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Sample records for ambiental environmental scanning

  1. Design and Application of Variable Temperature Environmental Capsule for Scanning Electron Microscopy in Gases and Liquids at Ambient Conditions

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    Al-Asadi, Ahmed S.; Jie ZHANG; Li, Jianbo; Potyrailo, Radislav A.; Kolmakov, Andrei

    2015-01-01

    Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) of nanoscale objects in their native conditions and at different temperatures are of critical importance in revealing details of their interactions with ambient environments. Currently available environmental capsules are equipped with thin electron transparent membranes and allow imaging the samples at atmospheric pressure. However these capsules do not provide the temperature control over the sample. Here we developed and tested a thermoelectric cooling / ...

  2. Environmental scan

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Trends in current affairs and public policy that emerged in 1988 are analyzed to provide a tool for Atomic Energy of Canada's decision makers. This issue provides a general overview of the economic and energy environments; and international review of nuclear policies, equipment orders, and trends that will position Canada and AECL within the global nuclear community; a precis of Canadian public opinion polls on economic, environmental and energy issues; a summary of major trends identifies by Canadian opinion leaders from the public and private sectors; a review of opinions and recommendations of influential Canadian policy institutes; a report on government policies and actions that affect AECL directly or indirectly; an analysis of new coverage by print and electronic media; a review of anti-nuclear organizations; and conclusions and recommendations

  3. Environmental Scanning Report.

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    Truckee Meadows Community Coll., Sparks, NV.

    This report describes Truckee Meadows Community College's (Nevada) environmental scanning process and results. The college decided that environmental scanning and forecasting techniques should be used to plan for both short-term and long-term external factors that impact programs, enrollment, and budgets. Strategic goals include: (1) keeping pace…

  4. Establishing an Environmental Scanning Process.

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    Morrison, James L.

    1985-01-01

    A formal environmental scanning system designed to identify emerging issues, events, or trends threatening or bringing opportunity to an institution is discussed that uses a committee to systematically collect and analyze data from a variety of sources. (MSE)

  5. A model for environmental scanning oriented for the strategic planning of the Brazilian Nuclear Energy Commission (CNEN); Um modelo de monitoramento ambiental (environmental scanning) orientado para o planejamento estrategico da CNEN

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    Braga, Fabiane dos Reis

    1997-07-01

    Presently, all the organizations involved with nuclear activities must be one step ahead of what happens in the specific activity areas in order to avoid surprises, to guarantee their activity continuity and the objective extents, and taking into account the external environment influence exercised by the organization on their activities. So, it is necessary a continuous follow up of their transformations. This paper aims to structure a model of the environmental monitoring system oriented to the strategic planning of the Brazilian Nuclear Energy Commission, as function of that new informational needs viewing the fulfilment of that observed gap. (author)

  6. Developing an Environmental Scanning System.

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    Morrison, James L.

    A step-by-step approach is provided for developing an environmental scanning system for colleges and universities to assist them in planning for the future. The objectives of such a system are to detect social, scientific, economic, technical, and political interactions important to the organization; define potential threats and opportunities from…

  7. Environmental Scanning, Vancouver Community College.

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    Yao, Min

    This 1994 environmental scanning report from Vancouver Community College (VCC) reviews the expected effects of the separation of VCC into a new Vancouver Community College and Langara College (LC). The report examines the projected service area student-intake capacity; student characteristics; population growth trends; other postsecondary…

  8. Environmental Scanning and the Information Manager.

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    Newsome, James; McInerney, Claire

    1990-01-01

    Discusses nine components of an environmental scanning model: selecting the scanning team; selecting resources to scan; choosing criteria for scanning; scanning the resources; identifying signals of new issues; selecting key events/issues; monitoring and analyzing events/issues; disseminating information; and deciding on appropriate organizational…

  9. Using Environmental Scans in Educational Needs Assessment.

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    Hatch, Terry F.; Pearson, Thomas G.

    1998-01-01

    Presents advantages and disadvantages of environmental scanning for assessing the context of professional continuing education. Provides a checklist for evaluating the quality and usefulness of information sources. Addresses the ethics of scanning. (SK)

  10. Environmental Scanning Practices for Rural Colleges.

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    Friedel, Janice Nahra; Lapin, Joel D.

    1995-01-01

    Discusses the importance of environmental scanning in the planning efforts of rural community colleges. Reviews basic techniques and terminology and suggests sources of data. Argues that environmental scanning allows rural colleges to inexpensively forecast change, identify implications for the organization, and plan preferred responses to shape…

  11. Environmental Scanning Is Vital to Strategic Planning.

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    Poole, Molly Linda

    1991-01-01

    Educators involved in strategic planning can use environmental scanning techniques to anticipate social, economic, political, and technological changes that will affect their schools. Compared to more traditional data gathering, environmental scanning is wider in scope and more concerned with anticipating the future and studying the interaction of…

  12. Community College Environmental Scanning Initiative, 2004

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    Association of Community College Trustees, 2004

    2004-01-01

    The Association of Community College Trustees' (ACCT's) Member Communications Committee commissioned SunGard Collegis to conduct an environmental scanning initiative to identify the top social, political and other environmental challenges which are, or will be affecting colleges and communities in the near future. The initiative included a…

  13. RadNet (Environmental Radiation Ambient Monitoring System)

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — RadNet, formerly Environmental Radiation Ambient Monitoring System (ERAMS), is a national network of monitoring stations that regularly collect air, precipitation,...

  14. Service Area Market Analysis: Environmental Scanning.

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    Front Range Community Coll., Westminster, CO.

    This environmental scanning report presents, in brief, various key indicators: political climate, population demographics, secondary education, postsecondary education, welfare, unemployment, industry, labor, and general conclusions. General conclusions made in this report are as follows: higher education is expected to receive a slight increase…

  15. Environmental Scanning: Assessing Local Business Training Needs.

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    Clagett, Craig A.; Huntington, Robin B.

    Environmental scanning (ES) is a formal process of assessing trends and forecasting events which can influence an institution so that the potential challenges and opportunities can be effectively anticipated during strategic planning activities. The goal of ES is the implementation of proactive, anticipatory policies that will be robust under a…

  16. Environmental scanning: a strategy for the future.

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    Wolfe, P L; Stanton, M P

    1992-03-01

    The rapidity of change confronting nursing at all levels will continue to challenge nursing's ultimate capacity to adapt and remain a viable profession in the 21st century. The process of meeting the challenges can be proactive based on assessment of needs and available resources, or reactive based on the reaction to challenges. A strategy identified by the authors that can be used at all levels of nursing practice, administration, education, and research is environmental scanning. This methodology has been used effectively in other disciplines for strategic, long-term planning and can be readily adapted to a wide variety of nursing service, academic, or professional associations. PMID:1593290

  17. Environmental Scanning Workshop (Lansing, Michigan, June 10-11, 1992).

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    Morrison, James L.

    This publication presents an environmental scanning workshop for administrators in higher education institutions to help them incorporate environmental scanning into their planning and anticipation of future events. In particular, the workshop shows how to establish and sustain a comprehensive environmental scanning system and how to use the…

  18. Environmental Scanning in Korean Firms: Organizational Isomorphism in Action

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    Sumantra Ghoshal

    1988-01-01

    This paper reports some of the findings of a study on environmental scanning practices in six large Korean firms and compares the results with those of previous studies on scanning conducted in the United States. Such comparisons are made for both the scanning behaviors of individual managers and the structures, roles, and systems of formal environmental scanning units. The overall conclusion that emerges is that while scanning behaviors of American and Korean firms are quite similar, on aver...

  19. Environmental Scanning Practices in Junior, Technical, and Community Colleges.

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    Friedel, Janice N.; Rosenberg, Dana

    1993-01-01

    Reports results of a 1991 national survey of environmental scanning practices at two-year institutions. Examines sophistication of scanning efforts; personnel involved; and methods of collecting, compiling, interpreting, communicating, and using scan information. Finds scanning practices in use at 41% of the 601 responding institutions. (PAA)

  20. Designs for Environmental Scanning Systems: Tests of a Contingency Theory

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    Masoud Yasai-Ardekani; Paul C. Nystrom

    1996-01-01

    This study compared the relationships between organizational context and the designs of environmental scanning systems for organizational with effective and ineffective scanning systems. The study analyzed data from over 100 North American business organizations. Results indicate that organizations with effective scanning systems tend to align their scanning designs with the requirements of their context. On the other hand, the results show that organizations with ineffective scanning systems...

  1. A model for enterprises’ environmental scanning

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    Tudor NISTORESCU; Catalin Mihail BARBU

    2006-01-01

    Today’s environment determines companies to use scanning activities in order to seize the opportunities and to avoid the threats. Individual factors and organizational factors influence the scanning behavior. The examination of the environment can be presented in a model based on environment analyzability and organizational intrusiveness.

  2. Pathways to the Future: Linking Environmental Scanning to Strategic Management.

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    Mecca, Thomas V.; Morrison, James L.

    1988-01-01

    Describes an ED QUEST (Quick Environmental Scanning Technique) workshop demonstrating the links between an environmental scanning/forecasting process and formulation of institutional strategy. Explains ED QUEST's use in identifying and analyzing critical trends and events, and identifying the nature of the organization; developing alternative…

  3. Institutionalizing Environmental Scanning in the ED QUEST Process.

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    Morrison, James L.

    An environmental scanning system is structured to identify and evaluate trends, events, and emerging issues. QUEST represents the quick environmental scanning technique, and an ED QUEST process enables an educational organization to clarify its future and define its options. This paper describes how an educational organization can establish an…

  4. Focus on the Future: Environmental Scanning at Columbia Basin College.

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    Knutzen, Judi, Comp.

    As the first step of the process of developing a strategic plan, the Institutional Research Director at Columbia Basin College (Washington) was asked to perform an environmental scan. Environmental scanning is a careful and continuous process of tracking and analyzing trends relevant to an institution's goals. It involves making forecasts of…

  5. Environmental Scanning: Acquisition and Use of Information by Managers.

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    Choo, Chun Wei; Auster, Ethel

    1993-01-01

    Defines environmental scanning as the acquisition and use of information about an organization's external environment to assist managers in planning. Highlights include a historical review; organizational theories; information needs and uses; managers as information users; and a review of research on environmental scanning. (Contains 124…

  6. Probing Individual Ice Nucleation Events with Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy

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    Wang, Bingbing; China, Swarup; Knopf, Daniel; Gilles, Mary; Laskin, Alexander

    2016-04-01

    Heterogeneous ice nucleation is one of the processes of critical relevance to a range of topics in the fundamental and the applied science and technologies. Heterogeneous ice nucleation initiated by particles proceeds where microscopic properties of particle surfaces essentially control nucleation mechanisms. Ice nucleation in the atmosphere on particles governs the formation of ice and mixed phase clouds, which in turn influence the Earth's radiative budget and climate. Heterogeneous ice nucleation is still insufficiently understood and poses significant challenges in predictive understanding of climate change. We present a novel microscopy platform allowing observation of individual ice nucleation events at temperature range of 193-273 K and relative humidity relevant for ice formation in the atmospheric clouds. The approach utilizes a home built novel ice nucleation cell interfaced with Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (IN-ESEM system). The IN-ESEM system is applied for direct observation of individual ice formation events, determining ice nucleation mechanisms, freezing temperatures, and relative humidity onsets. Reported microanalysis of the ice nucleating particles (INP) include elemental composition detected by the energy dispersed analysis of X-rays (EDX), and advanced speciation of the organic content in particles using scanning transmission x-ray microscopy with near edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (STXM/NEXAFS). The performance of the IN-ESEM system is validated through a set of experiments with kaolinite particles with known ice nucleation propensity. We demonstrate an application of the IN-ESEM system to identify and characterize individual INP within a complex mixture of ambient particles.

  7. Kinematic analysis of conically scanned environmental properties

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    Wilkerson, Thomas D. (Inventor); Sanders, Jason A. (Inventor); Andrus, Ionio Q. (Inventor)

    2003-01-01

    A method for determining the velocity of features such as wind. The method preferably includes producing sensor signals and projecting the sensor signals sequentially along lines lying on the surface of a cone. The sensor signals may be in the form of lidar, radar or sonar for example. As the sensor signals are transmitted, the signals contact objects and are backscattered. The backscattered sensor signals are received to determine the location of objects as they pass through the transmission path. The speed and direction the object is moving may be calculated using the backscattered data. The data may be plotted in a two dimensional array with a scan angle on one axis and a scan time on the other axis. The prominent curves that appear in the plot may be analyzed to determine the speed and direction the object is traveling.

  8. Improving Environmental Scanning Systems Using Bayesian Networks

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    Simon Welter; Jörg H. Mayer; Reiner Quick

    2013-01-01

    As companies’ environment is becoming increasingly volatile, scanning systems gain in importance. We propose a hybrid process model for such systems' information gathering and interpretation tasks that combines quantitative information derived from regression analyses and qualitative knowledge from expert interviews. For the latter, we apply Bayesian networks. We derive the need for such a hybrid process model from a literature review. We lay out our model to find a suitable set of business e...

  9. Electricity and environmental conservation; Electricidad y conservacion del medio ambiente

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    Rivas, Elena [ed.] [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Temixco, Morelos (Mexico)

    1999-07-01

    This article presents a study on the environmental contamination of seven of the main fossil fuel power stations of the country. Experiment with water emulsions in fuel oil and with fluidized beds was carried out, which allow to burn fuels with efficiency, retaining the polluting compounds emitted to the atmosphere, which considers factors such as the wind turbulences, the atmospheric chemistry and the gas recirculation above the chimney, and the use of biogas to generate electricity which offers an ample potential of mitigation of the environmental contamination, characteristic of the garbage dumps. [Spanish] Este articulo presenta un estudio de contaminacion ambiental de siete de las principales centrales termoeletricas del pais. Se experimento con emulsiones de agua en combustoleo y los lechos fluidizados, los cuales permiten quemar combustibles con eficiencia reteniendo los compuestos contaminantes emitidos a la atmosfera, los cuales consideran factores como la turbulencia del viento, la quimica atmosferica y la recirculacion de gases sobre la chimenea, la utilizacion de biogas para generar electricidad el cual ofrece un amplio potencial de mitigacion de la contaminacion ambiental propia de los basureros.

  10. Environmental scanning as information seeking and organizational learning

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    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Environmental scanning is the acquisition and use of information about events, trends, and relationships in an organization's external environment, the knowledge of which would assist management in planning the organization's future course of action. Depending on the organization's beliefs about environmental analyzability and the extent that it intrudes into the environment to understand it, four modes of scanning may be differentiated: undirected viewing, conditioned viewing, enacting, and searching. We analyze each mode of scanning by examining its characteristic information needs, information seeking, and information use behaviours. In addition, we analyze organizational learning processes by considering the sensemaking, knowledge creating and decision making processes at work in each mode.

  11. Harvesting Ambient Environmental Energy for Wireless Sensor Networks: A Survey

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    Gongbo Zhou

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In recent years, wireless sensor networks (WSNs have grown dramatically and made a great progress in many applications. But having limited life, batteries, as the power sources of wireless sensor nodes, have restricted the development and application of WSNs which often requires a very long lifespan for better performance. In order to make the WSNs prevalent in our lives, an alternative energy source is required. Environmental energy is an attractive power source, and it provides an approach to make the sensor nodes self-powered with the possibility of an almost infinite lifetime. The goal of this survey is to present a comprehensive review of the recent literature on the various possible energy harvesting technologies from ambient environment for WSNs.

  12. Environmental Scanning and External Tendencies Affecting American Higher Education.

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    Montgomery, Bruce A.; Hesse, Martin L.

    1990-01-01

    The use of environmental scanning to link the external environment to institutional strategic planning is exemplified in Michigan State University's approach. The university's program is described, and in an appended section, 25 external tendencies are presented and related issues, trends, and events outlined. (MSE)

  13. The Role of Environmental Scanning in Effective Fundraising.

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    Gibbs, Annette

    1996-01-01

    Environmental scanning is used as a supplement to or systematic part of college and university planning, to direct movement toward major opportunities and away from important threats. Opportunities and threats can and should be monitored in areas such as annual giving programs, personal solicitations, direct-mail solicitation, phone-a-thons,…

  14. The Exit Poll: An Environmental Scanning Technique for School Districts.

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    House, Jess E.

    1989-01-01

    Exit polling of school district election returns is a form of environmental scanning that can provide information needed for strategic planning and be used to increase the effectiveness of school election campaigns. This technique is recommended for all school districts dependent on voter approval to meet revenue needs. (11 references) (MLH)

  15. Information Source Characteristics and Environmental Scanning by Academic Library Managers

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    Babalhavaeji, Fahimeh; Farhadpoor, Mohammad Reza

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: This article examines characteristics of the external environment of library and information centres of Islamic Azad University in Iran, focusing on perceived environmental uncertainty and perceived source accessibility and quality, and their impacts on the amount of scanning and the frequency of information source use. Methods: This…

  16. Environmental Scanning: Charting Your Way through the Data Explosion.

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    Lieshoff, Sylvia

    This paper examines the use of environmental scanning for institutions of higher education to achieve the following objectives: (1) provide early warning of changes that will have an impact on education; (2) define potential threats and opportunities to the institution or department; (3) promote a future orientation in faculty; and (4) alert…

  17. Environmental-scanning behavior among private practice physical therapy firms.

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    Schafer, D S

    1991-06-01

    This study examined the extent to which private practice physical therapy firms focused on specific environmental sectors in the process of making business decisions. Furthermore, the relationship between scanning behavior and both entrepreneurship level (high, middle, low) and direct-access status (complete, partial, none) were analyzed. The sample consisted of 450 randomly selected private practice decision makers (eg, owners, chief executive officers) from throughout the United States. Data were gathered using a mailed, structured questionnaire. Physical therapy private practices were found to differentially attend to environmental sectors with the customer sector ranked the highest followed, in descending order, by the technological, regulatory, socio-cultural-political, competitive, and economic sectors. In addition, firms in the high-level entrepreneurship group scanned the technological and marketing (customer, competitive) environments to a significantly greater degree than did the middle- and low-level groups. Direct-access status had no effect on scanning behavior. PMID:2034711

  18. Environmental scanning and analysis in Swedish central government agencies

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    Torbjörn Lundqvist

    2012-01-01

    Most government agencies have some form of environmental scanning, but few have dedicated departments or full-time staff responsible for analysis. The level of ambition varies greatly from one organisation to another, and in several cases activities are delegated to personnel without sufficient experience in the field. Consultants have been important in helping to start the activities, and most agencies have hired them. We note that environment scanning/analysis is more formally orga...

  19. Ambient Intelligence Application Based on Environmental Measurements Performed with an Assistant Mobile Robot

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    Dani Martinez

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper proposes the use of an autonomous assistant mobile robot in order to monitor the environmental conditions of a large indoor area and develop an ambient intelligence application. The mobile robot uses single high performance embedded sensors in order to collect and geo-reference environmental information such as ambient temperature, air velocity and orientation and gas concentration. The data collected with the assistant mobile robot is analyzed in order to detect unusual measurements or discrepancies and develop focused corrective ambient actions. This paper shows an example of the measurements performed in a research facility which have enabled the detection and location of an uncomfortable temperature profile inside an office of the research facility. The ambient intelligent application has been developed by performing some localized ambient measurements that have been analyzed in order to propose some ambient actuations to correct the uncomfortable temperature profile.

  20. ambiental

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    Roque Leal Salcedo

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available El derecho internacional ambiental es un conocimiento de carácter transversal, que entre otras consideraciones refleja las preocupaciones de la sociedad por la implementación de un modelo de desarrollo sustentable para el respeto a las reglas del medio natural que garantizan la integridad y renovación de los sistemas naturales. El presente artículo enfoca esta visión a través del análisis de material documental revisado, entre ellos tratados internacionales que permiten distinguir el desarrollo del derecho internacional ambiental y el papel de Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU, en el propósito común del derecho individual y colectivo de disfrutar de una vida, un ambiente seguro, sano y ecológicamente equilibrado. En función a estas disertaciones las consideraciones finales exponen parte de la visión que ha estructurado la ONU y que representan un aporte considerable en el fomento de la conciencia mundial sobre la necesidad de establecer vínculos entre las naciones para el continuo desarrollo de esta rama del derecho.

  1. Psicologia Ambiental: a busca de um ambiente melhor Environmental Psychology, the search for a better environment

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    José Q. Pinheiro

    1997-01-01

    A Psicologia precisa se engajar na análise e no encaminhamento de soluções para os problemas ambientais, pois estes são, de fato, problemas humano-ambientais. Para contribuir com esse propósito, um breve histórico da Psicologia Ambiental é apresentado, com destaque para as implicações teóricas e práticas de suas origens, internas e externas à Psicologia, tendo como pano de fundo a crise ambiental global. Descrevem-se alguns desdobramentos dessas fontes no contexto brasileiro, com o intuito de...

  2. Factors Influencing Environmental Scanning in the Organizational Context

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    Zita Correia

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper identifies and analyses the factors internal to the organization, which affect the activity of environmental scanning, understood here as the information seeking activity of managers, directed at the company's external environment. These factors include individual factors, such as information consciousness and exposure to information, and organizational factors such as information climate and "outwardness". The main relationships among them are also analysed. These factors were identified in the course of research aiming to provide a comprehensive understanding of the environmental scanning process (Correia & Wilson, 1996. The methodology used - a case-study approach coupled with the grounded theory method of qualitative analysis - was of major importance in obtaining information that is grounded largely on the personal experience of managers.

  3. Environmental scanning strategy of manufacturing companies in Southwestern Nigeria

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    Olamade, O. O.; Oyebisi, T. O.; Egbetokun, A. A.; Adebowale, B. O.

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, we examine the environmental scanning strategy of manufacturing companies in Southwestern Nigeria against the background that manufacturing companies in Nigeria exist in a challenging environment characterised by high import dependency, inappropriate policies, lack of transparent governance and weak industrial capabilities. Empirical data was collected with a questionnaire from a sample of 84 manufacturing firms in Southwestern Nigeria. We found that generally, companies in the...

  4. Factors Influencing Environmental Scanning in the Organizational Context

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    Zita Correia; Wilson, T. D.

    2001-01-01

    This paper identifies and analyses the factors internal to the organization, which affect the activity of environmental scanning, understood here as the information seeking activity of managers, directed at the company's external environment. These factors include individual factors, such as information consciousness and exposure to information, and organizational factors such as information climate and "outwardness". The main relationships among them are also analysed. These factors were ide...

  5. Sustentabilidad y racionalidad ambiental: hacia "otro" programa de sociología ambiental Sustainability and Environmental Rationality: towards "another" environmental sociology program

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    Enrique Leff

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available La crisis ambiental emerge como una crisis del conocimiento, lo que problematiza la lógica de las ciencias y el estatus teórico de las ciencias sociales, desvinculadas de las condiciones ecológicas de sustentabilidad de la sociedad. Cuestionando los marcos teóricos de la sociología tradicional y la lógica de las ciencias sociales -marxismo, estructural-funcionalismo, filosofía del lenguaje, constructivismo, hermenéutica-, se plantean las bases conceptuales y los principios ético-filosóficos de una sociología ambiental prospectiva, que al trascender la indagatoria de la crisis ambiental como construcción social, se constituye en un saber que acompaña la construcción de un futuro sustentable fundado en la categoría de racionalidad ambiental.The environmental crisis emerges as a crisis of knowledge, which problematizes the logic of sciences and the theoretical status of the social sciences, separated from society's ecological conditions of sustainability. Questioning the theoretical frameworks of traditional sociology and the logic of the social sciences -Marxism, structural-functionalism, the philosophy of language, constructivism, hermeneutics- the author proposes the conceptual bases and ethical-philosophical principles of a prospective environmental sociology which, by transcending the inquiry into the environmental crisis as a social construction, becomes a form of knowledge that accompanies the construction of a sustainable future based on the category of environmental rationality.

  6. Chemo-Mechanical Characteristics of Mud Formed from Environmental Dust Particles in Humid Ambient Air

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    Hassan, Ghassan; Yilbas, B. S.; Said, Syed A. M.; Al-Aqeeli, N.; Matin, Asif

    2016-01-01

    Mud formed from environmental dust particles in humid ambient air significantly influences the performance of solar harvesting devices. This study examines the characterization of environmental dust particles and the chemo-mechanics of dry mud formed from dust particles. Analytical tools, including scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, particle sizing, and X-ray diffraction, are used to characterize dry mud and dust particles. A micro/nano tribometer is used to measure the tangential force and friction coefficient while tensile tests are carried out to assess the binding forces of dry mud pellets. After dry mud is removed, mud residuals on the glass surface are examined and the optical transmittance of the glass is measured. Dust particles include alkaline compounds, which dissolve in water condensate and form a mud solution with high pH (pH = 7.5). The mud solution forms a thin liquid film at the interface of dust particles and surface. Crystals form as the mud solution dries, thus, increasing the adhesion work required to remove dry mud from the surface. Optical transmittance of the glass is reduced after dry mud is removed due to the dry mud residue on the surface. PMID:27445272

  7. Chemo-Mechanical Characteristics of Mud Formed from Environmental Dust Particles in Humid Ambient Air

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    Hassan, Ghassan; Yilbas, B. S.; Said, Syed A. M.; Al-Aqeeli, N.; Matin, Asif

    2016-07-01

    Mud formed from environmental dust particles in humid ambient air significantly influences the performance of solar harvesting devices. This study examines the characterization of environmental dust particles and the chemo-mechanics of dry mud formed from dust particles. Analytical tools, including scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, particle sizing, and X-ray diffraction, are used to characterize dry mud and dust particles. A micro/nano tribometer is used to measure the tangential force and friction coefficient while tensile tests are carried out to assess the binding forces of dry mud pellets. After dry mud is removed, mud residuals on the glass surface are examined and the optical transmittance of the glass is measured. Dust particles include alkaline compounds, which dissolve in water condensate and form a mud solution with high pH (pH = 7.5). The mud solution forms a thin liquid film at the interface of dust particles and surface. Crystals form as the mud solution dries, thus, increasing the adhesion work required to remove dry mud from the surface. Optical transmittance of the glass is reduced after dry mud is removed due to the dry mud residue on the surface.

  8. Programmatic Environmental Scans: A Survey Based on Program Planning and Evaluation Concepts

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    Donna J. Peterson; Laura H. Downey; JoAnne Leatherman; Suzanne M. Le Menestrel; James Lang

    2015-01-01

    Within Extension, environmental scans are most commonly used to assess community or organizational issues or for strategic planning purposes. However, Extension has expanded the use of environmental scans to systematically identify “what programs exist” on a given topic or focus area. Yet, despite recent attention to the topic of environmental scanning in Extension, survey instruments used to conduct environmental scans have not been published. Given the emphasis on implementation of evidence...

  9. Advantages of environmental scanning electron microscopy in studies of microorganisms.

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    Collins, S P; Pope, R K; Scheetz, R W; Ray, R I; Wagner, P A; Little, B J

    1993-08-01

    Microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and microalgae, are composed predominantly of water which prohibits direct observation in a traditional scanning electron microscope (SEM). Preparation for SEM requires that microorganisms be fixed, frozen or dehydrated, and coated with a conductive film before observation in a high vacuum environment. Sample preparation may mechanically disturb delicate samples, compromise morphological information, and introduce other artifacts. The environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM) provides a technology for imaging hydrated or dehydrated biological samples with minimal manipulation and without the need for conductive coatings. Sporulating cultures of three fungi, Aspergillus sp., Cunninghamella sp., and Mucor sp., were imaged in the ESEM to assess usefulness of the instrument in the direct observation of delicate, uncoated, biological specimens. Asexual sporophores showed no evidence of conidial displacement or disruption of sporangia. Uncoated algal cells of Euglena gracilis and Spirogyra sp. were examined using the backscatter electron detector (BSE) and the environmental secondary electron detector (ESD) of the ESEM. BSE images had more clearly defined intracellular structures, whereas ESD gave a clearer view of the surface E. gracilis cells fixed with potassium permanganate, Spirogyra sp. stained with Lugol's solution, and Saprolegnia sp. fixed with osmium tetroxide were compared using BSE and ESD to demonstrate that cellular details could be enhanced by the introduction of heavy metals. The effect of cellular water on signal quality was evaluated by comparing hydrated to critical point dried specimens. PMID:8400431

  10. 40 CFR 86.161-00 - Air conditioning environmental test facility ambient requirements.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 18 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Air conditioning environmental test... conditioning environmental test facility ambient requirements. The goal of an air conditioning test facility is..., within the test cell, during all phases of the air conditioning test sequence to 95 ±2 °F on average...

  11. The environmental policy in Mexico: Crisis and perspectives; La politica ambiental en Mexico: Crisis y perspectivas

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    Urquidi, Victor [Colegio de Mexico, Mexico, D. F. (Mexico)

    1996-12-31

    In this paper some aspects of the environmental situation in Mexico are condensed. The main roll performed by the modality of the energy resources consumption and the evolution of the environmental policy in Mexico from 1971 to 1996 is analyzed. It is concluded that in Mexico it has not been able to define the environmental policy in all its extension requiring, therefore, a greater participation of all the sectors to protect Nature and fight against the industrial and municipal pollution [Espanol] En esta ponencia se resumen algunos aspectos de la situacion ambiental actual de Mexico. Se analiza el papel central desempenado por la modalidad del consumo de energeticos y la evolucion de la politica ambiental en Mexico desde 1971 hasta 1996. Se concluye en que la politica ambiental en Mexico no se ha podido definir todavia en todos sus alcances por lo que se requiere una mayor participacion de todos los sectores para proteger la naturaleza y combatir la contaminacion industrial y municipal

  12. Environmental Scanning, Futures Research, Strategic Foresight and Organizational Future Orientation

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    Rohrbeck, René; Bade, Manuel

    In this paper we explore the current understanding on how firms explore future changes and trends as well as plan their managerial responses. We review literature in four research streams: (1) environmental scanning, (2) futures research, (3) peripheral vision, and (4) corporate/strategic foresight....... Through the analysis of more than 250 articles we (a) trace the evolution over time, (b) highlight the linkages between the different research streams, and (c) give recommendations for future research. Overall we call for more cross-fertilization of the different research streams and a stronger linkage...... to adjacent research disciplines. Through such integration and linkage research should produce better recommendations for managers on how to build an organizational future orientation, drive organizational adaptation, and make their firms robust towards external discontinuous change....

  13. Miniaturized Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope for In Situ Planetary Studies

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    Gaskin, Jessica; Abbott, Terry; Medley, Stephanie; Gregory, Don; Thaisen, Kevin; Taylor , Lawrence; Ramsey, Brian; Jerman, Gregory; Sampson, Allen; Harvey, Ralph

    2010-01-01

    The exploration of remote planetary surfaces calls for the advancement of low power, highly-miniaturized instrumentation. Instruments of this nature that are capable of multiple types of analyses will prove to be particularly useful as we prepare for human return to the moon, and as we continue to explore increasingly remote locations in our Solar System. To this end, our group has been developing a miniaturized Environmental-Scanning Electron Microscope (mESEM) capable of remote investigations of mineralogical samples through in-situ topographical and chemical analysis on a fine scale. The functioning of an SEM is well known: an electron beam is focused to nanometer-scale onto a given sample where resulting emissions such as backscattered and secondary electrons, X-rays, and visible light are registered. Raster scanning the primary electron beam across the sample then gives a fine-scale image of the surface topography (texture), crystalline structure and orientation, with accompanying elemental composition. The flexibility in the types of measurements the mESEM is capable of, makes it ideally suited for a variety of applications. The mESEM is appropriate for use on multiple planetary surfaces, and for a variety of mission goals (from science to non-destructive analysis to ISRU). We will identify potential applications and range of potential uses related to planetary exploration. Over the past few of years we have initiated fabrication and testing of a proof-of-concept assembly, consisting of a cold-field-emission electron gun and custom high-voltage power supply, electrostatic electron-beam focusing column, and scanning-imaging electronics plus backscatter detector. Current project status will be discussed. This effort is funded through the NASA Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences - Planetary Instrument Definition and Development Program.

  14. Laboratory of environmental radiological surveillance; Laboratorio de vigilancia radiologica ambiental

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    Mendez G, A.; Marcial M, F.; Giber F, J.; Montiel R, E.; Leon del V, E.; Rivas C, I.; Leon G, M.V.; Lagunas G, E.; Aragon S, R.; Juarez N, A.; Alfaro L, M.M

    1991-12-15

    The department of radiological protection of the ININ requests the collaboration of the Engineering Unit for the elaboration of the work project of the laboratory of environmental radiological surveillance. The emission of radioactive substances to the atmosphere like consequence of the normal operation of the Nuclear Center, constitutes an exhibition source from the man to the radiations that it should be appropriately watched over and controlled to be able to determine the population's potential exhibition that it lives in the area of influence of the installation. (Author)

  15. The Search for Non-Linear Exposure-Response Relationships at Ambient Levels in Environmental Epidemiology

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    Lippmann, Morton

    2005-01-01

    Environmental exposures to ambient air particulate matter (PM), ozone (O3), environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), and to dioxin and related compounds are of considerable public health concern, and risk assessments for them have generally been based on linear, non-threshold models derived from epidemiological study data. While the epidemiological databases for PM, O3, and ETS have been sufficient to show that adverse health effects are occurring, the relative risks have been quite low, and it has...

  16. Patterned graphene functionalization via mask-free scanning of micro-plasma jet under ambient condition

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    Ye, Dong; Yu, Yao, E-mail: ensiyu@mail.hust.edu.cn; Liu, Lin [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 430074 Wuhan (China); Wu, Shu-Qun; Lu, Xin-Pei [State Key Laboratory of Advanced Electromagnetic Engineering and Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 430074 Wuhan (China); Wu, Yue [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-3255 (United States)

    2014-03-10

    In this work, a mask-free method is introduced for patterned nitrogen doping of graphene using a micro-plasma jet under ambient condition. Raman and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy spectra indicate that nitrogen atoms are incorporated into the graphene lattice with the two-dimensional spatial distribution precisely controlled in the range of mm down to 10 μm. Since the chemistry of the micro-plasma jet can be controlled by the choice of the gas mixture, this direct writing process with micro-plasma jet can be a versatile approach for patterned functionalization of graphene with high spatial resolution. This could have promising applications in graphene-based electronics.

  17. Environmental scanning in an age of globalisation: Understanding the nature of the education environment

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    William CHOY

    2012-01-01

    This paper reviews the necessity of environmental scanning of the education environment in Singapore as a consequence of the dynamic globalisation phenomenon. First, this paper discusses the nature of globalisation and points out how environmental scanning which involves a surveillance of an organisation’s external environment, can serve to forecast possible changes to come and detect changes already under way. Successful environmental scanning will alert school leaders and educators in schoo...

  18. A Atuação de conselhos do meio ambiente na gestão ambiental local The role of municipal environmental councils in local environmental management

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    Marcela Riccomi Nunes

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available A complexidade do desenvolvimento sustentável configura um paradigma em que são necessárias ações efetivas de gestão ambiental que, em última instância, têm relação com a formulação e a implementação de políticas públicas. Para que haja uma efetiva gestão ambiental no âmbito municipal é necessária a participação da sociedade nos processos de gestão. Logo, os conselhos municipais do meio ambiente são peças fundamentais na promoção da gestão ambiental local com vistas a uma melhor qualidade de vida. A literatura enfatiza que a efetividade dessas instâncias está ligada, principalmente, à sua estrutura e funcionamento. Assim sendo, essa pesquisa objetivou a identificação de oportunidades de melhoria na estrutura e no funcionamento do Conselho Municipal de Gestão e Saneamento Ambiental de Santo André (COMUGESAN como uma contribuição para sua atuação na gestão ambiental. Para tanto, utilizou-se a pesquisa bibliográfica, documental e qualitativa, no ano de 2008, caracterizando-se como estudo de caso exploratório no Município de Santo André, SP. Observou-se que a atuação de Conselhos Municipais do Meio Ambiente na gestão ambiental transcende as ações de tomada de decisão, formulação e implementação das políticas locais, constituindo-se, sobretudo, como espaço educativo e de construção da cidadania. Como oportunidades de melhoria, identificaram-se seis aspectos primordiais a serem fortalecidos em sua atuação: estrutura; composição e representatividade; capacitação; educação em meio ambiente; informação; avaliação constante. Com os resultados obtidos, sugere-se que o COMUGESAN adote atividades de capacitação para aperfeiçoar a representatividade, instituindo cursos de formação de conselheiros e atividades em educação continuada, bem como a realização de diagnósticos internos.The complexities in sustainable development configure a paradigm that makes effective environmental

  19. Design of a new reactor-like high temperature near ambient pressure scanning tunneling microscope for catalysis studies.

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    Tao, Franklin Feng; Nguyen, Luan; Zhang, Shiran

    2013-03-01

    Here, we present the design of a new reactor-like high-temperature near ambient pressure scanning tunneling microscope (HT-NAP-STM) for catalysis studies. This HT-NAP-STM was designed for exploration of structures of catalyst surfaces at atomic scale during catalysis or under reaction conditions. In this HT-NAP-STM, the minimized reactor with a volume of reactant gases of ∼10 ml is thermally isolated from the STM room through a shielding dome installed between the reactor and STM room. An aperture on the dome was made to allow tip to approach to or retract from a catalyst surface in the reactor. This dome minimizes thermal diffusion from hot gas of the reactor to the STM room and thus remains STM head at a constant temperature near to room temperature, allowing observation of surface structures at atomic scale under reaction conditions or during catalysis with minimized thermal drift. The integrated quadrupole mass spectrometer can simultaneously measure products during visualization of surface structure of a catalyst. This synergy allows building an intrinsic correlation between surface structure and its catalytic performance. This correlation offers important insights for understanding of catalysis. Tests were done on graphite in ambient environment, Pt(111) in CO, graphene on Ru(0001) in UHV at high temperature and gaseous environment at high temperature. Atom-resolved surface structure of graphene on Ru(0001) at 500 K in a gaseous environment of 25 Torr was identified. PMID:23556828

  20. Environmental Scanning at the University of Minnesota--A Discussion of Form and Substance.

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    Pflaum, Ann M.

    This report records in outline form major points concerning the emerging field of environmental scanning, noting particularly activities at the University of Minnesota. It includes definitions of environmental scanning; a description of its major components; and an outline of procedural steps to implement it. Further, it outlines the planning…

  1. Establishing an Environmental Scanning/Forecasting System to Augment College and University Planning.

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    Morrison, James L.

    1987-01-01

    The major benefit of an environmental scanning/forecasting system is in providing critical information for strategic planning. Such a system allows the institution to detect social, technological, economic, and political trends and potential events. The environmental scanning database developed by United Way of America is described. (MLW)

  2. Developing Environmental Scanning/Forecasting Systems To Augment Community College Planning.

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    Morrison, James L.; Held, William G.

    A description is provided of a conference session that was conducted to explore the structure and function of an environmental scanning/forecasting system that could be used in a community college to facilitate planning. Introductory comments argue that a college that establishes an environmental scanning and forecasting system is able to identify…

  3. Identification of Legionella spp. in Environmental Water Samples by ScanVIT-Legionella™ Method in Spain

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    Gruas, Cristina; Álvarez, Isidro; Lara, Carlos; García, Cristina Belén; Savva, Demetris; Arruga, M. Victoria

    2013-01-01

    Rapid and more sensitive methods for the detection and quantification of viable Legionella cells have been developed. In this paper, a comparative analysis of environmental water samples using the ScanVIT-Legionella™ method and the traditional “gold standard” method of culturing is realised indicating the usefulness of the ScanVIT method. The ScanVIT-Legionella™ method was performed on environmental water samples from different locations of Huesca region (Spain). Legionella micro-colonies sho...

  4. Tornando queer a educação ambiental Queering environmental education

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    Constance Russel

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available O presente artigo propõe uma discussão em torno das possibilidades de uma educação ambiental queer. Tornar queer a educação ambiental significa mais que simplesmente adicionar conteúdo gay/lesbiano/bissexual/transgênero à educação ambiental, mas visa, em seu projeto, problematizar a heteronormatividade, a essencialização das identidades e a heterossexualização de nossas teorias e práticas. Apresentamos neste trabalho uma breve introdução à pedagogia queer e apontamos como a educação ambiental pode contribuir de maneira singular para a interrupção da heteronormatividade e para a problematização da identidade e da experiência. Também exemplificamos esforços por um ambientalismo queer em novos movimentos sociais e produções culturais.We wish to initiate discussion on the possibilities for queering environmental education. As a verb, "to queer" means more than simply adding gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered content to environmental education. Rather, queering has, at its heart, the project of problematizing heteronormativity, essentialized identities and the heterosexualization of our theories and practices. In this paper, we provide a brief introduction to queer pedagogy, point to the unique ways in which environmental education can contribute to the disruption of heteronormativity and the problematization of identity and of experience, and describe efforts to queer environmentalism in new social movements and cultural productions.

  5. La sostenibilidad ambiental urbana en Colombia Urban environmental sustainability in Colombia

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    Bermúdez Cárdenas Diana Carolina

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente artículo tiene como objeto presentar los resultados del análisis realizado por la Contraloría General de la República a la gestión ambiental urbana implementada en los distritos y áreas metropolitanas del país, basado en el marco conceptual de los modelos de ciudad y de sostenibilidad ambiental urbana. Una vez revisada la normatividad en materia de medio ambiente urbano que se ha promulgado en el país, se realizaron cuestionarios dirigidos a las autoridades ambientales urbanas, corporaciones autónomas regionales y entes territoriales que permitieron conocer los avances en los hechos metropolitanos relacionados con la sostenibilidad ambiental a partir de indicadores y de descriptores de gobernabilidad ambiental. El estudio permitió concluir que la carencia de objetivos comunes entre las políticas de desarrollo urbano, ordenamiento de uso del suelo, ambiente urbano, movilidad, entre otras, y la persistencia de enfoques parciales y centralistas ha sido el común denominador en la historia del país, reflejo de un enfoque de sostenibilidad parcial y relativa que desintegra la construcción sistémica de la ciudad-región, áreas metropolitanas o de cualquier tipo de entidad administrativa o territorial urbana.This article presents the Colombia’s General Controller Office appraisal results on National urban environmental sustainability policy, implemented by metropolitan and district areas. The assessment was carried out based on several urban environmental sustainability models. The first step was the analysis of the legal framework and the design of a survey to collect information from relevant institutions at national and subnational levels: Corporaciones Autónomas Regionales (CAR, urban environmental authorities, districts and municipalities. Once the information was collected and analyzed, an indicator battery was constructed. The results showed that there is no common objective between institutions about the criteria

  6. Programmatic Environmental Scans: A Survey Based on Program Planning and Evaluation Concepts

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    Donna J. Peterson

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Within Extension, environmental scans are most commonly used to assess community or organizational issues or for strategic planning purposes. However, Extension has expanded the use of environmental scans to systematically identify “what programs exist” on a given topic or focus area. Yet, despite recent attention to the topic of environmental scanning in Extension, survey instruments used to conduct environmental scans have not been published. Given the emphasis on implementation of evidence-based practices and programs, having a ready-made survey that can be used to identify programs on a specific topic and that could subsequently lead to an evaluability assessment of those programs would be a useful resource. To encourage the use of environmental scans to identify existing evidence-based programs, this article describes a survey instrument developed for the purpose of scanning for 4-H Healthy Living programs ready for rigorous outcome evaluation and/or national replication. It focuses on the rationale for survey items, as well as provides a summary and definition of those items. The survey tool can be easily adapted for future programmatic environmental scans both within and outside Extension.

  7. Criminología Ambiental: Los delitos ambientales/Environmental criminology: the environmental crimes

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    Israel Estrada Camacho (México

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Es del dominio público que la actividad humana- desde el punto de vista Social, Político, Jurídico e incluso Cultural- está provocando desajustes que sacuden al mundo. La contaminación del agua, el aire y el suelo; el deterioro de la capa de ozono; el calentamiento del planeta; la progresiva desertificación; la perdida constante de bosques y selvas, que a su vez causa la extinción de flora y fauna. México es considerado como uno de los países más ricos en biodiversidad. Razón de más para profundizar en el aprovechamiento y conservación de los recursos bióticos, de nuestro país. El Artículo cuarto de nuestra constitución política, en su párrafo 4to, consagra como una garantía el derecho a un ambiente adecuado para el desarrollo y bienestar. De este ordenamiento se desprenden muchas más normas jurídicas para proteger los recursos naturales. Por ello el presente trabajo abordo la temática ambiental y el paradigma en torno de los delitos ambientales, ya que ello nos permitirá comprender mejor el problema y de esta manera se podrá asumir un compromiso de manera más responsable, con la protección del medio ambiente en nuestro país.

  8. Environmental Resources of Selected Areas of Hawaii: Climate, Ambient Air Quality, and Noise (DRAFT)

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    Lombardi, D.A.; Blasing, T.J.; Easterly, C.E.; Hamilton, C.B.

    1994-06-01

    This report has been prepared to make available and archive background scientific data and related information on climate, ambient air quality, and ambient noise levels collected during the preparation of the environmental impact statement (EIS) for Phases 3 and 4 of the Hawaii Geothermal Project (HGP) as defined by the state of hawaii in its April 1989 proposal to Congress. The US Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice in the Federal Register on May 17, 1994 withdrawing its Notice of Intent of February 14, 1992, to prepare the HGP-EIS. Since the state of Hawaii is no longer pursuing or planning to pursue the HGP, DOE considers the project to be terminated. The report presents a general description of the climate and air quality for the islands of Hawaii (henceforth referred to as Hawaii), Maui, and Oahu. It also presents a literature review as baseline information on the health effects of hydrogen sulfide. the scientific background data and related information is being made available for use by others in conducting future scientific research in these areas. This report describes the environmental resources present in the areas studied (i.e., the affected environment) and does not represent an assessment of environmental impacts.

  9. Environmental resources of selected areas of Hawaii: Climate, ambient air quality, and noise

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    Lombardi, D.A.; Blasing, T.J.; Easterly, C.E.; Reed, R.M. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Hamilton, C.B. [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)

    1995-03-01

    This report has been prepared to make available and archive background scientific data and related information on climate, ambient air quality, and ambient noise levels collected during the preparation of the environmental impact statement (EIS) for Phases 3 and 4 of the Hawaii Geothermal Project (HGP) as defined by the state of Hawaii in its April 1989 proposal to Congress. The US Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice withdrawing its Notice of Intent to prepare the HGP-EIS. Since the state of Hawaii is no longer pursuing or planning to pursue the HGP, DOE considers the project to be terminated. The report presents a general description of the climate add air quality for the islands of Hawaii (henceforth referred to as Hawaii), Maui and Oahu. It also presents a literature review as baseline information on the health effects of sulfide. The scientific background data and related information is being made available for use by others in conducting future scientific research in these areas. This report describes the environmental resources present in the areas studied (i.e., the affected environment) and does not represent an assessment of environmental impacts.

  10. Environmental Scanning as a Public Health Tool: Kentucky's Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Project.

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    Wilburn, Amanda; Vanderpool, Robin C; Knight, Jennifer R

    2016-01-01

    Borrowing from business, quality improvement programs, and strategic planning principles, environmental scanning is gaining popularity in public health practice and research and is advocated as an assessment and data collection tool by federal funding agencies and other health-related organizations. Applicable to a range of current and emerging health topics, environmental scans - through various methods - assess multiple facets of an issue by engaging stakeholders who can ask or answer research questions, exploring related policy, critiquing published and gray literature, collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data in both primary and secondary forms, disseminating findings to internal and external stakeholders, and informing subsequent planning and decision making. To illustrate the environmental scanning process in a public health setting and showcase its value to practitioners in the field, we describe a federally funded environmental scan for a human papillomavirus vaccination project in Kentucky. PMID:27536901

  11. The Environmental Scanning Function of Public Relations Practitioners and Participation in Management Decision Making.

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    Dozier, David M.

    Focusing on the concepts of scanning (gathering information about segments of the public, their reactions to the organization, and their opinions about issues important to the organization), decision making, and roles, a study examined the relationship between environmental scanning and the participation of public relations practitioners in…

  12. Focus on the Future: Using Environmental Scanning To Effect Institutional Change. AIR 2001 Annual Forum Paper.

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    Knutzen, Judi

    An environmental scanning process was used to solicit opinions about the future of Columbia Basin College, Washington, from various interest groups. The interest groups were formed to research topics and areas important to the future of the college. Ten interest groups, with a total of 37 members, were founded and the scanning process was also…

  13. A Practical Guide to Environmental Scanning: Approaches, Sources, and Selected Techniques.

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    Clagett, Craig A.

    1989-01-01

    A guide to environmental scanning looks at its rationale and relationship to strategic planning, and outlines three administrative approaches: establishment of a committee, sponsoring a scanning conference or event, and assigning the task to the institutional research or planning office. (MSE)

  14. Environmental Scanning Activities at Public Research and Doctorate-Granting Universities.

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    Meixell, Joan M.

    The study surveyed 134 institutions to determine if significant differences existed between public research and doctorate-granting universities concerning: (1) the most important external environmental areas to scan; and (2) the scanning activities that provide the most information for planning processes. A total of 105 responses (78%) was…

  15. Environmental Scanning and Knowledge Representation for the Detection of Organised Crime Threats

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    Brewster, Benjamin; Andrews, Simon; Polovina, Simon; Hirsch, Laurence; Akhgar, Babak

    2014-01-01

    ePOOLICE aims at developing an efficient and effective strategic early warning system that utilises environmental scanning for the early warning and detection of current, emergent and future organised crime threats. Central to this concept is the use of environmental scanning to detect ‘weak signals’ in the external environment to monitor and identify emergent and future threats prior to their materialization into tangible criminal activity. This paper gives a brief overview of the applicatio...

  16. Variables associated with environmental scanning among clinicians at substance abuse treatment clinics

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    Koch, Alison L; Arfken, Cynthia L.; Dickson, Marcus W.; Elizabeth Agius; Mitchelson, Jacqueline K.

    2005-01-01

    Introduction. Environmental scanning, as a component of absorptive capacity, has been shown to be associated with increased use of innovative treatment techniques at substance abuse treatment programmes. As the transfer of innovative, evidence-based treatment techniques from research to practice is gaining attention, we aimed to identify variables associated with higher levels of environmental scanning among substance abuse treatment clinicians. Method. A cross-sectional survey was administ...

  17. Environmental psychology in the bioclimatic design; La psicologia ambiental en el diseno bioclimatico

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    Cubillas Talamante, Lorena Gpe [Facultad de Arquitectura, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexicali, Baja California (Mexico)

    2005-07-01

    The bioclimatic design profits of the natural resources for the improvement of the construction quality as well as the user's life. The combination of these two concepts within the architectonic design generates an interesting duality to consider within the understanding of the user's physical and psychological environment and the obtaining of a correlation of reality and dreams. Environmental psychology is focused on the researching of the psychological effects of the architectonic environment on the human experience and behavior. Human behavior works under parameters established during its development. Through the habits and styles of life practiced in childhood those parameters establish themselves to later on obtain satisfiers in the search of the life quality of human beings. [Spanish] El diseno bioclimatico aprovecha los recursos naturales para el mejoramiento de la calidad de la construccion y vida del usuario. La combinacion de estos dos conceptos dentro del diseno arquitectonico, genera dualidad interesante de entender el medio ambiente fisico y psicologico de los usuarios y obtener una identificacion entre la realidad y los suenos. La psicologia ambiental se ha enfocado a investigar sobre la relacion de los efectos psicologicos del ambiente construido o arquitectonico sobre la conducta y la experiencia humana. La conducta humana trabaja bajo parametros establecidos durante el desarrollo del mismo, a traves de los habitos y estilos de vida desde su infancia van marcando esos parametros que despues sirven para lograr satisfactores en la busqueda de la calidad de vida de los seres humanos.

  18. The Search for Non-Linear Exposure-Response Relationships at Ambient Levels in Environmental Epidemiology

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    Lippmann, Morton

    2005-01-01

    Environmental exposures to ambient air particulate matter (PM), ozone (O3), environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), and to dioxin and related compounds are of considerable public health concern, and risk assessments for them have generally been based on linear, non-threshold models derived from epidemiological study data. While the epidemiological databases for PM, O3, and ETS have been sufficient to show that adverse health effects are occurring, the relative risks have been quite low, and it has not been possible, to date, to identify thresholds or non-linear relationships for them. For dioxin and related compounds, the evidence for excess cancer risks has been inadequate to establish causality, and there is suggestive evidence that hormesis may have occurred. PMID:19330159

  19. Effect of ambient humidity on the strength of the adhesion force of single yeast cell inside environmental-SEM

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    A novel method for measuring an adhesion force of single yeast cell is proposed based on a nanorobotic manipulation system inside an environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM). The effect of ambient humidity on a single yeast cell adhesion force was studied. Ambient humidity was controlled by adjusting the chamber pressure and temperature inside the ESEM. It has been demonstrated that a thicker water film was formed at a higher humidity condition. The adhesion force between an atomic force microscopy (AFM) cantilever and a tungsten probe which later on known as a substrate was evaluated at various humidity conditions. A micro-puller was fabricated from an AFM cantilever by use of focused ion beam (FIB) etching. The adhesion force of a single yeast cell (W303) to the substrate was measured using the micro-puller at the three humidity conditions: 100%, 70%, and 40%. The results showed that the adhesion force between the single yeast cell and the substrate is much smaller at higher humidity condition. The yeast cells were still alive after being observed and manipulated inside ESEM based on the result obtained from the re-culturing of the single yeast cell. The results from this work would help us to understand the ESEM system better and its potential benefit to the single cell analysis research. -- Research highlights: → A nanorobotic manipulation system was developed inside an ESEM. → A micro-puller was designed for single yeast cell adhesion force measurement. → Yeast cells were still alive after being observed and manipulated inside ESEM. → Yeast cell adhesion force to substrate is smaller at high humidity condition than at low humidity condition.

  20. Environmental Scanning: Preliminary Findings of Interviews with CEOs in Two Canadian Industries.

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    Auster, Ethel; Choo, Chun Wei

    1993-01-01

    Discusses results of the final part of a study of the environmental scanning behavior of chief executive officers in two Canadian industries--publishing and telecommunications. The results of personal interviews were analyzed to determine their main sources of environmental information and how they made use of the information in decision making.…

  1. JUDICIAL CONTROL OF ENVIRONMENTAL ADMINISTRATIVE ACT = CONTROLE JUDICIAL DO ATO ADMINISTRATIVO AMBIENTAL

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    Adriano Garcia de Souza

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This work evaluated the current judicial control of the environmental administrative acts, considering the evolution of the legal doctrine after the Federal Constitution of 1988. The legal conception of the environmental administrative act has, gradually, being modified after the promulgation of the Federal Constitution of 1988. The insertion, in the constitutional text, of directional principles of the public administration, together with specific commandments of the environmental protection, forced the law scholars to modify the traditionalistic vision of the principle of the presumption of legality of the administrative act, when it is able to cause significant environmental damage to biodiversity. Such positioning of the legal doctrine has forced some courts to judge, more severely, the principles of the environmental administrative act, analyzing not only the formal aspects of its establishment, but also its motivation, reasonableness proportionality and purpose. However, the defense of the doctrines of the administrative law in the amplification of the judicial control of the environmental administrative act is not causing a sensible alteration in the jurisprudence that still reflects a positioning of the courts in the exclusive analysis of its formulation. The extended judicial control, although not yet a rule in the judicial analysis of the environmental administrative acts, demonstrates a way to be pursued in the preservation of the natural resources, amplifying and diversifying the existing control mechanisms. = Este trabalho visa avaliar o controle judicial atual dos atos administrativos ambientais, considerando a evolução da doutrina jurídica pós Constituição Federal de 1988, cuja concepção vem, paulatinamente, sendo alterada a partir de então. A inserção, no texto constitucional, de princípios norteadores da administração pública, aliada aos mandamentos específicos da tutela ambiental, vem levando os estudiosos do

  2. Social and environmental impact of the bioclimatic design; Impacto social y ambiental del diseno bioclimatico

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    Lopez P, J. Manuel A; Morrillon G, David; Rodriguez V, Luis [Instituto de Ingenieria de la UNAM, Mexico, D.F. (Mexico)

    2000-07-01

    This article is about two important scopes of the Bioclimatical Design (BD), the Social scope and the environmental scope. As an introduction, it is justified the importance of this topic through the association of the BD in the context of sustainability with our country's economic model. The analysis is done under the perspective of effects of the BD on social and environmental scopes. In social scope is used the Cost and Benefit Analysis according to social evaluation. In environmental scope, effects in water, air and ground are studied, but the measurement is done according to the emissions reduction of CO{sub 2} on atmosphere because of the earn on energy consumption. The results of the measurement of this effects are related with economical costs and benefits, which may show a general view about economical, social and environmental scopes. As conclusions, interest results are show and this is proposed to incorporate them in the economical politics. [Spanish] En este articulo se tocan dos aspectos importantes del Diseno Bioclimatico (DB), el Impacto Social y el Impacto Ambiental. En la introduccion se justifica la importancia del tema, asociando el DB en el contexto de la sustentabilidad, con el modelo economico que se ha imperado en nuestro pais. El estudio se realiza bajo la perspectiva de los impactos que el DB tiene en el aspecto social y en el ambiental. En lo social, se recurre a la metodologia del Analisis Costo-Beneficio para evaluacion Social, en lo ambiental, aunque se tocan los puntos de impacto en aire, agua y uso de suelo, la medicion del impacto se realiza con base en la disminucion de emisiones de CO{sub 2} a la atmosfera por el ahorro en el consumo de energia electrica. Los resultados de la medicion de impactos se cruzan con los costos y beneficios economicos, para presentar un panorama completo en cuanto a aspectos economicos, sociales y ambientales. En las conclusiones se rescatan los resultados de interes y se proponen las inserciones de

  3. Environmental enrichment for neotropical primates in captivity Enriquecimento ambiental para primatas neotropicais em cativeiro

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    Vanner Boere

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available Captivity is an extreme non-natural environment for primates. The success of a breeding colony depends of management and veterinarian procedures which must rely on the knowledge of primates' behavioral needs. Environmental enrichment consists of a series of procedures that improve the quality of life of captive animals by meeting their ethological needs. Enrichment can reduce stress, while increasing animal well being in captivity. Suitable ethical conditions, incidences of behavioral disorders, minimal clinical interventions, low mortality, higher reproduction rates and cost/benefit relationship, reflect directly on the quality of captive breeding colonies. Anthropoids like Neotropical primates possess complex neural structures and relate, in a sophisticated manner, to the environment. This review reports important experiences on enrichment procedures for Neotropical primates and the physiological events which could explain improvement of animal well-being.Cativeiro é um ambiente de extremos não naturais para primatas. O sucesso de uma criação de primatas depende do manejo e de procedimentos veterinários que devem considerar as necessidades etológicas dos animais cativos. Enriquecimento ambiental é um conjunto de técnicas que modificam o ambiente, resultando em uma melhora na qualidade de vida dos animais, ao satisfazer as suas necessidades comportamentais. O enriquecimento pode diminuir o estresse e melhorar o bem-estar. Primatas neotropicais se caracterizam por complexas estruturas neurais e se relacionam de maneira sofisticada com o ambiente. O enriquecimento ambiental pode aumentar a qualidade de uma criação ao adequar o manejo a padrões éticos aceitáveis, estimular o repertório normal do comportamento, diminuir a casuística clínica, diminuir a mortalidade, incrementar a taxa reprodutiva e maximizar a relação custo/benefício em uma criação. Esta revisão relata experiências relevantes nos procedimentos de

  4. Variables associated with environmental scanning among clinicians at substance abuse treatment clinics

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    Alison L. Koch

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Environmental scanning, as a component of absorptive capacity, has been shown to be associated with increased use of innovative treatment techniques at substance abuse treatment programmes. As the transfer of innovative, evidence-based treatment techniques from research to practice is gaining attention, we aimed to identify variables associated with higher levels of environmental scanning among substance abuse treatment clinicians. Method. A cross-sectional survey was administered to 162 clinicians at 15 substance abuse treatment clinics in Michigan. Measures: Environmental scanning was measured by frequency of use of the Internet, journals, seminars or conferences, and people at other treatment clinics for new substance abuse treatment information. Clinicians were asked for their perceptions of their clinic’s openness to new treatment techniques and support for acquiring new information, access to and satisfaction with information sources at work, as well as if they feel it is their job to keep up to date with current treatment research. Additional measures included whether they intended to quit their jobs and whether they were emotionally drained from work. Findings: We found positive associations between environmental scanning and perceived clinic support for acquiring new information, perceived clinic openness to new treatment techniques, access to e-mail and Internet at work, and satisfaction with resources. Turnover intention and being emotionally drained were negatively associated with environmental scanning. Conclusion. : Individual and organizational level variables were found to be associated with higher levels of environmental scanning activity. Although the causal directions of these associations are not known, the findings suggest ways to increase environmental scanning among clinicians.

  5. Environmental taxation: protecting environment through extrafiscal taxing Tributação ambiental: o tributo extrafiscal como forma de proteção do meio ambiente

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    Luiz Ernani Bonesso de Araújo

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available The role of State in preserving the environment has revealed to be essential, seen that by interfering in economic activities it can establish the minimal regulation to be observed by society. Among the economic instruments employed by the modern State to protect environment it is the establishment of taxing, which constitutes source of profit from public means used in the financial activity and that can be employed either in its fiscal and extrafiscal aspect. Thus, the study contemplates a reflection upon Environmental taxation, delimitating in the ways of a form to protecting environment.A atuação do Estado na preservação do meio ambiente tem se revelado imprescindível, pois mediante sua intervenção nas atividades econômicas ele pode estabelecer regras mínimas a serem observadas pela sociedade. Dentre os instrumentos econômicos usados pelo Estado moderno para a preservação do meio ambiente está o tributo, que constitui fonte de receita pública empregada na atividade financeira e pode ser utilizado tanto em seu aspecto fiscal quanto em seu aspecto extrafiscal. Diante deste contexto, o estudo contempla uma reflexão sobre a Tributação Ambiental, tendo como delimitação o tributo extrafiscal como forma de proteção do meio ambiente.

  6. Ciencia, Tecnología y Salud Ambiental Science, Technology and Environmental Health

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    Delia Mercedes Herrera Travieso

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available El indetenible progreso científico- técnico ha posibilitado que el poder humano sobre la naturaleza se incremente y cree una situación explosiva en la interacción entre el hombre, la sociedad y la naturaleza. Con un enfoque dialéctico materialista, en el presente trabajo se describe el avance histórico de la ciencia y la tecnología, la interrelación sociedad- naturaleza, la salud ambiental en su contexto histórico y los requerimientos básicos para un ambiente saludableThe unstoppable scientific progress has facilitated that the human power on the nature increase and creates an explosive situation in the interaction among the man, the society and the nature. With a materialistic dialectical focus this work describes the historical advance of science and technology, the interrelation society - nature, the environmental health in its historical context and the basic requirements for a healthy atmosphere.

  7. Environmental management in Chile: The power plants case; Gestion ambiental en Chile: Caso de las centrales termoelectricas

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    Jadrijevic, Maritza [Comision Nacional del Medio Ambiente, (Chile)

    1996-12-31

    In this paper are presented the general aspects of the historic evolution o the legal norms on environmental matters in Chile; general aspects of the electric generation system and the instruments of environmental management currently applied in the fossil fueled power plants, such as: the assessment system of the environmental impact; compliance of the air quality and emissions Standards and plans for decontamination [Espanol] En este trabajo se dan a conocer aspectos generales de la evolucion historica de las normas juridicas en materia ambiental en Chile; aspectos generales del sistema de generacion electrica y los instrumentos de gestion ambiental que actualmente se aplican a las plantas de generacion termoelectricas, tales como: el sistema de evaluacion de impacto ambiental; cumplimiento de normas de la calidad de aire y de emision y, planes de descontaminacion

  8. Ambient Space and Ambient Sensation

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    Schmidt, Ulrik

    The ambient is the aesthetic production of the sensation of being surrounded. As a concept, 'ambient' is mostly used in relation to the music genre 'ambient music' and Brian Eno's idea of environmental background music. However, the production of ambient sensations must be regarded as a central...... aspect of the aesthetization of modern culture in general, from architecture, transport and urbanized lifeforms to film, sound art, installation art and digital environments. This presentation will discuss the key aspects of ambient aesthetization, including issues such as objectlessness...

  9. Epidermal growth factor receptor subunit locations determined in hydrated cells with environmental scanning electron microscopy

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    Peckys, Diana B.; Jean-Pierre Baudoin; Magdalena Eder; Ulf Werner; Niels de Jonge

    2013-01-01

    Imaging single epidermal growth factor receptors (EGFR) in intact cells is presently limited by the available microscopy methods. Environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM) of whole cells in hydrated state in combination with specific labeling with gold nanoparticles was used to localize activated EGFRs in the plasma membranes of COS7 and A549 cells. The use of a scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) detector yielded a spatial resolution of 3 nm, sufficient to identify the l...

  10. Appraisal of the impact of environmental scanning on corporate performance in selected Nigerian banks

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    Olu Ojo

    2008-01-01

    This research study examines the Impact of Environmental Scanning on Corporate Performance in Selected Nigerian Banks. Our goal was to establish whether the knowledge of organizations environment and its scanning has any relationship with corporate performance. This research was conducted to increase our level of understanding of the subject investigated and to add to the existing literature on the subject especially in the Third World countries where such study is not popular. Survey researc...

  11. A Study of Strategic Planning and Environmental Scanning in the Multi-Unit Portugese Hotel Sector

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    Costa, Jorge

    1997-01-01

    This study addresses the strategic planning and environmental scanning activities of the hotel chains operating in Portugal, and compares attitudes towards planning and scanning activities by companies where strategy is formalised through a formal written strategic plan (intenders) and those companies where strategy is informally developed through a 'vision' or 'informal plan' (realisers). The main challenges facing Portuguese hoteliers as identified by the representatives of the Portuguese g...

  12. Governança ambiental e economia verde Environmental governance and the green economy

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    Pedro Roberto Jacobi

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available A Conferência Rio+20 mobiliza a comunidade global em 2012 para participar de um desafiador debate sobre a realidade ambiental global e modus operandi existente quanto à temática ampla e genérica do desenvolvimento e do ambiente. Um dos temas estruturantes desta reunião é a transição para uma economia verde no contexto do desenvolvimento sustentável e da erradicação da pobreza. O tema da Governança Ambiental Global um dos carros chefe do debate na Rio+20, no intuito de promover e acelerar a transição rumo a sociedades sustentáveis, configura a construção muitas vezes, de forma controversa, das condições para a definição de novos espaços institucionais e processos decisórios compartilhados. Este artigo propõe aos leitores uma reflexão para discutir que tipo de sustentabilidade está por trás da economia verde, a sua aplicabilidade e o que deva ser priorizada na discussão de governança ambiental. Isto se explica na medida em que existe a necessidade de mudar os mecanismos de utilização dos recursos, profundamente injustos, e que impedem avanços nos processos decisórios, pois as decisões de poucos tem configurado uma lógica perversa de expropriação de recursos naturais e não resolução da exclusão social.The Rio+20 Conference will mobilize the global community in 2012 to participate in a challenging debate on the global environmental reality and the existing modus operandi with respect to the broad and generic topics of development and the environment. One of the core themes of this meeting is the transition to a green economy in the context of sustainable development and the eradication of poverty. The issue of Global Environmental Governance will top the agenda of the Rio +20 discussions, with a view to promoting and accelerating the transition to sustainable societies. It presents, often in a controversial way, the creation of conditions to define new institutional spaces and shared decision-making processes

  13. Fast surface measurement using wavelength scanning interferometry with compensation of environmental noise

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    Jiang, Xiangqian; Wang, Kaiwei; Gao, Feng; Muhamedsalih, Hussam

    2010-01-01

    We introduce a new optical interferometry system for fast areal surface measurement of microscale and nanoscale surfaces that are immune to environmental noise. Wavelength scanning interferometry together with an acousto-optic tunable filtering technique is used to measure surfaces with large step heights. An active servo control system serves as a phase-compensating mechanism to eliminate the effects of environmental noise. The system can be used for online or in-process measurem...

