Lessons from the Fifteen Worst Environmental Disasters Around the World
Author: Robert Emmet Hernan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Presents fifteen environmental disasters of the last sixty years, describing their victims and the impact on land and water resources, from the chemical pollution of Japanese fishing waters, to the Treasure oil spill off the coast of South Africa.
Back in 2007, two gently unemployed people with no previous restaurant experience drove 90 minutes to Chicago to eat a raw food dinner. 90 minutes. They said, I wish there was somewhere closer And they were stupid enough to decide the best solution to the problem was to open their own raw vegan restaurant. Not normal people. Not even close. This is their story. KATHY: Did you remember to put in the recipes? DANNY: Yes. The string around my finger totally worked.
Health Effects and Environmental Justice Struggles Around the Globe
Author: Francis O. Adeola
Publisher: Lexington Books
Category: Social Science
In the post-World War II period, modern societies have developed numerous heterogeneous synthetic organic compounds released into the environment and human habitats. This book addresses the threats posed by these contaminants and other hazardous wastes to human health and the health of other species in the environment.
This book reviews efforts to control hazardous chemicals from the early 1970s into the very beginning of the 1990s. Many of the issues which were hotly debated 15 years earlier are still on the national agenda and are surrounded with more controversy than ever before. The emphasis is on environmental goals and on general policies and approaches in search of these goals. At the same time, environmental issues teem with controversy over details-in the fine print of the laws, in the Federal Register announcements of new regulations, in enforcement orders, and in court rulings. In the environmental field the gaps are enormous between the politicians, the experts, and the public in understanding the facts, in recognizing the uncertainties, in developing a basis for reaching decisions laden with value judgments, and in translating these judgments into implementation activities. However, the goals must be clear even to identify the important facts and uncertainties themselves and to frame the judgments which must be made. If a consensus cannot be reached on the appropriate goals and objectives, then the nation is in serious trouble. The importance of such a consensus is underscored by one industrial estimate that each American family already pays $150 per month in direct and hidden environmental costs, expenditures which we can ill-afford to misdirect.
Risks Survived and Lessons Learned While Growing Up and Growing Older (and Voicing Several Concerns for America and the World)
Author: Douglas Charles Toland
In a weak moment, I have written a book. —Margaret Mitchell This book is a multilayered creation that touches on a wide array of topics, many of them drawn from personal experiences. Indeed, you the lucky reader will be blessed with enough material for at least three books within one cover. Why would I want to write such a multi-themed book? It wasn’t my original intention. Maybe I’ve learned an important lesson and won’t do so next time. Like many older folks, I wanted to share what I have learned to be true and useful and couldn’t seem to stay with a single topic. I’ve lived long enough to confirm an important realization: the gleanings from a well-lived life are at least as important as knowledge gained vicariously through reading and classroom attendance. But I think most people don’t fully appreciate the value of their life lessons and end up taking most of them to the grave. I want to counter that pattern and use this book to share as many of my gleanings as I can. I also recognize several imminent dangers facing this nation and our planet and feel compelled to share these concerns. Just as important: I want my wife, children, and grandchildren to know more about who I was and who I’ve come to be. I hope they will have occasions to use some of my wisdom.
All the tools needed to perform a thorough risk assessment—whether you're working in insurance, forensics, engineering, or public safety Risk analysis is the method of analyzing the dangers to individuals, businesses, and government agencies posed by potential natural and man-made hazards. The central task of the risk assessor is predicting the success of a project. This includes isolating the entire spectrum of adverse events that can derail a project or threaten the health and safety of individuals, organizations, and the environment. Designed as a practical, in-the-field toolkit, Risk Assessment details every aspect of how a risk assessment is performed, showing the proper tool to be used at various steps in the process, as well as locating the tool that best fits the risk assessment task at hand. Examining not only the very nature of risks and consequences, with fascinating historical examples, the book progresses from simple to more complex risk assessment techniques used by the authors in their daily work, all presented in a form that can be readily adapted to any number of real-life situations: Ecological Risk Assessment Task Analysis Techniques Preliminary Hazards Analysis Failure Mode and Effects Analysis Human Reliability Analysis Critical Incident Technique With numerous industry-specific case studies, as well as additional case studies for risk assessments for a restaurant and a process plant, the book provides readers with complete examples of how each of the techniques can be used in a variety of real-world situations. Including downloadable worksheets and other useful assessment materials, as well as guidance on using PRA software, this unparalleled reference offers all the tools and techniques needed to conduct a thorough and accurate assessment of risk.