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  1. ECO-Report - Research-management-public partnership continues

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    Jane Kapler Smith; Greg Jones; Nan Christianson; Lucia Solorzano; Gloria Weisgerber; Steve Arno; Sallie J. Hejl; F. Jeremy Wheeler; Timothy S. Redman; Joshua J. Tewksbury; Tom DeLuca; K. Zouhar

    1998-01-01

    ECO-Report is an annual Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) publication which contains a set of articles showcasing the Bitterroot Ecosystem Management Research Project (BEMRP) research projects and activities. The articles are concise, user-friendly, and designed to inform a broad range of audiences interested in ecosystem management. Articles featured in...

  2. Eco-efficiency of laser welding applications

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    Kaierle, Stefan; Dahmen, Martin; Güdükkurt, Okan

    2011-05-01

    As widely known laser materials processing has some advantages regarding local heat input and controllability. In many fields applications were developed which are not accessible for conventional thermal processing. In other fields laser-supported manufacturing techniques are a valuable alternative. On the one hand laser techniques enable increased processing speed and less post-processing, leading to an increased productivity. On the other hand low efficiencies in the energy conversion seem to be a major drawback and apparently limit the range of applications. In the frame of conventional processing schemes laser beam welding requires a high utilization in order to run economically. Main advantages lie in the reduced consumption of material and the reduced efforts in post processing. Because of the locally concentrated heat input process emissions are lower which reduces energy and material consumption in the auxiliary chain. To make full use of the often-conjured flexibility a multitude of manufacturing schemes had been developed and adapted. In order to appraise the versatility of laser driven processing techniques a cost and benefit analysis based on a life-cycle approach is conducted including both, economics and ecology. Eco-efficiency is rated by a variation of the BASF method. Taking into account the reduced consumption of consumables, reduced effort for preparation and post-processing, and focusing on specific application ranges a positive environmental impact can be proven.

  3. Eco-evolutionary feedbacks between private and public goods: evidence from toxic algal blooms.

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    Driscoll, William W; Hackett, Jeremiah D; Ferrière, Régis

    2016-01-01

    The importance of 'eco-evolutionary feedbacks' in natural systems is currently unclear. Here, we advance a general hypothesis for a particular class of eco-evolutionary feedbacks with potentially large, long-lasting impacts in complex ecosystems. These eco-evolutionary feedbacks involve traits that mediate important interactions with abiotic and biotic features of the environment and a self-driven reversal of selection as the ecological impact of the trait varies between private (small scale) and public (large scale). Toxic algal blooms may involve such eco-evolutionary feedbacks due to the emergence of public goods. We review evidence that toxin production by microalgae may yield 'privatised' benefits for individual cells or colonies under pre- and early-bloom conditions; however, the large-scale, ecosystem-level effects of toxicity associated with bloom states yield benefits that are necessarily 'public'. Theory predicts that the replacement of private with public goods may reverse selection for toxicity in the absence of higher level selection. Indeed, blooms often harbor significant genetic and functional diversity: bloom populations may undergo genetic differentiation over a scale of days, and even genetically similar lineages may vary widely in toxic potential. Intriguingly, these observations find parallels in terrestrial communities, suggesting that toxic blooms may serve as useful models for eco-evolutionary dynamics in nature. Eco-evolutionary feedbacks involving the emergence of a public good may shed new light on the potential for interactions between ecology and evolution to influence the structure and function of entire ecosystems.

  4. The innovative application studty on eco-packaging design and materials

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    Cui Yong Min

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper solves the increasingly deteriorate environmental problems by positively exploring how to utilize and develop eco-packaging design reasonably. The paper explores an effective method that combines eco-packaging and environmental protection materials, hoping to define the sustainable development road of packaging design. The paper is centered on the design application of eco-packaging and environmental protection materials, applies and analyzes the method to obtain innovative design requirements and development tendency of eco-packaging design by analyzing status and significance of eco-packaging design, combining with the development and main types of eco-packaging packaging materials, and based on the achievements acquired by eco-packaging and environmental protection materials. Meanwhile, the paper also reveals mutual dependence and mutual promotion of eco-packaging design and eco-packaging materials.

  5. Private Financing of Public Goods by Means of 'Eco-Goods' Schemes

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    Ueda, Yoshifumi; Wegener, Andreas; Svendsen, Gert Tinggaard

    2010-01-01

    With a view to applying to the problem of collective action for the global commons, we analyze a three-stage game model where public goods are provided by the costly leadership of a social entrepreneur for undertaking 'eco-goods' scheme. We derive (i) the conclusion that the social entrepreneur can...

  6. MICP and Advances towards Eco-Friendly and Economical Applications

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    Rajasekar, Adharsh; Moy, Charles K. S.; Wilkinson, Stephen

    2017-07-01

    Biomineralization is a natural process aided by living organisms. Due to its applicability in ground improvement and bioremediation, Microbially Induced Calcite Precipitation (MICP) is an interdisciplinary field of study combining engineering, chemistry and microbiology. Bioremediation has been applied widely for contamination containment or removal, in this case it will be containment. MICP can also be applied to improve the efficiency of insitu bioremediation. Urease is an enzyme which can facilitate increased calcite precipitation. However the production of urease by bacteria and thus the resulting carbonate precipitation are inhibited by environmental factors including calcium concentration, bacterial concentration, pH and temperature. Under good conditions MICP can be used for heavy metal and radionuclide immobilization. However technologies such as bioconsolidation and biocementation require improvement such as time and cost. This paper highlights the application of MICP in addition to suggested improvements to make it more eco-friendly and sustainable.

  7. The innovative application studty on eco-packaging design and materials

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    Cui Yong Min; Ren Xin Guang

    2016-01-01

    The paper solves the increasingly deteriorate environmental problems by positively exploring how to utilize and develop eco-packaging design reasonably. The paper explores an effective method that combines eco-packaging and environmental protection materials, hoping to define the sustainable development road of packaging design. The paper is centered on the design application of eco-packaging and environmental protection materials, applies and analyzes the method to obtain innovative design r...

  8. The innovative application studty on eco-packaging design and materials

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    Cui Yong Min; Ren Xin Guang

    2016-01-01

    The paper solves the increasingly deteriorate environmental problems by positively exploring how to utilize and develop eco-packaging design reasonably. The paper explores an effective method that combines eco-packaging and environmental protection materials, hoping to define the sustainable development road of packaging design. The paper is centered on the design application of eco-packaging and environmental protection materials, applies and analyzes the method to obtain innovative design r...

  9. Methods and Application of EcoReDesign%EcoReDesign方法与应用

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    王效杰

    2010-01-01

    分析了西方发达国家绿色可持续设计发展历史、作用和意义,以及其EcoDesign与ReDesign理论方法基本原理,在研究PHILIPS公司实施EcoDesign与ReDesign案例的基础上,归纳出EcoReDesign在形成策略、实施程序、生态负担工具、生态市场定位工具、拆卸设计、材料和涂料使用等方面的实用方法,并结合我国工业设计与制造企业现实情况,提出我国工业设计与制造企业关于EcoReDesign具体应用策略、途径和实施方法,对我国消费工业产品的设计、制造绿色可持续及低碳消费产品产生积极的探索作用.

  10. Measures to Enhance the Applications of Eco Labels in Malaysian Construction Industry

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    Yong Iffah Zawana

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available As Malaysia is forecasted to be confronted with energy scarcity and variety of resource consumption for growing population and development, green urban planning and practices of energy use and consumption are the keys components for sustainable future. Hence, in the context of sustainable development, Malaysia’s construction industry is now calling for green practices and procurement in their industry. The international community had adopted measures to reduce environmental damage by establishing eco labelling schemes and also promoting the sustainable design and concepts. It started with the Malaysian government also has responded very positively to this matter. In 1996, Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM launched the national eco-labelling program verifying products according to environmental criteria as tools and initiatives to express concern and support to sustainable development. Taking into consideration the infancy stage of the Malaysia green marketing initiative, this study therefore conducted with the aim to propose measures to enhance the applications of Eco Labels in Malaysian construction industry.  The objectives of the research are to investigate the existing policies pertaining the eco labelling, to determine the factors in implementing the eco labelling scheme as well as to identify the barriers and possible measures to further enhance the use of eco labelling in construction industry. Survey were conducted via variables from the literature review regarding the policies pertaining the eco labelling in Malaysia and questionnaire method for factors and barriers to implement the eco labels and the measures to enhance the application of eco labels with respondents from various construction companies among construction players that have involved and experienced with green project.  Data obtained were analysed using Average Index and Correlation method via the SPSS.  The result shown that, the

  11. Industrial applications using BASF eco-efficiency analysis: perspectives on green engineering principles.

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    Shonnard, David R; Kicherer, Andreas; Saling, Peter

    2003-12-01

    Life without chemicals would be inconceivable, but the potential risks and impacts to the environment associated with chemical production and chemical products are viewed critically. Eco-efficiency analysis considers the economic and life cycle environmental effects of a product or process, giving these equal weighting. The major elements of the environmental assessment include primary energy use, raw materials utilization, emissions to all media, toxicity, safety risk, and land use. The relevance of each environmental category and also for the economic versus the environmental impacts is evaluated using national emissions and economic data. The eco-efficiency analysis method of BASF is briefly presented, and results from three applications to chemical processes and products are summarized. Through these applications, the eco-efficiency analyses mostly confirm the 12 Principles listed in Anastas and Zimmerman (Environ. Sci. Technol. 2003, 37(5), 94A), with the exception that, in one application, production systems based on bio-based feedstocks were not the most eco-efficient as compared to those based on fossil resources. Over 180 eco-efficiency analyses have been conducted at BASF, and their results have been used to support strategic decision-making, marketing, research and development, and communication with external parties. Eco-efficiency analysis, as one important strategy and success factor in sustainable development, will continue to be a very strong operational tool at BASF.

  12. Eco-Education: A Required Element of Public Policies for Sustainable Social and Economic Development

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    Marţian Iovan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In this article, the author analyzes eco-education from a transdisciplinary perspective, as part of the “new education”, referring to its current dimensions, its goals and its utility in shaping the attitudes and behaviors of contemporary humans towards their environment and towards sustainable living. The goals and content of eco-education are dependent on a new philosophy, on a new axiological and ethical orientation that is, opposed to rationalistic philosophy, which guided the age of machinism and industrialization. The new view regarding humans’ (anthroposphere relations with nature (biosphere and geosphere, is inspired from the fundamental rights of the human being, as part of nature, from universal values which harmonize sociosphere and biosphere, the ecological awareness of contemporary society with regard to the objective laws of nature, biodiversity conservation and environmental protection by juridical laws. These goals are meant for the entire population, especially children and young people, with the aid of schools and other educational factors (church, mass – media, cultural foundations, non-governmental organizations etc., an ecological awareness, positive feelings and attitudes with respect to the environment, skills, abilities and capacities for efficient action in the sense of protecting nature and conserving ecological circuits. The author lays an emphasis on the idea that ecological education, in all its forms, will not yield the results expected by experts and future generations if it is undertaken randomly, fragmentarily, incoherently – regardless of how diversified and quantitatively extended it might be. As a global issue of today’s society – the efficiency of eco-education is dependent on the philosophy of nature and life, materialized in a global strategy, such as that of durable and knowledge-based development, which will facilitate the harmonization of various public policies launched by contemporary

  13. Eco-marketing in industrial enterprise activities

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    N.M. Chupryna

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the article. The aim of the article is determination of the areas of industrial enterprise’s development and detection of the specificity of their activity in terms of environmental priorities. The results of the analysis. The analysis of the research and publications of the leading scholars on the eco-marketing’s problem was conducted. The main factors of eco-marketing’s mechanism use were considered. Eco-marketing was determined as an important tool of the enterprises’ modern production behavior correcting. Nowadays enterprises in Ukraine have to act according to modern production requirements, provide ecological safety and implement eco-marketing. The infrastructure of eco-marketing was built. The components of ecomarketing were distinguished. They are: eco-technologies, eco-product, eco-services, eco-consumers. The definition of «eco-consumer» was improved. The four areas of ecomarketing were identified: I – eco-services – eco-consumer; II – eco-Products – eco-consumer; III – eco-technologies – eco-product; IV – eco-technologies – eco-service. It was supposed that while analysing of the enterprise’s activities the influence of eco-marketing as a complex of influencing factors must be taken into consideration. Also it was determined that it is possibile to take into account the effect of «decoupling» in four areas of eco-marketing. The effect of «decoupling» was considered as an indicator of the region (the enterprise transition to a green economy. It is proposed to calculate the effect of «decoupling» by means of an integral index. The main points of the mathematical set theory application for the analysis of the eco-marketing’s infrastructure components was allocated. It was supposed that the number of eco-consumers is set A, number of eco-products on the market is set B, the overall volume of eco-services in the area is set C and D is set that defines consumers which buy and consume not only

  14. Application of environmental performance analysis for urban design with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD and EcoTect tools: The case of Cao Fei Dian eco-city, China

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    Ali Cheshmehzangi

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper suggests a type of quantitative research method with the application of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD and EcoTect tools for a sustainable urban design project. This paper is part of a funded research study and was completed in 2010. This study is part of the larger project for planning and development of Cao Fei Dian eco-city development in North-Eastern China; one of the first eco-city development projects in the first batch of pilot eco-cities in China. The research programme addresses the main aspects of good practice in terms of eco-design and sustainability. These aspects include wind flow analysis around buildings, insolation analysis of open spaces, pollutant dispersion in water systems and noise control on urban highways. This study aims to explore a range of research methods in order to enhance the performance of integrated design with a comprehensive planning stage. The integration in evaluation across professions and subject boundaries is emphasised to identify the key gaps between sustainability and design. The main method of this study is the application of CFD and EcoTect tools for environmental performance of a larger urban area than the common use for architectural interventions or immediate outdoor spaces of a project. This study suggests an integrated urban design model with the application of computational tools (i.e. CFD and EcoTect in here and how these could inform, from a technical dimension, a more comprehensive approach to executing best practice in design and planning. The paper concludes by suggesting an integrated model of urban design to achieve urban sustainability.

  15. Emerging vector-borne zoonoses: eco-epidemiology and public health implications in India.

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    Dhiman, Ramesh C

    2014-01-01

    The diseases originating from animals or associated with man and animals are remerging and have resulted in considerable morbidity and mortality. The present review highlights the re-emergence of emerging mainly zoonotic diseases like chikungunya, scrub typhus, and extension of spatial distribution of cutaneous leishmaniasis from western Rajasthan to Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, and Haryana states; West Nile virus to Assam, and non-endemic areas of Japanese encephalitis (JE) like Maharashtra and JE to Delhi; Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever making inroads in Ahmedabad; and reporting fifth parasite of human malaria with possibility of zoonosis have been highlighted, which necessitates further studies for prevention and control. Emphasis has been given on understanding the ecology of reservoir hosts of pathogen, micro niche of vector species, climatic, socioeconomic risk factors, etc. Development of facilities for diagnosis of virus from insects, reservoirs, and human beings (like BSL4, which has been established in NIV, Pune), awareness about symptoms of new emerging viral and other zoonotic diseases, differential diagnosis, risk factors (climatic, ecological, and socioeconomic) and mapping of disease-specific vulnerable areas, and mathematical modeling for projecting epidemiological scenario is needed for preparedness of public health institutes. It is high time to understand the ecological link of zoonotic or anthroponotic diseases for updated risk maps and epidemiological knowledge for effective preventive and control measures. The public health stakeholders in India as well as in Southeast Asia should emphasize on understanding the eco-epidemiology of the discussed zoonotic diseases for taking preventive actions.

  16. Application of eco-exergy for assessment of ecosystem health and development of structurally dynamic models

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    Zhang, J.; Gürkan, Zeren; Jørgensen, S.E.

    2010-01-01

    Eco-exergy has been widely used in the assessment of ecosystem health, parameter estimations, calibrations, validations and prognoses. It offers insights into the understanding of ecosystem dynamics and disturbance-cl riven changes. Particularly, structurally dynamic models (SDMs), which are deve...... of structurally dynamic models (SDMs). The limitations and possible future applications of the approach are also addressed. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved....

  17. Challenges Posed by Tick-Borne Rickettsiae: Eco-Epidemiology and Public Health Implications

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    Eremeeva, Marina E.; Dasch, Gregory A.

    2015-01-01

    Rickettsiae are obligately intracellular bacteria that are transmitted to vertebrates by a variety of arthropod vectors, primarily by fleas and ticks. Once transmitted or experimentally inoculated into susceptible mammals, some rickettsiae may cause febrile illness of different morbidity and mortality, and which can manifest with different types of exhanthems in humans. However, most rickettsiae circulate in diverse sylvatic or peridomestic reservoirs without having obvious impacts on their vertebrate hosts or affecting humans. We have analyzed the key features of tick-borne maintenance of rickettsiae, which may provide a deeper basis for understanding those complex invertebrate interactions and strategies that have permitted survival and circulation of divergent rickettsiae in nature. Rickettsiae are found in association with a wide range of hard and soft ticks, which feed on very different species of large and small animals. Maintenance of rickettsiae in these vector systems is driven by both vertical and horizontal transmission strategies, but some species of Rickettsia are also known to cause detrimental effects on their arthropod vectors. Contrary to common belief, the role of vertebrate animal hosts in maintenance of rickettsiae is very incompletely understood. Some clearly play only the essential role of providing a blood meal to the tick while other hosts may supply crucial supplemental functions for effective agent transmission by the vectors. This review summarizes the importance of some recent findings with known and new vectors that afford an improved understanding of the eco-epidemiology of rickettsiae; the public health implications of that information for rickettsial diseases are also described. Special attention is paid to the co-circulation of different species and genotypes of rickettsiae within the same endemic areas and how these observations may influence, correctly or incorrectly, trends, and conclusions drawn from the surveillance of

  18. Novel application of bacteriophage for controlling foaming in wastewater treatment plant- an eco-friendly approach.

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    Khairnar, Krishna; Chandekar, Rajshree; Nair, Aparna; Pal, Preeti; Paunikar, Waman N

    2016-01-01

    This addendum to "Novel application of bacteriophage for controlling foaming in wastewater treatment plant- an eco-friendly approach " includes characteristics of the phages NOC1, NOC2 and NOC3 not discussed in the previous paper. The phage adsorption and host interaction properties, their sensitivity to pH and temperature are inferred. NOC2 is seen to be more temperature resistant while others are not. All the phages show pH sensitivity. There is a variance observed in the behavior of these phages. Also, applicability of the phage based system to large scale reactors is studied and discussed here.

  19. Eco-friendly fly ash utilization: potential for land application

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    Malik, A.; Thapliyal, A. [Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi (India)

    2009-07-01

    The increase in demand for power in domestic, agricultural, and industrial sectors has increased the pressure on coal combustion and aggravated the problem of fly ash generation/disposal. Consequently the research targeting effective utilization of fly ash has also gained momentum. Fly ash has proved to be an economical substitute for expensive adsorbents as well as a suitable raw material for brick manufacturing, zeolite synthesis, etc. Fly ash is a reservoir of essential minerals but is deficient in nitrogen and phosphorus. By amending fly ash with soil and/or various organic materials (sewage sludge, bioprocess materials) as well as microbial inoculants like mycorrhizae, enhanced plant growth can be realized. Based on the sound results of large scale studies, fly ash utilization has grown into prominent discipline supported by various internationally renowned organizations. This paper reviews attempts directed toward various utilization of fly ash, with an emphasis on land application of organic/microbial inoculants amended fly ash.

  20. Applications of eco-exergy in ecological modeling and assessment of aquatic ecosystems%生态能质(eco-exergy)在水生生态系统建模和评价中的应用

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    李晴新; 冯剑丰; 朱琳

    2011-01-01

    Eco-exergy is defined as the amount of work that a system can perform when the system is brought into thermodynamic equilibrium from a given state.It can be used to measure the complex biochemical components and ecological structure.A system with more exergy will present better ordering and stability.Eco-exergy and specific eco-exergy can be used to assess the status of aquatic ecosystem health, and indicate the certain succession stage in aquatic ecosystem restoration.This paper presented the definitions and ecological meanings of eco-exergy and specific eco-exergy as well as the calculation methods of eco-exergy and weighting factor fi, summarized the applications of eco-exergy as a goal function in structural dynamic models (SDMs) and as an ecological indicator for ecosystem health assessment and ecological restoration of aquatic ecosystems, and discussed the limitations and future development of eco-exergy.Furthermore,the unified translation of "eco-exergy" and "specific eco-exergy" in Chinese was suggested.%生态能质(eco-exergy)是指系统从给定状态达到热力学平衡状态所做的功,可以度量生态系统的复杂生物化学组分及生态结构.系统具有的能质越大,有序化程度越高,稳定性也越强.生态能质和比生态能质(specific eco-exergy)指标能够评价水生生态系统健康状况,对水生生态系统演替阶段具有指示作用.本文阐述了生态能质的定义、生态学意义以及生态能质值和权重因子fi值的计算方法.对生态能质作为功能函数在水生生态系统结构动力学模型(structural dynamic models,SDMs)中以及作为生态指标在生态系统健康评价、生态恢复研究中的实际应用进行了总结.最后探讨了生态能质指标的局限性以及未来的发展.此外,文中建议将"eco-exergy"和"specific eco-exergy"统一翻译为"生态能质"和"比生态能质".

  1. A GIS-based decision support system for regional eco-security assessment and its application on the Tibetan Plateau.

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    Xiaodan, Wang; Xianghao, Zhong; Pan, Gao

    2010-10-01

    Regional eco-security assessment is an intricate, challenging task. In previous studies, the integration of eco-environmental models and geographical information systems (GIS) usually takes two approaches: loose coupling and tight coupling. However, the present study used a full coupling approach to develop a GIS-based regional eco-security assessment decision support system (ESDSS). This was achieved by merging the pressure-state-response (PSR) model and the analytic hierarchy process (AHP) into ArcGIS 9 as a dynamic link library (DLL) using ArcObjects in ArcGIS and Visual Basic for Applications. Such an approach makes it easy to capitalize on the GIS visualization and spatial analysis functions, thereby significantly supporting the dynamic estimation of regional eco-security. A case study is presented for the Tibetan Plateau, known as the world's "third pole" after the Arctic and Antarctic. Results verified the usefulness and feasibility of the developed method. As a useful tool, the ESDSS can also help local managers to make scientifically-based and effective decisions about Tibetan eco-environmental protection and land use.

  2. Eco-stoichiometric alterations in paddy soil ecosystem driven by phosphorus application.

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    Xia Li

    Full Text Available Agricultural fertilization may change processes of elemental biogeochemical cycles and alter the ecological function. Ecoenzymatic stoichiometric feature plays a critical role in global soil carbon (C metabolism, driving element cycles, and mediating atmospheric composition in response to agricultural nutrient management. Despite the importance on crop growth, the role of phosphorous (P in compliance with eco-stoichiometry on soil C and nitrogen (N sequestration in the paddy field remains poorly understood in the context of climate change. Here, we collected soil samples from a field experiment after 6 years of chemical P application at a gradient of 0 (P-0, 30 (P-30, 60 (P-60, and 90 (P-90 kg ha(-1 in order to evaluate the role of P on stoichiometric properties in terms of soil chemical, microbial biomass, and eco-enzyme activities as well as greenhouse gas (GHG: CO2, N2O and CH4 emissions. Continuous P input increased soil total organic C and N by 1.3-9.2% and 3%-13%, respectively. P input induced C and N limitations as indicated by the decreased ratio of C:P and N:P in the soil and microbial biomass. A synergistic mechanism among the ecoenzymatic stoichiometry, which regulated the ecological function of microbial C and N acquisition and were stoichiometrically related to P input, stimulated soil C and N sequestration in the paddy field. The lower emissions of N2O and CH4 under the higher P application (P-60 and P-90 in July and the insignificant difference in N2O emission in August compared to P-30; however, continuous P input enhanced CO2 fluxes for both samplings. There is a technical conflict for simultaneously regulating three types of GHGs in terms of the eco-stoichiometry mechanism under P fertilization. Thus, it is recommended that the P input in paddy fields not exceed 60 kg ha(-1 may maximize soil C sequestration, minimize P export, and guarantee grain yields.

  3. One Health and EcoHealth in Ontario: a qualitative study exploring how holistic and integrative approaches are shaping public health practice in Ontario.