  14. Determinación ambiental de la salud: un reto para Colombia /Environmental health determination: a challenge for Colombia

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    Juan C. García-Ubaque

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available La sociedad actual se ha visto abocada a dar respuestas articuladas y con una visión integradora a los temas de condiciones de salud de la población, el cuidado de los recursos naturales y la generación de mecanismos de crecimiento económico sostenible. El presente artículo se enfoca en analizar tres aspectos básicos sobre la determinación ambiental de la salud, como un punto focal que puede integrar estos tres desafíos. En primera instancia, se precisa la definición del ambiente en sus diferentes concepciones como determinante de la salud; en segundo lugar, se plantean diferentes enfoques en torno a la salud ambiental; y finalmente, se proponen algunos conceptos que pueden ayudar a orientar y enriquecer tanto la discusión como la práctica de la salud pública en el tema de la determinación ambiental de la salud y la calidad de vida. Adicionalmente se analizan los principales aportes de la Política Pública de Salud Ambiental de Bogotá como un prime Society has been committed to provide articulated and integrated answers regarding issues such as population health conditions, natural resources conservation and sustainable economic growth. This essay focuses on analyzing three basic aspects of environmental health determination as a focal subject in order to face these challenges. First, the definition of environment as a determinant of health is clarified. Second, different approaches concerning environmental health are presented. Finally, some concepts are proposed which may guide and enrich both the discussion and practice of public health in environmental health and quality of life determination. Additionally, the main contributions of the Environmental Health Public Policy in Bogotá (Política Pública de Salud Ambiental as a first step towards the social determination of health in Colombia are discussed

  15. Mobilidade populacional, sustentabilidade ambiental e vulnerabilidade social Population mobility, environmental sustainability and social vulnerability

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    Daniel Joseph Hogan

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available O artigo sintetiza pesquisa sobre população e ambiente, com ênfase no caso brasileiro. A atenção é dirigida especialmente às relações entre padrões de distribuição populacional no espaço e a mudança ambiental. Como taxas de mortalidade e fecundidade já passaram por transições enormes, migração é o fator central na mudança populacional e seus impactos sobre o ambiente. No longo prazo, essa é a variável que sempre inspirará preocupação. Embora a grande migração interna da segunda metade do século XX (campo-cidade e inter-regional tenha diminuído consideravelmente, os fluxos intra-regionais continuam a ser importantes. Outros processos de mobilidade, especialmente a migração pendular e o turismo, também afetam a integridade de recursos naturais e terão de ser avaliados continuamente. O zoneamento ecológico-econômico, com seus impactos sobre a mobilidade populacional, será um requisito básico do século XXI.This article reviews research on population and environment, with particular emphasis on the Brazilian case. Attention is focused on the relations between patterns of population mobility and environmental change. With mortality and fertility rates already having experienced major transitions and now experiencing slower change, migration becomes the central factor in population change and its impacts on the environment. In the long term, this is the variable which will always inspire concern. Although the major internal migration in the second half of the 20th century (rural-urban and inter-regional has slowed considerably, intra-regional moves continue to be important. Other mobility processes, especially commuting and tourism, also affect the integrity of natural resources and must be continually evaluated. Ecological-economic zoning, and its impacts on population movements, will be a basic requirement of the 21st century.

  16. Uma escuta ética de psicologia ambiental Ethical listening of environmental psychology

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    José Célio Freire; Emanuel Meireles Vieira

    2006-01-01

    O artigo propõe uma nova abordagem da dimensão ética da Psicologia Ambiental e da educação ambiental, a partir da ética da alteridade radical de Emmanuel Lévinas. Inicia com uma síntese das várias perspectivas da Psicologia Ambiental e da Ética Ambiental para, em seguida, tratar de conceitos centrais da Psicologia Ambiental - apropriação do espaço, identidade de lugar e pertencimento - à luz de uma ética radicalizada.The article proposes a new approach of the ethical dimension of the Environm...

  17. Perception and Use of Information Sources by Chief Executives in Environmental Scanning.

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    Choo, Chun Wei

    1994-01-01

    Reports on a study of the information sources used in environmental scanning by chief executives of the Canadian telecommunications industry that investigated the relationship between perceived source quality and source use and the chief executives' perception and use of the company library and electronic information sources. (Contains 23…

  18. Developing an Environmental Scanning System in an Educational Organization: Lessons Learned. AIR 1990 Annual Forum Paper.

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    Morrison, James L.; Ptaszynski, James G.

    An environmental scanning system was developed by the admissions office of a graduate school of management in a small southeastern university. The school's strategic planning committee felt that it would be beneficial to acquire information concerning issues, trends, and possible events that might impact upon the school in the future and to…

  19. Using GIS Tools and Environmental Scanning to Forecast Industry Workforce Needs

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    Gaertner, Elaine; Fleming, Kevin; Marquez, Michelle

    2009-01-01

    The Centers of Excellence (COE) provide regional workforce data on high growth, high demand industries and occupations for use by community colleges in program planning and resource enhancement. This article discusses the environmental scanning research methodology and its application to data-driven decision making in community college program…

  20. The Necessity of Environmental Scanning Prior to Long-Range Planning Activities at Higher Education Institutions.

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    Handy, Ty J.

    Formal environmental scanning procedures can provide key administrators of higher education institutions with valuable external information regarding both the probability and impact of external trends and forces. Such information may then be used in various strategic planning stages including scenario development, institutional mission and goals…

  1. Issues Validation: A New Environmental Scanning Technique for Family Life Educators.

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    Weigel, Randy R.; And Others

    1992-01-01

    Three-state study used Issues Validation, environmental scanning process for family life educators that combines literature reviews, professional and public opinion, and survey research to identify issues facing families and youth. Samples of residents, local advisory committees, and community professionals ranked 30 issues facing families and…

  2. The Relationships between Organizational Culture and Environmental Scanning: A Case Study.

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    Miller, Jerry P.

    1994-01-01

    Based on interview and survey data from 220 upper- and middle-level managers within a Fortune 500 manufacturing firm, this case study describes how differences in organizational values influence the frequency with which decision makers use oral, written, and electronic sources of information for environmental scanning. (91 references) (LRW)

  3. The Environmental Scanning Project at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education.

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    Morrison, James L.; And Others

    The environmental scanning project at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education is described. The project attempts to identify signals of change in all sectors of the external environment. Information resources have been selected from the social, technological, economic, and political aspects of the environment at the…

  4. Establishing an Environmental Scanning System to Augment College and University Planning.

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    Morrison, James L.

    A plan to establish an environmental scanning and forecasting system for colleges and universities is discussed as a way to maximize long-range planning. After proposing a program structure, attention is directed to methods of gaining organizational acceptance, developing a comprehensive taxonomy with an electronic filing system, identifying and…

  5. Environmental Scanning: Preliminary Findings of a Survey of CEO Information Seeking Behaviour in Two Canadian Industries.

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    Auster, Ethel; Choo, Chun Wei

    1992-01-01

    Reports the preliminary results of a survey of the environmental scanning behavior of 207 chief executive officers (CEOs) in the Canadian publishing and telecommunications industries. Topics addressed include information sources, perceived source accessibility, perceived source quality, and frequency of source use. (16 references) (LRW)

  6. Environmental Scanning Project: A Dimensional Aspect of Needs Assessment in the Strategic Planning Process, Fall 1987.

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    Lomax, Lynn A.

    The environmental scanning project described in this report was undertaken at Lane Community College (LCC) in Eugene, Oregon, to enhance the college's strategic planning process by anticipating events that might differ from the economic, social, and political conditions of the present. First, an overview is provided of the purpose and intent of…

  7. Justiça Ambiental: uma abordagem ecossocial em saúde Justicia Ambiental: un abordaje eco-social en salud Environmental Justice: an ecossocial health approach

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    Mateus Habermann

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Discute-se a questão do risco das tecnologias contemporâneas em face do atual paradigma tecnológico, a sua percepção e tolerabilidade, assim como sua distribuição desigual na sociedade. A hipótese fundamental que enfatiza a Justiça Ambiental refere-se aos perigos desproporcionalmente ou injustamente distribuídos entre grupos social e economicamente mais vulneráveis, geralmente pobres e minorias, acarretados pelos riscos ambientais relativos à vida moderna. Assim, vulnerabilidade e os diversos níveis de privação agem como propulsores dos níveis diferenciais em saúde entre os grupos populacionais. Embora Justiça Ambiental tenha sido observada inicialmente como movimento popular nos Estados Unidos, seus princípios indicaram compatibilidade em escalas geográficas global e local. Desta forma, o objetivo do estudo foi compreender como os riscos da tecnologia contemporânea afetam desigualmente a população à luz da Justiça Ambiental.Se discute lo relacionado al riesgo de las tecnologías contemporáneas en el margen del actual paradigma tecnológico, su percepción y tolerancia, así como su distribución desigual en la sociedad. La hipótesis fundamental que enfatiza la Justicia Ambiental se refiere a los peligros desproporcional o injustamente distribuidos entre grupos social y económicamente más vulnerables, generalmente pobres y minorías, generados por los riesgos ambientales relativos a la vida moderna. Así, vulnerabilidad y los diversos niveles de privación actúan como propulsores de los niveles diferenciales en salud entre los grupos poblacionales. A pesar de que la Justicia Ambiental haya sido observada inicialmente como movimiento popular en los Estados Unidos, sus principios indicaron compatibilidad en escalas geográficas global y local. De esta forma, el objetivo del estudio fue comprender como los riesgos de la tecnología contemporánea afectan desigualmente la población a la luz de la Justicia Ambiental

  8. Electric sector and environment: the institutionalization of the environmental question; Setor eletrico e meio ambiente: a institucionalizacao da questao ambiental

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    Barbosa, Nair Palhano

    2001-08-01

    The purpose of this research is to study the trajectory of the environmental question in the planning of government policies. For this, the historic process of the emergence and institutionalization of the debate over the environment in the electric sector was redeemed, mainly observing the changes that occurred in the organizational and planning structure of projects. The electric sector is understood to be comprised of the network of interests and social relationships that sustain the set of policies whose principle axis is the generation, transmission and distribution of energy; this network may or may not be extrapolated beyond the design of its institutional structure. During the course of the studies carried out to prepare this thesis, the environmental question was understood, at least in a preliminary fashion, to consist of a general set of problems, diagnoses, situations, plans, programs and actions, as are institutional forms that explicitly refer to the environment as their subject, cause or objective for being or their justification. The research that the work presented here was based upon was oriented by methodological procedures that are characteristic of institutional analyses and representation studies, and used documentation available about and produced by the Electric Sector as a source of information as well as interviews and questionnaires with people directly or indirectly involved with the topic. This procedure allowed for the observation that the treatment of the environmental question in the electric sector underwent moments that varied according to the level of internalization during the different stages of the sector's projects, as well as during the formulation of its institutional policy. (author)

  9. Enfermagem e saúde ambiental na escola Enfermeria y salud ambiental en la escuela Nursing and environmental health in schools

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    Eveline Pinheiro Beserra

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Descrever e analisar os significados atribuídos por um grupo de adolescente à saúde ambiental. MÉTODOS: Estudo de abordagem qualitativa, descritivo, exploratório, que utilizou a pesquisa-ação em uma escola pública do interior do Ceará, que se encontra nas proximidades da construção de uma usina termoelétrica a carvão mineral. Foram utilizados a observação livre, o diário de campo e a abordagem grupal, esta por meio da técnica do desenho história com tema, tendo como eixo norteador a questão: O que você entende como saúde ambiental? RESULTADOS: Emergiram discussões a respeito da interferência do homem na natureza, malefícios das fábricas, desenvolvimento sustentável e risco da poluição na comunidade. CONCLUSÃO: Constatou-se que o enfermeiro pode ser um educador ambiental e atuar nesse espaço, favorecendo momentos de reflexão sobre ações comprometidas com o lócus socioambiental.OBJETIVO: Describir y analizar los significados atribuídos por un grupo de adolescentes a la salud ambiental. MÉTODOS: Estudio con abordaje cualitativo, descriptivo, exploratorio, en el que se usó la investigación acción en una Escuela pública del interior de Ceará, ubicada en las proximidades de la construcción de una usina termoeléctrica a carbón mineral. Fueron utilizados la observación libre, el diario de campo y el abordaje grupal, esta última por medio de la técnica del dibujo de una historia con tema, teniendo como eje norteador la pregunta: ¿Qué entiende ud.como salud ambiental? RESULTADOS: Emergieron discusiones respecto a la interferencia del hombre en la naturaleza, daño de las fábricas, desarrollo sustentable y riesgo de contaminación en la comunidad. CONCLUSIÓN: Se constató que el enfermero puede ser un educador ambiental y actuar en ese espacio, favoreciendo momentos de reflexión sobre acciones comprometidas con el locus socioambiental.OBJECTIVE: To describe and analyze the meanings attributed by

  10. Environmental Scanning for Occupational Education. A Facilitator's Guide. A Model for Environmental Scanning to Systematically Assess Future Occupational Education and Training Needs of a Michigan Community College Service Area.

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    This manual is designed to facilitate the planning and implementation of an environmental scanning project in Michigan's community colleges. (Environmental scanning is a systematic process for gathering and analyzing information about the external environment and relating it to an organization's internal environment.) This facilitator's guide is…

  11. Environmental education: policy and practice - Educação ambiental: política e prática

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    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract This paper seeks to uncover the realities behind the integration, or lack thereof, of Environmental Education into the core science curriculum as well as suggestions to successfully integrating it. There is an urgent need for transformative environmental education and action-based environmental participation, concerns also echoed by the international community. The schools should be vested with an environmental mission about/for/in the environment. Educational legislation for science education and practice are bridged by a myriad of difficulties to successfully integrating it (Hart, 2002; Metz et al., 2010. Effective strategies for integration as well as teachers’ preparedness and professional development are among the steps towards successful integration. Key-words: Environmental education, science education, knowledge mobilization, scientifically-literate citizens, teachers’ professional development. EDUCAÇÃO AMBIENTAL: POLÍTICA E PRÁTICA Resumo Neste trabalho procura-se desvendar a realidade por trás da integração, ou falta dela, da Educação Ambiental no currículo de ciências básicas, bem como apresentar sugestões para a sua integração bem sucedida. Há necessidade urgente da Educação Ambiental e de uma ação transformadora baseada na participação do meio ambiente, em acordo com a comunidade internacional. As escolas devem investir em uma missão ambiental sobre/para/no meio ambiente. A legislação educacional para o ensino e a prática da ciência encontra uma miríade de dificuldades para ser integrada com sucesso (Hart, 2002; Metz et al., 2010. Estratégias eficazes para a integração, bem como a preparação dos professores e desenvolvimento profissional, são passos no sentido da integração bem sucedida. Palavras-chave: educação ambiental, educação científica, mobilização do conhecimento, cidadãos cientificamente alfabetizados, desenvolvimento profissional dos professores.

  12. Radon and environmental radioactivity in the Canfranc Underground Laboratory; Radon y radiacion ambiental en el Laboratorio Subterraneo de Canfrac (LSC)

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    Bandac, I.; Bettini, A.; Borjabad, S.; Nunez-Lagos, R.; Perez, C.; Rodriguez, S.; Sanchez, P.; Villar, J. A.

    2014-02-01

    The results of more than one year of measurements of Radon and environmental radioactivity in the Canfranc Underground Laboratory (LSC) are presented. Radon and atmospheric parameters have registered by an Alpha guard P30 equipment and the environmental radioactivity has been measured by means of UD-802A Panasonic thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLD) processed by an UD716 Panasonic unit. Series of results along with their possible correlations are presented. Both the Radon level and the ambient dose equivalent H (10) are much lower than the allowed ones so no radiological risk exists to persons working in the LSC. Also its excellent environmental radiological quality has been confirmed. (Author)

  13. Polymer Electrolyte-Based Ambient Temperature Oxygen Microsensors for Environmental Monitoring

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    Hunter, Gary W.; Xu, Jennifer C.; Liu, Chung-Chiun

    2011-01-01

    An ambient temperature oxygen microsensor, based on a Nafion polymer electrolyte, has been developed and was microfabricated using thin-film technologies. A challenge in the operation of Nafion-based sensor systems is that the conductivity of Nafion film depends on the humidity in the film. Nafion film loses conductivity when the moisture content in the film is too low, which can affect sensor operation. The advancement here is the identification of a method to retain the operation of the Nafion films in lower humidity environments. Certain salts can hold water molecules in the Nafion film structure at room temperature. By mixing salts with the Nafion solution, water molecules can be homogeneously distributed in the Nafion film increasing the film s hydration to prevent Nafion film from being dried out in low-humidity environment. The presence of organics provides extra sites in the Nafion film to promote proton (H+) mobility and thus improving Nafion film conductivity and sensor performance. The fabrication of ambient temperature oxygen microsensors includes depositing basic electrodes using noble metals, and metal oxides layer on one of the electrode as a reference electrode. The use of noble metals for electrodes is due to their strong catalytic properties for oxygen reduction. A conducting polymer Nafion, doped with water-retaining components and extra sites facilitating proton movement, was used as the electrolyte material, making the design adequate for low humidity environment applications. The Nafion solution was coated on the electrodes and air-dried. The sensor operates at room temperature in potentiometric mode, which measures voltage differences between working and reference electrodes in different gases. Repeat able responses to 21-percent oxygen in nitrogen were achieved using nitrogen as a baseline gas. Detection of oxygen from 7 to 21 percent has also been demonstrated. The room-temperature oxygen micro sensor developed has extremely low power

  14. Scanning Electron Microscopic Study of Rockfish Preserved at Either Ambient Temperature or by Isothermal Freeze-Fixation

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    Lampila, L. E.; Mohr, V.; Reid, D. S.

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    Fresh rockfish (Bocaccio, Sebastus paucispinis) fillets were blast frozen and stored at either -5 °C or -20 °C for 60 days . At defined sampling intervals, speci mens were removed and chemically fixed at either ambient temperature or isothermally, at the respective storage temperatures (-5 °C or -20°C) . The results indicated that isothermally freeze - fixed specimens showed a degree of crushing and/or distortion of the muscle fiber, the deposition of presumed ice crystals in the cell membran...

  15. Sustentabilidad y racionalidad ambiental: hacia "otro" programa de sociología ambiental Sustainability and Environmental Rationality: towards "another" environmental sociology program

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    Enrique Leff

    2011-01-01

    La crisis ambiental emerge como una crisis del conocimiento, lo que problematiza la lógica de las ciencias y el estatus teórico de las ciencias sociales, desvinculadas de las condiciones ecológicas de sustentabilidad de la sociedad. Cuestionando los marcos teóricos de la sociología tradicional y la lógica de las ciencias sociales -marxismo, estructural-funcionalismo, filosofía del lenguaje, constructivismo, hermenéutica-, se plantean las bases conceptuales y los principios ético-filosóficos d...

  16. Development of asthmatic inflammation in mice following early-life exposure to ambient environmental particulates and chronic allergen challenge

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    Cristan Herbert

    2013-03-01

    Childhood exposure to environmental particulates increases the risk of development of asthma. The underlying mechanisms might include oxidant injury to airway epithelial cells (AEC. We investigated the ability of ambient environmental particulates to contribute to sensitization via the airways, and thus to the pathogenesis of childhood asthma. To do so, we devised a novel model in which weanling BALB/c mice were exposed to both ambient particulate pollutants and ovalbumin for sensitization via the respiratory tract, followed by chronic inhalational challenge with a low mass concentration of the antigen. We also examined whether these particulates caused oxidant injury and activation of AEC in vitro. Furthermore, we assessed the potential benefit of minimizing oxidative stress to AEC through the period of sensitization and challenge by dietary intervention. We found that characteristic features of asthmatic inflammation developed only in animals that received particulates at the same time as respiratory sensitization, and were then chronically challenged with allergen. However, these animals did not develop airway hyper-responsiveness. Ambient particulates induced epithelial injury in vitro, with evidence of oxidative stress and production of both pro-inflammatory cytokines and Th2-promoting cytokines such as IL-33. Treatment of AEC with an antioxidant in vitro inhibited the pro-inflammatory cytokine response to these particulates. Ambient particulates also induced pro-inflammatory cytokine expression following administration to weanling mice. However, early-life dietary supplementation with antioxidants did not prevent the development of an asthmatic inflammatory response in animals that were exposed to particulates, sensitized and challenged. We conclude that injury to airway epithelium by ambient environmental particulates in early life is capable of promoting the development of an asthmatic inflammatory response in sensitized and antigen-challenged mice. These

  17. Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope As A Tool For Imaging Of Native State Somatic Embryogenesis

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    Neděla, Vilém; Hřib, J.; Svidenská, S.; Vooková, B.; Runštuk, Jiří

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    Roč. 18, Suppl. 2 (2012), s. 1270-1271. ISSN 1431-9276 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP102/10/1410; GA MPO FR-TI1/305; GA MPO FR-TI1/118; GA MŠk EE.2.3.20.0103 Institutional support: RVO:68081731 Keywords : environmental scanning electron microscopy * somatic embryogenesis Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering Impact factor: 2.495, year: 2012

  18. ENVIRONMENTAL SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY (ESEM) OF Morinda citrifolia L. (Rubiaceae) COLLETERS

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    Sergimar Kennedy de Paiva PINHEIRO; Francinalda Xavier de SOUSA; Paulo Rafael Lima de MEDEIROS; Thaiz Batista Azevedo Rangel MIGUEL; Emilio de Castro MIGUEL

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    This study describes the colleters of Morinda citrifolia L. (Rubiaceae) by using environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM) and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Two different developmental stages were characterized as well as the chemical composition of secretion. Colleters are secretory structures that produce mucilage protecting the meristems and leaf primordia against desiccation and/or pathogens. Although these secretory structures are common on Rubiaceae, the results re...

  19. Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy and its Application Possibilites in ISI ASCR

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    Brno: Institute of Scientific Instruments AS CR, v. v. i, 2014, s. 11-13. ISBN 978-80-87441-12-1. [Workshop of Interesting Topics of SEM and ESEM. Mikulov (CZ), 26.08.2014-31.08.2014] R&D Projects: GA MŠk EE.2.3.20.0103 Institutional support: RVO:68081731 Keywords : Institute of Scientific Instruments * Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering

  20. Study of Drying Shrinkage Cracking by Lattice Gas Automaton and Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope

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    Jankovic, D.

    2005-01-01

    Numerical modeling of moisture flow, drying shrinkage and crack phenomena in cement microstructure, by coupling a Lattice Gas Automaton and a Lattice Fracture Model, highlighted the importance of a shrinkage coefficient (sh) as the most significant parameter for achieving realistic numerical results. Therefore, experiments on drying of cement paste samples were conducted in an Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope to find shrinkage coefficient relating shrinkage deformations and moistur...

  1. Analysis of Particulate Pollution on Foodstuff and Other Items by Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy

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    Giordano, C; U. Bardi; D. GARBINI; Suman, M.

    2011-01-01

    Combustion processes commonly create fine and ultrafine particles whose effects are often harmful to human health. The present study is aimed at providing more data in this field by testing the capability of environmental electron scanning microscopy of detecting and analyzing such particles. For this purpose, we examined a range of samples taken from everyday food items collected in Tuscany. The results showed that, within the examined samples, inorganic particles can be observed in the nano...

  2. Computer Supported Collaborative Environmental Scanning: Diagnostic Framework and Its Application for a Tunisian Case Study

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    Souad Kamoun-Chouk

    2014-01-01

    The case study describes how the team members of a Tunisian Environmental Scanning Agriculture Observatory dealt with new ways of communicating introduced by technology. An inter-organizational computer supported collaborative work (CSCW) platform was implemented within the agriculture observatory to ameliorate the communication of information and knowledge between the stakeholders. Our study aims to determine what contextual conditions could impede the adoption of the new ways of communicati...

  3. Analysis of Femtosecond Laser Assisted Capsulotomy Cutting Edges and Manual Capsulorhexis Using Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy

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    Sebastiano Serrao; Giuseppe Lombardo; Giovanni Desiderio; Lucio Buratto; Domenico Schiano-Lomoriello; Marco Pileri; Marco Lombardo

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    Purpose. To investigate the structure and irregularity of the capsulotomy cutting edges created by two femtosecond (FS) laser platforms in comparison with manual continuous circular capsulorhexis (CCC) using environmental scanning electron microscopy (eSEM). Methods. Ten anterior capsulotomies were obtained using two different FS laser cataract platforms (LenSx, n=5, and Victus, n=5). In addition, five manual CCC (n=5) were obtained using a rhexis f...

  4. Low-cost Mobile Laser Scanning and its Feasibility for Environmental Mapping

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    Jaakkola, Anttoni

    2015-01-01

    Mobile laser scanning is a measurement technology that combines accurate positioning and attitude information from navigation satellites and inertial sensors with distance measurements from a laser scanner into a point cloud that represents the geometry of the environment surrounding the measurement platform. This geometrical information can be utilized in a variety of applications ranging from 3D city modelling and infrastructure maintenance to forestry and environmental monitoring. In th...

  5. THE ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES IN HIGHER EDUCATION: THE MULTIDISCIPLINARY CONTRIBUTION OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING FACE TO NEEDED FOR SUSTAINABILITY = A TEMÁTICA AMBIENTAL NO ENSINO SUPERIOR: A CONTRIBUIÇÃO MULTIDISCIPLINAR DA ENGENHARIA AMBIENTAL FACE À BUSCA PELA SUSTENTABILIDADE

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    Gláucia Cardoso de Souza

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Environmental issues began to be addressed by universities from the 60s, however, quite so departmentalized by traditional undergraduate courses. In the 90s there was an explosion of higher education courses related to that area with varied titles and assignments. The number of higher education courses in the environmental area increased from 284 in 2004 to 610 in 2011, particularly in the area of engineering interface with the environment. In this scenario, environmental engineering arises in 1992, based on the integration between some lines of research and, consequently, multidisciplinary cooperation. Thus, the present study aimed to examine the contribution of environmental engineering as an emerging science in the wake of the environmental crisis presents a literature review that part of the integration of environmental issues in higher education and contextualizes the contribution of environmental engineering from a global and national scene. Additionally, there was a survey from the National Institute for Educational Studies Teixeira (INEP in order to analyze the development of this area over the years. At the end of 2013, there was the record of 702 courses: undergraduate (351, technological (343 and sequential (8. = A questão ambiental começou a ser tratada pelas universidades a partir dos anos 1960, embora, de forma bastante departamentalizada por alguns cursos de graduação. Na década de 1990, houve uma verdadeira explosão de cursos superiores ligados à referida área, com as mais variadas titulações e atribuições. O número de cursos superiores na área ambiental elevou-se de 284 em 2004 para 610 em 2011, com destaque para a área das engenharias com interface em meio ambiente. Neste cenário, a engenharia ambiental surge em 1992, baseada na integração entre algumas linhas de pesquisa e, consequentemente, na necessidade de uma cooperação multidisciplinar. Desse modo, o presente trabalho, com o objetivo de analisar a

  6. Calcification intensity in planktonic Foraminifera reflects ambient conditions irrespective of environmental stress

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    M. F. G. Weinkauf

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Planktonic Foraminifera are important marine calcifiers, and the ongoing change in the oceanic carbon system makes it essential to understand the influence of environmental factors on the biomineralisation of their shells. The amount of calcite deposited by planktonic Foraminifera during calcification has been hypothesized to reflect a range of environmental factors. However, it has never been assessed whether their calcification only passively responds to the conditions of the ambient seawater or whether it reflects changes in resource allocation due to physiological stress. To disentangle these two end-member scenarios, an experiment is required where the two processes are separated. A natural analogue to such an experiment occurred during the deposition of the Mediterranean sapropels, where large changes in surface water composition and stratification at the onset of the sapropel deposition were decoupled from local extinctions of planktonic Foraminifera species. We take advantage of this natural experiment and investigate the reaction of calcification intensity, expressed as size-normalized weight (SNW, of four species of planktonic Foraminifera to changing conditions during the onset of Sapropel S5 (126–121 ka in a sediment core from the Levantine Basin. We observe a significant relationship between SNW and surface water properties, as reflected by stable isotopes in the calcite of Foraminifera shells, but we failed to observe any reaction of calcification intensity on ecological stress during times of decreasing abundance culminating in local extinction. The reaction of calcification intensity to surface water perturbation at the onset of the sapropel was observed only in surface dwelling species, but all species calcified more strongly prior to the sapropel deposition and less strongly within the sapropel than at comparable conditions during the present day. These results indicate that the high-salinity environment of the glacial

  7. THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AS PART OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CULTURE / FUNDAMENTOS TEÓRICOS DE LA EDUCACIÓN AMBIENTAL COMO PARTE DE LA CULTURA AMBIENTAL

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    Omar García Vázquez; Norberto Sánchez Veloz

    2013-01-01

    The present article is the result of the experience and the scientific and researching work carried out by the staff of authors as a part of the project “Impact of the Pedagogical Universalization in Pilon Municipality”. Its aim is to contribute to the methodological and scientific preparation of educators, students and other professional people, from a review of the environmental education as a platform of the environmental culture. To make possible the shaping of an appropriate theoretical ...

  8. Determinación ambiental de la salud: un reto para Colombia /Environmental health determination: a challenge for Colombia

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    Martha L. Vaca B

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available La sociedad actual se ha visto abocada a dar respuestas articuladas y con una visión integradora a los temas de condiciones de salud de la población, el cuidado de los recursos naturales y la generación de mecanismos de crecimiento económico sostenible. El presente artículo se enfoca en analizar tres aspectos básicos sobre la determinación ambiental de la salud, como un punto focal que puede integrar estos tres desafíos. En primera instancia, se precisa la definición del ambiente en sus diferentes concepciones como determinante de la salud; en segundo lugar, se plantean diferentes enfoques en torno a la salud ambiental; y finalmente, se proponen algunos conceptos que pueden ayudar a orientar y enriquecer tanto la discusión como la práctica de la salud pública en el tema de la determinación ambiental de la salud y la calidad de vida. Adicionalmente se analizan los principales aportes de la Política Pública de Salud Ambiental de Bogotá como un primer paso hacia la determinación social de la salud en Colombia. Society has been committed to provide articulated and integrated answers regarding issues such as population health conditions, natural resources conservation and sustainable economic growth. This essay focuses on analyzing three basic aspects of environmental health determination as a focal subject in order to face these challenges. First, the definition of environment as a determinant of health is clarified. Second, different approaches concerning environmental health are presented. Finally, some concepts are proposed which may guide and enrich both the discussion and practice of public health in environmental health and quality of life determination. Additionally, the main contributions of the Environmental Health Public Policy in Bogotá (Política Pública de Salud Ambiental as a first step towards the social determination of health in Colombia are discussed

  9. THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AS PART OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CULTURE / FUNDAMENTOS TEÓRICOS DE LA EDUCACIÓN AMBIENTAL COMO PARTE DE LA CULTURA AMBIENTAL

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    Omar García Vázquez

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The present article is the result of the experience and the scientific and researching work carried out by the staff of authors as a part of the project “Impact of the Pedagogical Universalization in Pilon Municipality”. Its aim is to contribute to the methodological and scientific preparation of educators, students and other professional people, from a review of the environmental education as a platform of the environmental culture. To make possible the shaping of an appropriate theoretical device that gets to the point of these elements it is necessary to analyze some of its foundations.

  10. Structure, Mobility, and Composition of Transition Metal Catalyst Surfaces. High-Pressure Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Ambient-Pressure X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Studies

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    Zhu, Zhongwei [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)

    2013-12-06

    Surface structure, mobility, and composition of transition metal catalysts were studied by high-pressure scanning tunneling microscopy (HP-STM) and ambient-pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (AP-XPS) at high gas pressures. HP-STM makes it possible to determine the atomic or molecular rearrangement at catalyst surfaces, particularly at the low-coordinated active surface sites. AP-XPS monitors changes in elemental composition and chemical states of catalysts in response to variations in gas environments. Stepped Pt and Cu single crystals, the hexagonally reconstructed Pt(100) single crystal, and Pt-based bimetallic nanoparticles with controlled size, shape and composition, were employed as the model catalysts for experiments in this thesis.

  11. La educación ambiental como una filosofía de vida / Environmental Education as a Life Philosophy

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    Julio Coutiño Molina

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Recibido 08 de junio de 2011 • Aceptado 26 de agosto de 2011 • Corregido 10 de setiembre de 2011 Resumen. La educación ambiental (E. A. resulta de gran importancia en la conservación del medio ambiente al transmitir valores acordes al desarrollo sustentable. Sin embargo, ante el actual paradigma ambiental cabe preguntar: ¿es necesario abordar la E. A. desde una perspectiva más amplia o nuestra visión de ella es reduccionista? La relación de las personas con el medio ambiente necesita adecuarse a la problemática. Esto implica que los esfuerzos y principios de la E. A. deberían adoptarse a nuestra vida cotidiana y aplicarse en esta, haciendo de ella una filosofía de vida, derivada del fuero interno de cada persona, meditada y basada en principios éticos. De esa manera podrían lograrse acciones y actitudes más responsables y comprometidas, que nos beneficien con su cuidado. Un aporte quizá pequeño pero continuo. Abstract. Environmental education (E. E. is of great importance in preserving the environment, transmitting values based on sustainable development. However, given the current environmental paradigm, we must reflect on the question: is it necessary to approach E. E. from a broader perspective or are we seeing E. E. from a narrow perspective? People’s relationship with the environment needs to change. This means that the efforts and principles of E. E. should be adopted and applied in our daily live, making it a philosophy of life, deep inside each person, thoughtful and based on ethical principles. Thus more responsible and committed actions and attitudes could be achieved, which would contribute to environmental care. This may be a small, but continuous contribution.

  12. Hacia Una Pedagogia de Solucion de Problemas en La Educacion Ambiental. Serie Educacion Ambiental 15 (Pedagogy of Solutions and Problems in Environmental Education. Environmental Education Series 15.

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    United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Santiago (Chile). Regional Office for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean.

    This document discusses the teaching of problem solving in environmental education. From an interdisciplinary viewpoint, this study describes some strategies for teaching that can favor the practice of educational activities oriented toward solving the concrete problems of the surrounding environment. The volume is divided into seven chapters. The…

  13. PROGRAMA PARA LA VERIFICACIN DE LA TECNOLOGIA AMBIENTAL/ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY VERIFICATION PROGRAM (ETV) (EPA/600/F-98/015A)

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    A travs de su historia, la Agencia de Proteccin del Medio Ambiente estadounidense (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA) ha evaluado distintas tecnologas para determinar su efectividad en el monitoreo, la prevencin, el control, y la limpieza de la contaminacin ambiental. Sin...

  14. Educação ambiental, qualidade de vida e sustentabilidade Environmental education, quality of life and sustentability

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    Maria Cecília Focesi Pelicioni

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    Full Text Available O presente artigo procura mostrar que uma nova visão de mundo está ganhando cada vez mais espaço entre as pessoas por meio da Educação Ambiental, a qual objetiva a melhoria da qualidade de vida no planeta. A Educação Ambiental busca a valorização da vida, a formação de um novo estilo de vida, sem consumismo excessivo, sem o desperdício de recursos e sem degradação ambiental. Apresenta também a opinião de alguns autores a respeito do "desenvolvimento sustentável" como uma forma de crescimento econômico aliada à justiça social e à satisfação das necessidades dos excluídos.This paper intends to show that Environmental Education is spreading a new vision of the world among people, aiming at improving the quality of life around the planet. It concerns the valorization of life, the need of adopting a new life-style without excessive consumism, without the misuse of resources and withnet environmental degradation. It also shows the opinions of several authors about the "sustainable development" as a form of development that provides economical growth with social justice and the satisfaction of the needs of poor people.

  15. Environmental Monitoring, Air Quality, Ambient Monitoring sites locations (includes O3, PM, and met sites), Published in 2007, NC DENR / Div. of Air Quality / Planning.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This Environmental Monitoring, Air Quality dataset, was produced all or in part from Field Survey/GPS information as of 2007. It is described as 'Ambient Monitoring...

  16. PRINCIPIOS DE COMPETENCIA JUDICIAL INTERNACIONAL Y DE PROTECCIÓN DEL MEDIO AMBIENTE Principles of international jurisdiction and environmental protection

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    Pía Moscoso Restovic

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available ¿Como se resuelve el problema de la objetivación del vínculo de conexión cuando intervienen daños civiles y daños ambientales? Es decir, ¿podemos sostener que el fuero "lugar del hecho dañoso" puede determinarse con independencia de los sujetos que intervienen? ¿Es relevante el principio favor laesi en los casos de daño ambiental? Proponemos abordar estos problemas desde la relación que existe entre los principios de Competencia Judicial Civil Internacional y los principios de protección del medioambiente. Así, advertiremos que la mayor o menor extensión del fuero "lugar del hecho dañoso", adquiere connotaciones especiales si interpretamos armónicamente los principios de competencia judicial internacional y los principios de protección internacional del medio ambiente. En efecto, la política de protección ambiental, constituye un "valor superior del ordenamiento", y por tanto incide directamente en el juicio razonabilidad que el juez debe realizar sobre el vínculo de conexión. Si bien abordamos el problema desde la experiencia europea, las conclusiones tendrán validez universal.How to solve the problem of objectivity in the link between the court and the action, when engaging civil damages and environmental damages? In other words ¿ can we argue that the place of the harmful event can be determined independently of the persons involved? ¿Is favor Iaesi principle relevant in cases of environmental damage? We propose analyze those problems through the connections between International Civil Jurisdiction principles and environmental protection principles. In fact, environmental protection policy constitutes a "superior value". Therefore it affects directly the judge opinion about the connection link. Our approach is European, but the findings have universal validity.

  17. Análise técnico-jurídica do licenciamento ambiental e sua interface com a certificação ambiental Technician-juridicial analysis of the environmental licensing and its interface with the environmental certification

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    Eder Cristiano Viana

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do presente trabalho foi promover uma análise comparativa do licenciamento e da certificação ambiental, para daí extrair uma fundamentação técnica e jurídica que possibilite verificar a interface entre eles. Utilizou-se uma abordagem teórico-metodológica da pesquisa social aplicada e jurídica, através de uma vertente jurídico-dogmática, bem como uma pesquisa dos fundamentos técnicos e sociais, para avaliação dos processos de certificação ambiental. Objetivou-se comprovar a existência de uma nítida interface entre licenciamento e certificação ambiental, embora n��o se possa admitir a suplantação da atividade estatal ou sequer a modificação das estruturas básicas da certificação. Recomenda-se um diálogo maior entre o Poder Público e as organizações privadas na busca de um desenvolvimento econômico que concretamente visa a sustentabilidade.This study aims to carry out a comparative analysis of licensing and environmental certification to extract a technical and juridical basis to verify the interface between them. A theoretical-methodological approach of the applied and juridical social research was utilized from a juridical-dogmatic viewpoint, as well as a research of the technical and social foundations to evaluate the processes of environmental certification. This research aimed to prove the existence of a clear interface between licensing and environmental certification although the replacement of the state action or even the modification of the basic structures of certification cannot be admitted. Further discussion between the public government and private organizations is recommended to pursue an economic development concretely aiming at sustainability.

  18. THE INTEGRATED USE OF COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY, SCANNING PROBE MICROSCOPY, AND VIRTUAL REALITY TO PREDICT THE CHEMICAL REACTIVITY OF ENVIRONMENTAL SURFACES

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    In the last decade three new techniques scanning probe microscopy (SPM), virtual reality (YR) and computational chemistry ave emerged with the combined capability of a priori predicting the chemically reactivity of environmental surfaces. Computational chemistry provides the cap...

  19. Visualisation of natural aquatic colloids and particles - A comparison of conventional high vacuum and environmental scanning electron microscopy

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    Doucet, F. J.; Lead, J. R.; Maguire, L.; Achterberg, Eric P.; Millward, G. E.

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    The applicability of environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM; imaging of hydrated samples) and conventional high vacuum scanning electron microscopy (SEM; imaging of dried samples at high vacuum) for the observation of natural aquatic colloids and particles was explored and compared. Specific attention was given to the advantages and limitations of these two techniques when used to assess the sizes and morphologies of complex and heterogeneous environmental systems. The observation o...

  20. Environmental Scanning and Its Perception by the Managers of the Tunisian Companies

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    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Within the framework of the fast and deep change facing global economy, environmental scanning becomes a main driver for competitiveness. It's an information system directed to the outside environment of the company which plays the role of an intelligent observer who continuously seeks to supply the managers with useful information for their strategic actions. The creation of a device dedicated to this end becomes nowadays an urgent need; however it is far from being easy to realize. It is a heavy process which can only develop within the framework of a collective learning, registered in a process of knowledge management.The survey has shown that in spite of the awareness of the importance of this practice, this activity remains punctual, unstructured, and especially related to the person of the manager who is essentially based on his own relational network.Accustomed to quazi-monopoly of power, the manager remains unmotivated for the idea of making his subordinates participate. This would lead us to deduct that the main obstacle facing the development of this practice is cultural, related to the values and the convictions which the manager shares with his employees. Indeed, environmental scanning is primarily a state of mind and an attitude before being a means and it is up to managers to know how to mobilize the staff so that they adhere to this behaviour.

  1. Novel method for controlled wetting of materials in the environmental scanning electron microscope.

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    Jansson, Anna; Nafari, Alexandra; Sanz-Velasco, Anke; Svensson, Krister; Gustafsson, Stefan; Hermansson, Anne-Marie; Olsson, Eva

    2013-02-01

    Environmental scanning electron microscopy has been extensively used for studying the wetting properties of different materials. For some types of investigation, however, the traditional ways of conducting in situ dynamic wetting experiments do not offer sufficient control over the wetting process. Here, we present a novel method for controlled wetting of materials in the environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM). It offers improved control of the point of interaction between the water and the specimen and renders it more accessible for imaging. It also enables the study of water transport through a material by direct imaging. The method is based on the use of a piezo-driven nanomanipulator to bring a specimen in contact with a water reservoir in the ESEM chamber. The water reservoir is established by local condensation on a Peltier-cooled surface. A fixture was designed to make the experimental setup compatible with the standard Peltier cooling stage of the microscope. The developed technique was successfully applied to individual cellulose fibers, and the absorption and transport of water by individual cellulose fibers were imaged. PMID:23332145

  2. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION IN THE INDIGENOUS SCHOOLS OF BRASIL = EDUCAÇÃO AMBIENTAL NAS ESCOLAS INDÍGENAS DO BRASIL

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    Edson Damas da Silveira

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The environmental education applied within indigenous schools, flowing from categories of fundamental rights overseen in the current Brazilian Constitution, deserves a great deal of reflection and attention by Brazilian educators. Besides promoting the specific elements proper to schools, they should be aware of the root principle of an environmental education shared by indigenous peoples, being the grounds for other equally relevant sub-principles which demand the involvement of the whole community: the promotion of interculturality, transversality and flexible approaches to environmental education in indigenous schools’ syllabuses, undertaken by children and young natives who require a methodology which is more tuned to their social dynamic and, above all, linked to the natural world. This quality of environmental education upholds a view of the sentiment of fraternity, which we should share equally with present and future generations. = A educação ambiental aplicada nas escolas indígenas, decorrente das categorias de direitos fundamentais previstos na atual Constituição Brasileira, merece muita reflexão e atenção por parte dos educadores brasileiros. Estes, além de promoverem as especificidades que lhes são próprias, devem estar atentos ao princípio matriz de uma educação ambiental compartilhada pelos povos indígenas, sede de outros sub-princípios igualmente relevantes. Esses exigem o envolvimento de toda a comunidade; promoção da interculturalidade, transversalidade e flexibilização de uma educação ambiental no currículo das escolas indígenas, protagonizadas por crianças e jovens índios que requerem uma metodologia mais afinada com a sua dinâmica social e principalmente vinculada às coisas da natureza. Educação ambiental dessa qualidade não perde de vista o sentimento de fraternidade que se deve compartilhar tanto com as nossas presentes e futuras gerações.

  3. SARA (Spectroscopic Ambient Radiation Detection) Spectroscopic Monitoring Systems for Online Environmental Radiation Monitoring Edition 2008

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    In the wake of a nuclear incident, it is essential that you can react promptly and provide a completely reliable assessment of the radiological situation. First and foremost, it is vital that your radiation early warning system can automatically detect any man-made isotopes in the environment and identify any changes in the composition of the ambient radiation. Before appropriate countermeasures can be implemented, it is crucial that authorities have accurate information about the type of contamination and its dispersion. TechniData's spectroscopic online monitoring system will improve your existing monitoring systems, provide important information about the composition of ambient radiation during an incident, and therefore help you to make the right decisions

  4. Comprehensive characterization of ambient nanoparticles collected near an industrial science park: Particle size distributions and relationships with environmental factors

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    Yuhjeen Huang; Lingyen Hsu; Yunghsun Chang

    2011-01-01

    We investigated the characteristics of ambient particles and their relationships with various environmental factors,including gaseous pollutants (CH4,non-methane hydrocarbons (NMHC),total hydrocarbons (THC),NOx,CO,SO2),meteorological parameters (humidity,temperature),and time (day/night,workday/weekend).We used an electrical low-pressure cascade impactor to measure the number and size distributions of ambient particles (0.007-10 μm) that were collected approximately 1 km northwest of Hsinchu Science Park in Talwan between February and May 2007.The number concentrations of particles were enhanced through photochemical reactions during the day.In addition,high traffic flow during workdays increased the formation of particulates.Except for SO2,all of the gaseous pollutants we studied (CH4,NMHC,THC,NOx,CO) correlated positively with the total number concentrations of ambient particles during daytime,indicating that they might contribute to the particulate burden.The poorer relationship between the SO2 level and the total number concentration of particles suggests that SO2 might participate indirectly in the nucleation process during particle formation,The high enrichment factors for Zn,Pb,Cu,and Mn,which mostly comprised the ultrafine particles (diameter:< 0.1 μm) and fine particles (diameter:0.1-1 μm),presumably arose from emissions from traffic and high technology factories.Heterogeneous reactions on solid particles might play a role in the removal of SOx and NOx from the atmosphere.Sulfides and nitrides can further react with these local pollutants,forming specific Cu-containing compounds:CuO (39%),CuSO4 (34%),and Cu(NO3)2 (27%),within the ambient particles in this industrial area.

  5. Environmental restoration and waste management: An introduction. Student edition; Restauracion ambiental y administracion de residuos nucleares: Introduccion; Edicion estudiantil

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    1993-12-31

    For more than 40 years, the United States has produced nuclear weapons. These production activities generated both radioactive and hazardous waste and often contaminated the environment. For many years, the public was unaware of the problem and unable to do anything about it. All of this has changed. In response to recent public outcry, the former Secretary of Energy, Retired Admiral James D. Watkins, established the Office of Environmental Restoration and Waste Management (EM) in November 1989. The creation of EM was the first step toward correcting contamination problems from the past 40 years In this booklet, we at DOE, through the efforts of the students at Oak Hills High School of Cincinnati, Ohio, will introduce you to EM and encourage your involvement in this major program within the Department of Energy. [Espanol] Durante mas de 40 anos, los Estados Unidos fabricaron armamentos nucleares. Esta produccion genero residuos radiactivos y peligrosos y, en muchos casos, contaminaron el medio ambiente. Durante mucho tiempo, el publico norteamericano no tenia conocimiento de este problema y no pudo hacer nada para solucionarlo. Todo esto ha cambiado. Respondiendo a crecientes protestas publicas, el ex Secretario de Energia Almirante James D. Watkins, establecio en noviembre de 1989 la Subsecretaria de Administracion Ambiental. La creacion de esta Subsecretaria fue el primer paso que dio el Departamento de Energia para corregir los problemas de contaminacion ambiental de los ultimos 40 anos. En esta publicacion, los que trabajamos en el Departamento de Energia con la ayuda de los estudiantes de la Escuela Secundaria de Oak Hills, Cincinnati, Ohio, te introduciermos a la administracion ambiental y alentamos tu participacion en este programa de fundamental importancia en el Departamento de Energia.

  6. Environmental Scanning Activities in Higher Education as Reported at the 1986 Annual Meetings of AAHE, AIR, and SCUP.

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    Morrison, James L.

    Environmental scanning activities in higher education were described in forums at the 1986 annual meetings of the American Association for Higher Education (AAHE), the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), and the Society of College and University Planning (SCUP). The forums were held to determine the extent of environmental scanning…

  7. Actions in the electrical sector to propitiate the environmental protection; Acciones en el sector electrico para propiciar la proteccion ambiental

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    Trevino Gaspari, Mateo [Fideicomiso de Ahorro de Energia (FIDE) (Mexico)

    1997-07-01

    The saving of electrical energy is one of the most efficient means to propitiate the environmental protection in the surroundings of the facilities used in the production of electrical energy. The emission of polluting agents associated with the electric power generation is analyzed, among them, CO{sub 2}, SO{sub 2} and NO{sub 2}, along with the particulate emission of ash or soot. In addition, an analysis is made of the contribution of the electrical energy saving to the environmental protection and the actions that the Comision Federal de Electricidad of Mexico will undertake on the electric energy saving for the 1995 to the 2000 period. [Spanish] El ahorro de energia electrica es uno de los medios mas eficientes para propiciar la proteccion ambiental en el entorno de las instalaciones usadas en la produccion de energia electrica. Se analiza la emision de contaminantes asociados con la generacion electrica, entre ellos, el CO{sub 2}, el SO{sub 2} y NO{sub 2}, junto con la emision de particulas de ceniza o de hollin. Ademas se analiza la contribucion del ahorro de energia electrica a la proteccion ambiental y las acciones que emprendera la Comision Federal de Electricidad de Mexico sobre ahorro de energia electrica para el periodo 1995 al 2000.

  8. Environmental protection at the Los Azufres, Michoacan geothermal field; La proteccion ambiental en el campo geotermico de Los Azufres, Michoacan

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    Mendoza Rangel, Ernesto; Hernandez Ayala, Cuauhtemoc [Comision Federal de Electricidad, Morelia, Michoacan (Mexico)

    2004-12-01

    Geothermal-electric development is a sustainable activity from an environmental viewpoint, as is proved by the operation and management of the Los Azufres geothermal field. Impacts to soil and vegetation can be prevented and adequately mitigated. Liquid residues can be returned to the reservoir avoiding contaminating surface and ground waters and aquifers; and atmospheric emissions can kept bellow allowable limits. The main environmental technical experiences of Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) in this field are presented in this paper. [Spanish] El desarrollo geotermoelectrico es una actividad sustentable desde el punto de vista ambiental, como lo prueba el manejo del campo geotermico de Los Azufres. Los impactos al suelo y a la vegetacion pueden prevenirse y mitigarse con las medidas adecuadas. Los desechos liquidos pueden regresarse al yacimiento sin contaminar cuerpos de agua superficiales o acuiferos someros, y las emisiones a la atmosfera pueden controlarse para mantenerlas dentro de limites permisibles. Se presentan las principales experiencias tecnicas de tipo ambiental obtenidas por la Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) en ese campo.

  9. Carbon Nanotubes Produced from Ambient Carbon Dioxide for Environmentally Sustainable Lithium-Ion and Sodium-Ion Battery Anodes

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    2016-01-01

    The cost and practicality of greenhouse gas removal processes, which are critical for environmental sustainability, pivot on high-value secondary applications derived from carbon capture and conversion techniques. Using the solar thermal electrochemical process (STEP), ambient CO2 captured in molten lithiated carbonates leads to the production of carbon nanofibers (CNFs) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) at high yield through electrolysis using inexpensive steel electrodes. These low-cost CO2-derived CNTs and CNFs are demonstrated as high performance energy storage materials in both lithium-ion and sodium-ion batteries. Owing to synthetic control of sp3 content in the synthesized nanostructures, optimized storage capacities are measured over 370 mAh g–1 (lithium) and 130 mAh g–1 (sodium) with no capacity fade under durability tests up to 200 and 600 cycles, respectively. This work demonstrates that ambient CO2, considered as an environmental pollutant, can be attributed economic value in grid-scale and portable energy storage systems with STEP scale-up practicality in the context of combined cycle natural gas electric power generation.

  10. Carbon Nanotubes Produced from Ambient Carbon Dioxide for Environmentally Sustainable Lithium-Ion and Sodium-Ion Battery Anodes.

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    Licht, Stuart; Douglas, Anna; Ren, Jiawen; Carter, Rachel; Lefler, Matthew; Pint, Cary L

    2016-03-23

    The cost and practicality of greenhouse gas removal processes, which are critical for environmental sustainability, pivot on high-value secondary applications derived from carbon capture and conversion techniques. Using the solar thermal electrochemical process (STEP), ambient CO2 captured in molten lithiated carbonates leads to the production of carbon nanofibers (CNFs) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) at high yield through electrolysis using inexpensive steel electrodes. These low-cost CO2-derived CNTs and CNFs are demonstrated as high performance energy storage materials in both lithium-ion and sodium-ion batteries. Owing to synthetic control of sp(3) content in the synthesized nanostructures, optimized storage capacities are measured over 370 mAh g(-1) (lithium) and 130 mAh g(-1) (sodium) with no capacity fade under durability tests up to 200 and 600 cycles, respectively. This work demonstrates that ambient CO2, considered as an environmental pollutant, can be attributed economic value in grid-scale and portable energy storage systems with STEP scale-up practicality in the context of combined cycle natural gas electric power generation. PMID:27163042

  11. JUDICIAL CONTROL OF ENVIRONMENTAL ADMINISTRATIVE ACT = CONTROLE JUDICIAL DO ATO ADMINISTRATIVO AMBIENTAL

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    Adriano Garcia de Souza; Luís Antônio Borges; José Luiz Pereira de Rezende

    2012-01-01

    This work evaluated the current judicial control of the environmental administrative acts, considering the evolution of the legal doctrine after the Federal Constitution of 1988. The legal conception of the environmental administrative act has, gradually, being modified after the promulgation of the Federal Constitution of 1988. The insertion, in the constitutional text, of directional principles of the public administration, together with specific commandments of the environmental protection...

  12. A Química Ambiental no Brasil Environmental chemistry in Brasil

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    Mozeto, Antonio A.; Jardim, Wilson F.

    2002-01-01

    Defining environmental chemistry is a not an easy task because it encompasses many different topics. According to Stanley E. Manahan, author of a classical textbook of Environmental Chemistry, this branch could be defined as the one centered in the study of the sources, transport, effects and fates of chemical species in the water, soil, and air environments, as well as the influence of human activity upon these processes. More recently, new knowledge emerged from the Environmental Toxicology...

  13. In-situ environmental (scanning) transmission electron microscopy of catalysts at the atomic level

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    Observing reacting single atoms on the solid catalyst surfaces under controlled reaction conditions is a key goal in understanding and controlling heterogeneous catalytic reactions. In-situ real time aberration corrected environmental (scanning) transmission electron microscopy (E(S)TEM permit the direct imaging of dynamic surface and sub-surface structures of reacting catalysts. In this paper in-situ AC ETEM and AC ESTEM studies under controlled reaction environments of oxide catalysts and supported metal nanocatalysts important in chemical industry are presented. They provide the direct evidence of dynamic processes at the oxide catalyst surface at the atomic scale and single atom dynamics in catalytic reactions. The ESTEM studies of single atom dynamics in controlled reaction environments show that nanoparticles act as reservoirs of ad-atoms. The results have important implications in catalysis and nanoparticle studies

  14. Interaction of water with different cellulose ethers: a Raman spectroscopy and environmental scanning electron microscopy study.

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    Fechner, P M; Wartewig, S; Kiesow, A; Heilmann, A; Kleinebudde, P; Neubert, R H H

    2005-06-01

    Different non-ionic cellulose ethers like methyl cellulose (MC), hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC) and hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose (HPMC) were investigated. The characterization of the cellulose ethers was carried out by thermogravimetry and sorption/desorption isotherms. Differences in the properties of the cellulose ether films were described by time-dependent contact angle measurements. Changes in molecular structure of the raw materials, gels and films caused by water contact were studied using Raman spectroscopy. Differences between the substitution types and changes due to the gel or film formation were observed. An environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM) technique was used to distinguish the morphological behaviour of the cellulose ether films in contact with water. Based on in-situ ESEM experiments, the swelling and drying behaviour of the various stages of cellulose ether films (film-hydrated film-dried film) were quantified by using image analysis. PMID:15969923

  15. Analysis of Vero cell growth behavior on microcarrier by means of environmental scanning electron microscopy.

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    Shao, Manjun; Jiang, Lei; Cong, Wei; Ouyang, Fan

    2002-04-01

    By using environmental scanning electron microscopy, the morphological changes of Vero cells attached to and grown on the microcarrier Cytodex-3 were observed, and their behavior of adhesion, spreading and proliferation was analyzed. The effect of exogenous fibronectin/ laminin on adhesion and spreading of MCC/Vero cell was studied. The images of ESEM showed that expansion of cell growth was directed toward vacancy space. The growth curve and cell concentration change during the whole culture process were obtained from the statistical counting method based on ESEM images and the crystal violet method. The growth rate of Vero cells increases with increasing the concentration of cell inoculation, that is, the specific growth rate increases quickly with increasing the concentration of cell inoculation. When serum concentration in medium #199 ranged from 5% to 10%, experimental results indicated that serum concentration is one of the important factors influencing cell growth, particularly in the cell adhesion and spreading stage. PMID:18763074

  16. Analysis of Vero cell growth behavior on microcarrier by means of environmental scanning electron microscopy

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    邵曼君; 姜蕾; 丛威; 欧阳藩

    2002-01-01

    By using environmental scanning electron microscopy, the morphological changes of Vero cells attached to and grown on the microcarrier Cytodex-3 were observed, and their behavior of adhesion, spreading and proliferation was analyzed. The effect of exogenous fibronectin/ laminin on adhesion and spreading of MCC/Vero cell was studied. The images of ESEM showed that expansion of cell growth was directed toward vacancy space. The growth curve and cell concentration change during the whole culture process were obtained from the statistical counting method based on ESEM images and the crystal violet method. The growth rate of Vero cells increases with increasing the concentration of cell inoculation, that is, the specific growth rate increases quickly with increasing the concentration of cell inoculation. When serum concentration in medium #199 ranged from 5% to 10%, experimental results indicated that serum concentration is one of the important factors influencing cell growth, particularly in the cell adhesion and spreading stage.

  17. CHARACTERIZATION OF REFINED HEMP FIBERS USING NIR FT RAMAN MICRO SPECTROSCOPY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY

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    Siva Kumar Kovur

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available The research was focused on the separation of single hemp (Cannabis sativa L. fibre cells with low fineness from mechanically extracted fibre bundles of high fineness. The fiber bundles were treated with enzymes, namely panzym, pectinase, hemicellulase, and cellulase, along with a combination of panzym and ultrasonic treatments. Changes in the fiber structure were followed at molecular and microscopic levels by means of NIR FT Raman spectroscopy and Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy (ESEM. Buffer-panzym treatments of hemp fibers had a prominent effect in loosening of the fiber cells. The best of refining was achieved when the fiber bundles were treated with buffer-panzym solution in combination with ultrasonic treatment.

  18. Blue Bahia: an environmental sanitation project; Bahia azul: um projeto de saneamento ambiental

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    Azcona, Miguel Angel L.; Neuvirth, Bruno [Centro de Recursos Ambientais do Estado da Bahia, Salvador, BA (Brazil)

    1996-01-01

    The paper presents actions developed to incorporate some aspects of environmental sanitation to the basic sanitation project, natural resources assessing, identification of the environmental degradation sources - in addition to those caused by lack of basic sanitation, and common action between public and private sectors 1 fig., 4 tabs.

  19. Areas Nacionales de Estudio Ambiental: Una Guia. (National Environmental Study Area: A Guide).

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    This booklet, the Spanish version of SE 014 817, is a guide for teachers and resource managers who are interested in establishing National Environmental Study Areas (NESA) or interested in receiving NESA recognition for their on-going environmental study area programs. It outlines the characteristics and procedures of the program; the nature,…

  20. Valor ambiental em uma perspectiva heterodoxa institucional-ecológica: an institutional-ecological heterodox perspective Environmental value

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    Maurício de Carvalho Amazona

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho discute a perspectiva de valoração ambiental a partir de fundamentos heterodoxos, numa abordagem aqui denominada institucional-ecológica. Inicia-se pela identificação das principais limitações da abordagem neoclássica e suas correspondentes proposições de valoração, particularmente tendo-se em vista o desafio posto pelo critério de Desenvolvimento Sustentável. Em seguida, busca resgatar princípios propositivos de abordagens heterodoxas, particularmente nas formulações do campo teórico institucionalista e do campo teórico da economia ecológica, como elementos de potencial integração analítica para a constituição de uma conceituação heterodoxa de valores ambientais. Por fim, o trabalho propõe, a partir de uma discussão sobre o processo de formação e internalização dos valores ambientais e desse potencial de integração analítica, bases de constituição de uma abordagem institucional-ecológica para interpretação da valoração ambiental e, dentro dessa perspectiva, discute ao final qual o escopo de aplicação dos métodos de valoração correntemente utilizados pela Economia Ambiental Neoclássica.This article discusses an environmental valuation perspective, based on heterodox foundations, in an approach here called institutional-ecological. First, it is identified the main limits of neoclassical approach and its corresponding valuation propositions, specially having in mind the challenge placed by Sustainable Development criteria. After, it seeks to bring up propositive principles from heterodox approaches, particularly from formulations in the institutionalist field and ecological economics field. These are considered elements potentially able to analytical integration for the constitution of a heterodox framework for environmental values. Finally, based on a discussion on the process of environmental values constitution and internalization and on the so claimed analytical integration

  1. A viabilidade ambiental no licenciamento de empreendimentos perigosos no Estado de São Paulo Environmental viability at hazardous projects in São Paulo State, Brazil

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    Marcelo Montaño

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available A verificação da viabilidade ambiental de empreendimentos e atividades previamente à sua implantação constitui a finalidade do licenciamento ambiental como instrumento de política e gestão do meio ambiente, o que confere à etapa de licenciamento prévio uma posição de destaque na aplicação deste instrumento. Tal pressuposto deve ser aplicado a todos os tipos de empreendimentos potencialmente impactantes, notadamente àqueles que oferecem risco à população. O presente trabalho apresenta uma discussão dos principais aspectos relacionados à viabilidade ambiental de empreendimentos perigosos frente aos procedimentos de licenciamento adotados no Estado de São Paulo. A partir da descrição de dois processos distintos de licenciamento ambiental para sistemas de distribuição de gás natural, questiona-se a eficácia deste instrumento e da Avaliação de Risco Ambiental na análise de viabilidade ambiental deste tipo de empreendimento.The environmental licensing is an instrument that holds the analysis of environmental viability applied to projects and activities. It must be applied, obviously, before their implementation. This prerogative must be extended to all types of projects, especially those which offer some kind of risk. The present paper discuss some aspects of environmental viability related to the environmental licensing of hazardous projects as it occurs in Sao Paulo State, Brazil. Considering two different licensing processes of natural gas distribution systems, the paper questions the efficacy of this instrument and environmental risk assessment as instruments of environmental viability analysis.

  2. Step-Scan T-Cell Fourier Transform Infrared Photoacoustic Spectroscopy (FTIR-PAS) for Monitoring Environmental Air Pollutants

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    Liu, Lixian; Mandelis, Andreas; Melnikov, Alexander; Michaelian, Kirk; Huan, Huiting; Haisch, Christoph

    2016-07-01

    Air pollutants have adverse effects on the Earth's climate system. There is an urgent need for cost-effective devices capable of recognizing and detecting various ambient pollutants. An FTIR photoacoustic spectroscopy (FTIR-PAS) method based on a commercial FTIR spectrometer developed for air contamination monitoring will be presented. A resonant T-cell was determined to be the most appropriate resonator in view of the low-frequency requirement and space limitations in the sample compartment. Step-scan FTIR-PAS theory for regular cylinder resonator has been described as a reference for prediction of T-cell vibration principles. Both simulated amplitude and phase responses of the T-cell show good agreement with measurement data Carbon dioxide IR absorption spectra were used to demonstrate the capacity of the FTIR-PAS method to detect ambient pollutants. The theoretical detection limit for carbon dioxide was found to be 4 ppmv. A linear response to carbon dioxide concentration was found in the range from 2500 ppmv to 5000 ppmv. The results indicate that it is possible to use step-scan FTIR-PAS with a T-cell as a quantitative method for analysis of ambient contaminants.

