel is located on the north side of St Stephens Green and as with most city ...

  • Measurement of selected polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in water via ultrasound assisted emulsification–microextraction (USAEME) using low-density organic solvents

    Despite bans and restrictions for their adverse health effects including endocrine disruption, due to their stability in the environment, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are still of concern for their residues in several matrices. This study employed low-density ultrasound-assisted emulsification–microextraction (USAEME) to measure selected PCBs (28, 52, 101, 118, 138, 153, and 180) in water ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Can towns near Japan`s Fukushima nuclear plant recover?

    A few signs of life are returning to this rural town made desolate by the Fukushima nuclear disaster four-and-a-half years ago: Carpenters bang on houses, an occasional delivery truck drives by and a noodle shop has opened to serve employees who have returned to Naraha's small town hall. But weeds cover the now rusty train tracks, there are no sounds of children and wild boars still roam around ...


    By Associated Press

  • Cities are finally treating water as a resource, not a nuisance

    From Houston to Melbourne, the surprising ways urban areas are dealing with water woes Memorial Day barbecues and parades were thwarted this year in Houston when a massive storm dumped more than 10 inches of rain in two days, creating a Waterworld of flooded freeways, cars, houses and businesses, leaving several people dead and hundreds in need of rescue. ...


    By Ensia

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