Month: May 2002
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.
Is there a future for the global environment?
Imagine if you will a world growing ever more crowded with resource-hungry humans. Add to that dwindling clean water supplies, forest clearance, poisoning and loss of fertile agricultural soils and depletion of one third of available fish stocks, but an increase in national parks, and a reduction of ozone-depleting substances. This is the state of the world today compared to 30 years ago, according to the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) ground breaking Global Environment Outlook-3 (GEO-3) report.
Ozone layer could recover by 2040
The hole in the ozone layer in the southern hemisphere could be reach minimum levels by 2010 but may be fully recovered by 2040. Levels of ozone in the northern hemisphere may start to rise after 2010 and massive ozone depletion like that responsible for the vast Antarctic hole is unlikely to occur again in the predictable future.
Europe’s environment makes patchy recovery
Greenhouse gas and other air pollutant emissions are down, waste is increasing – but at a slower rate than the economy, and the introduction of many new sewage treatment plants is cutting polluting discharges to rivers and other water bodies, according to the European Environment Agency’s latest report on the state of the environment. However, pressure is increasing on many natural resources, such as land and fisheries.
ECAs cause social and environmental disruption, says group
Government-funded Export Credit Agencies (ECAs) in many industrialised nations are guilty of destroying the environment, contributing to human rights violations and increasing poverty through their funding of projects in developing countries, according to a report from environmental activist group Pacific Environment. However, some agencies are bringing in their own reforms.
Business Briefs: desalination, renewable energy, a revolutionary landfill liner, and fuel cells
In this week’s international Business Briefs, the largest seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant in the western hemisphere, a boom for renewable energy companies, a revolutionary self-monitoring landfill liner is launched, and there is a new fuel cell patent.
Business Briefs: emission credits, Shanghai water, and pellets for CHP
In this weeks European Business Briefs, Germany receives a new diesel fuel for which companies can claim carbon credits, a French water company wins a 50-year contract for managing water services in Shanghai, and a Swedish company has received an order for a drying system for wood fuel for CHP.
Great savings to be made from outsourcing industrial water services
Major cost savings can be made from the outsourcing of industrial water services, although there remains a low level of customer awareness of the potential benefits. The largely supplier-controlled domain is currently worth $590 million of European annual sales and is predicted to rise to $1.5 billion by 2008.
US Senate panel OKs Water Investment Act
The US Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee has approved the new Water Investment Act, which proposes billions of dollars in funding, in various ways, for safe drinking water projects, wastewater facility improvements, and aid to small communities in the US.
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