A freshwater shortage is expected in the U.S. by 2030

September 27, 2013

The demand for fresh water in the U.S. will exceed supply by 40 percent by 2030, says a State Department report. Global consumption, which has increased threefold in the past 50 years, and short- and long-term droughts are the main cause for the worldwide problem.

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UN: Global child deaths down by almost half since 1990

Pneumonia, malnutrition among leading causes
September 19, 2013

In 2012, approximately 6.6 million children worldwide – 18 000 children per day – died before reaching their fifth birthday, according to a new report released today by UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank Group and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs/Population Division.

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Diseases don’t stop at borders

CDC Director on public health challenges, opportunities
September 17, 2013

It’s a small world, after all – especially when it comes to disease outbreaks. Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made that point in a speech last week to the National Press Club.

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Coming your way: a global standard for occupational health and safety

September 4, 2013

The world will soon have a new global standard for occupational health and safety. Earlier this summer the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) approved the creation of a new project committee to develop an international standard for occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMS).

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Global solvents industry seeks greener alternatives

Study finds environmental, regulatory pressures driving change
August 26, 2013

Driven by increasing environmental and regulatory pressures, and concerns over toxicity to humans, the global solvents market continues to undergo significant changes as demand for “greener” solvents has increased in developed countries during the last 15 years, while demand for traditional solvents (outside of China) continues to decline, according to a new IHS Chemical (NYSE: IHS) global market research report.

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Professional certification for sustainability practitioners - Yea or nah?

August 7, 2013

The International Society of Sustainability Professionals is in the process of creating a professional certification for the field. ISSP has reached its first big milestone in that process - the publication of the first draft of the Body of Knowledge that defines the job of "sustainability practitioner." This document is in first draft form and is available for comment by members of the profession.

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ANSI, ASSE working on new international OH&S standard

U.S. stakeholders urged to take an active role
July 29, 2013

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) are in the process of creating a U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to lead discussions on the creation of a new occupational health and safety (OH&S) standard for global occupational health and safety.

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Bangladesh passes new factory worker safety law

Does it go far enough?
July 23, 2013

In the face of international criticism over the dangerous conditions in its garment factories, Bangladeshi has passed a new law aimed at improving conditions – although the export-oriented factories which make up the bulk of Bangladesh’ garment industry are exempted from a major provision.

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British Columbia proposes protections for workers exposed to silica

Construction industry groups requested it
July 16, 2013

The Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) has issued a new proposed rule for the construction industry on how to identify and control worker exposure to respirable silica and other rock dust.

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Safety activists slam Walmart’s Bangladesh factory improvement plan

Critics call it A “toothless” scheme that lacks enforcement
July 12, 2013

A proposal unveiled this week by Walmart and the Gap aimed at improving safety for garment factory workers in Bangladesh who make the goods sold by the retailers has been met with jeers by labor and safety activists, who say the plan is badly flawed and puts profits above safety.

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