  3. SCORECARD AMBIENTAL: MONITORAÇÃO DOS CUSTOS AMBIENTAIS ATRAVÉS DA WEB ENVIRONMENTAL SCORECARD: WEB-BASED ENVIRONMENTAL COST MONITORING

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    Orlando Durán

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available A gestão ambiental tem se transformado num dos elementos chave dentro da gestão empresarial atual. Sistemas Integrados de Gestão posicionam num mesmo plano as questões relativas às dimensões financeiras, da qualidade e do desempenho ambiental. Dentro desse contexto, a mensuração dos custos ambientais ocupa um lugar de destaque no que tange à informação para a Gestão. Entretanto, a mensuração dos custos ambientais tem esbarrado nas limitações já reconhecidas dos instrumentos da contabilidade tradicional. Pela sua natureza, a maioria destes custos é considerada como sendo custos indiretos de fabricação e/ou custos fixos dificultando, com isso, sua identificação e correta apropriação. Com a utilização do Método do Custeio Baseado em Atividades (ABC, os custos ambientais podem ser definidos a partir da identificação e mensuração dos recursos consumidos pelas atividades de controle, preservação e recuperação ambiental. Tudo isso é possível devido às características do Método ABC, adaptando-se de uma melhor forma à identificação, medição e monitoramento dos custos ambientais. Este trabalho apresenta os resultados obtidos no projeto de construção de um sistema de monitoramento dos custos ambientais via web, utilizando para isto um banco de dados e linguagem PHP. Este sistema, chamado de Scorecard Ambiental, disponibiliza a informação relativa aos custos ambientais através da web categorizados segundo quatro classes, custos de prevenção, custos de avaliação, custos de falhas internas e custos de falhas externas e permite aos usuários acompanhar o comportamento dessas variáveis ao longo dos períodos.Environmental Management has become recently a central issue of corporate management. Integrated Management Systems incorporate matters such as finances, quality and environmental performance, at the same importance level. Within that context, measuring environmental costs is today an essential aspect

  4. O sistema municipal de meio ambiente no Brasil: avanços e desafios Environmental municipal system: advances and challenges

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    Rafael Doñate Ávila

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available O papel dos governos locais, antes vistos como mero prestadores de serviços, vem evoluindo, pós-Constituição de 1988, para o de agentes do desenvolvimento local. Neste contexto, eles devem assumir o seu papel constitucional de zelar pelo meio ambiente, tomando a decisão de envolver-se com o tema e capacitando-se através da instituição de um Sistema Municipal de Meio Ambiente - SISMUMA. O SISMUMA é um conjunto de órgãos e entidades do Município que são responsáveis pela preservação, conservação, proteção, defesa, melhoria, recuperação e controle do meio ambiente e uso adequado dos recursos ambientais do Município. Este Sistema é uma estrutura político-administrativa que em última instância visa a inserção do componente ambiental no processo de tomada de decisão local, por meio da formulação, implementação e avaliação de políticas ambientais e integração com outras políticas, considerando a realidade e potencialidade de cada região, em conformidade com os princípios de desenvolvimento sustentável. Este artigo visa caracterizar e contextualizar o SISMUMA no Brasil, discutindo o seu papel estratégico na governança para a sustentabilidade municipal, entendida como processo de articulação e negociação que potencializa a integração do componente ambiental no processo de tomada de decisão local, e consequentemente, no processo de desenvolvimento local.After Brazilian 1988 Federal Constitution, the role of local governments is evolving from being seen as mere provider of services to being the local development agents. In this context, they must assume their constitutional role of looking after the environment, taking the decision of becoming involved in this matter and to qualify themselves by establishing a Environment Municipal System - SISMUMA. The SISMUMA is a group of municipal agencies and entities responsible for the preservation, conservation, protection, defense, improvement, restoration and

  5. Educação Ambiental: tecendo trilhas, escriturando territórios Environmental Education: weaving trails, writing territories

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    Shaula Maíra Vicentini de Sampaio

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho indaga sobre as estratégias educativas articuladas nas chamadas trilhas interpretativas de Educação Ambiental. Pergunta-se: que territórios são esses que recebem guias e estudantes em atividades de Educação Ambiental? Que perguntas são instituídas no decorrer do ato de caminhar? Quais são deixadas de ser enunciadas? Quais são as marcas que fazem de determinado percurso uma trilha? Quais territórios e quais trilhas conformam os caminhos percorridos pela Educação Ambiental? Para discorrer em torno dessas indagações o artigo foca duas experimentações diferentes. Primeiramente, abordam-se alguns aspectos referentes à construção de uma trilha interpretativa na comunidade do Pântano do Sul, em Florianópolis/SC. Sobre essa trilha, planejada para ser executada com alunos do ensino fundamental, indaga-se, sobretudo, sobre o processo que culminou na elaboração de seu traçado. Na segunda parte do trabalho, focam-se as trilhas interpretativas desencadeadas em um Parque Estadual de Proteção Ambiental localizado nas proximidades de Porto Alegre/RS. Para tanto, mostram-se os processos de disciplinamento dos sujeitos que estão em jogo nessas iniciativas, bem como a produção discursiva de uma natureza intangível operada nessas ações. As análises empreendidas no ensaio estão situadas no campo multifacetado e contestado dos estudos culturais. A partir desse campo, o trabalho discorre sobre as leituras da natureza que estariam sendo construídas nas atividades de Educação Ambiental focadas neste ensaio: as chamadas trilhas interpretativas. E mais, a partir dos estudos culturais indaga-se a instituição dos entendimentos sobre a natureza (e dos modos de agir em relação a ela a partir das práticas e dos discursos envolvidos desde o planejamento e a implantação de uma trilha interpretativa, até o momento em que é desenvolvido um trabalho educativo em tais espaços.This paper inquires into the

  6. Bidding for blocks and environmental control; Licitacao de blocos e o controle ambiental

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    Agostinho, Magila Maria [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal, RN (Brazil). Faculdade de Direito; Silveira Neto, Otacilio dos Santos [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal, RN (Brazil). Programa de Recursos Humanos da ANP em Direito do Petroleo e Gas Natural, PRH-36

    2004-07-01

    With the coming of the Constitutional Emend n. 9/95, the Brazilian market of oil and natural gas stopped being monopolized by PETROBRAS. Since then, the concession of blocks began to be preceded by the public tender procedure realized by ANP- National Agency of Oil. The activities of oil exploration and production are potentially damaging to environment, what brings necessary the environmental licence and the previous study of the environmental impacts caused in this activity. Considering that the environmental licence must be done after the tender process, the enterprises that bought the blocks would assume the risk of not being allowed to practice their activities because of the absence of the environmental licence. To avoid that the It's offered blocks in not viable areas for oil exploration, the ANP, responsible for the public tender must accomplish a previous environmental control, to assure to the enterprises involved the environmental viability of the blocks offered. This project will touch the question of how has been realized the previous environmental control of the blocks offered by ANP into the public tender process, detaching, the control done at the 6. Round. (author)

  7. Automatic national network of radiation environmental monitoring in Mexico; Red nacional automatica de monitoreo radiologico ambiental en Mexico

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    Aguirre, Jaime; Delgado, Jose L.; Lopez, Manuel; Zertuche, Jorge V., E-mail: jaguirre@cnsns.gob.mx, E-mail: jldelgado@cnsns.gob.mx, E-mail: mlopez@cnsns.gob.mx, E-mail: jorge.zertuche@cnsns.gob.mx [Comision Nacional de Seguridad Nuclear y Salvaguardias (CNSNS), D.F. (Mexico). Direccion de Vigilancia Radiologica

    2013-07-01

    The Direccion de Vigilancia Radiologica (DVR) of the Comision Nacional de Seguridad Nuclear y Salvaguardias (CNSNS) de Mexico, performs several function for environmental radiation monitoring. One of these functions is the permanent monitoring of the environmental gamma radiation. For this, it implemented the Red Nacional Automatica de Monitoreo Radiologico Ambiental (RENAMORA) - the National Automated Network for Environmental Radiation Monitoring,which currently comprises 60 detector probes for gamma radiation which with a programmable system that includes information technologies, data transmission and software can send the information in real time to a primary center of data located in the facilities of CNSNS. - When the data are received, the system performs the verification and extraction of the information organized in Tables and charts, and generates a report of environmental gamma radiation dose rate average for each of the probes and for each period of time determined bu CNSNS. The RENAMORA covers the main cities and allows to establish the bases of almost the entire country, as well as to warn about abnormal situations caused by incidents or natural events generated by human activities inside or outside the country which involves radioactive materials; paying special attention to main radiological sites, such as the surroundings of the Laguna Verde Nuclear Power Plants, research centers and the radioactive waste disposal sites.

  8. Ergonomics and design for sustainability in healthcare: ambient assisted living and the social-environmental impact of patients lifestyle.

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    Andreoni, Giuseppe; Arslan, Pelin; Costa, Fiammetta; Muschiato, Sabrina; Romero, Maximiliano

    2012-01-01

    This work presents considerations on Ergonomics and Design for Sustainability in the healthcare field based on research experiences of the Technology and Design for Healthcare (TeDH) research group of INDACO (Industrial design, communication, arts and fashion) department of Politecnico di Milano. In order to develop a multidisciplinary approach to design able to answer to specific user needs such as elderly in an environmental sustainable way (1) this paper shows the results we achieved concerning ergonomics and environmental impact in product development (2), the extension of this approach to interior and home design and the advantage of the application of Information Communication Technologies (ICT). ICT can help people with special needs to make their everyday life easier and more safe, at the same time, ICT can make social-environmental impact of everyday behavior evident and can be applied to manage sustainability. The specific theme is thus to integrate ergonomics and sustainability competences in the development of Ambient Assisted Living through a Product- Service System approach. The concept of product service system has the potential to improve product performances and services, establish new relations and networks with different actors in order to satisfy user needs and apply a systems approach considering environmental, social and economic factors in the users' environment. PMID:22317315

  9. Environmental pollution: influence on the operation of a sensor of radioactive aerosols; Contaminacion ambiental: influencia en el funcionamiento de un captador de aerosoles radiactivos

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    Duarte Rodriguez, X.; Hernandez Armas, J.; Martin Delgado, J.; Rodriguez Perestelo, N.; Perez Lopez, M.; Catalan Acosta, A.; Fernandez de Aldecoa, J. c.

    2013-07-01

    The content of radioactive aerosols in the air is an important component to estimate the ambient radiation dose. In the laboratories of environmental radioactivity, measurements of radionuclides in air they are performed using sensors. The flow picked up by the equipment can be changed if the degree of air pollution changes for some reason. It handles this study and the population doses are estimated due to inhalation of ambient air. (Author)

  10. Radiological protection and environmental management; La proteccion radiologica y la gestion ambiental

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    Perez Fonseca, A.

    2010-07-01

    From the beginning of its industrial activity twenty five years ago, the Juzbado Factory of Enusa Group has always upheld a strong commitment with Radiological Protection and environmental respect and protection. Consequently, the evolution of dose shows a downward trend over the years. Although production has been increased gradually, the average doses to workers have stayed below 1 mSv. In order to identify and prevent the potential environmental impacts of its industrial activity and minimize its impact on the surroundings, the facility develops and environmental management system according to UNE-EN-ISO 14001 since 1999. (Author)

  11. The environmental accounting in the nuclear fuel cycle; A contabilidade ambiental no ciclo do combustivel nuclear

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    Komatsu, Cintia Nagako [Centro Tecnologico da Marinha em Sao Paulo (CTMSP), SP (Brazil)]. E-mail: cintia@ctmsp.mar.mil.br; Aquino, Afonso Rodrigues de [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)]. E-mail: araquino@ipen.br

    2006-11-15

    This paper illustrates how accountancy can contribute to conservation, protection and the recovery of the environment. Firstly, the appearance of accountancy, its performance fields, its terminologies and even the Environmental Accounting Definition is approached, bringing the social balance as a tool for making decisions in the social field. Environmental Accounting is a very useful tool to apply to any entity including the nuclear area by calculating the use in order for the environmental passive to be zero, especially in the activity of the nuclear fuel cycle. (author)

  12. ENVIRONMENTAL ACCOUNTING AS A NEW PARADIGM A CONTABILIDADE AMBIENTAL COMO UM NOVO PARADIGMA

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    Sidalina Santos Gonçalves; Paula Alexandra Heliodoro

    2007-01-01

    A growing social concern over environmental questions should not ignore economic development. Economic development and environmental quality are not opposing factors and one has to make them compatible. A great responsibility for this has to be attributed to companies. Sustainable development has to be promoted, guaranteeing that resources exploration, investments good management, the technological orientation and institutional change form a well-articulated unity, consistent with present nee...

  13. Environmental school aids to the energetic education; La escuela ambiental contribuye a la educacion energetica

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    Benavides, B. A. C.; Coto, C. J. M.

    2004-07-01

    Elementary school is a propitious space to contribute to knowledge and adoption of habits related to the use of environmentally friendly energies. This article refers to a methodological strategy used in education for renewable energies, specifically solar energy, within the framework of the environmental school. Its objective is to share a successful strategy to diffuse the thermal applications of solar energy for home and school. (Author)

  14. Evaluation of environmental scanning electron microscopy for analysis of Proteus mirabilis crystalline biofilms in situ on urinary catheters

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    Holling, Nina; Dedi, Cinzia; Jones, Caroline E; Hawthorne, Joseph A; Hanlon, Geoffrey W; Salvage, Jonathan P.; Patel, Bhavik A.; Barnes, Lara M; Jones, Brian V.

    2014-01-01

    Proteus mirabilis is a common cause of catheter-associated urinary tract infections and frequently leads to blockage of catheters due to crystalline biofilm formation. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) has proven to be a valuable tool in the study of these unusual biofilms, but entails laborious sample preparation that can introduce artefacts, undermining the investigation of biofilm development. In contrast, environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM) permits imaging of unprocessed, f...

  15. Environmental scanning electron microscopic study of macrophages associated with the tunica vasculosa lentis in the developing rat eye

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    Djano, J; Griffin, B; van Bruggen, I; McMenamin, P

    1999-01-01

    AIMS—To demonstrate the value of environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM) when used in combination with immunogold/silver enhancement methods as a valuable tool in ocular research, and to determine the phenotype of macrophages associated with the tunica vasculosa lentis while maintaining a topographical view of the lens surface.
METHODS—Prenatal and postnatal rat eyes were investigated by conventional scanning electron microscopy and ESEM. In the latter case tissues were prestained w...

  16. A Química Ambiental no Brasil Environmental chemistry in Brasil

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    Antonio A . Mozeto

    2002-05-01

    Full Text Available Defining environmental chemistry is a not an easy task because it encompasses many different topics. According to Stanley E. Manahan, author of a classical textbook of Environmental Chemistry, this branch could be defined as the one centered in the study of the sources, transport, effects and fates of chemical species in the water, soil, and air environments, as well as the influence of human activity upon these processes. More recently, new knowledge emerged from the Environmental Toxicology allowed to go even deeper in the meaning of 'effects' and 'fates' of a continuous growing number of organic and inorganic species disposed in water bodies, soils and atmosphere. Toxicity tests became an important tool to evaluate the environmental impact of such species to a great number of organisms, thus allowing to set quality criteria for drinking water, sediments and biota. The state of art shows that environmental chemistry is a multi-inter disciplinary science by nature; therefore, it needs more than a limited, unique-approach and non-oriented set of data to understand the nature of natural processes. Taking all these aspects into consideration, one can say that Environmental Chemistry in Brazil is now a well established area of research within the classical areas of the Chemistry, with a large number of emerging groups as well research groups with worldwide recognition.

  17. Environmental health risk assessment of ambient lead levels in Lisbon, Portugal: A full chain study approach

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    Casimiro, E.; Philippe Ciffroy, P.; Serpa, P.;

    2011-01-01

    useful for integrated full-chain human health risk assessments. In this study we use a newly developed computational tool – the 2FUN player to conduct a full-chain assessment combining measured ambient air lead concentrations with multi-media modelling and PBPK simulations to estimate the health risks...... calculate the Pb levels in the various body systems. Our results showed a low health risk from Pb exposures. It also identified that ingestion of leafy vegetables (i.e. lettuce, cabbage, and spinach) and fruits contribute the most to total Pb blood levels. This full chain assessment approach of the 2FUN...... player is likely to be very useful for local health risk assessment studies (i.e. EIA and SEA studies)....

  18. Issues of Security and Informational Privacy in relation to an Environmental Scanning System for Fighting Organized Crime

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    Gerdes, Anne; Larsen, Henrik Legind; Rouces, Jacobo

    . The environmental scanning is carried out on public online data streams, focusing on modus operandi and crime trends, not on individuals. Hence, ethical and technical issues - related to societal security and potential privacy infringements in public online contexts - are being discussed in order to......This paper clarifies privacy challenges related to the EU project, ePOOLICE, which aims at developing an environmental scanning system for fighting organized crime by improving law enforcement agencies opportunities for strategic proactive planning in response to emerging organized crime threats...... safeguard privacy all through the system design process....

  19. Issues of Security and Informational Privacy in relation to an Environmental Scanning System for Fighting Organized Crime

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    Gerdes, Anne; Larsen, Henrik Legind; Rouces, Jacobo

    2013-01-01

    This paper clarifies privacy challenges related to the EU project, ePOOLICE, which aims at developing an environmental scanning system for fighting organized crime by improving law enforcement agencies opportunities for strategic proactive planning in response to emerging organized crime threats....... The environmental scanning is carried out on public online data streams, focusing on modus operandi and crime trends, not on individuals. Hence, ethical and technical issues - related to societal security and potential privacy infringements in public online contexts - are being discussed in order to...

  20. Environmental studies for right of way; Levantamento ambiental das faixas de dutos

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    Savian, Michelle; Oliveira, Robson A. de; Fabri, Camila; Chichorro, Cristiano [Esteio Engenharia e Aerolevantamentos S.A., Curitiba, PR (Brazil)

    2003-07-01

    Esteio S.A. was hired to accomplish in a pioneering way the Environmental Survey of approximately 5.000 kilometers of right-of-way, all over the country. To execute this work, Esteio collected several information as: Maps basic data (Topographical, Geological and Pedological) and cadastral field data that resulted respectively in a GIS (Geographical Information System) of thematic maps and a database with information of the pipeline corridor and their proximity. The final products will allow the management of the pipeline corridor in an integrated way, besides the elaboration of sensibility maps and environmental vulnerability. In case of accidents with the pipeline, it allows to combat it in an optimized way, applying a more appropriate logistics, reducing the response time with the intention to protect and to preserve in the best way the whole involved environment, minimizing environmental impacts. (author)

  1. Mineral exploitation by surface mining and environmental restoration. Explotacion minera a cielo abierto y restauracion ambiental

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    1992-09-01

    The subject of environmental restoration of zones affected by the opencast exploitation of coal, is one of the most interesting for mineral zones since at the end of the industrial process the reclaimed land is appropriate for subsequent use. In all, HUNOSA has restored more than 1000 Ha of pasture. 1 fig.

  2. Environmental sustainability in the Brazilian energetic sector; Sustentabilidade ambiental no setor energetico brasileiro

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    Mendonca, Mario Jorge Cardoso de [Instituto de Pesquisa Economica Aplicada (IPEA), Brasilia, DF (Brazil)

    1999-07-01

    The article discusses the following issues of energy consumption and environmental sustainability in Brazil: decomposition of industrial energy consumption, energy intensity, energy demand, decomposition aggregate energy, gas emission intensities, statistical measures of un-sustainability, greenhouse gases and strategies for mitigating global warming.

  3. Environmental training for the wastes; La educacion ambiental en los residuos

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    Mandaula Canadell, F.

    1996-12-01

    Environmental education is the basement to live in harmony with the environment. The council of Sabadell is aware of this problem, so it has been developing activities directed to the citizens in order that they feel responsible for their own wastes. Among this activities they offer some visits to different waste management plants. (Author)

  4. National automatic network of environmental radiological monitoring (RENAMORA); Red Nacional automatica de monitoreo radiologico ambiental (RENAMORA)

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    Gonzalez M, J.L.; Sanchez H, L. [CNSNS, Dr. Barragan 779, Col. Narvarte, 03020 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)]. e-mail: jlgonzalez@cnsns.gob.mx

    2003-07-01

    Inside the programs of Environmental Radiological Surveillance that it carries out the National Commission of Nuclear Security and Safeguards (CNSNS), it develops an National Automatic Network of Environmental Radiological Monitoring (RENAMORA), where it is carried out a registration of speed of environmental dose in continuous and simultaneous forms with the same moment of the measurement. This net allows to account with the meticulous and opportune information that will help to characterize, in dynamics form, the radiological conditions of diverse geographical zones of the country, including the sites that by normative require bigger surveillance, like its are the Laguna Verde Nuclear power station (CNLV), the Nuclear Center of Mexico (ININ) and the Radioactive waste storage center (CADER). This net is in its first development stage; three points inside the state of Veracruz, in the surroundings of the CNLV, already its are operating; the obtained data of rapidity of environmental dose are being stored in a database inside a primary data center located in the facilities of the CNSNS in Mexico city and its will be analyzed according to the project advances. At the moment, its are installing the first ten teams corresponding to the first phase of the RENAMORA (three stages); its are carried out operation tests, transmission, reception and administration of data. The obtained data will be interpreted, analyzed and inter compared to evaluate the risk levels to that it would be hold the population and to determine thresholds that allow to integrate the alarm systems that its had considered for emergency situations. (Author)

  5. Environmental sensibility maps of pipelines rows; Mapas de sensibilidade ambiental para faixas de dutos terrestres

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    Oliveira, Wilson J. de [PETROBRAS Engenharia, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Engenharia de Avaliacao Ambiental IEGEN/EGE/EAMB; Ferreira Filho, Aluisio Teles; Ferreira, Vanderlei Cardoso [TRANSPETRO - PETROBRAS Transporte S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). SMS - Seguranca, Meio Ambiente e Saude; Braun, Oscar P.G.; Pereira Junior, Edson Rodrigues [Geodatum, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2003-07-01

    To subsidize its contingency plans for oil leaks, TRANSPETRO, subsidiary of PETROBRAS, set up an internal program with a big extension to obtain Environmental Sensibility Maps over a strip of twenty kilometers of width along more than five thousand kilometers of pipelines. Due to the pioneer characteristic of these natural survey (thematic cartography) it was opted a first approach for integration of this information in 1:50.000 scale. Based on a Geographical Information System (GIS), it was opted the supervised geo processing resources, compiling, firstly, the elevation, soil and geological maps for generation of the physical environment vulnerability units. Using a combination by weight average, ten vulnerability units were generated and were improved through aggregation in five units to decrease the complexity of the representation in map. These classes represent the combinations of variables of the physical environment that can be recognized by theirs corresponding landscapes. Based on interpretation of orbital LANDSAT TM images, aided by verifications in aerial photograph and a systematic survey of notable points of environmental observation (PVAs) along the pipelines, it was elaborated a general map of soil use and vegetable coverage. The classes of this theme were combined with the classes of physical vulnerability environment to generate five classes of Environmental Sensibility (Environmental Sensibility Maps). Over this theme, were attributed the representations of the main types of vegetable coverage and occupation of the soil, as well as the fauna and the other social-economics aspects, obtaining therefore a map with all the essential controller information of the environmental protection measures. (author)

  6. A Novel Environmental Route to Ambient Pressure Dried Thermal Insulating Silica Aerogel via Recycled Coal Gangue

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    Pinghua Zhu

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Coal gangue, one of the main hazardous emissions of purifying coal from coalmine industry, is rich in silica and alumina. However, the recycling of the waste is normally restricted by less efficient techniques and low attractive output; the utilization of such waste is still staying lower than 15%. In this work, the silica aerogel materials were synthesized by using a precursor extracted from recycled silicon-rich coal gangue, followed by a single-step surface silylation and ambient pressure drying. A low density (~0.19 g/cm3 nanostructured aerogel with a 3D open porous microstructure and high surface area (~690 m2/g was synthesized, which presents a superior thermal insulation performance (~26.5 mW·m−1·K−1 of a plane packed of 4-5 mm granules which was confirmed by transient hot-wire method. This study offers a new facile route to the synthesis of insulating aerogel material by recycling solid waste coal gangue and presents a potential cost reduction of industrial production of silica aerogels.

  7. Foundry industries: environmental aspects and environmental condition indicators; Industrias de fundicion: aspectos ambientales e indicadores de condicion ambiental

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    Sosa, B. s.; Banda-Noriega, R. B.; Guerrero, E. M.

    2013-03-01

    Nowadays, environmental indicators are widely used as effective tools to assist decision-making in both public and private sectors. The lack of literature and research about local and regional Environmental Condition Indicators (ECI), the poor knowledge regarding solid waste generation, effluents and gas emissions from foundry industries, and their particular location in the urban area of Tandil, Argentina are the main reasons for this investigation, aiming to develop a set a of ECI to provide information about the environment in relation to the foundry industry. The study involves all the foundries located in the city between March and April 2010. The set of ECI developed includes 9 indicators for air, 5 for soil and 1 for water. Specific methodology was used for each indicator. (Author) 31 refs.

  8. Engineering and Characterization of Collagen Networks Using Wet Atomic Force Microscopy and Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy

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    Osborn, Jenna; Coffey, Tonya; Conrad, Brad; Burris, Jennifer; Hester, Brooke

    2014-03-01

    Collagen is an abundant protein and its monomers covalently crosslink to form fibrils which form fibers which contribute to forming macrostructures like tendon or bone. While the contribution is well understood at the macroscopic level, it is not well known at the fibril level. We wish to study the mechanical properties of collagen for networks of collagen fibers that vary in size and density. We present here a method to synthesize collagen networks from monomers and that allows us to vary the density of the networks. By using biotynilated collagen and a surface that is functionalized with avidin, we generate two-dimensional collagen networks across the surface of a silicon wafer. During network synthesis, the incubation time is varied from 30 minutes to 3 hours or temperature is varied from 25°C to 45°C. The two-dimensional collagen network created in the process is characterized using environmental atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The network density is measured by the number of strands in one frame using SPIP software. We expect that at body temperature (37°C) and with longer incubation times, the network density should increase.

  9. Environmental scanning: how developed is information acquisition in Western European companies?

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    David Benczur

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available A number of theoretical works focus on the potential revolutionary impact of the Internet and other Information and Communication Technologies (ICT upon Competitive Intelligence, but only a few empirical research papers can be found on it. Is the real impact still unknown, or is it too insignificant to talk about? The present paper searches for the answers to this question both in literature and on the field, focusing on the point where the impact is expected to be the greatest: Information Gathering. Important empirical essays in academic literature are overviewed, including extensive American and also French surveys. These works did not report any major development of Environmental Scanning Systems throughout the years or significant changes due to the Internet. Based on literature the authors establish 7 groups of hypotheses with respect to the influence of external environment, internal structure and development of IT on the Information Gathering activities of firms. These hypotheses are then investigated by quantitative methodologies applied to a large sample: a survey of more than 500 firms over two consecutive years. Internal structure shows only partial influence, but for IT and external environment, the correlation was high. On the other hand, firms are still underdeveloped. The presented results provide better understanding of the level of development of Information Gathering in firms and of the factors influencing it, and suggest new ways for further research in order to understand why firms are still underdeveloped.

  10. ENVIRONMENTAL SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY (ESEM OF Morinda citrifolia L. (Rubiaceae COLLETERS

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    Sergimar Kennedy de Paiva PINHEIRO

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available This study describes the colleters of Morinda citrifolia L. (Rubiaceae by using environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS. Two different developmental stages were characterized as well as the chemical composition of secretion. Colleters are secretory structures that produce mucilage protecting the meristems and leaf primordia against desiccation and/or pathogens. Although these secretory structures are common on Rubiaceae, the results reported here is to the best of our knowledge the first record of colleters on Morinda genus. Colleters are present at the stipule adaxial surface, distributed in lines. These secretory structures are standard type and have no base constriction, differently from all studied species until now. In order to better understand the colleters structure and secretion, two phases were distinguished: a secretory phase and a senescence one. On secretory phase standard type colleters were visualized between leaf primordia and stipule, emerge on secretion. They present smooth surface, however was also possible to observe the contours of secretory cells anticlinal walls. In senescent phase colleters morphology was alternated exhibiting rough surface and blunt to point tips. The surface was rough and on stipule sections was possible to observe idioblasts with raphides bundles. The secretion process of M. citrifolia colleters occurs with the disruption of cuticle and the chemical elements are mostly dominated by carbon and oxygen.

  11. Environmental management in local organizations; La gestion ambiental en el ambito municipal

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    Gonzalez, M.

    2001-07-01

    The position towards the environment of the local organizations has envolved parallely to the restlessness of the society in general, taking every time a greater importance in this matter. From the municipal point of view, the management of the environment is not just a mere idea of protection of the nature or of certain forms of natural life in danger; now, the environmental management includes more complex aspects, like the balanced management of the natural resources and the general aim of the quality of life. The City councils, in their paper of public institutions, have much to say like centers where a great part of the life and activity of the population is developed, and the physical and geographic frame where the environmental problems have their seat. (Author)

  12. Center of radiological and environmental monitoring; Centro de monitoreo radiologico y ambiental

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    Bucio V, F. J.; Celis del Angel, C. L.; Palacios H, J. C., E-mail: francisco.bucio@inin.gob.mx [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2011-11-15

    In this article is documented the development of a system of radiological and environmental monitoring, with the purpose of having a better control of the different interests areas for the Radiological Protection Department, in such a way that represents a support to maintain the radiological safety and in a contingency case to activate the Radiological Emergency Plan of the Institute, being aided of the radiological and environmental information provided by this monitoring system. To achieve this, firstly enables the communication through the net of institutional data Ethernet Tcp/I p to the different systems as Meteorological Station, Reactor, Radioisotopes Production Plant, Access Portal and Perimetric Monitoring, later on was required the information to each one of them through two servers and this way to carry out the visualization and data storage in a remote way, the use of two serves offers redundancy to the system. (Author)

  13. Environmental monitoring system with TLD; Sistema de monitoreo ambiental con TLD

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    Aguerre, L.; Carelli, J.; Gregori, B. [Autoridad Regulatoria Nuclear Argentina (Argentina)]. e-mail: laguerre@cae.arn.gov.ar

    2006-07-01

    Presently work the methodology used by the Laboratory of Thermoluminescent Dosimetry (TLD) of the Nuclear Regulatory Authority (RNA) to gauge it system of environmental monitoring in function of the media absorbed dose rate in free air and the environmental dose equivalent, H{sup *}(10), according to the recommendation ICRU Report 47 is described. It was studied the response of the environmental dosemeter (DA) in fields of photonic radiation of energies W60, Wl 10, W200 and {sup 137} Cs. The irradiations were carried out following the recommendations of the standard ISO:4037. It was analyzed the response in the DA of the detectors LiF: Mg, Ti and CaF{sub 2}: Dy for the different radiation qualities and the relative response at {sup 137} Cs of both. The methodology used in the evaluation of the dose includes: the correction of the readings of both detectors by fading, gotten experimentally, the witness of transfers, the energy answer and the value of the zero. The dose is calculated applying the average pondered in uncertainty of the dose obtained for each type of detector. Its were analyzed and calculated the uncertainties that affect to the measurement following the recommendation of the Argentine standard IRAM 35050. The detection limit of the absorbed dose rate in free air of this system it is 3.5 n Gy/h for a period of sampling of 3 months. With this detection limit environmental dose equivalent rates of the order of 70 n Sv/h are measured with an expanded uncertainty of the order of 10% with a cover factor k = 2. (Author)

  14. Environmental radiological protection of Bariloche Atomic Center; Proteccion radiologica ambiental del Centro Atomico Bariloche

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    Andres, Pablo A.; Levanon, Izhar S., E-mail: andresp@cab.cnea.gov.ar, E-mail: levanon@cab.cnca.gov.ar [Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica (CNEA), San Carlos de Bariloche (Argentina). Centro Atomico Bariloche. Division Proteccion Radiologica

    2013-07-01

    This plan of monitoring radiological environmental routine fits on environmental policy of CNEA, satisfying national and international recommendations for licensed facilities. Sampling matrices are related to direct routes of exposure: air and water (river, lake, sediments, drinking water). Soil samples are also analyzed for having integrated matrices. They are considered as minimum three points of measurement: a white point (water or winds up), a point of maximum (water or winds down) and a point corresponding to the location of the individual representative or a point of public interest. Measurements in air estimate KERMA rate with thermoluminescent dosimeters, bi-monthly, and concentrations of particulate material and aerosols. For water samples (monthly), soil and sediments (quarterly), radionuclides that have download limits are analyzed, according to its importance in the dosages produced in the representative individual. In these cases artificial radionuclides using gamma spectrometry, beta total and Sr-90 by radiochemical techniques if the value of total screening (1 Bq/L) is exceeded. Foods are not included because no possible matrices were detected, either by their distance. by located not predominant wind direction. They are however still looking for milk producers that fulfills the minimum requirements.The data collected are compared with environmental baselines to set trends that might point to future significant changes in the environment during the life of the facilities. So far it was not observed significant differences with respect to baseline values.

  15. Questão ambiental e educação: contribuições para o debate Environmental issues and education: contribution to the debate

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    Gustavo da Costa Lima

    1999-12-01

    Full Text Available O trabalho introduz o debate sobre a relação entre a questão ambiental e a educação através de uma análise de algumas propostas educacionais voltadas ao ambiente. Parte da suposição de que as propostas educacionais dominantes tendem a enfatizar os aspectos técnicos e biológicos da questão ambiental em detrimento de suas essenciais dimensões política e ética. Essa tendência reduz a complexidade da questão ambiental e favorece concepções e práticas de educação ambiental conservadoras, despolitizadas e insustentáveis.This work introduces the debate between environmental issues and education, through an analysis of some educational proposals concerning the environment. It takes as its point of departure the supposition that dominant educational proposals tend to emphasize technical and biological aspects of environmental issues, in detriment to its essential political and ethical dimensions. This tendency reduces the complexity of environmental issues and favours conservative, depoliticized and unsustainable educational conceptions and practices.

  16. From Reactionary to Responsive: Applying the Internal Environmental Scan Protocol to Lifelong Learning Strategic Planning and Operational Model Selection

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    Downing, David L.

    2009-01-01

    This study describes and implements a necessary preliminary strategic planning procedure, the Internal Environmental Scanning (IES), and discusses its relevance to strategic planning and university-sponsored lifelong learning program model selection. Employing a qualitative research methodology, a proposed lifelong learning-centric IES process…

  17. Intelligent Agent Appropriation in the Tracking Phase of an Environmental Scanning Process: A Case Study of a French Trade Union

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    Lafaye, Christophe

    2009-01-01

    Introduction: The rapid growth of the Internet has modified the boundaries of information acquisition (tracking) in environmental scanning. Despite the numerous advantages of this new medium, information overload is an enormous problem for Internet scanners. In order to help them, intelligent agents (i.e., autonomous, automated software agents…

  18. Path Analysis and Residual Plotting as Methods of Environmental Scanning in Higher Education: An Illustration with Applications and Enrollments.

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    Morcol, Goktug; McLaughlin, Gerald W.

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    The study proposes using path analysis and residual plotting as methods supporting environmental scanning in strategic planning for higher education institutions. Path models of three levels of independent variables are developed. Dependent variables measuring applications and enrollments at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University are…

  19. Treinamento ambiental em organizações com certificação ISO 14001: estudo de múltiplos casos e identificação de coevolução com a gestão ambiental Environmental training in organizations with ISO 14001 certification: a multiple case study and identification of co-evolution with environmental management

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    Charbel José Chiappetta Jabbour

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    Full Text Available O objetivo desta pesquisa é compreender as características do treinamento ambiental em algumas empresas brasileiras. Para tanto, foram realizados nove estudos de caso com empresas certificadas pela norma ISO 14001, todas líderes em seu segmento de mercado. Foram conduzidas diversas entrevistas em cada caso, coletados documentos e realizadas visitas para observação direta. Como resultado, apresentam-se as classificações dos casos nos estágios evolutivos da gestão ambiental, os temas mais frequentes do treinamento ambiental, a diferenciação dos temas de treinamento ambiental segundo o nível hierárquico organizacional, a classificação das empresas segundo o nível de aderência às atividades de treinamento ambiental recomendadas pela literatura e as boas práticas de treinamento ambiental oferecidas pelas empresas. A principal contribuição desta pesquisa é a identificação de coevolução entre o estágio de gestão ambiental das organizações e o nível do treinamento ambiental que elas possuem.The objective of this research is to understand the characteristics of environmental training at some Brazilian companies. Nine case studies were carried out in firms certified by ISO 14001. These companies are leaders in their market segments. Several interviews were conducted in each case. Documents were collected and visits for direct observation were made. Results present the classification of companies in evolutionary stages of environmental management, the most common topics of the training environment, the differentiation of environmental training topics according to the hierarchical levels and the best practices offered on environmental training. The main contribution of this research is the identification of the co-evolution between the stage of corporate environmental management and the level of environmental training.

  20. Treinamento ambiental em organizações com certificação ISO 14001: estudo de múltiplos casos e identificação de coevolução com a gestão ambiental Environmental training in organizations with ISO 14001 certification: a multiple case study and identification of co-evolution with environmental management

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    Charbel José Chiappetta Jabbour

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo desta pesquisa é compreender as características do treinamento ambiental em algumas empresas brasileiras. Para tanto, foram realizados nove estudos de caso com empresas certificadas pela norma ISO 14001, todas líderes em seu segmento de mercado. Foram conduzidas diversas entrevistas em cada caso, coletados documentos e realizadas visitas para observação direta. Como resultado, apresentam-se as classificações dos casos nos estágios evolutivos da gestão ambiental, os temas mais frequentes do treinamento ambiental, a diferenciação dos temas de treinamento ambiental segundo o nível hierárquico organizacional, a classificação das empresas segundo o nível de aderência às atividades de treinamento ambiental recomendadas pela literatura e as boas práticas de treinamento ambiental oferecidas pelas empresas. A principal contribuição desta pesquisa é a identificação de coevolução entre o estágio de gestão ambiental das organizações e o nível do treinamento ambiental que elas possuem.The objective of this research is to understand the characteristics of environmental training at some Brazilian companies. Nine case studies were carried out in firms certified by ISO 14001. These companies are leaders in their market segments. Several interviews were conducted in each case. Documents were collected and visits for direct observation were made. Results present the classification of companies in evolutionary stages of environmental management, the most common topics of the training environment, the differentiation of environmental training topics according to the hierarchical levels and the best practices offered on environmental training. The main contribution of this research is the identification of the co-evolution between the stage of corporate environmental management and the level of environmental training.

  1. Environmental management in the University of Granada Gestión ambiental en la Universidad de Granada

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    M. A. Peinado Muñoz

    2001-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes some aspects related to the environmental management being carried out at the University of Granada. The environmental issues analysed in the initial assessment were: production of hazardous waste, production of radioactive waste, sewage dumping, composition of atmospheric emissions, noise levels in systems, consumption of water and energy, and production of urban waste. From this assessment we have started activities aimed at correcting the management deficiencies encountered.En este artículo se describen algunos aspectos relativos a la gestión ambiental que se está llevando a cabo en la Universidad de Granada. Los aspectos ambientales analizados que permitieron realizar el diagnóstico inicial fueron: producción de residuos peligrosos, producción de residuos radiactivos, vertido de aguas residuales, naturaleza de las emisiones atmosféricas, niveles de ruido de las instalaciones, consumos de agua y energía y producción de residuos urbanos. A partir de este diagnóstico se han puesto en marcha actividades encaminadas a corregir las deficiencias de gestión encontradas.

  2. Proposals for the National Environmental Health Action Plan Propuestas para el Plan Nacional de Salud y Medio Ambiente

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    Estrella López Martín

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available According to international strategies for environment and health, the spanish administration of Health and Environment launched in 2007 the necessary mechanisms for developing the National Plan for Health and Environment. The first step was an agreement with the Carlos III Health Institute for designing the basis on which to sus- tain the plan. The scientific committee established for that purpose has drafted a basis-report with the participation of a large group of experts. This work is an abstract of the proposals contained in that report. The proposals refer to the items considered as a priority in the European environment and health strategy, ie, cancer, endocrine disruption, neuro-developmental disorders and respiratory diseases and are organized around the major environmental risk factors for health: water, persistent toxic chemicals, electromagnetic fields, ionizing radiation, noise and climate change and extreme temperatures. To give consistency to the plan, the report identifies some essential measures to ensure its administrative, political, technical and financial feasibility. To give it coherence, the report point to some common priorities and methodological strategies. To give a shape to the plan, the report finally identifies programs to be implemented.De acuerdo con las estrategias internacionales en materia de salud y medio ambiente, los Ministerios de Sanidad y de Medio Ambiente pusieron en marcha en 2007 los mecanismos necesarios para la elaboración del Plan Nacional de Salud y Medio Ambiente. El primer paso ha sido la firma de un acuerdo de encomienda de gestión con el Instituto de Salud Carlos III para que éste diseñara las bases sobre las que sustentar el plan. El comité científico creado al efecto ha redactado un informe de bases para lo que ha contado con el concurso de un nutrido grupo de expertos. Las propuestas que se recogen en el informe constituyen el contenido del presente trabajo. Las propuestas hacen

  3. Environmental education program for offshore employees; Projeto de educacao ambiental para empregados offshore

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    Santos, Antonio Carlos Pedrosa dos [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Unidade de Sistema de Sondagem Semi-Submersivel. Seguranca, Meio Ambiente e Saude; Osborne, Renata

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    The Pedagogical Project of Environmental Education for Offshore Employees was developed in order to foster greater awareness of the environmental question and contribute towards the reduction of accidents. Main clients are contracted staff. This Project is carried out aboard marine units and consists of five modules with on- the-job classes (the option that it be conducted at the work site was the alternative chosen by the majority of participating employees). Subjects cover technical, historical and cultural matters connected with the environment and involve legislation, residues, energy, health and safety. In order to evaluate the course's receptivity and degree of understanding, a trial group was formed. During 2003, classes were conducted in 27 marine drilling units, 23 of which under contract. Total number of persons attending was 2.471, total number of class-hours being 246. After the course's conclusion, its strengths and weaknesses are evaluated in order to supply data for future improvements. In this way, subjects are always kept up to date and interest is maintained. (author)

  4. CONTAMINACIÓN RADIACTIVA AMBIENTAL EN EL NEOTRÓPICO ENVIRONMENTAL RADIOACTIVE POLLUTION IN NEOTROPIC

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    Osores, J, M.

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Environmental radioactive pollution is produced mainly by the use of natural or artificial radioactive substances, the use of the nuclear power and nuclear weapons, constituting a great danger of contamination for the nature and the humanity; since many residues of these polluting materials have been scattered by all the earth. The risks of the radioactive contamination for the people and the environment depend on the nature of the radioactive contaminant, the pollution level and the extension of the contamination; since all the radiations are genotoxics, the probability of genetic alterations and production of mutations is going to depend on the exposure degree of the cells of an organism. In the last years, the environmental radioactive pollution hazards due to artificial radionuclides were reduced considerably, the scientific community has paid special interest in the contamination with natural radioactive elements like for example the radon released within the underground mines that the probability of occurrence of cancer of lung between the workers and the accumulation of different materials NORMS in mining activities increases, especially in the uranium zones of Pozo de Caldas (Brazil and Macusani (Peru, zones of phosphoric operation of rocks (Bayovar or polimetalic mining; the inadequate treatment of these materials is going to produce an important radiological impact and to alter to the habitat of different communities from plants and animals in the region.

  5. A ventilação e a fumaça ambiental de cigarros Ventilation and environmental tobacco smoke

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    Marina Fonseca Seelig

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available A fumaça ambiental de cigarros (FAC é uma das principais contribuintes para o aumento da concentração e da exposição a partículas em ambientes fechados. É comprovado que muitos de seus compostos químicos são tóxicos ou cancerígenos e que sua inalação pode causar vários danos à saúde. Embora, salvo em áreas especificadas, proibido por lei, o fumo em recintos coletivos é comum no Brasil e, na maioria dos casos, as áreas destinadas a ele, quando existentes, não são devidamente isoladas, prejudicando os não-fumantes. A indústria do tabaco e a da hospitalidade vendem a ventilação como a solução desse problema, mas estudos indicam que ela não o é. Este artigo aborda a problemática da exposição à FAC por seus aspectos ligados à saúde e à poluição.Environmental tobacco smoke (ETS is a major contributor to indoor air concentrations and exposure to particles. It's known that many of its chemical compounds are toxic or carcinogens and its inhalation may cause many health injuries. Although, except in specified areas, forbidden by law, smoking in collective places is a common activity in Brazil, and, in most of the cases, specified areas, when existing, are not propriety isolated, injuring nonsmokers. Tobacco and hospitality industries maintain ventilation as a solution for this problem, but studies indicate that it is not the appropriate solution. This article approaches the ETS exposure problem through health and pollution implications.

  6. Present stage of the use of radioactive tracers in studies carried out at Companhia de Tecnologia de Saneamento Ambiental, SP, Brazil, in the field of environmental engineering

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    Studies using radioactive tracers in the field of environmental engineering, carried out at Companhia de Tecnologia de Saneamento Ambiental, SP, Brazil, from 1975 to 1978 are presented. Future research to be developed in this area is also discussed. (M.A.)

  7. Developing consistent data and methods to measure the public health impacts of ambient air quality for Environmental Public Health Tracking: progress to date and future directions

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    Talbot, Thomas O.; Haley, Valerie B; Dimmick, W. Fred; Paulu, Chris; Evelyn O. Talbott; Rager, Judy

    2009-01-01

    Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) staff at the state and national levels are developing nationally consistent data and methods to estimate the impact of ozone and fine particulate matter on hospitalizations for asthma and myocardial infarction. Pilot projects have demonstrated the feasibility of pooling state hospitalization data and linking these data to The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) statistically based ambient air estimates for ozone and fine particulates...

  8. Environmental health risk assessment of ambient lead levels in Lisbon, Portugal: A full chain study approach

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    Casimiro, E.; Philippe Ciffroy, P.; Serpa, P.; Johansson, E.; Legind, Charlotte Nielsen; Brochot, C.

    The multi-causality interactions between environment and health are complex and call for an integrated multidisciplinary study approach. Emerging computational toxicology tools that link toxicology, chemistry, environmental sciences, biostatistics, and computer sciences are proving to be very...... then used to calculate the Pb concentration in various biota (leafy vegetables, root vegetables, grain, potatoes, and fruits) produced in the area as well as the amount of Pb a typical adult would inhale and ingest during this ten-year assessment period. The PBPK model of the 2FUN player was used to...... calculate the Pb levels in the various body systems. Our results showed a low health risk from Pb exposures. It also identified that ingestion of leafy vegetables (i.e. lettuce, cabbage, and spinach) and fruits contribute the most to total Pb blood levels. This full chain assessment approach of the 2FUN...

  9. Clinch River - Environmental Restoration Program (CR-ERP) study, ambient water toxicity

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    Russell, C.L.

    1997-06-01

    Clinch River - Environmental Restoration Program (CR-ERP) personnel and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) personnel conducted a study during the week of July 22-29, 1993, as described in the Statement of Work (SOW) document. The organisms specified for testing were larval fathead minnows, Pimephales promelas, and the daphnid, Ceriodaphnia dubia. Surface water samples were collected by TVA Field Engineering personnel from Clinch River Mile 19.0 and Mile 22.0 on July 21, 23, and 26. Samples were split and provided to the CR-ERP and TVA toxicology laboratories for testing. Exposure of test organisms to these samples resulted in no toxicity (survival, growth, or reproduction) to either species in testing conducted by TVA.

  10. Clinch River - Environmental Restoration Program (CR-ERP) pilot study, ambient water toxicity

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    Simbeck, D.J.

    1997-06-01

    Clinch River - Environmental Restoration Program (CR-ERP) personnel and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) personnel conducted a pilot study during the week of April 22-29, 1993, prior to initiation of CR-ERP Phase II Sampling and Analysis activities as described in the Statement of Work (SOW) document. The organisms specified for testing were larval fathead minnows, Pimephales promelas, and the daphnid, Ceriodaphnia dubia. Surface water samples were collected by TVA Field Engineering personnel from Clinch River Mile 9.0 and Poplar Creek Kilometer 1.6 on April 21, 23, and 26. Samples were split and provided to the CR-ERP and TVA toxicology laboratories for testing. Exposure of test organisms to these samples resulted in no toxicity (survival, growth, or reproduction) to either species in testing conducted by TVA.

  11. Pedestrian injury and the built environment: an environmental scan of hotspots

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    Crooks Valorie A

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Pedestrian injury frequently results in devastating and costly injuries and accounts for 11% of all road user fatalities. In the United States in 2006 there were 4,784 fatalities and 61,000 injuries from pedestrian injury, and in 2007 there were 4,654 fatalities and 70,000 injuries. In Canada, injury is the leading cause of death for those under 45 years of age and the fourth most common cause of death for all ages Traumatic pedestrian injury results in nearly 4000 hospitalizations in Canada annually. These injuries result from the interplay of modifiable environmental factors. The objective of this study was to determine links between the built environment and pedestrian injury hotspots in Vancouver. Methods Data were obtained from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC for the 6 year period from 2000 to 2005 and combined with pedestrian injury data extracted from the British Columbia Trauma Registry (BCTR for the same period. High incident locations (hotspots for pedestrian injury in the City of Vancouver were identified and mapped using geographic information systems (GIS, and the characteristics of the built environment at each of the hotspot locations were examined by a team of researchers. Results The analysis highlighted 32 pedestrian injury hotspot locations in Vancouver. 31 of 32 hotspots were situated on major roads. Likewise, the majority of hotspots were located on downtown streets. The 'downtown eastside' was identified as an area with multiple high-incident locations, including the 2 highest ranked pedestrian injury hotspots. Bars were present at 21 of the hotspot locations, with 11 of these locations being judged to have high alcohol establishment density. Conclusion This study highlighted the disproportionate burden of pedestrian injury centred on the downtown eastside area of Vancouver. The environmental scan revealed that important passive pedestrian safety countermeasures were only present at a

  12. Assessing access for prospective adoptive parents living with HIV: an environmental scan of Ontario's adoption agencies.

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    Underhill, Angela A; Kennedy, V Logan; Lewis, Johanna; Ross, Lori E; Loutfy, Mona

    2016-10-01

    Work has been underway to increase the availability of parenting options for people living with and affected by HIV. One option, adoption, has not yet been explored in the literature. The study aimed to gain a better understanding of the potential of adoption for individuals/couples living with HIV in Ontario, and to assess potential structural barriers or facilitators that may impact their experience navigating the adoption system by conducting an environmental scan of adoption service providers in Ontario. A list of adoption service providers was compiled using the Ontario government's website. Information relevant to the study's measures was collected using service providers' websites. Service providers without websites, or with websites that did not address all of the research measures, were contacted via telephone to complete a structured interview. Online data extraction was possible for 2 and telephone surveys were completed with 75 adoption service providers (total n = 77). Most service providers reported that HIV status is not an exclusion criterion for prospective parents (64%). However, more than one-fifth of the participants acknowledged they were not sure if people with HIV were eligible to adopt. Domestic service providers were the only providers who did not report knowledge of restrictions due to HIV status. Private domestic adoption presented social barriers as birth parent(s) of a child can access health records of a prospective parent and base their selection of an adoptive parent based on health status. Adoption practitioners and licensees involved in international adoptions reported the most structural barriers for prospective parent(s) living with HIV, attributed to the regulations established by the host country of the child(ren) eligible for adoption. Although international adoptions may present insurmountable barriers for individuals living with HIV, public and private domestic adoption appears to be a viable option. PMID:27136971

  13. An optimized methodology to analyze biopolymer capsules by environmental scanning electron microscopy

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    Conforto, Egle, E-mail: egle.conforto@univ-lr.fr [LaSIE UMR 7356 CNRS-ULR, Université de La Rochelle, UFR Sciences, Avenue Michel Crepeau, 17042 La Rochelle (France); Joguet, Nicolas [Equipe Approches Moléculaires Environnement-Santé, LIENSs, UMR 7266 CNRS-ULR, Université de La Rochelle, UFR Sciences, Avenue Michel Crepeau, 17042 La Rochelle (France); Buisson, Pierre [INNOV' IA, 4 rue Samuel Champlain, Z.I. Chef de Baie, 17000 La Rochelle (France); Vendeville, Jean-Eudes; Chaigneau, Carine [IDCAPS, filiale R and D INNOV' IA, 4 rue Samuel Champlain, Z.I. Chef de Baie, 17000 La Rochelle (France); Maugard, Thierry [Equipe Approches Moléculaires Environnement-Santé, LIENSs, UMR 7266 CNRS-ULR, Université de La Rochelle, UFR Sciences, Avenue Michel Crepeau, 17042 La Rochelle (France)

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    The aim of this paper is to describe an optimized methodology to study the surface characteristics and internal structure of biopolymer capsules using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) in environmental mode. The main advantage of this methodology is that no preparation is required and, significantly, no metallic coverage is deposited on the surface of the specimen, thus preserving the original capsule shape and its surface morphology. This avoids introducing preparation artefacts which could modify the capsule surface and mask information concerning important feature like porosities or roughness. Using this method gelatin and mainly fatty coatings, difficult to be analyzed by standard SEM technique, unambiguously show fine details of their surface morphology without damage. Furthermore, chemical contrast is preserved in backscattered electron images of unprepared samples, allowing visualizing the internal organization of the capsule, the quality of the envelope, etc.… This study provides pointers on how to obtain optimal conditions for the analysis of biological or sensitive material, as this is not always studied using appropriate techniques. A reliable evaluation of the parameters used in capsule elaboration for research and industrial applications, as well as that of capsule functionality is provided by this methodology, which is essential for the technological progress in this domain. - Highlights: • We optimized a methodology using ESEM to analyze biopolymer capsules. • This methodology allows analyzing original surface samples without any preparation. • No preparation artefact are introduced which would mask important surface details. • Morphological details and chemical contrast from the original surface are preserved. • Capsule shape, volume, surface roughness and coating quality were reliably evaluated.

  14. An optimized methodology to analyze biopolymer capsules by environmental scanning electron microscopy

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    The aim of this paper is to describe an optimized methodology to study the surface characteristics and internal structure of biopolymer capsules using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) in environmental mode. The main advantage of this methodology is that no preparation is required and, significantly, no metallic coverage is deposited on the surface of the specimen, thus preserving the original capsule shape and its surface morphology. This avoids introducing preparation artefacts which could modify the capsule surface and mask information concerning important feature like porosities or roughness. Using this method gelatin and mainly fatty coatings, difficult to be analyzed by standard SEM technique, unambiguously show fine details of their surface morphology without damage. Furthermore, chemical contrast is preserved in backscattered electron images of unprepared samples, allowing visualizing the internal organization of the capsule, the quality of the envelope, etc.… This study provides pointers on how to obtain optimal conditions for the analysis of biological or sensitive material, as this is not always studied using appropriate techniques. A reliable evaluation of the parameters used in capsule elaboration for research and industrial applications, as well as that of capsule functionality is provided by this methodology, which is essential for the technological progress in this domain. - Highlights: • We optimized a methodology using ESEM to analyze biopolymer capsules. • This methodology allows analyzing original surface samples without any preparation. • No preparation artefact are introduced which would mask important surface details. • Morphological details and chemical contrast from the original surface are preserved. • Capsule shape, volume, surface roughness and coating quality were reliably evaluated

  15. Environmental disclosure: a study about evolution in companies comprising the environmental sustainability index A evidenciação da cultura organizacional voltada para a responsabilidade ambiental

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    Irani Rocha

    2011-10-01

    evidenced by the organization. The rankings reveal that the companies had a higher rate of disclosure in the sites, much higher than the information the report of management. It also infers that companies use their website to express their attitudes and projects related to environmental management.Esta pesquisa teve por objetivo identificar indícios de cultura organizacional voltada aos aspectos relativos ao meio ambiente, por meio da análise dos relatórios de administração e nos sites das empresas que fazem parte do Índice de Sustentabilidade Empresarial (ISE desde sua primeira composição. Nesse sentido, realizou-se uma pesquisa descritiva, por meio de uma análise de conteúdo com uma abordagem qualitativa e quantitativa. Apresentando como sustentação teórica uma rápida abordagem sobre Gestão Ambiental, Índice de Sustentabilidade Ambiental (ISE e Categorias Culturais e Variáveis Ambientais. Por meio do modelo desenvolvido com base nos indicadores de responsabilidade social empresarial do Instituto Ethos (2009 e posteriormente as empresas foram organizadas em rankings, utilizando-se Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP. A amostra da pesquisa constitui-se das empresas que compõem o Índice de Sustentabilidade Empresarial da Bovespa desde o início, totalizando 14 empresas participantes. Os resultados demonstram que em 2006 ocorreu aumento significativo de evidenciação por parte das empresas. Mas, percebe-se aumento contínuo na divulgação de informações que demonstram a preocupação das empresas com relação ao meio ambiente. Atendendo assim as demandas da sociedade, respaldando sua crescente cobrança por transparência nas atitudes relacionadas ao meio ambiente. Desta forma, incorporando-se a cultura da empresa, sendo operacionalizada e evidenciada pela organização. Os rankings demonstraram que as empresas apresentaram um índice de evidenciação maior nos sites, muito superiores as informações dos RA. Infere-se que as companhias utilizam suas

  16. Economic instruments of environmental protection: reflexions about the taxation environmental and the payments for environmental services
    Instrumentos econômicos de proteção do meio ambiente: reflexões sobre a tributação e os pagamentos por serviços ambientais

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    Carolina Vieira Ribeiro de Assis Bastos

    2007-01-01

    This paper aims to reflect about the economic instrument to the environmental protection. At the first, presents two instruments, environmental taxation and the payments for environmental services. After that, does some critiques to the economic mechanisms of environmental protection and analyzes the their basis.Este artigo tem por objetivo refletir sobre os instrumentos econômicos para a proteção do meio ambiente. Primeiramente, apresenta dois instrumentos, a tributação ambiental e os pagame...

  17. Clinch River - Environmental Restoration Program (CR-ERP) study, Ambient water toxicity

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    Simbeck, D.J.

    1997-06-01

    Clinch River - Environmental Restoration Program (CR-ERP) personnel and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) personnel conducted a study during the week of January 25-February 1, 1994, as described in the Statement of Work (SOW) document. The organisms specified for testing were larval fathead minnows, Pimephales promelas, and the daphnid, Ceriodaphnia dubia. Surface water samples were collected by TVA Field Engineering personnel from Clinch River Mile 9.0, Poplar Creek Mile 1.0, and Poplar Creek Mile 2.9 on January 24, 26, and 28. Samples were partitioned (split) and provided to the CR-ERP and TVA toxicology laboratories for testing. Exposure of test organisms to these samples resulted in no toxicity (survival or growth) to fathead minnows; however, toxicity to daphnids (significantly reduced reproduction) was demonstrated in undiluted samples from Poplar Creek Mile 1.0 in testing conducted by TVA based on hypothesis testing of data. Point estimation (IC{sub 25}) analysis of the data, however, showed no toxicity in PCM 1.0 samples.

  18. Clinch River - Environmental Restoration Program (CR-ERP) study, ambient water toxicity

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    Simbeck, D.J.

    1997-06-01

    Clinch River - Environmental Restoration Program (CR-ERP) personnel and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) personnel conducted a study during the week of April 14-21, 1994, as described in the Statement of Work (SOW) document. The organisms specified for testing were larval fathead minnows, Pimephales promelas, and the daphnid, Ceriodaphnia dubia. Surface water samples were collected by TVA Field Engineering personnel from Poplar Creek Mile 4.3, Poplar Creek Mile 5.1, and Poplar Creek Mile 6.0 on April 13, 15, and 18. Samples were partitioned (split) and provided to the CR-ERP and TVA toxicology laboratories for testing. Exposure of test organisms to these samples resulted in no toxicity (survival or growth) to daphnids in undiluted samples; however, toxicity to fathead minnows (significantly reduced survival) was demonstrated in undiluted samples from Poplar Creek Miles 4.3 and 6.0 in testing conducted by TVA based on hypothesis testing of data. Daphnid reproduction was significantly less than controls in 50 percent dilutions of samples from Poplar Creek Miles 4.3 and 6.0, while no toxicity to fathead minnows was shown in diluted (50 percent) samples.

  19. Diagnosis of environmental marketing goods and services in the forestry sector Diagnóstico do marketing ambiental de bens e serviços do setor florestal

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    Erlon Barbosa Valdetaro

    2012-06-01

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    It was collected and subsequent analysed advertisements and advertising campaigns for companies of forest products and services in nine magazines and 91websites of the forest sector, seeking for advertising and marketing actions that had some kind of environmental appeal as environmental terms, symbols with environmental appeal, certification seal and image with environmental appeal. The “environmental term” is present in 85,9% of 157 forest advertisements from different segments. The forestry sector has embraced the environmental marketing as a tool to adapt to the market, to meet an increasingly more critical and aware of current environmental issues.

     

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    Foram realizadas coletas e análises em propagandas e campanhas publicitárias de empresas de produtos e serviços florestais em nove revistas e 91 websites do setor, buscando propagandas e ações de marketing que tivessem algum tipo de apelo ambiental, tais como termos ambientais, símbolo com apelo ambiental, selo de certificação e imagem com apelo ambiental. O “termo ambiental” está presente em 85,9 % das 157 propagandas pertencentes a diversos segmentos florestais. O setor florestal tem adotado o marketing ambiental como ferramenta de adequação ao mercado, com o intuito de atender uma sociedade cada vez mais crítica e consciente das problemáticas ambientais atuais.

     

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  20. Environmental Scanning in Acquisition and Use of Information by the Managers of Private Publishers in Tehran City

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    Fahimeh Babalhavaeji

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was the investigation of managers of private publishers of Tehran (MPPT in using at information source to acquire information about their organization's external environment and to use it on decision-making. Research methods were analytical survey and statistic population 260 managers for research was selected by random sampling methods from Morgan table. Questionnaires were used as an instrument for data collecting and sent to publishers by email. In this study, environmental scanning, information source, information source accessibility selected as dependent variable, and measured with MPPT as independent variable. Binomial test and Pearson correlation analysis test were used for analyzing questions and hypothesis. The investigation results showed that findings from research questions results indicated significant relationship among independent variables (MPPT with the dependent variables- environmental scanning, information sources, source accessibility of information. In the external environment, the sectors of economic, customers and competitors were the most important environmental sectors, and information sources were also available under subordinate staff, internal memoranda, circulars were most important source of information and television and radio, government publications and periodicals periodic rate also have been used less. There was relationship between the source accessibility of information and the frequency of its use in environmental scanning statistically significant between levels of less than (P based on Pearson’s correlation analysis.

  1. Environmental Scanning in Support of Planning and Decision Making: Case Studies at Selected Institutions of Higher Education. AIR 1990 Annual Forum Paper.

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    Pritchett, Mark S.

    This paper presents a comprehensive case analysis of formal environmental scanning processes in three different institutions of higher education. The study focuses on how environmental scanning activities are organized and used to support institutional planning and decision-making. Special emphasis is placed on describing how environmental…

  2. The program of environmental improvement of the Tlalpan delegation; El programa de mejoramiento ambiental de la Delegacion Tlalpan

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    Sheinbaum, C. [Instituto de Ingenieria de la UNAM (Mexico); Oven, M.; Vazquez, O. [Hagler Bailly Services, Mexico, D.F. (Mexico); Roman, G. [Centro para la Produccion mas Limpia, IPN, Mexico, D. F. (Mexico)

    1999-07-01

    Mexico contributes with nearly 2% of the world-wide greenhouse effect gas emissions (GEG), it is the thirteenth country with greater carbon dioxide emissions in the world. In this document the initiative of the program of environmental improvement of the Tlalpan Delegation of Mexico City is presented, as a pilot example within the national efforts in the matter of possible diminution of GEG emissions. The premise of the Tlalpan Program is the following one: The projects that will be successful in the global scope will be those that entail local benefits. With base in this, one has focused in activities that simultaneously offer local economic benefits and global results of GEG reduction. [Spanish] Mexico contribuye con cerca del 2% de las emisiones mundiales de gases de efecto invernadero (GEI), es el decimotercer pais con mayores emisiones de bioxido de carbono en el mundo. En este documento se presenta la iniciativa del programa de mejoramiento ambiental de la Delegacion Tlalpan, de Mexico D. F. como un ejemplo piloto dentro de los esfuerzos nacionales en materia de posible disminucion de emisiones de GEI. La premisa del Programa Tlalpan es la siguiente: Los proyectos que tendran exito en el ambito global seran los que conllevan beneficios locales. Con base en esto, se ha enfocado en actividades que simultaneamente ofrecen beneficios economicos locales y resultados globales de reduccion de GEI.

  3. Cogeneration development in Mexico and its recent environmental impact; Desarrollo de la cogeneracion en Mexico y su reciente impacto ambiental

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    Elizalde Baltierra, Alberto; Garcia Pelaez, Juan [Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico, D. F. (Mexico)

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    This paper presents the historical development of the electric auto supply systems and cogeneration in Mexico since 1942 to 1995 with the understanding that these are clearly differentiated and defined since 1992. Though it is not, but until 1994 when the first ex profeso permit for cogeneration was granted. It also develops a short prospective vision of the cogeneration in our country, as well as the fuel consumption employed by auto- supply systems during 1993. The pollution emissions to the environment are also analyzed and with it the environmental impact of these electric systems in this year. [Espanol] Se presenta el desarrollo historico de los sistemas de autoabastecimiento electrico y cogeneracion en Mexico desde 1942 a 1995, en el entendido que estos se diferencian y definen claramente desde 1992. Es, sin embargo, hasta 1994 cuando se otorgo el primer permiso ex profeso de cogeneracion. Se desarrolla, ademas, una breve vision prospectiva de la cogeneracion en nuestro pais. Asimismo, se analiza el consumo de combustibles empleados por los sistemas de autoabastecimiento en 1993. Se estiman las emisiones contaminantes a la atmosfera y con ello se valora el impacto ambiental de estos sistemas electricos en ese ano.

  4. Environmental scanning, strategic behaviour, organizational characteristics, and performance in small firms

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    Elton José Blageski Junior

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The focus of this article is on the interaction between strategy and organizational environment within small firms, and its objective is to analyze the relation among strategic behavior, environment scanning, organizational characteristics and performance. We have chosen the quantitative approach, survey-type, applying questionnaires, and data analysis, using the variance analysis technique to verify the differences existing among prospectors, analyst, defensive, and reactive firms in terms of their scanning effort and use of information sources. The main results indicate that prospector firms scan competitors and technological aspects, and access internal and written-type sources more frequently than the ones that adopt other types of behavior.

  5. Focusing on Environmental Biofilms With Variable-Pressure Scanning Electron Microscopy

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    Joubert, L.; Wolfaardt, G. M.; Du Plessis, K.

    2006-12-01

    Since the term biofilm has been coined almost 30 years ago, visualization has formed an integral part of investigations on microbial attachment. Electron microscopic (EM) biofilm studies, however, have been limited by the hydrated extracellular matrix which loses structural integrity with conventional preparative techniques, and under required high-vacuum conditions, resulting in a loss of information on spatial relationships and distribution of biofilm microbes. Recent advances in EM technology enable the application of Variable Pressure Scanning Electron Microscopy (VP SEM) to biofilms, allowing low vacuum and hydrated chamber atmosphere during visualization. Environmental biofilm samples can be viewed in situ, unfixed and fully hydrated, with application of gold-sputter-coating only, to increase image resolution. As the impact of microbial biofilms can be both hazardous and beneficial to man and his environment, recognition of biofilms as a natural form of microbial existence is needed to fully assess the potential role of microbial communities on technology. The integration of multiple techniques to elucidate biofilm processes has become imperative for unraveling complex phenotypic adaptations of this microbial lifestyle. We applied VP SEM as integrative technique with traditional and novel analytical techniques to (1)localize lignocellulosic microbial consortia applied for producing alternative bio-energy sources in the mining wastewater industry, (2) characterize and visualize wetland microbial communities in the treatment of winery wastewater, and (3)determine the impact of recombinant technology on yeast biofilm behavior. Visualization of microbial attachment to a lignocellulose substrate, and degradation of exposed plant tissue, gave insight into fiber degradation and volatile fatty acid production for biological sulphate removal from mining wastewater. Also, the 3D-architecture of complex biofilms developing in constructed wetlands was correlated with

  6. Maskless, High-Precision, Persistent, and Extreme Wetting-Contrast Patterning in an Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope.

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    Liimatainen, Ville; Shah, Ali; Johansson, Leena-Sisko; Houbenov, Nikolay; Zhou, Quan

    2016-04-13

    A maskless and programmable direct electron beam writing method is reported for making high-precision superhydrophilic-superhydrophobic wetting patterns with 152° contact angle contrast using an environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM). The smallest linewidth achieved is below 1 μm. The reported effects of the electron beam induced local plasma may also influence a variety of microscopic wetting studies in ESEM. PMID:26880568

  7. Ambient Air Quality Data Inventory

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — The Office of Air and Radiation??s (OAR) Ambient Air Quality Data (Current) contains ambient air pollution data collected by EPA, other federal agencies, as well as...

