Day: 17 May 2002
Business Briefs: wastewater and heavy metals in China, and protection against terrorism
In this week’s international Business Briefs, Canadian water disinfection systems, and US heavy metal remediation are to go to work in China; the launch of forest cover software; and advice to Colombia on reducing terrorist attacks on water systems.
130 million mobile telephones discarded annually in US by 2005
Mobile phone use in the USA reached 128 million sets last year, which will be used for an average of only 18 months before being discarded. A new report predicts that by 2005 there will 130 million discarded every year, creating a stockpile of 500 million unwanted phones hidden away in closets that will eventually reach the waste stream.
Scandinavia seeks environmental prize-winner
The Nordic Council is calling for entries to its Nature and Environment Prize 2002, to find the private or public-sector company, group or person that has contributed the most outstanding initiative in the field of nature and environmental protection. The winner will receive DK350,000 (€47,085).
Debate offers form and direction for long-term strategy to ensure sustainable water industry
Common ground on some basic elements of a long-term strategy to guide the UK’s water industry towards a sustainable future appears to be forming, reports Malcolm Hallsworth, Editor of the magazine Water and Waste Treatment (WWT).
Wild Baltic salmon back from brink of extinction but sustained action must continue
Efforts to protect and restore wild Baltic salmon populations, which faced extinction during the mid 1990s, have started to show promising results with 2001 stock levels reaching about 70% of the estimated potential capacity for 27 Baltic salmon rivers, according to the latest figures from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). However this is in stark contrast to the situation in the smallest rivers in the Bothnian Bay and Estonia, where levels remain at an alarming low level; and considerable work is required to rehabilitate spawning areas in many Baltic salmon rivers, according to the Helsinki Commission, HELCOM.
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