Until recently, identifying and analysing for TPH, tars etc. has relied on laboratory GCs. However, measuring fluorescence across the UV and visible range can, in three minutes, identify and analyse petroleum or coal tar derived hydrocarbon contamination of liquids and solids immediately on site or in a laboratory. This method provides quantitative values for TPH, DRO, GRO as well as total BTEX, total PAHs and Benzo(a)pyrene in soil, groundwater and waste streams.
This webinar series explores the culture and attitudes around entrepreneurship in the environmental science sector. Over the last few months, we have heard from a range of successful entrepreneurs, who have pioneered innovated and grown businesses in the sector. Our speakers have shared their experiences and discussed key challenges and opportunities they faced when establishing their businesses.
Agricultural areas have expanded dramatically in the tropics, providing food for the world's population, but posing a severe threat to natural habitats and tropical biodiversity. A crop which has attracted particularly negative press and been associated with high levels of deforestation is oil palm.
In this webinar, Susan Jay Circular Economy Technical Specialist at Wrap, explores the role of plastic in current society and how existing recycling and reprocessing infrastructure can be improved and enhanced to capture and recycle more plastic waste, avoiding escape into the environment. Susan considered how we can encourage society to reconsider the widespread use of plastic and to recognise plastic as a resource that must be dealt with responsibly.
Landing on Mars is one of the most challenging goals in planetary science. Understanding the Martian environment is crucial to how lander and rover missions are designed.
Model Procedures provide a framework for making decisions about land contamination risks and are a useful resource which offer a lot of detail leading up to, and after, remediation. The remediation stage is often a significant and complicated financial commitment for any project, however the design and delivery of a project gets minimal attention in CLR11. There is a wealth of guidance on specific remediation techniques, some of which is outdated.
In recent years there has been a surge in recognition of the positive impact behavioural science can have to help reduce the demand for a range of endangered species products; including rhino horn, tiger bone, elephant ivory, pangolin scales and more. Gayle Burgess, Programme Officer at TRAFFIC International, introduces some of the theoretical foundation underpinning this innovative work, as well as the activities being conducted in various parts of Asia and the impact so far, including success factors, lessons learned and next steps.
Water quality is a crucial indicator to the health of river ecosystems, yet as many as 47% of European water-bodies do not meet ‘good ecological status’. With more than 189,000 km of river in the UK alone, monitoring is an extensive task. Current water quality monitoring approaches lack spatial and temporal resolution which means pollution is not being sufficiently detected and fixed.
Spending time in tranquil spaces has clear benefits to people’s health and well-being. The protection and enhancement of tranquillity is therefore an important step for a civilised, healthy society. This applies both in rural environments, where current levels of tranquillity may be high but under pressure of development; and in urban environments, where tranquillity may be relatively low but, compared with a busy surrounding area, a location which feels only “slightly” tranquil may be considered to be a valuable resource.
In this webinar, Joe Freemantle co-founder of the ambitious start-up Green Phoenix and Adam Donnan, CEO of the IES explored Joe's experience of being an entrepreneur in the environmental science sector. Joe co-founded Green Phoenix waste solutions in 2015 with Thomas Kouroughli and Samuel Geddes. The company aims to tackle the 1 million tonnes of absorbent hygiene waste that ends up in landfill each year in the UK.