  8. Ambient Air Quality Data Inventory

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — The Office of Air and Radiation's (OAR) Ambient Air Quality Data (Current) contains ambient air pollution data collected by EPA, other federal agencies, as well as...

  9. Relatos de pesquisa: considerações sobre a sociologia e a educação ambiental/Research reports: considerations on sociology and environmental education

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    Carolina Messora Bagnolo

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Esta comunicação visa compartilhar alguns resultados pertinentes à pesquisa realizada no âmbito da pós-graduação, onde se buscou analisar a produção intelectual em sociologia ambiental na América Latina, entendendo quais são as propostas ou soluções que essa produção coloca para a minimização dos problemas socioambientais. A despeito dos resultados obtidos, nota-se que a educação ambiental, difundida como promessa para a emergência da consciência ambiental e possível superação da crise civilizatória, pouco se destaca dentre as preocupações da sociologia (como pode ser visto também em Layrargues, 2002. This communication aims to share some pertinent results to the research carried in the scope of the after-graduation, where it searched to analyze the intellectual production in environmental sociology in Latin America, understanding which are the proposals or solutions that this production places for the minimization of social environmental problems. In relation to the results, it is noticed that environmental education, spread out as a promise to the emergency of environmental conscience and possible overcoming of the civilization crisis, a little is distinguished amongst the concerns of sociology (as it can also be seen in Layrargues, 2002.

  10. METHODOLOGY FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL FORMATION OF THE STUDENTS OF THE CAREER OF AGRONOMY / METODOLOGÍA PARA LA FORMACIÓN AMBIENTAL DE ESTUDIANTES DE AGRONOMÍA

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    Adelaida Almaguer Álvarez

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available The deficiencies that persist in the students graduated in Agronomic Engineering to face the challenges of a sustainable agriculture, lead to energize the environmental formation of these so that they develop knowledge, abilities and values characteristic of an adjusted environmental culture to the requirements of the ecosystems in that they will act. Therefore, it is to incorporate to the formative process a methodology that reveals the integrative logic among the understanding, the systematizing and the environmental valuation to find creative answers to the environmental problems; to build and to integrate the environmental contents, starting from the totalizing study of the reality that is manifested in the towns; and, to assume a theoretical position that recognizes the holistic conception of the environment, given their diversity and complexity.ResumenLas deficiencias que persisten en los estudiantes graduados en Ingeniería Agronómica para enfrentar los retos de una agricultura sostenible, conducen a dinamizar la formación ambiental de estos para que desarrollen conocimientos, habilidades y valores propios de una cultura ambiental ajustada a los requerimientos de los ecosistemas en que se desempeñarán. Por tanto, se trata de incorporar al proceso formativo una metodología que revele la lógica integradora entre la comprensión, la sistematización y la valoración ambiental para encontrar respuestas creativas a los problemas ambientales; construir e integrar los contenidos ambientales, a partir del estudio totalizador de la realidad que se manifiesta en las localidades; y, asumir una posición teórica que reconozca la concepción holística del medio ambiente, dada su diversidad y complejidad.

  11. Issues management - Internet in environmental scanning. A strategic weapon or just another fancy toy? (situation in Finland)

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    The objective of the study is to find out how different international industrial companies in Finland use the Internet as a tool in the environmental scanning process and in issues management as well. Is Internet used at all in this respect? Prime target is to find an easy way to monitor future developments via Internet and in that sense be able to forecast the future issues and develop the process of issues management. The study is descriptive and its purpose is not to shake walls but realistically describe Internet's scanning possibilities in everyday life. Communication managers in eight different Finnish companies were interviewed. Issues management and environmental scanning are parts of an organisation's strategic planning. Strategic plans are not available even for academic researchers unless the results of the study are kept secret. The level of the results of this study is therefore practical and simplistic. This chapter tells briefly some of the results gained from research. It seems that at least big forest companies use Internet a lot but because of the strategic matters involved they did not reveal all their scanning details. In general it seems that communication managers in Finland don't yet use all the available possibilities that the Internet can offer to the process of environmental scanning. Internet is still quite a new tool. Traditional information gathering techniques are still more appreciated, for instance personal contacts with environmental activists are highly valued and a common way to get information about the future events. The culture of environmental activism in Finland has moved towards quite an open direction recently. Activists can call the companies' information personnel to let them know that they are going to demonstrate in the backyard of a company and invite international press to film the show - the actions are open. There are some militant groups, however, that operate differently and hints about their actions and current

  12. Gobernanza ambiental, actores sociales y conflictos en las Áreas Naturales Protegidas mexicanas Environmental Governance, Social Actors and Conflicts in Mexican Natural Protected Areas

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    Ludger Brenner

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo analiza los retos que enfrenta la gobernanza ambiental de la Reserva de la Biosfera Sian Ka'an, una de las Áreas Naturales Protegidas más importantes en México. El estudio identifica los actores sociales involucrados, sus intereses, estrategias, poder relativo y acciones. La información pone en claro que el mayor problema que enfrenta la gobernanza ambiental resulta de los intereses y acciones contradictorias que llevan a cabo los diferentes actores sociales.This article analizes the challenges faced by environmental governance of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, one of the most important protected natural areas in Mexico. The study focuses on social actors involved, their interests, strategies, relative power and actions. The information obtained shows that the main problem faced by environmental governance actions comes from the various social actors.

  13. Early- to Mid-Holocene environmental and climate changes in the southern Baltic lowland using XRF scanning data

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    Tjallingii, Rik; Ott, Florian; Dräger, Nadine; Kramkowski, Mateusz; Slowinski, Michal; Brauer, Achim

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    The ICLEA project includes several annually laminated (varved) lake records from the southern Baltic lowlands for detailed climatic and environmental reconstructions. Continuous geochemical records have been obtained by XRF scanning and reveal the dominant depositional processes of the German lake Tiefer See and the Polish lakes Głęboczek, Czechowskie and Jelonek. Each lake record has been independently dated by means of varve counting, AMS 14C dating and tephrochronology. The unprecedented age control allows accurate age correlation of individual lake records even over large distances. The detailed stratigraphy is used in combination with micro-XRF core scanning records to link depositional variability with past environmental and climatic changes. However, in each lake the major sedimentological transitions are reflected by different geochemical elements due to the different depositional conditions. Here we present a statistical concept for XRF core scanning data to evaluate the timing and frequency of the most prominent sedimentological transitions of the Early to Mid Holocene. Preliminary results reveal that depositional conditions prevail over relatively long periods (102-103 yrs) between the Younger Dryas and ~6000 yrs. The sedimentological transitions during this period are associated to regional climatic changes in the southern Baltic lowlands during this period. After ~6000 yrs BP, depositional conditions vary at a much higher frequency (10-102 yrs), which are associated with a stronger local and lake internal environmental variability. Ongoing research focuses on a multi-proxy approach to further constrain possible links between depositional changes recorded in these varved lacustrine sediments with Early- to Mid-Holocene climatic and environmental variations. This study is a contribution to the Virtual Institute of Integrated Climate and Landscape Evolution Analysis - ICLEA - of the Helmholtz Association.

  14. Ciência e Sustentabilidade: a contribuição da educação ambiental Science and Sustainability: the contribution of environmental education

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    Marcos Antonio do Santos Reigota

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    Full Text Available No contexto político, científico e cultural da problemática ambiental, a educação ambiental tem uma história nos debates científicos e epistemológicos. A educação ambiental brasileira oferece sólidos elementos para mostrar que, apesar de todas as barreiras, outro tipo de ciência foi, está sendo feita e tende a consolidar-se. Com visões alternativas e paradigmas conseqüentes com a construção da sociedade sustentável orientada à democracia, justiça e ecologia. Sugere a análise da trajetória e a recepção dos pesquisadores para revelar o processo de constituição de conceitos (sustentabilidade e uma área de conhecimento (educação ambiental. Constata que a construção de uma sociedade sustentável é uma constante dúvida e utopia.In the political, scientific and cultural context of the environmental issue, environmental education has a history in the scientific and epistemological debates. Brazilian environmental education offers solid elements to prove that, in spite of all the difficulties, another type of science is being produced and tends to consolidate itself, with alternative views and consequent paradigms with the construction of a sustainable society oriented towards democracy, justice and ecology. The article suggests the analysis of the trajectory and the reception of the researchers to reveal the construction process of concepts (sustainability and a field of knowledge (environmental education. It concludes that the construction of a sustainable society is a constant doubt and utopia.

  15. Um panorama das pesquisas sobre livro didático e educação ambiental Environmental education research in textbooks: an overview

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    Natália Salan Marpica

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Ao considerarmos a educação ambiental de forma permanente e cotidiana nas escolas, verificamos que o livro didático participa deste processo de modo bastante significativo, dada sua importância no ensino e na aprendizagem vivenciados por docentes e discentes. Este artigo tem como objetivo levantar as pesquisas realizadas envolvendo livro didático e educação ambiental, para conhecimento do que vem sendo produzido sobre o assunto e de quais os principais desafios à pesquisa neste segmento. As pesquisas levantadas apontaram várias deficiências encontradas nos livros didáticos como instrumento de apoio à abordagem da educação ambiental no contexto escolar. No entanto, verificamos que o conjunto dessas pesquisas apresenta lacunas em sua potencial contribuição para a melhoria dos livros didáticos como ferramenta que propicie a incorporação da dimensão ambiental no processo de ensino e aprendizagem.When we consider environmental education and its effect in the daily schools activities, we can note that the textbook participates in this process in a very significant way, due to its importance in the defining the educational content and in the learning experienced by the teachers and the pupils. The objective of the present article is to survey studies related to the research undertaken involving textbooks and environmental education in order to communicate what is being done regarding the subject, identifying the main challenges. The research shows several deficiencies encountered in the textbook as instrument of support to environmental educational approaches in the school context. However, we have found that the set research studied presents some gaps in its potential contribution towards the enhancement of the textbooks as tools for providing the incorporation of environmental dimensions into the learning process.

  16. Strategic Envrionmental Assessment (SEA; a preventive tool for environmental management Evaluación ambiental estratégica (EAE; un instrumento preventivo de gestión ambiental

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    Domingo Gómez Orea

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    Full Text Available Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA is a first tool to integrate environment in the process of formulating policies, plans and programs (PPP hereafter and then verify the reality of it. The integration is to incorporate sensitivity, judgment, knowledge and environmental commitment to the PPP process from the beginning, so that the public decision is about as accurate as possible. Verification involves two facets: verification that they have actually been an effort of environmental integration in developing the PPP and evaluation of results achieved, and evaluation is performed through the identification, assessment, prevention and monitoring of impacts would occur in case they are running. Environmental integration begins at the moment that the idea of developing the PPP, and his assessment; then takes the form of a technical document (Environmental Sustainability Report: ESR which is an integral part of the PPP documentation and that unfolds while the draft PPP; then follows the process of integration by incorporating the determinations set forth in the Environmental Report, including the results of public participation in drawing up the final PPP. SEA is regulated at European Union by Directive 2001/42/EC on the assessment of the effects of certain plans and programs on the environment; in Spain, by Law 9/2006 and in the Autonomous Communities by the law itself. In the administrative procedure through which it is applied, technically there is a crucial phase: preparation of the Draft while the PPP and the ESR, so it could be interpreted as incorporating the environmental dimension into development process Draft PPP, verification of this and the identification, assessment, prevention and monitoring of impacts.La evaluación ambiental estratégica (EAE es un instrumento para integrar primero el medio ambiente en el proceso de formulación de políticas, planes y programas (PPP y verificar después la realidad de ello. La integraci

  17. La mujer como sujeto social ante el problema ambiental desde la realidad cubana./The woman as a social subject to the environmental problem from the Cuban reality.

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    Luisa Carrión Cabrera

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    Full Text Available RESUMEN El análisis de la mujer como sujeto social ante el problema ambiental en el contexto cubano, se convierte en una necesidad para alcanzar el desarrollo sostenible, para dicho análisis se discuten acerca de los cuatro ejes que facilitan la valoración de los procesos sociales en su vínculo con el medio ambiente (lo ambiental como problemática en la producción filosófica en el contexto cubano y su relación con la mujer como sujeto social; el desequilibrio en las condiciones de existencia en los espacios privados (familiar; los problemas ambientales y su impacto en la mujer y el papel creciente de la actividad social del sujeto, a partir de sus tipos y proyecciones sociales para el logro del desarrollo sostenible. ABSTRACT The analysis of women as social subject to the environmental problem in the Cuban context, it becomes a necessity for sustainable development, for this analysis are discussed on the four axes that facilitate the assessment of social processes in its link with the environment (environmental and philosophical problems in production in the Cuban context and its relationship with the woman as a social subject, the imbalance in living conditions in the private sphere (family environmental problems and their impact on women and the increasing role of the social activity of the subject, based on their types and social implications for the achievement of sustainable development.

  18. Environmental framework for the development of the Los Humeros, Puebla geothermal field; Contexto ambiental del desarrollo del campo geotermico de Los Humeros, Puebla

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    Pastrana Melchor, Eugenio J.; Fernandez Solorzano, Maria Elena; Mendoza Rangel, Ernesto; Hernandez Ayala, Cuauhtemoc [Comision Federal de Electricidad, Morelia, Michoacan (Mexico)

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    The construction, operation and maintenance of the Los Humeros, Puebla, geothermal field were undertaken in accordance with Mexican environmental regulations. The resolutions on environmental impacts, license for atmospheric pollution prevention, concession title for exploitation and use of national waters, permission for wastewater discharging services, company registration for producing dangerous wastes and fulfillment of all conditions noted in the documents show the applicable environmental laws for the project have been followed. [Spanish] La construccion, operacion y mantenimiento del campo geotermoelectrico Los Humeros, Puebla, se ha llevado a cabo dentro del marco juridico ambiental vigente en Mexico. Las resoluciones en materia de impacto ambiental, la licencia en materia de prevencion de la contaminacion de la atmosfera, el titulo de concesion para explorar, usar o aprovechar aguas nacionales, el permiso para descargar aguas residuales domesticas, el registro como empresa generadora de residuos peligrosos, y el cumplimiento de las disposiciones y condicionantes establecidos en cada uno de estos documentos, evidencian la observancia de la legislacion ambiental aplicable al proyecto.

  19. Environmental management programs of the Bolivia-Brazil gas pipeline; Programa de gestao ambiental do gasoduto Bolivia-Brasil

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    Santos, Helio Joaquim dos [TBG - Transportadora Brasileira Gasoduto Bolivia Brasil S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2003-07-01

    One of the largest South America's enterprises of energy integration of the Bolivia/Brazil gas pipeline in Brazilian side own and operated by TBG has interacted with 05 states, 137 districts and 06 environment governmental entities (IBAMA and States' department) of environment multilateral financial institutions and group of ten of other governmental and not governmental organizations. The level of approved investment was of the order of 1,5 billion dollars, of which about 29 million had been destined the ambient activities. Thus, without precedents in Brazil this work presents the plan of ambient management of the enterprise, created to develop and implement the ambient programs during the construction and operation of the gas pipeline stage. The work here presented will give prominence to the programs of ambient compensation and social communication inside Brazil. (author)

  20. Spatial variability of the ambient noise field associated with the Marginal Ice Zone and its relationship to environmental parameters

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    Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited During the month of July 1987 an acoustical experiment was conducted by the United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in the East Greenland Sea Marginal Ice Zone (MIZ) . Ambient noise "hot spots" or concentrated areas of relatively high noise levels were found along the ice edge using a towed array. Ambient noise levels were obtained on 27 and 28 July using AN/SSQ-57A and AN/SSQ-57XN5 calibrated sonobuoys . The ...

  1. Análise de confiabilidade do SICOGEA - sistema contábil gerencial e ambiental = Reliability analysis of SICOGEA - management and environmental accounting system

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    Bernadete Limongi

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available A área ambiental tem sido discutida por vários profissionais, porém pouco ainda se relata sobre a Contabilidade Ambiental. Assim, a fim de criar um sistema que pudesse fornecer dados ambientais e contabilizá-los, optou-se pela realização do SICOGEA - Sistema Contábil-Gerencial Ambiental. Antes, porém, fazia-se necessário realizar uma análise de confiabilidade. Entrevistas semiestruturadas foram realizadas com profissionais de diversas áreas. Foram enviados, via e-mail, 55 instrumentos de análise, dos quais 53 retornaram, em 30 dias. Na análise empreendida verificou-se, como vantagem inicial da gestão ambiental, o envolvimento da sociedade, pois, conhecendo a realidade local, as possibilidades de solução para as questões ambientais tornam-se mais exequíveis. Percebeu-se uma relação entre as respostas aos questionários e a atividade profissional e acadêmica dos inquiridos: aqueles envolvidos mais diretamente com a área ambiental não demonstraram preocupação com lucratividade, mas aqueles voltados à área econômica entenderam que a gestão ambiental somente terá sucesso quando trouxer vantagem econômica. Percebeuse, pois, entre estes últimos, uma clara preocupação com a sobrevivência no mercado. E é nesse contexto que se insere o SICOGEA, uma nova alternativa de gestão e Contabilidade Ambiental, pois é um sistema que pode ajudar a elucidar a problemática ambiental e possibilitar o uso de tecnologias simples e eficientes, visando à preservação, ao mesmo tempo em que atende às exigências da legislação vigente. Environment has been discussed by many experts but there is not much reported on Environmental Accounting. Thus, in order to obtain a system which is capable of furnishing environmental data and registering them, SICOGEAwas created. It is an Environmental Managing and Accounting System. Before that a reliability test was applied. Semi-structured interviews with different professionals were undertaken

  2. Accelerated Surface Measurement Using Wavelength Scanning Interferometer with Compensation of Environmental Noise

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    H. Muhamedsalih; Jiang, X.; Gao, F.

    2013-01-01

    The optical interferometry has been widely explored for surface measurement due to the advantages of non-contact and high accuracy interrogation. Eventually, some interferometers are used to measure both rough and smooth surfaces such as white light interferometer and wavelength scanning interferometer (WSI). The WSI can measure large discontinuous surface profiles without the phase ambiguity problems. However, the WSI usually needs to capture hundreds of interferograms at different wavelengt...

  3. Environmental scanning, strategic behaviour, organizational characteristics, and performance in small firms

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    Elton José Blageski Junior; Carlos Ricardo Rossetto

    2015-01-01

    The focus of this article is on the interaction between strategy and organizational environment within small firms, and its objective is to analyze the relation among strategic behavior, environment scanning, organizational characteristics and performance. We have chosen the quantitative approach, survey-type, applying questionnaires, and data analysis, using the variance analysis technique to verify the differences existing among prospectors, analyst, defensive, and reactive firms in terms o...

  4. Literature Review of the Theory and Application of Environmental Scanning Abroad%国外环境扫描理论与应用研究综述

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    张丽华; 曲建升; 李延梅

    2011-01-01

    The theory of environmental scanning is summarized in three aspects: connotation, approach and data sources. The application of environmental scanning is summed up in business, library, government and other areas. Some revelation for implementation of environmental scanning are given, according to the analysis of environmental scanning and its application.%首先从环境扫描的内涵、方法与数据来源三方面对环境扫描进行理论综述,其次对环境扫描在企业、图书馆、政府与其他领域的应用实践进行概括总结,最后根据对环境扫描及其应用实践的分析,提出环境扫描实施的几点启示。

  5. Different perspectives on the same environment – A study of the environmental scanning at Stockholm Public Library and the Bookstore Akademibokhandeln

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    Mattias Eriksson

    2007-01-01

    This article is based on a master thesis exploring how a bookstore chain and a public library meet the needs of their customers through environmental scanning in Spring 2007. The empirical material is derived from semi-structured interviews, and the theoretical framework is based on different models used in the process of environmental scanning. The results indicate that the library perceives the environment as society as a whole and all its members as their users, whereas the bookstore conce...

  6. Regulamentar faz diferença? O caso da evidenciação ambiental Can regulation make a difference? The case of environmental disclosure

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    Alex Mussoi Ribeiro

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Baseado na discussão entre tornar o disclosure ambiental obrigatório ou não, o objetivo desta pesquisa foi verificar se as práticas de evidenciação ambiental das companhias analisadas reagem aos distintos estímulos regulatórios de seus países de origem. A resposta desta pergunta é útil no sentido de determinar a eficácia da introdução de mecanismos regulatórios nas práticas de evidenciação ambiental. Uma vez que o disclosure ambiental é, predominantemente, voluntário as companhias podem simplesmente suplantar a regulação, tornando-a sem sentido. Para o desenho metodológico, optou-se por uma abordagem descritiva de cunho predominantemente quantitativo. A amostra foi selecionada de empresas do setor de petróleo e gás natural de quatro países com similaridades culturais: os Estados Unidos, o Canadá, a Inglaterra e a Austrália. Os dados analisados foram coletados nos relatórios anuais no ano de 2007. Para classificar os dados ambientais utilizou-se uma escala adaptada de dois trabalhos consagrados no meio da evidenciação ambiental, o estudo de Clarkson et al. (2008 e o de Wiseman (1982. O teste estatístico (teste H comprovou que existem diferenças significativas entre os níveis de evidenciação ambiental das companhias da amostra pertencentes aos países mais regulados em comparação com os menos regulados e essas diferenças só foram significativas nos itens de divulgação obrigatória, o que comprova que o disclosure ambiental das companhias reage aos estímulos regulatórios de seus países.Based on different opinions concerning the need for mandatory environmental disclosure, the main purpose of this research was to verify whether or not the company's environmental reporting practices react to different regulatory stimuli. The answer to this question is useful to evaluate the effectiveness of the introduction of regulatory mechanisms in environmental disclosure practices. Since environmental disclosure is

  7. Análise de sustentabilidade sócio-ambiental da CEASA/SC = An analysis of social environmental sustainability of CEASA/SC

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    João Paulo de Oliveira Nunes

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available A gestão sócio-ambiental se faz cada vez mais necessária nos dias atuais, haja vista que a satisfação das necessidades humanas gera em contrapartida a agressão ao meio ambiente. Por isso, é preciso que existam ações que priorizem o desenvolvimento sustentável. Essa pesquisa objetivou verificar a sustentabilidade sócio-ambiental, com auxílio da contabilidade, da Central de Abastecimento do Estado de Santa Catarina (CEASA. Essa instituição situa-se em São José, município da Grande Florianópolis, e abastece o mercado da região com produtos hortifrutigranjeiros. A metodologia utilizada foi descritiva e exploratória baseada especialmente em pesquisas bibliográficas e na entrevista, efetuada em 2009, com o diretor dessa instituição. A trajetória metodológica foi dividida em três fases, a primeira “Revisão Teórica”; a segunda o “Estudo de Caso” composto pela análise por critério da sustentabilidade sócio-ambiental da CEASA, com o auxílio do SICOGEA, pelo qual se aplicou uma lista de verificação. E a terceira e última a “Análise dos resultados” onde se encontrou o resultado de Sustentabilidade Sócio-Ambiental Global da instituição, que foi de 74,28%, considerada adequada. Também foi proposto um plano resumido de gestão ambiental – 5W2H (GAIA como auxílio ao gestor, com enfoque ao Critério Contabilidade e Auditoria Ambiental, considerado deficitário e de maior prioridade.The socio-environmental management is becoming increasingly necessary these days, since the satisfaction of human needs generates negative impact on the environment. That's why actions to prioritize sustainable development must be taken. This research aimed to verify the social and environmental sustainability, with the help of the State of Santa Catarina Supply Center (CEASA accounting. This institution is located in San José, a city in the metropolitan Florianópolis, and supplies the region's market with fresh produce. The

  8. Marketing Verde: responsabilidade social e ambiental integradas na envolvente de marketingGreen Marketing: integrated social and environmental responsibility in the marketing environmentMarketing Verde: responsabilidad social y ambiental integrada en la envolvente de marketing

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    DALMORO, Marlon

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available RESUMOO presente estudo tem como objetivo principal analisar e descrever como a responsabilidade social e ambiental está integrada na envolvente de marketing de uma unidade franqueada da Companhia Coca-Cola. Ao encontro das percepções de Karna, Hansen e Juslin (2001, a envolvente de marketing é descrita, baseada em três níveis hierárquicos: marketing estratégico, estrutural e funcional. Neste sentido, realizou-se uma abordagem qualitativa com estudo de caso, no qual os dados foram coletados, por meio de entrevistas semiestruturadas com pessoas envolvidas no processo de gestão ambiental e social da empresa franqueada. No tratamento dos dados foi utilizada análise de conteúdo. Na percepção dos entrevistados, a empresa encontra-se em um avançado processo de integração em toda a organização de uma cultura de marketing verde, principalmente, pela relação de franqueado, mantida com a Companhia Coca-Cola. Observou-se que a empresa franqueada, bem como a companhia, de modo geral, encontram-se numa situação pró-ativa em termos de marketing verde, mesmo que o ambiente institucional não cumpra com o seu papel na plenitude.ABSTRACTThis study aims to describe and analyze as social and environmental responsibility is integrated in the marketing strategy of a Coca-Cola Company franchisee. By the perceptions of Karna, Hansen and Juslin (2001, environment marketing is described based on three hierarchical levels: strategic, structural and functional marketing. There has been developed a qualitative approach through case study, in which the data were collected through semi-structured interviews with people involved in the process of environmental and social management of the franchisee company. Data treatment was used in the analysis of content. In the interviewer’s perception, the company is in advanced process of integration across the organization of a green marketing culture, primarily by the relationship of the franchisee maintained

  9. Procedimiento para planificar el monitoreo ambiental en empresas hoteleras. Procedure for environmental monitoring plan for the hotel companies

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    Lisbet Alonso Tamayo

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Resumen:La gestión ambiental empresarial ha devenido en instrumento de valor estratégico para las empresas hoteleras. Para garantizar su aplicación exitosa resulta vital el desarrollo de programas de monitoreo ambiental. Por tal motivo, el presente artículo se traza como objetivo general desarrollar un procedimiento para elaborar programas de monitoreo ambiental en estas empresas. La aplicación de diferentes métodos empíricos de investigación, principalmente el método de Delphi, permitió proponer un procedimiento que incluye los indicadores, herramientas y recomendaciones prácticas para planificar e implementar un programa de monitoreo en empresas hoteleras. Estos programas permitirán dar seguimiento a los aspectos ambientales presentes en las operaciones de estas entidades, así como a las características distintivas de los elementos de su entorno natural

  10. La evaluación del paisaje: una herramienta de gestión ambiental Landscape evaluation: an environmental management

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    ANDRÉS MUÑOZ-PEDREROS

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available El paisaje es la expresión espacial y visual del medio. Es un recurso natural escaso, valioso y con demanda creciente, fácilmente depreciable y difícilmente renovable. El paisaje visual considera la estética y la capacidad de percepción por un observador. Para evaluar un paisaje existen diferentes métodos y procedimientos; aquí se propone un método mixto con valoración directa de subjetividad representativa y análisis posterior indirecto con análisis de componentes principales. El método propuesto intenta mejorar el problema de la subjetividad con grupos de evaluadores cuya opinión global sea representativa y es valorado con instrumentos que contienen listas de adjetivos con expresión numérica que facilita su procesamiento. En el análisis de componentes principales sí participan paneles de expertos. La técnica de valoración del paisaje es el análisis de preferencias, que parte aceptando que el valor de un paisaje está en función del número de individuos que le prefieren. También se describe un método para valorar la fragilidad del paisaje, que integrado a la valoración permite aplicar criterios de preservación y conservación. Una evaluación equivaldrá a una fotografía instantánea, que podrá ser comparada con una fotografía homóloga del futuro. Esto permitirá cuantificar las pérdidas (o ganancias de paisajes valiosos, sus agentes destructivos y sus medidas mitigantes. El ciudadano promedio está, por diferentes motivos, internalizando cada vez más una suerte de "conciencia ambiental" que redunda en una novedosa valorización de los espacios naturales y sus ecosistemas. Esto explica la creciente resistencia ciudadana a perder espacios de alto valor turístico, paisajístico y recreacional. Por esto se debería controlar el impacto ambiental que ciertos proyectos ocasionen sobre el paisaje, especialmente cuando se trate de tomar decisiones frente a propuestas de instalaciones industriales o facilidades p

  11. Fundamentos epistemo-metodológicos da educação ambiental Environmental education epistemic-methodological fundaments

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    Sônia Maria Marchiorato Carneiro

    2006-01-01

    As relações sociedade-natureza são contextualizadas a partir das analogias orgânica e mecânica ao foco de uma epistemologia ambiental, frente à crise civilizatória no mundo ocidental; nessa linha, o paradigma da complexidade fundamenta a superação das ambigüidades do desenvolvimento sustentável em prol de uma apropriada sustentabilidade socioambiental e, pois, possibilitando práticas de Educação Ambiental criticamente orientadas por uma nova pedagogia do conhecimento, com implicação de novos ...

  12. Filmes de ficção científica como mediadores de conceitos relativos ao meio ambiente Science fiction movies and environmental education: is it possible?

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    Carlos Alberto Machado

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Muito se fala sobre o meio ambiente nos meios de comunicação e nas escolas, mas pouco se sabe sobre toda sua gama e envergadura. Confundem-se princípios ecológicos com o ensino generalizado do meio ambiente que cobre uma gama muito maior de conceitos e uma complexidade de relações urgentes e esquece-se que o estudo do meio ambiente deve tratar do todo envolvido pelo homem, do todo ao redor. Visões utópicas e distópicas a respeito desse tema estão presentes em alguns filmes de ficção científica feitos para cinema e televisão. Este texto analisa relações entre esses filmes e conceitos científicos relativos ao meio ambiente e aponta possibilidades de uso dos mesmos no ensino de ciência.The environment is one of the most important scientific subjects in the XXI century. Schools and the media talk about it all the time but they do not have enough knowledge. They forget that environmental studies must embrace the human beings and the whole world around them. Utopian and non-utopian conceptions about this subject are often presented in science fictions movies made for the cinema or for the television. This text discusses the relation between science fiction movies and scientific environmental concepts. In addition, it suggests a way to use the science in these kinds of films at school to develop science teaching.

  13. In-situ observation of salt crystallization using environmental scanning electron microscopy

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    Runštuk, Jiří; Neděla, Vilém; Čudek, P.; Jirák, J.

    Graz : Verlag der Technischen Universität, 2009, Vol. 1: 225-226. ISBN 978-3-85125-062-6. [MC 2009 - Joint Meeting of Dreiländertagung and Multinational Congress on Microscopy /9./. Graz (AT), 30.08.2009-04.09.2009] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20650511 Keywords : crystallization * in-situ study * environmental SEM * salt Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering http://www.univie.ac.at/asem/Graz_MC_09/papers/97905.pdf

  14. Environmental management systems implemented in the Spanish nuclear power plants; Sistemas de gestion ambiental implantados en las centrales nucleares espanolas

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    Redondo, R.; Fernandez Guisado, M. B.; Hortiguela, R.; Bustamante, L. F.; Esparza, J. L.; Villareal, M.; Yague, F.

    2013-09-01

    The companies that own the Spanish Nuclear Power Plants, aware of social concern and in the context of a growing demanding environmental legislation, have a permanent commitment to the electricity production based on the principles of a maximum respect for the environment, safety, quality, professionalism and continuous improvement. In order to minimize the environmental impact of their plants they have implemented and Environmental Management System based on the ISO 14001 Standard. They minimize the environmental impact by identifying the significant environmental aspects and defining the corresponding objectives. This article describes the referred environmental management systems and their environmental objectives, as applied and defined by the Spanish Nuclear Power Plants. (Author)

  15. Community intervention in higher education of environmental health Intervencion comunitaria en la educación superior de salud ambiental Intervenção comunitária no ensino superior de saúde ambiental

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    Raquel Rodrigues dos Santos

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Currently, in the Bologna context, university teaching methods focus on the student and on a learning experience based on practical methods. Under the guidance of teachers, students in the second year of the first Environmental Health Course at the Polytechnic Institute of Beja have designed and developed the following nine community intervention projects relating to environmental health: dangerous products (mercury; habitability and geriatrics; health education and the environment; drinking water; information and communication in environmental health; efficient use of resources in public buildings; child development in outdoor spaces; and allergenic factors in housing. This pedagogical action takes place over three semesters, corresponding to the three distinct phases: design, implementation and evaluation / dissemination. To ensure the viability of the projects, each group of three students has established partnerships with various entities, such as city and parish councils, hospitals, schools, consumer cooperatives, companies dealing with hazardous waste, the Youth Institute and other commercial enterprises. Although it has not been possible to evaluate the whole project, preliminary results suggest that the planned activities have been very successful, with health benefits for the people involved, through environmental improvements or an increase in empowerment. It was also possible to achieve economic gains and contribute to the conservation of the environment. The students were able to gain skills and knowledge in a teaching model characterized by the absence of lectures in which students, assisted by teachers, take decisions and independent action, simulating a real context of professional practice. This experience suggests that, by utilizing the Bologna method, the polytechnic institutions may improve their real contribution to the health of communities.Actualmente y en el marco del Plan de Bolonia, las actividades docentes

  16. Proceedings of the 19. Brazilian congress on environmental and sanitary engineering. 2. International fair of environmental sanitation technology. Technical papers; Anais do 19. Congresso brasileiro de engenharia sanitaria e ambiental; 2. Feira internacional de tecnologias de sanemanento ambiental. Trabalhos tecnicos

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    1997-07-01

    Some works on environmental studies, as environmental impacts, environmental planning and strategies for programs of uses of energy sources are presented. Some aspects relative to pollution caused by various factors and pollutants are shown. Results about pollution control in effluents and hydrological problems are discussed. Effects of treated liquid effluent from industries and ecological effects of wastewaters are described. An evaluation on environmental protection and determination of toxic components and their effects in aquatic biota is presented.

  17. Maternal and ambient environmental effects of light on germination in Plantago lanceolata: correlated responses to selection on leaf length

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    1. Seeds from artificial selection lines were exposed to different maternal and ambient conditions, simulating sunlight and vegetation shade. 2. Lines selected for longer leaves also produced larger seeds, indicating a positive genetic correlation between leaf length and seed size. 3. Light conditions during maturation had no large effect on seed size. 4. Seed germination was reduced by a low ratio of red to far-red light (R/FR ratio) in the ambient environment. 5. Seeds maturated under simulated vegetation shade germinated less readily and were more inhibited by a low ambient R/FR ratio than seeds maturated under full sunlight or R/FR-neutral shade. Thus, low R/FR-ratios in the maternal and ambient environment operated synergistically. 6. Large genotypic variation in the germination responses to both maternal and ambient light conditions was found among and within selection lines, indicating that such responses might have the potential to evolve in response to natural selection. 7. Artificial selection for leaf length had affected seed germination characteristics but correlated responses and thus genetic correlations largely depended on light conditions in the selective environment. Selection for longer leaves under a low R/FR ratio increased seed dormancy and plasticity of germination in response to the R/FR ratio. However, in the opposite selective environment selection for longer leaves reduced seed dormancy and plasticity to the R/FR ratio. It is argued that leaf length and seed germination characteristics are somehow linked by shared physiological mechanisms, which may facilitate concerted changes in shade avoidance responses

  18. Desarrollo tecnológico, impacto sobre el medio ambiente y la salud Technological development, environmental impact and health

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    Andrea María Rodríguez Bertheau

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available El mejoramiento en las condiciones de vida provocado por el desarrollo tecnológico incrementó la población mundial, el gasto de energía, la producción de alimentos y los de bienes de consumo. A su vez, se aceleró la contaminación ambiental, la deforestación, el surgimiento de las grandes ciudades y otros fenómenos que se han convertido en un problema para la humanidad. Nos proponemos mostrar la problemática actual existente entre el desarrollo tecnológico su repercusión sobre el medio ambiente, la salud humana así como las posibles vías para el encuentro de soluciones. La contaminación ataca la salud humana, por el agua o el aire; por la merma de los rendimientos de cultivos; también en la salud del ganado y en la pesca. Se han liberado cantidades de CO² y de otros gases de efecto invernadero que han provocado un exceso de mortalidad cifrado en 70 000 defunciones en Europa, y se agravan las enfermedades cardiovasculares y respiratorias con 1,2 millones de defunciones cada año en zonas urbanas. Los niveles de polen y otros alérgenos son mayores lo que puede provocar afecciones alérgicas como el asma, que afecta a unos 300 millones de personas. Los desastres naturales se han triplicado con creces desde los años sesenta; cada año esos desastres causan más de 60 000 muertes. La creciente variabilidad de las precipitaciones afectará el suministro de agua dulce y lo que hará peligrar la higiene, aumentar el riesgo de enfermedades diarreicas, que matan a 2,2 millones de personas cada año. Se ha multiplicado por dos la frecuencia de sequías extremas y por seis su duración media, lo que ha incrementado la hambruna. Es probable que se prolonguen las estaciones de importantes enfermedades transmitidas por vectores, como la esquistosomiasis, la malaria y el dengue. La Cumbre celebrada en Copenhague evidenció el caos de los gobiernos mundiales, dado que no se alcanzó consenso y se postergó para el 2010 la firma de un tratado

  19. Environmental management project of the Patache power plant project and associated transmission line; Gestion ambiental proyecto central termoelectrica Patache y linea de transmision asociada

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    Carreno Paredes, Cristian [Compania Electrica Tapaca (CELTA, S. A.), (Chile)

    1996-12-31

    This report makes a brief description of the services developed by INGENDESA of the projects executed in the area of engineering as well as in the area of environmental matters. In a second instance a relatively detailed presentation is made of the most important background of the Chilean project: {sup E}nvironmental Management of the Patache Power Plant and the Associated Transmission Line-Compania Electrica Tarapaca (CELTA, S.A.) Region I{sup .} The justification for the construction of the power plant and the environmental problems associated with the same are described [Espanol] En el presente informe se hace una breve presentacion de los servicios desarrollados por INGENDESA, de los proyectos elaborados tanto en el area de la ingenieria como en la tematica ambiental. En segunda instancia, se hace una presentacion relativamente detallada de los antecedentes mas importantes del proyecto chileno {sup G}estion Ambiental Central Patache y Linea de Transmision Asociada - Compania Electrica Tarapaca (CELTA, S.A.) I Region{sup .} Se describe la justificacion de la construccion de esta central termoelectrica y los problemas ambientales asociados a la misma

  20. Contos de Camp Wilde: tornando queer a pesquisa em educação ambiental Tales from Camp Wilde: queer(ying environmental education research

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    Noel Gough

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo questiona o relativo silêncio da teoria e da teorização queer sobre a pesquisa em educação ambiental. Exploramos algumas possibilidades para tornar queer a pesquisa em educação ambiental ao criar (estimulando outras/os a fazer o mesmo narrativas de Camp Wilde, um local imaginário que nos ajuda a expor o fato de este ser um campo marcado por uma construção heteronormativa. Essas narrativas propõem métodos alternativos de representação e (reprodução do sujeito e do objeto de nossas indagações e nossas identidades como pesquisadoras/es. As/os colaboradoras/es utilizam-se de diferentes recursos teóricos como história da arte, desconstrução, ecofeminismo, crítica literária, estudos culturais populares e pós-estruturalismo feminista a fim de desenvolver uma nova orientação para a pesquisa em Educação Ambiental, a qual esperamos que jamais seja categorizada como um 'novo gênero'.This paper questions the relative silence of queer theory and theorizing in environmental education research. We explore some possibilities for queering environmental education research by fabricating (and inviting colleagues to fabricate stories of Camp Wilde, a fictional location that helps usto expose the facticity of the field's heteronormative constructedness. These stories suggest alternative ways of (representing and (reproducing both the subjects/objects of our inquiries and our identities as researchers. The contributors draw on a variety of theoretical resources from art history, deconstruction, ecofeminism, literary criticism, popular cultural studies, and feminist poststructuralism to perform an orientation to environmental education research that we hope will never be arrested by its categorization as a "new genre."

  1. Nanogold In Situ Hybridization for Phylogenetic Identification in Geologic Samples Using Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy

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    Ehrhardt, C.; Haymon, R.; Sievert, S.; Holden, P.

    2006-12-01

    Collecting phylogenetic information simultaneously with mineral textures and associations for geomicrobiological studies has always been a challenge. Recently a new type of nucleotide reporter system has been developed that utilizes small particles of nanogold (1.4 nm) covalently attached to oligonucelotide probes. Due to the small size and electron density of these nanogold reporter molecules, this in situ hybridization technique allows for the phylogenetic identification of microbial targets with a scanning electron microscope. Here we present new applications of the nanogold hybridization technique for pure cultures and natural microbial communities in a range of geologic samples including sand grains, basalt chips incubated on deep sea hydrothermal vents, and gypsum crusts sampled from a saline lake. While we do observe nonspecific binding of nanogold probes to minerals and organic compounds in geologic matrices, this can be distinguished from positive hybridization events with a spatial variety analysis. To assess the potential of nanogold hybridizations for quantitative assessments of microbial communities, fluorescent in situ hybridizations (FISH) were performed on all samples and compared to cell counts generated from nanogold hybridizations.

  2. SCORECARD AMBIENTAL: MONITORAÇÃO DOS CUSTOS AMBIENTAIS ATRAVÉS DA WEB ENVIRONMENTAL SCORECARD: WEB-BASED ENVIRONMENTAL COST MONITORING

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    Orlando Durán; Vicente Bergamini Puglia

    2007-01-01

    A gestão ambiental tem se transformado num dos elementos chave dentro da gestão empresarial atual. Sistemas Integrados de Gestão posicionam num mesmo plano as questões relativas às dimensões financeiras, da qualidade e do desempenho ambiental. Dentro desse contexto, a mensuração dos custos ambientais ocupa um lugar de destaque no que tange à informação para a Gestão. Entretanto, a mensuração dos custos ambientais tem esbarrado nas limitações já reconhecidas dos instrumentos da contabilidade t...

  3. Environmental education: policy and practice - Educação ambiental: política e prática

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    Mihaela Iacob

    2015-01-01

    Abstract This paper seeks to uncover the realities behind the integration, or lack thereof, of Environmental Education into the core science curriculum as well as suggestions to successfully integrating it. There is an urgent need for transformative environmental education and action-based environmental participation, concerns also echoed by the international community. The schools should be vested with an environmental mission about/for/in the environment. Educational legislation for sci...

  4. Analysis of environmental particles by atomic force microscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy.

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    Mavrocordatos, D; Pronk, W; Boiler, M

    2004-01-01

    Due to their large specific surface and their abundance, micro and nano particles play an important role in the transport of micropollutants in the environment. Natural particles are usually composed of a mixture of inorganic amorphous or crystalline material (mainly FeOOH, Fe(x)Oy, Mn(x)Oy and clays) and organic material (humics and polysaccharides). They all tend to occur as very small particles (1-1,000 nm in diameter). Most natural amorphous particles are unstable and tend to transform with time towards more crystalline forms, either by aging or possibly, by dissolution and re-crystallization. Such transformations affect the fate of sorbed micropollutants and the scavenging properties are therefore changed. As these entities are sensitive to dehydration (aggregation, changes in the morphology), it is highly important to observe their morphology in their natural environment and understand their composition at the scale of the individual particles. Also for the understanding and optimization of water treatment technologies, the knowledge of the occurrence and behavior of nano-particles is of high importance. Some of the possible particle analysis methods are presented: aggregation processes, biomineralization, bacterial adhesion, biofilms in freshwaters, ferrihydrite as heavy metals remover from storm water. These examples demonstrate the capabilities and focus of the microscopes. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) allows to analyze the particles in their own environment, meaning in air or in the water. Thus, native aspects of particles can be observed. As well, forces of interactions between particles or between particles and other surfaces such as membranes will be highly valuable data. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and for higher lateral resolution, Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) allow measurement of the morphology and composition. Especially, TEM coupled with Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (TEM-EELS) is a powerful technique for elemental analysis

  5. The role of the environmental management for the PYMES; El importante papel de la gestion ambiental para las PYMES

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    Garcia-Orcoyen, C.

    1996-12-01

    This article surveys companies environmental current situation and how the small and medium size industry could obtain different benefits improving its environmental performance. The author introduce a easy tool (Self assessment Eco-Management guide) to encourage this kind of companies in compliance, enforcement and environmental auditing programmes. (Author)

  6. Kelvin probe microscopy of residual surface potentials induced in poorly conducting specimens irradiated in conventional and environmental scanning electron microscope

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    Full text: Kelvin Probe Microscopy is a Scanning Probe Microscopy technique in which long-range Coulomb forces between a conductive AFM probe and the specimen enable the surface potential to be characterised. The residual potentials resulting from irradiation of poorly conducting materials in a conventional and variable pressure/ environmental SEMs are characterised and compared. In a conventional SEM, a thin, grounded conductive coating is applied to non-conductive specimens to prevent retarding and deflection of the incident electron beam. In a VP/ESEM, excess charge on the surface of uncoated poorly conducting specimens is balanced using ionised environmental gas. Ionised gas in environmental mode and grounded conductive coatings in conventional (high vacuum) mode minimize charging at the specimen surface, however significant charge trapping may still occur in the implanted sub-surface regions of poorly conducting materials. A small fraction (-6) of the incident electrons are trapped at irradiation induced or pre-existing defects within the irradiated specimen. The trapped charge induces a highly localized electric field, which can result in electro-migration and micro-segregation of charged mobile defect species within the irradiated micro-volume. In a conventional SEM, the incoming electron beam is isolated from the influence of the trapped charge induced electric field localized by the grounded conductive coating. In contrast, in environmental mode, the influence of the trapped charge induced electric field extends beyond the specimen in the absence of the grounded conductive coating. In addition the specimen is influenced by the electric fields associated with the ionised gas, incoming electron beam, and/ or the field resulting from the bias applied to the electron detector. In an ESEM the presence of the positively charged ion atmosphere in the vicinity of the surface enhances the local irradiation induced electric field. Additionally, bulk and surface

  7. Diffraction-unlimited optical imaging of unstained living cells in liquid by electron beam scanning of luminescent environmental cells.

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    Miyazaki, Hideki T; Kasaya, Takeshi; Takemura, Taro; Hanagata, Nobutaka; Yasuda, Takeshi; Miyazaki, Hiroshi

    2013-11-18

    An environmental cell with a 50-nm-thick cathodoluminescent window was attached to a scanning electron microscope, and diffraction-unlimited near-field optical imaging of unstained living human lung epithelial cells in liquid was demonstrated. Electrons with energies as low as 0.8 - 1.2 kV are sufficiently blocked by the window without damaging the specimens, and form a sub-wavelength-sized illumination light source. A super-resolved optical image of the specimen adhered to the opposite window surface was acquired by a photomultiplier tube placed below. The cells after the observation were proved to stay alive. The image was formed by enhanced dipole radiation or energy transfer, and features as small as 62 nm were resolved. PMID:24514332

  8. Immobilization of zebrafish larvae on a chip-based device for environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM) imaging

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    Akagi, Jin; Hall, Chris J.; Crosier, Kathryn E.; Crosier, Philip S.; Wlodkowic, Donald

    2013-12-01

    Small vertebrate model organisms have recently gained popularity as attractive experimental models that enhance our understanding of human tissue and organ development. Laser microsurgery on zebrafish larvae combined with Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) imaging can in particular provide accelerated insights into the tissue regeneration phenomena. Conventional SEM exposes, however, specimens to high vacuum environments, and often requires laborintensive and time-consuming pretreatments and manual positioning. Moreover, there are virtually no technologies available that can quickly immobilize the zebrafish larvae for high definition SEM imaging. This work describes the proof-of-concept design and validation of a microfluidic chip-based system for immobilizing zebrafish larvae and it's interfacing with Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (ESEM) imaging. The Lab-on-a-Chip (LOC) device was fabricated using a high-speed infrared laser micromachining and consists of a reservoir with multiple semispherical microwells, which hold the yolk of zebrafish larvae, and drain channels that allow removing excess of medium during SEM imaging. Paper filter is used to actuate the chip and immobilization of the larvae by gentle suction that occurs during water drainage. The trapping region allows multiple specimens to be positioned on the chip. The device is then inserted directly inside the ESEM and imaged in a near 100% humidity atmosphere. This facilitates ESEM imaging of untreated biological samples.

  9. ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE: MULTIPLE CASE STUDIES GESTÃO AMBIENTAL E ESTRUTURA ORGANIZACIONAL: ESTUDO DE MÚLTIPLOS CASOS

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    Ana Beatriz Lopes de Sousa Jabbour

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The main objective of this article is to analyze the insertion of environmental management in theorganizational structure of 9 Brazilian companies, in search of a better relationship with the environment.Further, we intend to show an agenda with research opportunities for future research in this area ofknowledge. A theoretical review of the relationship between environmental management and organizationalstructure was done. This theoretical review was the big picture to development of 9 case studies withISO14001 certified companies located in São Paulo State. The results show that: (a for all the cases,environmental management is under quality management area; (b only two companies adopt moreadvanced environmental management practices and these two companies have more complex organizationalstructure; (c only two companies have the environmental management structure named “matrix”, while theother companies have the type named “limited environmental management insertion”; (d it is possible todevelop a framework designed to understanding the process of greening organization to the 9 cases in study.Further these results, we designed a research agenda as a guide to future research initiatives.O objetivo deste artigo é analisar a incorporação da gestão ambiental na estrutura organizacional de nove empresas brasileiras, engajadas na busca pela melhoria do seu relacionamento com o meio ambiente.Adicionalmente, persegue-se o objetivo de delinear uma agenda de pesquisas futuras para  o tema. Para aconsecução desses objetivos, realizou-se uma fundamentação teórica sobre estrutura organizacional e suarelação com a gestão ambiental organizacional. Essa construção teórica serviu de pano de fundo para arealização de nove estudos de caso, em empresas com certificação ISO 14001, localizadas no Estado de SãoPaulo. Os resultados indicam que: (a a área de gestão ambiental tende a ser subordinada à área de qualidade;(b dentre as

  10. Environmental evaluation of route alternative system - technological approach of environmental viability project study; Sistema de avaliacao ambiental de alternativas de percursos - uma abordagem tecnologica para estudos de viabilidade ambiental de projetos

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    Oliveira, Wilson Jose de; Porciano, Patricia Pereira [PETROBRAS S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Alvarez, Beatriz Silva Villa; Casanova, Marco Antonio; Carvalho, Marcelo Tilio Monteiro de; Montenegro, Anselmo Antunes; Carvalho, Paulo Cezar Pinto [Pontificia Univ. Catolica do Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Dept. de Informatica. Grupo de Tecnologia em Computacao Grafica (TECGRAF)

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    SAAAP - Routing Alternatives Environmental Evaluation System - was designed to select the best alternative pipeline route. The system takes into account economic, environmental and engineering factors, according to an optimality criterion that combines several variables, such as vegetation coverage, soil type and declivity. The system is operational and has been tested in several realistic projects. (author)

  11. Economic instruments of environmental protection: reflexions about the taxation environmental and the payments for environmental services Instrumentos econômicos de proteção do meio ambiente: reflexões sobre a tributação e os pagamentos por serviços ambientais

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    Carolina Vieira Ribeiro de Assis Bastos

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper aims to reflect about the economic instrument to the environmental protection. At the first, presents two instruments, environmental taxation and the payments for environmental services. After that, does some critiques to the economic mechanisms of environmental protection and analyzes the their basis.Este artigo tem por objetivo refletir sobre os instrumentos econômicos para a proteção do meio ambiente. Primeiramente, apresenta dois instrumentos, a tributação ambiental e os pagamentos por serviços ambientais. Em seguida, faz algumas críticas aos mecanismos econômicos de proteção do meio ambiente e analisa o fundamento dos mesmos.

  12. A fotografia de natureza como instrumento para educação ambiental Nature photography as an instrument in Environmental Education

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    Marilia Dammski Borges

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available A visão é um dos sentidos mais importantes nos humanos e, por isso, a fotografia pode ser uma excelente opção para driblar a falta de recursos na educação ambiental, sensibilizando e ensinando por meio de sua informação e beleza. Partindo disso, este trabalho destina-se a estabelecer como a fotografia da natureza instrumentaliza a educação ambiental e contribui no aprendizado de alunos do Ensino Fundamental e Educação de Jovens e Adultos (EJA. Foram ministradas palestras em metade das turmas escolhidas utilizando fotografias e, em outra metade, sem este recurso. Para testar o aprendizado foram aplicados questionários avaliativos. Nas turmas onde foram utilizadas fotografias, houve aumento significativo nas respostas corretas. Analisando os resultados, concluiu-se que a fotografia da natureza pode ser utilizada com eficácia para diversas faixas etárias e diferentes níveis de ensino como instrumento para a educação ambientalVision is one of the most important senses in humans and because of this the photographs are an excellent option to improve the lack of resources in Environmental Education. Photographs are a way of sensitizing and teaching the information and beauty of its components. The present article wants to establish how photographs of nature can give support to Middle School and Youths and Adults Education (EJA. Using Nature photography, presentations were made to half of the groups. The other half did not use the photographic resources. In order to test their knowledge, evaluative questionnaires were applied. At the groups that the photographs were used, there were a higher number of correct answers. Analyzing the results, it is possible to conclude that Nature photography can efficiently be used with different ages and also different levels of students as an instrument in the Environmental Education.

  13. SOME REFLECTIONS ABOUT THE COMPETENCIES AND PERFORMANCE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR / CONSIDERACIONES SOBRE LA COMPETENCIAS Y EL DESEMPEÑO DEL EDUCADOR AMBIENTAL

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    Isidro Eduardo Méndez Santos

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available As a condition to settle down the process of involvement of educators in environmental management and education, the notions of competence and performance, as viewed at “José Martí” College of Education, are discussed. To assess the consulted bibliography as well as documented experiences in postgraduate training in environmental education for ten years theoretical methods and procedures were used.RESUMENComo condición para establecer los procesos en que se concreta la participación de los educadores en la gestión y educación ambiental, se discute la concepción de desempeño y competencia, que asume en la Universidad de Ciencias Pedagógicas “José Martí” para formar ese tipo de profesional. Se aplicaron métodos propios del nivel teórico del conocimiento para valorar información obtenida de la bibliografía consultada y de las experiencias acumuladas durante más de 10 años, en la implementación de un sistema de enseñanza posgraduada en educación ambiental.

  14. Pobreza urbana e degradação ambiental: algumas reflexões sobre Curitiba, Brasil. Urban poverty and environmental degradation:considerations on Curitiba, Brasil Pobreza urbana y deterioro ambiental: algunas reflexiones sobre Curitiba, Brasil.

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    Madianita Nunes da Silva

    2011-06-01

    the analysis of the city of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil, the text discusses the relationship between illegal occupations, urban poverty and environmental degradation. It seeks to demonstrate that, despite being a reference in urban planning, Curitiba is no exception to the pattern of most Latin American cities, where predominate the socio-spatial segregation and environmental degradation. This pattern is due to the production of the city according to the logic of capitalism, which expels to inappropriate areas that portion of the population whose income does not allow to pay the costs of a good location. Given that in Latin American urban poverty is rising, and the city being structured based on market laws, it seeks to demonstrate that there is a trend of risk urbanism to consolidate itself as a prevailing practice.Este trabajo reflexiona sobre el concepto de urbanismo de riesgo. Al mirar la ciudad de Curitiba, en Paraná, Brasil, el texto analiza la relación entre las ocupaciones irregulares, la pobreza urbana y la degradación del medio ambiente. A pesar de constituirse en referencia de planificación urbana, Curitiba no es una excepción al patrón de las ciudades de América Latina, dominadas por la segregación socioespacial y la degradación del medio ambiente. Este patrón es resultado de la producción de la ciudad según la lógica capitalista, que expulsa para zonas inadecuadas a la población cuyos ingresos no cubren los costos de una buena ubicación. Dado que en América Latina la pobreza urbana está creciendo y la ciudad se estructura a partir de las leyes del mercado, el trabajo pretende demostrar que existe una tendencia hacia la consolidación del urbanismo de riesgo como práctica predominante.Abstract:Curitiba, Parana, Brazil, the text discusses the relationship between irregular occupations, urbanpoverty and environmental degradation. It seeks to demonstrate that, despite being a reference in urban planning, Curitiba is no exception to the pattern

  15. Determinación ambiental de la salud: un reto para Colombia /Environmental health determination: a challenge for Colombia

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    Martha L. Vaca B; César A. García-Ubaqu

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    La sociedad actual se ha visto abocada a dar respuestas articuladas y con una visión integradora a los temas de condiciones de salud de la población, el cuidado de los recursos naturales y la generación de mecanismos de crecimiento económico sostenible. El presente artículo se enfoca en analizar tres aspectos básicos sobre la determinación ambiental de la salud, como un punto focal que puede integrar estos tres desafíos. En primera instancia, se precisa la definici...

  16. Non-templated ambient nanoperforation of graphene: a novel scalable process and its exploitation for energy and environmental applications

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    Jhajharia, Suman Kumari; Selvaraj, Kaliaperumal

    2015-11-01

    Nano-perforation of 2D graphene sheets is a recent and strategically significant means to exploit such materials in modern applications such as energy production and storage. However, current options for the synthesis of holey graphene (hG) through nano-perforation of graphene involve industrially undesirable steps viz., usage of expensive/noble metal or silica nanoparticle templates and/or hazardous chemicals. This severely hampers its scope for large scale production and further exploitation. Herein, we report for the first time a scalable non-templated route to produce hG at ambient conditions. Nano-perforation is achieved with tunable pore size via the simple few layer co-assembly of silicate-surfactant admicelles along the surface of graphene oxide. A gentle alkali treatment and a reduction at optimized conditions readily yielded holey graphene with a remarkable capacitance (~250 F g-1) and interesting adsorption abilities for pollutants. Density functional theory based computational studies reveal interesting insights on the template free nano-perforation at a molecular level. This simple rapid process not only excludes the need for expensive templates and harmful chemicals to yield hG at attractively ambient, chemically placid and industrially safer conditions, but also creates no hurdles in terms of scaling up.Nano-perforation of 2D graphene sheets is a recent and strategically significant means to exploit such materials in modern applications such as energy production and storage. However, current options for the synthesis of holey graphene (hG) through nano-perforation of graphene involve industrially undesirable steps viz., usage of expensive/noble metal or silica nanoparticle templates and/or hazardous chemicals. This severely hampers its scope for large scale production and further exploitation. Herein, we report for the first time a scalable non-templated route to produce hG at ambient conditions. Nano-perforation is achieved with tunable pore size

  17. Environmental disclosure: a study about evolution in companies comprising the environmental sustainability index A evidenciação da cultura organizacional voltada para a responsabilidade ambiental

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    Irani Rocha; Rony Petson Santana de Souza; Júlio Orestes da Silva; Sabrina do Nascimento; Denise Del Prá Netto Machado

    2011-01-01

    This research aimed at assessing the evolution of environmental disclosure in the organizations that comprise the ISE since its first incarnation. In the methodology, we chose a descriptive research through a content analysis with a qualitative and quantitative approach. Presenting as a theoretical underpinning rapid approach to Environmental Management, Environmental Sustainability Index (ISE) and Categories Cultural and Environmental Variables. We developed a model based on the indicators ...

  18. U.S.-MEXICO BORDER XXI ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH WORK GROUP. MEXICO-EUA FRONTERA XXI GRUPO DE SALUD AMBIENTAL (INTERNET)

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    The Environmental Health Workgroup homepage represents a cross-divisional initiative, serving the environmental and human health interests of Mexico as well as those of the U.S. Contents describe the workgroups's mission, objectives, importance, history, projects, status, new dir...

  19. Educacion Ambiental en las Escuelas: Creando una Programa que Funcione! (Environmental Education in the Schools: Creating a Program That Works!).

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    Braus, Judy A.; Wood, David

    This book is a manual that enables teachers to formulate an effective program of environmental education across multiple grade levels and cultural settings. A section provides tips for using the book, followed by nine chapters dealing with different aspects of developing and implementing an environmental education program. Chapter 1 presents a…

  20. Technological developments for environmental monitoring and assessment at PETROBRAS; O desenvolvimento de tecnologia de avaliacao e monitoramento ambiental na PETROBRAS

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    Guimaraes, Pedro Penido D.; Veiga, Leticia Falcao [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Borges, Heloisa V.

    2004-07-01

    Since 2000 PETROBRAS adopted strategies and actions to establish excellence in Environmental Management and Operational Safety - PEGASO, having invested around 6.1 billions of reais in the last four years to reduce emissions, residues, effluents, and to improve prevention and accident control in its units. In this context, PETROBRAS Research and Development Center has been expanding knowledge about the ecosystems where the company operates, providing essential information to evaluate viability and sustainability on its enterprises, as well as for environmental licensing. Reinforcing its corporative strategy, it was created in 2002 the Environmental Assessment and Monitoring Section, a group that counts nowadays with 48 professionals. This group develops technology and methodology for monitoring in social and environmental context for the petroleum industry, gas and energy, evaluating the impacts of PETROBRAS activities and products life cycle, contributing for reduction of negative effects and to improve the company's environmental management. The research areas are: land, coastal and marine ecosystems monitoring, atmospheric monitoring and air quality, environmental chemistry, ecotoxicology, social and economic evaluation and environmental damage valuation. Working partnerships with the scientific community established several contacts with Brazilian and international universities. Among these various projects related to activities in the Brazilian offshore we present some aspects of the project Campos Basin Deep Sea Environmental Monitoring. (author)

  1. The evaluation of Spanish environmental impact. Costs and limitations; La evaluacion de impacto ambiental en Espana. Coste y limitaciones

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    Canto, S.; Riera, P.; Borrego, A.

    2009-07-01

    The environmental impact assessment applies to new investments in public infrastructure and in industrial activities. The latter accounts for most of the environmental impact studies undertaken in Spain. This evaluation tool has a number of limitations and weaknesses, both in the analysis and its implementation. This article discusses some of these limitations, including the private cost of the process. (Author) 14 refs.

  2. Educación ambiental y participación ciudadana en la Escuela Normal Superior Distrital María Montessori (Environmental education and citizen participation at Escuela Normal Superior Distrital María Montessori

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    Manosalva Corredor, Martha Stella

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Resumen: Frente al deterioro de las condiciones ambientales, el equipo ambiental de la Escuela Normal Superior Distrital María Montessori de Bogotá y el Colectivo Acción Ciudadana convocan a instituciones gubernamentales locales y ciudadanos habitantes de calle a un diálogo de saberes para encontrar soluciones concertadas a la problemática ambiental. En el mismo sentido, el proyecto Educación ambiental y participación ciudadana: estrategias de una política de desarrollo sustentable de la ENSDMM trabaja en la propuesta del Plan Institucional de Gestión Ambiental, por lo que realiza una evaluación estratégica ambiental y señala que la educación ambiental y la participación ciudadana son posibles si logran vincular educación y gestión en la definición de los procesos, actividades y actuaciones, con principios de una ética de responsabilidad social, para alcanzar las metas ambientales sustentables. Abstract: With the aim of facing up to the deterioration of the environmental condition, the environmental team of Escuela Normal Superior Distrital María Montessori and the Collective Citizen Action convoke the local government institutions and the citizen street inhabitants to have a dialogue of knowledge to find concerted solutions for the current environmental problems. In the same sense, the project Environmental Education and Citizen Participation: Strategies for a policy of sustainable development at ENSDMM works on the proposal of the Environmental Management Institutional Plan. It helps to develop a strategic environmental evaluation and points out that the environmental education and citizen participation are possible if education and management are involved in the processes, activities and actions based on principles of social responsibility ethics to achieve the sustainable environmental goals.

  3. Educação ambiental na universidade: construindo possibilidades Environmental education at university level: proposed ways

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    Edilson Fortuna de Moradillo

    2004-04-01

    Full Text Available Environmental education is a big challenge in this century and the University has an important role to play in it. This paper presents a practical experience of environmental education in the university teaching at the University of Bahia. That experience involves the creation of an interdisciplinary group that has been developing research and teaching activities with interdisciplinary perspectives. The paper also discusses a methodology proposed by this group aiming to include environmental education in science teaching using social and cultural approaches.

  4. Det ambiente

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    Schmidt, Ulrik

    Om begrebet "det ambiente", der beskriver, hvad der sker, når vi fornemmer baggrundsmusikkens diskrete beats, betragter udsigten gennem panoramavinduet eller tager 3D-brillerne på og læner os tilbage i biografsædet. Bogen analyserer, hvorfan ambiente oplevelser skabes, og hvilke konsekvenser det...

  5. Ambient Sensors

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    Börner, Dirk; Specht, Marcus

    2014-01-01

    This software sketches comprise two custom-built ambient sensors, i.e. a noise and a movement sensor. Both sensors measure an ambient value and process the values to a color gradient (green > yellow > red). The sensors were built using the Processing 1.5.1 development environment. Available under the GNU LGPL licence version 3 or higher.

