Tagged on: Harmful substances

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
Annual Reports
Clean Up The World Campaign 2013 In Mauritius
Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development - Mauritius

Clean Up the World is an annual environmental campaign and is celebrated during the third week of September. It originated in Sydney, Australia in 1993 and is held in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The main objective of the Clean Up the World is to bring together non‐government organisations, community groups, schools, governments, businesses and individuals to undertake activities to improve water quality, clean up local streets, parks, forests, rivers and canals as well as educate children about the environment. This year the commemoration of this event took a broader dimension with the approval of MID Policies, Strategies and Action Plan by Cabinet in May 2013. One of the MID Environment Policies is to enhance the natural environment and built up areas within the Republic and one of the four priority programmes developed to implement this policy is “Cleaner, Greener, Pollution‐Free Mauritius”.


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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
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
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
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
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
Global chemicals outlook: towards sound management of chemicals
United Nations Environment Programme

The publication provides a wealth of technical and scientific information covering inter alia substances that can have adverse impacts on the environment and human health, that are of global and/or national and /or local concern, substances that are produced or used in high volume and/or widely dispersed, used and disposed of (i.e. organic, inorganic, halogenated compounds, metals and waste). It synthesizes and documents the well established environmental and health effects. It reviews knowledge and evidence available in quantifying and, when possible, monetizing the cost of inaction and benefit of action. It includes for the first time a special contribution from the financial and insurance sector analysis, highlighting its perspective in managing the risks to a chemical intensification of the economies. It also reviews many of the approaches, instruments and tools use by governments, industry, NGOs and international organizations to manage chemicals soundly.


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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
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