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Physical, Biological, Chemical Environments

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Environmental Degradation. Environmental degradation takes diverse forms, ranging from pollution and destruction of ecosystems to degraded fresh water supplies and arable land.

Environmental Degradation

The international agenda often focuses on broad-based concerns of environmental degradation such as desertification, climate change and air pollution. However, for the world's most vulnerable and marginalized groups, issues of environmental degradation tend to be more localized and immediate in their nature. Degradation of a resource base can result in decreased production - for example reduced soil fertility may produce lower yields and deteriorated water quality can impact fishing.

Such problems are of great concern to the poor, with direct impacts on livelihoods, food security and health. Projections in climate change as well as in population growth and distribution present additional future challenges to environmental sustainability. Articles and Documents. 9 Classes of Dangerous Goods. ‘Dangerous goods’ are materials or items with hazardous properties which, if not properly controlled, present a potential hazard to human health and safety, infrastructure and/ or their means of transport.

9 Classes of Dangerous Goods

The transportation of dangerous goods is controlled and governed by a variety of different regulatory regimes, operating at both the national and international levels. Prominent regulatory frameworks for the transportation of dangerous goods include the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, ICAO’s Technical Instructions, IATA’s Dangerous Goods Regulations and the IMO’s International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code. Environment Protection Authority. The Environment Protection Act 1970 (‘the Act’) states that an environmental audit assesses the nature and extent of harm, or risk of harm, to the environment posed by an industrial process or activity, waste, substance or noise.

Environment Protection Authority

20 Questions and Answers. No, ozone depletion is not the principal cause of global climate change.

20 Questions and Answers

Ozone depletion and global climate change are linked because both ozone-depleting substances and their substitutes are greenhouse gases. Ozone is also a greenhouse gas, so stratospheric ozone depletion leads to surface cooling. Conversely, increases in tropospheric ozone and other greenhouse gases lead to surface warming. The cooling from ozone depletion is small compared to the warming from the greenhouse gases responsible for observed global climate change. The Antarctic ozone hole has contributed to changes in Southern Hemisphere surface climate through effects on the atmospheric circulation.

While stratospheric ozone depletion is not the principal cause of climate change, aspects of ozone depletion and climate change are closely linked. Greenhouse gases and the radiative forcing of climate. GLOBOCAN 2020: New Global Cancer Data. US Environmental Protection Agency. The Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family From Radon U.S.

US Environmental Protection Agency

EPA/OAR/IED (6609J) EPA 402-K-12-002, May 2012 [Please note, the Spanish version of the Citizen's Guide has not been updated. The last version is dated 2008. US Environmental Protection Agency. Radon Standards of Practice Learn how the radon standards benefit your work, proposals, call for bids, etc.

US Environmental Protection Agency

Listen to or read this webinar for the latest information on radon industry standards of practice available through American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) .Gary Hodgden, Chair of the Executive Stakeholder Committee for the AARST Consortium on National Radon Standards, Melinda Ronca-Battista, Health Physicist currently at Northern Arizona University in the Institute for Tribal Environmental Programs, and Jani Palmer, Scientist at EPA, Office of Air present this webinar. Rusted barrels of radioactive waste cost CSIRO $30 million. CSIRO faces a $30 million clean up bill after barrels of radioactive waste at a major facility were found to be "deteriorating rapidly" and possibly leaking.

Rusted barrels of radioactive waste cost CSIRO $30 million

An inspection found "significant rusting" on many of the 9,725 drums, which are understood to contain radioactive waste and other toxic chemicals. CSIRO flagged a $29.7 million budget provision for "remediation works" at a remote location in its latest annual report. Fairfax Media can reveal the work will take place at a CSIRO facility located on Department of Defence land near Woomera, South Australia. The Woomera facility is currently one of Australia's largest storage sites for low and intermediate-level radioactive waste. A damning report of the Woomera facility was issued by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) after an inspection in April last year.

Woomera: Nuclear danger zone. THUNDER RUMBLES OVER FLAT saltbush country half an hour’s drive out of Coober Pedy.

Woomera: Nuclear danger zone

Dark clouds on the horizon don’t bode well. Out here, 25 mm of rain turns the clay into a quagmire, impassable even by a 4WD. Coober Pedy’s clustered mullock heaps are sparser here and small rises seem like major geographical features. Off to the west a steel drill rig, 11 m high, stands straight against the blackened sky. British Nuclear Testing. Landfill is not a long-term solution for waste management in Australia.


Landfill is not a long-term solution for waste management in Australia

Exposing Australia’s recycling lie. Coolaroo recycling plant SKM Recycling engulfed by flames for third time. World has no capacity to absorb new fossil fuel plants, warns IEA. The world has so many existing fossil fuel projects that it cannot afford to build any more polluting infrastructure without busting international climate change goals, the global energy watchdog has warned.

World has no capacity to absorb new fossil fuel plants, warns IEA

Constructing the Anthropocene — Design Under Sky. [Anthropocene Construction Sketch. Image by Adam E. Anderson] We are focusing on the “Anthropogenic” layer of waste. The effort and energy of extraction, production, and disposal of fossil fuels, geologic commodities, and construction is awesome in scale, as well as the waste material created as a result.. Waste Away Group Blog - Have You Heard of the Garbage Barge? By: Leslie Jones We’ve all heard of recycling in one context or another, but not many of us really know what spurred on this environment saver. On March 22, 1987, “it started when the Long Island town of Islip, overcome by its own refuse, shipped 3,168 tons of it down the Atlantic coast, with a plan to dump it in some farmers’ backyards. But North Carolina turned the barge away, as did Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and Florida; Mexico and Belize sent out their militaries to keep the barge offshore.