  6. Ambient Sensors

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    Börner, Dirk; Specht, Marcus

    2014-01-01

    This software sketches comprise two custom-built ambient sensors, i.e. a noise and a movement sensor. Both sensors measure an ambient value and process the values to a color gradient (green > yellow > red). The sensors were built using the Processing 1.5.1 development environment. Available under th

  7. Environmental law in Brazil: analysis of environmental licensing of wind power plants in permanently preserved areas; Direito ambiental no Brasil: analise do licenciamento ambiental de usinas eolicas de preservacao permante

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    Amaral, Cristiano Abijaode; Pedreira, Adriana Coli; Bleil, Julia Rechia [Associacao Brasileira dos Investidores em Autoproducao de Energia (ABIAPE), Brasilia, DF (Brazil)], E-mails: cristiano@abiape.com.br, adriana@abiape.com.br, julia@abiape.com.br

    2011-04-15

    The Brazilian electric energy matrix is mostly renewable. According to the Generation Information Base (BIG) of the Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency (ANEEL), hydroelectricity is responsible for 67.31% of the country's energy. The additional generation comes mostly from fossil fuels, whose use is questioned when it comes to environmental quality and climate change. Despite its abundance, hydroelectric power generation has physical, socioeconomic and environmental limitations. Thus, it is essential to develop alternative technologies, providing security in the supply of electric energy and the maintenance of a clean matrix. Among the alternative technologies available, wind power is the one that has been gaining prominence, domestically and internationally speaking. In the last auction of renewable sources held in August 2010 in Brazil, the energy produced by the plants of sugarcane bagasse (biomass) was traded at an average of R$ 144.20 MWh; wind energy, which was the cheapest, was traded at R$ 130.86, and the energy from small hydropower plants (PCH), at R$ 141.93 MWh. The wind power plants accounted for 70% of the auction, which resulted in a plan for increasing its installed capacity by fivefold, by the year 2013. Brazil has great potential to be explored (estimated 143,000 MW), yet despite being appealing, wind energy still face some challenges. One of them is due to the fact that most potential areas for such energy are found in permanently preservation areas and areas considered national assets, subject to special protection measures. This study aims to investigate whether the regulatory, legal and environmental issues are considered an obstacle to an effective inclusion of wind power generation in Brazil. The study examines the process of environmental licensing of wind power plants, especially those established in permanently preservation areas (APPs) and Coastal Areas. The research methodology consisted of normative framework, judicial decisions

  8. Políticas públicas de educação ambiental e a atuação dos conselhos de meio ambiente no Brasil: perspectivas e desafios Las políticas públicas de educación ambiental y la actuación de los consejos de medio ambiente en Brasil: perspectivas y desafíos Environmental education's public policies and the environment council actions in Brazil: perspectives and challenges

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    Victor Novicki

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available O presente artigo visa à reflexão sobre a atuação dos Conselhos de Meio Ambiente (CMA no campo da Educação Ambiental (EA, tomando por base teórico-conceitual, de um lado, as recomendações advindas de Conferências Internacionais, como Tbilisi e o Tratado de Educação Ambiental para Sociedades Sustentáveis e Responsabilidade Global (TEASS, e, de outro, a consideração dos marcos jurídicos que regulam as políticas públicas de gestão ambiental e de EA no Brasil, isto também levando em conta alguns resultados de pesquisas teóricoempíricas que tomam essas instâncias colegiadas por alvo de análise. Mesmo ponderando as contradições inerentes ao modo de produção capitalista e o autoritarismo que caracteriza o processo político brasileiro, conclui-se que os CMA podem vir a contribuir para a gestão dos problemas socioambientais e, a um só tempo, fortalecer a sociedade civil e o interesse público no interior do aparelho de Estado, especialmente pela via da EA.El presente artículo reflexiona sobre la actuación de los Consejos de Medio Ambiente (CMA en el campo de la Educación Ambiental (EA, tomando por base teórico-conceptual, por un lado, las recomendaciones oriundas de Conferencias Internacionales, como Tbilisi y el Tratado de Educación Ambiental hacia Sociedades Sustentables y de Responsabilidad Global (TEASS y, por otro, la consideración de los marcos jurídicos que regulan las políticas públicas de gestión ambiental y de EA en Brasil, sumados a algunos resultados de investigaciones teórico-empíricas que analizan esas instancias colegiadas. Sin dejar de observar las contradicciones inherentes al modo de producción capitalista y al autoritarismo que caracteriza el proceso político brasileño, se concluye que los CMA pueden contribuir para la gestión de los problemas socio ambientales y, paralelamente, fortalecer la sociedad civil y el interés público en el interior del aparato de Estado, especialmente por la v

  9. Programs of environmental administration of GASBOL and its results; Programas de gestao ambiental do GasBol e seus resultados

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    Santos, Helio Joaquim dos; Figliuolo, Marilu [Transportadora Brasileira Gasoduto Bolivia-Brasil, S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

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    One of the largest South America's enterprises of energy integration of the Bolivia/Brazil gas pipeline in Brazilian side, owned and operated by TBG, has interacted with 05 states, 137 districts and 06 environment governmental entities (Environmental and States department) of environment multilateral financial institutions and group of ten of other governmental and not governmental organizations. As a result of the Environmental Impact Studies and Environmental Impact Reports (EIA/RIMA) required for the project implementation, was developed an Environmental Management Plan - EMP, which addressed the following compensation plans: Socio - Economic Compensation Plan, Indigenous Peoples Development Plan - PDI and Ecological Compensation Plan. This report presents a summary of the compensation plans, the criteria utilized for the projects determination and the evaluation of the results, after 6 years, according to the established targets. (author)

  10. Quaranta anni di attenzione all'ambiente nella Tecnologia dell'Architettura - Forty years of environmentally conscious building technology design

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    Peretti, Gabriella; Matteoli, Lorenzo

    2013-01-01

    This short essay analyzes the environmental approach throughout the history of Architectural Technology, starting from building details up to the present attention to the smart city, land maintenance and urban retrofit, seen as complex research activities, political strategies, design and entrepreneurial actions which have the scope to transform present day urban crusts into organic textures, climatologically consistent, reactive, user-friendly, efficient and with a low environmental impact. ...

  11. Environmental releases from fuel cycle facility: part 1: radionuclide resuspension vs. stack releases on ambient airborne uranium and thorium levels.

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    Masson, Olivier; Pourcelot, Laurent; Boulet, Béatrice; Cagnat, Xavier; Videau, Gérard

    2015-03-01

    Airborne activity levels of uranium and thorium series were measured in the vicinity (1.1 km) of a uranium (UF4) processing plant, located in Malvési, south of France. Regarding its impact on the environment, this facility is characterized by its routine atmospheric releases of uranium and by the emission of radionuclide-labelled particles from a storage pond filled with waste water or that contain dried sludge characterized by traces of plutonium and thorium ((230)Th). This study was performed during a whole year (November 2009-November 2010) and based on weekly aerosol sampling. Thanks to ICP-MS results, it was possible to perform investigations of uranium and thorium decay product concentration in the air. The number of aerosol filters sampled (50) was sufficient to establish a relationship between airborne radionuclide variations and the wind conditions. As expected, the more the time spent in the plume, the higher the ambient levels. The respective contributions of atmospheric releases and resuspension from local soil and waste ponds on ambient dust load and uranium-bearing aerosols were estimated. Two shutdown periods dedicated to facility servicing made it possible to estimate the resuspension contribution and to specify its origin (local or regional) according to the wind direction and remote background concentration. Airborne uranium mainly comes from the emission stack and, to a minor extent (∼20%), from wind resuspension of soil particles from the surrounding fields and areas devoted to waste storage. Moreover, weighed activity levels were clearly higher during operational periods than for shutdown periods. PMID:25613358

  12. Environmental releases from fuel cycle facility: part 1: radionuclide resuspension vs. stack releases on ambient airborne uranium and thorium levels

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    Airborne activity levels of uranium and thorium series were measured in the vicinity (1.1 km) of a uranium (UF4) processing plant, located in Malvési, south of France. Regarding its impact on the environment, this facility is characterized by its routine atmospheric releases of uranium and by the emission of radionuclide-labelled particles from a storage pond filled with waste water or that contain dried sludge characterized by traces of plutonium and thorium (230Th). This study was performed during a whole year (November 2009–November 2010) and based on weekly aerosol sampling. Thanks to ICP-MS results, it was possible to perform investigations of uranium and thorium decay product concentration in the air. The number of aerosol filters sampled (50) was sufficient to establish a relationship between airborne radionuclide variations and the wind conditions. As expected, the more the time spent in the plume, the higher the ambient levels. The respective contributions of atmospheric releases and resuspension from local soil and waste ponds on ambient dust load and uranium-bearing aerosols were estimated. Two shutdown periods dedicated to facility servicing made it possible to estimate the resuspension contribution and to specify its origin (local or regional) according to the wind direction and remote background concentration. Airborne uranium mainly comes from the emission stack and, to a minor extent (∼20%), from wind resuspension of soil particles from the surrounding fields and areas devoted to waste storage. Moreover, weighed activity levels were clearly higher during operational periods than for shutdown periods. - Highlights: • Airborne activity levels of uranium and thorium were determined at about 1 km from the smokestack of a UF4 facility. • During shutdown periods all the airborne activity can be ascribed to local resuspension of formerly deposited radionuclides. • During production periods, the respective contribution of resuspension

  13. Efectos de la exposición al humo de tabaco ambiental en no fumadores EFFECTS IN PASSIVE SMOKERS OF ENVIRONMENTAL TOBACCO SMOKE EXPOSURE

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    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó una revisión de los estudios nacionales e internacionales sobre los efectos del humo de tabaco ambiental en la salud de los fumadores pasivos. El humo de tabaco ambiental está conformado por más de 4.000 sustancias químicas, las que difieren cuali y cuantitativamente al estar presentes en la corriente principal o en la lateral. Los no fumadores expuestos presentan un aumento de morbi-mortalidad por enfermedad cardiovascular, incluso con estudios con biomarcadores como cotinina. Además los fumadores pasivos tienen un riesgo aumentado de presentar cáncer de pulmón, de senos paranasales y mama. En niños existe un mayor número de síntomas respiratorios agudos y crónicos, infecciones respiratorias bajas, otitis media y síndrome de muerte súbita infantil. El humo de tabaco ambiental favorece la inducción y exacerbación de asma bronquial en niños y adultos. En la salud reproductiva, disminuye la edad de aparición de la menopausia y produce desórdenes menstruales. Los recién nacidos hijos de madres fumadoras pasivas tienen mayor probabilidad de nacer con bajo peso o de ser pequeños para la edad gestacional. La evidencia científica internacional debe contribuir a que los países tomen medidas para proteger la salud de los no fumadoresNational and international environmental tobacco smoke studies were reviewed regarding its effects on passive smokers' health. Environmental tobacco smoke is composed by more than 4,000 known substances, which are different if they are in the mainstream or sidestream. Studies with biomarkers like cotinine have concluded that exposed nonsmokers have an increased cardiovascular morbi-mortality. Passive smokers also have an increased risk of lung, nasal sinus and breast cancer. Children have more acute and chronic respiratory symptoms, low respiratory infections, otitis and sudden infant death syndrome. Environmental tobacco smoke induces asthma and causes exacerbations in both children and

  14. La salud ambiental en el modelo de gestión sanitaria andaluza Environmental health policy in the Andalussian health management system

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    I. Marín Rodríguez

    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available Andalucía tras la promulgación del Estatuto de Autonomía adquirió competencia exclusiva en materia de sanidad, higiene y salud pública. Tras recibir las competencias sobre atención sanitaria en 1984 se inicia el diseño del Sistema Sanitario Público de Andalucía, que culmina en el año 1998 con la promulgación de la Ley de Salud de Andalucía, optando por el desarrollo de un Sistema que reúne en un único dispositivo funcional y administrativo los recursos y las actividades de asistencia y prestaciones sanitarias con las de promoción de salud, con el objetivo de prestar una atención integral al ciudadano.La Salud Ambiental está integrada en la estructura de Salud Pública, tanto en la Consejería de Salud como en el Servicio andaluz de Salud, se pretende en este artículo que se presentó como ponencia en el VI Congreso Nacional de Sanidad Ambiental, el describir la estructura, funciones, programas y actividades desarrolladas en el área de Salud Ambiental en la Comunidad Autónoma de Andalucía, así como realizar una valoración personal de lo que ha supuesto trabajar con este modelo.According to the Spanish Autonomic Legislation, Andalussian autonomous region obttained exclusive competence and responsability on environemental sanitary conditions and disease control activitities. The desing of the Andalissian Public Health begun in 1984 and culminated with the Andalussian Health law in 1998. The system unifies, functionally and administratively, the resources and activities of healthncare delvery and health promotion in order to provide an integral care to the citizen.The environmental health activities are integrated in the Public Helth structure. This paper, which was presented at the VI National Congress of Environmental Health, describes the structure, functions, programs and activities developed in the Environmental Health area in Andalussia.

  15. Environmental strategic evaluation (ESE) as an instrument for environmental management in Brazil: the case of Bolivia - Brazil gas pipeline (GASBOL); Avaliacao ambiental estrategica (AAE) como instrumento de gestao ambiental no Brasil: o caso do gasoduto Bolivia - Brasil (GASBOL)

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    Guimaraes, Lucy Teixeira; Veiga, Lilian Bechara Elabras [Universidade Federal (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-graduacao de Engenharia (COPPE). Programa de Planejamento Energetico e Ambiental]. E-mails: lucy@ppe.ufrj.br; lveiga@ppe.ufrj.br

    2006-07-01

    The present work analyses the state-of-art of the environmental strategic evaluation in Brazil and presents the methods suggested by the Ministry of Environment for the realization of the ESE. As a case study one of the first of ESE done in Brazil, in the year of 1997, has been considered, specifically the Bolivia - Brazil gas pipeline (GASBOL)

  16. Historical Ambient Air Quality Data Inventory

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — The Historical Ambient Air Quality Data Inventory contains measured and estimated data on ambient air pollution for use in assessing air quality, assisting in...

  17. Environmental compensation application in the oil and gas sector; Aplicacao da compensacao ambiental no segmento de oleo e gas

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    Silva, Lucia H.C.; Pollis, Altaira M. [ICF Consultoria do Brasil Ltda., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Oliveira, Marco A.B. [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-graduacao de Engenharia (COPPE)

    2004-07-01

    The regulation of the law no 9.985, of July 18, 2000, by the decree no 4.340, of August 22, 2002, awake the productive sector to the imposition to the entrepreneur that must destine the amount of at least 0,5% of the total costs foreseen for the hole undertaking implementation, to implement or maintain environmental conservation units. The most of the environmental agencies have been applied 0,5%. The IBAMA uses a methodology to establish the impact level and the range between 0,5% and 5% to define the environmental compensation percentage and is questionable. Then, until now, this legal requirement have been applied in a heterogeneous form to the environmental licensing. The various applied criterions, the huge subjectivity in the impact level assessment, and the influence of this requirement in the licensing schedule, associate to the oil and gas sector project costs point to a relevant impact in the feasibility of the oil and gas sector projects. Based in the percentages that IBAMA had established for the oil and gas sector was esteemed some costs destined to the environmental compensation. The law implementation without inhibition of investments in the country depends on the involved sectors articulation. (author)

  18. QUALITY REVIEW OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS APPLIED TO SMALL HYDROPOWER PLANTS = REVISÃO DA QUALIDADE DE ESTUDOS DE IMPACTO AMBIENTAL DE PEQUENAS CENTRAIS HIDRELÉTRICAS

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    Marcelo Montaño

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The Brazilian electric mix is based on hydroelectric projects. Among these, the Small Hydropower Plants have gained space: its implementation has been strongly encouraged by medium and long-term government programs. Just as large power plants, the small ones also have a range of environmental impacts. Considering the procedures currently applied in the Brazilian environmental licensing process, the objective of this study was to verify the applicability of a matrix of criteria to support the assessment of technical quality for the Environmental Impacts Studies (EIS from Small Hydropower Plants. Three case studies were selected, both located in Minas Gerais. The matrix was adequate for the analysis of the studies presented. Meanwhile, the studies analyzed have not clearly demonstrates the environmental viability of the projects. It discusses here the review of environmental licensing for Small Hydropower Plants. = A matriz elétrica brasileira apoia-se sobre empreendimentos hidrelétricos, com evidente predominância de grandes empreendimentos geradores de energia. Nos últimos anos, as Pequenas Centrais Hidrelétricas (PCHs têm ganhado destaque dentre os empreendimentos que constituem o parque gerador no país, estimuladas pela perspectiva de um menor nível de conflitos socioambientais em comparação com os grandes empreendimentos. Ocorre que, da mesma forma que grandes usinas, as PCHs apresentam uma gama de impactos ambientais que devem ser avaliados previamente à sua implantação. Considerando os procedimentos aplicados atualmente no processo de licenciamento ambiental brasileiro, o presente trabalho tem como objetivo verificar a aplicabilidade de critérios orientadores da avaliação da qualidade técnica de Estudos de Impactos Ambientais de PCHs. A fim de ilustrar as discussões apresentadas, três estudos de impacto elaborados para essa tipologia de empreendimento foram analisados, de modo individual e coletivo. O conjunto de crit

  19. Det Ambiente

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    Schmidt, Ulrik

    Det ambiente er iscenesættelsen af en karakteristisk sanseoplevelse, der er kendetegnet ved fornemmelsen af at være omgivet. I dag bliver begrebet om det ambiente mest anvendt i forbindelse med musikgenren ’ambient musik’. Det ambiente er dog ikke essentielt knyttet til det musikalske, men må...... forstås som et betydeligt bredere fænomen i den moderne æstetiske kultur, der spiller en væsentlig rolle i oplevelsen af moderne transportformer, arkitektur, film, lydkunst, installationskunst og digitale multimedieiscenesættelser. En forståelse af det ambiente er derfor centralt for forståelsen af en...... moderne æstetiseret oplevelseskultur i almindelighed. Da det ambiente ikke hidtil har været gjort til genstand for en mere indgående teoretisk behandling, er der dog stor usikkerhed omkring, hvad fænomenet overhovedet indebærer. Hovedformålet med Det ambiente – Sansning, medialisering, omgivelse er derfor...

  20. Environmental and urbanistic upgrade of Obati Pipelines right-of-way; Recuperacao ambiental e urbanistica dos dutos Obati

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    Penteado, Ralfo [Oena Assessoria e Consultoria Ltda. (Brazil); Duailibi, Miriam [Instituto ECOAR para a Cidadania, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2003-07-01

    This paper sets for the description of the methodology, strategies and activities of Obati environmental and urbanistic upgrade. Obati is a 50 km. pipeline, built in 1974, that runs from Barueri to Sao Caetano do Sul terminals. From 70's decade the metropolitan region of Sao Paulo grew tremendously and thousands of poor people happened to live just at Obati's right of way limits. Being aware of its social and environmental responsibility, PETROBRAS decided to improve the situation and settled a brand new program in which engineering works were added to an environmental education and social communication program. The results were the integrity of pipeline's right of way , a better life quality of the neighborhood and the accomplishment and partnership of citizens, company and local government to keep the area safe and to sustain the whole program. (author)

  1. Environmental scanning electron microscopy of the surface of normal and vitrified leaves of Gypsophila paniculata (Babies Breath) cultured in vitro.

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    Gribble, K; Sarafis, V; Nailon, J; Holford, P; Uwins, P

    1996-06-01

    Leaf surfaces of non-tissue-cultured, vitrified and non-vitrified plantlets of Gypsophila paniculata (Babies Breath) were examined using an environmental scanning electron microscope. Non-tissue-cultured plants had a complete epidermal surface, recessed stomata and wax present on the leaf surface. The surface of tissue-cultured plantlets appeared similar to non-tissue-cultured plants excepting stomata were slightly protruding and less wax appeared to be present. In both non-tissue-cultured and tissue-cultured plants stomata were found both opened and closed and were observed closing. In contrast vitrified plantlets had abnormal, malformed stomata which appeared non-functional. The ventral surfaces of leaves seemed more normal than the dorsal, this may be due to the former receiving more light. Additionally, discontinuities were found in the epidermis. Often epidermal holes were found in association with stomatal apertures. It is suggested that the main cause of desiccation of vitrified G. paniculata plantlets ex vitro is due to loss of water from the discontinuity in epidermis and not because of non-functional stomata. Liquid water could be seen through the epidermal holes indicating that at least some of the extra water in vitrified plantlets is contained in the intercellular spaces. PMID:24178169

  2. Monitoring the osmotic response of single yeast cells through force measurement in the environmental scanning electron microscope

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    We present a measurement system that combines an environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM) and an atomic force microscope (AFM). This combination enables studies of static and dynamic mechanical properties of hydrated specimens, such as individual living cells. The integrated AFM sensor provides direct and continuous force measurement based on piezoresistive force transduction, allowing the recording of events in the millisecond range. The in situ ESEM-AFM setup was used to study Pichia pastoris wild-type yeast cells. For the first time, a quantified measure of the osmotic response of an individual yeast cell inside an ESEM is presented. With this technique, cell size changes due to humidity variations can be monitored with nanometre accuracy. In addition, mechanical properties were extracted from load–displacement curves. A Young's modulus of 13–15 MPa was obtained for the P. pastoris yeast cells. The developed method is highly interesting as a complementary tool for the screening of drugs directed towards cellular water transport activity and provides new possibilities of studying mechanosensitive regulation of aquaporins. (paper)

  3. Monitoring the osmotic response of single yeast cells through force measurement in the environmental scanning electron microscope

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    Jansson, Anna; Nafari, Alexandra; Hedfalk, Kristina; Olsson, Eva; Svensson, Krister; Sanz-Velasco, Anke

    2014-02-01

    We present a measurement system that combines an environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM) and an atomic force microscope (AFM). This combination enables studies of static and dynamic mechanical properties of hydrated specimens, such as individual living cells. The integrated AFM sensor provides direct and continuous force measurement based on piezoresistive force transduction, allowing the recording of events in the millisecond range. The in situ ESEM-AFM setup was used to study Pichia pastoris wild-type yeast cells. For the first time, a quantified measure of the osmotic response of an individual yeast cell inside an ESEM is presented. With this technique, cell size changes due to humidity variations can be monitored with nanometre accuracy. In addition, mechanical properties were extracted from load-displacement curves. A Young's modulus of 13-15 MPa was obtained for the P. pastoris yeast cells. The developed method is highly interesting as a complementary tool for the screening of drugs directed towards cellular water transport activity and provides new possibilities of studying mechanosensitive regulation of aquaporins.

  4. Strategic environmental evaluation of natural gas - SEA/NG: a management tool for development of a environmental conservation policy; Avaliacao ambiental estrategica para o gas natural - AAE/GN: instrumento de gestao do desenvolvimento para uma politica de conservacao ambiental

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    Comar, Vito; Turdera, Mirko Valenzuela; Silva, Paulo Souza; Benedetti Filho, Edemar; Santiago, Etenaldo Felipe; Costa, Fabio Edir dos Santos [Universidade Estadual do Mato Grosso do Sul (UEMS), Campo Grande, MS (Brazil). Centro de Analise e Monitoramento Ambiental do Gas Natural (GASLAB); Moretti, Edvaldo; Oliveira, Jorge Eremites de; Sciamarelli, Alan; Freitas Filho, Jose Daniel de; Vieira, Maria Helena Pereira [Universidade Estadual do Mato Grosso do Sul (UEMS), Campo Grande, MS (Brazil); Soares, Afranio Jose Soriano [UNESP, Rio Claro, SP (Brazil); Oliveira, Henrique de; Comunello, Eder [EMBRAPA, Dourados, MS (Brazil). Centro de Pesquisas Agropecuaria do Oeste (CPAO); Freire, Luiz G.M. [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2004-07-01

    The methodology for a Strategic Environmental Evaluation of Natural Gas - SEA/NG incorporates within the analysis of the project the socio-cultural, economic, energetic and environmental implications of the transformations, due to the adoption of natural gas, in the area of influence of gas pipelines and gas-powered thermo-electric plants. It was based on the case study of a gas pipeline planned to reach the city of Dourados from Campo Grande, capital of the Brazilian State of Mato Grosso do Sul, which implied the construction of a thermoelectric plant in Dourados. The SEA/NG: 1. Defines the best alternative track for gas pipelines; 2. Proposes location alternatives for gas-powered thermo-electric plants; 3. Evaluates the cumulative and synergic effects of human activities in the socio-environmental aspects; 4. Studies the dynamics of regional development; 4. Supports urban planning decisions in cities housing gas-powered thermo-electric plants; 5. Proposes a System of Analysis and Environmental Monitoring for Natural Gas. Qualitative-quantitative matrixes were used to evaluate the cumulative and synergic effects of the adoption of natural gas within the regional energy matrix, determine the best alternative track for the gas pipeline proposed from Campo Grande to Dourados, and to identify the best location for a gas-powered thermo-electric plant. The matrixes integrated the areas of geology, hydrology, ecology and socio-economics issues both in the phases of construction and operation of the pipeline. Diagrams and interactive conceptual models were also used to synthesize the principal components involved in the choice of the best gas pipeline alternative track. This project received financial grants from PETROBRAS, MSGAS, TBG and FINEP. (author)

  5. Neutron dosimetry. Environmental monitoring in a BWR type reactor; Dosimetria de neutrones. Monitoreo ambiental en un reactor del tipo BWR

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    Tavera D, L.; Camacho L, M.E

    1991-01-15

    The measurements carried out on reactor dosimetry are applied mainly to the study on the effects of the radiation in 108 materials of the reactor; little is on the environmental dosimetry outside of the primary container of BWR reactors. In this work the application of a neutron spectrometer formed by plastic detectors of nuclear traces manufactured in the ININ, for the environmental monitoring in penetrations around the primary container of the unit I of the Laguna Verde central is presented. The neutron monitoring carries out with purposes of radiological protection, during the operational tests of the reactor. (Author)

  6. Environmental impact study due to end use energy technologies; Estudio prospectivo del impacto ambiental debido a tecnologias de uso final de la energia

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    Manzini Poli, Fabio

    1997-11-01

    Two thirds of the internal offer of energy in Mexico is consumed by end use sectors through end use technologies (TUF). Here is presented an integral conceptual frame for the environmental impact evaluation due to end use technologies, then the evolution of the interactions between technology-environment-fuel is analyzed in the long term (year 2025) according to three possible scenarios: business as usual, blocks and sustainable. [Spanish] Dos terceras partes de la oferta interna de energia en Mexico la utilizan los sectores de consumo final mediante tecnologias de uso final energetico. En el presente trabajo se introduce un marco conceptual integral para evaluar los impactos ambientales debidos a la utilizacion de tecnologias de uso final de la energia (TUF), luego se analiza la evolucion de las interacciones entre tecnologia-energetico-ambiente a largo plazo (ano 2025) de acuerdo a tres escenarios posibles: tendencial, bloques y sustentable.

  7. A questão ambiental e a condição da pobreza The environmental question and the condition of poverty

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    Selma Maria Schons

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available O presente artigo traz reflexões sobre a questão ambiental no que se refere ao o aquecimento global, tomando-o como sua mais atual e impactante manifestação. Situa tanto a questão social quanto a ambiental na raiz de um sistema que, em seu modo de produzir, ao mercantilizar o homem e a terra produz desigualdade pobreza e depredação. Procura desvendar, a partir de leituras críticas ao sistema, as contradições nele ínsitas, à medida que se apropria, de forma privada, tanto dos bens produzidos pelo homem quanto pela natureza. Estimula a compreensão e a tomada de consciência desta questão para formar resistências e, assim, inscrever na agenda política uma situação mais favorável à vida no planeta.This article presents reflections on the environmental question in relation to global warming, considering it to be the most current manifestation of the issue and that with the strongest impact. It situates both the social and environmental questions at the root of a system that through its mode of production, by commodifying man and earth, produces inequality, poverty and depredation. The paper conducts critical readings of the system to reveal its inherent contradictions, based on the fact that it appropriates, for private purposes, goods produced by man and nature. It stimulates understanding and awareness of these issues to establish resistances and thus inscribe in the political agenda a situation more favorable to life on the planet.

  8. Environmental impact of the programs of substitution of room type air conditioning equipment; Impacto ambiental de los programas de sustitucion de equipos de aire tipo cuarto

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    Alarcon Aleman, Jose Mauricio [OLADE, Quito (Ecuador)

    2002-09-01

    The present article approaches in a general way the relation that exists between the environment and the saving of electrical energy, especially in the Programs of Demand Side Management (DSM). In particular form the potential environmental impacts are described, derived of the use and the discard of the room type air conditioning equipment, goes deep into the characteristics of their cooling fluids, as well as in the relation that these keep with the protocols of Montreal and Kyoto. Finally, this article comments the incidence which have, the manufacturers as the institutions that implement DSM programs, on the environmental part of the programs of substitution of room type air conditioning equipment. In addition it is briefly described, the pilot program developed by Fideicomiso para el Ahorro de Energia Electrica (FIDE) as a successful case. [Spanish] En forma general, el presente articulo aborda la relacion que existe entre el medio ambiente y el ahorro de energia electrica, especialmente en los Programas de Administracion por el Lado de la Demanda (ALD). En forma particular se describen los impactos ambientales potenciales, derivados del uso y desecho de los equipos de aire acondicionado tipo cuarto, se ahonda en las caracteristicas de sus refrigerantes, asi como en la relacion que estos guardan con los protocolos de Montreal y Kioto. Finalmente, se comenta la incidencia que tienen, tanto los fabricantes como las instituciones que implementan programas de ALD, sobre la parte ambiental de los programas de sustitucion de equipos de aire acondicionado tipo cuarto. Ademas se describe brevemente, el programa piloto desarrollado por el Fideicomiso para el Ahorro de Energia Electrica (FIDE) como un caso exitoso.

  9. Acute pulmonary and systemic effects of inhaled coal fly ash in rats: Comparison to ambient environmental particles

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    Smith, K.R.; Veranth, J.M.; Kodavanti, U.P.; Aust, A.E.; Pinkerton, K.E. [University of California-Davis, Davis, CA (United States). Center of Health & Environmental

    2006-10-15

    The effect of coal fly ash (CFA) on pulmonary and systemic inflammation and injury was measured in male Sprague-Dawley rats exposed to filtered air or CFA for 4 h/day for 3 days. The average concentration of CFA particulate matter less than 2.5 {mu}m (PM2.5) was 1400 {mu} g/m{sup 3}, of which 600 {mu} g/m{sup 3} was PM1. Animals were examined 18 and 36 h postexposure. Chemical analysis of CFA detected silicon, calcium, aluminum, and iron as major components. Total number of neutrophils in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) following exposure to CFA was significantly increased along with significantly elevated blood neutrophils. Exposure to CFA caused slight increases in macrophage inflammatory protein-2, and marked increases in transferrin in BALF. Interleukin-1 beta and total antioxidant potential in lung tissues were also increased in rats exposed to CFA. Histological examination of lung tissue demonstrated focal alveolar septal thickening and increased cellularity in select alveoli immediately beyond terminal bronchioles. These responses are consistent with the ability of CFA to induce mild neutrophilic inflammation in the lung and blood following short-term exposure at levels that could be occupationally relevant. However, when comparing the effects of CFA with those of concentrated ambient particles, CFA does not appear to have greater potency to cause pulmonary alterations.

  10. Bienestar Social, Económico y Ambiental para las Presentes y Futuras Generaciones Social, Economic and Environmental Welfare for Present and Future Generations

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    Lilia Fernández

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo tiene como objetivo abordar la diferencia entre desarrollo sostenible y sustentable, aclarando cual describe el desarrollo humano social, económico y ambiental, respetando al ambiente. Es un trabajo de reflexión documentada que arroja en sus hallazgos el uso del término "sustainable" en la literatura Inglesa conforme al informe Brundtland. Su traducción al castellano como sostenible, la incorrecta traducción al castellano por sustentable y el concepto Latinoamericano de los términos desarrollo: sostenible y sustentable como dos vertientes diferentes del desarrollo, son analizadas. El desarrollo sustentable (insostenible es un crecimiento económico que no atiende el deterioro ambiental y social que ocasiona. El desarrollo sostenible es el desarrollo con futuro que garantiza la satisfacción de las necesidades de las generaciones actuales y futuras sin comprometer los recursos naturales y humanos. Se concluye que el término desarrollo sostenible es "sustainable development", descrito por la Organización de Naciones Unidas para el desarrollo integral del hombre.The objective of this article is to discuss and clarify the difference in Spanish between development "sostenible" and "sustentable", explaining which describes human development in the social, economic and environmental areas. This is documented reflection that discusses and analyzes the use of the term "sustainable" in the English literature according to the Brundtland report. Its translation into Spanish as "sostenible", the incorrect translation into Spanish as "sustentable", the Latin American concept of the terms: "desarrollo sostenible" and "desarrollo sustentable" as two different development streams are analyzed. "Desarrollo sustentable" is the economic growth that does not consider the environmental and social damage that it causes. "Desarrollo sostenible" is the development with a future that ensures the fulfillment of the needs of present and future

  11. Ambient Gestures

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    Karam, Maria; Hare, Jonathon; Lewis, Paul; schraefel, m.c.

    2006-01-01

    We present Ambient Gestures, a novel gesture-based system designed to support ubiquitous ‘in the environment’ interactions with everyday computing technology. Hand gestures and audio feedback allow users to control computer applications without reliance on a graphical user interface, and without having to switch from the context of a non-computer task to the context of the computer. The Ambient Gestures system is composed of a vision recognition software application, a set of gestures to be p...

  12. Environmental radioactivity measurements in the autonomous community of Aragon; Medidas de la radiactividad ambiental en la comunidad autonoma de Aragon

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    Calvete, H.; Carrion, A.; Gale, C.; Garcia, E.; Nunez-Lagos, R.; Perez, C.; Puimedon, J.; Rodriguez, S.; Sanchez, P.; Sarsa, M. L.; Villar, J. A.

    2011-07-01

    To know the level of environmental radioactivity in the Autonomous Community of Aragon thermoluminescent dosimeters used to measure the cumulative dose over a period of time in each of its 33 counties. The project, funded by the Government of Aragon and La Caixa to carry a map of environmental radioactivity with the collaboration of Secondary Schools and public schools for the renovation and shipment of dosimeters. The selection of the different locations was carried out taking into account the points of interest in the project reflected Marna, by ENUSA and the CSN, on natural gamma radiation. The work program began in 2009 and to date working with 43 centers distributed throughout the community tried to cover a wide surface area of Aragon. (Author)

  13. Teatro de fantoches na formação continuada docente em educação ambiental Puppet theatre in teacher continued environmental education

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    Osmarina Maria dos Santos Dantas

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Neste artigo, apresentamos os resultados de uma pesquisa-ação participativa realizada no espaço do Grupo de Pesquisa e Estudos em Educação Ambiental / Sala Verde Pororoca: espaço socioambiental Paulo Freire (GPEEA/Sala Verde, na UFPA. O objetivo foi investigar as contribuições do teatro de fantoches como proposta pedagógica na formação continuada de professores em educação ambiental. Os sujeitos da pesquisa foram seis professoras do ensino básico, as quais são aqui identificadas pelos seguintes pseudônimos: Lucia, Michelle, Izabel, Eloísa, Marta e Ana. Utilizamos quatro fontes para a coleta das informações: 1 um questionário sobre dados pessoais e com as perguntas a Que motivos levaram você a se inscrever na oficina? e b Qual é o entendimento de educação ambiental predominante?; 2 uma oficina; 3 um diário de bordo; e 4 entrevistas para complementar as informações fornecidas pelas professoras. Para analisar os dados, utilizamos a técnica da triangulação metodológica. Constatamos que o teatro de fantoches, como estratégia de ensino-aprendizagem de conhecimentos ambientais, foi importante em todas as etapas. A utilização do teatro de fantoches como metodologia foi entusiasticamente reconhecida pelas professoras como viável na prática docente em todas as disciplinas. E o mais importante: elas perceberam que, para a elaboração de qualquer atividade alternativa, há a necessidade de um planejamento, pois é preciso ter uma finalidade pedagógica, com conotação diferente do lúdico pelo lúdico.In this article we present the results of a participative action-research conducted at the space of the Group of Research and Studies in Environmental Education/Green Room Pororoca: socio-environmental space Paulo Freire (GPEEA/Sala Verde at the UPFA. The objective here was to investigate the contributions of puppet theatre as a pedagogical proposal in the continued environmental education of teachers. The subjects of the

  14. Energetic policy versus environmental policy: what the missing link?; Politica energetica versus politica ambiental: qual o elo perdido?

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    Hernandez, Francisco del Moral; Bermann, Celio [Universidadede Sao Paulo (PPGE/IEE/USP), SP (Brazil). Inst. de Eletrotecnica e Energia. Programa de Pos- Graduacao em Energia], emails: fhernandez@usp.br, cbermann@iee.usp.br

    2010-07-01

    The energy and fuel obtaining process must be understand as a political concept and a socially built one. Such a process should be understood taking in account social impacts, environmental issues, land struggles. There are plenty of empirical examples able to identify flows, directions and speedy up enterprises when extracting matter and energy conversion within areas of high social and environmental sensibility. The infra-structure expansion over traditional people areas, high biodiversity mapped regions and environmental sensibility areas are expression of the capital intensive accumulation process and must be legitimated in one way or another. Simultaneously two way processes occur: in one hand the use of land, riverside areas and natural landscapes to generate electrical energy and fuel obtaining an in the other hand the abandon of original usage for the land. Specifically, in the Amazon rain forest area it is evident that the mentioned flows are supported by the natural wealthy. So, the analyses under a scientific approach, elaborating theories, demonstrations and occurrences documentation are necessary. Two preliminary expectations are posted by the article: 1) Discuss the implications due to the creation of energetic reserve areas over traditional people regions; 2) Produce a preliminary picture of demands over natural resources and respective social conflicts based on significant selected cases. (author)

  15. Desde la educación social a la educación ambiental. Hacía una intervención educativa socioambiental (Education Social to Environmental Education. Towards a Socio-Environmental and Educational Intervention

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    Amador Muñoz, Luis V.

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Resumen: Los conceptos de intervención socioeducativa e intervención ambiental se han venido estudiando como dos aspectos diferentes, con ciertos puntos en común, pero con metodologías y estrategias separadas e inconexas. La finalidad de nuestro artículo es estudiar el proceso de evolución de ambos conceptos, para empezar a construir un modelo, centrado en lo que nosotros hemos querido denominar intervención educativa socioambiental, que aúne ambas intervenciones. Desde esta perspectiva toda intervención ambiental debe tener en cuenta los aspectos educativos y sociales porque las personas, los grupos y las comunidades son los afectados y beneficiarios de las transformaciones en el entorno físico y toda intervención socioeducativa debe contemplar los aspectos ambientales implicados, puesto que ésta siempre se desarrolla en un contexto socio-físico determinado. Abstract: The concepts of socio-educational and environmental interventions have been studied as two different fields, with some overlap, but with separated and unconnected methods and strategies. The purpose of our article is to study the development of both concepts to build a model, focused on what we have named socio-environmental educational intervention, bringing together both concepts. From this perspective, every environmental intervention should take into account educational and social aspects as individuals, groups and communities are the beneficiaries and the ones affected by the changes in the physical environment and each socio-educational intervention should consider all environmental aspects involved, since it always take place in a certain socio physical context.

  16. Technological and operational structure of the National Automatic Network for Environmental Radiological Monitoring (RENAMORA); Estructura tecnologica y operativa de la Red Nacional Automatica de Monitoreo Radiologico Ambiental RENAMORA

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    Martinez G, E.; Lopez G, M.; Aguirre G, J.; Fabian O, R.; Hernandez A, Y., E-mail: elias.martinez@cnsns.gob.mx [Comision Nacional de Seguridad Nuclear y Salvaguardias, Dr. Barragan 779, Col. Narvarte, 03020 Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico)

    2015-09-15

    The Comision Nacional de Seguridad Nuclear y Salvaguardias (CNSNS) in Mexico is a decentralized body, under the Secretaria de Energia whose main mission is to ensure that activities involving nuclear and radioactive materials as well as ionizing radiation sources are carried out with maximum security, considering the current technological developments. In order to monitor the levels of environmental radiation to which the population is exposed, the CNSNS has established a series of radiological monitoring programs that allow characterize the environmental radiation levels in each zone or region in the country; to identify the occurrence of natural or artificial radiological events, such as nuclear tests and accidents in radioactive or nuclear facilities. The National Automatic Network for Environmental Radiological Monitoring (RENAMORA) project was initiated with the support of the IAEA through MEX9/049 project and its purpose is to have a network of instruments that automatically and in real time, transmit information of the gamma radiological environmental status of the national territory and changes occurring in it. This network provides data such as the speed of ambient dose equivalent, temperature and humidity in different regions of the country. The network is composed of 92 stations that are distributed throughout the national territory. The structure of the stations has evolved since its inception, now allowing detection tasks, data transmission and managing them remotely from the main server, which is located in the CNSNS, which is performed a statistical dose for each monitoring station. Each monitoring station is formed in its current structure by a probe detection of gamma radiation, a communication module and associated electronics, a mini Web server DataGATE, a cellular modem and an interface converter. (Author)

  17. Perception of Health-Impacts of Environmental Noise in an Ambient Noise Context in Owerri -Urban , Imo State, Nigeria

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    Ubuoh Emmanuel Attah; S.M.O. Akhionbare; O.A. Onifade; Ogbuji S. I.

    2012-01-01

    This paper reports the results of the investigation of health impacts of environmental noise context in Owerri-urban, due to incessant complains of urban dwellers of noise pollution and their effects on the health. This was measured by the use of 210 questionnaires on urban dwellers along the major routes, in which 30 questionnaires  were randomly  administered  between sampled routes designated  NP1- NP7. The observed results indicate that , automobile  has 32.3%, church 3.3%, construction w...

  18. Environmental impacts of 'oil terrorism' in Colombia; Petrolio, terrorismo e ambiente in Colombia

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    Corbino, A. [Padua Univ., Padua (Italy). Dipt. di Geografia ' G. Morandini'

    1999-06-01

    Oil is one of Colombia's main richness; its exportation since 1986 has greatly contributed to the country's economic growth. But about 800 attacks to the oil pipelines system committed by the main terrorist organisations in 12 years, has been causing not only great economic losses but altos great environmental impacts in many regions of the country. This article analyses how this heavily damages the country's fragile ecosystems and bio-diversity patrimony, also affecting those social groups whose lives are strictly related to the natural resources.

  19. Study of the environmental radiation in Zacatecas City; Estudio de la radiacion ambiental en la Ciudad de Zacatecas

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    Quirino, L.L.; Mireles, F.; Davila, J.I.; Rios, C.; Lugo, J.F.; Pinedo, J.L.; Lopez, H.; Garcia, M.L.; Soriano, J.M. [Centro Regional de Estudios Nucleares, Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Cipres 10, Fracc. La Penuela, 96068 Zacatecas (Mexico)

    2000-07-01

    A study of detection of environmental radiation in the inner of an office is presented and a comparison of the results is made when the facilities are closed or aired. The used method is based on radiation detection by means of Geiger-Mueller RM 60 and RM 70 detectors with the aid of a personal computer which provides a detection method of radiation in real time. The used method in this study is suggested to detect the variation of radiation in closed or aired environments and as a surveillance system of radiation levels. The obtained results are discussed and they are compared with those obtained in another places. (Author)

  20. Minerals ontology: application in the environmental field to silicates; Ontologia de minerales: aplicacion en el abito ambiental a los silicatos

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    Galan Saulnier, A.; Garcia Gimenez, R.

    2010-07-01

    The aim of this paper is to describe the application of an ontology, or up-to-date computerized tool, developed in the field of artificial intelligence and in particular of knowledge engineering, to inert elements, in this case the silicate class, which are minerals of scientific, technical and economic interest. The importance of applying ontology to minerals lies in the fact that these substances are capable of causing negative environmental impacts upon other variables in the natural environment, such as the atmosphere and the hydrosphere, and possible subsequent effects on human health. (Author) 37 refs.

  1. Ecological niche shifts and environmental space anisotropy: a cautionary note Desplazamientos en el nicho y la anisotropía del espacio ambiental: una nota precautoria

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    Jorge Soberón

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available The anisotropic structure of climatic space may cause significant (and to a large extent unappreciated non-evolutionary niche shifts. This can be seen mostly in the context of spatial transferability of ecological niche models. We explore this effect using a virtual species in the United States. We created a simple virtual species by postulating its fundamental niche as an ellipse in a two-dimensional realistic climatic space. The climatic combinations defined by the ellipse were projected in the geography of the United States and 2 regions of equal area were selected. The structure of niche in the 2 areas is compared. It is shown that the 2 regions have differently positioned subsets of the environmental space, which creates "shifts" in the realized niches despite the fact that no evolution and no biotic interactions are present. The most parsimonious hypothesis when ecological niche modeling reveals shifts in the realized niche is that environmental space is heterogeneous. Without considering differences in the structure of environmental space no speculation about niche evolution or the role of competitors should be attempted.La estructura anisotrópica del espacio climático puede causar desplazamientos significativos no evolutivos en los nichos de las especies. Este efecto poco apreciado en la literatura se manifiesta con gran claridad cuando se realizan transferencias espaciales de modelos de nicho ecológico. Se explora este efecto utilizando una especie virtual en los Estados Unidos. Se creó una especie virtual simplificada postulando su nicho fundamental en forma de una elipse en un espacio realista de 2 dimensiones. Las combinaciones climáticas definidas por la elipse se proyectaron en la geografía de los Estados Unidos y se seleccionaron 2 regiones de igual superficie espacial. Se compara la estructura del nicho en las 2 regiones, mostrando que estas 2 regiones espaciales presentan subconjuntos distintos del espacio de variables

  2. Perfil ambiental do empreendimento denominado de "praias fluviais", Estado do Tocantins Environmental profile of the "fluvial beach enterprise" in the State of Tocantins

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    Elizabeth Rodrigues Brito

    2002-05-01

    Full Text Available No Estado do Tocantins há um tipo de empreendimento impactante denominado de "praias fluviais". Estas surgem entre os meses de junho e setembro, exatamente quando ocorre a diminuição da vazão dos rios, o que permite o aparecimento dos bancos de areia. Nestes locais são implantadas infra-estruturas para atrair os visitantes, o que leva à descaracterização acentuada do ambiente ribeirinho. Assim, o presente trabalho teve como objetivo listar os impactos ambientais decorrentes dessas "praias fluviais", a partir da identificação e descrição de suas atividades impactantes. Lançou-se mão do método do check-list para a listagem dos impactos, enquanto a identificação e a descrição das atividades impactantes resultaram de consultas à literatura especializada e de contatos via Internet. Foram identificadas 21 atividades impactantes, sendo 10, 6 e 5 para as etapas de Implantação, Utilização e Desativação, respectivamente. Identificaram-se 35 impactos ambientais, sendo 21 (60% negativos e 14 (40% positivos. A principal conclusão é a de que o presente estudo pode ser utilizado como referencial teórico para nortear o processo de licenciamento ambiental do empreendimento denominado de "praias fluviais", no Estado do Tocantins.This work describes a type of impactant enterprise at the state of Tocantins called "Fluvial beaches." These "beaches" appear between June and September, exactly when the decrease of the discharge occurs, thus allowing the appearance of sand banks. Tourism infrastructure is implanted to attract visitors, leading to an a strong discharacterization of the riverine atmosphere. Therefore, the objective of this study was to list the environmental impacts caused by these "fluvial beaches", starting with the identification and description of their impactant activities. The check-list method was used to list the impacts, while the identification and description of the impactant activities resulted from consultations

  3. Contribuições para o trabalho com valores em Educação Ambiental Contributions to deal with values in Environmental Education

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    Dalva Maria Bianchini Bonotto

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Neste artigo discute-se o trabalho com valores em Educação Ambiental, o que exige uma fundamentação e posicionamento adequados. Diante do impasse entre posições relativistas e universalistas para a educação em valores, aponta-se para a necessidade de explicitar nossa posição e ação em favor dos valores ambientalmente desejáveis, considerando que as questões envolvidas com o meio ambiente dizem respeito à vida e à sobrevivência de todos os seres do planeta. Estes valores podem ser identificados junto aos princípios presentes no "Tratado de educação global para sociedades sustentáveis e responsabilidade global", apresentado pela sociedade civil na ECO-92. Por fim, ressalta-se a necessidade de se desenvolverem estratégias educativas que envolvam as dimensões aqui denominadas de cognição, afetividade e ação, resultando em um trabalho abrangente, que amplie as possibilidades de o indivíduo apreender, de maneira mais efetiva, um dado valor, tendo, então, melhores condições de construí-lo em sua vida.In this paper we discuss the value content of Environmental Education, because it requires an adequate theoretical basis and positioning. The relativist and universalistic positions are presented and it is pointed out that the environmental questions and their respective values mean much more than simple personal options. This is because the environmental questions concern life and the survival of all living beings on the planet. Thus, we must make our position and actions consistent with these values. They are identified in the principles reported in "Treatise for the global education for sustainable societies and global responsibility", which was elaborated by the civil society at ECO-92. It is also considered that values education is an issue focusing on the dimensions of cognition, feelings and action. All these three dimensions aim at achieving a broader result.

  4. La prensa como recurso en educación ambiental: análisis de una experiencia Newspapers as a didactic resource for the environmental education

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    Pedro Álvarez Suárez

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available A pesar de las repetidas recomendaciones de la UNESCO para integrar los medios en la educación, la gran mayoría del profesorado continua ignorando las grandes posibilidades que éstos ofrecen como recurso didáctico. En este trabajo se presenta una estrategia didáctica alternativa a la metodología tradicional (transmisiva-expositiva que, salvando la distancia entre la teoría y la práctica, muestra el uso de la prensa como recurso didáctico en la formación de profesorado de educación ambiental. Se analizan, también, los cambios que esta metodología produce en los conocimientos conceptuales y actitudes ambientales de los sujetos que la siguen. In spite of the repeated recommendations of the UNESCO to integrate the use of mass media in the education, the most teachers ignore their great possibilities as a didactic resource. In this work we present a new didactic strategy, alternative to the traditional methodology, which shows in practice the use of newspapers as a didactic resource in the training of environmental education teachers. We also analyze the changes in the conceptual knowledge and environmental attitudes that this methodology brings to the students.

  5. The environmental radiation monitoring system in Spain El sistema de vigilancia radiológica ambiental en España

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    Carmen Rey del Castillo

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available The system of environmental radiation monitoring established in Spain is composed of several networks with different objectives, a monitoring network in the vicinity of the facilities and several national networks financed and managed by public agencies. The operators of the facilities are responsible for the conduct of its Environmental Radiological Surveillance Program as directed by the CSN. Moreover, the Directorate General of Civil Defense and Emergencies has a Radioactivity Warning Network (RAR consisting of over 900 automatic stations measuring dose rate distributed nationwide. The Environmental Radioactivity Monitoring Network (Revira, managed by the CSN, is a nationwide network, consists of a Network of Sampling Stations (REM and a Network of Automatic Stations for continuous monitoring (REA. The autonomous communities of Valencia, Catalonia, Extremadura and the Basque Country have their own automated networks similar to that of the CSN. Revira provides information on the radioactivity in the air, soil, water (drinking, inland and sea and of food. The sampling and analysis programs are tailored to radiological recommendations laid down in the European Union Commission. The REM has the collaboration of laboratories in universities and the Centre for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research (CIEMAT for execution. The monitoring of inland and coastal waters is undertaken by the Centre for Studies and Experimentation of Public Works, Ministry of Public Works (CEDEX.El sistema de vigilancia radiológica del medio ambiente establecido en España está constituido por varias redes con diferentes objetivos: una red de vigilancia en el entorno de las instalaciones y varias redes de ámbito nacional financiadas y gestionadas por organismos públicos. Los titulares de las instalaciones son los responsables de la realización de sus programas de vigilancia radiológica ambiental siguiendo las directrices del Consejo de Seguridad Nuclear

  6. Data Processing and Programming Applied to an Environmental Radioactivity Laboratory; Desarrollo Informatico Aplicado a un Laboratorio de Radiactividad Ambiental

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    Trinidad, J.A.; Gasco, C.; Palacios, M.A.

    2009-07-01

    This report is the original research work presented for the attainment of the author master degree and its main objective has been the resolution -by means of friendly programming- of some of the observed problems in the environmental radioactivity laboratory belonging to the Department of Radiological Surveillance and Environmental Radioactivity from CIEMAT. The software has been developed in Visual Basic for applications in Excel files and it solves by macro orders three of the detected problems: a) calculation of characteristic limits for the measurements of the beta total and beta rest activity concentrations according to standards MARLAP, ISO and UNE and the comparison of the three results b) Pb-210 and Po-210 decontamination factor determination in the ultra-low level Am-241 analysis in air samples by alpha spectrometry and c) comparison of two analytical techniques for measuring Pb-210 in air ( direct-by gamma spectrometry- and indirect -by radiochemical separation and alpha spectrometry). The organization processes of the different excel files implied in the subroutines, calculations and required formulae are explained graphically for its comprehension. The advantage of using this kind of programmes is based on their versatility and the ease for obtaining data that lately are required by tables that can be modified as time goes by and the laboratory gets more data with the special applications for describing a method (Pb-210 decontamination factors for americium analysis in air) or comparing temporal series of Pb-210 data analysed by different methods (Pb-210 in air). (Author)

  7. Oil and gas projects in Amazon: an environmental challenge; Projetos de petroleo e gas na Amazonia: um desafio ambiental

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    Taam, Mauricio [Agencia Nacional do Petroleo, Gas Natural e Biocombustiveis (ANP), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Cabral, Nelson [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Regional Norte SMS ; Cardoso, Vanderlei [TRANSPETRO, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Gerencia de Seguranca, Meio Ambiente e Saude

    2004-07-01

    In the heart of the Amazon forest, some 600 km from the city of Manaus, the Brazilian Oil Company - PETROBRAS - is developing the 'URUCU PROJECT'. Consisting on 3 oil and gas production fields and 3 natural gas processing plant, 2 huge pipelines crossing the dense Amazon forest and its rivers and going towards COARI - the Fluvial Terminal of Solimoes river. Then, vessels and ferries, loads LGN to the north region and oil to feed the Manaus refinery plant. In a near future natural gas pipelines will connect COARI to Manaus and URUCU to Porto Velho. The whole project will allow energy supply to the less developed and isolated region of Brazil, and brings relief for the local population, but represents one of the biggest challenges for the oil and gas industry in terms of environmental sustainability for projects in very sensitive areas. The paper concludes that it is viable to face such a challenges counting on an Environmental Management System tailored to fit the region peculiarities, including a high level of Preparedness and Response for oil incidents, and last but never least assuming a respectful attitude towards the Amazon and its people. (author)

  8. Limits of civil and environmental responsibility in transport through pipelines; Limites da responsabilidade civil e ambiental no transporte por dutos

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    Leao, Andreia Carneiro [EnviroCompliance Assessoria Ambiental (Brazil); Natalizim Luiz Guilherme Samico [Webler e Advogados Associados, Macae, RJ (Brazil)

    2003-07-01

    Throughout the historic evolution of the Brazilian legislation, including a brief analysis of the prevailing laws regarding the subject, this paper provides an ample vision of the civil and environmental liability in transport contracts, and, especially, in the transport of oil and gas through pipelines, discussing the present influence of environmental norms and the New Brazilian Civil Code. And what was brought to a conclusion is, if on one hand were kept the liability of the Sender (user company of the transportation service contracted with the Carrier) and Carrier (personal entity operator of the pipeline system), who respond jointly and regardless of fault for damages to third parties and the environment (extendible also to the owner of the product and to financial institutions that participate in some form in the contract), on the other hand the New Civil Code authorizes the National Petroleum Agency - ANP to rule the liabilities between the parties to the transport contract, providing greater safety to the system operators. (author)

  9. Environmental training of architecture student in the Cuban context / Formación ambiental del estudiante de arquitectura en el contexto cubano

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    Aymeé Alonso Gatell

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The main target of the present article consists in basing from a specific context the place that occupies the environmental formation in the architecture students. In university context, education for sustainability implies a process that includes political decisions which open ways to generate opportunities for democratic participation in different stratums to define the institution strategies. At the same time education for sustainability requires a strong academic compromise to incorporate sustainability criteria in the education process. As a result, it urges to generate a behavior change that develops skills to create a proper sustainability environment. For all these reasons, the new educative law cannot ignore architecture career which encourages a professional who applies resources and strategies to build knowledge, develop values and acquire creative attitudes to improve the environment. El objetivo del presente artículo consiste en fundamentar desde un contexto específico el lugar que ocupa la formación ambiental en los estudiantes de arquitectura. En el ámbito universitario la educación para la soste¬nibilidad implica un proceso, que incluye decisiones políticas, que abran el camino para la generación de espacios necesarios para la participación democrática de los diversos estamentos para la definición de las estrategias propias de la institución, a la vez que requiere un fuerte compromiso docente para incorporar los criterios de sostenibilidad en los procesos de formación. Se necesita con urgencia generar cambios en la conducta para desarrollar capacidades que creen un ambiente propicio para la sostenibilidad. La carrera de Arquitectura no escapa a la actual reforma educativa que apuesta por un profesional que encamine el uso de recursos y estrategias, para llevar a cabo la construcción de conocimientos, el desarrollo de valores y la adquisición de actitudes creativas y comprometidas en la mejora del entorno.

  10. Clinch River - Environmental Restoration Program (CR-ERP) Study, ambient water toxicity. Final report, October 21, 1993--October 28, 1993

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    Simbeck, D.J.

    1997-06-01

    Clinch River - Environmental Restoration Program (CR-ERP) personnel and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) personnel conducted a study during the week of October 21-28, 1993, as described in the Statement of Work (SOW) document. The organisms specified for testing were larval fathead minnows, Pimephales promelas, and the daphnid, Ceriodaphnia dubia. Due to serious reproduction/embryo abortion problems with the TVA daphnid cultures, TVA conducted tests during this study period using only fathead minnows. A split sample test using daphnids only will be scheduled during 1994 as a substitute for this study period. Surface water samples were collected by TVA Field Engineering personnel from Poplar Creek Mile 2.9, Mile 4.3, and Mile 5.1 on October 20, 22, and 25. Samples were split and provided to the CR-ERP and TVA toxicology laboratories for testing. Exposure of test organisms to these samples resulted in no toxicity (survival or growth) in testing conducted by TVA.

  11. Indicadores de sustentabilidade ambiental e de saúde na Amazônia Legal, Brasil Environmental sustainability and health indicators in the Legal Amazonia, Brazil

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    Carlos Machado de Freitas

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Entre os desafios atuais para a Saúde Pública está o de estruturar sistemas de indicadores que permitam monitorar as condições e tendências da sustentabilidade ambiental e de saúde. Neste artigo procuramos enfrentar esse desafio tendo como foco de análise os estados integrantes da Macrorregião Amazônia Legal, que desde a segunda metade do século XX vem sofrendo intensos processos de mudanças sócio-econômicas, ambientais, de saúde e bem-estar. Para a reunião e análise do conjunto de indicadores adotamos o modelo Forças Motrizes, Pressão, Situação, Exposição, Efeito e Ação (FMPSEEA proposto pela Organização Mundial da Saúde. Os resultados demonstram que, ao mesmo tempo em que as forças motrizes e pressões vêm contribuindo para o crescimento econômico e populacional, resultando em melhoras de indicadores tradicionais de saúde (redução da mortalidade infantil e aumento da expectativa de vida, são grandes as desigualdades sociais e econômicas e a sobreposição dos impactos na saúde da população, em um quadro bastante heterogêneo. Além disso, a situação ambiental também aponta para um modelo de desenvolvimento insustentável para as gerações presentes e futuras, exigindo respostas dos setores ambientais e de saúde à altura dos desafios colocados na atualidade.One of the challenges for public health is to build systems of indicators that allow monitoring current conditions and trends in environmental and health sustainability. This article focuses on the Legal Amazonia macro-region, which has undergone profound socioeconomic, environmental, and health changes since the mid-20th century. The conceptual framework adopted here was the model entitled Driving Forces, Pressures, State, Exposure, Effects, and Action (DPSEEA proposed by the World Health Organization and adopted for environmental health surveillance by the Brazilian Ministry of Health. The results show that numerous motor forces and pressures

  12. Análise dos fundamentos teóricos associados à pesquisa contábil na área ambiental = Analysis of environmental accounting research theories

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    Luiz da Costa Laurencel

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available O artigo apresenta os principais enfoques teóricos aplicáveis à Contabilidade Socioambiental,analisando seus aspectos positivos e limitações, particularizados à consolidação de uma teoriacontábil de cunho ambiental. Para isso, realiza-se uma revisão da bibliografia pertinente ao tema,buscando estabelecer uma taxonomia da literatura contábil desta natureza, e comentam-seoportunidades para o desenvolvimento de linhas de pesquisas alternativas ao mainstream. O estudodemonstra a existência de um pluralismo teórico aplicável ao campo socioambiental, concluindo quehá outros enfoques teóricos capazes de se contraporem às suposições do mainstream. Apesar de aortodoxia contábil estar fundamentada em paradigmas funcionalistas, existem opções alternativaspara explicar os fenômenos socioambientais dentro da Teoria da Contabilidade.This paper presents the major conceptual positions for Social and Environmental Accounting while analyzingtheir strengths and limitations with respect to the consolidation of social and environmental accountingtheory. In order to do this, a review of the relevant literature was carried out tht tried to establish a taxonomyof related accounting literature and comments regarding the opportunities for developing alternative lines ofresearch to the mainstream. The study shows that theoretical pluralism occurs in this field and concludesthat there are other theoretical approaches capable of challenging the existing mainstream assumptions.Although accounting orthodoxy is based upon functionalist paradigms, there are alternative options that maybe used to explain the social and environmental phenomena within accounting theory.

  13. O DIREITO DE PROPRIEDADE LIMITADO À DIMENSÃO AMBIENTAL / THE PROPERTY RIGHT LIMITED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS

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    Hildemar Meneguzzi de Carvalho

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The current article has the objective of discussing the limitations imposed on property rights. Using the qualitative research methodology and inductive method, the construction of the text comes from the study of the limiting factors of the use, enjoyment and fruition of the premises, using the contents of the Brazilian Federal Constitution and some of the reflections promoted by Antonio Bartolini, in the lecture Le situazioni giuridiche soggettive nel diritto europeo, as the main theoretical foundation. This research is justified because of the current planet pollution and the scarcity of several natural resources. It attempts to analyze the principle of social function as a restrictive factor, added to the natural and legal - internal and external - limits; modeled on the example of the condominium, the urban plan, the division of urban land and the expropriation, giving particular emphasis to environmental restrictions. As a result, we seek to certify the feasibility of absolute and arbitrary use of the property for a society that moves towards sustainability.

  14. Ambient intelligence

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    Sanders, David; Gegov, Alexander

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    This paper considers some history and the state of the art of Ambient Intelligence and from that seeks to identify new topics and future work. Ubiquitous computing, communications, human-centric computer interaction, embedded systems, context awareness, adaptive systems and distributed device networks are considered.

  15. Ambient intelligence

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    Weber, W; Aarts, E

    2005-01-01

    Addresses ambient intelligence used to support human contacts and accompany an individual''s path through the complicated modern world, from applications that are imminent, since they use essentially existing technologies, to ambitious ideas whose realization is still far away, due to major unsolved technical challenges.

  16. Una vivencia de gestión ambiental en el marco del proyecto: mejora de la oferta educativa en gestión ambiental rural, en centros educativos de Guápiles y Sarapiquí / An Environmental Management Experience Within the Project: Improvement of Educational Opportunities in Rural Environmental Management in Sarapiqui and Guapiles’ Schools

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    Giselle León León

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    Resumen. Un aspecto de suma importancia para la educación mundial y en particular para la educación costarricense es la gestión ambiental como estrategia educacional, por lo que a continuación se describe la vivencia  del  proyecto Mejora de la oferta educativa en gestión ambiental rural (MOE-GAR en su primer etapa 2009, cuya población estuvo conformada por docentes de primaria y secundaria de diferentes áreas  de las Direcciones Regionales Educativas  de Guápiles  y Sarapiquí de Costa Rica.

    El proyecto se desarrolló a lo largo del ciclo lectivo de 2009, mediante un trabajo conjunto entre los docentes involucrados, diferentes instituciones gubernamentales y no gubernamentales, Dio como resultado un proceso de construcción de conocimientos en gestión ambiental, a partir del cual se plantearon y desarrollaron propuestas  en los diferentes centros educativos.

     

     

     

    Abstract. A very important aspect of worldwide education and, particularly for Costa Rican education, is the environmental management as an educational strategy. For this reason, this article describes the experience of the project Mejora de la Oferta Educativa en Gestión Ambiental Rural (MOE-GAR during its first stage in 2009.  The population was comprised by teachers from different areas of the rural school districts of Guapiles and Sarapiquí.

    As a part of this project, we worked with teachers, different government and nongovernment institutions, throughout the 2009 school year; obtaining as a result, a process of knowledge development in environmental management.  Based on this, several proposals were developed in different educational institutions.

  17. Formação de professores e cidadania: projetos escolares no estudo do ambiente Teacher education and citizenship: school projects in environmental studies

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    Vânia Maria Nunes dos Santos

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Este texto pretende apresentar reflexões resultantes de um estudo de doutorado focado na análise, por meio da pesquisa-ação, de projetos escolares de educação ambiental desenvolvidos a partir da formação continuada de professores em exercício, e suas contribuições na constituição de novos conhecimentos e procedimentos didático-pedagógicos para o estudo do ambiente e o exercício da cidadania. Visando à construção do olhar geocientífico na escola, os projetos de educação ambiental utilizaram diferentes práticas de campo para o (reconhecimento do lugar de estudo associadas a recursos de sensoriamento remoto (imagens de satélite, fotos aéreas e mapas, objetivando a construção de uma visão integrada da realidade socioambiental a partir do estabelecimento de relações dialéticas entre o local e o global como suporte à análise de problemas, de suas repercussões e implicações em diferentes escalas de observação. O desenvolvimento dos projetos oportunizou a formação de professores-pesquisadores inovadores, críticos e reflexivos ante as realidades escolar e socioambiental. Além disso, propiciou aos alunos condições para observarem e conhecerem seu meio ambiente e o lugar em que vivem, refletirem sobre suas condições reais e, com base nesse processo, proporem ações e construir em intervenções educativas diante dos problemas estudados, em busca de soluções. Ao incorporar a questão socioambiental à prática pedagógica, os projetos escolares buscaram inserir a escola na realidade, contribuindo para a formação, por meio da aprendizagem social, de cidadãos críticos e participativos em ações conjuntas e colaborativas (escola, comunidade, poder público, visando ao desenvolvimento de políticas públicas democráticas e sustentáveis para a melhoria da qualidade de vida.This text seeks to present reflections resulting from a doctorate research focused on the analysis, through action-research, of school

  18. Epidemiologia, toxicologia e causalidade ambiental de doenças | Epidemiology, toxicology, and environmental causes of diseases

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    Francisco José Roma Paumgartten

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    Full Text Available O artigo analisa o estabelecimento de nexos causais entre exposições ambientais e ocupacionais e doenças a partir das evidências epidemiológicas e experimentais. A alta probabilidade de explicações não causais para associações fracas encontradas por estudos observacionais é enfatizada, assim como as suas implicações para nortear intervenções em Saúde Pública, subsidiar diagnósticos de causalidade em Medicina do trabalho e perícias legais, e comunicação do risco. As limitações da estimativa do risco a partir unicamente das evidencias toxicológicas são comentadas, com destaque para a incerteza que cerca a extrapolação entre espécies, e a necessidade de levar em conta a relação dose-resposta e os níveis de exposição experimentados pelas populações humanas. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This article discusses the methodological limitations of epidemiological and experimental studies when these studies are utilized to establish the causality between environmental and occupational exposures and diseases. The high probability of non-causal explanations for weak associations revealed by observational studies is emphasized; additionally, the consequences are revealed when weak associations are taken to guide public health interventions, to support diagnosis in occupational medicine and expert reports addressed to the court, and to communicate risks. Shortcomings of risk estimations based only on the evidence from experimental toxicology studies are discussed. Uncertainties involved in extrapolating toxicological findings between species and the relevance of taking into account the dose–response relationships and exposure levels experimented on human populations are also commented upon.

  19. Full-Field Measurements on Low-Strained Geomaterials Using Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy and Digital Image Correlation: Improved Imaging Conditions

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    Wang, Linlin; Bornert, Michel; Heripre, Eva; CHANCHOLE, Serge; TANGUY, Alexandre

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    Full-field strain measurement at microscale on geomaterials by means of hydromechanical in situ testing and imaging in an environmental scanning electron microscope and digital image correlation techniques is a challenging task because of both low magnitude of investigated strains (typically of the order of 10?3) and unfavourable imaging conditions. In view of improving strain measurement accuracy, three major sources of measurement errors are evaluated, and methods to minimise their effects ...

  20. MISSION AND VISION, ENVIRONMENTAL SCANNING AND FORMALITY OF STRATEGIC PLANNING AS PREDICTORS OF THE PERFORMANCE OF SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES (SMES) IN THE GAUTENG PROVINCE OF SOUTH AFRICA

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    Faced with volatile business conditions and the hyper competitive market environment, SMEs are continuously focusing on finding ways to improve their performance. This paper attempts to establish the effect of mission and vision, environmental scanning and the formality of the strategic planning process on the performance of SMEs. A quantitative research approach was pursued through a self-administered survey questionnaire. Descriptive statistics, correlation analysis and regression analysis ...