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    Leung, Zee; Middleton, Dean; Morrison, Karen

    2012-05-16

    There is a growing recognition that many public health issues are complex and can be best understood by examining the relationship between human health and the health of the ecosystems in which people live. Two approaches, One Health and Ecosystem Approaches to Health (EcoHealth), can help us to better understand these intricate and complex connections, and appear to hold great promise for tackling many modern public health dilemmas. Although both One Health and EcoHealth have garnered recognition from numerous health bodies in Canada and abroad, there is still a need to better understand how these approaches are shaping the practice of public health in Ontario.The purpose of this study was to characterize how public health actors in Ontario are influenced by the holistic principles which underlie One Health and EcoHealth, and to identify important lessons from their experiences. Ten semi-structured interviews were conducted with ten participants from the public health sphere in Ontario. Participants encompassed diverse perspectives including infectious disease, food systems, urban agriculture, and environmental health. Interviews were recorded, transcribed and analyzed using qualitative content analysis to identify major themes and patterns. Four major themes emerged from the interviews: the importance of connecting human health with the environment; the role of governance in promoting these ideas; the value of partnerships and collaborations in public health practice; and the challenge of operationalizing holistic approaches to public health. Overall study participants were found to be heavily influenced by concepts couched in EcoHealth and One Health literature, despite a lack of familiarity with these fields. Although One Health and EcoHealth are lesser known approaches in the public health sphere, their holistic and systems-based principles were found to influence the thoughts, values and experiences of public health actors interviewed in this study. This

  4. One Health and EcoHealth in Ontario: a qualitative study exploring how holistic and integrative approaches are shaping public health practice in Ontario

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    Leung Zee

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background There is a growing recognition that many public health issues are complex and can be best understood by examining the relationship between human health and the health of the ecosystems in which people live. Two approaches, One Health and Ecosystem Approaches to Health (EcoHealth, can help us to better understand these intricate and complex connections, and appear to hold great promise for tackling many modern public health dilemmas. Although both One Health and EcoHealth have garnered recognition from numerous health bodies in Canada and abroad, there is still a need to better understand how these approaches are shaping the practice of public health in Ontario. The purpose of this study was to characterize how public health actors in Ontario are influenced by the holistic principles which underlie One Health and EcoHealth, and to identify important lessons from their experiences. Methods Ten semi-structured interviews were conducted with ten participants from the public health sphere in Ontario. Participants encompassed diverse perspectives including infectious disease, food systems, urban agriculture, and environmental health. Interviews were recorded, transcribed and analyzed using qualitative content analysis to identify major themes and patterns. Results Four major themes emerged from the interviews: the importance of connecting human health with the environment; the role of governance in promoting these ideas; the value of partnerships and collaborations in public health practice; and the challenge of operationalizing holistic approaches to public health. Overall study participants were found to be heavily influenced by concepts couched in EcoHealth and One Health literature, despite a lack of familiarity with these fields. Conclusions Although One Health and EcoHealth are lesser known approaches in the public health sphere, their holistic and systems-based principles were found to influence the thoughts, values and

  5. Eco-Balancing as a Guideline for Environmentally Sound Regional Planning Supported by GIS Applications

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    ROMAN J. M. LENZ

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available During the last several years, environmental impact assessment, regional or spatial planning, and environmental balancing seem to develop similarities, e.g. joint basic methodological approaches such as the use of environmental indicators, the focus on same environmental goods such air, water, soil, flora/fauna, etc. (Lenz 1999. Especially GIS-based software systems show their multiple applications in these fields.After a short introduction about the central role of indicators in transdisciplinary problem solving processes, experiences from a set of regional environmental (or eco balances show a wide range of advantages as well as disadvantages in the context of the widespread use of GIS-based planning tools. Relying on concepts and examples for the spatial eco-balances in the district of Pfaffenhofen (Upper Bavaria, Germany; cf. Lenz 1997 and the municipality of Mulfingen (Hohenlohe, Germany - both of them related to the concept of environmental indicators of the Advisory Board of Environmental Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany (SRU 1994 and the Federal Environmental Agency (UBA 1995 - we can show GIS-based information systems of a high practical relevancy. On the basis of the GIS software ArcView, the data base management system Access, and html scripts, we developed environmental information systems to balance environmental effects in a map scale of 1:5,000 - 1:50,000, in order to provide the administration with tools for an environmentally sound and sustainable development of their area (Lenz 1997, 1999, Beuttler et al. 1999. The spatial distribution of land use types, solar energy potential, area consumption and drinking water consumption for the municipality of Mulfingen are highlighted in this paper. Still, the practical use of the systems seems to be limited due to the lack of computer skills among the administrators – even after programming graphical user interfaces for the indicator “drinking water consumption”-, as well

  6. ECO LOGIC INTERNATIONAL GAS-PHASE CHEMICAL REDUCTION PROCESS - THE REACTOR SYSTEM - APPLICATIONS ANALYSIS REPORT

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    The ELI Eco Logic International Inc. (Eco Logic) process thermally separates organics, then chemically reduces them in a hydrogen atmosphere, converting them to a reformed gas that consists of light hydrocarbons and water. A scrubber treats the reformed gas to remove hydrogen chl...

  7. ECO LOGIC INTERNATIONAL GAS-PHASE CHEMICAL REDUCTION PROCESS - THE THERMAL DESORPTION UNIT - APPLICATIONS ANALYSIS REPORT

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    ELI ECO Logic International, Inc.'s Thermal Desorption Unit (TDU) is specifically designed for use with Eco Logic's Gas Phase Chemical Reduction Process. The technology uses an externally heated bath of molten tin in a hydrogen atmosphere to desorb hazardous organic compounds fro...

  8. Population health promotion 2.0: An eco-social approach to public health in the Anthropocene.

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    Hancock, Trevor

    2015-07-08

    Humanity is both an animal species that evolved within and is dependent upon natural ecosystems and a social animal that exists within the social systems we have created. Our health is dependent upon both these systems - natural and social - functioning well, and indeed upon their interactions. Yet our approach to improving the health of the population over the past few decades has been largely, if not exclusively, focused on the social determinants of health. A recent Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) Discussion Document and the technical report on which it is based seek to strike a more balanced approach. First, they document the dramatic and rapid global ecological changes that humans have created and argue that they are a significant threat to the health of the population in the 21st century. Second, they identify the underlying social, cultural and economic forces that are driving these changes. Third, they argue that we need to take an eco-social approach in population health promotion, recognizing the interactions between the ecological and social determinants of health. Such an approach could be considered to be 'Population health promotion 2.0', and it has profound implications for the practice of public health.

  9. Innovative three-dimensional (3D) eco-TiO₂ photocatalysts for practical environmental and bio-medical applications.

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    Lee, Hyun Uk; Lee, Soon Chang; Lee, Young-Chul; Son, Byoungchul; Park, So Young; Lee, Jae Won; Oh, You-Kwan; Kim, Yooseok; Choi, Saehae; Lee, Young-Seak; Lee, Jouhahn

    2014-10-23

    It is known that water purified by conventional TiO2 photocatalysts may not be safe enough for drinking, due to the toxicity by tiny existence of TiO2 nanoparticles after water treatment. We herein demonstrate a facile design of a three-dimensional (3D) TiO2 photocatalyst structure with which both the efficiency of purification and the safety level of the final purified water can be improved and ensured, respectively. The structure, consisting of 3D sulfur-doped TiO2 microtubes in nanotubes (eco-TiO2), is suitable for both environmental and bio-medical applications. Investigation of its formation mechanism reveals that anodic aluminum oxide (AAO), owing to a spatial constraint, causes a simple, nanoparticles-to-nanotubes structural rearrangement as a template for nanotube growth. It is found that eco-TiO2 can be activated under visible-light irradiation by non-metal (sulfur; S) doping, after which it shows visible-light photocatalytic activities over a range of solar energy. Importantly, an in vitro cytotoxicity test of well-purified water by eco-TiO2 confirms that eco-TiO2 satisfies the key human safety conditions.

  10. Innovative three-dimensional (3D) eco-TiO2 photocatalysts for practical environmental and bio-medical applications

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    Lee, Hyun Uk; Lee, Soon Chang; Lee, Young-Chul; Son, Byoungchul; Park, So Young; Lee, Jae Won; Oh, You-Kwan; Kim, Yooseok; Choi, Saehae; Lee, Young-Seak; Lee, Jouhahn

    2014-01-01

    It is known that water purified by conventional TiO2 photocatalysts may not be safe enough for drinking, due to the toxicity by tiny existence of TiO2 nanoparticles after water treatment. We herein demonstrate a facile design of a three-dimensional (3D) TiO2 photocatalyst structure with which both the efficiency of purification and the safety level of the final purified water can be improved and ensured, respectively. The structure, consisting of 3D sulfur-doped TiO2 microtubes in nanotubes (eco-TiO2), is suitable for both environmental and bio-medical applications. Investigation of its formation mechanism reveals that anodic aluminum oxide (AAO), owing to a spatial constraint, causes a simple, nanoparticles-to-nanotubes structural rearrangement as a template for nanotube growth. It is found that eco-TiO2 can be activated under visible-light irradiation by non-metal (sulfur; S) doping, after which it shows visible-light photocatalytic activities over a range of solar energy. Importantly, an in vitro cytotoxicity test of well-purified water by eco-TiO2 confirms that eco-TiO2 satisfies the key human safety conditions. PMID:25338845

  11. Public Lands and Other Managed/Preserved Areas (ECO_RES.SIGECO_SITES)

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — The SIGECO_SITES map layer consists of boundary polygons of public lands and other managed or preserved areas in EPA Region 7 states (i.e., federal, state and other...

  12. Eco-innovation of industrial processes and systems: application to the coal life cycle; Eco-innovation des procedes et systemes industriels: application au cycle de vie du charbon

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    Benetto, E.; Rousseaux, P. [Institut National des Sciences Appliquees (INSA), Lab. d' Analyse Environnementale des Procedes et des Systemes Industriels, LAEPSI, 69 - Villeurbanne (France); Blondin, J. [Centre d' Etudes et de Recherches de la Combustion, CERCHAR, Societe Nationale d' Electricite et Thermique, SNET, Groupe Charbonnages de France, 62 - Mazingarbe (France)

    2001-07-01

    This article introduces the concepts and tools of sustainable innovation (eco-innovation) of products, services and processes that are the object of a consensus at the international level, and evidences the role of the life cycle analysis (LCA). It shows, through an example taken in the French industry of coal-fired power plants, how LCA can favour innovation in processes engineering in the framework of the sustainable development. The application is presented in a qualitative way. (J.S.)

  13. Issues of Eco-agricultural Industrialization for Big Qinling Eco-city Cluster

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    2011-01-01

    Firstly,the necessities of ecological agriculture development in Big Qinling Eco-city Cluster were discussed.Then,condition endowment of eco-agricultural industrialization in Big Qinling Eco-city Cluster was analyzed from the aspects of basic conditions and differential endowment of eco-agricultural industrialization.Finally,specific forms and functional orientation of eco-agriculture were pointed out.Countermeasures for the eco-agricultural industrialization in Big Qinling Eco-city Cluster were put forward.Firstly,the government guidance and the media publicity should be strengthened.Secondly,financial support for the eco-agricultural industrialization in Big Qinling Eco-city Cluster should be enhanced.Thirdly,branding strategies of eco-agricultural products in Big Qinling Eco-city Cluster should be implemented as soon as possible.

  14. An Eco-Behavioral Analysis of Children's Engagement in Urban Public School Preschool Classrooms

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    Powell, Douglas R.; Burchinal, Margaret R.; File, Nancy; Kontos, Susan

    2008-01-01

    The primary aim of this study was to identify particular group configurations and teacher behaviors that co-occurred with children's active engagement in public school early childhood classrooms for 4-year-olds. Children (N=138, 52% boys) were observed using a time sampling method in 12 classrooms in 12 urban schools serving students from…

  15. Potential in the public procurement of eco-power; Potenziale der Beschaffung von Oekostrom in Kommunen

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    Guenther, E.; Klauke, I. [Technische Univ. Dresden (Germany). Fakultaet Wirtschaftswissenschaften

    2007-07-01

    Energy supplies on the basis of fossil fuels contribute significantly to the global greenhouse effect. In 2005, for example, 24% of the total CO{sub 2} emissions in the EU were attributable to coal-fired power generation. The work of a research project at TU Dresden revealed that public administrative bodies account for approx. 7.8% of electricity consumption in Germany. To date, however, only few communities have made CO{sub 2} emissions a decision criterion in their electricity procurement. It is thus clear, just how much potential lies in the procurement process for electricity. At the same time, however, consideration must be given not only to the challenges arising from the appraisal of public procurement, but also to how these options limit the market scope from the point of view of the community, i.e. whether corresponding offers are actually available on the market. (orig.)

  16. The application of Positive Matrix Factorization (PMF) to eco-efficiency analysis.

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    Wu, Jiaying; Wu, Zhijun; Holländer, Robert

    2012-05-15

    A new method for weighting and aggregating eco-efficiency indicators is of the utmost importance, if researchers in the field are to provide simplified and physically meaningful information to policy makers. To date, there is still considerable debate over which weighting and aggregating methods to use in this context. We apply a new variant of factor analysis, Positive Matrix Factorization (PMF), to a simple eco-efficiency analysis case study. PMF constrains its solutions to be non-negative, providing two important advantages over traditional factor analysis (FA) or principal component analysis (PCA): the rotational ambiguity of the solution space is reduced, and all the results are guaranteed to be physically meaningful. We suggest that PMF is better choice than either FA or PCA for eco-efficiency indicators, especially when dealing with complex social-economic and environmental data.

  17. Terrestrial Laser Scanning of Peatland Surface Morphology for Eco-Hydrological Applications

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    Anderson, Karen; Bennie, Jonathan; Wetherelt, Andrew

    2010-05-01

    BACKGROUND: Ombrotrophic (rain-fed) lowland raised bogs are scarce habitats with high conservation importance in Europe. A reproducible measurement technique which is capable of capturing the spatial patterning of vegetation and surface topography is important in peatlands because structure is linked to ecological function, hydrology, biodiversity and carbon sequestration. Little attention has been given in the literature to the potential capabilities of active remote sensing systems such as LiDAR for monitoring peatland status, despite the clear opportunity posed by adopting a structurally-focused approach. APPROACH: The research described in this paper set out to establish the information content of laser scanning data for peatland condition monitoring. Our approach was to use fine scale laser scan data acquired from a terrestrial laser scanner (TLS) so as to understand the data requirements for these types of application. We adopted a transect approach to sampling at the Wedholme Flow peatland site in Cumbria, UK. This is a lowland ombrotrophic peatland exhibiting a range of eco-hydrological condition types and was thus a suitable test-bed for the methodology. Seven sites located along a hydrological gradient were measured using TLS. A Leica HDS 3000 instrument, mounted on a tracked vehicle was used to survey the peatland surface from three viewpoints at each site, meaning that shadows cast by the plant canopy were in-filled during post-processing of the point cloud. Each site was also instrumented with hydrological dipwell recorders and assessed using detailed ecological surveys. Positional data from a differential GPS survey (collected simultaneously) were used to elucidate interpretation of spatial patterns in the TLS data. RESULTS: The results demonstrate the capabilities of TLS for describing peatland microtopography and vegetation canopy characteristics at a fine spatial scale (cm resolution over 10 m spatial extent). Geostatistical analyses of the laser

  18. Eco-tourism services in light of new clusters and application of intellectual property rights

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    Petrović Vukašin

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Contemporary eco-tourism includes the basic principles of sustainable development and actively contributes to the preservation of natural and cultural heritage of a specific area by involving the residents of local communities in the planning, development and distribution of generated revenues. It is based on the abundance of biodiversity (particularly rare and endemic species, the traditional knowledge and folklore tradition of a specific area. Products and services that are specific to this form of tourism have always been on the verge of being both beneficial and harmful for the identity of a particular area. Yet, one of the current solutions for attaining good economic results of eco-tourism is grouping all available resources within a particular local community for the purpose of promoting its distinctive features and diversity. In this paper, the author discusses a significant trend of forming eco-tourism clusters and points out to the contemporary solutions aimed at protecting the genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore of local communities within tourism services. The development of intellectual property protection, whose goal is to preserve traditional knowledge and skills of certain local communities, has a significant impact on the development of eco-tourism as well as on the increase of its competitiveness in the global market.

  19. Incorporating Eco-Evolutionary Processes into Population Models:Design and Applications

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    Eco-evolutionary population models are powerful new tools for exploring howevolutionary processes influence plant and animal population dynamics andvice-versa. The need to manage for climate change and other dynamicdisturbance regimes is creating a demand for the incorporation of...

  20. Eco-friendly Synthesis of Ceria Foam via Carboxymethylcellulose Gelation: Application for the Epoxidation of Chalcone

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    A simple and innovative process is described for the eco-friendly preparation of ceria foams via the carboxymethylcellulose gelation by Ce4+ cations; heat treatment of the ensuing xerogels produces ceria foams. The influence of the concentration of cerium and of the calcination t...

  1. EcoMark 2.0

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    Guo, Chenjuan; Yang, Bin; Andersen, Ove;

    2015-01-01

    Eco-routing is a simple yet effective approach to substantially reducing the environmental impact, e.g., fuel consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, of vehicular transportation. Eco-routing relies on the ability to reliably quantify the environmental impact of vehicles as they travel...... in a spatial network. The procedure of quantifying such vehicular impact for road segments of a spatial network is called eco-weight assignment. EcoMark 2.0 proposes a general framework for eco-weight assignment to enable eco-routing. It studies the abilities of six instantaneous and five aggregated models......, and experiments for assessing the utility of the impact models in assigning eco-weights. The application of EcoMark 2.0 indicates that the instantaneous model EMIT and the aggregated model SIDRA-Running are suitable for assigning eco-weights under varying circumstances. In contrast, other instantaneous models...

  2. Exploring the Applications of Bio-Eco Architecture for Sustainable Design and Construction process

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    M. M. Naguib,M; A. M Hanafi

    2013-01-01

    It has been commonly noted that the main perception of nature influenced forms isbasically aesthetic while little concern is given to the importance of inspiring from naturein the construction and structural performance of buildings as well as in the naturalecological architectural solutions, thus, this paper will focus on bio-inspired architectureapproach which embraces the eco-friendly practices of sustainable construction, the useof natural materials and the energy conservation by mimickin...

  3. Multi-agent Blind Model and Its Application to Regional Eco-environmental Quality Assessment

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    LI Ruzhong

    2006-01-01

    Through denoting each expert as an agent and viewing a multiple criteria decision-making as a synthesis problem of aggregating experts' ratings, a multi-agent blind model (MABM) is developed for regional ecoenvironmental quality assessment. In this model, the ratings of the evaluated object under an index, given by expert group, are first utilized to construct a series of blind numbers. In general, each index will correspond to different blind numbers. On the basis of aggregating index weights, the rank score in the form of a blind number is obtained for the evaluated object. Then, by means of calculating expected value of the above blind number, its rank score is further converted into a crisp value. By way of comparing the expected value with classification standards, eco-environmental quality of the evaluated sample could be identified successfully in the end. As a case, the MABM is used to evaluate the eco-environmental quality of Chaohu Lake basin. Study result shows that the MABM is a useful model for regional eco-environmental quality assessment.

  4. [Urban sustainability assessment based on eco-efficiency and its application].

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    Wang, Wei; Lin, Jian-yi; Cui, Sheng-hui; Cao, Bin; Shi, Long-yu

    2010-04-01

    Comprehensive assessment on urban ecological system is one of important issues for regional sustainable development research. Urban eco-efficiency is the effective tool to integrate sustainabable strategies into the development planning and management initiatives, which expresses the relationship of inputs of ecological impact and outputs of social welfare. An evaluation model of urban sustainability based on eco-efficiency was proposed by integrating Ecological Footprint model and Human Development Index. Using this model, a case study of Xiamen City was carried out using the statistical data from 2000 to 2006. There is a fluctuation of ecoefficiency which showed a steady increase first, then a sharp decline and a marginal increase towards the end. During 2000-2006, the per-capita ecological footprint increases from 4.279 hm2 to 5.462 hm2; and the Human Development Index increases from 0.831 to 0.896; thus the eco-efficiency, resource efficiency and environmental efficiency declines by 15.5%, 15.7% and 15.3% respectively. Xiamen experiences sustainability hypo-increasing phase first, sustainability increasing phase secondly, then sustainability decreasing phase, and sustainability increasing phase in the end. On the whole, the urban sustainability shows a decreasing trend.

  5. Publication misrepresentation among anesthesiology residency applicants.

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    Neuman, Stephanie A; Long, Timothy R; Rose, Steven H

    2011-03-01

    Publication misrepresentation has been documented among applicants for residency positions in several specialties. However, these data are not available for anesthesiology applicants. Our purpose in this study was to document the prevalence of publication misrepresentation among applicants to a single anesthesiology residency, to compare anesthesiology publication misrepresentation data with similar data in other specialties, and to determine how often publication misrepresentation leads to an unfair competitive advantage in the application process. Applications to the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education anesthesiology core residency in Rochester, Minnesota, were reviewed for publication misrepresentations using Medline and PubMed databases, Mayo Clinic library databases, and/or review by a qualified medical librarian. Misrepresented publications underwent further review to identify fraudulent publications and/or citation errors that provide an unfair competitive advantage. The authors found that 2.4% of the applications (13 of 532) included fraudulent publications, 6.6% of the applications with at least 1 publication (13 of 197) included ≥1 that was fraudulent, and 2.9% of all cited publications (15 of 522) were fraudulent. In addition, 0.9% of the applications (5 of 532) contained a citation error that, although not grossly fraudulent, could have favorably affected the applicant's competitiveness for a residency position. Misrepresented publications were fairly common among anesthesiology residency applicants. However, only a small percentage of applicants listed misrepresented publications that were clearly fraudulent or contained a citation error that conferred a competitive advantage. Identification of fraudulent publications on Electronic Residency Application Service applications is important to maintain the integrity of the application process.

  6. Eco School.

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    Poulton, Prue; Symons, Gillian

    The Eco School information pack contains 10 sections outlining specific school areas that can be assessed by students for meeting the needs of all its users, the extent to which these areas use and abuse environmental resources, and the aesthetic contribution they make to the locality. Using this initial research, the document helps students…

  7. Exploring the Applications of Bio-Eco Architecture for Sustainable Design and Construction process

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    M. M. Naguib

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available It has been commonly noted that the main perception of nature influenced forms isbasically aesthetic while little concern is given to the importance of inspiring from naturein the construction and structural performance of buildings as well as in the naturalecological architectural solutions, thus, this paper will focus on bio-inspired architectureapproach which embraces the eco-friendly practices of sustainable construction, the useof natural materials and the energy conservation by mimicking the natural life.A number of bio-inspired architectural designs will be illustrated presenting acomprehensive analysis of bio-inspired role to be played in developing the concept ofecological sustainable design and construction in contemporary architecture.Building must teach the society with new ecological moral, thus, a better understanding ofbiological morphogenesis can usefully inspire architectural design to resolve challengesthat have already been resolved by nature that will not only help in creating a healthyenvironment but will also produce positive environmental impacts.Bio-Eco Architecture harnesses and replicates the principles found in nature in order tocreate built environment which benefit people and other living creatures as well as safe-guarding the biodiversity; thus, Biomimetics in architecture will help develop a culture ofactive environmental design.

  8. Publication misrepresentation among otolaryngology residency applicants.

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    Beswick, Daniel M; Man, Li-Xing; Johnston, Bruce A; Johnson, Jonas T; Schaitkin, Barry M

    2010-12-01

    To assess the extent of research publication misrepresentation among otolaryngology residency applicants and to determine applicant attributes associated with misrepresentation. Prospective study. A single otolaryngology residency program. Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) applications to the incoming 2010 class of an otolaryngology residency program were reviewed for peer-reviewed journal publications reported as "provisionally accepted," "accepted," or "in print." Publications were verified by searching PubMed, Google Scholar, and electronic journals. Applicants with remaining unverified publications were e-mailed before announcing interviews. Erroneously reported or unverifiable publications were considered misrepresented. There were 432 publications reported by 173 of 325 applicants (53.2%). Twenty-two publications (5.1%) were misrepresented by 17 applicants (9.8%). Contacting applicants verified 26 publications and identified 10 errors. Seven publications were inappropriately reported as provisionally accepted, three articles were not peer-reviewed, and applicants were erroneously listed as first author on two publications. Ten publications remained unverifiable. Multivariate logistic regression models showed that being an international medical graduate (P = 0.002) and male gender (P = 0.040) were predictors of misrepresentation after adjusting for potential confounders. Among international medical graduates alone, no attributes were associated with misrepresentation. All U.S. applicants with misrepresented publications were male (P = 0.033) and were from a medical school not ranked in the top 50 by U.S. News & World Report for research (P = 0.002) or primary care (P = 0.018). Misrepresentation of research experience exists among otolaryngology residency applicants. ERAS should develop standardized definitions for publication statuses to help reduce inadvertent misrepresentation. Copyright © 2010 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck

  9. Preliminary results of Resistive Plate Chambers operated with eco-friendly gas mixtures for application in the CMS experiment

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    Abbrescia, M

    2016-01-01

    The operations of Resistive Plate Chambers in LHC experiments require Fluorine based (F-based) gases for optimal performance. Recent European regulations demand the use of environmentally unfriendly F-based gases to be limited or banned. In view of the CMS experiment upgrade, several tests are ongoing to measure the performance of the detector with these new ecological gas mixtures, in terms of efficiency, streamer probability, induced charge and time resolution. Prototype chambers with readout pads and with the standard CMS electronic setup are under test. In this paper preliminary results on performance of RPCs operated with a potential eco-friendly gas candidate 1,3,3,3-Tetrafluoropropene, commercially known as HFO-1234ze, with CO2 and CF3I based gas mixtures are presented and discussed for the possible application in the CMS experiment.

  10. Preliminary results of Resistive Plate Chambers operated with eco-friendly gas mixtures for application in the CMS experiment

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    Abbrescia, Marcello; Benussi, Luigi; Bianco, Stefano; Cauwenbergh, Simon Marc D; Ferrini, Mauro; Muhammad, Saleh; Passamontic, L; Pierluigi, Daniele; Piccolo, Davide; Primavera, Federica; Russo, Alessandro; Savianoc, G; Tytgat, Michael

    2016-01-01

    The operations of Resistive Plate Chambers in LHC experiments require F-based gases for optimal performance. Recent regulations demand the use of environmentally unfriendly F-based gases to be limited or banned. In view of the CMS experiment upgrade several tests are ongoing to measure the performance of the detector in terms of efficiency, streamer probability, induced charge and time resolution. Prototype chambers with readout pads and with the standard cms electronic setup are under test. In this talk preliminary results on performance of RPCs operated with a potential eco-friendly gas candidate 1,3,3,3-Tetrafluoropropene, commercially known as HFO-1234ze and with CO2 based gas mixtures are presented and discussed for the possible application in the CMS experiment.

