Tagged with Risk Reduction

Disaster Risk Management and Fiscal Policy : Narratives, Tools, and Evidence Associated with Assessing Fiscal Risk and Building Resilience

World Bank / by Reinhard Mechler, et al. http://bit.ly/24HbHPZ This paper addresses the question whether and how co-benefits, through disaster resilience building, can be further promoted. Co-benefits are defined as positive externalities that arise deliberately as a result of a joint strategy that pursues several objectives synergistically at the same time, such as disaster risk … Continue reading

Investing in Disaster Risk Management in an Uncertain Climate

World Bank / by Thomas K. J. McDermott http://bit.ly/1q9qrUO Climate change will exacerbate the challenges associated with environmental conditions, especially weather variability and extremes, in developing countries. These challenges play important, if as yet poorly understood roles in the development prospects of affected regions. As such, climate change reinforces the development case for investment in … Continue reading

Application of Remote Real-Time Monitoring to Offshore Oil and Gas Operations

Transportation Research Board http://www.nap.edu/read/23499/chapter/1 [Oil and Gas Journal]A new National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report recommends ways the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement could apply remote real-time monitoring (RRTM) to improve the safety and reduce the environmental risks of offshore oil and gas operations… The oil and gas industry is moving … Continue reading

Nanomaterials in Waste Streams: Current Knowledge on Risks and Impacts

OECD (This fee-based document is free to RFFers through OECD iLibrary; check the library landing page if prompted for credentials.) http://bit.ly/24MAhwd Nanotechnology is an emerging and promising field for advanced applications in industrial, commercial and medical sectors, and nanomaterials can be found today in sunscreens, deodorants and textiles. Yet these nanomaterials, which are increasing in … Continue reading

Flood Risks and Environmental Vulnerability — Exploring the Synergies Between Floodplain Restoration, Water Policies and Thematic Policies

European Environment Agency http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/flood-risks-and-environmental-vulnerability This report focuses on the role of floodplains in flood protection, water management, nature protection or agriculture and the impact of hydromorphological alterations on the ecosystem services that floodplains provide. The aim is to support the implementation of the EU Floods Directive (EU, 2007), in particular with regard to environmental impacts … Continue reading

Canadian Crude Oil Transportation: Comparing the Safety of Pipelines and Railways

Oliver Wyman for the Railway Association of Canada http://bit.ly/1Qv82gI [Green Car Congress] Railways and pipelines are equally safe means of transporting crude oil, according to a report comparing safety data for each mode. The report—Canadian Crude Oil Transportation: Comparing the Safety of Pipelines and Railways—was published by consultant group Oliver Wyman last month, and was … Continue reading

Innovation Promoted by Regulatory Flexibility

Environmental Science & Technology (2015; DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b05394) / by Paige J. Novak http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/acs.est.5b05394 Humanity’s footprint, in terms of water use, water degradation, and resource consumption, is unsustainable.1 In addition to changing behavior with respect to resource use, technical innovation is needed to reduce this footprint, enabling low energy water treatment and effective resource recovery… RECOMMENDATIONS: Regulations Should Include Both Penalties for … Continue reading