  1. Recycling stainless steel orthodontic brackets with Er:YAG laser – An environmental scanning electron microscope and shear bond strength study

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    Chacko, Prince K; Kodoth, Jithesh; John, Jacob; Kumar, Kishore

    2013-01-01

    Aim: To determine the efficiency of erbium: Yttrium aluminum garnet (Er:YAG) laser with Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (ESEM) and shear bond strength analysis as a method of recycling stainless steel orthodontic brackets and compare with other methods of recycling. Materials and Methods: Eighty samples of extracted premolar teeth bonded to SS brackets were tested for rebonded shear bond strength after recycling by four methods and compared with a control group of 20 samples. These...

  2. Statement of work for the assessment of ambient environmental monitoring programs for the installations operated by Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc., at Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Paducah, Kentucky; and Portsmouth, Ohio

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    This report describes a review of the ambient environmental monitoring programs at the five Department of Energy installations for compliance and consistency with DOE and Energy Systems policies and strategies, DOE Orders, environmental laws and regulations, and the current best monitoring practices. The scope of the assessment shall include the ambient air, water, groundwater, biological, and radiological environmental monitoring performed near plant perimeter fences, in receiving streams, and at off-site locations. The scope of this task does not include assessing the on-site point source emission monitoring associated with specific stack sampling locations. It does not include specific National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) water monitoring and biological monitoring locations, nor does it include on-site groundwater monitoring locations. The scope of the assessment shall include the ambient air monitoring programs at each site and off-site; the surface water monitoring programs; and the off-site programs associated with the sampling of fish, wildlife, milk, groundwater, soil, vegetation, and stream sediments. Both radiological and nonradiological parameters should be reviewed and evaluated. The current monitoring locations should be evaluated to ensure that they are the appropriate locations to provide usable and defensible data. The current monitoring location to be evaluated at each site are shown in the tables included in this SOW. Also, the current parameters and sampling frequencies must be evaluated for adequacy. The tables outline the current ambient monitoring programs at each installation. 32 figs., 12 tabs

  3. Desigualdade ambiental no município de São Paulo: análise da exposição diferenciada de grupos sociais a situações de risco ambiental através do uso de metodologias de geoprocessamento Desigualdad ambiental en el municipio de San Pablo: análisis de la exposición diferenciada de grupos sociales a situaciones de riesgo ambiental a través del uso de metodologías de geoprocesamiento Environmental inequality in the City of São Paulo, Brazil: analysis of differential exposure of social groups to situations of environmental risk by using geoprocessing methodologies

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    Humberto Prates da Fonseca Alves

    2007-12-01

    distribuidos de manera desigual entre los diferentes grupos sociales, así como el ingreso y el acceso a servicios públicos. Para comprobar esta hipótesis, se realizó un análisis comparativo de la dinámica demográfica y socioeconómica entre las poblaciones residentes en áreas de riesgo ambiental y aquéllas no residentes en estos tipos de área, con base en una tipología de la distribución espacial de los habitantes del municipio de San Pablo en tres grupos sociales (pobres, clase media y clase alta. Los resultados muestran que, en todos los grupos sociales, las poblaciones residentes en áreas de riesgo ambiental presentan condiciones socioeconómicas significativamente peores que las no residentes en esas áreas. Los resultados también revelan un aumento de la desigualdad ambiental, en el período reciente.This article represents an effort at making operational the concept of environmental inequality, in order to identify and analyze situations of environmental inequality in the City of São Paulo, Brazil, by using geoprocessing methodologies. The objective is to identify and measure the association between unfavorable socioeconomic conditions and greater exposure to environmental risks, by analyzing the level of risk exposure of different social groups in São Paulo. The results show that, in all social groups, people living in risky areas have much lower socioeconomic conditions than those who living in other places. The results also show that environmental inequality in São Paulo has been increasing in recent years.

  4. The future of environmental health in Andalusian Region: suitability of improvement El futuro de la sanidad ambiental en Andalucía: oportunidades de mejora

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    Joaquín Jesús Gámez de la Hoz

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available In the present article is presented a portrait of the situation of the environmental health in the administration of Andalusian Goverment; are analyzed implanted management formulations and we believe a reflection space on the professional exercise and the course begun with the organizational process in the Andalusian public health. The public health system has not undergone reconstruction from the process of transferences from the State towards the autonomous Communities. We identified the extrapolation of the model clinical-assistance management to the public health structures without delving what is sufficient in their organization and objectives. Setting of business process management (BMP has got worse the administrative bureaucracy and the teamwork has not been preceded of alliances and agreements that generate feeling of ownership the same organization to avoid professional conflicts. We bet on strengthening the paper of the environmental health technicians as referring in the identification of this performances within public health system. For this propose we need the implication of all the professionals in the reform of the organization and management of the health public, to evolve in the professional exercise creating a regulated academic specialty and to define the competences maps in their different capabilites areas.En el presente artículo se muestra un retrato de la situación de la sanidad ambiental en la Administración de la Junta de Andalucía; se analizan las fórmulas de gestión implantadas y creamos un espacio de reflexión sobre el ejercicio profesional y el rumbo iniciado con el proceso organizativo en la salud pública andaluza. La Salud Pública no ha sufrido reestructuración desde el proceso de transferencias desde el Estado hacia las comunidades autónomas. Identificamos la extrapolación del modelo de gestión clínico-asistencial a las estructuras de salud pública sin ahondar lo suficiente en su organización y

  5. Conocimiento indígena sobre el medio ambiente y diseño de materiales educativos Environmental Indigenous Wisdom and the Design of Educational Resources

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    Juan Noguera Valdemar

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available El presente artículo expone los resultados de un proyecto de investigación sobre el desarrollo sostenido y educación ambiental desarrollado en la subregión Amazonia-Orinoquia (Estado de Amazonas, Venezuela desde 2005 a 2008. La investigación se enmarca dentro de una metodología cualitativa, donde la colaboración de los pueblos indígenas y la visita en el terreno fueron cruciales. A diferencia de otros proyectos desarrollados en la zona, el trabajo estableció una relación diferente con las comunidades indígenas. En este proyecto se consideraba a los pueblos indígenas como objetos y sujetos de la investigación, recogiendo en una carta firmada los compromisos del proceso negociador realizado al inicio del proyecto sobre qué y cómo realizar la investigación. Se utilizaron diversas técnicas de recogida de datos: entrevistas a informantes clave, grupos de discusión y encuestas. Se describen solamente dos de los diversos objetivos y resultados del proyecto, a saber: 1 Analizar los conceptos que poseen los pueblos indígenas sobre el medio ambiente y la sostenibilidad, especialmente en su relación con el papel cultural de las etnias; 2 Diseñar y elaborar materiales didácticos en los que se trabajen los conceptos de educación ambiental relacionados con el papel cultural de las etnias en la conservación de las especies. Estos objetivos fueron alcanzados gracias a la respuesta de doce pueblos indígenas de lenguas y etnias diferentes tras la visita a diecisiete comunidades distintas.The current essay presents the results of research into sustainable development and environmental education that was developed in the sub-region of Amazonia-Orinoquia (Amazonas State, Venezuela from 2005 to 2008. This study was undertaken within a qualitative methodology framework where field trips and the collaboration of indigenous communities in particular were crucial. Unlike other projects currently taking place in the area, our investigation

  6. Information system of industrial security and environmental protection (SISPA) of PEMEX; Sistema de informacion de seguridad industrial y proteccion ambiental (SISPA) de PEMEX

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    Carrisoza B, Vicente; Bernal M, Hector M [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico); Cortazar F, Segio [Petroleos Mexicanos (Mexico)

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    The Management of Supervision of Processes (GSP) in collaboration with the Management of Control and Instrumentation (GCI) of the Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas (IIE), has developed a system able to respond in a opportune and coordinated way to the attention and handling of emergencies, optimization of the number of reports and its content, reduction of the time in which the reports of industrial security and environmental protection arrive at their destiny, diminution of the manual process in the elaboration of reports and information and, finally, able to automatically calculate the associated performance indicators related to the efficiency of actions in each one the involved areas. [Spanish] La Gerencia de Supervision de Procesos (GSP) en colaboracion con la Gerencia de Control e Instrumentacion (GCI) del Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas (IIE), ha desarrollado un sistema capaz de responder de manera oportuna y coordinada a la atencion y manejo de emergencias, optimizacion del numero de reportes y su contenido, reduccion del tiempo en que los reportes de seguridad industrial y proteccion ambiental llegan a su destino, disminucion del proceso manual en la elaboracion de reportes e informes y, finalmente, capaz de calcular automaticamente los indicadores de desempeno asociados a la eficiencia de las acciones en cada una las areas involucradas.

  7. Strategies for mitigation of nitrogen environmental impact from swine production Estratégias para minimização do impacto ambiental do azoto em suinicultura

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    Divanildo Outor Monteiro

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available This work presents strategies that can be implemented in order to minimize the environmental impact of swine slurry on soil, water, and air. This reduction can be achieved through decrease in nitrogen excretion and ammonia emissions. The correct feed formulation according to animal requirements, the increase in diet digestibility and improvement in animal performance can reduce nitrogen excretion. The use of additives either in the diet or in the manure as well as some equipment rearrangements can reduce ammonia emission.Neste trabalho são apresentadas estratégias que podem ser implementadas para minimizar o impacto ambiental dos efluentes da produção suína sobre o solo, a água e a atmosfera. Esta redução pode ser obtida com a excreção de azoto e a sua volatilização. A formulação mais ajustada às necessidades dos animais, o aumento da digestibilidade da dieta e a melhoria do desempenho dos animais podem reduzir a excreção de azoto. O uso de aditivos nas dietas ou nos dejectos e alterações nas instalações pode reduzir a volatilização da amónia.

  8. Environmental control of the wastes disposal of Abadia de Goias, Brazil; Controle ambiental do repositorio de rejeitos de Abadia de Goias

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    Magalhaes, Maisa H.; Acar, Maria Elizabeth E.D.; Lauria, Dejanira C. [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

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    In May 1997 the building of the Abadia de Goias disposal site was concluded. This waste disposal site was built to store the waste from Goiania cesium accident, which at the end of the city decontamination process amounted 3,500 m{sup 3} radioactive wastes, being 6,000 tons of solid waste. Since 1988 a radiological monitoring program has been performed at the site with the objective of assessing the site environmental impact. The site operator carries out measurements of the gamma exposure rate and {sup 137} Cs in different kind of samples (surface water, groundwater, soil, sediment, grass and milk). In order to assess the performance of the monitoring program, the Comissao Nacional de Energia Nuclear (CNEN), through the Departamento de Protecao Radiologica Ambiental (DEPRA/IRD), maintains a monitoring control program at the site. With the purpose of verifying the quality of the data supplied by the operator, some requirements have to be fulfilled by the site operator. This article presents the methodology adopted by the regulatory agency to control the monitoring program of the Abadia de Goias disposal site and discusses the results of the monitoring control program. (author)

  9. Rural Environmental Teaching in Basic General Education La educación ambiental rural desde las escuelas básicas y por estas

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    Martha Isabel Martínez Pacheco

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    Full Text Available This paper, based on the Nicaraguan and Belizean contexts, points out the need of providing environmental education to students from the 1st to 6th grades of the Basic General Education to ensure that young generations will live in harmony with nature, which will depend on their healthy practices to protect the planet. For this, we attempt to stimulate the interest of teachers to create environmental teaching/learning strategies in an organized, planned, conscious way to raise students’ awareness and love for their culture and community, and for students to aspire to livein healthy homes. This way, students will succeed in the coexistence experience, in the material and spiritual cultures, and in the economic and development areas.Recibido 28 de mayo de 2012 • Corregido 08 de marzo de 2013 • Aceptado 13 de marzo de 2013En el presente artículo, basado en los contextos nicaragüenses y beliceños, abordamos la necesidad de una educación ambiental del estudiantado de primaria, para garantizar que esta generación joven viva en armonía con la naturaleza, lo cual dependerá de sus prácticas sanas para proteger el planeta. Pretendemos, entonces, despertar el interés del personal docente para que, de una forma organizada, planificada y consciente, construya estrategias pedagógicas ambientalistas, con el propósito de lograr que sus estudiantes tengan una conciencia fortalecida en amor a su cultura y a su comunidad, y que aspiren a vivir en hogares limpios, para, así, prosperar en convivencia, en cultura material, espiritual, en economía y en desarrollo.

  10. Business self-regulation as a tool for environmental management in the European Union Auto-regulação empresarial com instrumento de gestão ambiental na União Européia

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    Viviane Passos Gomes

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available The responsibility to preserve the environment can no longer be seen simply as an obligation of the State. It is also the responsibility of the business sector, mainly for being a major cause of environmental degradation, to seek appropriate solutions to internalize the social and environmental costs generated by their production. In recent years there has been a growing adherence of businesses to voluntary instruments of environmental management within the European Union, especially with the adoption of systems such as EMAS and ISO 14000, which combine efforts to regulate even matters that are not included in the current environmental legislation. A responsabilidade de preservar o meio ambiente não pode mais ser encarada como uma obrigação tão somente do Estado, cabe também ao setor empresarial, incluso por ser uma dos maiores causadores da degradação ambiental, buscar soluções adequadas para internalizar o custo sócio-ambiental gerado por sua produção. Nos últimos anos vem crescendo a adesão de empresas aos instrumentos voluntários de gestão ambiental no âmbito da União Européia, principalmente com adoção de sistemas como o EMAS e a ISO 14000, que combinam esforços no sentido regular inclusive questões que não estão normatizadas na legislação ambiental vigente.

  11. Transversalidad de conceptos de educación ambiental para un desarrollo sostenible presentes en la legislación argentina Environmental education as a crosscutting issue for sustainable developement concepts included in Argentine regulations

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    Lidia Giuffré

    2007-07-01

    instituciones de educación superior. Se asegura el derecho a la información, todo habitante podrá obtener de las autoridades la información ambiental que administren y que no se encuentre contemplada legalmente como reservada. Los aspectos más importantes acerca de la educación ambiental y el desarrollo sostenible son ejes transversales de leyes de distinta jurisdicción, pero deberá bregarse por el cumplimiento y control de dichos principios, debido a las características con las que se percibe al derecho ambiental, de baja eficacia y eficiencia.Population environmental education must be conveyed in all educational levels, in order to contribute to a deep knowledge of environmental protection laws. These include contents about environmental education, but with scarce diffusion and low adhesion. If environmental education could force a detailed knowledge about regulations, its application could be demanded by community actions. Moreover, environmental education is considered in regulations as a fundamental tool for sustainable development. There is a profuse legislation in Argentina, with more than 3,000 legal instruments of different hierarchical order and jurisdictional level. Three argentine laws were studied and compared: Environmental General Law (national: Law 25,675; La Pampa Environmental Law (province order: Law 1,914; and Environmental Education Law of Buenos Aires (city order: Law 1,687. These laws regulate the incorporation of environmental education in formal system (public and private schools and institutions, for all levels: initial, primary, secondary and university studies, non formal system (extra-curricular activities and/or extension inside the institutions, and non formal education (by means of massive instruments of communication and information. Environmental education is considered as the basic tool to generate values, behavior and attitudes according to a balanced environment, tending to the preservation of natural resources and their sustainable

  12. Quantification of rapid environmental redox processes with quick-scanning x-ray absorption spectroscopy (Q-XAS)

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    Quantification of the initial rates of environmental reactions at the mineral/water interface is a fundamental prerequisite to determining reaction mechanisms and contaminant transport modeling and predicting environmental risk. Until recently, experimental techniques with adequate time resolution and elemental sensitivity to measure initial rates of the wide variety of environmental reactions were quite limited. Techniques such as electron paramagnetic resonance and Fourier transform infrare...

  13. Contabilidade e Auditoria Ambiental como Forma de Gestão: um estudo de caso de um hospital = Accountancy and Environmental Auditing as Management: a case study at a hospital

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    Danúbia Vegini

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available A degradação do meio ambiente no contexto atual é decorrente do uso desenfreado dos recursos naturais pela sociedade. Diante disso, o governo passou a exigir uma política mais responsável das organizações. As empresas passaram a adotar medidas de gestão ambiental, sistemas de gestão ambiental, que gerem benefícios tanto para a organização quanto para a natureza. O presente artigo tem como objetivo analisar a contabilidade ambiental como instrumento gerencial, visando o desempenho e a sustentabilidade ambiental. A metodologia adotada é um estudo de caso em um hospital, utilizando-se de uma entrevista semi- estrutura da com o responsável pela área ambiental da instituição. A trajetória metodológica divide-se em três fases, sendo a primeira: fundamentação teórica do meio ambiente, gestão ambiental, auditoria, contabilidade e controladoria ambiental. A segunda fase envolve o estudo de caso, onde são realizadas primeira mente as entrevistas com base em uma lista de verificação, divididas em critérios e subcritérios. Na terceira e última fase apresenta-se análise dos resultados; a sustentabilidade parcial e total, bem como o planejamento 5W2H. No final, como resultado da pesquisa, verificou-se uma sustentabilidade global de 70,83%, considerada “regular”. Existem pontos fortes e fracos na gestão do meio ambiente, mas no geral ela apenas cumpre com a legislação.The current environmental destruction is the result of the unlimited use of naturalresources by our society. Because of that, the government has been demanding a moreresponsible policy from the organizations. Companies have started to adoptenvironmental management measures, environmental management systems that havebrought benefits for the organizations as well as for nature. This study has as its objectiveto analyze the environmental accountancy as a managerial tool, aiming at environmentalperformance and sustainability. The methodology applied is a study

  14. Vetas y vertientes de la historia ambiental latinoamericana: una nota metodológica y epistemológica Rich seams and perspectives in latin american environmental history: an epistemological and metodological view

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    Enrique Leff

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available O artigo discute a necessidade da realização de um corte epistemológico que estabeleça o campo próprio de uma história ambiental, incluindo um repertório de métodos para a abordagem de diferentes processos, como as racionalidades econômicas, ecológicas e culturais do uso da natureza, assim como o regate de saberes e práticas tradicionais das diferentes culturas com seu entorno ecológico. São abordadas três vertentes para o estudo da história ambiental: a história epistemol ógica da complexidade ambiental, a hermenêutica das narrativas sobre as relações sociedade-natureza, a construção de identidades e as transformações sociais induzidas pelo movimento ambientalista.This article discusses the need to make an epistemological separation that establishes the very field of an environmental history, including a collection of methods for the approach to different processes, such as economic, ecological, and cultural rationalities of the usage of nature, as well as the rescue of traditional knowledge and practices from different cultures about their ecological surroundings. Three issues are discussed in the study of environmental history: the epistemological history of environmental complexity, the hermeneutics of narratives on society- nature relationship, the construction of identities, and the social transformations induced by the environmental movement.

  15. Environmentally associated ticks (Acari: Ixodidae in Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil Carrapatos (Acari: Ixodidae associados com o ambiente em Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brasil

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    Marcos Valério Garcia

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Herein, we report tick species found on wild and domestic animals and in the environment during a one-year sampling period at the Brazilian Farming Research Company beef cattle unit (Embrapa Beef Cattle, which is located within the urban area of Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. From 55 wild hosts including six different species (Nasua nasua, Cebus spp., Cerdocyon thous, Myrmecophaga tridactyla, Tamandua tetradactyla and Dasyprocta aguti, 323 ticks were collected. Amblyomma ovale ticks were found solely on coatis, and Amblyomma nodosum was identified solely on anteaters. No ticks were found on capuchin monkeys. However, Amblyomma cajennense was found on all parasitized host species with the exception of capuchin monkeys. Giant anteaters displayed the highest infestation abundance, with a mean of 53 ticks∕animal. Environmental sampling yielded 166 adult A. cajennense ticks. The tick species found on domestic animals (Rhipicephalus (Boophilus microplus, R. sanguineus, Dermacentor nitens and A. cajennense were those typically found on these hosts in Brazil. The most prevalent tick species, A. cajennense, was found on both wild and domestic animals and was also prevalent in the environment. Thus, this tick species is the primary vector that allows pathogens to bridge wild and domestic animals in the Cerrado.Neste trabalho são descritas as espécies de carrapatos de animais selvagens e domésticos e do ambiente coletados por um ano na EMBRAPA Gado de Corte localizado na área urbana de Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brasil. Dos 55 hospedeiros selvagens de seis espécies diferentes (Nasua nasua, Cebus spp., Cerdocyon thous, Myrmecophaga tridactyla, Tamandua tetradactyla e Dasyprocta aguti foram coletados 323 carrapatos. Amblyomma ovale foi encontrado apenas em quatis e Amblyomma nodosum apenas sobre tamanduás. Nenhum carrapato foi encontrado sobre macacos-prego. Por outro lado, Amblyomma cajennense foi encontrado em todos os hospedeiros

  16. Questão ambiental e educação: contribuições para o debate Environmental issues and education: contribution to the debate

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    O trabalho introduz o debate sobre a relação entre a questão ambiental e a educação através de uma análise de algumas propostas educacionais voltadas ao ambiente. Parte da suposição de que as propostas educacionais dominantes tendem a enfatizar os aspectos técnicos e biológicos da questão ambiental em detrimento de suas essenciais dimensões política e ética. Essa tendência reduz a complexidade da questão ambiental e favorece concepções e práticas de educação ambiental conservadoras, despoliti...

  17. Passivo ambiental: revisão teórica de custos na indústria do petróleo Environmental liabilities: theoretical revision of costs in the industry of the oil

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    Carlos Alberto Bezerra Galdino

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho é apresentar uma revisão teórica sobre o passivo ambiental para uso de gestores públicos ou privados, bem como de pesquisadores no setor de exploração de petróleo. Essa revisão, além de apresentar uma definição de passivo ambiental, também define os tipos e técnicas de passivo coletadas pela Agência de Proteção Ambiental Americana (EPA, técnicas essas que objetivam a estimação de diversos tipos de custos ambientais, decorrentes de atividades passadas ou presentes, da produção de bens que causaram ou, provavelmente, venham a causar danos ao meio ambiente e, conseqüentemente, algumas implicações de natureza legal, econômica e social.The objective of this work is to present a theoretical revision on the environmental liabilities for use of public or private managers, as well as of researchers in the sector of oil exploration. This revision, besides presenting a definition of environmental liabilities, also defines the types and techniques of liabilities collected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, which aim the estimation of different types of ambient costs, resulting from past or present activities, of the production of goods that caused or, will probably, come to cause damages to the environment and, consequently, some implications of legal, economic and social nature.

  18. Environmental approach of companies within the pulp/paper, metallurgical and sugar/alcohol sectors Conduta ambiental de empresas dos setores de celulose e papel, siderúrgico e sucroalcooleiro

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    Laércio Antônio Gonçalves Jacovine

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available Companies have been witnessing major changes in their environment and environmental models have been developed aiming to improve their strategic planning. The objective of this study was to examine the environmental approach adopted by companies within the Pulp and Paper, Metallurgical and Sugar and Alcohol sectors, in order to evaluate their environmental performances. The analysis was based on a matrix which relates managerial functions with a set of environmental approaches and performance indicators, classifying the company environmental performance as weak, moderate or strong. The managerial functions approached in this model are: Management (General, Legal Affairs, Finance, Human Resources and Purchasing; Product and Process Development; Production and Maintenance; and Marketing. The analyzed indicators include: international insertion; capital origin and location. The pulp and paper and metallurgical companies obtained average scores of 54.5 and 51.56 points, respectively, being classified as having a strong environmental performance. On the other hand, the sugar and alcohol companies obtained average score of 46 points, being classified as moderate in environmental performance. The high level of environmental performance of pulp and paper and metallurgical companies can be attributed to the following factors: larger international insertion, presence of foreign capital in controlling shares, performance in the international market and company location near large population centers. Pulp and paper and mainly sugar and alcohol companies are less efficient in meeting the requirements of the environmental legislation, particularly those related to the conformity of permanent protected areas and legal reserves.As empresas têm presenciado transformações amplas no ambiente em que estão inseridas e, com o intuito de auxiliar no planejamento estratégico das empresas, têm sido desenvolvidos modelos ambientais. O objetivo desse estudo foi

  19. Local Agenda 21 as a environmental social responsibility tool: an example of 'De olho no Ambiente' program; A Agenda 21 local como ferramenta de RSA (Responsabilidade Social Ambiental): o exemplo do Programa 'De olho no ambiente' em comunidades amazonicas

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    Cunha, Edson R.S.P. da [PETROBRAS S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Centro de Pesquisas (CENPES)], e-mail: ercunha@petrobras.com.br; Ferreira, Tatiana de S.F.; Santana, Jose Luiz [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, (UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Geociencias], e-mail: tatidesa@hotmail.com, e-mail: jl.santana@uol.com.br; Rocco, Roberto W.; Beniz, Gabriel A. [ONG ASA - Associacao de Servicos Ambientais(Brazil)], e-mail: rwrocco@gmail.com, e-mail: gbeniz@hotmail.com; Carvalho, Nelson Cabral de [PETROBRAS S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)], e-mail: nelsoncabral@petrobras.com.br

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    This work presents the Agenda 21 Local construction process developed by PETROBRAS within the context of the 'De Olho no Ambiente' Program. This is an alternative for the sustainable development of reduced social inclusion communities located in the Company's areas of influence in the Amazon Region. Agenda 21 is a participative process that analyzes a country, state, municipal or community's actual situation, and plans its sustainable future. Its objective is to reach a new development paradigm, through the construction of an action plan focused on a future scenario desired by the local community, which takes into consideration the vulnerability and potential analysis of its socio-economical, cultural and environmental bases. PETROBRAS has introduced Agenda 21 Local in three riverside communities located in the Coari municipal, where the Solimoes Terminal (TESOL) is situated. This terminal receives and stores petroleum and gas from the Urucu Petroliferous Province, in the Amazonian State. In each location partnerships were signed with several governmental and civilian institutions during the implementation of the Agenda 21 Local Forum. Here each participant has the right to debate, which makes this a participative management process mechanism and an act of citizenship. (author)

  20. Environmental contamination by Toxocara spp. Eggs in a rural settlement in Brazil Contaminação ambiental por ovos de Toxocara spp. em assentamento rural no Brasil

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    Vamilton Alvares Santarém

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available In order to study the environmental contamination by Toxocara spp. eggs in a rural community from the Pontal do Paranapanema region, São Paulo State, Brazil, soil samples from 31 out of 121 plots were collected in eight different places on each house. The samples were submitted to flotation technique in sodium nitrate (d = 1.20g/cm³. Eggs of Toxocara spp. were recovered in nine (29.03% out of the 31 plots. At least one dog was registered in 27 of the 31 plots examined (87.1% and at least one cat in 17 (54.84%. The number of pets per plot ranged from one to six (mean of 2.3 for dogs and one to 14 (mean of 1.29 for cats. In 16 plots (51.61%, the presence of both dogs and cats was observed. There was no relation between the presence of pets in the plots and soil contamination (p > 0.05. However, the environmental contamination by Toxocara spp. eggs associated to the poor conditions of the inhabitants may be an important risk factor for the human population to ocular or visceral larva migrans.Com o objetivo de avaliar a contaminação ambiental por ovos de Toxocara spp. em assentamento rural da região do Pontal do Paranapanema, oeste do estado de São Paulo, Brasil, amostras de solo de oito diferentes pontos ao redor da casa de 31 dos 121 lotes do assentamento foram coletados. A recuperação de ovos foi realizada pela técnica de centrífugo-flutuação em solução de nitrato de sódio (d = 1,20g/cm³. Ovos de Toxocara spp. foram recuperados em nove (29,03% dos 31 lotes. Em 27 das 31 casas amostradas (87,1%, havia pelo menos um cão e em 17 (54,84% pelo menos um gato. O número de cães por lote variou de um a seis (media de 2,3. No caso dos gatos, o número variou de um a 14 (média de 1,29. Em 16 dos 31 lotes (51,61%, havia a presença de pelo menos um cão ou gato. Não houve relação entre a presença desses animais e a contaminação do solo (p > 0,05. Entretanto, a contaminação do solo por ovos de Toxocara spp. e as precárias condi

  1. Considerações sobre o uso da epidemiologia nos estudos em saúde ambiental Notes concerning the epidemiologic aspects of environmental health studies

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    Volney de Magalhães Câmara

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    Full Text Available No Brasil, a Saúde Ambiental incorporou como situações de risco questões como saneamento, água para consumo humano, poluição química, pobreza, eqüidade, condições psicossociais e a necessidade de um desenvolvimento sustentável para preservar as gerações futuras. As metodologias para estudos epidemiológicos e ações de vigilância que dizem respeito à relação da saúde com estas questões são necessariamente mais diversas e complexas do que nas outras áreas da Saúde Coletiva. Neste documento são discutidas as informações sobre as características da exposição e dos efeitos à saúde que constituem os principais substratos para a definição do desenho e da factibilidade dos estudos epidemiológicos voltados para o campo da Saúde Ambiental. Também é enfatizado o uso da Epidemiologia no desenvolvimento de ações de vigilância através da definição de indicadores de saúde para um sistema de informação, e do desenvolvimento de atividades de monitoramento dos impactos das ações de mitigação e controle. Finaliza realçando a necessidade de um trabalho integrado interdisciplinar e intersetorial, os preceitos éticos que devem nortear estes estudos, e as principais características que devem influir na definição dos recursos humanos para a formação das equipes científicas e técnicas.This article emphasizes the fact that epidemiologic studies on the relationship between health and the environment necessarily need more diverse and complex methodologies than other areas of Public Health. This thought also applies to the development of preventive actions and interventions. Information on the characteristics of exposure and outcome is the main substratum that defines the design and feasibility of epidemiologic studies and surveillance actions. Epidemiology also contributes for the methodological elements for risk assessment proposed by institutions that deal with Environmental Health. In this manner, given the

  2. Em direção a uma demografia ambiental? Avaliação e tendências dos estudos de população e ambiente no Brasil ¿En dirección a una demografía ambiental? Evaluación y tendencias de los estudios de población y ambiente en Brasil Towards an environmental Demography? Evaluation and tendencies of population and environment studies in Brazil

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    Eduardo Marandola Jr

    2007-12-01

    estudio que tienden a la interdisciplinaridad, localizándose en la periferia de una ciencia en interfase con otras. En Brasil estos estudios también han evolucionado en las últimas dos décadas, siendo importante para su delineación el trabajo del Grupo de Trabajo "Población y Medio Ambiente", de la Asociación Brasileña de Estudios Poblacionales, privilegiado foco difusor de estas preocupaciones en el país. En vista de esto, este artículo pretende reflexionar sobre el trabajo del grupo, con la expectativa de traer a la superficie algunos elementos acerca de los métodos, temas y problemáticas abordadas a lo largo de los años, en el sentido de localizar en que punto de este desarrollo se encuentra hoy la temática, y cuales son las perspectivas y los desafíos que se abren para el futuro.The social sciences were latecomers in the acceptance and incorporation of the environment into their respective research programs. Among them, Demography was perhaps the last to make this change, gradually incorporating population-environment questions. The debate has converged toward the growing incorporation of the spatial dimension, long present but not a defining issue of demographic studies, but which is central in the environmental discussion. The development of the field, though rapid and promising, has encountered difficulties inherent to interdisciplinary fields, occupying a place on the periphery of one science, at the interface with others. In Brazil, where these studies have also evolved over the last two decades, the work of the Working Group on Population and Environment of the Brazilian Association of Population Studies has been a key factor in disseminating this concern. In view of this, we seek to reflect on the production of this group to identify elements concerning the methods, themes and problematics treated over the years, in order to assess where this field is today, and what are its future perspectives and challenges.

  3. Ambient intelligence

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    Basten, Twan; de Groot, Harmke

    2007-01-01

    ""This book is truly an eye-opener as it is the first book that relates the dream scenarios of Ambient Intelligence quantitatively to the technical challenges and requirements of the huge distributed and interoperable embedded systems needed to implement AmI systems in the real world. This book is strongly recommended to a wide spectrum of engineers interested to embark in this rapidly emerging and fascinating technology."" (From the foreword by Hugo De Man, Professor K.U. Leuven and Senior Research Fellow IMEC)

  4. A sociedade de risco e o desenvolvimento sustentável: desafios à gestão ambiental no Brasil / The risk society and sustainable development: challenges for environmental management in Brazil

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    Angela Acosta Giovanini Moura

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    Full Text Available Normal 0 21 false false false PT-BR X-NONE X-NONE Resumo O trabalho foi desenvolvido por meio de uma pesquisa bibliográfica reflexiva sobre a necessidade de buscar estratégias de gestão ambiental pautada em um modelo mais conectado com as necessidades da sociedade atual, atualmente envolta a riscos e incertezas propagados pelas catástrofes ambientais de ordem planetária.   Palavras-chaves: sociedade de risco, meio ambiente, instrumentos econômicos.   Abstract The work was developed through a bibliographical research reflecting on the need to seek environmental management strategies based on a more connected with the needs of contemporary society, now surrounded to risks and uncertainties propagation by environmental catastrophes of world order.   Keywords: risk society, environment, economic instruments.

  5. Heart Rate Variability, Ambient Particulate Matter Air Pollution, and Glucose Homeostasis: The Environmental Epidemiology of Arrhythmogenesis in the Women's Health Initiative

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    Quibrera, P. Miguel; Christ, Sharon L.; Liao, Duanping; Prineas, Ronald J.; Anderson, Garnet L.; Heiss, Gerardo

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    Metabolic neuropathophysiology underlying the prediabetic state may confer susceptibility to the adverse health effects of ambient particulate matter <10 μm in diameter (PM10). The authors therefore examined whether impaired glucose homeostasis modifies the effect of PM10 on heart rate variability in a stratified, random sample of 4,295 Women's Health Initiative clinical trial participants, among whom electrocardiograms and fasting blood draws were repeated at 3-year intervals from 1993 to 2004. In multilevel, mixed models weighted for sampling design and adjusted for clinical and environmental covariables, PM10 exposure was inversely associated with heart rate variability. Inverse PM10–heart rate variability associations were strongest for the root mean square of successive differences in normal-to-normal RR intervals (RMSSD). Among participants with impaired fasting glucose, there were −8.3% (95% confidence interval: −13.9, −2.4) versus −0.6% (95% confidence interval: −2.4, 1.3), −8.4% (95% confidence interval: −13.8, −2.7) versus −0.3% (95% confidence interval: −2.1, 1.6), and −4.3% (95% confidence interval: −9.4, 1.0) versus −0.8% (95% confidence interval: −2.7, 1.0) decreases in the RMSSD per 10-μg/m3 increase in PM10 at high versus low levels of insulin (P < 0.01), insulin resistance (P < 0.01), and glucose (P = 0.16), respectively. These associations were stronger among participants with diabetes and weaker among those without diabetes or impaired fasting glucose. The findings suggest that insulin and insulin resistance exacerbate the adverse effect of PM10 on cardiac autonomic control and thus risk of coronary heart disease among nondiabetic, postmenopausal women with impaired fasting glucose. PMID:19208727

  6. On the capability of in-situ exposure in an environmental scanning electron microscope for investigating the atmospheric corrosion of magnesium.

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    Esmaily, M; Mortazavi, N; Shahabi-Navid, M; Svensson, J E; Johansson, L G; Halvarsson, M

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    The feasibility of environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM) in studying the atmospheric corrosion behavior of 99.97% Mg was investigated. For reference, ex-situ exposure was performed. A model system was designed by spraying few salt particles on the metal surface and further promoting the corrosion process using platinum (Pt) deposition in the form of 1×1×1 µm(3) dots around the salt particles to create strong artificial cathodic sites. The results showed that the electron beam play a significant role in the corrosion process of scanned regions. This was attributed to the irradiation damage occurring on the metal surface during the ESEM in-situ experiment. After achieving to a reliable process route, in a successful attempt, the morphology and composition of the corrosion products formed in-situ in the ESEM were in agreement with those of the sample exposed ex-situ. PMID:25731810

  7. Correlações fenotípica, genética aditiva e ambiental em cenoura Phenotypic, additive genetic and environmental correlations in carrots

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    Walter José Siqueira

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    ízes comerciáveis (PC e produção total (PT. Finalmente, discute-se a participação relativa dos efeitos de ambiente e genéticos na correlação fenotípica.Since development of commercial varieties involves simultaneous selection for various traits, previous knowledge of their interrelationships may also be fundamental to the breeder as the strategies to be adopted. The objective of this research was to estimate phenotypic, additive genetic and environmental correlations for a number of traits of agronomic interest in carrot (Daucus carota L. cultivar Campinas, grown during the fall-winter and spring-summer seasons at the Experiment Station of Monte Alegre do Sul, Instituto Agronômico de Campinas (IAC, State of São Paulo, Brazil. This germplasm, originated from the "Seção de Hortaliças" (IAC, presents, besides a high level of resistance to Alternaria dauci, a large variation for root shape and a tendency to early bolting, stimulated by low temperatures and/or long photoperiods during the crop vegetative stage. Data were obtained by evaluating 102 half-sib progenies on a randomized block design experiment with four and three replications, respectively, for the fall-winter and spring-summer planting dates. Phenotypic (rF, additive genetic (rA and environmental (rE correlations were estimated by covariance analyses between pairs of characters, in both planting dates. The phenotypic and additive genetic correlations were negative only for pairs of characters involving percentage of early flowering (EF or percentage of defective roots, while the correlations were high (>0.5 for most of the pairs of characters in both planting dates. Selection for percentage of cylindric marketable roots will lead to reduction in EF as well as increases in marketable root yield and total root yield in both planting. This research further presents a discussion of the relative participation of environmental and genetic effects in the phenotypic correlation.

  8. Synchronous-scan fluorescence as a selective detection method for sodium dodecylbenzene-sulfonate and pyrene in environmental samples.

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    Liu, Xianli; Tao, Shu; Deng, Nansheng; Liu, Yu; Meng, Bingjun; Xue, Bei; Liu, Guanghong

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    Synchronous-scan fluorescence spectra of dodecylbenzene sulfonic acid sodium salt (SDBS) and pyrene in aqueous solution were studied. The concentration ranges of SDBS and pyrene in aqueous solutions were 0.01-10.00 and 0.001-0.050 mg L(-1), respectively. The optimized wavelength differences (Deltalambda) of 46-55 and 38 nm were maintained between excitation and emission wavelengths for SDBS and pyrene, respectively, and they were found to be suitable for effective determination of SDBS and pyrene without mutual interferences; the peaks were observed at lambda(ex) 229-232 nm (SDBS) and lambda(ex) 335 nm (pyrene). Linear relationships between synchronous-scan fluorescence spectroscopy (SFS) intensity and concentration of SDBS or pyrene in aqueous solution (Milli-Q water, river water, and mucus of fish gills) were established. It was demonstrated that SFS method was effective for simultaneous analyses of SDBS and pyrene in mixed solution. PMID:17723470

  9. USO DE UN PORTAFOLIO VIRTUAL PARA INCORPORAR LA DIMENSION AMBIENTAL: UNA EXPERIENCIA DE INVESTIGACIÓNACCIÓN EN EL AULA (USE OF A VIRTUAL PORTFOLIO TO INCORPORATE THE ENVIRONMENTAL DIMENSION: AN EXPERIENCE OF ACTION RESEARCH IN THE CLASSROOM

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    Claudia Zúñiga Vega

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    Full Text Available Resumen:Este artículo registra una experiencia docente, poniendo en práctica el Portafolio Virtual para incorporar el eje ambiental, en el curso Fundamentos de Ecología y Problemática Ambiental, de las carreras de Seguridad Laboral e Higiene Ambiental y de Gestión del Turismo Sostenible del Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica. Se presenta una conceptualización de la investigación-acción para contextualizar la aplicación en dicha experiencia, la técnica didáctica implementada y los hallazgos registrados, en particular cómo se evidencia la incorporación de la Dimensión Ambiental en el currículo universitario, en las situaciones de aprendizaje facilitadas y realizadas por la población estudiantil.Abstract: This article records a teaching experience on implementing “Portafolio Virtual” or Virtual Portfolio to include the environmental approach into the Ecology Fundamentals and Environmental Issues course, of the Work Safety and Environmental Health and the Sustainable Tourism Management careers in Costa Rica’s Instituto Tecnológico or TEC. A conceptualization of action-research for placing its application in the context of said experience, the didactic technique that was executed and the recorded findings are presented; in particular how they serve as evidence for the inclusion of the Environmental Dimension in the college curriculum, in the learning situations provided to the student population.

  10. Trends in energy consumption in the transportation sector of Mexico and its environmental impact; Tendencias del consumo de energia en el Sector Transporte de Mexico y su impacto al medio ambiente

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    Mar, E.; Sheinbaum, C. [Instituto de Ingenieria, UNAM, Mexico, D. F. (Mexico)

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    The Mexican transportation sector, as with that of many other countries, is characterized by basing its energy consumption in hydrocarbons (gasoline, diesel and LP gas). At the present times, this dependency has brought along a series of problems of environmental nature, which concentrate in a larger scale in the urban areas. Therefore, the study of the transportation sector as an energy consumer requires the institution of new terms where the constant to study (directly or indirectly) is the environmental variable, trying to correlate the proper sector activities, its development and the energy consumption with the environment. This paper`s objective is to know the actual situation of the transportation sector in the metropolitan area of Mexico City (MAMC) and its environmental impact. It is therefore an energy-environmental inventory energy-environmental focussed to the use of fuels in the transportation sector, whose environmental effect has a significant cost for the country. This paper has been divided in four parts. First, the importance of the sector as an energy consumer in the MAMC is characterized in aggregated form. Second, the main variables that affect the development of the sector to obtain the consumption in separated form as well as the base criteria for its development, obtaining a series of results that show the effect of the different modes and types of energy consumption. In the third part, reference is made to the environmental impact originated by the utilization of fossil fuels in the transportation sector, emphasizing in the transportation means that more heavily affect for the emission of pollutants. Finally a series of options are presented that allow finding an equilibrium among transportation, energy and environment. [Espanol] El sector transporte mexicano, como el de muchos otros paises se caracteriza por basar su consumo energetico en hidrocarburos (gasolina, diesel y gas licuado). Actualmente esta dependencia ha traido consigo una

  11. ANALYSIS OF EPA (ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY) PROTOCOL GASES USED FOR CALIBRATION AND AUDITS OF CONTINUOUS EMISSION MONITORING SYSTEMS AND AMBIENT AIR ANALYZERS - RESULTS OF AUDIT 6

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    A performance audit was conducted on EPA Protocol Gases used for calibration and audits of continuous emission monitoring systems and ambient air analyzers. Fifty gaseous pollutant calibraton standards were purchased from eleven specialty gas producers. These standards contained ...

  12. Temas ambientais como "temas geradores": contribuições para uma metodologia educativa ambiental crítica, transformadora e emancipatória Environmental issues as generating issues: contributions to a critical, transforming and emancipating environmental educating methodology

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    Marília Freitas de Campos Tozoni-Reis

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    Full Text Available A educação ambiental crítica e emancipatória exige que os conhecimentos sejam apropriados, construídos, de forma dinâmica, coletiva, cooperativa, contínua, interdisciplinar, democrática e participativa, voltados para a construção de sociedades sustentáveis. Este artigo trata dos temas ambientais como temas geradores para a educação ambiental, inspirados na pedagogia Paulo Freire, para quem educar é um ato de conhecimento da realidade concreta, das situações vividas, um processo de aproximação crítica da própria realidade: compreender, refletir, criticar e agir são as ações pedagógicas pretendidas. Os temas geradores são, portanto, estratégias metodológicas de um processo de conscientização da realidade opressora vivida nas sociedades desiguais; são o ponto de partida para o processo de construção da descoberta, e, por emergir do saber popular, os temas geradores são extraídos da prática de vida dos educandos, substituindo os conteúdos tradicionais e buscados através da pesquisa do universo dos educandos. O caráter político da pedagogia freireana faz-se presente, de forma radical, nos temas geradores, isto é, temas geradores só são geradores de ação-reflexão-ação se forem carregados de conteúdos sociais e políticos com significado concreto para a vida dos educandos. Assim, as propostas educativas ambientais conscientizadoras podem tomar os temas ambientais locais como temas geradores desta ação conscientizadora, desde que estes temas contenham conteúdos socioambientais significativos para os educandos e sejam definidos coletiva e participativamente.The emancipating and critical environmental education demands that knowledge must be adequate, build up in a dynamic, collective, cooperating, continuous, interdisciplinary, democratic and participating way directed to the construction of self-maintaining societies. This paper deals with environmental issues as generating issues for an environmental

  13. CÁLCULO DO CUSTO DAS ATIVIDADES DE GESTÃO AMBIENTAL: APLICAÇÃO DO CUSTEIO BASEADO EM ATIVIDADES NUMA MONTADORA DE ÔNIBUS ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COST CALCULATION: ACTIVITY BASED COSTING APPLIED TO BUS ASSEMBLY PROCESS

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    Orlando Durán

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho apresenta os resultados da aplicação da metodologia de custeio baseado em atividades para medir o impacto que as atividades de gestão ambiental podem ter no custo industrial dos produtos. Um estudo de caso é apresentado junto com a utilização de um software comercial para o cálculo dos custos.This manuscript presents an Activity Based Costing application in an environmental protection context. The aim of this work is measuring the impact of environmental management activities on product costs. Also, a case study is discussed and the utilization of commercial software is presented.

  14. CÁLCULO DO CUSTO DAS ATIVIDADES DE GESTÃO AMBIENTAL: APLICAÇÃO DO CUSTEIO BASEADO EM ATIVIDADES NUMA MONTADORA DE ÔNIBUS ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COST CALCULATION: ACTIVITY BASED COSTING APPLIED TO BUS ASSEMBLY PROCESS

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    Orlando Durán; Jorge Telles; Liziane Lanza

    2007-01-01

    Este trabalho apresenta os resultados da aplicação da metodologia de custeio baseado em atividades para medir o impacto que as atividades de gestão ambiental podem ter no custo industrial dos produtos. Um estudo de caso é apresentado junto com a utilização de um software comercial para o cálculo dos custos.This manuscript presents an Activity Based Costing application in an environmental protection context. The aim of this work is measuring the impact of environmental management activities on...

  15. Methodology for environmental diagnosis of sanitary landfills: Data during 2003; Metodologia de diagnostico ambiental de vertederos como herramienta en la planificacion ambiental. Datos obtenidos en el Observatorio sobre Vertederos de residuos de 2003

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    Uriarte, J.

    2003-07-01

    Lack of data regarding environmental matters in relation to the great majority of MSW landfills throughout Spanish territory makes it difficult to consider them suitable for exploitation or territorial expansion required for different activities demanded by society. The environmental risk of a landfill must be minimised with the help of environmental planning tools. One of these tools is based on the environmental diagnosis and characterisation of the areas affected by the solid waste deposit.. Diagnosis by means of quantifiable environmental indexes helped us in our work to determine the priorities for the environmental control of certain Spanish landfills. This diagnosis was used for creating the Observatory on Solid Waste Landfills, organized by ATEGRUS (Spanish Technical Association for Waste Management) in 2003 and presented at ATEGRUS 30th Annual conference on Controlled Landfills. (Author)

  16. Strategic Envrionmental Assessment (SEA); a preventive tool for environmental management Evaluación ambiental estratégica (EAE); un instrumento preventivo de gestión ambiental

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    Domingo Gómez Orea; Mauricio Gómez Villarino

    2011-01-01

    Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is a first tool to integrate environment in the process of formulating policies, plans and programs (PPP hereafter) and then verify the reality of it. The integration is to incorporate sensitivity, judgment, knowledge and environmental commitment to the PPP process from the beginning, so that the public decision is about as accurate as possible. Verification involves two facets: verification that they have actually been an effort of environmental integ...

  17. Preparation and Loading Process of Single Crystalline Samples into a Gas Environmental Cell Holder for In Situ Atomic Resolution Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopic Observation.

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    Straubinger, Rainer; Beyer, Andreas; Volz, Kerstin

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    A reproducible way to transfer a single crystalline sample into a gas environmental cell holder for in situ transmission electron microscopic (TEM) analysis is shown in this study. As in situ holders have only single-tilt capability, it is necessary to prepare the sample precisely along a specific zone axis. This can be achieved by a very accurate focused ion beam lift-out preparation. We show a step-by-step procedure to prepare the sample and transfer it into the gas environmental cell. The sample material is a GaP/Ga(NAsP)/GaP multi-quantum well structure on Si. Scanning TEM observations prove that it is possible to achieve atomic resolution at very high temperatures in a nitrogen environment of 100,000 Pa. PMID:27026281

  18. Educação, meio ambiente e cultura: alquimias do conhecimento na sociedade de controle Education, environmental and culture: alchemical of knowledge in the control society

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    Ana Godoy

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Por meio da noção de regime pedagógico, investiga-se a articulação entre epistemologia e política em dois eixos de funcionamento: um em torno da disciplina corporal ligado às exigências do processo de industrialização, outro em torno da autonomia do sujeito ligado à formação dos Estados nacionais. Os historiadores da educação situaram no coração das práticas escolares a inscrição pedagógica do cidadão como sujeito político dotado de direitos e obrigações; essa inscrição respondeu às exigências inerentes ao quadro conceitual próprio das sociedades democráticas. A noção de alquimia, proposta por Popkewitz, foi retomada para compreender como as práticas pedagógicas traduzem saberes disciplinares em conteúdos psicológicos que são inseparáveis de contextos políticos mais amplos; esse aspecto confere à pedagogia uma dimensão estratégica que deve ser levada em conta na análise dos investimentos pedagógicos no presente. Considerando as características que atravessam as práticas sociais de nossos dias, a intervenção de tipo ambiental (Foucault e a lógica do controle (Deleuze, são abordados Educação, Meio Ambiente e Cultura como domínios de objetos sobre os quais atua o investimento pedagógico hoje.Through the notion of pedagogic regime, we investigate the articulation between epistemology and politics in two operational axes: one concerning the body discipline related to the needs of the industrialization process, the other concerning the subject's autonomy related to the formation of the national States. Educational historians set, on the core of school practices, the citizen's pedagogic inscription as a political citizen endowed with rights and obligations; this inscription responded to the inherent demands of the democratic societies' own conceptual perspectives. The alchemy notion, proposed by Popkewitz, was used to comprehend how pedagogic practices translate discipline knowledge into

  19. Diagnóstico da Educação Ambiental no ensino de Geografia: Piracicaba, Capivari and Jundiaí hidrographic basins Environmental education diagnosis from geography teaching on public schools

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    Arlêude Bortolozzi

    2000-03-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo objetivou buscar a integração entre a questão ambiental e o sistema educacional, detectando as potencialidades disponíveis nas escolas públicas de 1º grau, localizadas nas bacias hidrográficas dos rios Piracicaba, Capivari e Jundiaí no Estado de São Paulo, para o desenvolvimento de um processo educativo que inclua a temática ambiental. Analisando qualitativamente as atividades da chamada Educação Ambiental, faz o seu diagnóstico na rede oficial de ensino, levantando, registrando e analisando, através de questionários e entrevistas, as atividades desenvolvidas pelos professores que ensinam Geografia para detectar suas visões de crise ambiental e da própria Educação Ambiental. Procurando contribuir com a capacitação dos professores e a melhoria da qualidade de ensino, oferece sugestões para o desenvolvimento de programas interdisciplinares que permitam maior compreensão dos problemas ambientais da região, uma vez que esses envolvem tanto os aspectos do meio físico como também os socioeconômicos, políticos e culturais. Visa contribuir, sobretudo, para a construção da cidadania e a promoção de ações educativas mais adequadas à busca de soluções dos problemas ambientais das comunidades onde as escolas estão inseridas.The goals of this study are to identify the potencialities avaiable in elementary public schools for the development of an educational process wich includes environmental issues helpping to find its integration with university in order to contribuite raises teaching levels for a better comprehension of regional environmental problems. Research data were collected through questionnaires and interviews with geography teachers analyising theirs activities and perspectives on the environmental crisis and environmental education. The study also offers sugestions for the devellopment of interdisciplinaires programs trying to contibute for the construction of citizenship showing the importance

  20. Nuclear Scans

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    Nuclear scans use radioactive substances to see structures and functions inside your body. They use a special ... images. Most scans take 20 to 45 minutes. Nuclear scans can help doctors diagnose many conditions, including ...

  1. Exhaust lead-acid batteries recycling as a tool of the environmental protection policy. Energy, environmental and economic issues; Il riciclaggio delle batterie al piombo-acido esauste come strumento della politica di salvaguardia ambiental. Aspetti energetici, ambientali ed economici

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    Picini, P.; Battista, A. [ENEA, Divisione Caratterizzazione dell' Ambiente e del Territorio, Centro Ricerche Casaccia, S. Maria di Galeria, RM (Italy)

    2001-07-01

    Lead is an heavy metal that has a major impact on human health and his removal from the environment is an important action for its protection. The aim of the present work is to provide a framework of the Italian lead recycling with respect to the economic and environmental aspects of COBAT activities (COBAT is the Mandatory Consortium to collect and recycle the exhaust lead-acid batteries and lead wastes). In order to better understand the context in which COBAT works, some statistical data on the lead production, consumption and end uses in Italy and in the world are provided. An estimate of the energy consumptions and the environmental impact related to Italian lead production was also carried out. [Italian] Il piombo e' uno dei metalli pesanti a maggiore impatto ambientale e sanitario e la sua rimozione dall'ambiente costituisce un'importante azione di protezione e tutela della salute umana. Lo scopo del presente lavoro e' quello di fornire un quadro di riferimento relativo al riciclaggio del piombo in Italia evidenziandone gli aspetti ambientali ed economici in relazione alle attivita' condotte dal COBAT (Consorzio Obbligatorio delle Batterie Esauste e dei rifiuti piombosi). In tal senso, per disporre di una visione piu' completa del contesto in cui si inserisce l'attivita' del Consorzio, vengono forniti alcuni dati di carattere statistico sulla produzione, sul consumo e sugli utilizzi del piombo in Italia e nel mondo e viene effettuata una stima dei consumi energetici e dell'impianto ambientale associati alla produzione di piombo nazionale.

  2. Environmental tributary law: fiscal benefits to companies for protection of the fundamental right to environment Direito tributário ambiental: benefícios fiscais às empresas para proteção do direito fundamental ao meio ambiente

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    Marlene kempfer Bassoli

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available This work demonstrates that, for the materialization of the fundamental right to environment, it is necessary that the State intervenes in the Economic Order so as to implement environmental policies that redirect both private initiative and consumers to desirable practices. For such an aim, the efficiency of economic instruments is emphasized by means of the Environmental Tributary Law. Through tributes or concession of fiscal benefits it is possible to induce appropriate practices. This research confirms that the environmental tributary policies in Brazil should take the form of fiscal benefits, instruments considered more appropriate to discourage pollution and foment responsible environmental practices.Demonstra que para a concretização do direito fundamental ao meio ambiente é necessário que o Estado intervenha na Ordem Econômica a fim de implementar políticas ambientais que redirecionem a racionalidade da iniciativa privada e consumidores a práticas ambientalmente desejáveis. Para tal finalidade, enfatiza-se a eficiência dos instrumentos econômicos por intermédio dos institutos do Direito Tributário Ambiental. Por meio da instituição de tributos ou pela concessão de benefícios fiscais é possível a indução a práticas ambientalmente adequadas. Constata que a política tributária ambiental no Brasil deve ocorrer por intermédio de benefícios fiscais, instrumentos mais apropriados para desestimular a poluição e fomentar práticas ambientais responsáveis.

  3. Ambient Fine Particulate Matter Exposure and Myocardial Ischemia in the Environmental Epidemiology of Arrhythmogenesis in the Women’s Health Initiative (EEAWHI) Study

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    Zhang, Zhu-ming; Whitsel, Eric A.; Quibrera, P. Miguel; Smith, Richard L.; Liao, Duanping; Anderson, Garnet L.; Prineas, Ronald J.

    2009-01-01

    Background Ambient particulate matter (PM) air pollution is associated with coronary heart disease, but the pathways underlying the association remain to be elucidated. Methods We studied the association between PM and ischemia among 57,908 Women’s Health Initiative clinical trial participants from 1999–2003. We used the Minnesota Code criteria to identify ST-segment and T-wave abnormalities, and estimated T amplitude (microvolt) from resting, standard 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG). We used U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s monitor data to estimate concentrations of PM < 2.5 μm (PM2.5) at geocoded participant addresses over 6 days before the ECGs (lag0 through lag5). We excluded 2,379 women with ECG QRS duration ≥ 120 msec. Results Overall, 6% of the remaining 55,529 women (52–90 years of age; 83% non-Hispanic white) had ST abnormalities and 16% had T abnormalities. Lead-specific T amplitude was normally distributed (range of means from −14 to 349 μV). PM2.5 (mean ± SD) averaged over lag0–2 was 14 ± 7 μg/m3. In logistic and linear regression models adjusted for demographic, clinical, temporal, and climatic factors, a 10-μg/m3 increase in lag0–2 PM2.5 was associated with a 4% [95% confidence interval (CI), −3%, to 10%] increase in the odds of ST abnormality and a 5% (95% CI, 0% to 9%) increase in the odds of T abnormality. We observed corresponding decreases in T amplitude in all exam sites and leads except lead V1, reaching a minimum of −2 μV (95% CI, −5 to 0 μV) in lead V3. Conclusions Short-term PM2.5 exposure is associated with ECG evidence of myocardial ischemia among postmenopausal women. The principal manifestations include subclinical but potentially arrhythmogenic ST–T abnormalities and decreases in T amplitude. PMID:19479017

  4. Metodologia para avaliação de impacto ambiental de macrófitas em mesocosmos Methodology for assessing the environmental impact of macrophytes on mesocosms

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    G.L. Guimarães

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho teve como objetivo analisar a metodologia para avaliação do impacto ambiental causado pelo uso de herbicidas no controle de macrófitas. O desenho e a construção dos mesocosmos são descritos em detalhes, como também a forma como foram inseridos lâminas para coleta e medida da comunidade perifítica e sedimento para avaliação da comunidade bentônica. O método utilizado foi o de fluxo contínuo, e vários parâmetros de qualidade de água foram medidos, além da determinação de resíduos na coluna d'água e no sedimento. A intenção de se utilizar um método de fluxo contínuo foi buscar uma situação mais próxima da realidade, a fim de que os resultados obtidos possam espelhar com maior exatidão os possíveis riscos provenientes do uso de substâncias químicas no controle das macrófitas. Alguns ajustes devem ser feitos nessa metodologia para melhor caracterização dos efluentes e calibração do sistema.This experiment aimed to analyze the methodology applied to evaluate the environmental impact caused by the use of herbicide to control macrophytes. The design and construction of the tanks are described in detail as well as the insertion of blades for periphyton and sediment sampling to evaluate the bentonic comunities. The flow-through method was used and several parameters of water quality were measured and residues detected in the water colunm and sediment. The flow-through methodology was chosen to create a situation closer to reality so that the results obtained could more precisely reflect the likely risks caused by chemical control of macrophytes. Some adjustments need to be made in this methodology for a better characterization of the effluents and calibration of the system.

  5. FITASE EM DIETAS PARA SUÍNOS EM CRESCIMENTO: (I IMPACTO AMBIENTAL PHYTASE IN DIETS FOR GROWING PIGS: (I ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

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    Maria do Carmo Mohaupt Marques Ludke

    2002-02-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi determinar o nível adequado de fitase (0, 300, 600 e 900UF/kg da dieta a ser adicionado em dietas de suínos que continha dois níveis de proteína bruta (PB, um na exigência do animal (18%; NRC, 1988 e outro em nível menor (16%, para a redução do nitrogênio, fósforo e cálcio excretados, com o intuito de evitar poluição ambiental. Foram utilizados 24 leitões com peso médio inicial de 18,4kg alojados em gaiolas metabólicas para ensaio de metabolismo através do método de coleta total usando o marcador óxido férrico. Dietas isoenergéticas com 3295kcal de EM/kg foram fornecidas para os animais de acordo com o peso metabólico. Os parâmetros avaliados foram: quantidade de nitrogênio consumido e excretado total; quantidade de fósforo consumido e excretado nas fezes e urina; quantidade de cálcio consumido e excretado nas fezes e urina. Foi observado um aumento na biodisponibilidade dos nutrientes avaliados ao ser adicionado fitase nos níveis entre 421 - 466UF/kg da dieta.The objective of this experiment was determine the appropriate level of phytase (0, 300, 600 and 900PU/kg of the diet to be added in swine diets containing two levels of crude protein (CP, one in the demand of the animal (18% - NRC, 1988 and another in lower level (16%, for evaluation of the most effective reduction in excretion of nitrogen, phosphorus and calcium, to avoid larger environmental problems. Twenty four pigs with an initial avearage weight of 18.4kg were housed in metabolic cages for determination of the nitrogen, phosphorus and calcium metabolism through the method of total colection of faeces using ferric oxide as a marker. The diets were supplied for the animals related to their metabolic weight, and were isoenergetic with 3295kcal of ME/kg. The parameters evaluated were the amount of consumed and total excreted nitrogen; amount of phosphorus and calcium consumed and excreted in the feces and in the urine. An increase

  6. The Impact of Supplier Selection on Inventory Handling Performance under Catastrophic Risk and Environmental Uncertainty: An Emerging Market Scanning

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    Mohammed Sangiru Umar; Abu Bakar Abdul Hamid; Mohammadghorban Mehri; Aliyu Isah Chikaji; Nana Aisha Kaigama

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    It is becoming increasingly difficult in recent times to ignore the importance of supplier evaluation and selection assessment with renewed interest in risk and turbulent business environmental uncertainties. Basic emphasis should be placed on supply chain performance improvement and monitoring mechanism when evaluating the available and potential supply source. Based on the conceptual model from the perspective of agency theory view, the moderating role of catastrophic risk an...

  7. Gestão pública da questão ambiental e tessituras das cidades brasileiras: notas preliminares Public administration of the environmental issue and the contextures of Brazilian cities: preliminary notes

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    Raimunda Nonata do Nascimento Santana

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo propõe-se a uma reflexão sobre a gestão pública da questão ambiental nas cidades brasileiras. A temática é esboçada através da abordagem de dois temas-chave: os fundamentos da constituição do urbano e seus nexos com a ação destrutiva do meio-ambiente e os contornos, (impossibilidades e desafios da gestão pública da questão ambiental no território da cidade. Parte-se de questionamentos sobre a articulação entre as teses da sustentabilidade e da insustentabilidade e de pistas definidoras da configuração da administração das cidades. Relacionam-se elementos teóricos e históricos, enfatizando particularidades pertinentes à sociedade brasileira. Conclui-se pela impossibilidade da contribuição efetiva da gestão pública de feição empresarial para a reversão plena da crise ambiental urbana no Brasil, uma vez que essa forma de gestão é compelida a favorecer o modo predatório de exploração do meio ambiente no contexto das determinações do modo de produção capitalista.This article reflects on the public administration of the environmental issue in Brazilian cities. The theme is approached through two key themes: the foundations of the constitution of urban space and its relations with the destructive action of the environment and surroundings, the (impossibilities, and challenges of public administration of the environmental issue in the territory of the city. This is based on questions about the articulation between the theses of sustainability and unsustainability and of the elements that define the configuration of the administration of cities. Theoretical and historic elements are related, emphasizing particularities pertinent to Brazilian society. It concludes that it is impossible for public administration of a corporate style to effectively contribute to a complete reversal of the urban environmental crisis in Brazil, given that this form of management is compelled to favor predatory

  8. Vigilância ambiental em saúde e sua implantação no Sistema Único de Saúde Environmental surveillance in health in Brazil's Unified Health System

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    Christovam Barcellos

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available A incorporação da vigilância ambiental no campo das políticas públicas de saúde é uma demanda relativamente recente no Brasil. Um dos principais desafios da vigilância ambiental em saúde é a definição do seu objeto e a especificidade de suas ações. O conceito ampliado de exposição, tratado não como um atributo da pessoa, mas do conjunto de relações complexas entre a sociedade e o ambiente, é central para a definição de indicadores e para a orientação da prática de vigilância ambiental. Entre as dificuldades encontradas para sua efetivação no Sistema Único de Saúde estão a necessidade de reestruturação das ações de vigilância em saúde e a formação de equipes multidisciplinares, com capacidade de diálogo com outros setores, além da construção de sistemas de informação capazes de auxiliar a análise de situações de saúde e a tomada de decisões. Nesse sentido, foi realizada uma revisão do objeto e conceitos da vigilância ambiental em saúde, bem como identificados os desafios para a sua implantação no Sistema Único de Saúde.The incorporation of environmental surveillance in the field of public health policies is a relatively recent demand in Brazil. One of the major challenges in environmental health surveillance is defining its object and the specificity of its practice. The expanded concept of exposure, treated as a set of complex relations between a society and the environment, and not as a personal attribute, is central to the definition of indicators and should guide the practice of environmental surveillance in the health sector. Among the difficulties encountered in applying this concept within the Brazilian Health System, is the need to restructure health surveillance activities and to form multidisciplinary teams capable of dialoguing with other sectors. Furthermore, information systems capable of aiding in health situation analysis and decision making must be constructed. Taking this

  9. US Environmental Protection Agency's ozone epidemiology research program: A strategy for assessing the effects of ambient ozone exposure upon morbidity in exposed populations

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    McDonnell, W.F.; Zenick, H.; Hayes, C.G.

    1993-01-01

    The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 mandate a future reduction of ambient ozone levels in many areas of the country, the cost of which will be great. In order to assess the current public health burden of ambient ozone exposure and to provide information for assessment of potential health benefits of improved air quality, the Health Effects Research Laboratory of the U.S. EPA has undertaken an Ozone Epidemiology Research Program. The three questions identified as being of most immediate importance involve the relationship of short-term ambient ozone exposure to acute respiratory illness, the relationship of recurrent exposure to chronic respiratory disease, and the relationship of recurrent exposure to development of acute respiratory illness. (Copyright (c) 1993 Air and Waste Management Association.)

  10. Análise de sustentabilidade sócio-ambiental da CEASA/SC = An analysis of social environmental sustainability of CEASA/SC

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    João Paulo de Oliveira Nunes; Elisete Dahmer Piftscher; Paula Cristina Leite

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    A gestão sócio-ambiental se faz cada vez mais necessária nos dias atuais, haja vista que a satisfação das necessidades humanas gera em contrapartida a agressão ao meio ambiente. Por isso, é preciso que existam ações que priorizem o desenvolvimento sustentável. Essa pesquisa objetivou verificar a sustentabilidade sócio-ambiental, com auxílio da contabilidade, da Central de Abastecimento do Estado de Santa Catarina (CEASA). Essa instituição situa-se em São José, município da Grande Florianópoli...

  11. Bienestar Social, Económico y Ambiental para las Presentes y Futuras Generaciones Social, Economic and Environmental Welfare for Present and Future Generations

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    Lilia Fernández; Mirella Gutiérrez

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    Este trabajo tiene como objetivo abordar la diferencia entre desarrollo sostenible y sustentable, aclarando cual describe el desarrollo humano social, económico y ambiental, respetando al ambiente. Es un trabajo de reflexión documentada que arroja en sus hallazgos el uso del término "sustainable" en la literatura Inglesa conforme al informe Brundtland. Su traducción al castellano como sostenible, la incorrecta traducción al castellano por sustentable y el concepto Latinoamericano de los térmi...