  11. Publication misrepresentation among urology residency applicants.

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    Hsi, Ryan S; Hotaling, James M; Moore, Tarah N; Joyner, Byron D

    2013-06-01

    To assess the extent and types of publication misrepresentation among medical students applying to the urology residency program at the University of Washington. Research experience and publications are the selection criteria used to judge and rank urology residency applicants. Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) applications submitted for the incoming class of 2011 for urology residency at the University of Washington were reviewed. All listed publications were verified against PubMed and Google search engines. Misrepresentation was defined as non-authorship of an existing article, authorship claimed of a nonexistent article, or first-authorship listed incorrectly. Of the 198 total applications, 124 (63 %) applicants reported 541 publications, including 112 abstracts and 429 journal articles. 347 (65 %) articles and abstracts were verifiable. Misrepresentation of 12 (3.5 %) published articles was found in 9 applicants (7 %), which included self-promotion to first-authorship (6), followed by non-existent articles (5), and a repeated publication listing (1). On univariate analysis, higher age (p = 0.008), higher number of total publications reported (p misrepresentation. Due to the low incidence, the study was not adequately powered to perform a multivariate analysis. Misrepresentation of publications listed in ERAS among urology applicants remains significant. Residency program directors should require applicants to submit copies of all of their publications, whether in print, in-press, or submitted to be placed as part of their application file.

  12. Public Private Partnerships Applicability to Defence Procurement

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    2001-09-01

    Public Private Partnerships Applicability to Defence Procurement Jonathan Barnes KPMG Corporate Finance Report Documentation Page Report Date...25SEP2001 Report Type N/A Dates Covered (from... to) 25SEP2001 - 27SEP2001 Title and Subtitle Public Private Partnerships Applicability to Defence...unclassified Classification of Abstract unclassified Limitation of Abstract UU Number of Pages 6 kpmg Aim Provide an appreciation of: n Public Private Partnerships

  13. Application of ecosystem health cost-effect analysis in eco-planning in Guangzhou City,China

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    GUO Xiurui; MAO Xianqiang; YANG Jurong; YANG Zhifeng

    2007-01-01

    Ecosystem health has been a focal point and research frontier of applied ecology in recent years,increasingly used in urban ecological studies.To quantify the effect of ecological improvement from eco-planning,an ecosystem health assessment method is used in eco-planning evaluation and decision support in the urban eco-planning research of Guangzhou City of China.Based on features of an urban ecosystem,five factors such as vigor,organizational structure,resilience,ability to maintain ecosystem service,and influence on people's health were selected to develop the assessment indicator system.Then.to evaluate the validity of planning measures,a cost-effect analysis of the different sce-narios on eco-planning was made,taking investment of the planned projects as the cost and ecosystem health state after implementing the scenarios as the effect.To establish priority of all the proposed planning schemes or countermeasures,variation of the ecosystem health state was evaluated when the investment of eco-environmental construction projects changes by±10%,±20% and±50%,respectively.Thus,the order of importance of eco-environment construction projects to the urban ecosystem health state Can be worked out,providing a reference for prioritizing the implementation of such urban eco-environmental projects.The study proved the trial value of an ecosystem health evaluation method in urban eco-planning research.

  14. Synthesis and applications of eco-magnetic nano-hydroxyapatite chitosan composite for enhanced fluoride sorption.

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    Pandi, Kalimuthu; Viswanathan, Natrayasamy

    2015-12-10

    Adsorption is a significant reaction occurs between adsorbent/water interface for controlling the pollutants in the aqueous environment. In this regard, an eco-magnetic biosorbent was prepared by uniform deposition of magnetic Fe3O4 particles on the surface of nano-hydroxyapatite (n-HAp)/chitosan (CS) nanocomposite namely Fe3O4@n-HApCS composite as versatile sorbent for fluoride sorption. The resulting Fe3O4@n-HApCS nanocomposite was characterized by FTIR and SEM with EDAX techniques. The defluoridation capacity (DC) was found to depend on the contact time, pH, co-existing anions, initial fluoride concentration and temperature. The sorption isotherm was investigated by Freundlich, Langmuir and Temkin isotherm models using the batch method. The thermodynamic parameters revealed the feasibility, spontaneity and endothermic nature of fluoride sorption. The results of this research work designated that Fe3O4@n-HApCS composite having the excellent defluoridation capacity than the individual components and interesting to note that the easy magnetic separation of Fe3O4@n-HApCS composite from aqueous medium.

  15. ECoS, a framework for modelling hierarchical spatial systems.

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    Harris, John R W; Gorley, Ray N

    2003-10-01

    A general framework for modelling hierarchical spatial systems has been developed and implemented as the ECoS3 software package. The structure of this framework is described, and illustrated with representative examples. It allows the set-up and integration of sets of advection-diffusion equations representing multiple constituents interacting in a spatial context. Multiple spaces can be defined, with zero, one or two-dimensions and can be nested, and linked through constituent transfers. Model structure is generally object-oriented and hierarchical, reflecting the natural relations within its real-world analogue. Velocities, dispersions and inter-constituent transfers, together with additional functions, are defined as properties of constituents to which they apply. The resulting modular structure of ECoS models facilitates cut and paste model development, and template model components have been developed for the assembly of a range of estuarine water quality models. Published examples of applications to the geochemical dynamics of estuaries are listed.

  16. ECO-Report - Halfway home

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    Jane Kapler Smith; Janet Sullivan; Clinton E. Carlson; L. Jack Lyon; J. Tewksbury; S. Hejl; T. Martin; Stephen F. Arno; Ward McCaughey; Cathy Stewart; Colin Hardy; J. Greg Jones; Madelyn Kempf; Leslie Weldon

    1996-01-01

    ECO-Report is an annual Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) publication which contains a set of articles showcasing the Bitterroot Ecosystem Management Research Project (BEMRP) research projects and activities. The articles are concise, user-friendly, and designed to inform a broad range of audiences interested in ecosystem management. Articles featured in...

  17. Eco-Environmental Factors in Green Roof Application in Indian Cities

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    Mukherjee, M.

    2014-09-01

    Green-roof is the cost-effective environmental mitigation strategy for urban areas [1]. Its application is limited in India primarily due to inadequate understanding about its cost-benefit analysis and technicalities of its maintenance. Increasing awareness about green roof can alter conservative attitude towards its application. So, this work presents a quantified study on green-roof types, cost and environmental benefits while considering different geo-urban climate scenarios for cities of Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and New Delhi. Cost estimation for extensive and intensive green-roof with reference to commonly used roof in urban India is also worked out. Attributes considered for environmental discussion are energy savings related to thermal heat gain through roof, roof-top storm-water drainage and sound attenuation. The comparative study confirms that further focused study on individual cities would identify city-specific objectives for green-roof application; strategies like awareness, capacity building programmes, incentives, demonstration projects etc. can be worked out accordingly for wider application of green-roof in Indian cities.

  18. EcoTour

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    Andersen, Ove; Jensen, Christian Søndergaard; Torp, Kristian;

    2013-01-01

    Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from transportation is essential in combating global warming and climate change. Eco-routing enables drivers to use the most eco-friendly routes and is effective in reducing the emissions from vehicular transportation. The EcoTour system assigns eco......-weights to a road network based on GPS and CAN bus data collected from vehicles to enable eco-routing. Given an arbitrary source-destination pair in Denmark, EcoTour returns the shortest route, the fastest route, and the eco-route, along with statistics for the three routes. EcoTour also serves as a testbed...... for exploring advanced solutions to a range of challenges related to eco-routing....

  19. Testing the suitability of some endemic and exotic species for eco-engineering applications to control slope processes

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    Cammeraat, L. H.; van Beek, L. P. H.

    2009-04-01

    including the vetiver grass slopes. In the second spring after the start of the experiment however, a large rainfall event occurred and one of the test slopes planted with vetiver grass, slumped downwards over a slide plane at 30-40 cm depth, whereas the other vetiver slope remained in position. The other test slopes did not show any downward movement or erosion phenomena. The disappointing effectiveness of vetiver might be attributed to 1) hot and dry summer conditions when root growth is reduced or stops, to 2) low winter temperature conditions, which also hampers biomass production or creating frost damage, 3) the relative dense subsoil, which is difficult to penetrate by roots. Although Spanish cane showed good effectiveness, it spreads very fast and uncontrolled to other places, and is then difficult to remove. The conclusion can be made that despite the wide application of vetiver, also in the Mediterranean, it is not suitable for Mediterranean areas with either too dry conditions or that are too cold in winter. Spanish cane is also not suitable for its uncontrolled expansion. The remaining conclusion is that endemic species that are adapted to the local conditions are more favorable for application in eco-engineering applications, given that the species selected have potential for capturing sediment and increasing infiltration under overland flow conditions, or have well developed deep root systems that increase slope stability.

  20. Factsheets for the (eco)toxicological risk assessment strategy of the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)

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    Luttik R; Raaij MTM van; CSR

    2001-01-01

    Eight fact sheets describing risk assessment methods used at the Centre of Substances and Risk assessment (CSR) of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) are presented here with the main aim of promoting greater transparency in the risk assessment methods used at the Ins

  1. Eco-friendly porous concrete using bottom ash aggregate for marine ranch application.

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    Lee, Byung Jae; Prabhu, G Ganesh; Lee, Bong Chun; Kim, Yun Yong

    2016-03-01

    This article presents the test results of an investigation carried out on the reuse of coal bottom ash aggregate as a substitute material for coarse aggregate in porous concrete production for marine ranch applications. The experimental parameters were the rate of bottom ash aggregate substitution (30%, 50% and 100%) and the target void ratio (15%, 20% and 25%). The cement-coated granular fertiliser was substituted into a bottom ash aggregate concrete mixture to improve marine ranch applications. The results of leaching tests revealed that the bottom ash aggregate has only a negligible amount of the ten deleterious substances specified in the Ministry of Environment - Enforcement Regulation of the Waste Management Act of Republic Korea. The large amount of bubbles/air gaps in the bottom ash aggregate increased the voids of the concrete mixtures in all target void ratios, and decreased the compressive strength of the porous concrete mixture; however, the mixture substituted with 30% and 10% of bottom ash aggregate and granular fertiliser, respectively, showed an equal strength to the control mixture. The sea water resistibility of the bottom ash aggregate substituted mixture was relatively equal to that of the control mixture, and also showed a great deal of improvement in the degree of marine organism adhesion compared with the control mixture. No fatality of fish was observed in the fish toxicity test, which suggested that bottom ash aggregate was a harmless material and that the combination of bottom ash aggregate and granular fertiliser with substitution rates of 30% and 10%, respectively, can be effectively used in porous concrete production for marine ranch application.

  2. Commercial Pesticides Applicator Manual: Public Health.

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    Fitzwater, William D.; Reed, Leonard G., Jr.

    This training manual provides information needed to meet the minimum EPA standards for certification as a commercial applicator of pesticides in the public health pest control category. The text discusses pests such as roaches, bedbugs, bees, mosquitoes, gnats, flies, and rodents with possible control measures provided. (CS)

  3. The eco-innovation of K-Chabazite zeolite application in high nitrate vulnerable soils: a mapping assessment

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    Blasi, Emanuele; Passeri, Nicolò; Martella, Angelo; Coltorti, Massimo; Faccini, Barbara; Di Giuseppe, Dario; Ferretti, Giacomo

    2015-04-01

    Farmers' cultivation choices, mainly related to the use of agricultural inputs, affect the natural ecosystem and has an impact on larger scale. In particular the on-land application of swine manure by pigs livestock affects the water quality of waterways and in certain area can compromise the long term sustainability of the agro-ecosystems. The Volano-Burana basin (Ferrara Province, Italy) is a high vulnerable area (under the Directive Nitrate 91/676/CEE) characterized by waterways surrounding terrains with high concentration of croplands that year by year are managed by farmers with slurry and fertilizers application on the soil. A 6 ha agricultural field within this basin has been involved as a case study for the implementation of ZeoLIFE project experimental activities, which consist in the introduction of volcanic rocks called zeolitite, by an innovative integrated cycle, that combines zeolitite with pig slurry, and put it into soil. The zeolitite used for the project, K-Chabazite zeolitite, holds a high cation exchange capacity (up to 2.2 meq/g) and reversible hydration. The granulated waste quarries zeolitite, enriched in ammonium by a treatment with pig slurry and added to agricultural land, have a high fertilization capacity and a slow-realise of nutrients (K, NH4) and water, allowing the solubilisation of tricalcium phosphate, making the P available for plants. Added to agricultural soil it has allowed an increase in yield up to 20% and simultaneously reduce of the amount of fertilizer and irrigation water up to 50%, with a resulting decrease in the nitrate concentration in pore-waters and superficial waters issued from the field in the water system. Starting from project's results, an agro-ecological model of charged zeolite application has been provided taking into account the economic and normative constraints and the main characteristics of the Burana-Volano Basin to identify and promote the best pathways to spread this eco-innovation process and

  4. 43 CFR 6.9 - Publication and public use of invention before patent application is filed.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 43 Public Lands: Interior 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Publication and public use of invention... Interior PATENT REGULATIONS Inventions by Employees § 6.9 Publication and public use of invention before patent application is filed. (a) Publication or public use of an invention constitutes a statutory bar to...

  5. Public participation in GIS via mobile applications

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    Brovelli, Maria Antonia; Minghini, Marco; Zamboni, Giorgio

    2016-04-01

    Driven by the recent trends in the GIS domain including Volunteered Geographic Information, geo-crowdsourcing and citizen science, and fostered by the constant technological advances, collection and dissemination of geospatial information by ordinary people has become commonplace. However, applications involving user-generated geospatial content show dramatically diversified patterns in terms of incentive, type and level of participation, purpose of the activity, data/metadata provided and data quality. This study contributes to this heterogeneous context by investigating public participation in GIS within the field of mobile-based applications. Results not only show examples of how to technically build GIS applications enabling user collection and interaction with geospatial data, but they also draw conclusions about the methods and needs of public participation. We describe three projects with different scales and purposes in the context of urban monitoring and planning, and tourism valorisation. In each case, an open source architecture is used, allowing users to exploit their mobile devices to collect georeferenced information. This data is then made publicly available on specific Web viewers. Analysis of user involvement in these projects provides insights related to participation patterns which suggests some generalized conclusions.

  6. Regulating N application for rice yield and sustainable eco-agro development in the upper reaches of Yellow River basin, China.

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    Zhang, Aiping; Liu, Ruliang; Gao, Ji; Yang, Shiqi; Chen, Zhe

    2014-01-01

    High N fertilizer and flooding irrigation applied to rice on anthropogenic-alluvial soil often result in N leaching and low recovery of applied fertilizer N from the rice fields in Ningxia irrigation region in the upper reaches of the Yellow River, which threatens ecological environment, food security, and sustainable agricultural development. This paper reported the regulating N application for rice yield and sustainable Eco-Agro development in the upper reaches of Yellow River basin. The results showed that reducing and postponing N application could maintain crop yields while substantially reducing N leaching losses to the environment and improving the nitrogen use efficiency. Considering the high food production, the minimum environmental threat, and the low labor input, we suggested that regulating N application is an important measure to help sustainable agricultural development in this region.

  7. Eco-friendly synthesis of TiO2, Au and Pt doped TiO2 nanoparticles for dye sensitized solar cell applications and evaluation of toxicity

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    Gopinath, K.; Kumaraguru, S.; Bhakyaraj, K.; Thirumal, S.; Arumugam, A.

    2016-04-01

    Driven by the demand of pure TiO2, Au and Pt doped TiO2 NPs were successfully synthesized using Terminalia arjuna bark extract. The eco-friendly synthesized NPs were characterized by UV-Vis-DRS, ATR-FT-IR, PL, XRD, Raman, SEM with EDX and TEM analysis. The synthesized NPs were investigation for dye sensitized solar cell applications. UV-Vis-Diffused Reflectance Spectra clearly showed that the expected TiO2 inter band absorption below 306 nm, incorporation of gold shows surface plasma resonant (SPR) near 555 nm and platinum incorporated TiO2 NPs shows absorbance at 460 nm. The energy conversion efficiency for Au doped TiO2 NPs when compared to pure and Pt doped TiO2 NPs. In addition to that, Au noble metal present TiO2 matrix and an improve open-circuit voltage (Voc) of DSSC. Synthesized NPs was evaluated into antibacterial and antifungal activities by disk diffusion method. It is observed that NPs have not shown any activities in all tested bacterial and fungal strains. In this eco-friendly synthesis method to provide non toxic and environmental friendly nanomaterials can be used for solar energy device application.

  8. Research and Application of Method for Evaluation of Eco-Efficiency of Eco-Industrial Parks (EIP)%生态工业园区生态效率评估方法研究及应用

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    芮俊伟; 周贝贝; 钱谊; 孙靖

    2013-01-01

    生态效率兼顾经济效益和环境效益,是定量描述环境和经济系统相互关系的核心指标,是评价生态工业园发展水平的热点.借鉴生态足迹和生态效率的理论,依据生态足迹核算方法,建立了生态工业园生态效率评价模型,并应用该模型对昆山高新区生态效率进行分析.结果显示,昆山高新区生态效率呈逐年上升趋势,限制其提高的主要因素是区内从业人员的生物资源需求以及电子信息行业和除三大主导行业以外的其他行业较低的生态效率.%Eco-efficiency,as it takes into account both economic and environmental benefits,is a core indicator of quantitative description of relationships between environment and economic systems and a hotspot as well in appraising development of eco-industrial parks (EIP).Based on the theories of ecological footprint and eco-efficiency and the ecological footprint accounting methods available,a mathematic model was established for evaluating eco-efficiency of EIP and used to evaluate eco-efficiency of the Kunshan EIP.Results show that eco-efficiency of the Kunshan EIP has been improving slowly year by year and its main limiting factors are the demands of the practitioners in the park for biological resources and the poor eco-efficiencies of the electronic information industry and the other industries except for the three leading industries.

  9. Development of an eco-protocol for seaweed chlorophylls extraction and possible applications in dye sensitized solar cells

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    Armeli Minicante, S.; Ambrosi, E.; Back, M.; Barichello, J.; Cattaruzza, E.; Gonella, F.; Scantamburlo, E.; Trave, E.

    2016-07-01

    Seaweeds are a reserve of natural dyes (chlorophylls a, b and c), characterized by low cost and easy supply, without potential environmental load in terms of land subtraction, and also complying with the requirements of an efficient waste management policy. In particular, the brown seaweed Undaria pinnatifida is a species largely present in the Venice Lagoon area, and for it a removal strategy is actually mandatory. In this paper, we set-up an eco-protocol for the best extraction and preparation procedures of the pigment, with the aim of finding an easy and affordable method for chlorophyll c extraction, exploring at the same time the possibility of using these algae within local sustainable management integrated strategies, among which the possible use of chlorophylls as a dye source in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) is investigated. Experimental results suggest that the developed protocols are useful to optimize the chlorophyll c extraction, as shown by optical absorption spectroscopy measurements. The DSSCs built with the chlorophyll extracted by the proposed eco-protocol exhibit solar energy conversion efficiencies are similar to those obtained following extraction protocols with larger environmental impacts.

  10. Comprehensive review on application of edible film on meat and meat products: An eco-friendly approach.

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    Umaraw, Pramila; Verma, Akhilesh K

    2017-04-13

    The functions of packaging materials are to prevent moisture loss, drip, reduce lipid oxidation, improve some of their sensorial properties (color, taste and smell) and provide microbial stability of foods. Edible films can be made from protein, polysaccharides and lipids or by combination of any of these to form a composite film. Nanocomposites are composite films made by incorporation of nanoparticles. Edible packaging and coating of the meat and meat products enhances the self-life by the incorporation of the active compound (such as antimicrobial and antioxidant compound) in to the packaging matrix. Incorporation of the some ingredients in the matrix may also improve the nutritional as well as sensory attributes of the packed products. Edible packaging material also reduces environmental pollution by overcoming the burden degradation as edible films are biodegradable and thus eco-friendly.

  11. Opportunity cost based analysis of corporate eco-efficiency: a methodology and its application to the CO2-efficiency of German companies.

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    Hahn, Tobias; Figge, Frank; Liesen, Andrea; Barkemeyer, Ralf

    2010-10-01

    In this paper, we propose the return-to-cost-ratio (RCR) as an alternative approach to the analysis of operational eco-efficiency of companies based on the notion of opportunity costs. RCR helps to overcome two fundamental deficits of existing approaches to eco-efficiency. (1) It translates eco-efficiency into managerial terms by applying the well-established notion of opportunity costs to eco-efficiency analysis. (2) RCR allows to identify and quantify the drivers behind changes in corporate eco-efficiency. RCR is applied to the analysis of the CO(2)-efficiency of German companies in order to illustrate its usefulness for a detailed analysis of changes in corporate eco-efficiency as well as for the development of effective environmental strategies.

  12. Eco e Narciso. Paesaggi inediti in provincia di Torino

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    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available The program of public art Eco e Narciso worked out inside the project Cultura Materiale of Torino Provincial Government.The article represents the meaning of this activity by a sequence of some artistic productions of literature, from 2005 edition.Other technical informations complete this frame putting Eco e Narciso in landscape experience. 

  13. Eco-design opportunities for critical material supply risks

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    Peck, D.P.; Bakker, C.A.

    2012-01-01

    A number of recent publications point to the important role of eco-design approaches in risk mitigation for critical materials supply. The core of eco-design is life cycle thinking – usually as some form of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach together with a set of generic guidelines such as checkl

  14. Eco-design opportunities for critical material supply risks

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    Peck, D.P.; Bakker, C.A.

    2012-01-01

    A number of recent publications point to the important role of eco-design approaches in risk mitigation for critical materials supply. The core of eco-design is life cycle thinking – usually as some form of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach together with a set of generic guidelines such as

  15. ECO-INNOVATION FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

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    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Eco-innovation is any form of innovation resulting in or aiming at significant and demonstrable progress towards the goal of sustainable development, through reducing impacts on the environment, enhancing resilience to environmental pressures, or achieving a more efficient and responsible use of natural resources. States and governments of the world, different institutions and organizations actively involved and aware in public policies, strategies and actions, reaffirm their commitments and reassess actions in order to achieve a truly sustainable development. In the common vision and the resolutions and other documents of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, the words "environment", "innovation", "green economy" appear very often and almost always along the same context, to achieve the objectives of the sustainable development. The objectives of EU's Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, are being implemented through a number of Flagship Initiatives addressing the main challenges, like “Innovation for a sustainable Future - The Eco-innovation Action Plan (EcoAP”. Eco-innovation Observatory developed the Eco-Innovation index, the first tool to assess and illustrate eco-innovation performance across the EU Member States. Like in all fields, in textiles and leather field, eco-innovation is present and there are a lot of tools available that measure environmental damage and help manufacturers and brands become more sustainable. Eco-innovation is not just a trendy concept but a reality and a necessity nowadays, a way to achieve a sustainable future for ourselves and future generations.

  16. EcoBears

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    Nielsen, Nick; Pedersen, Sandra Bleuenn; Sørensen, Jens Ager

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, we introduce the EcoBears concept that aims to augment household appliances with functional and aesthetic features to promote their "use'' and "longevity of use'' to prevent their disposal. The EcoBears also aim to support the communication of environmental issues in the home setting....... We present our initial design and implementation of the EcoBears that consist of two bear modules (a mother and her cub). We also present our preliminary concept validations and lessons learned to be considered for future directions....

  17. An enhanced photocatalytic response of nanometric TiO2 wrapping of Au nanoparticles for eco-friendly water applications

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    Scuderi, Viviana; Impellizzeri, Giuliana; Romano, Lucia; Scuderi, Mario; Brundo, Maria V.; Bergum, Kristin; Zimbone, Massimo; Sanz, Ruy; Buccheri, Maria A.; Simone, Francesca; Nicotra, Giuseppe; Svensson, Bengt G.; Grimaldi, Maria G.; Privitera, Vittorio

    2014-09-01

    We propose a ground-breaking approach by an upside-down vision of the Au/TiO2 nano-system in order to obtain an enhanced photocatalytic response. The system was synthesized by wrapping Au nanoparticles (~8 nm mean diameter) with a thin layer of TiO2 (~4 nm thick). The novel idea of embedding Au nanoparticles with titanium dioxide takes advantage of the presence of metal nanoparticles, in terms of electron trapping, without losing any of the TiO2 exposed surface, so as to favor the photocatalytic performance of titanium dioxide. A complete structural characterization was made by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The remarkable photocatalytic performance together with the stability of the nano-system was demonstrated by degradation of the methylene blue dye in water. The non-toxicity of the nano-system was established by testing the effect of the material on the reproductive cycle of Mytilus galloprovincialis in an aquatic environment. The originally synthesized material was also compared to conventional TiO2 with Au nanoparticles on top. The latter system showed a dispersion of Au nanoparticles in the liquid environment, due to their instability in the aqueous solution that clearly represents an environmental contamination issue. Thus, the results show that nanometric TiO2 wrapping of Au nanoparticles has great potential in eco-friendly water/wastewater purification.

  18. The Research of Application of Eco-friendly Materials in World's Fair's Country Pavilion%世博会国家展馆生态环保材料应用研究

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    黄翰星

    2012-01-01

    本文通过对历届世博会国家展馆设计中生态环保材料应用的研究,总结了生态环保材料应用的若干特性,强调了国家展馆在设计与实施过程中应实现国家特性和生态环保材料应用相结合,提倡建筑师充分运用各种生态环保材料,使设计获得独特的效果,同时为人类的可持续发展作出贡献.%By researching the application of eco-fnendly materials in all previous World's Fair's country pavilion design, this paper summarizes a number of features of the application of eco-friendly materials, emphasizes the national pavilions should achieve a combination of national characteristics and eco-friendly materials in the process of design and implementation, advocates architects make full use of various eco-friendly materials to obtain unique results, meanwhile, making contribute to human sustainable development.

  19. ECO-Report - Great issues, great diversions

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    Janie Canton-Thompson; Jim Saveland; Sharon Ritter; Yvette K Ortega; Dean F. Pearson; Mick Harrington; Elaine Kennedy Sutherland; Clint Cook; Greg Jones

    2004-01-01

    ECO-Report is an annual Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) publication which contains a set of articles showcasing the Bitterroot Ecosystem Management Research Project (BEMRP) research projects and activities. The articles are concise, user-friendly, and designed to inform a broad range of audiences interested in ecosystem management. Articles featured in...

  20. Eco-friendly synthesis, spectral and computational study of pyrrole-2-carboxaldehyde salicylhydrazone (PCSH) for its application

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    Rawat, Poonam; Singh, R. N.

