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Are you ready for REACH and CLP?

Posted by on Sep 14, 2014 in Health and safety | Comments Off on Are you ready for REACH and CLP?

Are you ready for REACH and CLP?

The REACH regulation entered into force on 1st June 2007, and impacts all manufacturers and importers of chemicals as well as downstream users (e.g. formulators, article producers, end users of chemicals), distributors and retailers in the EU. This includes individual substances, substances in a preparation (a mixture of substances) or intentionally released from articles (finished manufactured goods) at or above 1 tonne. It will affect most businesses in Ireland in some way. REACH stands for Registration, Restriction, Evaluation and...

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World Day to Combat Desertification

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World Day to Combat Desertification

The demand for life’s essentials will rise significantly in the next 20 years. About 50% more food will be needed, 40% more energy and 35% more water. How will these demands to be met and with what resources? Past trends show that land, the foundation of these goods and services, is not only being destroyed, but is not on the radar screen of policy-makers because there is no political will to get something done. How serious is the problem? By 1992, estimates showed that only 3% of the Earth was fertile land. But every year, 75 billion tons of...

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What is World Environment Day?

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What is World Environment Day?

World Environment Day (‘WED’) is celebrated every year on 5 June to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action and is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). In fact, 5 June was the day that the seminal United Nations Conference on the Human Environment began in Stockholm (this ran from 5–16 June 1972). The first World Environment Day was in 1973 and it is hosted every year by a different city with a different theme. This event was the landmark event in the growth of international...

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International Day for Biological Diversity

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International Day for Biological Diversity

The United Nations proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. Biodiversity is the degree of variation of life. This can refer to genetic variation, species variation, or ecosystem variation within an area, biome, or planet. Biologists most often define biodiversity as the “totality of genes, species, and ecosystems of a region”. The theme “Island Biodiversity” was chosen to coincide with the designation by the United Nations General...

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What can GLP do for your laboratory and you?

Posted by on Sep 13, 2014 in Laboratory | Comments Off on What can GLP do for your laboratory and you?

What can GLP do for your laboratory and you?

As scientists and analysts, many of us find ourselves working in laboratories, busy doing analytical work or research, with little time or opportunity to step back from our busy daily routine to focus on the internationally recognised principles of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP). All too often we lose sight of the forest for the trees. GLP can sometimes be confused with the standards of laboratory safety, e.g. wearing appropriate gloves, safety goggles and clothing – which it is not. In some cases, GLP may have been implemented in a...

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World Water Day – what is it all about?

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World Water Day – what is it all about?

Water and energy are closely interlinked and interdependent. Energy generation and transmission requires utilization of water resources, particularly for hydroelectric, nuclear, and thermal energy sources. Conversely, about 8% of the global energy generation is used for pumping, treating and transporting water to various consumers. In 2014, the UN System – working closely with its Member States and other relevant stakeholders – is collectively bringing its attention to the water-energy nexus, particularly addressing inequities, especially for...

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Health and Safety Legislation – what’s it about?

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Health and safety | Comments Off on Health and Safety Legislation – what’s it about?

Health and Safety Legislation – what’s it about?

People can be wary of the area of legislation because of the perception that it is difficult to understand, probably thanks to the ‘legalese’ it is frequently written in and also due to the fear that somehow and in some way a little bit of knowledge will make them liable for something. Furthermore, the legal profession are frequently guilty of failing to explain things clearly. Of course, any true and competent professional will be able to explain even the most complex matters in plain and simple English and if they can’t, they probably don’t...

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International Day of Forests

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International Day of Forests

The United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/67/200 on 21 December 2012, which declared that 21 March of each year is to be observed as the International Day of Forests. The resolution encourages all Member States to organize activities relating to all types of forests. Activities expected to take place on the International Day include tree-planting and other community-level events, and national celebrations including art, photo and film as well as social media outreach. Why are forests so important? The International Day of...

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Biogas: lights and shadows of a promising technology

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Sustainability | Comments Off on Biogas: lights and shadows of a promising technology

Biogas: lights and shadows of a promising technology

By Mario A. Rosato Like any other technology, anaerobic digestion is good in itself but unfortunately EU policies and some local lobbies have in many cases created a fertile soil for speculation to grow about its potential. Beyond this political polemic and ideological dogma, experience has proven that only biogas plants designed and managed with rational criteria can help the environment, the community and the economy at the same time. The following decalogue (ten commandments) may be of help to anybody wishing to invest in a biogas plant...

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Happy World Wetlands Day!

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Happy World Wetlands Day!

Morass, quag, quagmire, slack, bog, peat bog, mire, swamp – just some of the different names for different types of wetland – none of which evoke positive images for most people. Frequently represented as dangerous, menacing places sheltering dangerous creatures; uncontrolled places of mystery, supernatural evil and repositories of disease; and in literature, where the anti-hero often comes to a decidedly sticky end – wetlands have had a distinctly bad press. An alternative view is that of romantic places of refuge and remnant wilderness of...

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