Tagged on: Harmful substances

Serials
UNEP global environmental alert service: February 2013
United Nations Environment Programme

Dust storms can have high interannual, as well as annual and decadal, variability, thus it is important that more research is conducted over longer periods of time to analyze trends and associated storm severity. With increased information about long term trends, more accurate forecasts of dust storm movements can be developed, the appropriate efforts to mitigate damage can be put into place and effective early warning can be communicated.


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2013
Reports and Books
Africa Environment Outlook 3: our environment, our health
United Nations Environment Programme

The Third Africa Environment Outlook (AEO-3), analyses the importance of, and interlinkages between, health and environment and the opportunities and synergies that might be derived from intensified collaboration between the two sectors. It uses the Drivers, Pressures, State, Exposure, Effects and Actions (DPSEEA) analytical framework to undertake an integrated analysis of the state and trends covering the themes of air quality, biodiversity, chemicals and waste, climate change and variability, coastal and marine resources, freshwater and sanitation as well as land. It also illustrates how socio-economic driving forces can generate environmental pressures, leading to altered ecosystem states, personal exposure to risks and adverse health effects.


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2013
Reports and Books
An Assessment of assessments: Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan: Air, climate change, biodiversity and wastes
Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia (CAREC)

This report summarizes national assessments of the state of play in the environmental reporting, application of indicators and statistics on biodiversity, air, climate change and waste in the selected EECCA countries.


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2013
Reports and Books
Minamata convention on mercury: text and annexes
United Nations Environment Programme

The Minamata Convention on Mercury is an important advance in global environmental stewardship. This multilateral agreement addresses the devastating effects of mercury through practical actions that will reduce global levels while promoting sustainable development. This booklet is published for information only. It does not substitute the original authentic texts of the Minamata Convention on Mercury as deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations acting as the Depositary of the Convention.


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2013
Reports and Books
Minamata Convention on Mercury
United Nations

The Minamata Convention on Mercury is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury. It was agreed at the fifth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee in Geneva, Switzerland at 7 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, 19 January 2013.The Convention draws attention to a global and ubiquitous metal that, while naturally occurring, has broad uses in everyday objects and is released to the atmosphere, soil and water from a variety of sources. Controlling the anthropogenic releases of mercury throughout its lifecycle has been a key factor in shaping the obligations under the convention.


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2013
Annual Reports
UNEP 2012 annual report
United Nations Environment Programme

The 2012 Annual Report details UNEP's wide-ranging activities in what proved to be the most momentous year in the organizations history. At Rio+20, Heads of State and governments decided to strengthen and upgrade UNEP||this was followed by the adoption of a resolution at the 67th session of the UN General Assembly later in the year that granted UNEP universal membership and called for increased resources. The report details UNEPs work across its six thematic areas: Climate Change||Disasters and Conflicts||Ecosystem Management||Environmental Governance||Harmful Substances and Hazardous Waste||Resource Efficiency||and Sustainable Consumption and Production. It also highlights the key role UNEP plays in providing environmental leadership to the UN system and the international community, showcasing dozens of collaborative initiatives that drive the agenda of international environmental governance.


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2013
Summaries
Metal recycling: Opportunities, Limits, Infrastructure - Summary
United Nations Environment Programme

A Product-Centric approach is necessary to promote metals recycling in the 21st century. This means the application of economically viable technology and methods throughout the recovery chain to extract metals from the complex interlinkages within designed “minerals”, i. e. products, derived from the thorough know-how of recovering metals from complex geological minerals. These products can be regarded as designed “minerals”, which provide the basis for recycling as geological minerals provide the basis for extracting metals from minerals. Adaptive and robust recycling and metallurgical infrastructure, systems and technology as well as thorough knowledge are essential to gain economic success and the required resource efficiency. It is therefore essential to use and evolve existing thorough economically viable metallurgical process knowledge and infrastructure. Both are available in the primary and secondary metals processing industry, which thus needs to be preserved in order to allow for the most resource efficient recycling of increasingly complex End-of-Life products.


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2013
Serials
UNEP in Europe: newsletter
United Nations Environment Programme

This publication is a monthly newsletter on UNEPs activities in Europe.


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2013
Reports and Books
Costs of inaction on the sound management of chemicals
United Nations Environment Programme

This document provides a practical and useful assessment of the current state of knowledge of the economic costs of inaction on the sound management of chemicals. It makes available early research findings and the evidence needed to support the argument for enhanced political action.


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2013
GEO
Perspectivas del Medio Ambiente Urbano - GEO Cuidad de Aguascalientes
Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo Sustenable (SEMADESCU), México

El informe ECCO Aguascalientes fue elaborado a partir de un proceso participavo incorporando los puntos de vista de los sectores publico y privado, de academicos, instituciones, organismos no gubernamentales y la sociedad civil, creando asi espacios para el dialogo y el consenso referente a las principales problematicas ambienyales que enfrenta la Ciudad de Aguascalientes.


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2013