    2015-11-01

    In this paper we present eco-friendly synthesis of Pyrrole-2-carboxaldehyde salicylhydrazone (PCSH) and its molecular structural elucidation, spectral analysis and reactivity evaluation. Pyrrole-2-carboxaldehyde and salicyl hydrazide in water undergo condensation reaction to produce PCSH in good yield (88%). All results of quantum chemical calculation corroborate well with the experimental findings. The PCSH has been characterized by elemental analysis, FT-IR, 1H NMR, UV-Visible, and ESI-Mass spectroscopy. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been carried out for PCSH by performing B3LYP functional using the standard basis set 6-31 + g (d, p), and additional basis sets 6D and 10F. Two most stable conformers for PCSH have been observed around the dihedral angle N1C5C6N7. The red shift observed in O-H stretching vibration in the FT-IR spectrum indicates the presence of intramolecular hydrogen bonding. The rotational barrier between syn-syn (closed) syn-syn (open) found to be 2966.9 kcal/mol. The presence of hydroxyl proton at 10.45 ppm downfield in experimental 1H NMR spectrum confirms the existence of intramolecular hydrogen bonding in PCSH. Further, topological parameters analysis at the bond critical points using 'Atoms in molecules' theory reveals intramolecular hydrogen bonding. The energy of homonuclear intramolecular hydrogen bond (O17-H28⋯O10) is calculated to be 14.03 kcal/mol. The ellipticity results confirm the resonance assisted nature of this intramolecular hydrogen bond. In addition to this work, the reactive sites in PCSH have been explored using DFT descriptors, predicting nucleophilic reactions at carbonyl carbon and electrophilic reactions are possible at pyrrolic NH, amidic NH and double bond Cdbnd N leading to several heterocyclic products and metal complexes.

  1. Switching Markov decoders for asynchronous trajectory reconstruction from ECoG signals in monkeys for BCI applications.

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    Schaeffer, Marie-Caroline; Aksenova, Tetiana

    2017-03-10

    Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) are systems which translate brain neural activity into commands for external devices. BCI users generally alternate between No-Control (NC) and Intentional Control (IC) periods. NC/IC discrimination is crucial for clinical BCIs, particularly when they provide neural control over complex effectors such as exoskeletons. Numerous BCI decoders focus on the estimation of continuously-valued limb trajectories from neural signals. The integration of NC support into continuous decoders is investigated in the present article. Most discrete/continuous BCI hybrid decoders rely on static state models which don't exploit the dynamic of NC/IC state succession. A hybrid decoder, referred to as Markov Switching Linear Model (MSLM), is proposed in the present article. The MSLM assumes that the NC/IC state sequence is generated by a first-order Markov chain, and performs dynamic NC/IC state detection. Linear continuous movement models are probabilistically combined using the NC and IC state posterior probabilities yielded by the state decoder. The proposed decoder is evaluated for the task of asynchronous wrist position decoding from high dimensional space-time-frequency ElectroCorticoGraphic (ECoG) features in monkeys. The MSLM is compared with another dynamic hybrid decoder proposed in the literature, namely a Switching Kalman Filter (SKF). A comparison is additionally drawn with a Wiener filter decoder which infers NC states by thresholding trajectory estimates. The MSLM decoder is found to outperform both the SKF and the thresholded Wiener filter decoder in terms of False Positive Ratio and NC/IC state detection error. It additionally surpasses the SKF with respect to the Pearson Correlation Coefficient and Root Mean Squared Error between true and estimated continuous trajectories.

  2. Enabling Eco-Friendly Choices by Relying on the Proportional-Thinking Heuristic

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    Cleotilde Gonzalez

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Ecological (eco taxes are promising mechanisms to enable eco-friendly decisions, but few people prefer them. In this study, we present a way in which eco-tax options may be communicated to general public to encourage their payment. Our implementation (called “information presentation” takes advantage of the non-linear relationship between eco-tax payments and CO2 emissions and the human reliance on the proportional-thinking heuristic. According to the proportional-thinking heuristic, people are likely to prefer a small eco-tax increase and judge larger eco-tax increases to cause proportionally greater CO2 emissions reductions. In an online study, participants were asked to choose between eco-tax increases in two problems: In one, a smaller eco-tax increase resulted in greater CO2 emissions reduction, while in the other, a smaller tax increase resulted in lesser CO2 emissions reduction. Although the larger eco-tax increase did not reduce CO2 emissions the most, across both problems, people judged larger eco-tax increases to cause proportionally greater reductions in CO2 emissions and preferred smaller tax increases. Thus, eco-tax policies would benefit by presenting information in terms of eco-tax increases, such that smaller eco-tax increases (which are more attractive and are likely to be chosen by people cause greater CO2 emissions reductions.

  3. Misrepresentation of publications among radiation oncology residency applicants.

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    Yang, Gary Y; Schoenwetter, Mary F; Wagner, Timothy D; Donohue, Kathleen A; Kuettel, Michael R

    2006-04-01

    Authorship misrepresentations have been described for residency and fellowship applications for various medical specialties. This study assessed the prevalence of misrepresented publications in radiation oncology residency applications. The authors reviewed 117 applications to their residency program for a single 2004 position offered through the National Resident Matching Program. Publications listed on the applications were verified for accuracy, with the results and applicants' demographic information recorded. A total of 49 applicants (42%) claimed authorship of published research citations. The number of published citations averaged 3.6 per applicant (range, 1-23). Of the applicants reporting citations, 22% (11 of 49) listed inaccurate citation information. Overall, 9% of the citations (15 of 174) were considered misrepresentations, with 9% of the total number of applicants (11 of 117) responsible for inaccurate bibliographies. There was a significant relationship of United States Medical Licensing Examination score with publication misrepresentation, in which those with scores of 235 or greater who listed publications were more than 7 times more likely to have inaccurately listed citations (odds ratio, 7.67; 95% confidence interval, 1.12-52.31; P = .04). The misrepresentation of bibliographic citations does exist among radiation oncology residency applicants. Using a comprehensive search, the authors found that 22% of those who had listed at least 1 article had misrepresented publications on their applications.

  4. Eco-design vs. eco-innovation: an industrial survey

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    Cluzel, François; Vallet, Flore; Tyl, Benjamin; Leroy, Yann

    2014-01-01

    International audience; This paper aimed at defining the features and goals of eco-innovation compared to eco-design in industry. Both academic and normative approaches have difficulties establishing sharp boundaries, as shown by a survey conducted with 12 French industrial organizations. As an emerging topic, eco-innovation is not supported by any structured process. Eco-innovative products are sometimes created but they mainly result from economic and environmental constraints. A crucial qu...

  5. Umberto Eco - autobiograf?

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available This text shows that U. Eco is an autobiographer in only some sense of the word. He has not written an autobiobiographical text in which he would present a segment of his life. However, he told the history of his novelistic work and presented his intellectual train of thought in his essays, interviews, introductions to his works. There also exists an indirect autobiographism in Eco, which expresses signs of the author's life and of his personality dispersed in his interpretative and theoretical writings on literature, aesthetics, history, in his feuilletons and in his novels. Five types of autobiographism have been distinguished in Eco as well as five autobiographical strategies within the indirect autobiographism. The first strategy - a strong presence of autorial I in the text - is not sufficient and requires support of some other of the strategies discussed.

  6. Nationwide study of publication misrepresentation in applicants to residency.

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    Sater, Lara; Schwartz, Joseph S; Coupland, Sarah; Young, Meredith; Nguyen, Lily H P

    2015-06-01

    This study was conducted to assess the prevalence of research publication misrepresentation amongst Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) applicants to a single surgical subspecialty residency as a potential means of assessing professional behaviour. The authors reviewed CaRMS application forms to Canadian otolaryngology residency programmes over a 3-year period (2006-2008) for peer-reviewed publications reported as 'published', 'accepted' and 'in press'. Citations were verified by searching PubMed, Google Scholar and electronic journals. Misrepresentation was defined as any of: (i) falsely claimed authorship of an existing article; (ii) claimed authorship of a non-existing article, and (iii) improper ordering of authorship. Outcomes included descriptive statistics, as well as sub-analyses pertaining to age, gender, affiliated medical school and academic degree, and number of publications per applicant. A total of 427 peer-reviewed publications were reported by 124 of 182 applicants (68% of applicants reported at least one publication). Of the 385 verifiable publications, 47 (12% of articles) were misrepresented by 29 applicants (23% of applicants claiming publication) self-reporting at least one publication. Age, gender, location of medical training, prior academic degree and number of citations per applicant did not relate to likelihood of misrepresentation (p > 0.05). This study documents the nationwide prevalence of publication misrepresentation amongst applicants to Canadian otolaryngology residency programmes. The high rate of misrepresentation aligns with data reported in the literature and highlights the need to institute measures to dissuade graduates from this form of unprofessional behaviour. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  7. On Feasibility of Application of Natural Eco-friendly Materials in Packaging Design%针对天然环保材料的包装设计可行性分析

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    王晓予; 高卫东

    2009-01-01

    An issue ignored by most packaging designers was put forward, which was the application of natural eco-friendly materials in packaging design. The feasibility of application of natural eco-friendly materials in packaging design under existing condition was discussed with examples of traditional paper materials, natural materials, and new materials. The purpose was to promote the application of natural eco-friendly materials in food packaging.%提出了一个被绝大多数包装设计人员忽视的问题-针对天然环保材料的包装设计.并以传统纸质材料、天然材料和新型材料为倒,在现有的技术条件下讨论对其进行艺术设计的方式方法及加工实施的可行性,以满足食品包装可以更多的选用环保材料而不必受制于其设计局限.

  8. Assessing farming eco-efficiency: a Data Envelopment Analysis approach.

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    Picazo-Tadeo, Andrés J; Gómez-Limón, José A; Reig-Martínez, Ernest

    2011-04-01

    This paper assesses farming eco-efficiency using Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) techniques. Eco-efficiency scores at both farm and environmental pressure-specific levels are computed for a sample of Spanish farmers operating in the rain-fed agricultural system of Campos County. The determinants of eco-efficiency are then studied using truncated regression and bootstrapping techniques. We contribute to previous literature in this field of research by including information on slacks in the assessment of the potential environmental pressure reductions in a DEA framework. Our results reveal that farmers are quite eco-inefficient, with very few differences emerging among specific environmental pressures. Moreover, eco-inefficiency is closely related to technical inefficiencies in the management of inputs. Regarding the determinants of eco-efficiency, farmers benefiting from agri-environmental programs as well as those with university education are found to be more eco-efficient. Concerning the policy implications of these results, public expenditure in agricultural extension and farmer training could be of some help to promote integration between farming and the environment. Furthermore, Common Agricultural Policy agri-environmental programs are an effective policy to improve eco-efficiency, although some doubts arise regarding their cost-benefit balance.

  9. What do people know about eco-driving?

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    McIlroy, Rich C; Stanton, Neville A

    2017-06-01

    An online survey of 321 respondents revealed that the majority of people are aware of eco-driving and have a positive attitude towards it. Although the types of eco-driving tips offered by respondents, and their potential effect on fuel consumption, were in line with those found in the popular and academic literature, knowledge of specific fuel saving behaviours was generally low. Relationships were found between environmental attitudes and knowledge of, and propensity to perform eco-driving behaviours; however, these relationships were weak, indicating that neither pro-environmental attitudes nor knowledge of eco-driving behaviours is strongly indicative of actual eco-driving performance. Males were found to be more knowledgeable of the means for driving in a fuel-efficient manner than females; however, no effect was found for either age or level of general education. Results are discussed in terms of the challenges and opportunities for encouraging eco-driving, and the necessity for both governmental and industry involvement. Practitioner Summary: To successfully encourage the uptake of eco-driving (e.g. through policy, training and feedback) it is first necessary to understand how the general public perceives it, and what they already know of it. This survey study addresses this by looking at relationships between environmental attitudes and knowledge, and specific eco-driving measures.

  10. Drinking Water Mapping Application (DWMA) - Public Version

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — The Drinking Water Mapping Application (DWMA) is a web-based geographic information system (GIS) that enhances the capabilities to identify major contaminant risks...

  11. Drinking Water Mapping Application (DWMA) - Public Version

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — The Drinking Water Mapping Application (DWMA) is a web-based geographic information system (GIS) that enhances the capabilities to identify major contaminant risks...

  12. Cross-Cutting public policy requirements applicable to federal grants

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    There are cross-cutting public policy requirements applicable to Federal grants, including those awarded by the EPA. Some of those requirements are included here because they have been part of appropriations acts for several years without change.

  13. Application and Effectiveness of New Public Management in ...

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    ... for the adoption of market-oriented approaches to the provision of social services. ... corporation's management typifies the application of these principles and, if it does, ... Key words: NPM; Customer satisfaction; NWSC; Public sector reform ...

  14. EcoCount

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    Phillip P. Allen

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Techniques that analyze biological remains from sediment sequences for environmental reconstructions are well established and widely used. Yet, identifying, counting, and recording biological evidence such as pollen grains remain a highly skilled, demanding, and time-consuming task. Standard procedure requires the classification and recording of between 300 and 500 pollen grains from each representative sample. Recording the data from a pollen count requires significant effort and focused resources from the palynologist. However, when an adaptation to the recording procedure is utilized, efficiency and time economy improve. We describe EcoCount, which represents a development in environmental data recording procedure. EcoCount is a voice activated fully customizable digital count sheet that allows the investigator to continuously interact with a field of view during the data recording. Continuous viewing allows the palynologist the opportunity to remain engaged with the essential task, identification, for longer, making pollen counting more efficient and economical. EcoCount is a versatile software package that can be used to record a variety of environmental evidence and can be installed onto different computer platforms, making the adoption by users and laboratories simple and inexpensive. The user-friendly format of EcoCount allows any novice to be competent and functional in a very short time.

  15. Eco-Innovation Manual

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    O'Hare, Jamie Alexander; McAloone, Tim C.; Pigosso, Daniela Cristina Antelmi

    This tool is designed to support you in identifying companies that are more likely to be willing and able to benefit from eco-innovation services. The tool provides questions to guide your research analysis, starting at the industry sector level, before progressing through the market level, down ...

  16. GIS grid calculation method application in urban eco-environment assessment: a case study of Longxi County in Gansu Province, China

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    Zhang, Xiaojun; Dong, Suocheng; Yin, Weihong; Li, Shuang; Gao, Zhiqiang

    2005-09-01

    Under the guidance of eco-city theory, and its practice in China, we use grid calculation method of GIS & landsat pictures of remote sensing to assess the urban eco-environment quality, e.g. the situation and quality of water, air, land & soil in Longxi County, which is a poverty stricken county in long history in west China. Then we use the dynamic system to simulate the urban system of Longxi County, in which we contrast two kinds of developing models, i.e. the normal & transitional ways, and three types of indexes to evaluate the benefits of the developing model, i.e. the environmental, social and economical indexes. We try to find out the driving forces of the transition, which are population, economy, technology, governance, etc. The change of driving forces is the main factor that shapes the future Longxi, and the model shows that if the local policy makers had adopted the eco-city theory, the benefit of transitional eco-city would exceed the normal developing way, and the urban ecology would also be more stable, and the economy of Longxi would be more efficient. So only if the Longxi County were an eco-city, which composed by many eco-towns, eco-villages (some villages have begin to put this theory into practice), that the urban development of Longxi can be sustainable, compared with the normal developing way. And the main economic activities in Longxi will also be the recycling-economy, and resources-saving society, which can best utilize the resources of current Longxi.

  17. Forest eco-compensation mechanism:a survey

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    Li Fen; Li Wenhua; Liu Moucheng

    2008-01-01

    China is a country with a vast territory and a large population but limited forest resources,which is mainly distritruted in the economically less developed regions,Therefore,it is particularly important to address the issue to establish forest eco-compensation mechanism to overcome the problems of inequitv between the people and promote the public incentive for forest management and conservation.The defition of eco-compensation is deeply discussed basebased on the literature review of national and international in itiatives.According to summary and analysis of the empirical work of forest eco-compensation at international level,some significant inspirations are draw this paper.Based on them,this paper focuses on the forest eco-compensation mechanism of China.Firstly,integrating with the actual situation of China,the paper puts forward the policy framework of eco-compensation.the institutional framework of eco-eompensation should be established among the multi-departments with different temporal and spatial scales.Secondly the types and ranges of forest eco-compensation are,further ,studied,that is three levels of forest eco-compensation such as micro-level,macro-level as well as media-level,and then the standards of eco-compensation are primarily estimated,which include the three factors,namely direct expense of plantation,opportunity tost for forests protection and benefits of Jbrest ecosystem services.Finally the recommendation is creaated in terms of above research conclusions,which is provide the vital important references for government policy making in the forest eco-compensation domain.

  18. Why do consumers respond to eco-labels? The case of Korea.

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    Hwang, Jung-Ah; Park, Youkyoung; Kim, Yeonbae

    2016-01-01

    Although eco-labels were introduced with the intention of encouraging eco-friendly purchasing behavior by consumers, they have had little effect on consumers' purchasing decisions, and therefore a significant gap exists between eco-label awareness and actual purchasing behavior. The aim of this study was to analyze consumer preference, in terms of public and private values, for two types of Korean eco-label that have been administered by the Korean government since 1992. Analyses were based on a structural equation model, employing the theory of reasoned action. Data were collected by survey. The results indicate that although general consumers are highly aware of the publicly valuable information that eco-labels provide, privately valuable information exerts far greater power over their purchasing intentions. Therefore, a supplementary policy that converts public value to private value could promote the purchase of eco-labeled products.

  19. Comparative genomic analysis of the microbiome [corrected] of herbivorous insects reveals eco-environmental adaptations: biotechnology applications.

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    Full Text Available Metagenome analysis of the gut symbionts of three different insects was conducted as a means of comparing taxonomic and metabolic diversity of gut microbiomes to diet and life history of the insect hosts. A second goal was the discovery of novel biocatalysts for biorefinery applications. Grasshopper and cutworm gut symbionts were sequenced and compared with the previously identified metagenome of termite gut microbiota. These insect hosts represent three different insect orders and specialize on different food types. The comparative analysis revealed dramatic differences among the three insect species in the abundance and taxonomic composition of the symbiont populations present in the gut. The composition and abundance of symbionts was correlated with their previously identified capacity to degrade and utilize the different types of food consumed by their hosts. The metabolic reconstruction revealed that the gut metabolome of cutworms and grasshoppers was more enriched for genes involved in carbohydrate metabolism and transport than wood-feeding termite, whereas the termite gut metabolome was enriched for glycosyl hydrolase (GH enzymes relevant to lignocellulosic biomass degradation. Moreover, termite gut metabolome was more enriched with nitrogen fixation genes than those of grasshopper and cutworm gut, presumably due to the termite's adaptation to the high fiber and less nutritious food types. In order to evaluate and exploit the insect symbionts for biotechnology applications, we cloned and further characterized four biomass-degrading enzymes including one endoglucanase and one xylanase from both the grasshopper and cutworm gut symbionts. The results indicated that the grasshopper symbiont enzymes were generally more efficient in biomass degradation than the homologous enzymes from cutworm symbionts. Together, these results demonstrated a correlation between the composition and putative metabolic functionality of the gut microbiome and host

  20. [Eco-epidemiology: towards epidemiology of complexity].

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    Bizouarn, Philippe

    2016-05-01

    In order to solve public health problems posed by the epidemiology of risk factors centered on the individual and neglecting the causal processes linking the risk factors with the health outcomes, Mervyn Susser proposed a multilevel epidemiology called eco-epidemiology, addressing the interdependence of individuals and their connection with molecular, individual, societal, environmental levels of organization participating in the causal disease processes. The aim of this epidemiology is to integrate more than a level of organization in design, analysis and interpretation of health problems. After presenting the main criticisms of risk-factor epidemiology focused on the individual, we will try to show how eco-epidemiology and its development could help to understand the need for a broader and integrative epidemiology, in which studies designed to identify risk factors would be balanced by studies designed to answer other questions equally vital to public health.

  1. Application of Spectral Reflectance on Research of Plant Eco-Physiology%光谱分析在植物生理生态研究中的应用

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    薛忠财; 高辉远; 彭涛; 姚广

    2011-01-01

    本文介绍了光谱分析技术在植物生理生态研究中的应用.通过分析植物叶片和冠层的反射光谱特征,可以快速、无损伤地研究不同环境条件下植物的各种色素含量,叶黄素循环组分、营养状况、水分状况、光能利用效率、植被盖度以及冠层结构等生理生态特征,此外光谱分析还能用来监测湖泊、河流中水华的发生和分布,研究生态系统中CO2和H2O的通量以及各种逆境胁迫和放牧等对植物生长的影响.%The application of spectral reflectance on research of plant eco-physiology was reviewed. By analysis of spectral reflectance of plant on leaf or canopy levels, concentration of different kinds of pigments,components of xanthophyll cycle, nutrition status, water status, light use efficiency, vegetation coverage and canopy structure of plant under different environments can be fast and non-destructively investigated. In addition, the spectral reflectance can be used to detect algae-bloom in lakes and rivers, carbon and water vapor fluxes in ecosystem atmosphere, and effect of different kinds of stress and graze on plant growth.

  2. Application of SharePoint Portal Technologies in Public Enterprises

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    Dragan Đokić

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Nowadays, systematic reforms are realized acrossmany countries. One of the characteristics of these reforms is necessity for rationalization of expenses in governmental and public enterprises. Rationalization of expenses can be achieved by more extensive application of information and communication technologies based on internet technologies and cloud computing. These systems include huge number of services, applications, resources, users and roles. At the same time, concepts of scalability, availability, ubiquity and pervasiveness need to be applied. This paper deals with application of portal technologies for enhanced content management, document management, and collaboration within public enterprises. The goal is to achieve efficient exchange of information on all hierarchical levels, as well as mechanisms of reporting and performance measurements, such as business intelligence and key performance indicators. The model is based on SharePoint portal technologies. A case study of application within the public enterprise Post of Serbia is described.

  3. APPLICABILITY OF CERTAIN PUBLIC MARKETING INSTRUMENTS IN THE PROMOTION OF PUBLIC POLICIES

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    Tatiana-Camelia DOGARU

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available All governments are judged depending he results supplied to society (more children educated, trains more on time, population health, but also on how well it supplies these results. The impulse towards promoting public policies, and the main motivation of the fact that they represent the core of the governmental activities, is found in the tension between the free market and the public sector. Promoting public policies derived from the need to earn the citizens’ support for implementing public policies. The paper objectives are: understanding the public marketing instruments and the analysis of the applicability of public marketing to public administration, of marketing instruments in promoting public policies. The general context of the work refers to marketing instruments, as object and subject of influence for the public policies process, knowing that marketing techniques have a considerable potential for facilitating the acceptance of public policies and of the programs meant for their implementation. In view of reaching the objectives of this paper, we used bibliographic research, the qualitative research and document analysis, as central data collection methods.

  4. A Stream Morphology Classification for Eco-hydraulic Purposes Based on Geospatial Data: a Solute Transport Application Case

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    Jiménez Jaramillo, M. A.; Camacho Botero, L. A.; Vélez Upegui, J. I.

    2010-12-01

    Variation in stream morphology along a basin drainage network leads to different hydraulic patterns and sediment transport processes. Moreover, solute transport processes along streams, and stream habitats for fisheries and microorganisms, rely on stream corridor structure, including elements such as bed forms, channel patterns, riparian vegetation, and the floodplain. In this work solute transport processes simulation and stream habitat identification are carried out at the basin scale. A reach-scale morphological classification system based on channel slope and specific stream power was implemented by using digital elevation models and hydraulic geometry relationships. Although the morphological framework allows identification of cascade, step-pool, plane bed and pool-riffle morphologies along the drainage network, it still does not account for floodplain configuration and bed-forms identification of those channel types. Hence, as a first application case in order to obtain parsimonious three-dimensional characterizations of drainage channels, the morphological framework has been updated by including topographical floodplain delimitation through a Multi-resolution Valley Bottom Flatness Index assessing, and a stochastic bed form representation of the step-pool morphology. Model outcomes were tested in relation to in-stream water storage for different flow conditions and representative travel times according to the Aggregated Dead Zone -ADZ- model conceptualization of solute transport processes.

