Good data collection is the foundation upon which solid environmental projects are built and without this vital cornerstone the rest is likely to crumble.

In our keynote articles we take an eclectic look at key research projects and regulatory changes that could impact on the industry.

We hear from the Dest Testing Association about the need for continual emissions monitoring at incinerators and combustion plants and how operators can avoid the unnecessary expense of getting things wrong.

PhD researcher Phil Ham considers how mathematical modelling can predict the spread of water-borne pollution, saving money by avoiding remediation work that might not have been needed in the first place.

And in a fascinating article Prof Paul Kaye from the University of Hertfordshire explains how his team is developing new technology to improve our understanding of ice crystals in cloud formations and how they impact on our climate.

The Environment Agency also explains about the latest developments in dioxin testing and how they can help the organisation protect the public from these harmful by-products of burning.

Couple this with the usual mixed bag of news and case studies from the sector along with listings for jobs, events and the latest products and you have a Special Report bursting with information.

We hope you enjoy it and look forward to next month’s report, when we will turn our attention to waste management and what the future might hold for the sector.

Until then,

Sam Bond

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