ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE
Yves Ducrot 18, Oct 13 mins
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RIGHT: Sunil Sarangi, The Founder Of Eco Marine
Whether you live on the coast or far from it, whether you eat seafood or not, you and the future of all those you love depends on healthy oceans

Oceans are the lifeblood of planet Earth and humankind. They flow over nearly three-quarters of our planet and hold 97% of the planet’s water. They produce more than half of the oxygen in the atmosphere and absorb the most carbon from it. In short, whatever human beings require to exit, oceans have it all. But with the increase of human activities in oceans has led to hampering the aquatic life to a major extent. The expanded seaborne trade and traffic volume over the last few decades have unintentionally introduced invasive species to new habitats via the ballast water carried by commercial shipping vessels. To our surprise, Ballast water spreads an estimated 7000 living species to new habitats across the globe, because of which the effects in many areas of the world have been devastating. Actually, invasive aquatic species are one of the greatest threats to the world’s oceans. Quantitative data show that the rate of bio-invasions is continuing to increase at an alarming rate and new areas are being invaded all the time.

The actual problem arises when ballast water contains marine life. There are literally thousands of species that may be carried in ships’ ballast – anything small enough to pass through a ship’s ballast water intake pumps. This includes bacteria, small invertebrates and the eggs, cysts, and larvae of various species. These alien species are considered to be invasive when their introduction causes or is likely to cause, harm to the environment, the economy, or human health.

Ballast water impacts the environment when the ballast water is discharged and the organisms are released into new environments. If…

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FUTURE AGENDA: By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the world's oceans
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509 plastic collection points will collect 30,000 metric tons of plastic waste over three years - the equivalent of stopping approximately 1.5 billion plastic bottles from entering the ocean

SC Johnson, an industry-leading manufacturer of household consumer brands, and Plastic Bank today launched a global partnership to stop plastic waste from entering the ocean and fight poverty. The three-year effort creates recycling infrastructure on a massive scale across five countries and pays residents to collect plastic in exchange for digital savings and rewards. Once the plastic is collected and exchanged, it will be recycled into the first-ever 100% Social Plastic® bottle, which SC Johnson will use for its iconic Windex® line beginning in February 2020.

“More than 8 million metric tons of plastic leak into the ocean every year, so building infrastructure that stops plastic before it gets into the ocean is key to solving this issue,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “I’m particularly pleased that this program we developed with Plastic Bank helps to address poverty and this critical environmental issue at the same time.”

SC Johnson and Plastic Bank already have nine collection centers in Indonesia. Under the new three-year agreement, they will expand to 509 total collection centers and points across several countries including Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam – four of the five countries that contribute most to ocean plastic –…

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Sunil Sarangi, the founder of ECO MARINE, a Ballast Water Treatment Systems Design and Consultants’ Firm
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Ballast Water Management: Issues and Solutions

Globalization and technological advances have been a major driving force for goods and people to move at a much faster pace and to reach far more distances locations as soon as possible. These days, about 90% of world trade is made by means of ships. As a result of human activities, plants, animals and other organisms are transported to new habitats with speed and efficiency. Therefore, ship-based marine pollution reached serious levels for the marine environment.

Actually, the movement of vessels around the world requires the intake of ballast water to give them a safe degree of stability when light. This disposal of water, when it takes place within ports and harbors is classed as a waste product. The ballast water that is disposed of may contain a variety of harmful substances, including in certain cases oil contaminants, non-native marine animals and plants, and disease-causing organisms in sewage-contaminated water. But the transfer of aquatic organisms through ships’ ballast water is one of the most important issues around the world. Aquatic organisms that are transported ships’ ballast water creating a negative effect on marine and coastal ecology has become a growing concern worldwide.

To work on this, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)…

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FEMA and the Ad Council kick off National Preparedness Month with new public service announcements from FEMA’s Ready Campaign that promote the importance of preparing children and teenagers for possible emergencies and disasters.

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2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season Expected To Worsen
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The premature end to a weather pattern that suppresses the formation of hurricanes has prompted the nation’s top weather agency to dramatically boost the chances of major, deadly storms during the remainder of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it now expects 10 to…

High Consumer Expectations, Low Levels Of Appreciation Make It Tough To Be A Farmer, Finds New Research
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Add conflicting consumer expectations to the list of reasons farming is a tough row to hoe. In its new global study, Cargill found consumers had a hard-to-satisfy wishlist for those who put food on our tables—with most claiming to feel knowledgeable about how our food is raised. Farmers should…

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The New Safe Confinement arch now rests above the damaged reactor building, protecting it from the elements and sealing in radioactive contamination. Credit: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Project Management Institute recognizes international team, including Bechtel
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The international, 22-year effort to cover and seal off the damaged Chernobyl nuclear plant has been recognized as one of the 50 most influential projects of the past 50 years by the Project Management Institute, the global body for project management standards, certifications, and education.

The award came Monday at the organization’s 50th-anniversary celebration in Philadelphia.

“This recognition reflects the incredible progress we have made in the project management profession and demonstrates how the fabric of our world has been shaped and continues to be shaped, by the hard work of bringing ideas to life,” said Sunil Prashara, President and CEO of Project Management Institute. “This list demonstrates PMI’s vision of how excellence in project execution will be critical in meeting the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow.”

“Completing the New Safe Confinement took an all-in effort by the whole team,” said Bechtel’s project manager, Oscar “Mac” McNeil. “It required international cooperation and ingenuity to overcome the challenges presented by radiation and the environment around the plant, not to mention the Ukrainian winters.”

Balthasar Lindauer, EBRD director of Nuclear Safety, said: “We are honored to receive this prestigious award. It is recognition of what the community of donors together with Ukraine was able to achieve in this unique display of international solidarity.”

EBRD is the only international financial institution with expertise in nuclear decommissioning and more than 30 years of expertise in managing donor-funded projects.

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