  5. Factsheets for the (eco)toxicological risk assessment strategy of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Part II

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    Luttik R; Pelgrom SMGJ; CSR

    2002-01-01

    Five factsheets describing risk assessment methods used at the Centre of Substances and Risk assessment (CSR) of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) are presented here with the main aim of promoting greater transparency in the risk assessment methods used at the Insti

  6. Factsheets for the (eco)toxicological risk assessment strategy of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Part III

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    Luttik R; Raaij MTM van; SEC; SIR

    2003-01-01

    Four factsheets describing risk assessment methods used at the Expert Centre for Substances (SEC) and the Centre for Substances and Integral Risk Assessment (SIR) of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) are presented here with the main aim of promoting greater

  7. Factsheets for the (eco)toxicological risk assessment strategy of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Part V

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    Wolterink G; Turkstra GH; Muller AW; Smit CE; Knecht JA de; Rila JP; Scheepmaker JWA; Smit CE; Raaij MTM van; SEC; SIR

    2005-01-01

    This report contains five factsheets describing risk assessment methods used at the Centre for Substances and Integral Risk Assessment (SIR) and the Expert Centre for Substances (SEC) of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). The main aim is to enhance transparency and

  8. The EcoCyc Database

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    Karp, Peter D.; Riley, Monica; Saier, Milton; Paulsen, Ian T.; Collado-Vides, Julio; Paley, Suzanne M.; Pellegrini-Toole, Alida; Bonavides, César; Gama-Castro, Socorro

    2002-01-01

    EcoCyc is an organism-specific pathway/genome database that describes the metabolic and signal-transduction pathways of Escherichia coli, its enzymes, its transport proteins and its mechanisms of transcriptional control of gene expression. EcoCyc is queried using the Pathway Tools graphical user interface, which provides a wide variety of query operations and visualization tools. EcoCyc is available at http://ecocyc.org/. PMID:11752253

  9. Eco matters; In & Out

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    uncontrolled or premature differentiation and the onset of senescence [12]. Stressing the importance of in vitro environments, even regulatory agencies like the US-FDA use in vitro manipulation as a gauge to classify cell therapies[13]. In this issue, a diverse assortment of articles ranging from the use of scaffolds for in vitro culture by Gomathysankar et al [14] to employing tools for in vivo transplantation of cells by Maiti et al [15]and Fauzi et al [16] have been published. During regenerative medicine applications, cells undergo several transitions across environments, starting with an in vivo to in vitro transition when harvested from the body and subjected to culture-expansion or tissue engineering kind of processing and then a reversal back to an in vivo environment. While the factors and materials employed in the in vitro eco-system are known, their effects are known though to an extent, some of their implications still remain unknown and the mechanisms of those implications are largely obscure [17-19]. These bunch of changes in the whole eco-system inside-out and vice versa need a meticulous and flawless assessment which is indispensable in improvising the clinical outcome of regenerative medicine applications. References Yanoa K, Watanabe N, Tsuyuki K, Ikawa T, Kasanuki H, Yamato M. Regulatory approval for autologous human cells and tissue products in the United States, the European Union, and Japan. Regenerative Therapy 2015; 1: 45-56 Schnabel M, Marlovits S, Eckhoff G, Fichtel I, Gotzen L, Vécsei V, Schlegel J. Dedifferentiation-associated changes in morphology and gene expression in primary human articular chondrocytes in cell culture. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2002;10(1:62-70. Caron MM, Emans PJ, Coolsen MM, Voss L, Surtel DA, Cremers A, van Rhijn LW, Welting TJ. Redifferentiation of dedifferentiated human articular chondrocytes: comparison of 2D and 3D cultures. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2012;20(10:1170-8. Hsiong SX, Carampin P, Kong HJ, Lee KY, Mooney DJ

  10. Publication misrepresentation among neurosurgery residency applicants: an increasing problem.

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    Kistka, Heather M; Nayeri, Arash; Wang, Li; Dow, Jamie; Chandrasekhar, Rameela; Chambless, Lola B

    2016-01-01

    OBJECT Misrepresentation of scholarly achievements is a recognized phenomenon, well documented in numerous fields, yet the accuracy of reporting remains dependent on the honor principle. Therefore, honest self-reporting is of paramount importance to maintain scientific integrity in neurosurgery. The authors had observed a trend toward increasing numbers of publications among applicants for neurosurgery residency at Vanderbilt University and undertook this study to determine whether this change was a result of increased academic productivity, inflated reporting, or both. They also aimed to identify application variables associated with inaccurate citations. METHODS The authors retrospectively reviewed the residency applications submitted to their neurosurgery department in 2006 (n = 148) and 2012 (n = 194). The applications from 2006 were made via SF Match and those from 2012 were made using the Electronic Residency Application Service. Publications reported as "accepted" or "in press" were verified via online search of Google Scholar, PubMed, journal websites, and direct journal contact. Works were considered misrepresented if they did not exist, incorrectly listed the applicant as first author, or were incorrectly listed as peer reviewed or published in a printed journal rather than an online only or non-peer-reviewed publication. Demographic data were collected, including applicant sex, medical school ranking and country, advanced degrees, Alpha Omega Alpha membership, and USMLE Step 1 score. Zero-inflated negative binomial regression was used to identify predictors of misrepresentation. RESULTS Using univariate analysis, between 2006 and 2012 the percentage of applicants reporting published works increased significantly (47% vs 97%, p misrepresentations (33% vs 45%) also increased. In 2012, applicants with a greater total of reported works (p Misrepresentation is more common in applicants from unranked US medical schools and those with a greater number of

  11. Evaluation for Applied Materials of Eco-technology

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    张俊斌; 梁大庆; 陈洁音; 翁韶良

    2005-01-01

    The eco-materials (include natural and artificial material) applied in the eco-technology in internal currently,usually lack of evaluation for applicative conditions.Hence,this study carry on the whole research and identifications to draft the eco-materials of eco-technology.The evaluation models of applied materials for eco-technology were proposed.The quantitative score were obtained by expert's person evaluation.Three models were proposed to quantify the effects of applied materials on the ecological environment.The statistical procedures were adopted to compare the performance of these materials for eco-technology.The results indicated that the comparison of applied materials can be treated by quantitative analysis.For the further analysis,more evaluated data from expert's experience need to be collected then the bias of person subject can be reduced.In addition to reach the benefits in the respects of ecosystem,society,economy and function,also practice the comprehensive effects in eco-technology.

  12. [Umberto Eco and abortion].

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    1997-09-01

    The Cardinal of Milan and the linguist and writer Umberto Eco maintained a correspondence in the mid-1990s in connection with the Italian magazine ¿Liberal¿. One of the issues discussed was the conflict between belief in the value of human life and existing abortion legislation. Umberto Eco stated that he would do all in his power to dissuade a woman pregnant with his child from having an abortion, regardless of the personal cost to the parents, because the birth of a child is a miracle. He would not, however, feel capable of imposing his ethical position on anyone else. Terrible moments occur in which women have a right to make autonomous decisions concerning their bodies, their feelings, their futures. Those who disagree cite the right to life, a rather vague concept about which even atheists can be enthusiastic. The moment at which a new human being is formed has been brought to the center of Catholic theology, despite its uncertainty; the beginning of a new life may always need to be understood as a process whose end result is the newborn. Only the mother should decide at what moment the process may be interrupted. The cardinal¿s response distinguished between psychic and physical life, on the one hand, and life participating in the life of God on the other. The threshold is the moment of conception, reflecting a continuity of identity. The new being is worthy of respect. Any violation of the affection and care owed to the being can only be experienced as a profound suffering and painful laceration that may never heal. The response of Eco is unknown.

  13. 77 FR 21145 - Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air...

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    2012-04-09

    ... Office of the Secretary Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and..., 2012 The following Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air..., Inc. (``People Express'') requesting a certificate of public convenience and necessity...

  14. 76 FR 54524 - Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air...

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    2011-09-01

    ... TRANSPORTATION Office of the Secretary Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and... August 20, 2011 The following Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and..., Inc. (``Universal'') requesting a certificate of public convenience and necessity...

  15. 76 FR 10429 - Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air...

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    2011-02-24

    ... TRANSPORTATION Office of the Secretary Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and... February 12, 2011 The following Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and... certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing interstate charter air transportation....

  16. 37 CFR 1.215 - Patent application publication.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 37 Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Patent application publication. 1.215 Section 1.215 Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE GENERAL RULES OF PRACTICE IN PATENT CASES National Processing Provisions...

  17. Research advances in waterborne polyurethane resin for eco-friendly ink applications%水性聚氨酯树脂在环保油墨中的应用研究进展

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    2012-01-01

    Polyurethane has several advantages,such as nontoxic.do not pollute the environment,good adhesion. It showed good value in eco-friendly ink applications. Modification recent advances in waterborne polyurethane resin for eco-friendly ink were described which were modified by synthesized monomer and agricultural products. The choice of colorants,additives and dispersants for waterborne polyurethane ink link material applications were also described. Finally, development direction of polyurethane for water-based ink link material was pointed out, and to provide reference for application of polyurethane in water-based ink.%聚氨酯具有无毒、不易污染环境、附着力好等优点,在环保水性油墨中已显示出优异的应用价值,其研究正受到人们的关注.简述了用合成单体和农副产品等对水性聚氨酯连结料的改性研究进展,以及水性聚氨酯连结料在油墨生产中对着色剂、助剂和分散剂的选择,展望了聚氨酯作为水墨连结料未来发展方向,为聚氨酯在水性油墨中的应用研究提供参考.

  18. 3.5L V6 EcoBoost - democratization of sustainable engine technology

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    Kapp, Daniel; Schamel, Andreas; Hinds, Brett; Weaver, Corey [Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, MI (United States)

    2008-07-01

    The North American automotive industry is presently facing the challenge of a recently signed energy bill increasing corporate average fuel economy standards to 35 mpg (6.7 L/km) by 2020, inclusive of cars and trucks. The passing of this bill is coincident with crude oil costs hovering in the $130USD / barrel range, retail gasoline costs in the $4USD / gallon range, and mounting evidence on CO2 emissions and global warming. Ford Motor Company has anticipated these trends, has invested in the development of fuel efficient engine technologies, and is now deploying these technologies in volume to deliver both a meaningful and sustainable response to the above challenges. Leading the deployment curve is a technology publically announced as EcoBoost, representing the application of direct fuel injection and turbocharging to an advanced gasoline engine. Ford has previously reported the fundamentals of this technology which enables a significant fuel economy improvement via engine downsizing, and a significant performance improvement via engine dynamic response. As applied to 14 and V6 engine architectures, Ford has announced plans to deploy up to 750,000 EcoBoost engines worldwide by 2013 CY, with first application in the form of a 3.5L V6 EcoBoost engine in the 2010 MY Lincoln MKS luxury sedan. This paper summaries the development of the 3.5L V6 EcoBoost engine and its associated as-installed systems. Combustion, fuel, boost, and power conversion systems are discussed in detail with emphasis on the efficiency and value of these systems which enable a singular engine design to be applied across a wide range of applications. Engine performance and fuel economy assessments are also discussed and compared to conventional gasoline engines. (orig.)

  19. Reprojeto do contraforte: um caso de aplicação do ecodesign em manufatura calçadista Stiffener redesign: a case of eco-design application in footwear manufacture

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    Miriam Borchardt

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste artigo é relatar um caso de reprojeto de um produto existente, o contraforte injetado, focando na minimização do impacto ambiental e na redução de custo do produto final, o calçado esportivo. O estudo de caso ocorreu em empresa de componentes para calçados. Foram analisadas as práticas do ecodesign inseridas no projeto de produto da empresa e o modo como foram operacionalizadas. São discutidos, também, os motivos que levaram a empresa a adotar o ecodesign e as dificuldades e barreiras encontradas. O artigo faz uma revisão sobre ecodesign, apresenta a metodologia de pesquisa e os resultados da investigação. O contraforte reprojetado trouxe, para a empresa fabricante de calçados esportivos, parceira da empresa produtora do componente em estudo, diminuição significativa do uso de adesivos e solventes, além de uma redução de 9,7% no custo-alvo do processo de aplicação do contraforte no cabedal.The purpose of this paper is to analyze the application of eco-design in the redesign of a component from the footwear industry, the stiffener. The focus is on a reduction in the environmental impact and in the final cost of sports footwear. The case study took place in a company that produces footwear components. The eco-design practices considered during the product redesign in the company and their implementation were analyzed. We also investigate and discuss the reasons why the company was led to adopt eco-design and the difficulties and barriers encountered by designers in their application. The paper reviews eco-design, describes the research methodology and presents and discusses research findings. The redesigned stiffener brought the footwear assembly company a new manufacturing business partner, and led to a significant reduction in the requirement for adhesives and solvents, and a 9.7% reduction in the target-cost of the application process.

  20. Development of waste application in eco-cement%工业废弃物在生态水泥中的应用进展研究

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    李泽; 马翠英

    2015-01-01

    The definition and characteristics of eco-cement and the development of eco-cement in China and overseas were introduced.The key problems in the research of eco-cement were explored,including prob-lems to be solved when the waste substitutes the original fuels,disposal of heavy metals and injurants,ap-plication of active mixed materials,and grinding technology.Finally,the development direction of eco-ce-ment was put forward:strengthening the research of using flammable waste as fuel,developing more ener-gy-saving equipment,puting an end of waste residue and gas further,and strengthening the recovery of heavy metals and poisonous substance in waste.%首先介绍了生态水泥的概念与特点以及生态水泥产业在国内外的发展情况,然后探讨了废弃物在生态水泥应用中面临的主要问题研究,包括:替代原燃料时需解决的问题,重金属等有害物质的处理,活性混合材料的应用,以及粉磨技术的研究。最后指出生态水泥的发展方向是:进一步加强对可燃性废弃物作为原燃料的研究,并研发更新更节能的工艺设备来降低能耗;进一步杜绝生产过程中的废渣和废气,加强对废弃物中有毒重金属物质的回收。

  1. ECO-BIOLOGICAL SYSTEM MODELING

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    T. I. Burak

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The methodology for computer modeling of complex eco-biological models is presented in this paper. It is based on system approach of J. Forrester. Developed methodology is universal for complex ecological and biological systems. Modeling algorithm considers specialties of eco-biological systems and shows adequate and accurate results in practice. 

  2. Interaction Tasks and Controls for Public Display Applications

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    Jorge C. S. Cardoso

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Public displays are becoming increasingly interactive and a broad range of interaction mechanisms can now be used to create multiple forms of interaction. However, the lack of interaction abstractions forces each developer to create specific approaches for dealing with interaction, preventing users from building consistent expectations on how to interact across different display systems. There is a clear analogy with the early days of the graphical user interface, when a similar problem was addressed with the emergence of high-level interaction abstractions that provided consistent interaction experiences to users and shielded developers from low-level details. This work takes a first step in that same direction by uncovering interaction abstractions that may lead to the emergence of interaction controls for applications in public displays. We identify a new set of interaction tasks focused on the specificities of public displays; we characterise interaction controls that may enable those interaction tasks to be integrated into applications; we create a mapping between the high-level abstractions provided by the interaction tasks and the concrete interaction mechanisms that can be implemented by those displays. Together, these contributions constitute a step towards the emergence of programming toolkits with widgets that developers could incorporate into their public display applications.

  3. APPLICATION OF VSM IN A PUBLIC BRAZILIAN HOSPITAL

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    Guilherme Luz Tortorella

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available During the last decade, there has been a demand for public services to enhance management practices and attain results comparable to those experienced in the private sector. The need for achieving higher quality standards in public services has highlighted the importance of exploring new management techniques to account for the obsolescence in those organizations’ administrative models, with particular emphasis on healthcare services. This paper reports the application of one such new management technique, named Value Stream Mapping (VSM, in the sterilized unit of a public healthcare organization. We present here the benefits of analyzing healthcare processes using VSM, contributing to the existing body of knowledge on Lean management by examining the validity of applying its principles and practices in contexts other than manufacturing.

  4. The Application of NASA Technology to Public Health

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    Rickman, Douglas L.; Watts, C.

    2007-01-01

    NASA scientists have a history of applying technologies created to handle satellite data to human health at various spatial scales. Scientists are now engaged in multiple public health application projects that integrate NASA satellite data with measures of public health. Such integration requires overcoming disparities between the environmental and the health data. Ground based sensors, satellite imagery, model outputs and other environmental sources have inconsistent spatial and temporal distributions. The MSFC team has recognized the approach used by environmental scientists to fill in the empty places can also be applied to outcomes, exposures and similar data. A revisit to the classic epidemiology study of 1854 using modern day surface modeling and GIS technology, demonstrates how spatial technology can enhance and change the future of environmental epidemiology. Thus, NASA brings to public health, not just a set of data, but an innovative way of thinking about the data.

  5. ECO-INDUSTRIAL PARK - A TOOL FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

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    BUGNAR NICOLETA GEORGETA

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Local communities embracing the concept of Eco-industrial park are looking for some additional benefits for all the interested parties – both public and private: higher economic efficiency, the increase of competitivity by applying last minute technologies, generation of additional revenues through positive regulations at the community level, the creation of jobs, solving the conflict between economy and environment, diminishing the demand on the county infrastructure, decreasing the effects of pollution, using energy from regenerating sources and replacement materials. Communities and enterprises creating Eco-industrial parks will have common grounds for industrial development, which is much more competitive, more efficient and much cleaner than traditional industrial parks. Moreover, the new business niches will be open to recruitment or new incubators. Eco-industrial parks represent a special category compared to industrial parks, a category which is different from the classical ones due to the fact that they are designed in such a way so that they promote the collaboration between companies in order to reuse recyclable materials and green energy sources. A long-term vision must reflect the focus on the creation of collaboration networks between firms and the fact that an Eco-industrial park should be a business community, not only a mathematical sum of companies located in the same geographical area. The quality, continuity and interconnection of economic flows within the firms of an Eco-industrial park are important characteristics for the success of Eco-industrial networks. The following discussion tackles the way in which an Eco-industrial park is set-up: creating and implementing an Eco-industrial park in accordance with the principles of circular economy or transforming an already existing industrial park into an Eco- industrial park. The quality, the continuity, the number of interconnected firms, the flows of resources and the

  6. Application of GIS technology in public health: successes and challenges.

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    Fletcher-Lartey, Stephanie M; Caprarelli, Graziella

    2016-04-01

    The uptake and acceptance of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology has increased since the early 1990s and public health applications are rapidly expanding. In this paper, we summarize the common uses of GIS technology in the public health sector, emphasizing applications related to mapping and understanding of parasitic diseases. We also present some of the success stories, and discuss the challenges that still prevent a full scope application of GIS technology in the public health context. Geographical analysis has allowed researchers to interlink health, population and environmental data, thus enabling them to evaluate and quantify relationships between health-related variables and environmental risk factors at different geographical scales. The ability to access, share and utilize satellite and remote-sensing data has made possible even wider understanding of disease processes and of their links to the environment, an important consideration in the study of parasitic diseases. For example, disease prevention and control strategies resulting from investigations conducted in a GIS environment have been applied in many areas, particularly in Africa. However, there remain several challenges to a more widespread use of GIS technology, such as: limited access to GIS infrastructure, inadequate technical and analytical skills, and uneven data availability. Opportunities exist for international collaboration to address these limitations through knowledge sharing and governance.

  7. A Threefold Assessment of the Romanian Economy’s Eco-efficiency

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    Viorel Niţă

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The present paper assesses the ecological sustainability of the Romanian economy from three different angles. The first two applications use the economy's energy and material consumption as proxy for its overall environmental impact. The third assessment approach is a qualitative and context-based one: the main obstacles to and opportunities for incorporating sustainability-competitiveness synergies into the Romanian industrial firms' management are identified. In the period 2000-2007, GDP growth was an important contributor to the Romanian economy's eco-efficiency levels, while the material and energy consumption remained constant or even increased. The predominance of competitive advantages based on low labour costs, high potential of increasing labour productivity, deficient environmental and industrial policies, and lack of awareness in both business and policy environment as to the beneficial role of resource productivity increase constitute significant obstacles to adopting competitive sustainability strategies. Fortunately, the relatively low levels of eco-efficiency and eco-innovation in industry offer in fact a wide scope of still unexploited win-win solutions. On the basis of the results, further research directions are sketched and several desirable public policy actions for enhancing the ecological sustainability of the Romanian economy are put forward.

  8. Steps towards an integrated eco-economy

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    Kjeldsen, Chris; Christensen, Bo Allesøe

    is well on the way. An important factor in the renaissance of Randers has been the project Randers Rainforest (RR). RR is a tropical zoo, which consists of an indoor exhibition within three domes, as well as an outdoor exhibition which includes the neighbouring meadows adjacent to the River Guden Since...... in Randers constitutes a case of an integrated rural and urban eco-economy, which transcends established borders between public and private organisations, private and community enterprise and between rural and urban spatial development....

  9. Tribal ecoAmbassadors Program

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    Describes EPA's Tribal ecoAmbassadors Program that partners with Tribal College and University (TCU) with EPA scientists to solve the environmental problems most important to their tribal communities.

  10. ECO-Report - Finding common ground: Montana Forest Restoration Committee

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    Sharon Ritter; Greg Jones; Alan Watson; Ward McCaughey; Mick Harrington; Rafal Zwolak; Kerry Foresman; Elizabeth Crone; Dean Pearson; Yvette Ortega; Dan Loeffler

    2008-01-01

    EcoReport is an annual Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) publication which contains a set of articles showcasing the Bitterroot Ecosystem Management Research Project (BEMRP) research projects and activities. The articles are concise, user-friendly, and designed to inform a broad range of audiences interested in ecosystem management. Articles featured in...

  11. ECO-Report - Scale matters - some thoughts on landscape sustainability

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    Sharon Ritter; Janie Canton-Thompson; Greg Jones; Ward McCaughey; Dave Calkin; Mick Harrington; Peter Kolb; LaWen Hollingsworth; Joe Jensen; Katie Knotek; Brooke Thompson

    2005-01-01

    ECO-Report is an annual Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) publication which contains a set of articles showcasing the Bitterroot Ecosystem Management Research Project (BEMRP) research projects and activities. The articles are concise, user-friendly, and designed to inform a broad range of audiences interested in ecosystem management. Articles featured in...

  12. ECO-Report - Collaboration at the heart of the job

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    Jane Kapler Smith; Lucia Solorzano; Janet Howard; Steve Arno; Thomas G. Wagner; Robert Keane; L. Jack Lyon; J. Greg Jones; Sue Heald

    1997-01-01

    ECO-Report is an annual Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) publication which contains a set of articles showcasing the Bitterroot Ecosystem Management Research Project (BEMRP) research projects and activities. The articles are concise, user-friendly, and designed to inform a broad range of audiences interested in ecosystem management. Articles featured in...

  13. ECO-Report - One ranger's experience in summer 2000

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    Janie Canton-Thompson; Greg Jones; Jane Kapler Smith; Peter Rice; Mick Harrington; Elaine Kennedy Sutherland; Kevin McKelvey; Yvette Ortega; Ward McCaughey; Robert Pfister; Greg Jones; Larry Swanson; Vita Wright

    2001-01-01

    ECO-Report is an annual Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) publication which contains a set of articles showcasing the Bitterroot Ecosystem Management Research Project (BEMRP) research projects and activities. The articles are concise, user-friendly, and designed to inform a broad range of audiences interested in ecosystem management. Articles featured in...

  14. ECO-Report - Scientific independence: A key to credibility

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    Sharon Ritter; Janie Canton-Thompson; Leonard F. Ruggiero; Greg Jones; Janet Sullivan; Ward McCaughey; Yvette Ortega; Neal Christensen; Mick Harrington; Deborah Page-Dumroese

    2007-01-01

    EcoReport is an annual Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) publication which contains a set of articles showcasing the Bitterroot Ecosystem Management Research Project (BEMRP) research projects and activities. The articles are concise, user-friendly, and designed to inform a broad range of audiences interested in ecosystem management. Articles featured in...

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    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office ] DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Office of the Secretary Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and... May 14, 2011 The following Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity...

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    2011-07-19

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office ] DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Office of the Secretary Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and... June 25, 2011 The following Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity...

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    2012-05-25

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Office of the Secretary Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and... The following Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign...

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    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Office of the Secretary Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and... The following Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign...

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    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office ] DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Office of the Secretary Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and... September 1, 2012 The following Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity...

  20. Regional Eco-efficiency Model of China and Its Application%中国区域生态效率评价模型及应用研究

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    姚飞; 张鸿剑

    2011-01-01

    As an important measurement to sustainable development, Eco-efficiency is the quantitative description which based on economicresources-environment system. The carbon emissions intensity will be the binding index in the plans of the national economic and social development, and the index will distribute hierarchically to each area, and it will be the evaluation basis of major projects whether be approved in high energy consumption and high pollution industry, such as metallurgy,chemical industry, building materials. Considering various factors of the regional ecological economic system, the measurement of eeo-efficiency most consider the influence factors of carbon emissions. This essay attempted to constructs the regional eeoefficiency evaluation model,in order to reflect the efficiency of utilizing natural resources and releasing environment pressure in the development of economic. The measure and evaluation were made upon regional eco-efficiency of China from 2005 to 2008. The model has constructed in order to perfect the research methods of regional eco-efficiency.%生态效率是基于经济-资源-环境系统相互关系的定量描述,是测度可持续发展的重要标准依据.中国拟将碳排放强度作为约束性指标纳入"十二五"规划中,并逐层分解到各区域,且作为冶金、化工、建材等高耗能高污染行业重大项目上马的评判依据;综合考虑区域生态经济系统中的各项因素,将碳排放影响因素加入生态效率评价势在必行.本文构建了区域生态效率评价模型,以反映一个地区在经济发展中利用自然资源减轻环境压力的效率,并对2005-2008年中国各省发展状况进行验证,以完善区域生态效率研究方法.

  1. Using a Novel Evolutionary Algorithm to More Effectively Apply Community-Driven EcoHealth Interventions in Big Data with Application to Chagas Disease

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    Rizzo, D. M.; Hanley, J.; Monroy, C.; Rodas, A.; Stevens, L.; Dorn, P.

    2016-12-01

    Chagas disease is a deadly, neglected tropical disease that is endemic to every country in Central and South America. The principal insect vector of Chagas disease in Central America is Triatoma dimidiata. EcoHealth interventions are an environmentally friendly alternative that use local materials to lower household infestation, reduce the risk of infestation, and improve the quality of life. Our collaborators from La Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala along with Ministry of Health Officials reach out to communities with high infestation and teach the community EcoHealth interventions. The process of identifying which interventions have the potential to be most effective as well as the houses that are most at risk is both expensive and time consuming. In order to better identify the risk factors associated with household infestation of T. dimidiata, a number of studies have conducted socioeconomic and entomologic surveys that contain numerous potential risk factors consisting of both nominal and ordinal data. Univariate logistic regression is one of the more popular methods for determining which risk factors are most closely associated with infestation. However, this tool has limitations, especially with the large amount and type of "Big Data" associated with our study sites (e.g., 5 villages comprise of socioeconomic, demographic, and entomologic data). The infestation of a household with T. dimidiata is a complex problem that is most likely not univariate in nature and is likely to contain higher order epistatic relationships that cannot be discovered using univariate logistic regression. Add to this, the problems raised with using p-values in traditional statistics. Also, our T. dimidiata infestation dataset is too large to exhaustively search. Therefore, we use a novel evolutionary algorithm to efficiently search for higher order interactions in surveys associated with households infested with T. dimidiata. In this study, we use our novel evolutionary

  2. Near Real-time Ecological Forecasting of Peatland Responses to Warming and CO2 Treatment through EcoPAD-SPRUCE

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    Huang, Y.; Jiang, J.; Stacy, M.; Ricciuto, D. M.; Hanson, P. J.; Sundi, N.; Luo, Y.

