Tagged on: Harmful substances

Infographics and Flyers
Lead: How are children exposed to lead? [Infographic]
United Nations Environment Programme

Lead is a widely used metal that is harmful to human health and the environment


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2016
Infographics and Flyers
Lead [Infographic]
United Nations Environment Programme

Lead is a widely used metal that is harmful to human health and the environment


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2016
GEO
GEO-6: Global Environment Outlook: Regional assessment for the Pan-European Region
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

The sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) Assessment for the pan-European region paints a comprehensive picture of the environmental factors contributing to human health and well-being at the regional level. Backed by a large body of recent, credible scientific evidence, regional-wide consultations and a robust intergovernmental process, the assessment demonstrates that regional and global multilateral environmental agreements have improved environmental conditions in the pan-European region. It also highlights the complexity of the interlinked environmental, social and economic challenges now confronting decision makers.


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2016
Policy and Strategy Documents
Programme of work and budget for the biennium 2018‒2019 Report of the Executive Director [Approved]
United Nations Environment Assembly of the United Nations Environment Programme

The present report sets out the proposed programme of work and budget for the biennium 2018–2019, reflecting the outcome of consultations with the Committee of Permanent Representatives to the United Nations Environment Programme. Without prejudice to further work that might be undertaken by the Committee of Permanent Representatives on this matter, the proposed programme of work and budget are being submitted to the United Nations Environment Assembly for its consideration.


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2016
Reports and Books
Arctic Pollution Issues 2015: Persistent Organic Pollutants, Radioactivity in the Arctic;Human Health in the Arctic – Summary for Policy-Makers
Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP)

This document presents the policy-relevant findings of the AMAP 2015 assessments of POPs (trends), human health, and radioactivity in the Arctic.


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2015
Reports and Books
Practical Sourcebook on Mercury Waste Storage and Disposal
United Nations Environment Programme

The Practical Sourcebook aims to enhance the capacity of governments and other relevant stakeholders to store and dispose mercury wastes in an environmentally sound manner.


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2015
Reports and Books
Arctic Climate Issues 2015: Short-lived Climate Pollutants – Summary for Policy-Makers
Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP)

This document presents the policy-relevant findings of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme's 2015 assessments of short-lived climate forcers (methane, black carbon, and ozone) in the Arctic. Short-lived climate forcers cause warming and have lifetimes of a few days to a decade.


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2015
Manuals and Guides
Guide de la gestion écologiquement rationnelle des PCB en Mediterranée
United Nations Environment Programme. Mediterranean Action Plan

Ce guide technique fournit des informations de bases concernant la collecte de données, l’identification, l’échantillonnage et la surveillance des équipements contenant des PCB et décrit la gestion des PCB dans des applications fermées. Il explique également la maintenance de l’équipement contenant des PCB, se focalisant sur la sécurité, les mesures d’urgence ainsi que l’élimination progressive, l’emballage et le stockage temporaire. Pour finir, il se réfère aux régulations internationales et nationales pour le transport de marchandises dangereuses ainsi que le prétraitement, le traitement et l’élimination des PCB.


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2015
Reports and Books
Sources, Fate and Effects of Microplastics in the Marine Environment: A Global Assessment
Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP)

The GESAMP assessment focuses on a category of plastic debris termed ‘microplastics’. These small pieces of plastic may enter the ocean as such, or may result from the fragmentation of larger items through the influence of UV radiation. Section 1 provides an introduction to the problem of microplastics in the marine environment, and the rationale for the assessment. The principal purpose of the assessment is to provide an improved evidence base, to support policy and management decisions on measures that might be adopted to reduce the input of microplastics to the oceans. The GESAMP assessment can be considered as contributing to a more formal Assessment Framework, such as the Driver-Pressure-State-Impact- Response (DPSIR) Assessment Framework, which is introduced in Section 2.


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2015
Reports and Books
Economic Valuation of Wastewater: The Cost of Action and the Cost of No Action
The Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA), The Global Wastewater Initiative (GWI), United Nations University, The International Water Management Institute

This book presents the results of an analytical study on the economic valuation for wastewater, comparing the cost of no action versus the cost of effective wastewater management. Although economic valuation of wastewater management is complex, it remains an important tool to guide policymakers and investors to take informed decisions. A financial analysis of wastewater management looks at its private costs and benefits and can underpin decision making from a business or treatment plant operator standpoint. Economic analysis looks at the broader costs and benefits for society, providing information for public policy decisions to support improvements in wastewater management. Adequate wastewater collection, treatment, and safe use or disposal can lead to significant environmental and health benefits. However, because some of these benefits do not have a market price, they have not traditionally been considered in the financial analysis of wastewater treatment projects, therefore underestimating total benefits.


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2015