The barge returned and spent the summer stinking up New York Harbor.... Ocean Dumping Is Ending, but Not Problems - New York Can't Ship, Bury or Burn Its Sludge, but No One Wants a Processing Plant. Late this afternoon the ocean barge Spring Brook will slip quietly into the East River and head to sea, carrying for the last time one of America's least loved cargoes: 400 tons of New York City's processed sewage.

Leaking landfills – a ticking timebomb as climate change hits? As today’s Independent reports, there are around 20,000 historic landfills in the UK that were dumping-grounds for our rubbish before modern waste regulations came into force. Western Argolid Regional Project. A few weeks ago, I posted on the problem of “managing the modern landscape in intensive survey.” This week, my conceptual musings actually require operational decisions. By the end of the week, we’ll be surveying around an abandoned modern settlement in the Western Argolid. The site is beautiful, relatively secluded settlement established by transhumant herders probably in the late 19th or early 20th century.

Status of Waste Management. Home - Tiny Houses Australia. Samovoľne svietiace žiarivky / Neon tubes under power lines. Inspection reports archive. Listed below are ARPANSA inspection reports conducted prior to the current financial year. Hawaiiso2network. What is sulfur dioxide? Residents warned of exposure after Hawaii volcano eruption. HONOLULU -- Hawaii's most active volcano, Kilauea, is erupting with a fury, and dangerous levels of sulfur dioxide gas are being reported. Molten lava and ash were thrown hundreds of feet into the air and onto the streets of the mountainside community near Hilo, and residents under a mandatory evacuation tried to outrun the volcano's flow.

The eruption started after hundreds of small quakes hit the area earlier in the week. Residents began documenting the growing cracks on the streets in front of their house. Is vitamin D really a cure-all – and how should we get our fix? Vitamin D is having quite a moment. In the past few months, evidence has been growing that the “sunshine vitamin” not only has an important role in bone and muscle health, but might also help prevent a range of cancers, reduce the chance of developing rheumatoid arthritis, protect against multiple sclerosis and cut the risk of colds and flu.

What does the dust in your home mean for your health? 'This was a massive assassination': Hopes fade for Australian-based family. Fact check: Is Queensland clearing land as fast as Brazil? - Fact Check. Food and waterborne diseases - NIPH. Main points. The making of me sources. Does vinegar really kill household germs? - Health - ABC News. Looking for a cheap and green alternative to the cleaning products on supermarket shelves? Earth - How much of your body is your own?

Drinking-water. Introduction Safe and readily available water is important for public health, whether it is used for drinking, domestic use, food production or recreational purposes. Improved water supply and sanitation, and better management of water resources, can boost countries’ economic growth and can contribute greatly to poverty reduction. Flesh-eating bacteria strips skin off leg of River Murray boatie. Six people infected with Ross River virus in Melbourne.

10 Diseases That Used to Be Death Sentences. Health Check: how does household mould affect your health? Hidden housemates: meet the moulds growing in your home. An 8-year-old's bacteria-filled handprint is the coolest thing I've seen all week. Should we wipe mosquitoes off the face of the Earth? Lettuce recall: Salmonella outbreak traced to prepacked salad mixes from major supermarkets. Hepatitis A scare prompts Creative Gourmet to recall frozen berries. Kitchen sponges may be a 'bacteria hotspot' – but no need to worry. Source Identified for the Deadliest Listeria Outbreak in History. Zika table latest. Genetically Modified Fungus Can Rapidly Kill 99% of Malaria Mosquitoes, Suggests Study. More milk recalled amid bacteria fears. Bee Aware: what’s the buzz on natural claims? Using 'natural' claims when advertising to the public. Face masks, gloves and a new breed of plastic pollution. The Essential Chemical Industry (online)

National Pollutant Inventory home page. PAN Pesticide Database. List of CAS numbers by chemical compound - Wikipedia. LookChem,look for chemicals all over the world. World of Chemicals – online chemical directory,chemistry portal,aricles,news. Chem. Public AICS - NICNAS. IMAP. Types of ingredients in listed and registered complementary medicines. OSHA Occupational Chemical Database. ChemIDplus Advanced - Chemical information with searchable synonyms, structures, and formulas. Household Products Database - Health and Safety Information on Household Products. Substance Listing Page. Home - PubChem Compound - NCBI. Untitled. COCO DIMETHYLAMINE OXIDE. MSDS Xchange - Comprehensive Free MSDS Database. MSDS. Victorians are biggest heroin, MDMA users, NSW tops cocaine consumption: report. National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program—Seventh report.

CAS Number Search - Chemsrc. Recycler Suez says herbicides in contaminated compost came from Melbourne council waste. Air pollution: over three billion people breathe harmful air inside their own homes. Air pollution caused girl's death, coroner rules in landmark case. National Museum of Australia. Sri Lanka returns illegal waste to Britain. Ship leaking tonnes of oil off Mauritius splits apart. What does vaping do to our bodies? Australia's pollution mapped by postcode reveals nation's 'dirty truth' 86 per cent of Great Barrier Reef contaminated with microfibres.

Concern for Melbourne's drinking water after scientists allege illegal logging. Coronavirus pandemic leading to huge drop in air pollution. 'Toxic' foam blankets Indian beach. WHO: Microplastics in drinking-water. Flights diverted in Delhi as toxic smog hits worst levels of 2019. List of oil spills. Maralinga No More: The British Nuclear Bombing of First Nations Lands. Carbon Majors Report 2017. A Surge of New Plastic Is About to Hit the Planet. Massive illegal chemical dump found buried on bush block in country Victoria. Toxic secret kept from owners of Sydney units.

Notorious recycler SKM warns of landfill crisis if it goes under. Thirteenth toxic chemical dump discovered by drone. DDT finally linked to human health problems. Bayer Crop Science. Air Pollution in World: Real-time Air Quality Index Visual Map.