    2016-12-01

    Ecological forecasting is critical in various aspects of our coupled human-nature systems, such as disaster risk reduction, natural resource management and climate change mitigation. Novel advancements are in urgent need to deepen our understandings of ecosystem dynamics, boost the predictive capacity of ecology, and provide timely and effective information for decision-makers in a rapidly changing world. Our Ecological Platform for Assimilation of Data (EcoPAD) facilitates the integration of current best knowledge from models, manipulative experimentations, observations and other modern techniques and provides both near real-time and long-term forecasting of ecosystem dynamics. As a case study, the web-based EcoPAD platform synchronizes real- or near real-time field measurements from the Spruce and Peatland Responses Under Climatic and Environmental Change Experiment (SPRUCE), a whole ecosystem warming and CO2 enrichment treatment experiment, assimilates multiple data streams into process based models, enhances timely feedback between modelers and experimenters, and ultimately improves ecosystem forecasting and makes best utilization of current knowledge. In addition to enable users to (i) estimate model parameters or state variables, (ii) quantify uncertainty of estimated parameters and projected states of ecosystems, (iii) evaluate model structures, (iv) assess sampling strategies, and (v) conduct ecological forecasting, EcoPAD-SPRUCE automated the workflow from real-time data acquisition, model simulation to result visualization. EcoPAD-SPRUCE promotes seamless feedback between modelers and experimenters, hand in hand to make better forecasting of future changes. The framework of EcoPAD-SPRUCE (with flexible API, Application Programming Interface) is easily portable and will benefit scientific communities, policy makers as well as the general public.

  3. Can Eco-Schools Improve Elementary School Students' Environmental Literacy Levels?

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    Ozsoy, Sibel; Ertepinar, Hamide; Saglam, Necdet

    2012-01-01

    This study was conducted to investigate the effects of eco-schools on elementary school students' environmental literacy levels. Data of the study were gathered from 316 students enrolled to two elementary schools. One of the schools was determined as experimental group (n = 156) and students attending this school received eco-school application.…

  4. Can Eco-Schools Improve Elementary School Students' Environmental Literacy Levels?

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    Ozsoy, Sibel; Ertepinar, Hamide; Saglam, Necdet

    2012-01-01

    This study was conducted to investigate the effects of eco-schools on elementary school students' environmental literacy levels. Data of the study were gathered from 316 students enrolled to two elementary schools. One of the schools was determined as experimental group (n = 156) and students attending this school received eco-school application.…

  5. Eco-marketing and eco-design of products

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    Filipović Jovan

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Environmental marketing (Eco-marketing, as a relatively new movement, emerged at the beginning of the 20th century, is in the growing phase of its development. Eco-labeling and other ways/types of eco-marketing are attracting more attention of consumers, since they are aware of the necessity of nature conservation and environmental protection. There has been a lot of misunderstanding and miss leadings in interpretation and substantiation of ecomarketing claims in previous period of time. One of the most concrete improvements in eco-marketing was appearance and establishment of ISO 14020 guidelines. ISO 14020 guidelines are integral part of ISO 14000 series of standards, which could be implemented in eco-marketing. At the same time, development of "green" products and marketing of "green" products, are direct positive contributions to resources reduction, environmental protection and sustainable economic development. Companies designing this kind of products can expect better position on the market, improvement of competitiveness, reduction of expenses (less raw materials, less waste, less harmful effects on the environment, raising corporate social responsibility, higher export.

  6. 浅析生态袋无纺布工艺设计及应用前景%Brief Analysis on the Design and Application Prospects of Eco-bags Woven

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    赵鹏

    2013-01-01

    In order to solve the problems of the ecological environment and the con-tradictions which large-scale construction damage the natural environment, our company focus on researching on environmentally materials-----polypropylene staple acupunc-ture anti-purple eco nonwoven fabric. This article make a brief analysis from product de-sign and application prospects.%为解决生态环境和大规模建设对自然环境破坏的矛盾,我公司着力研究了环保材料---聚丙烯短纤针刺抗紫生态无纺布。本文从产品工艺设计和应用前景两方面做一个简要的分析。

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    2011-04-12

    ... Office of the Secretary Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air Carrier Permits Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity... March 5, 2011. The following Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity...

  8. ANALISIS PENERAPAN KONSEP ECO-AIRPORT DENGAN MENGGUNAKAN METODE WILLINGNESS TO PAY DI BANDAR UDARA SYAMSUDIN NOOR BANJARMASIN KALIMANTAN SELATAN

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    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available landing aircraft must have a negative impact on the environment. therefore, necessary to assess the role of the community using the willingness to pay towards the implementation of eco-airport Syamsudin Noor Airport in Banjarmasin. The purpose of this study is to identify the condition of the airport now to the application of the concept of eco-airport underway, estimate what the public is willing to pay for environmental improvements, analyze the factors that affect the implementation of this concept. Selection of sample is purposive sampling. The study is divided into three groups of workers, the public and passengers. Workers 23 respondents, 12 respondents community, and passengers 57 respondents. Most respondents rate Syamsudin Noor Airport Banjarmasin quite clean, quite beautiful, quite noisy, quite, quite comfortable and does not know the concept of eco-airport. A total of 53 respondents are willing to pay an average willingness to pay Rp. 11.320,75 per person per flight. Variable cleanliness and beauty affect the value of willingness to pay by 10%.

  9. Light mobility applications towards public education and research

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    Ceviz, Y.; Eroglu, M.; Akfidan, T.; Altinel, S.; Yazici, M.S. [UNIDO-ICHET - International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies, Istanbul (Turkey)

    2010-07-01

    International Center for Hydrogen Energy Technologies (ICHET) has been implementing measures to demonstrate potential benefits of the ''hydrogen and fuel cell systems'' in developing countries. As part of applied R and D activities, various prototype vehicles (a small tri-wheel scooter, a four-passenger cart integrated with a 2 kW fuel cell, a mobile caravan with wind, solar and fuel cell power and a forklift with the necessary fuelling options and controls) were demonstrated utilizing hydrogen as fuel. Performance analysis, sizing of the various system components and modeling will be carried out as part of applied R and D program. A long-term objective of the projects is to push for use of fuel cell powered light mobile vehicles in public places and encourage local industry to manufacturer similar vehicles and explore market potential for such use. As a benefit of this activity, public awareness on applications of renewable and fuel cell technologies will increase and viability of such systems will be demonstrated to change public perception. (orig.)

  10. Electro Catalytic Oxidation (ECO) Operation

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    Morgan Jones

    2011-03-31

    The power industry in the United States is faced with meeting many new regulations to reduce a number of air pollutants including sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, fine particulate matter, and mercury. With over 1,000 power plants in the US, this is a daunting task. In some cases, traditional pollution control technologies such as wet scrubbers and SCRs are not feasible. Powerspan's Electro-Catalytic Oxidation, or ECO{reg_sign} process combines four pollution control devices into a single integrated system that can be installed after a power plant's particulate control device. Besides achieving major reductions in emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO{sub 2}), nitrogen oxides (NOx), fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and mercury (Hg), ECO produces a highly marketable fertilizer, which can help offset the operating costs of the process system. Powerspan has been operating a 50-MW ECO commercial demonstration unit (CDU) at FirstEnergy Corp.'s R.E. Burger Plant near Shadyside, Ohio, since February 2004. In addition to the CDU, a test loop has been constructed beside the CDU to demonstrate higher NOx removal rates and test various scrubber packing types and wet ESP configurations. Furthermore, Powerspan has developed the ECO{reg_sign}{sub 2} technology, a regenerative process that uses a proprietary solvent to capture CO{sub 2} from flue gas. The CO{sub 2} capture takes place after the capture of NOx, SO{sub 2}, mercury, and fine particulate matter. Once the CO{sub 2} is captured, the proprietary solution is regenerated to release CO{sub 2} in a form that is ready for geological storage or beneficial use. Pilot scale testing of ECO{sub 2} began in early 2009 at FirstEnergy's Burger Plant. The ECO{sub 2} pilot unit is designed to process a 1-MW flue gas stream and produce 20 tons of CO{sub 2} per day, achieving a 90% CO{sub 2} capture rate. The ECO{sub 2} pilot program provided the opportunity to confirm process design and cost estimates, and prepare for large

  11. An analysis of "eco-centric management" in China and methods to improve it

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    Li Zhengfeng; Zhang Fan

    2006-01-01

    This essay focuses on the question "what does the evidence on environmental regulation and its implementation tell us about the extent of eco-centric management in China and how to improve it". The first part will introduce ecocentrism, eco-centric management, and one major way to achieve eco-centric management in reality. Second, the environmental regulations of United Nation (UN) and China will be analyzed and compared to find out whether they are eco-centric. Moreover, the implementation of environmental regulation in China will be analyzed because regulation cannot exist without proper implementation. Three suggestions were given to improve eco-centric management in China:natural science research and public administration, environmental education, international cooperation.

  12. Umberto Eco : olemise piire kombates / Marina Grishakova

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    Grišakova, Marina, 1961-

    2004-01-01

    Arvustus: Eco, Umberto. Eilse päeva saar / tõlkinud Merike Pau. Tallinn : Eesti Raamat, 2003 ; Eco, Umberto. Baudolino / itaalia keelest tõlkinud [ja järelsõna:] Ülar Ploom. Tallinn : Varrak, 2003

  13. Umberto Eco : olemise piire kombates / Marina Grishakova

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    Grišakova, Marina, 1961-

    2004-01-01

    Arvustus: Eco, Umberto. Eilse päeva saar / tõlkinud Merike Pau. Tallinn : Eesti Raamat, 2003 ; Eco, Umberto. Baudolino / itaalia keelest tõlkinud [ja järelsõna:] Ülar Ploom. Tallinn : Varrak, 2003

  14. Umberto Eco og fortolkningens semiotik

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    Frandsen, Finn

    1997-01-01

    En analyse af spørgsmålet om fortolkningens muligheder og grænser, sådan som det bliver formuleret og besvaret i den italienske semiotiker Umberto Ecos teoretiske forfatterskab. Problemstillingen - og dens transformationer hvad angår såvel metasprog, omfang, niveau og fokus - følges fra begyndelsen...... af 60'erne, hvor Eco er inspireret af fænomenologi og hermeneutik (f.eks. i Opera aperta), til begyndelsen af 90'erne, hvor han arbejder med tekstpragmatik og receptionssemiotik. (f.eks. i I limiti dell'interpretazione)...

  15. Application of 3S techniques in the assessment of eco-environmental impact of the Shennongjia ski field, Hubei Province, China

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    HUANG Lei; CHENG Shenggao; ZHU Gang; AN Qi; HUANG Lihua

    2006-01-01

    The Shennongjia ski field lies at the edge of the Shennongjia nature reserves. The construction of the ski field will change the landscape pattern of the assessment district, and the production capacity and stability of the regional ecosystem in a certain degree, and will exert an influence on the ecological integrality of animal and plant habitats. This paper assesses the structure and function of the landscape ecosystem in the Niuchangpin ski field at Shennongjia, by using the theory and method of landscape ecology and 3S techniques. Through the calculation and comparison of landscape diversity indices and landscape aggregation indices, the influence imposed by the ski field project on the regional ecological integrality and relevant sensitive ecological issues is predicted. The results indicated that biomass of the natural system would decrease by 430.26 t, and correspondingly the average Net Primary Productivity would drop to 881.55 g/m2·a. The construction of the ski field would not change the matrix status of woodland and, however, it has a strong ability to control the quality of ecosystem. Combining 3S techniques with landscape-ecological theory will help turn the qualitative assessment into the quantitive one on the eco-environment impact. In this study a significant exploration has been conducted in the aspect of ecological impact assessment of construction projects.

  16. Three-dimensional brain current source reconstruction from intra-cranial ECoG recordings.

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    Zhang, Yingchun; van Drongelen, Wim; Kohrman, Michael; He, Bin

    2008-08-15

    We have investigated 3-dimensional brain current density reconstruction (CDR) from intracranial electrocorticogram (ECoG) recordings by means of finite element method (FEM). The brain electrical sources are modeled by a current density distribution and estimated from the ECoG signals with the aid of a weighted minimum norm estimation algorithm. A series of computer simulations were conducted to evaluate the performance of ECoG-CDR by comparing with the scalp EEG based CDR results. The present computer simulation results indicate that the ECoG-CDR provides enhanced performance in localizing single dipole sources which are located in regions underneath the implanted subdural ECoG grids, and in distinguishing and imaging multiple separate dipole sources, in comparison to the CDR results as obtained from the scalp EEG under the same conditions. We have also demonstrated the applicability of the present ECoG-CDR method to estimate 3-dimensional current density distribution from the subdural ECoG recordings in a human epilepsy patient. Eleven interictal epileptiform spikes (seven from the frontal region and four from parietal region) in an epilepsy patient undergoing surgical evaluation were analyzed. The present promising results indicate the feasibility and applicability of the developed ECoG-CDR method of estimating brain sources from intracranial electrical recordings, with detailed forward modeling using FEM.

  17. Downscaling MODIS Land Surface Temperature for Urban Public Health Applications

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    Al-Hamdan, M. Z.; Crosson, W. L.; Estes, M. G., Jr.; Estes, S. M.; Quattrochi, D. A.; Johnson, D.

    2013-12-01

    This study is part of a project funded by the NASA Applied Sciences Public Health Program, which focuses on Earth science applications of remote sensing data for enhancing public health decision-making. Heat related death is currently the number one weather-related killer in the United States. Mortality from these events is expected to increase as a function of climate change. This activity sought to augment current Heat Watch/Warning Systems (HWWS) with NASA remotely sensed data, and models used in conjunction with socioeconomic and heat-related mortality data. The current HWWS do not take into account intra-urban spatial variations in risk assessment. The purpose of this effort is to evaluate a potential method to improve spatial delineation of risk from extreme heat events in urban environments by integrating sociodemographic risk factors with land surface temperature (LST) estimates derived from thermal remote sensing data. In order to further improve the assessment of intra-urban variations in risk from extreme heat, we developed and evaluated a number of spatial statistical techniques for downscaling the 1-km daily MODerate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) LST data to 60 m using Landsat-derived LST data, which have finer spatial but coarser temporal resolution than MODIS. We will present these techniques, which have been demonstrated and validated for Phoenix, AZ using data from the summers of 2000-2006.

  18. Downscaling MODIS Land Surface Temperature for Urban Public Health Applications

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    Al-Hamdan, Mohammad; Crosson, William; Estes, Maurice, Jr.; Estes, Sue; Quattrochi, Dale; Johnson, Daniel

    2013-01-01

    This study is part of a project funded by the NASA Applied Sciences Public Health Program, which focuses on Earth science applications of remote sensing data for enhancing public health decision-making. Heat related death is currently the number one weather-related killer in the United States. Mortality from these events is expected to increase as a function of climate change. This activity sought to augment current Heat Watch/Warning Systems (HWWS) with NASA remotely sensed data, and models used in conjunction with socioeconomic and heatrelated mortality data. The current HWWS do not take into account intra-urban spatial variation in risk assessment. The purpose of this effort is to evaluate a potential method to improve spatial delineation of risk from extreme heat events in urban environments by integrating sociodemographic risk factors with estimates of land surface temperature (LST) derived from thermal remote sensing data. In order to further improve the consideration of intra-urban variations in risk from extreme heat, we also developed and evaluated a number of spatial statistical techniques for downscaling the 1-km daily MODerate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) LST data to 60 m using Landsat-derived LST data, which have finer spatial but coarser temporal resolution than MODIS. In this paper, we will present these techniques, which have been demonstrated and validated for Phoenix, AZ using data from the summers of 2000-2006.

  19. ECO INDUSTRIAL STATE

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    Mariana López Pascual

    2015-06-01

    The facades will become aesthetically pleasing for the public space or such with the installation of a new technology of a photovoltaic-glass with transparency that can be used for windows or displays. A social program of artistic murals will accompany this with the aim for awareness on environmental protection. This is a project seeks to intervene in the public space, inviting the private sector for the economic investment and nurture to gives neighbours and all Barcelona's citizens a new and attractive image of this Industrial State

  20. 77 FR 54944 - Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air...

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    2012-09-06

    ... Office of the Secretary Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and..., 2012 The following Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air.... (``KaiserAir'') requesting an amended certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing it...

  1. 76 FR 10085 - Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air...

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    ... Office of the Secretary Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and..., 2011 The following Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air... Airlines, Inc., d/b/a Alpha Cargo, and for reissuance of its certificate of public convenience...

  2. 75 FR 41564 - Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air...

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    ... Office of the Secretary Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and... The following Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air.... requesting a certificate of public convenience and necessity to engage in foreign scheduled...

  3. 77 FR 54945 - Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air...

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    ... Office of the Secretary Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and..., 2012 The following Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air... transfer of its certificates of public convenience and necessity to facilitate the reorganization of...

  4. 77 FR 49478 - Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air...

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    2012-08-16

    ... Office of the Secretary Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and..., 2012 The following Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air.../a Transair requesting a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing it to engage...

  5. 75 FR 16226 - Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air...

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    2010-03-31

    ... Office of the Secretary Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and..., 2010 The following Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air.... requesting a certificate of public convenience and necessity to engage in foreign scheduled...

  6. Forest ecosystem services and eco-compensation mechanisms in China.

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    Deng, Hongbing; Zheng, Peng; Liu, Tianxing; Liu, Xin

    2011-12-01

    Forests are a major terrestrial ecosystem providing multiple ecosystem services. However, the importance of forests is frequently underestimated from an economic perspective because of the externalities and public good properties of these services. Forest eco-compensation is a transfer mechanism that serves to internalize the externalities of forest ecosystem services by compensating individuals or companies for the losses or costs resulting from the provision of these services. China's current forest eco-compensation system is centered mainly on noncommercial forest. The primary measures associated with ecosystem services are (1) a charge on destructive activities, such as indiscriminate logging, and (2) compensation for individual or local activities and investments in forest conservation. The Compensation Fund System for Forest Ecological Benefits was first listed in the Forest Law of the People's Republic of China in 1998. In 2004, the Central Government Financial Compensation Fund, an important source for the Compensation Fund for Forest Ecological Benefits, was formally established. To improve the forest eco-compensation system, it is crucial to design and establish compensation criteria for noncommercial forests. These criteria should take both theoretical and practical concerns into account, and they should be based on the quantitative valuation of ecosystem services. Although some initial headway has been made on this task, the implementation of an effective forest eco-compensation system in China still has deficiencies and still faces problems. Implementing classification-based and dynamic management for key noncommercial forests and establishing an eco-compensation mechanism with multiple funding sources in the market economy are the key measures needed to conquer these problems and improve the forest eco-compensation system and China's forestry development in sequence.

  7. Forest Ecosystem Services and Eco-Compensation Mechanisms in China

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    Deng, Hongbing; Zheng, Peng; Liu, Tianxing; Liu, Xin

    2011-12-01

    Forests are a major terrestrial ecosystem providing multiple ecosystem services. However, the importance of forests is frequently underestimated from an economic perspective because of the externalities and public good properties of these services. Forest eco-compensation is a transfer mechanism that serves to internalize the externalities of forest ecosystem services by compensating individuals or companies for the losses or costs resulting from the provision of these services. China's current forest eco-compensation system is centered mainly on noncommercial forest. The primary measures associated with ecosystem services are (1) a charge on destructive activities, such as indiscriminate logging, and (2) compensation for individual or local activities and investments in forest conservation. The Compensation Fund System for Forest Ecological Benefits was first listed in the Forest Law of the People's Republic of China in 1998. In 2004, the Central Government Financial Compensation Fund, an important source for the Compensation Fund for Forest Ecological Benefits, was formally established. To improve the forest eco-compensation system, it is crucial to design and establish compensation criteria for noncommercial forests. These criteria should take both theoretical and practical concerns into account, and they should be based on the quantitative valuation of ecosystem services. Although some initial headway has been made on this task, the implementation of an effective forest eco-compensation system in China still has deficiencies and still faces problems. Implementing classification-based and dynamic management for key noncommercial forests and establishing an eco-compensation mechanism with multiple funding sources in the market economy are the key measures needed to conquer these problems and improve the forest eco-compensation system and China's forestry development in sequence.

  8. Eco-Health Relationship Browser

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    The Eco-Health Relationship Browser (Browser) is a web tool designed to portray, in an engaging and intuitive way, the linkages between ecosystems, their services, and potential health outcomes that have been associated with those services in the literature. It functions an inte...

  9. Japan's Eco-School Programme

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    Mori, Masayuki

    2007-01-01

    Since 1997, several ministries in Japan have collaborated on an eco-school programme, which applies to both newly constructed and renovated school buildings, in an effort to make its schools more environmentally friendly. The programme equips school buildings with ecological features such as photovoltaic cells, solar thermal collectors, other new…

  10. 43 CFR 6.10 - Publicity concerning the invention after patent application is filed.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 43 Public Lands: Interior 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Publicity concerning the invention after... Interior PATENT REGULATIONS Inventions by Employees § 6.10 Publicity concerning the invention after patent application is filed. In order that the public may obtain the greatest possible benefit from inventions in...

  11. Applications of health information exchange information to public health practice

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    Kierkegaard, Patrick; Kaushal, Rainu; Vest, Joshua R.

    2014-01-01

    Health information exchange (HIE) can support several aspects of public health practice by increasing the availability, timeliness, and comprehensiveness individual-level patient information. The potential benefits to disease monitoring, disaster response, and other public health activities served...... qualitative interviews and template analyses, we identified public health efforts and activities that were improved by participation in HIE. We derived the codes for the template analysis through a literature review. HIE supported public health activities consistent with expectations in the literature...

  12. Bio-Aerosol Detection Using Mass Spectrometry: Public Health Applications

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    Ludvigson, Laura D. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)

    2004-01-01

    I recently spent a summer as an intern at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. I worked on a project involving the real-time, reagentless, single cell detection of aerosolized pathogens using a novel mass spectrometry approach called Bio-Aerosol Mass Spectrometry (BAMS). Based upon preliminary results showing the differentiation capabilities of BAMS, I would like to explore the development and use of this novel detection system in the context of both environmental and clinical sample pathogen detection. I would also like to explore the broader public health applications that a system such as BAMS might have in terms of infectious disease prevention and control. In order to appreciate the potential of this instrument, I will demonstrate the need for better pathogen detection methods, and outline the instrumentation, data analysis and preliminary results that lead me toward a desire to explore this technology further. I will also discuss potential experiments for the future along with possible problems that may be encountered along the way.

  13. [Biological monitoring: concepts and applications in public health].

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    Pivetta, F; Machado, J M; Araújo, U C; Moreira, M F; Apostoli, P

    2001-01-01

    This study provides an overview of the theoretical discussion on potential uses for biological monitoring of exposure to chemical substances as related to human health, considering different concepts: definitions, uses, and limitations of internal dose and biological effect indicators and their availability for the substances to be quantified; knowledge of reference values, action levels, and limits based on health and negotiated patterns in biological monitoring interpretation and perspectives; and ethical and social problems in practice and within different preventive practices and their use in public health. Biological monitoring is the result of an exposure situation with conclusions based on scientific and consensus values, rules, and legislation. Biological monitoring as a continuous process and related to actually observed cases has helped establish technological exposure reference values and consensus levels as indicators for improving the environment and the workplace. As a step in the decision-making process in risk analysis, biological monitoring needs to be critically assessed as to its ethical aspects in light of the end use of results and values, which are references for application of this methodology.

  14. Bio-Aerosol Detection Using Mass Spectrometry: Public Health Applications

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    Ludvigson, L D

    2004-03-05

    I recently spent a summer as an intern at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. I worked on a project involving the real-time, reagentless, single cell detection of aerosolized pathogens using a novel mass spectrometry approach called Bio-Aerosol Mass Spectrometry (BAMS). Based upon preliminary results showing the differentiation capabilities of BAMS, I would like to explore the development and use of this novel detection system in the context of both environmental and clinical sample pathogen detection. I would also like to explore the broader public health applications that a system such as BAMS might have in terms of infectious disease prevention and control. In order to appreciate the potential of this instrument, I will demonstrate the need for better pathogen detection methods, and outline the instrumentation, data analysis and preliminary results that lead me toward a desire to explore this technology further. I will also discuss potential experiments for the future along with possible problems that may be encountered along the way.

  15. Uganda's eco-rebirth.

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    Lazarus, D

    1991-01-01

    In 1986, the Government of Uganda established the Ministry of Environmental Protection to meet the country's socioeconomic development needs without destroying the environment. A Ministry-supported village pilot project in the Gombe region promotes self-sufficiency in potable water, food, and energy and tests means to achieve ecologically sound management of sustainable food/energy/fodder production. The Ministry also serves to sensitize the public to environmental issues by encouraging Ugandan newspapers to report more environment-related stories. A newspaper story informed the government about fishermen along a 20 km stretch of the Nile River and in Lake Victoria who used dynamite to kill fish, including juvenile and noncommercial fish. Thus, the government quickly put a halt to dynamiting. The ministry also produces films on Uganda's environmental problems. Some of these problems include the indiscriminate destruction of forests (e.g., Mabira, Mt. Elgon, Kibale, Budongo, Bwindi, and Maramagambo) and farmlands along Lake Victoria. Further, Uganda is witnessing either killing or smuggling of its elephants, rhinos, insects, birds, reptiles, and primates. In 1988, the World Bank committed about US$33.5 million to activities to protect Uganda's forests. They include planting of exotic softwoods, timber harvesting from remaining forests, and reestablishment of self-sufficiency in fuelwoods. The government hopes that forest rehabilitation will bring back tourism which before the civil war was the country's second highest foreign exchange earner. In fact, the remaining forests house the world's greatest population densities of primates (e.g., mountain gorillas in the southwest) and many rate birds. The UN Environmental Program will write Uganda's environmental protection law and helps the Ministry to promote environmental and public awareness.

