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High VOCs Found in US Citizens Living Around Oil & Gas Fields

High VOCs Found in US Citizens Living Around Oil & Gas Fields

Global
A coalition of community and environmental health groups in the United States of America today released a first-of-its-kind research combining air monitoring methods with new biomonitoring techniques to determine if toxic air emissions from natural gas operations could be detected in the bodies of nearby residents. The study, entitled When the Wind Blows: Tracking Toxic Chemicals in Gas Fields and Impacted Communities, found evidence of eight hazardous chemicals emitted from Pavillion, Wyoming gas infrastructure in the urine of study participants. Many of these chemicals were present in the participants' bodies at concentrations far exceeding background averages in the U.S. population. "If your drinking water is contaminated with chemicals, you might be able to make do with anoth...
Maersk Group Initiates Responsible Ship Breaking at Alang

Maersk Group Initiates Responsible Ship Breaking at Alang

Corporate Greening
The market for ship recycling is dominated by practices unchanged for decades. The condition of this market is particularly dismal in developing countries like India - where labour is cheap and laws for protecting labours rights and the environment are either non-existent or not implemented. Out of the total 768 ships recycled globally in 2015, 469 of them were sold to facilities on beaches in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.74% of the total gross tonnage scrapped from ships in 2015 took place in the aforementioned three developing countries. One can thus imagine the impact of this industry on the health of the labourers and on the environment, especially in developing countries. It is for this reason that the port town of Alang in Gujarat - which is known as one of the world's la...
Delhi Airport Wins International Safety Award

Delhi Airport Wins International Safety Award

Global
The International Safety Awards are given out by the British Safety Council under different sectors to identify and promote corporate houses which are health and safety champions. The nominees for the 2016 International Safety Awards included BSES and the Delhi Airport. The Delhi International Airport Limited has now won the International Safety Award 2016 under the Transport, distribution and storage category! Lynda Armstrong OBE, Chair of Trustees, and Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, announced the names of the organisations that were judged best at the 2016 International Safety Awards Gala Dinner, held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on 6 May 2016. Those International Safety Award winning organisations that were considered by the panel of judg
BEPI and ZDHC Collaborate for Better Chemical Management

BEPI and ZDHC Collaborate for Better Chemical Management

Global
The Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI) and the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme have come together to work upon a systematic change in chemical management in the textile and footwear industry, a more efficient one. BEPI, an initiative of the Foreign Trade Association (FTA), is a business-driven initiative supporting companies to improve the environmental performance of their global supply chains. The ZDHC Programme is focussed on harmonising standards across the textile and footwear supply chain by addressing proper chemicals management and promoting safer chemistries. As part of the collaborative efforts, BEPI has joined the ZDHC Programme as an Associate Contributor, to actively deliver the ZDHC mission, and roadmap in close collaboration
BSES, Delhi Airport Shortlisted for International Safety Award

BSES, Delhi Airport Shortlisted for International Safety Award

Global
The International Safety Awards scheme, now in its 58th year, celebrates organisations from around the world that have demonstrated, to the satisfaction of the scheme's independent judges, their commitment to preventing work-related injuries and ill health during the 2015 calendar year. The British Safety Council has published the names of organisations shortlisted for the Sector Awards of the International Safety Awards 2016. This year, 443 organisations achieved a pass or a higher achievement in the British Safety Council’s prestigious International Safety Award scheme. These results were announced on 10 March 2016. Of these winning organisations, 34 have been shortlisted by the panel of adjudicators as deserving candidates for the Sector Awards. These include BSES Yamuna Power
From Common Wealth to Common Health

From Common Wealth to Common Health

Articles
Dragonflies: once abundant across Delhi, are now restricted to few pockets. Known to devour the mosquito larva, they are good malaria inspectors. As the Commonwealth Games are approaching, the city is almost gearing up with the preparations. In the process of making the Games fruitful and a memorable event, various developmental projects have been undertaken. Large number of constructions, digging has been seen all over the city in the past months. The tremendous digging and caving of the roads, delayed timelines & missed deadlines, added to it heavy monsoon that has hit the city has all led to a major disease outbreak in Delhi. Construction sites get filled with rain water and remain water logged and become breeding ground for vector borne and water borne diseases. After corruption...
1000 Cities, 1000 Lives for World Health Day 2010

1000 Cities, 1000 Lives for World Health Day 2010

Green Alert
Virtually all population growth over the next 30 years will be in urban areas, signaling that urbanization is here to stay. It is associated with many health challenges related to water, environment, violence and injury, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and their risk factors like tobacco use, unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, harmful use of alcohol as well as the risks associated with disease outbreaks. Urbanization is therefore a major challenge faced by the world today. With this as the backdrop, the WHO themed the World Health today around its campaign "1000 cities, 1000 lives", events which is being organized worldwide during the week of 7 – 11 April 2010. The global goals of the campaign are: 1000 cities: to open up public spaces to health, whether it be

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