Water Pollution Issues Continue to Emerge Around the World

Written by Economic Development Jobs on May 8, 2017. Posted in Environmental health and safety management, Water and waste regulatory compliance, Water filtration systems, Water management systems, Water quality analysis methods

engineeringWater pollution is a serious issue that affects each individual person on earth (as well as other plants and wildlife) and even plays a role in national economies. One country had planned major projects in hopes of improving the water pollution and an unlikely crustacean and its cost are both contributing to global water issues.

In the U.S., roughly 25% of all beaches are closed at least once a year because of this water pollution. That’s why civil engineering projects and environmental consulting are so important. A country’s civil engineering budget should always set aside a significant portion of funds for water pollution control. According to Business Insider, China attempted to do this, but failed on a massive scale.

After an audit, it was determined that China set aside $2.5 billion (17.6 billion yuan) for water pollution prevention projects for the 2016 fiscal year. The issue, however, is that those funds were missed.

The $2.5 billion were supposed to go towards a total of 397 projects in 18 Chinese provinces, some of which would completely reinvent environmental protection laws for those particular provinces, but the money never made it. China’s audit office announced in December of 2016 that more than 3,000 people had been punished for improperly using those funds that were set aside for water pollution projects. The same office plans on auditing roughly $261 billion (1.8 trillion yuan) in other special civil engineering funds.

In addition to the misplaced billions that could’ve helped improve the quality of water across the world, the price of shrimp is even directly related to water fertilization and pollution.

Yahoo! News reports that a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that hypoxia, a low-oxygen water issue, is actually related to the rising price of big-sized shrimp.

“Many studies have documented the ecological impacts of hypoxia, but establishing a clear causal link to economic losses in affected fisheries has been elusive,” said Martin Smith, study lead author and professor of environmental economics at Duke University. “Because fishermen are catching more small shrimp and fewer large ones during these months, the price of small shrimp goes down and the price of large ones goes up, creating a short-term disturbance in the market that we can track.”

Whether it’s properly allocating funds for major water pollution projects or being away of increasing prices for seafood, it’s important we all do our part to address the water pollution epidemic across the world.

Top 6 Questions About Environmental Regulatory Compliance Answered

Written by Economic Development Jobs on August 24, 2016. Posted in Environmental health and safety management, Quality management systems, Water and waste regulatory compliance

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Almost everyone has heard of environmental regulatory compliance, but what exactly are the components of environmental regulatory compliance and how can companies better meet these rules and regulations? We’ve collected the top six environmental regulatory compliance questions and answered them below.

What is environmental health and safety?

Environmental health and safety (EHS) is an umbrella term used to refer to the collection of laws, regulations, and guidance principles designed to help protect the environment, employees, and the public from harm. These laws and regulations are set by various government agencies and vary across industries and locations. In the U.S., the primary regulatory agencies are the Occupational Health and Safety Association (OHSA) and the Environmental P