  16. ECO DESIGN IN DESIGN PROCESS

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    PRALEA Jeni; SOLTUZ Elena

    2014-01-01

    Eco-design is a new domain, required by the new trends and existing concerns worldwide, generated by the necessity of adopting new design principles. New design principles require the designer to provide a friendly relationship between concept created, environment and consume. This "friendly" relationship should be valid both at present and in the future, generating new opportunities for product, product components or materials from which it was made. Awareness, by the designer, the imp...

  17. ECO DESIGN IN DESIGN PROCESS

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    PRALEA Jeni

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Eco-design is a new domain, required by the new trends and existing concerns worldwide, generated by the necessity of adopting new design principles. New design principles require the designer to provide a friendly relationship between concept created, environment and consume. This "friendly" relationship should be valid both at present and in the future, generating new opportunities for product, product components or materials from which it was made. Awareness, by the designer, the importance of this new trend, permits the establishment of concepts that have as their objective the protection of present values and ensuring the legacy of future generations. Ecodesig, by its principles, is involved in the design process, from early stage, the stage of product design. Priority objective of the designers will consist in reducing the negative effects on the environment through the entire life cycle and after it is taken out of use. The main aspects of the eco-design will consider extending product exploitation, make better use of materials, reduction of emission of waste. The design process in the "eco"domein must be started by selecting the function of the concept, materials and technological processes, causing the shape of macro and micro geometric of the product through an analysis that involves optimizing and streamlining the product. This paper presents the design process of a cross-sports footwear concept, built on the basis of the principles of ecodesign

  18. 710ECO Repower机车

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    Bill Siuru; 程永陆

    2010-01-01

    710ECO Repower技术是美国EMD公司不久前专门针对自己早先制造的中低功率机车的升级改造而开发的,其核心部件包括久经考验的EMD 710系列柴油机、EM2000微机控制系统及发动机自动起动和停机(AESS)系统等.采用710ECO Repower技术完成升级改造的机车比原型机车减少燃油消耗25%,减少机油消耗50%,减少排放70%,从而达到美国环保局的Tier2排放标准.文中简要介绍了710ECO Repower机车的设计特点和主要技术参数.

  19. RESOLVE and ECO: Survey Design

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    Kannappan, Sheila; Moffett, Amanda J.; Norris, Mark A.; Eckert, Kathleen D.; Stark, David; Berlind, Andreas A.; Snyder, Elaine M.; Norman, Dara J.; Hoversten, Erik A.; RESOLVE Team

    2016-01-01

    The REsolved Spectroscopy Of a Local VolumE (RESOLVE) survey is a volume-limited census of stellar, gas, and dynamical mass as well as star formation and galaxy interactions within >50,000 cubic Mpc of the nearby cosmic web, reaching down to dwarf galaxies of baryonic mass ~10^9 Msun and spanning multiple large-scale filaments, walls, and voids. RESOLVE is surrounded by the ~10x larger Environmental COntext (ECO) catalog, with matched custom photometry and environment metrics enabling analysis of cosmic variance with greater statistical power. For the ~1500 galaxies in its two equatorial footprints, RESOLVE goes beyond ECO in providing (i) deep 21cm data with adaptive sensitivity ensuring HI mass detections or upper limits designed to complement other radio and optical surveys in providing diverse, contiguous, and uniform local/global environment data as well as unusually high completeness extending into the gas-dominated dwarf galaxy regime. RESOLVE also offers superb reprocessed photometry including full, deep NUV coverage and synergy with other equatorial surveys as well as unique northern and southern facilities such as Arecibo, the GBT, and ALMA. The RESOLVE and ECO surveys have been supported by funding from NSF grants AST-0955368 and OCI-1156614.

  20. 丹江口库区化肥施用控制与农田生态补偿标准%Control of Chemical Fertilizer Application and Eco-compensation Standard of Croplands in Danjiangkou Reservoir Area

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    谭秋成

    2012-01-01

    For protecting Danjiangkou Reservoir water from being polluted by too much nitrogen and phosphor, eco-compensation can be used to encourage farmers to fallow parts of lands or return them to forest. By using micro data of rural households from questionnaire, this paper estimates the empirical functional relation between the output of major crops like wheat, corn and rice and chemical fertilizer application in Danjiangkou Reservoir Area, and computes the average eco-compensation standard of croplands. The results are as follows; Based on production conditions, technologies and market prices of 2008, wheat land, corn land, and paddy field per mu (1 ha = 15 mu )should be compensated 259.69, 331.64, and 567. 31 Yuan (RMB) on average respectively. To reduce the government's coercion and information rent in compensation, we suggest that farmers' land can be further graded in terms of output through past several years, and lands of the same grade can be paid the highest net income of that grade. The paper takes net income of crops, namely the labor income and land rent per mu , as eco-compensation standard of croplands. This compensation standard is based on farmers' loss. It belongs to reserve utility and is just a jumping-off point of farmers' negotiation. If the middle route project of transferring water from south to north is profitable, parts of net income of the project can be further distributed to the farmers who maintain ecosystem and protect water quality in reservoir area. The real distributive share depends on farmers' negotiation power.%为保护丹江口水库水质,减少氮、磷流入水体,可考虑以生态补偿方式鼓励农民将部分土地体耕或退耕.利用样本调查的农户微观数据,估计了丹江口库区主要农作物小麦、玉米、水稻产量与化肥施用量的经验函数,计算了库区农田平均生态补偿标准.结果是:基于2008年的生产条件、技术水平和市场价格,种植小麦须补偿259.69

  1. Applications of health information exchange information to public health practice.

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    Kierkegaard, Patrick; Kaushal, Rainu; Vest, Joshua R

    2014-01-01

    Increased information availability, timeliness, and comprehensiveness through health information exchange (HIE) can support public health practice. The potential benefits to disease monitoring, disaster response, and other public health activities served as an important justification for the US' investments in HIE. After several years of HIE implementation and funding, we sought to determine if any of the anticipated benefits of exchange participation were accruing to state and local public health practitioners participating in five different exchanges. Using qualitative interviews and template analyses, we identified public health efforts and activities that were improved by participation in HIE. HIE supported public health activities consistent with expectations in the literature. However, no single department realized all the potential benefits of HIE identified. These findings suggest ways to improve HIE usage in public health.

  2. Application of the New Information and Communication Technologies in Public Relations.

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    Blake, Cecil

    This paper discusses current information technologies and their applications, both real and potential, in the field of public relations. It is argued that public relations are more important than ever in view of global events that challenge the world's ability to handle problems related to public trust and confidence, and the telecommunications…

  3. 75 FR 29601 - Office of the Secretary: Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and...

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    2010-05-26

    ... Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air Carrier Permits Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air Carrier Permits Filed Under Subpart B... Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air Carrier Permits were filed under Subpart B...

  4. 78 FR 63273 - Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air...

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    ... Office of the Secretary Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and... Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air Carrier Permits Filed Under Subpart B... of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air Carrier Permits were filed under Subpart...

  5. 75 FR 53999 - Office of the Secretary: Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and...

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    ... Office of the Secretary: Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and... Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air Carrier Permits Filed Under Subpart B... Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air Carrier Permits were filed under Subpart B...

  6. 40 CFR 117.13 - Applicability to discharges from publicly owned treatment works and their users.

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    ... publicly owned treatment works and their users. 117.13 Section 117.13 Protection of Environment... SUBSTANCES Applicability § 117.13 Applicability to discharges from publicly owned treatment works and their users. (a) (b) These regulations apply to all discharges of reportable quantities to a POTW, where the...

  7. 77 FR 70208 - Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air...

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    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Office of the Secretary Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and..., 2012 The following Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign...

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    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Office of the Secretary Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and..., 2011 The following Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign...

  9. 78 FR 45011 - Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air...

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    ... Office of the Secretary Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and..., 2013 The following Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air... convenience and necessity in the name of ``ENDEAVOR AIR, INC.''. Barbara J. Hairston, Acting Program...

  10. 77 FR 27832 - Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air...

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  1. 76 FR 13444 - Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air...

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    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Office of the Secretary Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and..., 2011 The following Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign...

  2. Nonverifiable research publications among applicants to an academic trauma and surgical critical care fellowship program.

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    Branco, Bernardino C; Inaba, Kenji; Gausepohl, Andrew; Okoye, Obi; Teixeira, Pedro G; Breed, Wynne; Lam, Lydia; Talving, Peep; Sullivan, Maura; Demetriades, Demetrios

    2012-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine the incidence and predictors of nonverifiable research publications among applicants to a trauma and surgical critical care fellowship program. All complete applications submitted to our trauma and surgical critical care fellowship program were prospectively collected for 4 application cycles (2009 to 2012). All publications listed by applicants were tabulated and underwent verification using MEDLINE and direct journal search with verification by a team of professional health sciences librarians. Demographics and academic criteria were compared between applicants with nonverifiable and verifiable publications. A total of 100 applicants reported 301 publications. Of those, 20 applicants (20%) listed 32 papers (11%) that could not be verified. These applicants comprised 30% of those with 1 or more peer-reviewed publications. There were no significant differences in sex (male, 55% nonverifiable vs 60% verifiable, p = 0.684) or age (34.3 ± 6.6 years vs 34.2 ± 5.0 years, p = 0.963). There were no differences with regard to citizenship status (foreign medical graduates, 20% nonverifiable vs 28% verifiable, p = 0.495). Applicants with nonverified publications were less likely to be in the military (0% vs 14%, p = 0.079), more likely to have presented their work at surgical meetings (80% vs 58%, p = 0.064), and to be individuals with 3 or more peer-reviewed publications (55% vs 25%, p = 0.009). In this analysis of academic integrity, one-fifth of all applicants applying to a trauma and surgical critical care fellowship program and 30% of those with 1 or more peer-reviewed publications had nonverifiable publications listed in their curricula vitae. These applicants were less likely to be in the military, more likely to have presented their work at surgical meetings and to have 3 or more peer-reviewed publications. Copyright © 2012 American College of Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Gene-associated markers provide tools for tackling illegal fishing and false eco-certification.

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    Nielsen, Einar E; Cariani, Alessia; Mac Aoidh, Eoin; Maes, Gregory E; Milano, Ilaria; Ogden, Rob; Taylor, Martin; Hemmer-Hansen, Jakob; Babbucci, Massimiliano; Bargelloni, Luca; Bekkevold, Dorte; Diopere, Eveline; Grenfell, Leonie; Helyar, Sarah; Limborg, Morten T; Martinsohn, Jann T; McEwing, Ross; Panitz, Frank; Patarnello, Tomaso; Tinti, Fausto; Van Houdt, Jeroen K J; Volckaert, Filip A M; Waples, Robin S; Albin, Jan E J; Vieites Baptista, Juan M; Barmintsev, Vladimir; Bautista, José M; Bendixen, Christian; Bergé, Jean-Pascal; Blohm, Dietmar; Cardazzo, Barbara; Diez, Amalia; Espiñeira, Montserrat; Geffen, Audrey J; Gonzalez, Elena; González-Lavín, Nerea; Guarniero, Ilaria; Jeráme, Marc; Kochzius, Marc; Krey, Grigorius; Mouchel, Olivier; Negrisolo, Enrico; Piccinetti, Corrado; Puyet, Antonio; Rastorguev, Sergey; Smith, Jane P; Trentini, Massimo; Verrez-Bagnis, Véronique; Volkov, Alexander; Zanzi, Antonella; Carvalho, Gary R

    2012-01-01

    Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing has had a major role in the overexploitation of global fish populations. In response, international regulations have been imposed and many fisheries have been 'eco-certified' by consumer organizations, but methods for independent control of catch certificates and eco-labels are urgently needed. Here we show that, by using gene-associated single nucleotide polymorphisms, individual marine fish can be assigned back to population of origin with unprecedented high levels of precision. By applying high differentiation single nucleotide polymorphism assays, in four commercial marine fish, on a pan-European scale, we find 93-100% of individuals could be correctly assigned to origin in policy-driven case studies. We show how case-targeted single nucleotide polymorphism assays can be created and forensically validated, using a centrally maintained and publicly available database. Our results demonstrate how application of gene-associated markers will likely revolutionize origin assignment and become highly valuable tools for fighting illegal fishing and mislabelling worldwide.

  4. Fields of application of SSM : a categorization of publications

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    de Water, H. van; Schinkel, M.; Rozier, R.

    2007-01-01

    In this article, we introduce a classification scheme for publications of articles on SSM. Generally speaking, the publications can be divided into empirically orientated and theoretically orientated papers. Within each of these two categories a further subdivision is made. This subdivision consists

  5. Applications of health information exchange information to public health practice

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    Kierkegaard, Patrick; Kaushal, Rainu; Vest, Joshua R.

    2014-01-01

    qualitative interviews and template analyses, we identified public health efforts and activities that were improved by participation in HIE. We derived the codes for the template analysis through a literature review. HIE supported public health activities consistent with expectations in the literature...

  6. Applications of health information exchange information to public health practice

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    Kierkegaard, Patrick; Kaushal, Rainu; Vest, Joshua R.

    2014-01-01

    as an important justification for the US’ investments in HIE. After several years of HIE implementation and funding, we sought to determine if any of the anticipated benefits of exchange participation were accruing to state and local public health practitioners participating in five different exchanges. Using......Health information exchange (HIE) can support several aspects of public health practice by increasing the availability, timeliness, and comprehensiveness individual-level patient information. The potential benefits to disease monitoring, disaster response, and other public health activities served...... qualitative interviews and template analyses, we identified public health efforts and activities that were improved by participation in HIE. We derived the codes for the template analysis through a literature review. HIE supported public health activities consistent with expectations in the literature...

  7. Challenges and trends within eco-design

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    Paulson, Fredrik; Sundin, Erik

    2015-01-01

    Despite years of research and other activities in society the anthropogenic impact on nature still increase. Eco-design has a potential to reduce this impact, but yet a minority of companies practice it. The aim of this paper is to identify current challenges and trends within eco-design. In addition, the paper further aims to disclose important eco-design related research gaps. Eco-design challenges and trends have been studied in 22 selected papers, out of 52, found in ScienceDirect during ...

  8. The eco-driving effect of electric vehicles compared to conventional gasoline vehicles

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    Hideki Kato

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Eco-driving is attractive to the public, not only users of internal-combustion-engine vehicles (ICEVs including hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs but also users of electric vehicles (EVs have interest in eco-driving. In this context, a quantitative evaluation of eco-driving effect of EVs was conducted using a chassis dynamometer (C/D with an “eco-driving test mode.” This mode comprised four speed patterns selected from fifty-two real-world driving datasets collected during an eco-driving test-ride event. The four patterns had the same travel distance (5.2 km, but showed varying eco-driving achievement levels. Three ICEVs, one HEV and two EVs were tested using a C/D. Good linear relationships were found between the eco-driving achievement level and electric or fuel consumption rate of all vehicles. The reduction of CO2 emissions was also estimated. The CO2-reduction rates of the four conventional (including hybrid vehicles were 10.9%–12.6%, while those of two types of EVs were 11.7%–18.4%. These results indicate that the eco-driving tips for conventional vehicles are effective to not only ICEVs and HEVs but also EVs. Furthermore, EVs have a higher potential of eco-driving effect than ICEVs and HEVs if EVs could maintain high energy conversion efficiency at low load range. This study is intended to support the importance of the dissemination of tools like the intelligent speed adaptation (ISA to obey the regulation speed in real time. In the future, also in the development and dissemination of automated driving systems, the viewpoint of achieving the traveling purpose with less kinetic energy would be important.

  9. Prevalence and types of misrepresentation of publication record by pathology residency applicants.

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    Kaley, Jennifer Raible; Bornhorst, Joshua; Wiggins, Michael; Yared, Marwan

    2013-07-01

    Publication misrepresentation among residency applicants has been demonstrated in various specialties. This study examines the prevalence of publication misrepresentation among US-trained and non-US-trained pathology residency applicants. To determine the prevalence of publication misrepresentation in the pathology applicant pool at our institution, to compare the rates of misrepresentation among US-trained and non-US-trained applicants, and to compare results to published results from other medical specialties. All peer-reviewed journal articles reported on applications to our program in 2010 and 2011 were examined for veracity. Applications from current or past trainees and applications with unverifiable manuscripts were excluded. The type of misrepresentation and the country in which the applicant trained were recorded. Seven hundred applications were reviewed. Of 319 (46%) reported publications, 25 were from US graduates (8%) and 294 (92%) were from non-US graduates. Eighty-six applications were excluded owing to unverifiable manuscripts. Publication misrepresentations were found in 42 (18%) of the remaining 233 applications. The most common misrepresentations were omission of authors (69%), nonauthorship (14%), and self-promotion on the author list (12%). A significantly higher percentage of foreign medical graduates listed publications (P misrepresentation rate by foreign graduates (19%) did not differ significantly from that of US-trained graduates (13%) (P = .45). Publication misrepresentation was present among pathology residency applicants. Similar rates were seen among US and non-US applicants. Percentages of misrepresentation among applicants to our pathology program and applicants to other medical specialties (18% and 17%, respectively) were comparable.

  10. Review on Eco-tourism Development Modes of Biosphere Reserves in China

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    CUI Xianghui; CHU Jianmin; ZHU Xueling

    2006-01-01

    Based on the analysis of the current situation and existing problems in the development of eco-tourism carried out by biosphere reserves in China, this paper discussed the development of global biosphere reserve and a set of development criteria about eco-tourism. According to the current tourism development of Baotianman Biosphere Reserve, a development mode for eco-tourism was gotten , in which such aspects as the function division, development process, establishment of facility, constitution of organization, community participation and sustainable management of biosphere reserve were taken into account, and the establishment of public education and environmental protection facility were considered as a vital characteristic of eco-tourism of biosphere reserves.

  11. 利用EcoTILLING简化技术进行水稻基因型鉴定及单核苷酸多态性(SNP)检测%Application of Simplified Ecotype Targeting Induced Local Lesions in Genomes (EcoTILLING) Technique for Genotyping and Single Nucleotide Polymorphism(SNP) Detection in Rice

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    滕斌; 李泽福; 罗志祥; 吴敬德; 朱学桂; 宣红; 张瑛

    2012-01-01

    Ecotype targeting induced local lesions in genomes (EcoTILLING) is a high-throughput method of detection and analysis of single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) variations in natural populations. However, it requires a substantial investment in sophisticated equipment and costly fluorescence labeled primers to detect CELI - cut products that limit its use in laboratories with common financial resources. The technology of traditional EcoTILLING had been appropriately improved in this study. Here, we simplified extraction procedure of the CELI enzyme, prepared heteroduplex DNA products for CEL I digestion by use of natural cooling method, and detected the CEL I-cleaved products through general silver staining. The results of activities of crude CEL I enzyme extracts showed that the activity of CEL I was high enough for detection of mismatch bases. Using the simplified EcoTILLING technique, the G/T polymorphism at the first intron 5' splice site of the Wx gene among 18rice (Oryza saliva L.) accessions were successfully genotyped. In addition, CEL I digested bands of a 417 bp fragment within the Wx gene of the 18 rice accessions were distinguished into several types. On comparisons with sequencing results, CEL I cut bands could accurately reflect the SNP variations between the materials. The results suggested that the simplified EcoTILLING is an effective method for SNP discovery and genotyping in rice that will provide powerful tool for rice functional genomics research.%EcoTILLING(ecotype targeting induced local lesions in genomes)是一种高通量检测和分析自然群体中单核苷酸多态性(single nucleotide polymorphism,SNP)变异的研究方法.由于该技术需要高级、精密的仪器设备和昂贵的荧光标记引物来检测CEL(celery)I的酶切产物,极大地限制了该技术的应用.本研究对传统EcoTILLING技术做了适当改进,简化了CELI酶的抽提步骤,采用自然冷却方法制备异源双链产物,普通银染检测CELI酶切

  12. 7 CFR 97.19 - Publication of pending applications.

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    ....19 Agriculture Regulations of the Department of Agriculture (Continued) AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE (Standards, Inspections, Marketing Practices), DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (CONTINUED) COMMODITY... applications. Information relating to pending applications shall be published in the Official Journal...

  13. Network analysis in public health: history, methods, and applications.

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    Luke, Douglas A; Harris, Jenine K

    2007-01-01

    Network analysis is an approach to research that is uniquely suited to describing, exploring, and understanding structural and relational aspects of health. It is both a methodological tool and a theoretical paradigm that allows us to pose and answer important ecological questions in public health. In this review we trace the history of network analysis, provide a methodological overview of network techniques, and discuss where and how network analysis has been used in public health. We show how network analysis has its roots in mathematics, statistics, sociology, anthropology, psychology, biology, physics, and computer science. In public health, network analysis has been used to study primarily disease transmission, especially for HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases; information transmission, particularly for diffusion of innovations; the role of social support and social capital; the influence of personal and social networks on health behavior; and the interorganizational structure of health systems. We conclude with future directions for network analysis in public health.

  14. Plan de Negocio Almacenes Eco

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    Segura Rojas, Jonathan Antony

    2014-01-01

    El presente trabajo tiene el fin de mostrar el modelo de negocio de Almacenes Eco y el plan de empresa para el mismo. El objetivo principal es el diseño del plan para un primer establecimiento físico que luego será escalable y repetible para los siguientes almacenes. Las características principales de este proyecto son: la propuesta de valor, modelo de negocio, orientación estratégica, análisis de mercado, plan financiero, plan económico, estrategias de mercadeo, operativa y administrativ...

  15. Engineering for problem solving in future: Eco-social market economy and eco-social tech

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    2001-01-01

    The paper differentiates approaches in technology (end-of-pipe, cleaner production, industrial ecology, zero emission and eco-social tech) and compares them in respect to the problem solving capacity on the ecological as well as social dimension by showing the eco-impact reduction and job creation. Eco-social-tech represents the approach with highest problem solution as it is based on “eco-social market economy”, which will the replace free market economy. The deep background of these innovations is “ecosophy”, the wisdom of nature, which serves as guideline for eco-restructuring the world.

  16. Planning and Design for Eco-Sustainable Farmland Consolidation

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    BAO Hai-Jun; WU Yu-Zhe; WU Ci-Fang; XU Bao-Gen

    2005-01-01

    With a view of sustainable development, different kinds of farmland consolidation are reviewed. A planning and design mode for eco-sustainable farmland consolidation, which integrated the ecotypic board, the ecotypic tunnel, the ecotypic island, and the ecotypic boundary, is proposed. Then, an actual case of farmland consolidation, a project located in Yinzhou County, Zhejiang Province, is used to demonstrate the effective application procedures of the planning and design mode.

  17. Eco-cities, governance and sustainable lifestyles

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    Flynn, Andrew; Yu, Li; Feindt, Peter; Chen, Chun

    2016-01-01

    In this paper we argue that to analyse the eco-development process we need to explore it as a whole, from design, through delivery and then to how these developments influence the behaviour of the people who live and work in eco-developments. At each stage of the development process it is importa

  18. Eco-awareness in Traditional Chinese Culture

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    赵晓苑

    2015-01-01

    From the ancient China eco-awareness is the centre idea of people. Ancient people advocate the nature and human being live together harmoniously and get mutual benefit. We should carry forward the eco-awareness and worship the wisdom of our traditional culture.

  19. Snapshots from a leading eco-city

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    Mehlsen, Camilla

    2009-01-01

    The government of Singapore wants to make Singapore the leading Eco-city in Asia. Professor Kim Chuan Goh explains why this might be an achievable goal.......The government of Singapore wants to make Singapore the leading Eco-city in Asia. Professor Kim Chuan Goh explains why this might be an achievable goal....

  20. EcoDesign and future environmental impacts

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    Jeswiet, Jack; Hauschild, Michael Zwicky

    2005-01-01

    This paper describes the relation between EcoDesign and Life Cycle Engineering; both include Product Engineering as a focal point. Product Engineering includes both product design and manufacture, two fields which are changing quickly. In addition, this paper shows where future changes can...... be expected in Life Cycle Engineering and EcoDesign....

  1. Eco-Innovation in the Value Chain

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    McAloone, Tim C.; Mougaard, Krestine; Restrepo-Giraldo, John Dairo

    2010-01-01

    processes is often reactive, resulting in a retrospective and insufficient approach. This paper describes the mechanisms, opportunities and barriers for the actual realisation of value chain based eco-innovation, together with a first indication of a methodical approach to realising eco-innovation....

  2. EcoGene 3.0.

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    Zhou, Jindan; Rudd, Kenneth E

    2013-01-01

    EcoGene (http://ecogene.org) is a database and website devoted to continuously improving the structural and functional annotation of Escherichia coli K-12, one of the most well understood model organisms, represented by the MG1655(Seq) genome sequence and annotations. Major improvements to EcoGene in the past decade include (i) graphic presentations of genome map features; (ii) ability to design Boolean queries and Venn diagrams from EcoArray, EcoTopics or user-provided GeneSets; (iii) the genome-wide clone and deletion primer design tool, PrimerPairs; (iv) sequence searches using a customized EcoBLAST; (v) a Cross Reference table of synonymous gene and protein identifiers; (vi) proteome-wide indexing with GO terms; (vii) EcoTools access to >2000 complete bacterial genomes in EcoGene-RefSeq; (viii) establishment of a MySql relational database; and (ix) use of web content management systems. The biomedical literature is surveyed daily to provide citation and gene function updates. As of September 2012, the review of 37 397 abstracts and articles led to creation of 98 425 PubMed-Gene links and 5415 PubMed-Topic links. Annotation updates to Genbank U00096 are transmitted from EcoGene to NCBI. Experimental verifications include confirmation of a CTG start codon, pseudogene restoration and quality assurance of the Keio strain collection.

  3. Statistical causal inferences and their applications in public health research

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    Wu, Pan; Chen, Ding-Geng

    2016-01-01

    This book compiles and presents new developments in statistical causal inference. The accompanying data and computer programs are publicly available so readers may replicate the model development and data analysis presented in each chapter. In this way, methodology is taught so that readers may implement it directly. The book brings together experts engaged in causal inference research to present and discuss recent issues in causal inference methodological development. This is also a timely look at causal inference applied to scenarios that range from clinical trials to mediation and public health research more broadly. In an academic setting, this book will serve as a reference and guide to a course in causal inference at the graduate level (Master's or Doctorate). It is particularly relevant for students pursuing degrees in Statistics, Biostatistics and Computational Biology. Researchers and data analysts in public health and biomedical research will also find this book to be an important reference.

