Day: 31 May 2002
Long Term, Trouble-Free, Lime Slurry Pumping
Lime slurry, widely used in water treatment, is a problem for most pump designs due to a tendency to settle out rapidly once pumping stops. This is not the case however for six Watson-Marlow Bredel hose pumps on lime slurry dosing duties at Dwr Cymru Welsh Water's Cefni Water Treatment Works which have an excellent record of long term service. Hose life in excess of 8000 running hours is regularly achieved.
European pesticides residues still a “cause for concern”
The upward trend in the amount of European fruit and vegetables containing “excessive” levels of pesticide residues, and more than one pesticide residue, continued in 2000, according to the latest figures from the European Commission’s food and veterinary office.
Mine waste and agriculture continue to pose pollution problems in Baltic
By the end of 2002, two metal smelters in Finland and Sweden previously considered as pollution hot spots in the Baltic region, are expected to be given the all clear on emissions, but after ten years of pollution control measures in the region, mine waste and agricultural hot spots remain significant sources of pollution, according to the latest progress report by the Helsinki Commission, HELCOM.
Battery recycling could benefit from improved battery design and indicators
Recycling of used lead-acid batteries could be improved by changes in battery design, and dangers to health and the environment could be further reduced with the introduction of performance indicators such as environmental auditing and environmental management systems. So says a set of draft UNEP international guidelines for environmentally sound battery disposal.
Business Briefs: recycling, geothermal energy, asbestos, and a catalytic converter
In this week’s international Business Briefs, increasing profits for recycling, geothermal energy in Australia to be listed on the stock market, the settlement of 30 asbestos lawsuits, and a catalytic converter for diesel vehicles in the Philippines.
Green tag support for ocean greening solution to global warming
The controversial concept of reducing global warming by boosting the growth of ocean plankton forests using iron as a fertiliser is the latest “green product” to be the focus of support under the EPA’s “Green tags” scheme for offsetting carbon dioxide production.
Business Briefs: solar power, an aerosol monitor, and ultraviolet disinfection
In this week’s UK Business Briefs, BP wins China’s largest on-grid PV supply contract, a new portable aerosol monitor, and ultraviolet disinfection units which will be included in the Royal Air Force’s upgraded Nimrod patrol aircraft.
Government offers £15 million for renewables research
The Government is calling on industry to submit tenders for £15 million of funding for research into renewable energy technology intended to enable UK firms to cash in on the global renewables investment, which is expected to top £400 billion in the next eight years.
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