  12. Gestão ambiental e democracia: análise crítica, cenários e desafios Environmental management: critical analysis, scenarios and challenges

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    Marcelo Firpo de Souza Porto; Gabriel Eduardo Schütz

    2012-01-01

    O artigo discute limites, alternativas e desafios da gestão ambiental nas sociedades contemporâneas inseridas no capitalismo globalizado a partir de uma análise crítica apoiada em autores das ciências sociais, da ecologia política e da saúde coletiva. Para isso, sistematizamos o significado da gestão ambiental hegemônica em sua vertente da ecoeficiência e seus limites para o enfrentamento dos riscos ambientais e para a construção de processos e sociedades mais democráticos. Construímos quatro...

  13. Gobernanza ambiental, actores sociales y conflictos en las Áreas Naturales Protegidas mexicanas Environmental Governance, Social Actors and Conflicts in Mexican Natural Protected Areas

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    Ludger Brenner

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    Este artículo analiza los retos que enfrenta la gobernanza ambiental de la Reserva de la Biosfera Sian Ka'an, una de las Áreas Naturales Protegidas más importantes en México. El estudio identifica los actores sociales involucrados, sus intereses, estrategias, poder relativo y acciones. La información pone en claro que el mayor problema que enfrenta la gobernanza ambiental resulta de los intereses y acciones contradictorias que llevan a cabo los diferentes actores sociales.This article analize...

  14. A model for environmental scanning oriented for the strategic planning of the Brazilian Nuclear Energy Commission (CNEN)

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    Presently, all the organizations involved with nuclear activities must be one step ahead of what happens in the specific activity areas in order to avoid surprises, to guarantee their activity continuity and the objective extents, and taking into account the external environment influence exercised by the organization on their activities. So, it is necessary a continuous follow up of their transformations. This paper aims to structure a model of the environmental monitoring system oriented to the strategic planning of the Brazilian Nuclear Energy Commission, as function of that new informational needs viewing the fulfilment of that observed gap. (author)

  15. A educação ambiental como estratégia da Atenção Primária à Saúde Environmental education as Primary Health Care strategy Educación ambiental como estrategia de la Atención Primaria de Salud

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    André Luis Teixeira Fernandes

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available A Educação Ambiental não deve discutir somente o meio ambiente físico, mas também deve contextualizar a saúde local, destacando os cuidados com a prevenção de doenças e gestão dos fatores ambientais deletérios a saúde. Objetivo: Este trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar a eficácia da Educação Ambiental como estratégia da Atenção Primária à Saúde (APS num pequeno núcleo urbano isolado no Município de Uberaba. Método: Foi realizado um diagnóstico socioambiental no período de agosto/2009 a janeiro/2010 por meio da aplicação de questionário semiestruturado de pesquisa quantitativa e qualitativa sobre saúde, meio ambiente e desenvolvimento social. Com base nos resultados do diagnóstico, foram elaboradas atividades que envolveram reuniões, palestras e eventos culturais que discutiam os problemas verificados no diagnóstico. A avaliação da eficácia das intervenções foi realizada por meio da verificação de ações comunitárias que surgiram após as atividades. Resultados: Obteve-se a mobilização da Secretaria Municipal de Saúde quanto à qualidade da água de consumo humano e a mobilização comunitária na organização e enfrentamento dos problemas vivenciados, relacionados à educação, assistência médica e representação comunitária. Essas ações não se devem exclusivamente ao trabalho de educação realizado, mas foram motivadas e incentivadas por ele. Conclusão: Verifica-se que a Educação Ambiental é uma estratégia viável para a Atenção Primária à Saúde que pode ter alcance comunitário e trabalhar questões socioambientais que interferem na condição de saúde das pessoas.Environmental education should not only discuss the physical environment, but also contextualise the local health care with emphasis on the disease prevention and management of environmental factors detrimental to health. Objective: This paper aims highlight the strategic importance of environmental education for the

  16. Environmental impact of wind power plants in the North of Iberian Peninsula; Evaluacion de impacto ambiental de parques eolicos en el norte de la Peninsula Iberica

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    Mourelle, D. A.

    1999-07-01

    The fundamental characteristics of an Eolico Park are presented in the article, as well as the environmental considerations to have present in the composition and environmental analysis of a project of this type including the measurements of protection to consider and the establishment of a Plan of Environmental Surveillance in order to assure the environmental compatibility of this type of projects. (Author) 15 refs.

  17. Environmental management: the economic and constitutional vision about the protection of the environment towards to sustainable development; Gestao ambiental: uma visao economico-constitucional acerca da tutela ao meio ambiente rumo ao desenvolvimento sustentavel

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    Araujo, Lucas Vale de; Anjos, Raphael Fabio Cavalcanti dos; Xavier, Yanko Marcius de Alencar [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN/PRH-36), Natal, RN (Brazil). Programa de Recursos Humanos em Direito do Petroleo

    2008-07-01

    Based on an arrogant idea that nature would exclusively serve as a source for its own desires, the humanity has always developed an anthropocentric position in its relationship with nature. From the emergence of capitalism and Industrial Revolution, the economy assumes the position of the worst environmental destroyer. However, this conflict between economy and natural environment could not last anymore. Therefore, The appearance of an 'environmental consciousness' on international level had become something inevitable. From this new ecological mentality, countries started to develop a primal environmental legislation, witch culminated, into a process called 'Constitutionalization of environment protection'. In this framework, Brazil produced, in 1988, a Constitution that is considered one of the world's most modern in terms of natural resources protection, turning this subject into a constitutional principle and a fundamental right. This new perspective of environmental defense brought, invariably, many benefits to the maintaining of an ecologically balanced ecosystem. Finally, the world's ecological concept has also changed since industries started to note that environmental policies could generate more profits and turn them more competitive companies. (author)

  18. Avaliação do desempenho ambiental de uma instituição pública de ensino técnico e superior Environmental performance assessment of a public institution of technical and undergraduate education

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    Thomaz Sessegolo Marques de Almeida

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste artigo foi relatar um estudo de caso baseado em indicadores ambientais categóricos no qual foi avaliado o desempenho ambiental de uma instituição pública de ensino técnico e superior. A revisão incluiu a série de normas ISO 14000, o Prêmio Nacional de Qualidade em Saneamento (PNQS e o Ecoblock. O método usado foi adaptado do SBP, um conjunto de procedimentos para a mensuração do desempenho ambiental de uma atividade antrópica, que se vale de construtos latentes e indicadores categóricos que expliquem o desempenho. Os indicadores foram organizados em sete construtos. Segundo os avaliadores e o modelo, a instituição faz 56,7% do máximo possível em gestão ambiental. Os construtos mais carentes foram gestão de resíduos sólidos e poluição sonora. O resultado da avaliação pode ser usado para reformulação da política ambiental da instituição.This article reports a case study in which the environmental performance of a public institution of higher and technical education was evaluated, based on environmental indicators in spades. The following standards series were reviewed: ISO 14000, National Quality Award in Sanitation (PNQS and Ecoblock. The method was adapted from SBP, a set of procedures for measuring the environmental performance of an anthropic activity, composed by latent constructs and categorical indicators that explain the performance. The indicators were organized in seven constructs. According to the assessed respondents and the model, the institution reached 56.7% of the maximum possible in environmental management. Lower constructs were management of solid waste and noise pollution. The evaluation can be used for reshaping the environmental policy of the institution.

  19. Avaliação da sustentabilidade ambiental do uso de esgoto doméstico tratado na piscicultura Environmental sustainability evaluation of the treated sewage use in aquaculture

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    Emanuel Soares dos Santos

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar a sustentabilidade ambiental do uso de esgoto doméstico tratado na piscicultura por meio do Índice de Sustentabilidade Ambiental para Reúso em Piscicultura (ISA RP, do Índice de Qualidade de Água para Reúso em Piscicultura (IQA RP e do custo ambiental (entropia. Observou-se, por meio do custo ambiental, que a piscicultura convencional causou a deterioração da qualidade da água que foi utilizada. Constatou-se que o sistema de piscicultura utilizando esgoto tratado, sem usar aeração, não causou efeito deletério significante à qualidade da água de reúso (efluente da estação de tratamento de esgoto - ETE. O sistema de piscicultura usando esgoto tratado, com aeração, resultou na melhoria de sua qualidade, quando comparado com o efluente da estação de tratamento, significando que essa prática resultou em um polimento no líquido utilizado. Ambos os sistemas de reúso de águas mostraram-se ambientalmente sustentáveis, o que indica a potencialidade do uso de esgoto doméstico tratado como fonte de água e alimento natural para a piscicultura.This work aimed to evaluate the environmental sustainability of the treated sewage reuse on aquaculture by using the Environmental Sustainability Index of Aquaculture Reuse (ESI AR, Water Quality Index of Aquaculture Reuse (WQI AR and environmental cost (entropy. For conventional aquaculture, a water quality deterioration of the fish tanks was observed by the environmental cost. When treated sewage was used in tanks without external aeration, it was not verified a remarkable water quality deterioration. However, for the tanks externally aerated and fed with treated sewage there was a water quality improvement, in other words a polishing step was taking place. All the systems analyzed showed to be environmentally sustainable, which indicates that the treated sewage can be considered a good water source for aquaculture.

  20. The management of the Special Government Take by the Ministry of the Environment: a proposal to integrate with the environmental licensing system; A gestao da Participacao Especial pelo Ministerio do Meio Ambiente: uma proposta de integracao com o licenciamento ambiental

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    Toledo Neto, Eduardo [Agencia Nacional do Petroleo, Gas Natural e Biocombustiveis (ANP), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2008-07-01

    The Special Government Take has a function of compensate the municipal, states and federal government for the resulting from externally exploration and production process in a legal percentage system. That financial compensation correspond to a tax in oil exploration for Brazilian Environment Ministry, in consequence of the excess volume of production or the surplus profitability obtained from petroleum or natural gas concession industry, estimated about four billions and three hundred millions of reals in the period of 1999 to 2008. This study analyze the Special Government Take, concluding that no exist the use for the environmental control, as well as applied in projects and studies to get better environmental licensing process, and also no have effects of financial resources to environmental preservation and damages recuperation produced by petroleum industry. (author)

  1. Crisis ambiental y cristianismo

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    Felipe Cárdenas

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available En el artículo se identifican y reconocen algunas opciones que se pueden desarrollar en el cristianismo en relación con la problemática ambiental. Se aborda el dilema bíblico suscitado por interpretaciones antiecológicas y ecológicas. Con base en una lectura de la Biblia, de testimonios cristianos, y en una rememoria de estructuras institucionales, como la parroquia, se analiza el valor que tiene el mensaje cristiano en lo referido a la mitigación de la crisis ambiental.This article identifies and recognizes some options that can be developed in Christianity in relation to the environmental problem. It starts by analyzing the biblical dilemma provoked by both ecological and antiecological interpretations. Based on a reading of the Bible, testimonies from Christians and with a rememory of institutional structures, like the parish, the valué of the Christian message for mitigating the environmental crisis is analyzed.

  2. Construção coletiva de uma trilha ecológica no cerrado: pesquisa participativa em educação ambiental Collective construction of an ecological track in cerrado: participative research in environmental education

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    Juliana Lacorte Cazoto

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Dentre os muitos temas ambientais que podem ser problematizados pela Educação Ambiental encontra-se a proteção aos ecossistemas. Definiu-se como tema, num projeto de Educação Ambiental, o Cerrado, bioma amplamente degradado por ações antrópicas e que faz parte do ambiente natural de Botucatu, interior de São Paulo. Com o objetivo de despertar um olhar crítico-ambiental, visando a integração do ambiente natural e urbano, o projeto, realizado com alunos da 8ª série do Ensino Fundamental, teve como eixo a construção de uma Trilha Ecológica no Cerrado. Todo o processo de planejamento, realização e avaliação da trilha foi participativo: os participantes estudaram as características do Cerrado; identificaram, na área, as espécies remanescentes; discutiram as condições de conservação da área, e tomaram decisões sobre a construção da trilha como recurso educativo. Problematizaram, coletivamente, a interação comunidade-ambiente, articulando consciência ambiental e ação educativa, concluindo sobre o potencial desencadeador deste recurso para reflexões sobre temas socioambientais. O grupo teve a oportunidade de vivenciar um trabalho educativo com crianças da educação infantil, concretizando a trilha como recurso didático-pedagógico na aproximação "visitantes-educandos-ambiente".Among many subjects that could be debated by environmental education, we could mention the preservation of natural resources. We define the Cerrado, which is a biome largely degraded by human actions and part of the natural environment of Botucatu SP, as theme for an environmental education project. With the intention of creating special ecological attention that aims at the integration of natural and urban environments, this project, that was done with students from the 8 grade of Fundamental School, was concerned with the creation of an Ecological Track in the Cerrado. All the processes of planning, realization and analysis of the

  3. Valoração econômica da área de proteção ambiental estadual da Cachoeira das Andorinhas - MG Economic valuation of the state environmental protection area of Cachoeira das Andorinhas - MG

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    Vanessa Cotta Silveira

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available A valoração econômica dos ativos ambientais é importante critério que subsidia a tomada de decisões na definição de políticas que gerenciam os recursos naturais. Nesse sentido, buscou-se valorar a Área de Proteção Ambiental Estadual da Cachoeira das Andorinhas (APAE/CA, importante Unidade de Conservação do Município de Ouro Preto, MG, com 18.700 ha de extensão. Apesar de possuir importante patrimônio natural, tal ativo ambiental possui áreas degradadas, além de ainda não ter o respaldo necessário dos órgãos gestores para o seu efetivo manejo. Como área de estudo, definiu-se a sub-bacia do Rio das Velhas, na qual a APAE/CA está inserida, abrangendo distritos localizados em Ouro Preto e Itabirito. Utilizando a Valoração Contingente, através da abordagem de Hanemann (1984 e do método do bootstrapping, obteve-se a disposição a pagar (DAP mensal mediana por habitante dos distritos envolvidos pela melhoria e preservação da APAE/CA de R$15,43. O valor econômico calculado para o ativo ambiental foi de R$10.398.030,12, representando os benefícios anuais fornecidos pela APAE/CA e que são percebidos pelos entrevistados. Conjuntamente com a valoração, utilizaram-se variáveis de percepção ambiental, a fim de verificar seu impacto sobre a DAP em estudo. Os resultados encontrados apontaram que a percepção e a valoração ambiental são positivamente correlacionadas.The economic valuation of environmental assets is an important criterion that subsidizes the decision-making in the policies definition that manage natural resources. Therefore, it was aimed to valuing the Área de Proteção Ambiental Estadual da Cachoeira das Andorinhas (APAE/CA - State Environmental Protection Area of Cachoeira das Andorinhas, an important Conservation Unit in Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais State, with 18,700 hectares of extension. Despite having an important natural heritage, such environmental asset has degraded areas in addition to the lack

  4. Efeito de estresse ambiental sobre a pressão arterial de trabalhadores Effect of environmental stress on blood pressure during the working journey

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    Renato Rocha

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar o comportamento de pressão arterial (PA e a freqüência cardíaca (Fc de indivíduos ao longo da jornada de trabalho em dois ambientes com estresses ambientais distintos. MÉTODOS: Foram avaliados 46 funcionários, trabalhadores de uma indústria processadora de madeira, de Botucatu, SP, sendo 27 funcionários da linha de produção (esforço físico moderado-intenso, altas temperaturas e elevados níveis de ruído (G1, e 19 da administração (sem esforço físico, salas aclimatadas, baixos níveis de ruído (G2. Todos foram submetidos a avaliação antropométrica da composição corporal (obesidade e adiposidade e bioquímica do sangue (lipidemia e, adicionalmente, o registro da PA e da Fc em três momentos do turno de serviço: início, meio e fim. RESULTADOS: Houve semelhança na variação da PA entre G1 e G2, mas com maiores elevações de PA e Fc em G1. Os resultados mostraram grande variabilidade na resposta da PA, levando à subdivisão dos grupos G1 e G2 em respondedores (GR, aumento maior de 10% na PA média e não respondedores (GN. Os subgrupos GR e GN apresentaram semelhanças nos padrões antropométrico e bioquímico diferindo apenas na resposta pressórica e no caso do GR1 na história familiar de hipertensão. Comparando os subgrupos GR1 e GR2, foi constatado que os primeiros apresentaram maiores variações de PA e Fc que os segundos. CONCLUSÕES: A variação individual da resposta pressórica e da Fc conforme o tipo de estresse ambiental indica ser este um fator adicional a ser considerado na avaliação da pressão arterial e, talvez, na gênese da hipertensão arterial de operários.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate blood pressure (BP and heart rate (HR behavior in individuals during the working journey in two environments with different work stressors. METHODS: The study comprised 46 male individuals working in a wood processing factory in Botucatu, Brazil. Twenty seven (27.4±5.4 yrs, mean±SD worked in the

  5. Consumo responsável: um passo além do aspecto ambiental Responsible consumption: one step beyond the environmental aspect

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    Abdala Mohamed Saleh

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo apresenta um modelo, de cunho didático e dirigido prioritariamente aos profissionais de educação, que leva em conta os diversos aspectos que devem caracterizar um consumo como responsável. Além do usual aspecto Meio Ambiente, há outros, como a Publicidade, a Saúde e a Segurança, o Direito e a Ética e que foram aqui sintetizados a partir da coleção lançada conjuntamente pelo IDEC (Instituto de Defesa do Consumidor e pelo Inmetro (Instituto Nacional de Metrologia, Normalização e Qualidade Industrial. Essa coleção é dirigida aos professores e alunos do terceiro e quarto ciclos do ensino fundamental e foi elaborada no contexto dos temas transversais apresentados pelos Parâmetros Curriculares Nacionais (PCNs. Colocando-se no papel de consumidor responsável e utilizando-se do referido modelo, inspirado na coleção do IDEC e do Inmetro, pretende-se analisar um caso-exemplo, Ambev, considerada a maior indústria cervejeira da América Latina e "Referência mundial na gestão da água". Por meio desse exemplo, procura-se mostrar que o "respeito à natureza", no caso, o elemento água, é um parâmetro necessário, mas insuficiente para caracterizar um consumo como responsável e que os demais aspectos apontados acima devem ser considerados.This paper presents a model of didactic feature and directed primarily to professional education, which takes into account the various aspects that should characterize a responsible consumption. Besides the usual environmental aspect, there are others aspects such as advertising, health and safety, and Law and ethics, which have been summarized from the collection launched jointly by the IDEC (Institute of Consumer Protection and Inmetro (National Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality. This collection is addressed to teachers and students of the third and fourth cycles of elementary school and was elaborated in the context of cross-cutting themes presented by the

  6. Temperatura e enriquecimento ambiental sobre o bem-estar de coelhos em crescimento Temperature and environmental enrichment on the welfare of growing rabbits

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    Estela Valéria Siloto

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available O efeito da temperatura e o efeito do enriquecimento do piso de gaiola sobre o bem-estar de coelhos em crescimento foram avaliados. Quarenta e oito coelhos do grupo genético Botucatu, desmamados aos 35 dias de idade, foram alojados em Câmara Climática, quatro por gaiola (1,00 x 0,60 x 0,40m, em 12 gaiolas que tinham (ou não metade do piso coberto com cama de palha. As gaiolas foram instaladas metade em sala com temperatura ambiente e metade em sala resfriada. Os animais tiveram livre acesso à ração balanceada e à água nos dois tipos de piso. Para se avaliar o bem-estar, foram realizadas cinco observações de 24 horas cada, uma por semana, sendo registradas as freqüências dos comportamentos: lúdico, estereotipado, exploratório, cuidados corporais e interação e comparadas entre gaiolas enriquecidas ou não nas duas salas. A média de temperatura e a média de umidade relativa do ar foram: 23,6°C e 78,7% na sala natural e 20,6°C e 71,0% na sala resfriada. O comportamento lúdico foi mais freqüente nas gaiolas enriquecidas (7,6 vs 4,3% sala natural e 7,8 vs 3,8% sala resfriada, P0,01. Coelhos mantidos em temperatura natural preferiram a grade à cama de palha (77,9 vs. 22,1%, P>0,01, enquanto na sala resfriada eles não mostraram preferência em relação ao piso (45,9 vs 54,1%, P=0,41. Em sala resfriada, o enriquecimento com palha favoreceu o bem-estar animal.The effects of temperature and cage floor enrichment on the welfare of growing rabbits were evaluated. Forty-eight rabbits from the Botucatu genetic group, weaned at 35 days of age were housed in an Environmental Chamber, four per cage (1.00 x 0.60 x 0.40m, in 12 cages that had (or not half of the floor covered with litter straw. The cages were housed half in a room temperature chamber and half in a refrigerated chamber. Animals had free access to a balanced feed and water in the two types of floor. In order to evaluate welfare, five 24-hour observations were carried out

  7. Governança em saúde e ambiente para o desenvolvimento sustentável Health and environmental governance for sustainable development

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    Paulo Marchiori Buss

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available A Conferência da ONU sobre Desenvolvimento Sustentável, Rio+20, propõe a discussão dos desafios do desenvolvimento sustentável (DS e dos temas 'economia verde e da erradicação da pobreza' e 'estrutura institucional do desenvolvimento sustentável' e, por conseguinte, sua governança. Este artigo visa discutir a atual configuração da governança da e para a saúde e ambiente no contexto do DS. Os Objetivos do Milênio foram significativo esforço político recente, mas apesar dos progressos, falham ao omitir as causas estruturais dos modos de produção e consumo e da distribuição desigual de poder que são as produtoras das iniquidades e impedem o verdadeiro desenvolvimento. Propostas para o DS devem superar reducionismos e avançar conceitual e metodologicamente para o enfrentamento dos determinantes socioambientais da saúde por meio de ações intersetoriais, incluindo a participação social, e em todas as esferas de governo. É fundamental o prosseguimento da implantação dos princípios da Agenda 21, o cumprimento dos ODM e a criação dos Objetivos do Desenvolvimento Sustentável. No campo da saúde, espera-se que a Rio+20 reafirme as articulações da saúde com a sustentabilidade, como parte do pilar social do desenvolvimento sustentável, inspirando a definição de políticas e ações nos planos global, nacional e local.The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, will address the challenges for sustainable development (SD, 'green economy and poverty eradication' and the 'institutional structure of sustainable development'. Therefore it will address the governance needed to achieve such goals. This paper discusses the structure of global, regional and national governance of and for health and environment in the context of SD. Among other global actions, the Millenium Development Goals were a significant recent political effort, but despite its advances, it fails when ignores the structural causes of

  8. Distribuição ambiental de poluentes orgânicos encontrados em lodos de esgoto Environmental distribution of the organic contaminants found in sewage sludge

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    Lourival Costa Paraíba

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi apresentar uma modelagem da distribuição ambiental de vinte e nove poluentes orgânicos encontrados em amostras de lodos de esgoto das estações de tratamento de esgoto de Barueri e Suzano, SP. Lodos de esgoto são misturas de produtos orgânicos e inorgânicos gerados nos processos primários e secundários de tratamento que, mediante adequado controle de qualidade, podem ser reutilizados como fertilizantes agrícolas. O modelo de fugacidade nível I foi aplicado a um sistema compartimental hipotético constituído de ar, água, solo, sedimento, biota aquática e plantas. Foi utilizada a massa molecular, a pressão de vapor, a solubilidade em água, a constante de Henry, o coeficiente de partição octanol-água e a meia-vida no solo de cada um dos poluentes. O coeficiente de sorção no solo, os fatores de bioconcentração em organismos aquáticos, raízes e na seiva do xilema de plantas foram calculados por meio de expressões que correlacionam cada um desses parâmetros com o coeficiente de partição octanol-água do poluente. Foram estimados e usados os coeficientes de partição folha-ar e ar-água e o índice GUS de cada poluente. A modelagem e os cálculos dos fatores de bioconcentração e dos coeficientes de partição revelam os compartimentos preferenciais dos poluentes.The objective of this work was to present a model of environmental distribution of twenty-nine organic contaminants found in samples of sewage sludge of the sewage treatment plant of Barueri and Suzano SP, Brazil. Sewage sludge is a mixture of organic and inorganic products generated in primary and secondary processes of treatment that can be reused as fertilizer by the agriculture. The modeling of the contaminants distribution was accomplished by means of the level I fugacity model applied to a hypothetical compartmental system constituted by air, water, soil, sediment, aquatic biota and plants. The molecular weight, vapor pressure

  9. Evaluation of environmental sustainability in the construction and management of buildings in Mexico; Evaluacion de la sustentabilidad ambiental en la construccion y administracion de edificios en Mexico

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    De Buen Rodriguez, Odon [Energia, Tecnologia y Educacion, S.C., ENTE, S.C. (Mexico)

    2010-12-15

    The purpose of the present work is to establish a methodology for assessing the sustainability of buildings in Mexico, which can be standardized and comparable with the rest of North America. For this purpose three building assessment systems in North America were first analyzed: (a) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), (b) Living Building Challenge (LBC); and (c) Energy Star for Buildings. In addition, the analysis included Spain's Green Building Council (GBCe), to have a different comparison point with the North American systems. The analysis of the four systems suggests the use of the Energy Star system due to the following reasons: 1) For all systems, the Energy Star system is the basis for comparison in terms of energy consumption and therefore emissions of greenhouse gases, 2) It is the system requiring the simplest description of the building (construction surface, occupancy and energy consumption) and does not require (unlike other systems) data on the location of the buildings, 3) For the LEED, LBC and GBCe systems, the evaluation must be performed by professionals accredited, while for the Energy Star certification is less restrictive A database of public buildings, managed by the Comision Nacional para el Uso Eficiente de la Energia (CONUEE), was used. It integrates a significant number of office buildings occupied by departments and agencies of the federal government in Mexico. This database holds information on annual energy consumption and area occupied. Such database was complemented with available information on Degree Day data provided by the Asociacion de Empresas para el Ahorro de Energia en la Edificacion (AEAEE); it allowed to include information on weather in the same terms as the proposed methodology by Energy Star system. From the analysis, some suggestions are presented below. First, it is suggested to strengthen the collection and integration of information related to commercial buildings in Mexico to implement a

  10. Fish scale deformation analysis using scanning electron microscope: New potential biomarker in aquatic environmental monitoring of aluminum and iron contamination

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    Hidayati, Dewi; Sulaiman, Norela; Othman, Shuhaimi; Ismail, B. S.

    2013-11-01

    Fish scale has the potential to be a rapid biomarker due to its structure and high possibility to come into contact with any pollutant in the aquatic environment. The scale structure consists of osteoblastic cells and other bone materials such as collagen where it is possible to form a molecular complex with heavy metals such as aluminum and iron. Hence, aluminum and iron in water could possibly destroy the scale material and marked as a scale deformation that quantitatively could be analyzed by comparing it to the normal scale structure. Water sampling and fish cage experiment were performed between June and July 2011 in Porong river which represented the water body that has high aluminum and iron contamination. The filtered water samples were preserved and extracted using the acid-mixture procedure prior to measurement of the aluminum and iron concentrations using Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-AES), while samples for total suspended solid (TSS) analysis were kept at 4 °C in cool-boxes. The scales were cleaned with sterile water, then dehydrated in 30, 50, 70, and 90% ethanol and dried on filter papers. They were then mounted on an aluminum stub and coated with gold in a sputter coater prior to Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) observation. According to the SEM analysis, it was found that there were several deformations on the scale samples taken from sites that have high concentrations of aluminum and iron i.e. the increasing number of pits, deformation and decreasing number of spherules and ridges while the control scale exhibited the normal features. However, the site with higher TSS and pH indicated lower aluminum effect. A moderate correlation was found between the number of pits with aluminum (r=0.43) and iron (r=0.41) concentrations. Fish scale deformation using SEM analysis can potentially be a rapid biomarker in aquatic monitoring of aluminum and iron contamination. However, the measurement must be accompanied by pH and

  11. Fish scale deformation analysis using scanning electron microscope: New potential biomarker in aquatic environmental monitoring of aluminum and iron contamination

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    Fish scale has the potential to be a rapid biomarker due to its structure and high possibility to come into contact with any pollutant in the aquatic environment. The scale structure consists of osteoblastic cells and other bone materials such as collagen where it is possible to form a molecular complex with heavy metals such as aluminum and iron. Hence, aluminum and iron in water could possibly destroy the scale material and marked as a scale deformation that quantitatively could be analyzed by comparing it to the normal scale structure. Water sampling and fish cage experiment were performed between June and July 2011 in Porong river which represented the water body that has high aluminum and iron contamination. The filtered water samples were preserved and extracted using the acid-mixture procedure prior to measurement of the aluminum and iron concentrations using Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-AES), while samples for total suspended solid (TSS) analysis were kept at 4 °C in cool-boxes. The scales were cleaned with sterile water, then dehydrated in 30, 50, 70, and 90% ethanol and dried on filter papers. They were then mounted on an aluminum stub and coated with gold in a sputter coater prior to Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) observation. According to the SEM analysis, it was found that there were several deformations on the scale samples taken from sites that have high concentrations of aluminum and iron i.e. the increasing number of pits, deformation and decreasing number of spherules and ridges while the control scale exhibited the normal features. However, the site with higher TSS and pH indicated lower aluminum effect. A moderate correlation was found between the number of pits with aluminum (r=0.43) and iron (r=0.41) concentrations. Fish scale deformation using SEM analysis can potentially be a rapid biomarker in aquatic monitoring of aluminum and iron contamination. However, the measurement must be accompanied by pH and

  12. On the capability of in-situ exposure in an environmental scanning electron microscope for investigating the atmospheric corrosion of magnesium

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    The feasibility of environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM) in studying the atmospheric corrosion behavior of 99.97% Mg was investigated. For reference, ex-situ exposure was performed. A model system was designed by spraying few salt particles on the metal surface and further promoting the corrosion process using platinum (Pt) deposition in the form of 1×1×1 µm3 dots around the salt particles to create strong artificial cathodic sites. The results showed that the electron beam play a significant role in the corrosion process of scanned regions. This was attributed to the irradiation damage occurring on the metal surface during the ESEM in-situ experiment. After achieving to a reliable process route, in a successful attempt, the morphology and composition of the corrosion products formed in-situ in the ESEM were in agreement with those of the sample exposed ex-situ. - Highlights: • The feasibility of in-situ microscopy and atmospheric corrosion exposures of pure Mg in an ESEM are examined. • A model system was designed using NaCl particles on parts of the metal surface and promoting the corrosion process by depositing 1×1×1 µm3 Pt dots to create strong artificial cathodic sites. • The electron beam used for ESEM imaging affects the in-situ corrosion process. • A proper cleaning procedure for the sample and microscope chamber reducing carbon contamination makes the results from the ESEM in-situ exposures comparable to ex-situ exposures

  13. 2011 NATA - Risks and Annual Ambient Concentrations

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — This dataset includes the modeled annual ambient concentrations and risks at the census tract level for the 2011 National Air Toxics Assessment. All concentrations...

  14. Gestão ambiental: uma súplica do planeta, um desafio para políticas públicas, incubadoras e pequenas empresas Environmental management: a planet's pledge, a challenge for public policies, incubators and small firms

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    Sergio Azevedo Fonseca

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available O texto traz uma reflexão sobre o papel das incubadoras de empresas no apoio a práticas ambientais por micro e pequenas empresas. Reconhecendo as debilidades estruturais das empresas de pequeno porte e as dificuldades para a realização de investimentos ambientais, defende o uso de incubadoras como instrumento de política pública para estimular investimentos ambientais. Identifica um número restrito de incubadoras de tecnologias ambientais, em plano internacional. Relata os resultados de uma pesquisa que avaliou a aplicabilidade de um indicador para apurar o desempenho ambiental de incubadoras. Destacaram-se dois resultados: a a baixa importância atribuída, pelas incubadoras (e pelas empresas abrigadas ao desempenho ambiental; e b a ausência de estímulos, pelas incubadoras, aos investimentos ambientais. Desse último resultado deriva importante conclusão: a de que, uma vez apurados os padrões insatisfatórios de desempenho ambiental, de incubadoras e empresas assistidas, ficariam criadas as condições para a formulação e a implementação de medidas indutoras de novas posturas.The paper aims to contribute to academic reflections on the role of business incubators as institutional agents to promote environmental performance by small firms. Based on the assumption that these firms have natural structural weaknesses and, as a consequence, intrinsic difficulties in investing in environmental assets, the paper suggests that a particular public policy, namely, business incubators, could contribute to overcoming these barriers and thus pave the way for environmental investments. Two important findings should be highlighted: a the neglect of the incubators investigated (and thus, of the nurtured firms with respect to environmental performance; b the absence of stimuli, from business incubators, for environmental investments. From the results, an important conclusion may be drawn: namely, that where weak patterns of environmental

  15. Los estudios sobre el ambiente y la ciencia ambiental

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    Amelia Nancy Giannuzzo

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    Full Text Available La existencia de la ciencia ambiental es reconocida en libros, revistas de publicación científica y carreras de grado y posgrado. Sin embargo, se desconoce su existencia en forma literal o indirecta, al no ser considerado su aporte, por ejemplo, en los planteos referidos sobre la ciencia y la tecnología de la sustentabilidad. En este trabajo se presentan estos antecedentes, relacionándolos con el objetivo del mismo, que es el de aportar a la dilucidación de la existencia y conformación de la ciencia ambiental. Para esto, se analiza la relación de las disciplinas con la dimensión compleja del ambiente como objeto de estudio y aspectos metodológicos derivados. A los fines de aportar al esclarecimiento conceptual, se identifican las distintas acepciones de ambiente comúnmente referidas en la bibliografía. Además, se discuten aspectos relacionados de multidisciplinariedad, interdisciplinariedad y transdisciplinariedad, y sobre el status epistémico de la ciencia ambiental. Se concluye que una mayor precisión conceptual embasada en un marco compartido por las disciplinas que estudian el ambiente, incluida la ciencia ambiental, y los distintos actores involucrados en las problemáticas ambientales, favorecerá el refinamiento de las metodologías tendientes a disminuir la fragmentación de las investigaciones concernientes y las aplicaciones para su resolución.The existence of an environmental science is recognized in books, journals of science as well as in undergraduate and graduate studies. Its existence, however, is unknown either literally or indirectly when, for instance, its contribution to topics connected to the science and technology of sustainability is not considered. This background is presented in this paper and connected to its objective, which is to elucidate the existence and structure of the environmental science. To this goal, I analyse the relationship of the disciplines with the complex dimension of the environment

  16. CT Scans

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    ... cross-sectional pictures of your body. Doctors use CT scans to look for Broken bones Cancers Blood clots Signs of heart disease Internal bleeding During a CT scan, you lie still on a table. The table ...

  17. Thyroid scan

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    ... PET scan Skin nodules Thyroid cancer Thyroid cancer - medullary carcinoma Thyroid cancer - papillary carcinoma Toxic nodular goiter ... Topics Hyperthyroidism Hypothyroidism Nuclear Scans Thyroid Cancer Thyroid Diseases Thyroid Tests Browse the Encyclopedia A.D.A. ...

  18. US Environmental Protection Agency's Ozone Epidemiology Research Program: A strategy for assessing the effects of ambient ozone exposure upon morbidity in exposed populations

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    McDonnell, W.F.; Zenick, H.; Hayes, C.G. (Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC (United States))

    1993-07-01

    The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 mandate a future reduction of ambient ozone levels in many areas of the country, the cost of which will be great. In order to assess the current public health burden of ambient ozone exposure and to provide information for assessment of potential health benefits of improved air quality, the Health Effects Research Laboratory of the U.S. EPA has undertaken an Ozone Epidemiology Research Program. The research strategy which will guide this scientific program is described in this paper. Criteria for selection of important research questions as well as issues which cut across all questions and study designs are discussed. In particular, this program emphasizes the study of effects which reflect morbidity in the population. The three questions identified as being of most immediate importance involve the relationship of short-term ambient ozone exposure to acute respiratory illness, the relationship of recurrent exposure to chronic respiratory disease, and the relationship of recurrent exposure to development of acute respiratory illness. Specific research approaches and initial projects to address these three questions are described.

  19. Gestão Ambiental em Espaços de Lazer e Turismo: As Praias Urbanas da Amazônia Brasileira / Environmental Management in Leisure and Tourism Spaces: The Urban Beaches of the Brazilian Amazon

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    Eugênia Rosa Cabral

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo analisa as ações públicas e privadas em resposta aos problemas ambientais nas praias da Ilha de Mosqueiro, área urbana litorânea, do estado do Pará. Objetivou-se identificar os problemas ambientais na percepção de moradores e turistas, bem como analisar as ações e os instrumentos de gestão ambiental. Os dados da pesquisa foram analisados segundo o modelo Pressão-Estado-Impacto-Resposta (PEIR, que mostra as pressões ambientais das ações humanas, como estas alteram a qualidade dos recursos naturais, os impactos ambientais e as ações em resposta às alterações. Tais questões foram analisadas à luz de teorias neo-institucionalistas que levam em conta o contexto institucional e os atores políticos relevantes. Identificou-se que a principal pressão ambiental refere-se ao adensamento populacional desordenado, que gerou a intensificação da exploração de áreas vulneráveis à ocupação humana e causou impacto nos recursos naturais disponíveis. Quanto às respostas do poder público, identificou-se baixo nível de correspondência entre PEIR, reflexo da capacidade institucional relativamente débil na efetivação da sustentabilidade ambiental. Palavras-Chave: Espaços de Lazer e Turismo. Gestão Ambiental. Ilha de Mosqueiro, PA. Amazônia Brasileira Environmental Management in Leisure and Tourism Spaces: The Urban Beaches of the Brazilian Amazon - This paper analyzes the public and private actions in response to environmental problems on the beaches of Mosqueiro Island, Pará, coastal urban area. The objective was to identify environmental problems in the perception of residents and tourists as well as analyze the actions and instruments environmental management. The survey data were analyzed according to the model Pressure-State-Impact-Response (PEIR, which shows the environmental pressures of human actions, as these affect the quality of natural resources, environmental impacts and actions in response to

  20. An examination of models of issue development: Environmental scanning using on-line databases: Final report. [Acid rain, PCBs, thermal pollution, ground water pollution

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    Clabaugh, G.T.; Hallett, J.J.

    1987-02-01

    Examining the evolution of six environmental issues over a ten-year period, this study investigates the dominant theories of issue development and the applicability of on-line information sources to the issues management process. The research methodology used was a form of content analysis known as bibliometric analysis. Six environmental issues (acid rain, PCBs, thermal pollution, groundwater contamination, leaking underground storage tanks and leachate) were selected for a retrospective analysis of their evolution as public issues. Their evolution was tracked through the scientific, popular, legislative and national press, then compared to existing models of issue development. The research was conducted using a high-speed proprietary software program, and was based on how often the chosen issues were mentioned in selected databases. The rise and/or fall in frequency for each issue was charted and the resultant patterns were compared to theoretical models. More than 20 million articles from 24 databases were individually scanned for mentions of the issues, and efforts were made to find patterns in their growth and evolution. Charts and graphs of the results were generated and analyzed. A number of questions were raised about the use of computers and on-line information as issues management tools, plus suggestions for future research.

  1. High-quality imaging in environmental scanning electron microscopy - optimizing the pressure limiting system and the secondary electron detection of a commercially available ESEM.

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    Fitzek, H; Schroettner, H; Wagner, J; Hofer, F; Rattenberger, J

    2016-04-01

    In environmental scanning electron microscopy applications in the kPa regime are of increasing interest for the investigation of wet and biological samples, because neither sample preparation nor extensive cooling are necessary. Unfortunately, the applications are limited by poor image quality. In this work the image quality at high pressures of a FEI Quanta 600 (field emission gun) and a FEI Quanta 200 (thermionic gun) is greatly improved by optimizing the pressure limiting system and the secondary electron (SE) detection system. The scattering of the primary electron beam strongly increases with pressure and thus the image quality vanishes. The key to high-image quality at high pressures is to reduce scattering as far as possible while maintaining ideal operation conditions for the SE-detector. The amount of scattering is reduced by reducing both the additional stagnation gas thickness (aSGT) and the environmental distance (ED). A new aperture holder is presented that significantly reduces the aSGT while maintaining the same field-of-view (FOV) as the original design. With this aperture holder it is also possible to make the aSGT even smaller at the expense of a smaller FOV. A new blade-shaped SE-detector is presented yielding better image quality than usual flat SE-detectors. The electrode of the new SE detector is positioned on the sample table, which allows the SE-detector to operate at ideal conditions regardless of pressure and ED. PMID:26540292

  2. CONSTRUCCIÓN DE UNA COMUNIDAD VIRTUAL DE APRENDIZAJE AMBIENTAL (CVAA: ESPACIO INTERACTIVO PARA AMBIENTALIZAR EL QUEHACER UNIVERSITARIO ESTATAL DE COSTA RICA (BUILDING A VIRTUAL COMMUNITY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING (VCEL: AN INTERACTIVE SPACE TO ENHANCE ENVIRONMENTALISM INTO THE REGULAR OBLIGATIONS OF PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES IN COSTA RICA

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    Zúñiga Vega Claudia

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Resumen:Este artículo tiene como objetivo presentar el caso de la construcción y puesta en práctica de la Comunidad Virtual de Aprendizaje Ambiental (CVAA en Costa Rica, cuya página está disponible en la siguiente dirección www.comunidad.inie.ucr.ac.cr. Es un sitio Web que servirá para dar un mayor impulso a la incorporación del eje ambiental en la vida universitaria costarricense, así como para hacer un recuento de sus actividades hasta el 2011. La CVAA ha facilitado el intercambio académico para recuperar, analizar, discutir, compartir y gestar experiencias que faciliten la incorporación de la dimensión ambiental en el quehacer cotidiano de las universidades estatales. Se concluye que esta estrategia tecnológica favorece la participación de diferentes sectores universitarios, la transversalización de la dimensión ambiental y el desarrollo profesional en dicho ámbito.Abstract: The purpose of this article is to present a case study related to the building and practicality of a virtual community for environmental learning (VCEL, www.comunidad.inie.ucr.ac.cr in Costa Rica. This website will serve as the driving force to the integration of a curricula into the environmental education in the Costa Rican university life. The paper also shows the virtual community activities throughout the year 2011. The VCEL (CVAA, acronyms in Spanish has made the academic exchange possible in order to retrieve, analyze, compare and develop experiences that facilitate the integration of an environmental dimension into the everyday duties of public universities. The conclusions of this article determine that this technological strategy favors the involvement of all of the participants at the university level (faculty, students and administration, encourages the mainstreaming of the environmental dimension and promotes professional development in the environmental field.

  3. Environmental aspects of the closing of the cooling system of an oil refinery; Aspectos ambiental do fechamento do sistema de refrigeracao de uma refinaria de petroleo

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    Camaz, Fernando Ribeiro [PETROBRAS, Duque de Caxias, RJ (Brazil). Refinaria de Duque de Caxias (REDUC); Amaral, Sergio Pinto [Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Niteroi, RJ (Brazil). Lab. de Tecnologia, Gestao de Negocios e Meio Ambiente (LATEC)

    2008-07-01

    The objective of the present paper was the evaluation, analysis and statistical treatment of the behavior of the pollutant load of the Duque de Caxias Refinery. It was analyzed the oil and grease, nitrogen and metals levels in the effluent discharged in the Iguacu River through the Refrigeration Basin , and after to the Guanabara Bay, according to data of the reports of the PROCON-WATER, correspondents to the environmental agency, FEEMA, in the period of the research, from 1998 to 2006. The environmental aspects and impacts of the closing of the cooling system, action of the Term of Commitment of Environmental Adjustment (TCAA), with their multiple variables involved in a socioeconomic and environmental process dynamic. The studies demonstrated great reduction in the consumption of water resources and in the pollutant load discharged. Besides the environmental earnings and the reduction of costs, the refinery provided important economical, social, environmental and image earnings for PETROBRAS, as an environmental responsible company. (author)

  4. MAPPING APPLIED TO ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING IN A STORAGE UNIT IN BEBERIBE- CEARÁ Planejamento ambiental em uma unidade de conservação no município de Beberibe – Ceará

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    Juliana Maria Oliveira Silva

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available The object of this work is a Cliffs National Monument Beberibe, located on the beaches of Morro Branco and Fontes in Beberibe - Ceará. We chose the area of the Monument for study because of its geo-environmental units having a large landscape, showing the importance to the coast, since they are equipped with environmental weaknesses. The main objective is a proposal for environmental planning for the Monument and surrounding area through an environmental zoning. Cartography and Remote Sensing technical tools are used by the physical geography that allow a better interpretation and representation of the phenomena that affect the geographic space. These techniques has helped in areas of environmental planning as a way to better match the natural resources and human action. The work was based on methodological Theory geosystems. The techniques involved in data collection agencies, interpretation of Quickbird satellite imagery (2004, field surveys and preparation of thematic maps in MicroStation and ArcView software. As a result delimited to a buffer zone to the Monument including the strip of beach and backshore, dunes, lagoon and Tracuá Tray Pre-coast. We proposed the creation of the APA and Praia das Fontes to finalize an environmental zoning for the area of the Monument covering its buffer zone, with the following areas: Intangible, Early, Extensive Use and Special Use, to BB from the beach sources, the areas proposed were: Environmental Preservation, Conservation, Environmental Occurrence, Environmental Restoration, Urban Occupation, Occupation Special Residential and Hotel Occupancy and Urban Expansion. This zoning will be discussed along with the sectors that are involved in the study area.O objeto de estudo deste trabalho é o Monumento Natural das Falésias de Beberibe, localizado nas praias de Morro Branco e das Fontes no município de Beberibe - Ceará. Escolheu-se a área do Monumento para estudo devido as suas unidades geoambientais

  5. Proposta de um modelo de gestão ambiental para os serviços de Nefrologia Propuesta de un modelo de gestión ambiental para los servicios de Nefrología Proposal of an environmental management model for Nephrology services

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    Geni Burg

    2008-01-01

    ía. CONCLUSION: La implantación del sistema propuesto en los servicios trajo innumerables beneficios que van desde la reducción de residuos y fluidos líquidos; preservación de recursos naturales; uso de materiales e insumos ambientalmente correctos hasta la reducción de costos; preservación de la salud humana y del medio ambiente.OBJECTIVE: This study aimed at proposing a new model of Environmental Management for Nephrology Services through a situational diagnosis made in three services. METHODS: This work is an exploratory descriptive research that used quantitative methodology and multicase techniques. Three different instruments were used for data collection, and answered by nurses, managers, nursing technicians and cleaning servants, as well as patients with chronic renal insufficiency submitted to hemodialysis. RESULTS: The detailed analysis of the processes and the application of the evaluation instruments showed that they are efficient tools in the identification of non-conformity factors, which enabled the elaboration of an environmental management proposal applicable to nephrology services. CONCLUSION: The implementation of the proposed system in the services brought several benefits such as reduction of residue and liquid effluents; preservation of natural resources, use of more environmentally correct materials and inputs; cost reduction as well as the preservation of human health and the environment.

  6. Qualidade dos bulbos de cebola 'Superex' armazenados sob refrigeração, quando expostos à condição ambiente Quality of onion bulbs cv. Superex stored under refrigeration, when exposed to environmental conditions

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    Ana Carolina Almeida Miguel

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available O armazenamento refrigerado da cebola tem sido recomendado como ideal, mas os produtores sempre questionam sobre a qualidade comercial e o consumo dos bulbos durante este período e depois de levados à condição ambiente. Avaliou-se a qualidade de bulbos de cebola ´Superex' acondicionados em sacos de rede de fibra plástica e armazenados a 10-12°C (68% UR por até 91 dias, quando levados à condição ambiente. Após 1; 16; 31; 61 e 91 dias foram tomadas amostras, ao acaso, que eram levadas à condição ambiente (22°C, 59% UR. Estas cebolas foram avaliadas quanto à massa fresca, aparência e ocorrência de podridões, e quanto à coloração interna, luminosidade, ângulo de cor e cromaticidade, atividade da aliinase e teores de sólidos solúveis e de acidez titulável. Os bulbos, quando levados ao ambiente, perderam massa com maior intensidade do que quando armazenados sob refrigeração e mantiveram qualidade aceitável por até 38 dias. Somente os armazenados sob refrigeração por 91 dias tinham aparência ruim. Os bulbos analisados apresentaram tendência ao amarelecimento interno, sem alteração significativa nos teores de SS e de AT. Durante o período refrigerado a pungência dos mesmos aumentou, de "pungente" para "picante", que se manteve estável durante o armazenamento ao ambiente.Cold storage has been recommended to preserve onion bulbs, but producers always have doubts about its quality, during this period and when they are exposed to environmental conditions. We evaluated the onion bulbs quality, cv. Superex, packed in plastic fiber bags, during storage under 10-12°C (68% RH during 91 days. After 1; 16; 31; 61 and 91 days, samples were transferred to environmental conditions (22°C, 59% RH. Onion bulbs were evaluated for fresh mass, appearance and occurrence of rot, internal color, lightness, color or hue angle and chromaticity, alliinase activity, soluble solids and titratable acidity content. Bulbs under environmental

  7. Medición de la conciencia ambiental: Una revisión crítica de la obra de Riley E. Dunlap The measurement of the environmental concern: A critical review of Riley E. Dunlap's work

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    Jose Antonio Cerrillo Vidal

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Después de un comienzo prometedor en la década de 1970, la sociología ambiental se enfrenta a una serie de problemas, derivados principalmente de su incapacidad de vincular comportamientos ambientalistas con los valores declarados en las encuestas (el gap medioambiental. Este estancamiento se debe a la escasa reflexividad teórica y metodológica de la disciplina. Aplicando el método arqueológico, este artículo analiza la obra de la principal figura de la sociología ambiental, Riley E. Dunlap, representativa de la crisis de la especialidad. El individualismo metodológico, la preferencia por el uso de encuestas a población general, la falta de un marco teórico fuerte y de atención a factores estructurales e históricos, característicos del trabajo de Dunlap y sus seguidores, parecen ser las principales causas del bloqueo de la sociología ambiental, dada su enorme influencia en la disciplina. After a promising beginning in the 1970s, environmental sociology faces a series of problems, derived mainly from its inability to link people's environmental behavior with the values they express in surveys (the environmental gap. This stagnation is due to inadequate theoretical and methodological reflection in the discipline. Applying the archaeological method, this article analyzes the work of the environmental sociologist Riley E. Dunlap, a prominent figure and a representative of the crisis of the discipline. Methodological individualism, the preference for the use of surveys of the general population, the lack of a strong theoretical frame, or of attention to structural and historical factors - all these are faults in the work of Dunlap and his followers. It is these faults that are arguably the main causes of the impasse in which environmental sociology now finds itself.

     

  8. Diagnóstico ambiental e delimitação de Áreas de Preservação Permanente em um assentamento rural = Environmental diagnosis and delimitation of PPAs (Permanent Preservation Areas in a rural settlement

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    Nelson Alexandre Fagundes

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Leia-se neste artigo a tentativa de diagnosticar, delimitar e situar as Áreas de Preservação Permanentes e de Reserva Legal dentro de um assentamento rural, do Incra; visando à experimentação de ferramentas de geoprocessamento para a restauração das matas ribeirinhas, pela delimitação destas áreas, respeitando a legislação ambiental vigente, e partindo de uma ampla avaliação ambiental descritiva da paisagem, encontrada no Projeto de Assentamento Federal Capela. Um diagnóstico da paisagem local é apresentado na forma de um memorial fotográfico. Neste trabalho, serão delimitadas e quantificadas somente asAPP’s de entorno de corpos d’água.This article aims to diagnose, demarcate and situate Permanent Preservation Areas and Legal Reserves within an Incra Rural Settlement. This effort was conducted while testing the effective application of geoprocessing tools in the restoration of riparian forests and the delimitation of these areas, in accordance withexisting environmental legislation, and based on a broad descriptive environmental evaluation of the local landscape, located at the Capela Federal Settlement Project. A landscape diagnosis is shown in a photographic memorial as well. For this study, only the PPAs surrounding water bodies will be delimited and quantified.

  9. Selection of the external insulation distance for electric equipment as function of the environmental pollution level; Seleccion de la distancia de aislamiento externo de equipo electrico en funcion del nivel de contaminacion ambiental

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    Villa Velazquez Santillanes, Francisco [Gerencia de Proyectos Geotermoelectricos de la Comision Federal de Electricidad, Morelia (Mexico)

    1996-09-01

    Geographic, environmental and meteorological conditions, are considered as decisive factors in the basic engineering and design of electric substations. These conditions are considered through the use of environmental and meteorological parameters, such as: pollution type, creepage distance, pollution level, maximum wind rate, maximum temperature, seismic coefficient and maximum pluvial precipitation. In some cases, the pollution level determines the external insulation distance. The pollution level factor is quantified as the equivalent salt accumulation in milligrams per square centimeter of the insulation surface (DESD), occurring during certain time, that produces an electric effect similar to that of the real pollutant. [Espanol] Los aspectos geograficos, ambientales y meteorologicos son factores que se deben considerar en la ingenieria basica de las subestaciones electricas. En el diseno de estas se utilizan parametros asociados con las condiciones ambientales y meteorologicas, como son: tipo de contaminacion, distancia de fuga, nivel de contaminacion, velocidad maxima del viento, temperatura ambiental maxima, temperatura ambiental minima, coeficiente sismico y maxima precipitacion pluvial. La contaminacion se produce por la depositacion de polvo y otras sustencias quimicas sobre los aisladores. Para cuantificar la contaminacion se recurre al concepto de Densidad Equivalente de Sal Depositada (DESD), que consiste en medir la contaminacion en funcion de la cantidad de sal (NaC1) depositada en cierto tiempo, por centimetro cuadrado del aislador, tal que su comportamiento electrico es equivalente al de los contaminantes reales.

  10. Actions for the environmental adequateness and emissions control at the Martin del Corral power plant-Termozipa; Obras de adecuacion ambiental y control de emisiones para la central termoelectrica Martin del Corral - Termozipa

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    Arevalo Osorio, Luis [Empresa de Energia de Bogota, Bogota (Colombia)

    1996-12-31

    In this paper the general data on the Martin del Corral-Termozipa, of Colombia, fossil fueled power plant are exposed. The results of a study to determine the environmental impact originated in the influence zone of this Power Plant are presented, particularly on the Bogota River. The study was framed into the environmental policy driven by the Colombian sector. Different solutions addressed to the optimization of the handling, capacity and control of the emissions and counteract the pollution possibilities of the Bogota River are described [Espanol] En esta ponencia se exponen datos generales de la central termoelectrica Martin del Corral - Termozipa-, de Colombia. Se presentan los resultados de un estudio para determinar el impacto ambiental ocasionado en la zona de influencia de esta central, y en particular sobre el rio Bogota. El estudio se enmarco dentro de la politica ambiental impulsada por el sector colombiano. Se describen diversas soluciones encaminadas a optimizar el manejo, capacidad y control de las emisiones y contrarrestar las posibilidades de contaminacion del rio Bogota

  11. O preparo da equipe cirúrgica: aspecto relevante no controle da contaminação ambiental La preparación del equipo quirúrgico: aspecto relevante en el control de la contaminación ambiental The preparation of the surgical team: significant aspect in the control of environmental contamination

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    Caroline Cataneo

    2004-04-01

    Full Text Available O controle da contaminação ambiental tem sido considerado como medida racional para a prevenção da infecção do sítio cirúrgico. O objetivo deste estudo é apresentar as atuais recomendações relacionadas ao preparo da equipe cirúrgica e tecer considerações sobre o papel do enfermeiro no controle da contaminação ambiental. Baseados na literatura atual, abordamos pontos relacionados à paramentação cirúrgica e a escovação das mãos. Os estudos apontam que o preparo da equipe cirúrgica constitui barreira de proteção importante para a prevenção da infecção do sítio cirúrgico; entretanto salientam a necessidade dos profissionais de saúde realizarem os procedimentos de forma adequada.El control de la contaminación ambiental ha sido considerado como una medida racional para la prevención de la infección en el sitio quirúrgico. El objetivo de este estudio es presentar las recomendaciones actuales con respecto a la preparación del equipo quirúrgico y hacer consideraciones acerca del papel del enfermero en el control de la contaminación ambiental. Basados en la literatura actual, tratamos puntos relacionados con el vestuario quirúrgico y al cepillado de las manos. Estudios indican que la preparación del equipo quirúrgico sirve como una importante barrera de protección en la prevención de la infección en el sitio quirúrgico; sin embargo, destacan que los profesionales de salud necesitan realizar los procedimientos de manera adecuada.The control of environmental contamination has been considered a rational measure for preventing surgical site infection. This study aims to present the current recommendations related to the preparation of the surgical team and to discuss the role of nurses in controlling environmental contamination. On the basis of current literature, we treat issues related to surgical garment and hand brushing. Studies indicate that the preparation of the surgical team constitutes an important

  12. Synopsis of the Executive Profile of Environmental Management: Caribbean Subregion Title: Síntesis del perfil ejecutivo de gestión ambiental: Subregión Caribe

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    This document provides an overview of environmental management priorities, achievements, and challenges in the Caribbean sub-region. It also provides some recommendations for sub-regional initiatives that could be pursued through the Dialogue. Throughout this paper, environmental management issues are divided into three categories: natural resources management, urban environmental management, and environment and competitiveness. This document was presented at the Environment Network of the Re...

  13. The need for iron ore and the environmental Kuznets curve. Spain; 0176 La necesidad del mineral de hierro y la curva de Kuznets ambiental. El caso espanol

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    Torre de Palacios, L. de la

    2011-07-01

    Firstly, the environmental position of Spain with regard to steel consumption is defined according to the Kuznets curve (EKC) hypothesis. It is essential to undertake a complete environmental assessment of Spanish iron-ore consumption, to study the different steelmaking processes at this moment, emphasising the contribution of the high electric arc furnace. The use of recycled scrap, together with lower CO{sub 2} emissions, have succeeded in establishing Spain in a good environmental situation. (Author) 30 refs.

  14. Methodology to analyze environmental monitoring reports of desalination plants; Metodologia para el analisis de los documentos de seguimiento ambiental de las instalaciones desaladoras de agua marina

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    Ruis Arriaga, S.; Orozco Conti, F.; Ubaldi Freda, G. M.; Garau Hernandez, F.; Salguero Martinez, J.; Garcia Sanchez-Colomer, M.

    2010-07-01

    In this paper we propose a methodology, based on check lists, to analyze the shape and the contents of the environmental vigilance programmes and the monitoring reports related to projects of desalination plants subjects to environmental impact assessment. The aim is to obtain useful and reproducible analysis tool for detect possible faults in the environmental monitoring reports. The application of this methodology leeds up to simplify and speed up the checking of these documents by competent authority. (Author) 6 refs.

  15. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: APPROACH ON THE GEOGRAPHY TEACHING IN HIGHER EDUCATION Educação ambiental: abordagem no ensino superior de Geografia

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    Cinthia Raquel Pergentino de Oliveira; José Edézio da Cunha

    2012-01-01

    A lot has being said about the themes related to the environmental issue. NGOs, world conferences, change in the Legislation, in brief, it is possible to observe the insertion of the theme in many social spheres, especially in the education in its different levels. With the aim of elucidating how important the Environmental Education principles are to the Geography teaching practice, it is relevant to raise the theory related to: the Ecological Thinking, Ecologism and the Environmental Educat...

  16. Survey and analysis of environmental performance indicators applied to thermoelectric generation styles; Levantamento e analise de indicadores de desempenho ambiental aplicados a empreendimentos termeletricos

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    Freitas, Bruno Moreno Rodrigo de; Cardoso Junior, Ricardo Abranches Felix [Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Niteroi, RJ (Brazil)

    2010-07-01

    Country economic growth is proportional bond to it electric generation increasing capacity. Brazil, which has a power matrix predominantly renewable, currently is increasing generation, from thermoelectricity, due, mainly, to major facilities in relation to environmental licensing. Since this new Thermal Power Plants operating, tied to the generation with those ones already installed, will result in environmental impacts that must be properly controlled. Such control should follow the Environmental Performance Evaluation guidance, standardized by ABNT NBR ISO 14031/04. Therefore, the following work presents the main Environmental Performance Indicators applied to several thermoelectric generation styles (Oil, Natural Gas, Diesel, Mineral Coal, Biomass, Waste, Solar and Nuclear). (author)

  17. Tecendo os fios da educação ambiental: o subjetivo e o coletivo, o pensado e o vivido Weaving the threads of environmental education: the subjective and the collective, the thought and the lived

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    Martha Tristão

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available O pressuposto deste ensaio é o de que, ao longo de sua trajetória, a educação ambiental foi constituindo uma narrativa que lhe é própria. Algumas palavras com sentidos conceituais polissêmicos, como natureza, participação, solidariedade, cooperação, autonomia, interdisciplinaridade e, mais recentemente, sustentabilidade, transdisciplinaridade e transversalidade, fundamentam a Educação Ambiental e fazem parte de seu léxico ou de sua rede semântica. O objetivo é analisar os campos do sentido produzidos por alguns desses termos e a trama de inter-relações entre os sujeitos e suas práticas discursivas, recusando a doutrina da unidade da razão e de um sujeito unitário em direção ao objetivo da perfeita coerência. Como a linguagem forma-se no seio de uma cultura, transita entre o individual/ coletivo, o subjetivo/ cultural, no caso da Educação Ambiental, é carregada de sentidos e de significados de um paradigma emergente, de novos modos de sensibilidades entre utopistas e utopias. É propósito entender se, de fato, a Educação Ambiental, em nome da emancipação, opõe-se ao projeto liberal de uma "razão educadora", de um conhecimento-regulação, de uma educação universal baseada em métodos universais, analisando de modo complexo a função social das narrativas generalistas e/ou denunciatórias. Foi considerado tanto o potencial positivo como os limites analíticos e estratégicos das narrativas que se manifestam de forma auto-referenciais. A preocupação central e conclusiva é: as práticas cotidianas que demandam iniciativas e encaminhamentos podem fazer sentido e criar campos de interface para o exercício de uma Educação Ambiental?The assumption behind this essay is that, throughout its history, environmental education constituted a narrative of its own. Some conceptually polysemic words such as nature, participation, solidarity, cooperation, autonomy, interdisciplinarity, and, more recently, sustainability

  18. Consumo responsável: um passo além do aspecto ambiental Responsible consumption: one step beyond the environmental aspect

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    Abdala Mohamed Saleh; Pascoalina Bailon de Oliveira Saleh

    2012-01-01

    Este artigo apresenta um modelo, de cunho didático e dirigido prioritariamente aos profissionais de educação, que leva em conta os diversos aspectos que devem caracterizar um consumo como responsável. Além do usual aspecto Meio Ambiente, há outros, como a Publicidade, a Saúde e a Segurança, o Direito e a Ética e que foram aqui sintetizados a partir da coleção lançada conjuntamente pelo IDEC (Instituto de Defesa do Consumidor) e pelo Inmetro (Instituto Nacional de Metrologia, Normalização e Qu...

  19. Medición de los niveles de ruido ambiental en la ciudad de Santiago de Chile Environmental noise levels measurement of the city of Santiago, Chile

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    Usbeth Platzer M; Rodrigo Iñiguez C; Jimena Cevo E; Fernanda Ayala R

    2007-01-01

    Introducción. Un estudio realizado en Santiago en 1989, estimó que 1.300.000 personas estaban sometidas a niveles de ruido inaceptables por las normas internacionales. Considerando que no existen publicaciones sobre ruido ambiental realizadas por otorrinolaringólogos, y que el tema no ha sido revisado en los últimos 15 años, quisimos actualizar la información al respecto. Material y método. Se evaluó el ruido en lugares que afectan la rutina del ciudadano común, independiente de su profesión:...

  20. Executive Profile of Environmental Management: Andean Region Title: Perfil ejecutivo de gestión ambiental región andina

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    Andean Center for Economics in the Environment (ACEE); Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); Centro Andino para la Economía en el Medio Ambiente (CAEMA)

    2002-01-01

    This document is a synthesis of the region's most pertinent top priorities, of achievements undergone during recent years, and of the challenges and opportunities the region will face in the near future.Abstract: Los países pertenecientes a la región andina han realizado, durante los últimos años, importantes esfuerzos tendientes a mejorar su capacidad de gestión en materia ambiental e incorporar los conceptos del desarrollo sustentable dentro de las políticas del sector. El presente document...

  1. Perfil ambiental do empreendimento denominado de "praias fluviais", Estado do Tocantins Environmental profile of the "fluvial beach enterprise" in the State of Tocantins

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    Elizabeth Rodrigues Brito; Elias Silva; Sebastião Venâncio Martins; Guido Assunção Ribeiro

    2002-01-01

    No Estado do Tocantins há um tipo de empreendimento impactante denominado de "praias fluviais". Estas surgem entre os meses de junho e setembro, exatamente quando ocorre a diminuição da vazão dos rios, o que permite o aparecimento dos bancos de areia. Nestes locais são implantadas infra-estruturas para atrair os visitantes, o que leva à descaracterização acentuada do ambiente ribeirinho. Assim, o presente trabalho teve como objetivo listar os impactos ambientais decorrentes dessas "praias flu...

  2. On the capability of in-situ exposure in an environmental scanning electron microscope for investigating the atmospheric corrosion of magnesium

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    Esmaily, M., E-mail: mohsen.esmaily@chalmers.se [Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-412 96 Gothenburg (Sweden); Mortazavi, N. [Department of Applied Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-412 96 Gothenburg (Sweden); Shahabi-Navid, M.; Svensson, J.E.; Johansson, L.G. [Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-412 96 Gothenburg (Sweden); Halvarsson, M. [Department of Applied Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-412 96 Gothenburg (Sweden)

    2015-06-15

    The feasibility of environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM) in studying the atmospheric corrosion behavior of 99.97% Mg was investigated. For reference, ex-situ exposure was performed. A model system was designed by spraying few salt particles on the metal surface and further promoting the corrosion process using platinum (Pt) deposition in the form of 1×1×1 µm{sup 3} dots around the salt particles to create strong artificial cathodic sites. The results showed that the electron beam play a significant role in the corrosion process of scanned regions. This was attributed to the irradiation damage occurring on the metal surface during the ESEM in-situ experiment. After achieving to a reliable process route, in a successful attempt, the morphology and composition of the corrosion products formed in-situ in the ESEM were in agreement with those of the sample exposed ex-situ. - Highlights: • The feasibility of in-situ microscopy and atmospheric corrosion exposures of pure Mg in an ESEM are examined. • A model system was designed using NaCl particles on parts of the metal surface and promoting the corrosion process by depositing 1×1×1 µm{sup 3} Pt dots to create strong artificial cathodic sites. • The electron beam used for ESEM imaging affects the in-situ corrosion process. • A proper cleaning procedure for the sample and microscope chamber reducing carbon contamination makes the results from the ESEM in-situ exposures comparable to ex-situ exposures.

  3. Environmental impacts report. The use of methanol as fuel; Relatorio de impacto no meio ambiente. O uso do metanol como combustivel

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    Saldiva, Paulo Hilario Nascimento; Moreira, Jose Roberto; Szwarc, Alfred

    1990-12-31

    This paper is an Environmental Impact Report, which makes a synthesis for the conclusions of the Environmental Impact Study, referred to the use of methanol as automotive fuel. This report proposes to do a global analysis of the positive and negative effects resulting from the introduction of methanol on the Brazilian fuel market 12 tabs.

