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Reports and Books
Waste and Climate Change - Global Trends and Strategy Framework
United Nations Environment Programme

The sound management of waste can have substantial co-benefits for efforts to address climate change. As a first step to realize these co-benefits, this report seeks - To examine the potential of climate impacts and benefits of different waste management activities. - To present a UNEP-led framework strategy to assist countries in prioritizing their resources and efforts for waste management and climate change mitigation. The framework strategy is intended to align with the internationally recognized waste management hierarchy, in which waste prevention receives the highest priority, to optimize the co-benefits for climate change mitigation. The Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has directed its International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) branch to take action in the area of waste management.


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2010
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WHO guidelines for indoor air quality: selected pollutants
World Health Organization

This book presents WHO guidelines for the protection of public health from a number of chemicals commonly present in indoor air. The substances considered benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, naphthalene, nitrogen dioxide, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (especially benzo[a]pyrene), radon, trichloroethylene and tetrachloroethylene have indoor sources, are known for their hazardousness to health and are often found indoors in concentrations of concern to health. For each substance, the chapter covers a general description, the sources and pathways of exposure, the indooroutdoor relationship, kinetics and metabolism, the health effects, a health risk evaluation, the guidelines, a summary box and references.These guidelines are targeted at public health professionals involved in preventing the health risks of environmental exposures, as well as at specialists and authorities involved in the design and use of buildings, indoor materials and products. They provide a scientific basis for legally enforceable standards.


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2010
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Farming the flow: innovative approaches to understand, protect and value ecosystem services across linked habitats
United Nations Environment Programme

This publication presents a framework for an understanding of the connectivity between tropical coastal ecosystems (including mangroves, seagrasses and coral reefs) ac- ross environmental, economic, social, and management contexts. It presents innovative approaches to better understand, protect and value ecosystem services across linked habitats, and to allow informed trade-offs between different land-use management decisions and consequent changes in different ecosystem services.


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2010

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