  4. Evaluation of environmental impact produced by power distribution lines. Evaluacion de impacto ambiental de lineas aereas de transporte de energia electrica

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    Granadino Asenjo, A.; Fernandez Teran, E. (INTRADEL-Grupo Cobra (Spain))

    1993-01-01

    In Spain the analysis and evaluation of the environmental impact produced by power distribution lines (aerial) is carried out under Regional Governments regulations. In general, a description of the line characteristics and those actions and works that during assembly and installation might produce environmental alterations are evaluated. The method used to quantify all these effects is given. (Author)

  5. Sustainable development, corporate social responsibility and environmental education in organizational innovation context: revisited concepts Desenvolvimento Sustentável, Responsabilidade Social Corporativa e Educação Ambiental em contexto de inovação organizacional: conceitos revisitados

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    Lilian Caporlingua Giesta

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available The disciplinary field of Business Administration follows the organizations innovations and discusses that with sustainable development as a strategic focus and Corporate Social Responsibility, among other issues. However, a gap has been found when considering communication and attempt to mobilize the members that are part of the socio-environmental management process in the company. This gap is identified because there is no extensive dialogue between the organizational context and Environmental Education worked in a consolidated form in the disciplinary field of Education. Thus, this paper seeks to revisit theoretical concepts and theoretical approaches to innovation, Social Responsibility, Sustainable Development as organizational strategy and Environmental Education. The discussion indicates that the integration of Environmental Education, Sustainable Development and Social Responsibility in innovative organizations is important, especially because of the little interaction between these areas of knowledge.DOI: 10.5902/198346597654O campo disciplinar da Administração acompanha as inovações das organizações, discutindo, entre outros assuntos, o Desenvolvimento Sustentável como foco estratégico e a Responsabilidade Social Corporativa. No entanto, percebe-se uma lacuna quando se consideram a comunicação e a tentativa de mobilização dos membros que fazem parte desse processo na empresa, pois não há amplo diálogo entre o contexto organizacional e a Educação Ambiental trabalhada, de forma consolidada, no campo disciplinar da Educação. Assim, o presente ensaio teórico busca revisitar conceitos e abordagens teóricas sobre inovação, Responsabilidade Social, Desenvolvimento Sustentável como estratégia organizacional e Educação Ambiental. O debate indica que a integração entre Educação Ambiental, Desenvolvimento Sustentável e Responsabilidade Social, nas organizações inovadoras, é relevante, principalmente pela pouca

  6. The foundations of environmental health at the University of Costa Rica. A professional's must do La formación en salud ambiental en la Universidad de Costa Rica. El quehacer de un profesional

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    Xinia Alvarado Zeledón

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available This article is a synopsis of the historical evolution that the professional profile of Environmental Health in Costa Rica, has had so far. It also tends to recognize the sanitary developments that the country has experienced over the past 70 years, under the availability of the human resources area, particularly.The University of Costa Rica has made an important contribution when attempting to provide the country with a skilled and trained human resources department, in terms of health helping the Costarrican community.This human resources department was initially designed to inspection basic issues of environmental sanitation, such as water waste, vector control and health infrastructure. This, in a country that in the decade of the 30's, had an economy based on agriculture, mainly in which environmental conditions not yet reached alarming levels. Along with the pass of time, these conditions required of a professional able to anticipate scenarios and correct conditions adverse to human development in this Central-American Country. The professional profile of Environmental Health, is therefore, a profile constantly being updated.El presente artículo pretende ser una sinopsis acerca de la evolución histórica que ha tenido el perfil profesional de la salud ambiental en Costa Rica. Así mismo, procura hacer un reconocimiento de las transformaciones sanitarias que el país ha vivido durante los últimos 70 años, a la luz de la disponibilidad de recursos humanos, en esta área en particular.En este sentido, la Universidad de Costa Rica ha realizado una contribución importante al procurar dotar al país de un recurso humano capacitado y formado en competencias que han favorecido las condiciones de salud de la población costarricense.Este recurso humano estaba concebido inicialmente para realizar inspecciones en temas básicos de saneamiento ambiental, relacionados con excretas, aguas residuales, control de vectores, infraestructura sanitaria

  7. Análise da sustentabilidade ambiental do sistema de classificação das águas doces superficiais brasileiras Environmental sustainability analysis of the Brazilian superficial waterfreshes

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    Denise Gallo Pizella

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available O Brasil é um país dotado de grandes reservas hídricas superficiais e biodiversidade aquática, apesar de sua distribuição desigual entre as diversas regiões hidrográficas. O sistema de classificação das águas doces superficiais brasileiras norteia-se pelos pressupostos e instrumentos das políticas nacionais de meio ambiente e de recursos hídricos, regulamentadas por outras legislações, como a Resolução CONAMA nº 357/05. O presente trabalho objetivou-se a analisar os problemas existentes na gestão da qualidade hídrica brasileira frente às premissas de sustentabilidade ambiental, buscando-se, por meio das estratégias adotadas em países de referência, identificar novas tendências. Constataram-se entraves de ordem técnica, legal, econômica, social e institucional, como: falta de articulação entre os instrumentos das políticas hídrica e ambiental, dificuldades na criação de Comitês e as Agências de Bacias, incongruência entre objetivos de qualidade protetivos e a existência de classes de qualidade permissivas, estabelecimento de padrões qualitativos considerando apenas as características físico-químicas e microbiológicas da água, defasagem do sistema de informações ambientais, dentre outros. A partir deste diagnóstico, buscou-se levantar recomendações para o aperfeiçoamento do sistema.Brazil is a country with large superficial water reserves and aquatic biodiversity, despite the unequal distribution among hydrographic regions. Brazilian superficial freshwater classification system is guide for the objectives and instruments of environmental and water policies, regulated for another laws, like Resolution CONAMA nº 357/05. The present work intends to analyze the existent problems in Brazilian water quality management in relation the environmental sustainability premises and, by means of studying reference countries strategies, to identify new trends. It was evidenced technical, legal, economic, social

  8. Sustentabilidade ambiental e responsabilidade social voluntária: estudo em um escritório de contabilidade = Environmental sustainability and voluntary social responsibility: a study in an accounting office

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    Claudio Luiz de Freitas

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo, realizado numa empresa de serviços contábeis, objetiva verificar a sustentabilidade ambiental e responsabilidade social voluntária, utilizando de forma parcial o Sistema ContábilGerencial Ambiental – SICOGEA- Geração 2, como ferramenta de avaliação, especificamente a primeira fase da terceira etapa deste sistema. Quanto à abordagem do problema, esta pesquisa é considerada qualitativa. Quanto aos objetivos, à pesquisa passa a ser exploratória. A trajetória metodológica segue três fases: a primeira “Fundamentação teórica” onde são estudados os assuntos pertinentes ao tema. A segunda fase trata da “Análise dos Resultados” onde primeiramente faz-se um breve histórico da empresa pesquisada e após estuda-se análise da sustentabilidade ambiental. Na terceira e última fase apresenta-se a análise da responsabilidade social voluntária e certificação ambiental, como também se propõe melhorias a estrutura existente através do Plano Resumido de Gestão Ambiental- 5W2H. O resultado alcançado pela empresa estudada foi classificado como „Bom‟, tendo alguns pontos de melhoria, relacionados ao critério “Fornecedores”. Verificou-se também a conquista do Selo Piava de Neutralização de Carbono This study head in a financial services company, aims to verify the environmental sustainability and voluntary social responsibility partially using the Accounting System-Environmental Management -SICOGEA Generation-2, as an evaluation tool, specifically the first phase of the third stage of this mentioned system . As an approach to the problem, this research is considered qualitative. As to the objectives the research is being exploratory. The course methodology follows three phases: the first "Theoretical basis" where the relevant subjects to the topic are studied. The second phase deals with the "Analysis Results" where first a brief historical research of the studied company is made and then there is a

  9. Sistema integrado de avaliação de impacto ambiental aplicado a atividades do Novo Rural A comprehensive system for the environmental impact assessment of emerging activities of the ''new rural scenario''

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    Geraldo Stachetti Rodrigues

    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi apresentar o sistema de Avaliação Ponderada de Impacto Ambiental de Atividades do Novo Rural (APOIA-NovoRural, que consiste de um conjunto de planilhas eletrônicas (plataforma MS-Excel que integram 62 indicadores da performance ambiental de uma atividade econômica em um estabelecimento rural. Cinco dimensões de avaliação foram consideradas: ecologia da paisagem, qualidade ambiental (atmosfera, água e solo, valores socioculturais, valores econômicos e gestão e administração. Os indicadores foram construídos em matrizes de ponderação, nas quais dados quantitativos, obtidos em campo e laboratório, foram automaticamente transformados em índices de impacto, expressos graficamente. O índice de impacto de cada indicador foi traduzido a um valor de utilidade, empregando-se funções e coeficientes especificamente derivados para cada indicador. Os valores de utilidade foram agregados para compor o Índice de Impacto Ambiental da atividade avaliada. Os resultados da avaliação permitem ao produtor/administrador averiguar quais atributos da atividade podem estar desconformes com seus objetivos de sustentabilidade e ao tomador de decisões a indicação de medidas de fomento ou controle das atividades, segundo planos de desenvolvimento local; proporcionam, ainda, uma unidade de medida objetiva de impacto para auxiliar na qualificação e certificação de atividades agropecuárias.The objective of this paper was to present the Environmental Impact Assessment System of New Rural Activities (APOIA-NovoRural, which consists of a set of electronic spreadsheets (MS-Excel platform that integrate 62 indicators of environmental performance of an economic activity at the farmstead level. Five assessment dimensions were considered: landscape ecology, environmental quality (atmosphere, water and soil, sociocultural values, economic values and management. Each indicator was constructed into a weighing matrix in which

  10. Geographic information systems as a tool for environmental evaluation of hydropower potential; Sistemas de informacoes geograficas como ferramenta para avaliacao ambiental de potenciais hidreletricos

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    Dzedzej, Maira; Correa, Fabio; Malta, Joao [IX Consultoria e Representacoes Ltda, Itajuba, MG (Brazil); Flauzino, Barbara Karoline [IX Consultoria e Representacoes Ltda, Itajuba, MG (Brazil); Universidade Federal de Itajuba (UNIFEI), MG (Brazil); Santos, Afonso Henriques Moreira [MS Consultoria Ltda, Itajuba, MG (Brazil); Universidade Federal de Itajuba (UNIFEI), MG (Brazil)

    2010-07-01

    The hydropower plants are responsible for much of the energy generated in the country, there is also a large hydro potential in Brazilian rivers. This form of power generation is considered renewable and fits into the concept of sustainable development, however, social and environmental impacts from the implementation of hydropower projects are known and widely discussed, especially when it comes to large plants. In this context, study the environmental analysis of potential hydropower was incorporated at various stages of the studies implementation, in order to, identify environmental factors and that will restrict or impede construction, to obtain the best option for the environment, evaluate the role and of social and environmental impacts, contribute to improving the design and functionality of the enterprises in order to reduce overall costs, minimize conflicts and assist in preserving the environment. To fulfill these functions to a satisfactory and reliable level, it the study has increasingly used the techniques, tools and applications of Geographic Information Systems in the process of environmental assessment, since they provide procurement, integration, visualization and data analysis of natural resources, its uses and protection, offering greater security and speed in decision making. This paper presents some applications of GIS in environmental assessment processes, developed mainly in the steps of estimating hydropower potential, hydropower inventory, basic design and environmental licensing. (author)

  11. Environmental management of the OSBAT 24'' oil pipeline: reached practical results; Gestao ambiental do Oleoduto OSBAT 24{sup :} resultados praticos alcancados

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    Serra, Ricardo N.; Garibaldi, Celia M.; Kagawa, Adriana; Serra, Maira B.; Oliveira, Flavio M. de; Perim, Leandro A. [LENC - Laboratorio de Engenharia e Consultoria Ltda., Cotia, SP (Brazil); Baptista, Sidney L. [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2008-07-01

    The main objective of this article is to present considerations about the practical results obtained over the implementation of specialized technical services for environmental monitoring and control of the work of maintenance of OSBAT 24'' pipeline, located in a stretch of about 32 km from the Aquatic Terminal of Sao Sebastiao - SP (TASSE) to the district Camburi. This area is characterized by intense environmental complexity by the presence of the Serra do Mar State Park, under enormous natural diversity of preserved Mata Atlantica forest, contrasting with a considerable pole of urban sprawl whose population growth rates (4.66% pa) and economic they are above the average for the Sao Paulo State. The presentation of results considers the practical implementation of the package of environmental management tools used and seek verification of the scope and quality of the following items: general Review of care as environmental registers occurred at different periods (eg monthly, bimonthly, half, etc.); survey of the nature of environmental registers; environmental registers recovered; cases of non-compliance and the main control measures implemented; evaluation of environmental performance; recommendations and learning. (author)

  12. Acidentes em postos e sistemas retalhistas de combustíveis: subsídios para a vigilância em saúde ambiental Environmental accidents in gas stations and retailling systems

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    Jorge Luiz Nobre Gouveia

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Os acidentes em postos e sistemas retalhistas resultam de forma imediata em danos graves à vida de pessoas, na contaminação do solo e da água. O objetivo deste trabalho foi discutir a importância da atuação conjunta dos órgãos ambientais e de saúde e subsidiar a estruturação do Sistema Nacional de Vigilância em Saúde Ambiental. A metodologia consistiu no estudo da literatura nacional e internacional; levantamento dos dados existentes em oito órgãos ambientais estaduais brasileiros sobre atendimentos emergenciais e análise de um caso ocorrido no município de Guarulhos, Estado de São Paulo, em janeiro de 2005. Os resultados revelaram que esses acidentes são importante causa de acidentes ambientais e há grande diferença na atuação dos diversos órgãos ambientais. Também demonstra que a estruturação da vigilância em saúde ambiental deve abordar a interface com outras instituições públicas envolvidas.The accidents in gas stations and retailing systems result in grave damages to the life of people and contamination of the soil and water. The objective is to discuss the importance of the joint action of environmental and health organs and to subsidize the structuring of the National System of Surveillance in Environmental Health. The methodology consisted of the studying of the national and international literature; to compile the existent data on eight environmental organs about accidents, and analysis of one case occurred in Guarulhos, State of São Paulo, in January, 2005. The results revealed that these accidents are an important cause of environmental accidents and that there is a great difference in the actions of the diverse environmental organs and demonstrates that the structure of surveillance in environmental health should consider the interface with other public institutions.

  13. Evaluación económica y toma de decisiones en salud ambiental Avaliação econômica e tomada de decisão em saúde ambiental Economic evaluation and decision-making in environmental health

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    Cristina Gutiérrez Zúñiga

    1994-04-01

    Full Text Available Ante el creciente deterioro ambiental y sus posibles consecuencias en la salud de la población resulta una prioridad indiscutible el diseño e instrumentación de políticas que controlen las actividades económicas bajo el criterio de protección a la salud humana y al ambiente mismo. Es preciso que dichas políticas consideren la factibilidad económica de las alternativas de protección existentes. Sin embargo, por la cantidad de intereses dentro del área ambiental, otros factores como el social y el político deben también ser considerados. La evaluación económica ha sido vista como un promisorio fundamento para la toma de decisiones en esta materia. Los autores analizan la capacidad de esta herramienta para organizar en forma sistemática y comparable los costos y los beneficios de alternativas para la solución de problemas ambientales. Se resumen las principales características de los estudios de costo-beneficio y costo-efectividad, las formas de evaluación económica del ambiente, y las particularidades de esta área para la aplicación de dichas técnicas de análisis. Se señalan los límites encontrados en estas herramientas para cuantificar los costos no monetarios de los riesgos ambientales y de los consecuentes daños a la salud, tales como el dolor, el sufrimiento ó la incapacidad de personas económicamente inactivas, constituyendo estos aspectos el reto metodológico de la evaluación económica en el área. Se reflexiona sobre la importancia de ampliar los insumos informativos para la toma de decisiones en materia de salud ambiental en aspectos como la distribución de los costos y los beneficios entre los distintos grupos sociales. Por último se señala tanto la creciente politización del tema ambiental, como la posibilidad técnica de manipulación de estas herramientas de análisis. Partiendo de estos elementos se señala la necesidad, por parte de los evaluadores, de ser conscientes sobre las implicaciones pol

  14. Environmental management in the company. Responsibilities of producers and consumers; La gestion ambiental en la empresa. Responsabilidades de productores y consumidores

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    Gomez Orea, D.

    2009-07-01

    The article presents the concept of environmental management and the instruments with which it operates. It points at the behavior of the socioeconomic agents: producers and consumers, as principal persons in charge of the environmental problems. It presents the systems normalized of environmental management in the company and the ecological labelling of products (ecological marketing) as way of improving the above mentioned behavior and of advancing towards the production and the most sustainable consumption. It defines the above mentioned systems and labelling and describes his legal regulation and the methodology to implement them. Also he presents another interesting instrument of environmental management: the wastes sac. And it finishes with a brief allusion to the current situation in Spain. (Author) 23 refs.

  15. Strategic environmental assessment of water planning: analisis of five experiences; La Evaluacion Ambiental Estrategica de la planificacion hidrologica: analisis de cinco experiencias

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    Cachon de Mesa, J. [Ministerio de Fomento. Madrid (Spain); Espaol Echaniz, I. [Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain)

    1999-06-01

    This article presents the conclusions drawn out of a review of five cases of environmental assessment of water planning in Europe. These conclusions are the starting point for the development of proposals. (Author) 7 refs.

  16. The National program of the production and use of biodiesel and strategic environmental assessment; O Programa nacional de producao e uso de biodiesel e a avaliacao ambiental estrategica

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    Alves, Victor Rafael Fernandes [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal, RN (Brazil)

    2010-07-01

    This work analyzes the use of biodiesel in Brazil under the applied perspective of this renewable fuel in the environmental assessment in the productive chain. It inwards the appearance of biodiesel, its evolution in Brazil and in the world, the structured regulatory framework, beyond these points this work also gives a main focus on the advent of National Program of Production and Usage of Biodiesel (NPPUB - originally PNPUB) and on the defined productive arrangement. It scrutinizes the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), and delimits the pivotal hindrances to the development of biodiesel production sector, claiming to point out all the possible and viable scenarios, profiting the economic development of this activity in harmony with the urgent need to implement Environmentally Safe projects. (author)

  17. The environmental radiation monitoring system in Spain El sistema de vigilancia radiológica ambiental en España

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    Carmen Rey del Castillo; Rosario Salas Collantes

    2010-01-01

    The system of environmental radiation monitoring established in Spain is composed of several networks with different objectives, a monitoring network in the vicinity of the facilities and several national networks financed and managed by public agencies. The operators of the facilities are responsible for the conduct of its Environmental Radiological Surveillance Program as directed by the CSN. Moreover, the Directorate General of Civil Defense and Emergencies has a Radioactivity Warning Ne...

  18. METHODOLOGY FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL FORMATION OF THE STUDENTS OF THE CAREER OF AGRONOMY / METODOLOGÍA PARA LA FORMACIÓN AMBIENTAL DE ESTUDIANTES DE AGRONOMÍA

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    Adelaida Almaguer Álvarez; Enrique José Marañón Rodríguez; Rogelio Díaz Castillo; Belisario Cedeño García

    2012-01-01

    The deficiencies that persist in the students graduated in Agronomic Engineering to face the challenges of a sustainable agriculture, lead to energize the environmental formation of these so that they develop knowledge, abilities and values characteristic of an adjusted environmental culture to the requirements of the ecosystems in that they will act. Therefore, it is to incorporate to the formative process a methodology that reveals the integrative logic among the understanding, the systemat...

  19. Demographic dynamics and environmental change in Brazil Dinâmicas demográficas e mudança ambiental no Brasil

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    Daniel Joseph Hogan

    2010-01-01

    In its first part, the text examines the evolution of research on demographic dynamics and environmental change in Brazil. While concern for the deforestation of the Amazon region was an important starting point for the concerns of demographers, the first systematic studies dealt with the "brown agenda." It was a question of urban environmental quality which motivated specialists to enter this field. In the second part, the text presents a preliminary analysis of demographic dynamics in the p...

  20. Demographic dynamics and environmental change in Brazil Dinâmicas demográficas e mudança ambiental no Brasil

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    Daniel Joseph Hogan

    2001-01-01

    In its first part, the text examines the evolution of research on demographic dynamics and environmental change in Brazil. While concern for the deforestation of the Amazon region was an important starting point for the concerns of demographers, the first systematic studies dealt with the "brown agenda." It was a question of urban environmental quality which motivated specialists to enter this field. In the second part, the text presents a preliminary analysis of demographic dynamics in the p...

  1. STAKEHOLDER INFLUENCE ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROACTIVITY OF BRAZILIAN COMPANIES AVALIAÇÃO DA INFLUÊNCIA DOS STAKEHOLDERS NA PROATIVIDADE AMBIENTAL DE EMPRESAS BRASILEIRAS

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    Mônica Cavalcanti Sá de Abreu; Francisco Cesar Castro; José Carlos Lazaro

    2013-01-01

    This paper analyzes stakeholders influences on environmental proactivity of Brazilian companies. Research related to 112 Brazilian companies was undertaking to test the hypothesis that stakeholders pressure has a positive influences on company environmental management activities. Factorial analysis grouped the stakeholders into two categories called “market” and “non-market”. The market category involves those stakeholders which participate directly into the supply chain and includes supplier...

  2. Psicología Ambiental. ¿Disciplina de la Psicología u Objeto Interdisciplinario?. Environmental Psychology. A Discipline of Psychology or an Interdisciplinary Object?

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    Vidal i Moranta, Tomeu

    2015-01-01

    Although the Environmental Psychology is often defined as the study of the interrelationship between people and sociophysical environments, the interrogation that gives the title of this paper illustrates a frequent source of tension in any field, whose object of study is in the interaction among several elements (people, environment ...). To paraphrase the title of a section on the historical foundations of Environmental Psychology in Brazil, this tension refers to the issue of their identit...

  3. Rural Environmental Teaching in Basic General Education La educación ambiental rural desde las escuelas básicas y por estas

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    Martha Isabel Martínez Pacheco; Lisa Carballo Carrillo

    2013-01-01

    This paper, based on the Nicaraguan and Belizean contexts, points out the need of providing environmental education to students from the 1st to 6th grades of the Basic General Education to ensure that young generations will live in harmony with nature, which will depend on their healthy practices to protect the planet. For this, we attempt to stimulate the interest of teachers to create environmental teaching/learning strategies in an organized, planned, conscious way to raise students’ aware...

  4. Environmental responsibility of PETROBRAS Distribuidora: commitment with the society and consumer market; A responsabilidade ambiental da PETROBRAS Distribuidora: compromisso com a sociedade e o mercado consumidor

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    Azevedo, Miguel Francisco Pereira; Anastacio Filho, Sergio; Duarte Filho, Andurte de Barros; Oliveira, Candido Augusto Cavalcante de [PETROBRAS Distribuidora S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Haddad, Assed Naked [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), RJ (Brazil)

    2004-07-01

    This paper shows the criteria of safety and environment management that is implemented in customer's installations that use combustible and diesel oil in their processes such as transport and thermoelectric companies, mining, railroad, siderurgy, etc. PETROBRAS Distribuidora nowadays has almost ten thousand customers which are included in those segments. To reach this objective there is a commitment of development sustainability principles, the respect with the human been, application of law and the continuous improvement of healthy , safety and environment. Nowadays according Brazilian law both PETROBRAS Distribuidora and Customer will go to the court from environmental impacts to repair the damage caused to the society such as oil spill, contamination of soil, river, environmental protection areas, etc. Because of this, PETROBRAS Distribuidora in your business established a partnership with the Customers to attend the environmental legislation , as a good practice for both. The main activities for this management are: waste management, environmental impact assessment, environmental authorization , mechanical integrity, emergency plan and response, training and performance. In this process was developed a Safety and Environment Information System of Customer's Installations (SISIN-BR) as a data bank of audits reports of installations, photos of installations, incident report and statistics reports that become this system a good management tool . From this environmental culture, PETROBRAS Distribuidora wants to aggregate more value to its business, to establish a commitment to the social responsibility and development sustainability. (author)

  5. Environmental management of pipeline and right-of-way; Gerenciamento ambiental em servicos de manutencao de dutos e faixas de dutos

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    Torres, Carlos A.R.; Alves, Anibal J.C.; Chaves, Claudia J.M.M.; Campos, Cleber L.S.; Guarda, Juliana G.S.; Magalhaes, Milton P.; Neto, Nilo M.C. [TRANSPETRO - PETROBRAS Transporte, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Yogui, Regiane T.T. [Bureau Veritas do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2005-07-01

    This paper presents the environmental management experience of TRANSPETRO in the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil, in maintenance services on pipelines and pipeline right-of-way areas, focusing on the requirements of these services in order to ensure the integrity of the system and on the limitations in connection with a great number of authorizations and governmental agencies involved and the use of the environmental management as a solution. These services include, basically, replacement of pipeline sections, geotechnical and upgrading services in right-of-way areas in a pipeline network of about 3700 km, implemented in a wide range of environments, from urban areas to environmentally protected areas. In the first place, consideration is given to the complex legal question related to the various laws and the necessity to obtain approvals such as licenses, authorizations, awards and statements of commitment pertaining to the great number of governmental agencies involved. Subsequently, the main environmental impacts pertaining to said services are approached, with presentation of the tools used in Environmental Management, such as analysis of environmental hazards and aspects, contractual requirements, plans, guideline sheets, procedures, training and monitoring. At the end, a description is presented of the difficulties met, of the solutions adopted and of the new attitudes that are required for a continuous improvement of the process. (author)

  6. Efeito de estresse ambiental sobre a pressão arterial de trabalhadores Effect of environmental stress on blood pressure during the working journey

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    Renato Rocha; Marcelo Porto; Monica Yara Gabriel Morelli; Nailza Maestá; Paulo Henrique Waib; Roberto Carlos Burini

    2002-01-01

    OBJETIVO: Analisar o comportamento de pressão arterial (PA) e a freqüência cardíaca (Fc) de indivíduos ao longo da jornada de trabalho em dois ambientes com estresses ambientais distintos. MÉTODOS: Foram avaliados 46 funcionários, trabalhadores de uma indústria processadora de madeira, de Botucatu, SP, sendo 27 funcionários da linha de produção (esforço físico moderado-intenso, altas temperaturas e elevados níveis de ruído) (G1), e 19 da administração (sem esforço físico, salas aclimatadas, b...

  7. THE USE OF GEOPROCESSING IN ENVIRONMENTAL LICENSING OF MINING ACTIVITY IN THE SOROCABA RIVER WATERSHED = A UTILIZAÇÃO DO GEOPROCESSAMENTO NO LICENCIAMENTO AMBIENTAL DA ATIVIDADE MINERÁRIA NA BACIA HIDROGRÁFICA DO RIO SOROCABA

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    Sonia Aparecida Abissi Nogueira

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The need for an instrument to support the environmental licensing of the mining activity held in the Sorocaba river watershed State of São Paulo, led the Geological Institute to develop, in partnership with the Environmental Company of State of São Paulo – CETESB, a computational tool able to perform the input, edition, queries and visualization of the mining companies data. The aim of this tool is to provide a regional analysis to the licensing agency favoring the identification and evaluation of critical areas and related potential conflicts, according to criteria of densification, environmental degradation, commitment of water resources, proximity to urban areas and conservation units. This paper expresses the activity in the region and describes the structures and main features of the Geographic Information System. The development of GIS, designed in a client–server environment, mainly comprised its modeling and database organization, developed from information assessment in the CETESB’s environmental agencies of Itu, Botucatu and Sorocaba and involved the preparation and edition of several thematic maps. The developed and now being implemented system allows the user to access and interact with a georeferenced database of mining enterprises and licensing activities, mining supervision and control in the area of the watershed that may be extended to other environmental agencies of the State of São Paulo. = A necessidade de um instrumento de apoio ao processo de licenciamento ambiental da atividade minerária praticada na Bacia Hidrográfica do Rio Sorocaba, São Paulo, levou o Instituto Geológico - IG a desenvolver, em parceria com a Companhia Ambiental do Estado – (CETESB uma ferramenta computacional apta a executar entrada, edição, consultas e visualização de dados relativos a esta atividade econômica. Tal ferramenta teve como objetivo proporcionar ao órgão licenciador uma análise regional que favoreça a identifica

  8. Investigação em Educação Ambiental na América Latina: mapeando tendências Research in Environmental Education in Latin America: mapping trends

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    Edgar González-Gaudiano

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available O presente artigo analisa a situação da pesquisa em Educação Ambiental na América Latina. Com destaque ao México e ao Brasil, também se mencionam descrições gerais da Colômbia, de Cuba, do Equador e da Venezuela. Apresentam-se os limitados avanços da pesquisa nessa área, marcada por um processo lento, com gradual posicionamento institucional acerca da Educação Ambiental regional. O surgimento da educação para o desenvolvimento sustentável, à exceção da Colômbia, não chegou a alterar esse processo, nem tampouco a criar novas e mais favoráveis condições de impulso à pesquisa numa perspectiva sociopolítica. Apesar disso, o artigo reporta avanços positivos em direção à pesquisa na Educação Ambiental, embora não se possam esperar resultados espetaculares a curto e médio prazos, a menos que se apresente uma mudança radical da atual situação, o que não se vislumbra neste momento.This article aims at analyzing the current state of research in Environmental Education in Latin America. With emphasis on Mexico and Brazil, it also provides general descriptions of Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador and Venezuela. We present the limited research advances in this area, characterized by a slow process, with gradual institutional positioning on regional Environmental Education. The emergence of education for sustainable development, except the Colombian case, did not change this process, nor created new and more favorable conditions to boost researches into a socio-political perspective. Nevertheless, this article reports positive progress towards researches in Environmental Education. Yet, spectacular results for a short to medium term are not to be expected, unless a radical change can be brought about in the current situation, which is not currently expected.

  9. Análise de fatores e estratificação ambiental na avaliação da adaptabilidade e estabilidade em soja Factor analysis and environmental stratification in the assessment of soybean adaptability and stability

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    Osmair Mendonça

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a eficiência de diferentes métodos de estratificação ambiental, a representatividade dos locais de avaliação, e a adaptabilidade e estabilidade de genótipos de soja, por meio de ensaios de produtividade de grãos, nos estados do Paraná e Santa Catarina, nos anos agrícolas de 2000 a 2003, em um total de 15 ambientes. Foram utilizados, para estratificação ambiental, o método tradicional de Lin e a análise de fatores aliada ao porcentual de parte simples (PS% da interação genótipo vs. ambiente (GxA. Na determinação da adaptabilidade e estabilidade dos genótipos, foram utilizados modelos baseados em regressão linear única e bissegmentada. Foram testados 21 genótipos de soja em delineamento de blocos ao acaso com três repetições, na avaliação da produtividade de grãos. O genótipo RB 605 apresenta ampla faixa de adaptação com elevada produtividade média de grãos. De acordo com ambos os métodos, as localidades de Palotina e Brasilândia do Sul podem ser reduzidas a somente um local de ensaio.A análise de fatores associada ao PS% da interação GxA é mais seletiva para estratificação ambiental, em relação ao método tradicional de Lin.The objective of this work was to assess the efficiency of different methods of environmental stratification, the representation level of the evaluation places, and the adaptability and stability of soybean genotypes, through yield trials in the Paraná and Santa Catarina States, Brazil, in the agricultural years of 2000 to 2003, totaling 15 environments. For environmental stratification, the Lin's traditional method and factor analysis, allied to percentage of the simple portion (SP% of genotype vs. environment interaction (GxE, were utilized. Adaptability and stability of the genotypes were determined by linear and bisegmented regression models. Twenty one soybean genotypes were evaluated on randomized complete blocks design, comprising three

  10. Una vivencia de gestión ambiental en el marco del proyecto: mejora de la oferta educativa en gestión ambiental rural, en centros educativos de Guápiles y Sarapiquí / An Environmental Management Experience Within the Project: Improvement of Educational Opportunities in Rural Environmental Management in Sarapiqui and Guapiles’ Schools

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    Giselle León León

    2010-01-01

    Recibido 09 de abril de 2010 • Aceptado 24 de junio de 2010 • Corregido 08 de agosto de 2010

     

    Resumen. Un aspecto de suma importancia para la educación mundial y en particular para la educación costarricense es la gestión ambiental como estrategia educacional, por lo que a continuación se describe la vivencia  del  proyecto Mejora de la oferta educativa en gestión ambiental rural (MOE-GAR) en su primer etapa 2009, cu...

  11. Environmental control programme for the pipeline construction activities - a practical viewing; Programa de controle ambiental das atividades de construcao de dutos. Uma visao pratica

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    Henrique, Paulo R.P.; Freitas, Eduardo L. [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    1998-07-01

    The environmental Control Plan of the Construction Activities of the Pipeline is a planning tool which sets forth the guidelines and procedures to be adopted by the companies in charge of the construction, so as to manage and minimize the environmental impacts arising from its implementation throughout the several steps of the work. Most of the impacts on the soil, vegetation, wildlife and population are local, on a space and timely basis, and occur mainly during the pipeline implementation. Such impacts may, to a great extend, be mitigated to acceptable levels through the application of the measures provided here under during and after the construction. So, the main purposes of the present Plan are to avoid, minimized, control and litigate potential impacts arising from the construction and operation, and to assure continuous compliance with the applicable environmental legislation. (author)

  12. Environmental management systems methodology for pipeline systems implementation; Metodologia para implantacao de sistemas de gestao ambiental na implementacao de empreendimentos dutoviarios

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    Paz, Claudio Marques [JPTE Engenharia Ltda., Barueri, SP (Brazil); Pinaud, Rodrigo Zambrotti [AJR Engenharia - Seguranca, Meio Ambiente e Saude Ltda. (Brazil)

    2004-07-01

    The implementation of oil and gas pipeline systems are commonly made in a own or shared with power transmission, rail and crossroads right-of-way. Pipelines are a 'linear' structure, such as power transmission lines, which are established on landscapes with several conformations (accent slopes, swamp and rocky soils), including sites with high environmental sensibility. The services involved on pipeline implementation are very dynamic, involving several number of employees, vehicles, heavy equipment of excavation and welding that results in a high potential to cause environmental and social impacts. This article, based on the Brazilian and foreign experience on pipeline construction, proposes a methodology to prevent and minimize social and environmental impacts during the construction stage of a pipeline system. (author)

  13. Report on the CEPA activities [Consorcio Educativo para la Proteccion Ambiental/Educational Consortium for Environmental Preservation] [Final report of activities from 1998 to 2002

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    Cruz, Miriam

    2003-02-01

    This report compiles the instances of scientific, educational, and institutional cooperation on environmental issues and other activities in which CEPA was engaged during the past five years, and includes several annual reports and meeting summaries. CEPA is a collaborative international consortium that brings together higher education institutions with governmental agencies, research laboratories, and private sector entities. CEPA's mission is to strengthen the technical, professional, and educational environmental infrastructure in the United States and Latin America. The CEPA program includes curriculum development, student exchange, faculty development, and creation of educational materials, joint research, and other cooperative activities. CEPA's goals are accomplished by actively working with Hispanic-serving institutions of higher education in the United States, in collaboration with institutions of higher education in Latin America and other Consortium members to deliver competitive environmental programs.

  14. Environmental management of the OSBAT 24'' oil pipeline: methodological and conceptual innovations; Gestao ambiental do Oleoduto OSBAT 24{sup :} inovacoes metodologicas e conceituais

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    Garibaldi, Celia Maria; Serra, Ricardo Novaes; Martiniano, Flavio [LENC - Laboratorio de Engenharia e Consultoria Ltda., Cotia, SP (Brazil); Masumoto, Cinthia; Frazao, Luciana Rocha [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2008-07-01

    The objective of this article is to present considerations about the design, systematic and methodology used for conducting the environmental management of the work of maintenance of OSBAT 24'' Pipeline, what is located in the stretch between Sao Sebastiao City (center) and Camburi district, in Sao Paulo State. It presents a set of criteria, concepts, techniques, ideas and practices that stand out for its innovative character, and contribute effectively to the challenge of sustainable development, and new techniques of conciliation between environmental responsibility and investment in oil sector and gas. The general direction of the article is to reflect on the experience, seeking to broadcast both conceptual and methodological aspects responsible for the successes of OSBAT 24'' environmental management, and point out obstacles found in it's implementation. (author)

  15. SOME REFLECTIONS ABOUT THE COMPETENCIES AND PERFORMANCE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR / CONSIDERACIONES SOBRE LA COMPETENCIAS Y EL DESEMPEÑO DEL EDUCADOR AMBIENTAL

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    Isidro Eduardo Méndez Santos

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    As a condition to settle down the process of involvement of educators in environmental management and education, the notions of competence and performance, as viewed at “José Martí” College of Education, are discussed. To assess the consulted bibliography as well as documented experiences in postgraduate training in environmental education for ten years theoretical methods and procedures were used.RESUMENComo condición para establecer los procesos en que se concreta la participación de los ed...

  16. Eighth experts meeting on environmental radioactivity monitoring: Technical and organisational means for an optimised measurement of ambient radioactivity in the environment of nuclear facilities

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    The plant-specific emission monitoring and environmental monitoring near nuclear facilities are part of the items of the agreement between the EC and the IAEA, for mutual rapid information in the case of accidents. The lectures presented to the technical discussion meeting deal with the legal and technical aspects involved. Dispersion models, computer-aided dispersion models, computer-aided information systems and advanced programs as well as measuring techniques and results of the emission monitoring and environmental monitoring near nuclear facilities are the aspects of main interest discussed at the meeting. (DG)

  17. Apoio multicritério à decisão como subsídio à gestão ambiental: o caso da Aggreko Brasil Application of a multicriteria decision method to support environmental management: Aggreko - Brazil - case study

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    Damaris Paoli

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Os impactos negativos relacionados à degradação ambiental levaram à formulação do paradigma do desenvolvimento sustentável. Os ambientes corporativos, pressionados pela sociedade, buscam, por meio da implementação de Sistemas de Gestão Ambiental (SGA, este novo modelo de desenvolvimento. O objetivo principal deste trabalho é apresentar um caso de decisão metodológica, que prioriza opções de alternativas. Foi utilizado o método Tomada de Decisão Interativa Multicritério (TODIM como uma das ferramentas de decisão Multicritério. O estudo de caso focaliza uma filial de empresa multinacional localizada no Estado do Rio de Janeiro, que oferece soluções de energia temporária e sistemas de controle de temperatura. Foram selecionados oito funcionários de diferentes setores da empresa para a ponderação das alternativas, de acordo com os diferentes critérios qualitativos. Foi demonstrado que existem conflitos de opinião em relação à priorização das alternativas. Isso ocorreu devido à interdependência das alternativas e porque os diferentes atores visualizam o problema com perspectivas diferentes e têm interesses diversos. Os resultados mostraram que a principal alternativa, segundo a maioria dos atores, é a implementação de um programa de educação ambiental para evitar desperdícios e informar/conscientizar os empregados sobre as questões ambientais. Em segundo lugar, foi escolhido um plano para contenção de derrames.The negative impacts related to environmental degradation have led to the formulation of the sustainable development paradigm. Business environments, pressured by society seek this new development model through the implementation of environmental management systems. The main objective of this paper is to present a decisionmaking methodological framework, which prioritizes alternative options. The TODIM (Interactive Multicriteria Decision Making method was used as one of the Multicriteria Decision

  18. Las cuestiones de género en los instrumentos jurídicos internacionales de protección ambiental Gender perspective in international juridical instruments for environmental protection

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    Adriana N. Martínez

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available El abordaje jurídico de la problemática ambiental constituye uno de los mayores desafíos que ha afrontado el derecho, ya que requiere la comprensión del ambiente como un todo que no reconoce fronteras políticas. Esa comprensión, que implica el reconocimiento de nuevos paradigmas, sólo puede lograrse incorporando al sistema de derecho como bien supremo de tutela, la calidad de vida de los seres humanos. El concepto de ambiente, se encuentra indisolublemente relacionado con el de desarrollo sustentable y el de calidad de vida, imbrincándose todos ellos en torno al ser humano, protagonista central y responsable individual y socialmente de su destino y del futuro del planeta. Resulta necesaria la incorporación de la perspectiva de género en la gestión del desarrollo sustentable, ya que el mejoramiento de la calidad de vida sólo puede alcanzarse si el concepto de equidad que presupone, incluye la equidad de género. Hemos considerado los principales instrumentos jurídicos de protección ambiental de alcance internacional a efectos de analizar la incorporación de la perspectiva de género en los mismos y concluir respecto del estado de la cuestión.To tackle the juridical aspect of the environmental issue is one of the greatest challenges registered by law, since it implies the understanding of the environment as a whole without any political frontier. This acknowledgement, that involves the recognition of new paradigms, can only be accomplished by incorporating to the law system as a supreme guardianship good, the quality of life for every human being. The concept of enviroment is closely related to sustainable development and quality of life, overlapping all of them around the human being, the central protagonist and responsible individually and socially of his own destiny and the planet´s future. It is necessary to incorporate the gender perspective in the sustainable development management, since quality of life improvement can only

  19. Caffeine as an environmental indicator for assessing urban aquatic ecosystems Cafeína como indicador ambiental prospectivo para avaliar ecossistemas aquáticos urbanos

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    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed to evaluate the co-occurrence of caffeine and the extent of its influence as compared to other traditional water quality parameters (microbiological and physico-chemical in order to characterize it as an efficient indicator of anthropic pollution of urban aquatic environments. Caffeine is an ingredient in a variety of beverages (coffee, tea, and caffeinated soft drinks and numerous food products (chocolate, pastries, and dairy desserts. Although the human body metabolizes this stimulant efficiently, between 0.5 and 10.0% is excreted, mostly in the urine. Analysis of water samples from the Leopoldina Basin and Guanabara Bay revealed a significant difference between areas not commonly affected by nutrient enrichment or sewage inputs and areas chronically influenced by sewage discharges and elevated eutrophication. Monitoring caffeine will be fundamental in stressed urban aquatic environments where frequent accidental ruptures of sewer lines and discharges of untreated effluents impede effective water quality evaluation with traditional indicators.Este estudo visou avaliar a co-ocorrência de cafeína e a extensão de sua influência frente a outros parâmetros tradicionais de qualidade de água (microbiológicos e físico-químicos, de modo a caracterizá-la como um eficiente indicador de poluição de origem antrópica em ambientes aquáticos urbanos. Cafeína é um componente de uma variedade de bebidas (café, chá e bebidas cafeinadas e de numerosos produtos alimentícios (chocolate, massas e sobremesas. Embora o corpo humano seja eficiente na metabolização deste estimulante, entre 0,5-10,0% são excretados, principalmente na urina. A análise de amostras da Bacia Hidrográfica da Leopoldina e Baía de Guanabara, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, revelou uma significante diferença entre áreas não comumente afetadas por enriquecimento de nutrientes ou esgoto, contra áreas cronicamente influenciadas por descargas de esgoto e

  20. Performance of lettuce cultivars to protect environmental and soil cover effects Desempenho de cultivares de alface em condições de ambiente protegido e cobertura do solo

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    Júlio César DoVale

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The objective this study was to evaluate protected environment and soil cover effects on the performance of lettuce cultivars in the conditions of semi-arid northeastern Brazil. We used a randomized blocks experimental design with three factors (2 x 2 x 2 with four repetitions, totaling eight treatment combinations of two lettuce cultivars (Babá de verão and Primavera de verão, with two conditions of protected environment (with and without agro-textile and two conditions of soil cover (with and without carnauba straw. The Maravilha de verão cultivar produced three more leaves than the Babá de verão cultivar. In the presence of agro-textile the production cultivars did not differ with or without carnauba straw. However, without agro-textile the cultivars showed differences in production when grown without carnauba straw. This indicates that only one control condition (with agro-textile or with carnauba straw is sufficient to control weeds and maintain the productive potential of lettuce cultivars.O objetivo desse estudo foi avaliar os efeitos do ambiente protegido e da cobertura do solo no desempenho de cultivares de alface em condições do semi-árido nordestino do Brasil. Para isso, foi usado o delineamento em blocos casualizados no esquema fatorial triplo 2 x 2 x 2 com quatro repetições, totalizando 8 tratamentos combinados entre os dois cultivares de alface (Babá de verão e primavera de verão duas condições de ambiente protegido (com e sem agrotêxtil e duas condições de cobertura do solo (com e sem palha de carnaúba. O cultivar Maravilha de verão produziu três folhas a mais que o cultivar Babá de verão. Na presença de agrotêxtil, a produção dos cultivares não diferiu com ou sem palha de carnaúba. No entanto, sem agrotêxtil, os cultivares apresentaram diferença na produção quando cultivadas sem o estrato da carnaúba. Isso indica que somente uma condição de controle (com agrotêxtil ou com palha de carnaúba

  1. Psicologia do Ambiente

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    Antunes, Dalila; Bernardo, Fátima; Palma-Oliveira, José-Manuel

    2011-01-01

    Na aplicação da Psicologia à área do AMBIENTE importa em primeiro lugar definir o que se entende, neste contexto, por ambiente. O conceito é entendido como toda a envolvente que rodeia o ser humano. Referimo-nos pois ao espaço físico e aos estímulos que nele existem (som, ar, paisagem…), dirigindo-se a Psicologia do Ambiente ao estudo e intervenção sobre a forma como o ambiente influencia o indivíduo ou grupos, e sobre o modo como o comportamento dos indivíduos e grupos influenciam o ambiente...

  2. Desafío para las Direcciones de Comunicación: un modelo integral para la sostenibilidad socio-ambiental y emocional/ Challenge for Public Relations management: a comprehensive model for the socio–environmental and emotional sustainability

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    Hernán Dinamarca

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available En las dos últimas décadas, las empresas han sido interpeladas por el desafío de lasostenibilidad. La Responsabilidad Social (RS, en estricto sentido histórico, es laactualización en las empresas de la exigencia social de sostenibilidad. Hoy son inviables lasempresas que no asuman una manera sustentable de actuar en lo ambiental y derelacionarse respetuosamente con las comunidades (licencia social para operar. Estoconlleva desafíos para sus direcciones de comunicaciones. Las comunicación y laresponsabilidad social se intersectan estratégicamente porque la triada emergente operaasí: (una comunicación (en transparencia (coherencia entre el decir y el hacer, es condiciónde la sostenibilidad de las empresas. Nuestra propuesta es un modelo de comunicaciónintegral para la sostenibilidad, que opera en dos grandes dominios interrelacionados: lasostenibilidad socio-ambiental y la emocional./During the last two decades, companies have been questioned by the challenges presentedby sustainability. Social Responsibility (SR, in a strict historical sense, is an update of the social demands for sustainability taken to sphere of companies. Today companies areunviable if they do not assume a sustainable way of acting on environmental issues, as wellas in respectful relationships with communities (social license to operate. This bringschallenges for the Public Relations. Communications and SR strategically intersect eachother, because the emerging triad operates as follows: (a communication (in transparency(consistency between saying and doing, is a condition of sustainability of the companies.Our proposal is an integral communication model for sustainability, which operates in twointerrelated domains: socio-environmental sustainability and emotional sustainability.

  3. Avaliação qualitativa paraconsistente do processo de implantação de um Sistema de Gestão Ambiental Paraconsistent qualitative evaluation of an Environmental Management System implementation process

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    Carlos Alberto Ferreira Bispo

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste artigo é apresentar a proposta de um novo processo de avaliação qualitativa de implantação de um Sistema de Gestão Ambiental (SGA elaborado com base na norma ISO 14001: 2004 e com a intenção de sua futura certificação por essa norma. A avaliação proposta aplica os recursos da Lógica Paraconsistente Anotada de Dois Valores (LPA2V. Apresenta-se como é feita essa avaliação, porque ela é diferente das demais avaliações qualitativas e porque é importante para a área de Gestão Ambiental. Faz-se uma comparação entre os resultados obtidos simuladamente com uma avaliação qualitativa tradicional e utilizando a avaliação qualitativa paraconsistente. Apresentam-se as ferramentas apropriadas para auxiliar a visualização do cenário que envolve análises paraconsistentes, ou seja, o Algoritmo Para-Analisador e o Quadrado Unitário do Plano Cartesiano.A proposal is presented for a new process of qualitative evaluation of the implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS based on the ISO 14001: 2004 standard, with a view to its future ISO certification. The proposed evaluation applies the resources of Two-Value Annotated Paraconsistent Logic (2VAPL. This article describes how this evaluation is carried out, since it differs from other qualitative evaluations, and explains its importance for the area of Environmental Management. A comparison made between the results from a simulation of a traditional qualitative evaluation and those obtained from a paraconsistent qualitative evaluation. Also discussed are the tools employed to illustrate the scenario involving paraconsistent analyses, i.e., the Para-Analyzer Algorithm and the Unitary Picture of the Cartesian Plane.

  4. CT scan

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    ... come from a CT scan. Some people have allergies to contrast dye. Let your doctor know if you have ... vein contains iodine. If you have an iodine allergy, a type of contrast may cause nausea or vomiting , sneezing , itching , or ...

  5. MRI Scans

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    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a large magnet and radio waves to look at organs and structures inside your body. Health care professionals use MRI scans to diagnose a variety of conditions, from ...

  6. Impact of phase I or phase II enzyme polymorphisms on lymphocyteDNA adducts of subjects exposed to ambient air pollution and environmental tobacco smoke

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    Georgiadis, P.; Topinka, J.; Stoikidou, M.; Bekyrou, M.; Katsouyanni, K.; Šrám, Radim; Autrup, H.; Kyrtopoulos, A.

    Elsevier. 144(1) (2003), s. 25-26. ISSN 0378-4274. [Congress of The European Societies of Toxicology /41./ EUROTOX 2003. 28.09.2003-01.10.2003, Florence] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z5039906 Keywords : polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons * environmental exposure * gene polymorphism Subject RIV: EB - Genetics ; Molecular Biology

  7. The importance of environmental communications in gas pipeline projects; A importancia da pre-comunicacao ambiental no licenciamento, implantacao e operacao de dutos

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    Figueiredo, Marcia Bartolini; Sarno, Ruy Alberto Campos [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2005-07-01

    The Environmental Pre-Communication is a tool developed to identify the profiles of communities surrounding the marked area (lifestyle, resources, fragilities, beliefs, culture and wishes), how they make their living, and production (community dependence relationship with ecosystems, such as rivers and subsistence areas), social organization, needs and expectations. Besides developing a social economic diagnostic, pre-communication prepares a community perception study. Regarding gas pipelines, the area of study comprehends 200 m towards each side of gas pipeline right-of-way in rural areas and 400 m towards each side in urban areas. Pre-Communication diagnostic, which is included in the process of environmental licensing, is aimed at subsidizing EIS (Environmental Impact Statement), providing data which help to elaborate mitigating and compensatory plans and programs. Moreover, diagnostic information make it possible to run public forums before Public Hearings take place, aiming at clarifying specific community issues related to construction and reduction of resistances, avoiding problems and conflicts. Also, during the entrepreneurship implementation phase, there is the advantage to know the bordering community and its daily activities, increasing the effectiveness of Environmental Programs. (author)

  8. Results of the Interlaboratory Exercise CSN/CIEMAT-02 Among Environmental Radioactivity Laboratories (Sea Fish); Resultados del Ejercicio Interlaboratorios de Radiactividad Ambiental CSN/CIEMAT-02 (Fauna Marina)

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    Romero gonzalez, M. L.

    2003-07-01

    The document describes the outcome of the CSN/CIEMAT-02 interlaboratory test comparison among environmental radioactivity laboratories. The exercise was organised according to the ISO-43 and the ISO/IUPAC/AOAC Harmonized Protocol for the proficiency testing of analytical laboratories. The test sample was a reference materials provided by the IAEA-MEL (IAE Marine Environmental Laboratory, Monaco), a sea fish containing environmental levels of U-238, U-234, K-40, Pb-210, Ra-226, Sr-90, Cs-137, Co-60, Pu-(239+240), Am-241 and Tc-99. The results of the exercise were computed for 32 participating laboratories, and their analytical performance was assessed using the z-score approach. A raised percentage of satisfactory laboratory performance has been obtained for all the analysis, being the best performance in gamma measurements. The laboratories have made an effort to calculate the combined uncertainty of the radiochemical determinations. Most of the laboratories have demonstrated its competence in performing the study analysis and also the adequate measuring capability of their detection equipment even in conditions close to detection limits. The study has shown the capacity of participant laboratories to perform radioactive determinations in environmental sea fish samples with satisfactory quality levels. (Author) 6 refs.

  9. Environmental aspects to be considered on public bids and concession agreements; A variavel ambiental na licitacao e no contrato de concessao

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    Doria, Maria Alice; Bezerra, Luiz Gustavo; Medeiros, Maria Angelica [Doria, Jacobina, Rosado e Gondinho Advogados Associados, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2008-07-01

    The purpose of the present article is to discuss the controversies and propose solutions in order to manage environmental aspects aiming at minimizing excessive and unnecessary risks and costs for bid participants and concessionaires of the Brazilian oil and gas E and P activities. (author)

  10. Proposal for a technical-economic and environmental evaluation projects for distributed generation; Proposta de avaliacao tecnica-economica-ambiental para projetos de geracao distribuida

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    Fortes, Marcio Zamboti [Universidade Severino Sombra, Vassouras, RJ (Brazil); Gouvea, Marcos Roberto [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), SP (Brazil)

    2008-07-01

    The multi discipline effects in engineering projects, mainly in those of infrastructure, have extended the borders of research to not only evaluate them of the conventional point of view, economic and technical, but also environmental and social. On the other hand, the investor who traditionally searched alternatives only considering the economic and financial performance currently is taken to analyze also the social and environmental aspects. The model described in this paper is a solution proposal to evaluate the merit of an enterprise of distributed generation of thermal origin, considering the economic, social and environmental aspects, using merit indexes that quantify, directly, economic aspects as capital return tax and operating income eliminates, as well as social factors like the impact in the education, health, income and employment rates and still, it verifies the attendance of the environmental restrictions. The solution presented brings a simple and clear form to attribute a merit degree of aggregate to the alternatives to embed distributed generation, considering the intensity of the subjective social responsibility of the investor. The presented model is an important contribution to stimulate a form to evaluate and to prioritize the multi discipline implementation to a distributed generation enterprise, also being able, to be used as financial index or other incentives of the sort. (author)

  11. Atmosphere and Ambient Space

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    Schmidt, Ulrik

    Atmosphere and Ambient Space This paper explores the relation between atmosphere and ambient space. Atmosphere and ambient space share many salient properties. They are both ontologically indeterminate, constantly varying and formally diffuse and they are both experienced as a subtle, non......-signifying property of a given space. But from a certain point of view, the two concepts also designate quite dissimilar experiences of space. To be ’ambient’ means to surround. Accordingly, ambient space is that space, which surrounds something or somebody. (Gibson 1987: 65) Since space is essentially...... of a surrounding character, all space can thus be described as having a fundamentally ambient character. So what precisely is an ambient space, then? As I will argue in my presentation, ambient space is a sensory effect of spatiality when a space is experienced as being particularly surrounding: a ‘space effect...

  12. Recycling stainless steel orthodontic brackets with Er:YAG laser – An environmental scanning electron microscope and shear bond strength study

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    Chacko, Prince K; Kodoth, Jithesh; John, Jacob; Kumar, Kishore

    2013-01-01

    Aim: To determine the efficiency of erbium: Yttrium aluminum garnet (Er:YAG) laser with Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (ESEM) and shear bond strength analysis as a method of recycling stainless steel orthodontic brackets and compare with other methods of recycling. Materials and Methods: Eighty samples of extracted premolar teeth bonded to SS brackets were tested for rebonded shear bond strength after recycling by four methods and compared with a control group of 20 samples. These 80 samples were randomized into four groups which were recycled by four methods, namely, sandblasting, thermal method, adhesive grinding by tungsten carbide bur, and Er: YAG laser method. After recycling, ESEM and shear bond strength analysis were used to analyze the efficiency of the recycling methods Results: Er: YAG laser group was found to be having the greatest bond strength among the recycled brackets (8.33±2.51 followed by the sandblasting at 6.12±1.12 MPa, thermal and electropolishing at 4.44±0.95 MPa, and lastly the adhesive grinding method at 3.08±1.07 MPa. The shear bond strength of Er: YAG laser group was found to be having no statistically significant difference with that of the control group (P>0.05 and had statistical signifance with sandblasting, thermal and electropolishing and adhesive grinding groups at P>0.001. ESEM analysis showed complete removal of adhesive from the brackets recycled with Er: YAG laser which mimicked that of the control group. Conclusion: Er: YAG laser (2940 nm) was found to be the most efficient method for recycling, followed by the sandblasting, thermal, and the tungsten carbide methods, which had the least shear bond strength value and is not fit for clinical usage. PMID:24987647

  13. ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN AMONG UNIVERSITY POPULATION: SOCIAL REPRESENTATIONS AND PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT IN ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AT UNIVERSITY OF ANTIOQUIA. PREOCUPACIÓN AMBIENTAL ENTRE POBLACIÓN UNIVERSITARIA: REPRESENTACIONES SOCIALES E IMPLICACIÓN PERSONAL EN TEMAS AMBIENTALES EN LA UNIVERSIDAD DE ANTIOQUIA.

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    Elizabeth Montoya Ochoa

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available This article, derived from research, shows the difficulties identified in the Citadel of the University of Antioquia when it comes to constructing a definition of the environment in which the human being, as an integral part, must be included. For this purpose, two surveys were applied, the first one which was called “a pilot test” served to refine the questions used in the field of psychology in addressing environmental concerns, this is, the Likert scale; the second one, was a refined survey that was applied among employees, teachers, and students, at the University Campus, which offered the elements needed to analyze the social representations comprising the assessment of environmental problems, the level of personal involvement, and the capacity of action, allowing a reading from the anthropological perspective of relationships between humans and the environment in this social context. RESUMEN: En el artículo, derivado de investigación, se muestran las dificultades identificadas en la ciudadela de la Universidad de Antioquia al momento de construir una definición de ambiente en la cual se incluya al ser humano como parte integral del mismo. Para tal fin se aplicaron dos encuestas, la primera que fue denominada “prueba piloto” sirvió para afinar las preguntas usadas en el campo de la psicología a la hora de abordar la preocupación ambiental, ésta es, la escala de Likert; la segunda, fue la encuesta depurada y aplicada entre empleados, docentes y estudiantes de la ciudad universitaria, que ofreció los elementos necesarios para analizar las representaciones sociales del ambiente que comprenden la valoración de los problemas ambientales, el nivel de implicación personal y la capacidad de acción, permitiendo una lectura desde la perspectiva antropológica de las relaciones entre los humanos y el ambiente en ese contexto social.

  14. De arriba para abajo: la discusión de los cerros orientales de Bogotá, entre lo ambiental y lo urbano. From top to bottom: the discussion about the eastern mountains in Bogotá, between the environmental and the urban. De cima para abaixo: a discussão das montanhas Orientais de Bogotá, entre ambiental e urbano.

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    Alexandra Bohórquez Alfonso

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Resumen El presente artículo de reflexión se escribe a partir de la investigación desarrollada sobre el tema de segregación socioespacial en el territorio de los cerros orientales de Bogotá, realizado para optar por el título de magister. El texto pretende discutir, de manera crítica, la forma cómo se relacionan lo ambiental y lo urbano en una ciudad como Bogotá, donde la planeación del territorio y las realidades producidas en él, parecen alejarse cada vez más entre ellos. El objetivo de plantear esta discusión es demostrar que existe una valoración de la importancia ecológica y el carácter ambiental de la Reserva y, otra, en tanto la estructura urbana de la ciudad, donde el elemento predominante en cada postura radica en un choque entre las miradas de conservación-preservación, la construcción de convenciones urbanas e intervenciones normativas y la generación de inequidades poblacionales. Para llegar a ello fue necesario hacer una revisión desde la política pública desatada para los Cerros de Bogotá, identificando su punto epistemológico de partida y los efectos de éste sobre los aspectos urbanos y ambientales del borde oriental de la ciudad. El resultado es un acercamiento a una propuesta de manejo integral de la política ambiental en entornos urbanos, especialmente en lo relacionado con el conflicto persistente en la Reserva Forestal Protectora Bosque Oriental de Bogotá. Abstract This reflection is the result of a Master’s degree investigation about the socio-spatial segregation in the eastern mountains of Bogotá. The text aims to present a critic discussion on the manner in which the environmental and the urban relate in a city like Bogotá, where land planning and the realities produced within, seem to move away between them each time further. The objective of this discussion is to demonstrate the appreciation of the ecological importance and environmental character of the Reserve; the urban structure of the

  15. SCANNING THE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT AND ITS IMPLICATIONS ON ORGANISATIONAL PERFORMANCE: A CASE STUDY

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    OLU OJO; D. O. ABDUSALAM

    2011-01-01

    This article investigates the effect of strategic environmental scanning on organisational performance. We try to ascertain if strategic environmental scanning has significant relationship between environmental scanning and organisational performance and to examine whether the use of environmental scanning enables an organisation in seizing opportunities and avoiding threats existing in the external environment and to formulate recommendations regarding environmental scanning and organisation...

  16. The PROCEL SANEAR program of energetic efficiency in environmental sanitation: water means energy; O programa PROCEL SANEAR de eficiencia energetica em saneamento ambiental: porque agua e energia

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    Pinheiro, Michel Goncalves; Barros, Denise Pereira; Moreira, Aurelio R.G.; Machado, Luciana D.L; Barreto, Marcus Paes; Coimbra, Claudia Maria; Perrone, Fernando; Soares, George Alves [ELETROBRAS, Brasilia, DF (Brazil); Capella, Paulo da Silva; Otero, Osvaldo [CEPEL, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Gomes, Airton Sampaio [Ministerio das Cidades (MCidades), Brasilia, DF (Brazil). Secretaria Nacional de Saneamento Ambiental

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    The environmental sanitation sector accounts for 3% of all electric energy consumed. Along with the Electric System it is an important user of the hydro graphic basins. In 2003 ELETROBRAS created PROCEL SANEAR in order to promote the efficient use of energy and water in the environmental sanitation systems and by its consumers. This paper presents the Action Plan of PROCEL SANEAR 2006-2007 displaying its main ongoing actions: the implementation of projects of water and energy conservation selected by means of public hearings, the training of professionals with seminars for the high management and courses for the managers of sanitation services providers and the installation of equipment to implement laboratories of energy and water efficiency in sanitation. PROCEL SANEAR, a nationwide program, seeks to reach through its activities endurance and sustain ability aiming at minimizing isolated and discontinued actions. Thus, PROCEL SANEAR contributes to shift paradigms by causing service providers to prioritize the conservation of water and electric energy. (author)

  17. Geneva convention and Critical Loads: an example of Science-based Environmental Policy; Conveio de Ginebra y cargas criticas:un ejemplo de politica ambiental basada en ciencia

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    Rabago Juan-Aracil, I.; Alonso del Amo, R.

    2011-07-01

    Air pollution is one of the leading environmental problems of out times that could eventually change the living conditions of human beings and the ecosystems on the whole planet. Therefore, international forums have been created to discuss environmental policies aimed at the control of pollutant emissions and the protection of ecosystems and human health. the fundamental purpose is to take common actions that go beyond political borders, since in many cases the emissions of pollutants affect ecosystems far from the emission source. These were the objectives leading to the creation of the Geneva Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution, of the Economic commission for Europe-United Nations (UNECE). (Author) 12 refs.

  18. Environmental management of works in pipelines at natural protected areas; Gestao ambiental em obras de faixas de dutos nas areas naturais protegidas

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    Raul, Vanderlei Lourenco; Alves, Anibal Jose Constantino; Martini, Andrea Dietrich; Lima, Silvia Ferreira de; Campos, Cleber Lucio dos Santos; Ozorio, Tarcisio Faria; Melo Neto, Joao Evangelista de [PETROBRAS Transporte S. A. (TRANSPETRO), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2008-07-01

    The TRANSPETRO pipeway in the State of Sao Paulo crosses different scenarios, including Permanent Preservation Areas and Conservation Units, as the Parque Estadual da Serra do Mar - PESM, which contains the most extensive Mata Atlantica fragment, with more than 315,000 hectares. The rigor of environmental organisms imposes a number of extra conditions to critical points to be considered in activities with interference in the conservation unit. It was studied the case of thirty two kilometer pipeline substitution of OSBAT pipeway, in the Sao Sebastiao city, in the area covered by the PESM, to know the effective of environmental controls adopted. It was able to analyze the results about the application of management instruments at different levels, including independent external audit, audit of the Company that realized the work activities and audit of the own specialized people of TRANSPETRO and PETROBRAS. (author)

  19. Educação ambiental: o desafio da construção de um pensamento crítico, complexo e reflexivo Environmental education: the challenge of constructing a critical, complex and reflective thinking

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    Pedro Roberto Jacobi

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available A multiplicação dos riscos, em especial os ambientais e tecnológicos de graves conseqüências, é elemento chave para se entender as características, os limites e as transformações da nossa modernidade. É cada vez mais notória a complexidade desse processo de transformação de uma sociedade cada vez mais não só ameaçada, mas diretamente afetada por riscos e agravos socioambientais. Os riscos contemporâneos explicitam os limites e as conseqüências das práticas sociais, trazendo consigo um novo elemento, a "reflexividade". A sociedade, produtora de riscos, torna-se crescentemente reflexiva, o que significa dizer que ela se torna um tema e um problema para si própria. O conceito de risco passa a ocupar um papel estratégico para o entendimento das características, dos limites e das transformações do projeto histórico da modernidade e para reorientar estilos de vida coletivos e individuais. Num contexto marcado pela degradação permanente do meio ambiente e do seu ecossistema, isso envolve um conjunto de atores do universo educativo em todos os níveis, potencializando o engajamento dos diversos sistemas de conhecimento e a sua capacitação numa perspectiva interdisciplinar. Os educadores têm um papel estratégico e decisivo na inserção da educação ambiental no cotidiano escolar, qualificando os alunos para um posicionamento crítico face à crise socioambiental, tendo como horizonte a transformação de hábitos e práticas sociais e a formação de uma cidadania ambiental que os mobilize para a questão da sustentabilidade no seu significado mais abrangente.The proliferation of risks, particularly of those of severe environmental and technological consequences, is a key element to understand the features, limitations and transformations of our modernity. The complexity of this process is more and more clear in a society not only increasingly threatened but also increasingly affected by socio-environmental risks and

  20. The future of environmental health in Andalusian Region: suitability of improvement El futuro de la sanidad ambiental en Andalucía: oportunidades de mejora

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    Joaquín Jesús Gámez de la Hoz; Alicia Martínez Martínez; José Antonio Ferreras Iglesias

    2008-01-01

    In the present article is presented a portrait of the situation of the environmental health in the administration of Andalusian Goverment; are analyzed implanted management formulations and we believe a reflection space on the professional exercise and the course begun with the organizational process in the Andalusian public health. The public health system has not undergone reconstruction from the process of transferences from the State towards the autonomous Communities. We identified the ...