  4. Chondroitin sulfate, hyaluronic acid and chitin/chitosan production using marine waste sources: characteristics, applications and eco-friendly processes: a review.

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    Vázquez, José Antonio; Rodríguez-Amado, Isabel; Montemayor, María Ignacia; Fraguas, Javier; González, María Del Pilar; Murado, Miguel Anxo

    2013-03-11

    In the last decade, an increasing number of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), chitin and chitosan applications have been reported. Their commercial demands have been extended to different markets, such as cosmetics, medicine, biotechnology, food and textiles. Marine wastes from fisheries and aquaculture are susceptible sources for polymers but optimized processes for their recovery and production must be developed to satisfy such necessities. In the present work, we have reviewed different alternatives reported in the literature to produce and purify chondroitin sulfate (CS), hyaluronic acid (HA) and chitin/chitosan (CH/CHs) with the aim of proposing environmentally friendly processes by combination of various microbial, chemical, enzymatic and membranes strategies and technologies.

  5. Chondroitin Sulfate, Hyaluronic Acid and Chitin/Chitosan Production Using Marine Waste Sources: Characteristics, Applications and Eco-Friendly Processes: A Review

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    Miguel Anxo Murado

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available In the last decade, an increasing number of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs, chitin and chitosan applications have been reported. Their commercial demands have been extended to different markets, such as cosmetics, medicine, biotechnology, food and textiles. Marine wastes from fisheries and aquaculture are susceptible sources for polymers but optimized processes for their recovery and production must be developed to satisfy such necessities. In the present work, we have reviewed different alternatives reported in the literature to produce and purify chondroitin sulfate (CS, hyaluronic acid (HA and chitin/chitosan (CH/CHs with the aim of proposing environmentally friendly processes by combination of various microbial, chemical, enzymatic and membranes strategies and technologies.

  6. Cyberinfrastructure for Data Authorship, Publication and Application Interoperability

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    Helly, J. J.

    2012-12-01

    Since the mid-1990s, at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), we have been building digital library systems for a range of disciplines and evolving the underlying cyberinfrastructure components through generations of deployed, operational systems. These include applications for coastal resource management (California Coastal Atlas), blue-water oceanography (SIOExplorer), deep-ocean drilling (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Site Survey Data Bank), atmospheric science (Center for Multi-scale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes (CMMAP)) and geospatial data-sharing across the State of California (CSDI). SIOExplorer and IODP SSDB are operational for about ten years under the control of staff at SIO using earlier versions of the technologies we propose to leverage here. Recently, CLIDEEP (Climate Impacts on the Deep Ocean), a part of International Network for Scientific Investigation of Deep-Sea Ecosystems (INDEEP), has been added to the list of projects to which this technology will be applied thereby entraining a new community of ecologists in best-management practices for scientific data and data publication. Since those earlier systems were made operational, continuing developments have led to the evolution of the Digital Library Framework and Digital Library System technologies to facilitate the production of multi-lateral metadata conforming to a variety of metadata standards (e.g., Dublin Core, FGDC, ISO19139) and to automate the production of the metadata required to obtain a digital object identifier (DOI) from the CrossRef system and DataCite cross-referencing systems. Since the emergence of CrossRef, there is now also a citation service called DataCite. For about the past two years, a Data Citation Standards and Practices Task Group under the International Council for Science / Committee on Data for Science and Technology (ICTSI/CODATA) was formed to develop a report for its international membership

  7. 生态翻译学关照下的公示语汉英翻译现状分析%Analysis of the C-E Translation of Public Signs in the Light of Eco-Translatology

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    张红梅

    2014-01-01

    The present situation of the C-E translation is far from satisfactory .The errors in the translation can be classified into three types-linguistic errors ,cultural translation errors and pragmatic translation errors .From the perspec-tives of adaptation and selection ,three-dimensional transformations and post-event penalty in the eco-translatology ,the main causes of the errors are as follows:the translator’s inadequate preparation before translating ,mis-conduct of the“three-dimensional” transformations and lack of the supervision of the post-event penalty mechanism after translating .%目前公示语英译现状还不尽如人意,常见的错误可以分为三类:语言层面上的错误、文化翻译错误、语用翻译错误。从生态翻译学理论中的“适应与选择”、“三维”转换、“事后追惩”三个视角分析,造成错误的主要原因是:译者没有做好译前的适应与选择;译者在翻译过程中没有做好“三维”转换;译者在译后没有受到“事后追惩”机制的制约。

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  9. EXPLORING THE ECO-ATTITUDES AND BUYING BEHAVIOUR OF FACEBOOK USERS

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    Kevin Kane; Codrin Chiru; Stela Georgiana Ciuchete

    2012-01-01

    ... (eco-food, eco-tourism, eco-housing, eco-textiles and eco-beauty & cosmetics). This research investigates how ecological products and services could gain popularity and overpass the identified purchasing barriers (e.g...

  10. Maximizing Accessibility of Academic Publications: Applications of Electronic Publishing Technology

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    Jeffress, Laura; Lyle, Stacey D.

    2012-01-01

    Professors at higher education institutions often feel pressure to "publish or perish" in order to maintain their standing in the academic community, yet a large number of these publications languish in obscure technical journals or are presented only once at a conference or online journal. While these methods achieve the goal of…

  11. A decision ladder analysis of eco-driving: the first step towards fuel-efficient driving behaviour.

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    McIlroy, Rich C; Stanton, Neville A

    2015-01-01

    This paper provides a decision ladder analysis of eco-driving, and a discussion of the resultant models in terms of the skills, rules and knowledge taxonomy of human behaviour and how this can inform the design of an in-vehicle, eco-driving support system. In order to understand the types of behaviours that characterise fuel-efficient driving, a review was conducted of the academic literature and of more publicly available resources, such as governmental, car manufacturers' and specific eco-driving organisations' websites. The review identified four largely distinct driving activities that play a central role in the use of fuel in the private road vehicle. A focus group involving four researchers in the transport ergonomics field, followed by a series of five interviews with eco-driving experts, served to validate, supplement and further specify the models. Practitioner Summary: This paper presents a decision ladder analysis of eco-driving. A four-member focus group and five interviews with eco-driving experts were conducted; the resultant models are discussed in terms of supporting fuel-efficient driving behaviours in the novice eco-driver through their potential to inform the design of an in-vehicle eco-driving support system.

  12. Extraction of Y2 O3 :Cr(3+) nanophosphor by eco-friendly approach and its suitability for white light-emitting diode applications.

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    Prasanna Kumar, J B; Ramgopal, G; Sunitha, D V; Prasad, B Daruka; Nagabhushana, H; Vidya, Y S; Anantharaju, K S; Prashantha, S C; Sharma, S C; Prabhakara, K R

    2017-05-01

    Cr(3)(+) -doped Y2 O3 (0.5-9 mol%) was synthesized by a simple solution combustion method using Aloe vera gel as a fuel/surfactant. The final obtained product was calcined at 750°C for 3 h, which is the lowest temperature reported so far for the synthesis of this compound. The calcined product was confirmed for its crystallinity and purity by powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) studies which showed a single-phase nano cubic phosphor. The particles size estimated by Scherrer formula was in the range of 6-19 nm. The UV-vis spectra showed absorption bands at 198, 272 and 372 nm having band gap energy in the range 4.00-4.26 eV. In order to investigate the possibility of its use in white light emitting display applications, the photoluminescence properties of Cr(3)(+) -doped Y2 O3 nanophosphors were studied at an excitation wavelength in the near ultraviolet (UV) light region (361 nm). The emission spectra consisted of emission peaks in the blue ((4) F9/2  → (6) H15/2 ), orange ((4) F9/2  → (6) H13/2 ) and red ((4) F9/2  → (6) H11/2 ) regions. The CIE coordinates (0.33, 0.33) lie in the white light region. Hence Y2 O3 :Cr(3)(+) can be used for white light-emitting diode (LED) applications. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  13. Sustainable packaging: from eco-efficiency to eco-effectiveness

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    Niero, Monia; Boas, Simon H.; Olsen, Stig Irving

    2014-01-01

    and emissions can be taken up as nutrients by other processes instead of reducing the amount of waste as eco-efficiency advocates. From a company point of view, LCA and C2C are complementary approaches to develop sustainable andinnovative solutions for packaging, see Figure 1. We will illustrate the challenges......According to Verghese et al (2012) sustainable packaging should be: effective in delivering its functional requirements, efficient in its use of materials, energy, and water throughout its life cycle, cyclic in its use of renewable materials and recoverability at end-of-life, and safe for people......-effective” solutions,i.e. maximizing the benefit to ecological systems. C2C is based on three key principles “waste equal food”,“use solar energy income” and “celebrate diversity” (McDonough and Braungart, 2002). The first principlecalls for eliminating the concept of waste by designing systems where waste...

  14. Eco-innovative Practices for Sustainable Consumption and Production: What are the Possible Benefits for Companies?

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    Maria Rosa De Giacomo

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available The paper aims to present some eco-innovative practices regarding Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP. The study also focuses on potential benefits for the actors who implement these practices, mainly with reference to companies. After a literature review on the actual importance of SCP and on the effects of eco-innovation tools and policies on companies, authors present the developed eco-innovation practices in three focus areas related to sustainable consumption and production. The aim of the study is to contribute to literature studies on SCP with the development of eco-innovative practices resulting by the integration of existing tools, by pointing out and valorizing their potentials and synergies. These practices have been pointing out in the framework of the international European project. Three focus areas are involved by the practices: sustainability of products and services, sustainability of production processes and sustainable management of industrial areas. Authors developed four eco innovative practices resulting from the integration of 15 existing tools. These practices offer many opportunities to many actors, mainly companies and public authorities, in order to achieve environmental and competitive benefits and implement eco-innovation principles with a cooperative and shared approach.

  15. Citrus maxima (Pomelo) juice mediated eco-friendly synthesis of ZnO nanoparticles: Applications to photocatalytic, electrochemical sensor and antibacterial activities

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    Pavithra, N. S.; Lingaraju, K.; Raghu, G. K.; Nagaraju, G.

    2017-10-01

    In the present work, Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO Nps) have been successfully prepared through a simple, effective and low cost solution combustion method using Zn (NO3)2·6H2O as an oxidizer, chakkota (Common name = Pomelo) fruit juice as novel fuel. X-ray diffraction pattern indicates the hexagonal wurtzite structure with average crystallite size of 22 nm. ZnO Nps were characterized with the aid of different spectroscopic techniques such as Raman spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy, Photoluminescence and UV-Visible spectroscopy. FTIR shows characteristic ZnO vibrational mode at 393 cm- 1. SEM images show that the particles are agglomerated. TEM image shows the size of the particles are about 10-20 nm. Further, in order to establish practical applicability of the synthesized ZnO Nps, photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) dye as a model system was studied in presence of UV (665 nm) light. In addition to this, the antibacterial activity was screen against 3 bacterial strains and electrochemical sensor performance towards the quantification of dopamine at nano molar concentrations was also explored.

  16. Bioavailability of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and their Potential Application in Eco-risk Assessment and Source Apportionment in Urban River Sediment

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    Yang, Xunan; Yu, Liuqian; Chen, Zefang; Xu, Meiying

    2016-03-01

    Traditional risk assessment and source apportionment of sediments based on bulk polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) can introduce biases due to unknown aging effects in various sediments. We used a mild solvent (hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin) to extract the bioavailable fraction of PAHs (a-PAHs) from sediment samples collected in Pearl River, southern China. We investigated the potential application of this technique for ecological risk assessments and source apportionment. We found that the distribution of PAHs was associated with human activities and that the a-PAHs accounted for a wide range (4.7%-21.2%) of total-PAHs (t-PAHs), and high risk sites were associated with lower t-PAHs but higher a-PAHs. The correlation between a-PAHs and the sediment toxicity assessed using tubificid worms (r = -0.654, P = 0.021) was greater than that from t-PAH-based risk assessment (r = -0.230, P = 0.472). Moreover, the insignificant correlation between a-PAH content and mPEC-Q of low molecular weight PAHs implied the potiential bias of t-PAH-based risk assessment. The source apportionment from mild extracted fractions was consistent across different indicators and was in accordance with typical pollution sources. Our results suggested that mild extraction-based approaches reduce the potential error from aging effects because the mild extracted PAHs provide a more direct indicator of bioavailability and fresher fractions in sediments.

  17. Application of Aquatic Plants on Eco-city Construction in Yuxi%水生植物在玉溪生态城市建设中的应用

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    赵晓艳

    2012-01-01

    通过对云南省玉溪水生植物的调查,筛选出23个品种水生植物在聂耳公园“知音湖”试种,研究水生植物生活习性、长势、净化作用、形成的景观效果等,进一步优选出适宜在玉溪中心城区水域种植的水生植物。同时介绍了水生植物的种植设计原则、水生植物的配置及种植后的管护,并进行了应用效果评价。%Based on the investigation of aquatic plants in Yuxi City of Yunnan Province, 23 varieties were selected to grow in "Zhi Yin Lake" of Nie Er Park. Aquatic,' plants which adapted to the environment of Yuxi were selected through tile study on their life habits, growth, purification and effect of landscape. Meanwhile, the planting design principle, configuration and maintenance management of aquatic plants were introduced. Moreover, the application effect were evaluated.

  18. Business Intelligence and its Applications in the Public Healthcare System

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    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Business intelligence (BI has been known as a popular tool in business management and decision support systems. BI helps to transform raw data into smart information. There are many BI tools such as extract transform and load (ETL, data warehouse, online analytical processing (OLAP, and dashboard. BI tools are usually used in public health fields for financial and administrative purposes. Now BI is also helping public health organisations with diagnosing and treating patients with long term conditions and evaluating alternative treatments based on outcomes analyses. BI is composed of four steps: integration, storage, analysis, and presentation. BI usually uses a dashboard in the presentation step to deliver the information to end users. The development an effective dashboard is still a challenge.Graphical abstract

  19. Public Investment Regional Allocation: Evaluation of applicability of two methodologies

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    Geraki, Martha; Serafeim POLYZOS; Krikeli, Olga

    2010-01-01

    Regional allocation of public investment has been considered of a great interest over the years. Regional policy uses investments as a basic developmental tool and it seeks for an effective allocation among the regions. In addition, national economic policy distributes investments aiming at both economic development of less developed regions and maximization of national product. Therefore, an effective allocation by the central government is of a great significance. In addition, national econ...

  20. Infrared Technology And Public Schools: Applications In Berlin, New Hampshire

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    Perrin, Alan F.

    1981-01-01

    Infrared technology played an important part in dealing with school energy problems in Berlin, New Hampshire. It provided the school board and administration with information and data which proved useful in prioritizing the expenditure of limited capital improvement funds. It enabled the board and administration to diagnose the extent of building heat loss problems and compare the heating oil component of our energy problems with independently diagnosed electricity and gasoline components. Since seventy (70) percent of school energy expenditures are on heating oil, infrared assumed the role of a very important diagnostic tool. The Berlin (NH) Public Schools manifest problems faced by public schools in many areas of the country; declining enrollments, inflation, and taxpayer resistance to increasing public expenditures. With eight buildings to heat and light (six schools, a bus garage, and a vocational forestry building), rapidly escalating energy prices threatened to raise total school energy costs as a percentage of total budget from less than seven (7) percent to almost twenty (20) percent, unless consumption reductions were effected. There were minimal obstacles to infrared implementation in Berlin, for a number of reasons. First, the cost was not prohibitive. Second, there was little community understanding of the technology along with an historic separation of specific, relatively low cost school expenditures from close public scrutiny. Finally, the school board and administration realized that, if the energy problem was to be adequately dealt with, a clear understanding of the problem was necessary. The best way for that understanding to be developed was through professional examination of our buildings using the most modern techniques. At this juncture, after only one winter, it is clear that the payback period for Berlin's investment in infrared technology has been surpassed.

  1. Idology and Its Applications in Public Security and Network Security

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    Su, Shenghui; Zheng, Jianhua; Huang, Zhiqiu; Li, Zhoujun; Tang, Zhenmin; Wang, Jian; Lu, Shuwang

    2016-01-01

    Fraud (swindling money or property by fictional, counterfeit, forged, or imitative things or by impersonating other persons) forms its threats against public security and network security. Anti-fraud is essentially the identification of a person or thing. In this paper, the authors first propose the concept of idology - a systematic and scientific study of identifications of persons and things, and give the definitions of a symmetric identity and an asymmetric identity. Discuss the conversion...

  2. The Corporate Governance Framework & its Application to Privatizations of Public Enterprises

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    Kenourgios, Dimitris; Samitas, Aristidis; Konstantopoulos, Nikolaos

    2007-12-01

    This paper is an attempt to evaluate the application of Corporate Governance framework issue within Public domain. It is an attempt to quantify the compliance of Greek companies with international best practices.

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  4. Evaluation of Eco-Efficiency and Performance of Retrofit Materials

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    Gopinath, Smitha; Rama Chandra Murthy, A.; Iyer, Nagesh R.; Kokila, S.

    2015-12-01

    In this work three materials namely Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP), ferrocement and Textile Reinforced Concrete (TRC) have been evaluated towards their performance efficiency and eco-effectiveness for sustainable retrofitting applications. Investigations have been carried out for flexural strengthening of RC beams with FRP, ferrocement and TRC. It is observed that in the case of FRP, it is not possible to tailor the material according to design requirements and most of the time strengthened structure becomes over stiff. Eco-effectiveness of these retrofitting materials has been evaluated by computing the embodied energy. It is observed that the amount of CO2 emitted by TRC is less compared to other retrofit materials. Further, the performance point of retrofitted RC frames has been evaluated and damage index has been calculated to find out the effective retrofit material. It is concluded that, if RC frame is retrofitted with FRP and TRC, it undergoes less damage compared to ferrocement.

  5. Antibiotic resistance in the wild: an eco-evolutionary perspective

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    Virta, Marko

    2017-01-01

    The legacy of the use and misuse of antibiotics in recent decades has left us with a global public health crisis: antibiotic-resistant bacteria are on the rise, making it harder to treat infections. At the same time, evolution of antibiotic resistance is probably the best-documented case of contemporary evolution. To date, research on antibiotic resistance has largely ignored the complexity of interactions that bacteria engage in. However, in natural populations, bacteria interact with other species; for example, competition and grazing are import interactions influencing bacterial population dynamics. Furthermore, antibiotic leakage to natural environments can radically alter bacterial communities. Overall, we argue that eco-evolutionary feedback loops in microbial communities can be modified by residual antibiotics and evolution of antibiotic resistance. The aim of this review is to connect some of the well-established key concepts in evolutionary biology and recent advances in the study of eco-evolutionary dynamics to research on antibiotic resistance. We also identify some key knowledge gaps related to eco-evolutionary dynamics of antibiotic resistance, and review some of the recent technical advantages in molecular microbiology that offer new opportunities for tackling these questions. Finally, we argue that using the full potential of evolutionary theory and active communication across the different fields is needed for solving this global crisis more efficiently. This article is part of the themed issue ‘Human influences on evolution, and the ecological and societal consequences'. PMID:27920384

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  7. Promoting Eco-innovations to Leverage Sustainable Development of Eco-industry and Green Growth

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    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available In the modern world, ecologyand the economy are on cross roads. With the increasingpace of globalization and economic liberalization, giving birth to the rapid growth ofconsumerism by the modern civilization,there is growing consciousness to movegradually towards green growth with sustainability. This is now becoming possible byenhancing eco-consciousness both among theproducers as well as the consumers. Thechosen path is obviously to go in for more and more eco-innovations to providecomplementarily to industrialproduction without sacrificing much on the production aswell as economic front. Renewable alternate technologies – widely known as eco-technologies, are now being developed withmassive investment on R&D activities byseveral research organizations across the world to achieve this mission. To leverage thegains from eco-innovations and achievedthrough proactive and carefully plannedorganizational and R&D support, there seems to be a surge in the growth of Eco-industries; which in turn, are getting increasingly organized asa chain of eco-industry, byconstantly evolving replicableas well as sustainable eco-industrial models in the emergingsectors of economy, prominently in the EU countries.The paper takes a holistic and strategic review on how the Eco-innovations and their eco-specific promotional and developmental efforts are stimulating the sustainabledevelopment of Eco-industriesand enhancing Green growth bysetting up of demonstrableEco-industrial models in multi-sectoral areas in Europe and the other parts of the world.The paper also provides a brief account of various corporate and entrepreneur initiativestaken in developing sustainable Eco-industrial business models and the methodologies tomeasure the impact of eco-innovation projects.

  8. Eco-Efficiency Analysis of biotechnological processes.

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    Saling, Peter

    2005-07-01

    Eco-Efficiency has been variously defined and analytically implemented by several workers. In most cases, Eco-Efficiency is taken to mean the ecological optimization of overall systems while not disregarding economic factors. Eco-Efficiency should increase the positive ecological performance of a commercial company in relation to economic value creation--or to reduce negative effects. Several companies use Eco-Efficiency Analysis for decision-making processes; and industrial examples of best practices in developing and implementing Eco-Efficiency have been reviewed. They clearly demonstrate the environmental and business benefits of Eco-Efficiency. An instrument for the early recognition and systematic detection of economic and environmental opportunities and risks for production processes in the chemical industry began use in 1997, since when different new features have been developed, leading to many examples. This powerful Eco-Efficiency Analysis allows a feasibility evaluation of existing and future business activities and is applied by BASF. In many cases, decision-makers are able to choose among alternative processes for making a product.

  9. Integrating reverse logistics and eco-design: a proposal for a new framework

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    Felipe Kich Gontijo

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available The concepts of Reverse Logistics and Eco-design are discussed in this paper, suggesting that these applications are often treated differently, thus not being able to achieve a higher performance in relation to environmental sustainability. The reason is most reverse logistics applications have a repairer action, since their waste generation is not planned along with product design. The proposal shows how the two concepts can work together, describing the time of each application.Unfolding the two concepts into reverse channels concerning logistics and life cycle analysis of the product as per eco-design, an application model has been developed, promoting integration between the two practices, so that the reverse supply chain is planned along with the product.The result is the development of a model for implementing reverse logistics integrating eco-design, thus optimizing the reverse flow of waste.

  10. An application of different dioids in public key cryptography

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    Durcheva, Mariana I., E-mail: mdurcheva66@gmail.com [Technical University of Sofia, Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Informatics, 8 Kliment Ohridski St., Sofia 1000 (Bulgaria)

    2014-11-18

    Dioids provide a natural framework for analyzing a broad class of discrete event dynamical systems such as the design and analysis of bus and railway timetables, scheduling of high-throughput industrial processes, solution of combinatorial optimization problems, the analysis and improvement of flow systems in communication networks. They have appeared in several branches of mathematics such as functional analysis, optimization, stochastic systems and dynamic programming, tropical geometry, fuzzy logic. In this paper we show how to involve dioids in public key cryptography. The main goal is to create key – exchange protocols based on dioids. Additionally the digital signature scheme is presented.

  11. Public key infrastructure building trusted applications and web services

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    2004-01-01

    OVERVIEW OF PKI TECHNOLOGYPublic Key Infrastructures (PKIs): What Are They?Type of Certificate Authorities (CAS) ServicesPKI StandardsTypes of Vendor and Third-Party CA SystemsProtecting Private KeysCA System AttacksStolen Private Keys: What Can Be Done?Certificate Practice StatementsPKI ReadinessANALYZING AND DESIGNING PUBLIC KEY INFRASTRUCTURESPKI Design IssuesCost Justification and ConsiderationPKI Standards Design IssuesPKI Architectural Design ConsiderationsIMPLEMENTING PKIRequirementsImplementation ScheduleImplementation CostsPKI PerformanceMANAGING PKIRequesting a CertificateObtaining a

  12. Eco-toxicity of Land Application of Sewage Sludge on Zea Mays%污泥施用土壤对玉米的生态毒性效应

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    戴亮; 任珺; 张军平; 李华

    2011-01-01

    The eco-toxicological effects of sewage sludge application on seed germination, root elongation test,biomass,chlorophyll content, proline content and heavy metals content in Zea mays were studied by pot experiments. The results showed that the content of Pb,Cu,Zn in the soil did not exceed the national standard of Environmental Quality Standards for Soils for Grade Ⅱ(GB-1518-1995). The biomass of Zea mays was increased significantly and was better than the controlled one after land application of sewage sludge. Zea mays seedling emergence and root length were inhibited in varying degrees due to sewage sludge application,showing the effects of dose-effect relationship with the increased amount of sludge. Zea mays root length was restrained by heavy metals in the soil,and the effects of heavy metals in the soil on plant root system should be considered with land application of sewage sludge. The total chlorophyll content of Zea mays with the amount of sludge application showed a rapid decrease after a increase. The proline content of Zea mays leaves compared with the controlled one showed a big increase after sewage sludge application, which grew nearly eight times, but threshold did not appear. In conclusion, Zea mays on the sludge applied showed a strong adaptability and tolerance in the ratio of sludge in the mixed soil of dry weight lower than 25%.%采用盆栽试验方法,研究污泥土地利用后对玉米种子出苗、单株生物量、根伸长、叶片内叶绿素含量和脯氨酸含量及体内重金属含量等指标的生态毒理学效应.结果表明:污泥施用后,玉米生物量显著高于对照,但出苗率和根长受到不同程度的抑制.土壤中的重金属对玉米根长有明显的抑制作用,在施污泥肥时应该重点考虑土壤中重金属对植物根系的影响.玉米叶绿素总含量随着污泥施加量呈先升后降的趋势.玉米叶片的脯氨酸含量与对照相比有大幅的上升,但并未出现阀值.玉米根

  13. Eco-systemic services in Cajamarca Region

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    Alcántara Boñón, Germán Humberto

    2014-01-01

    The study of the eco-systemic services –ESE relies on 15 priority sites on biodiversity conservationidentified in the Sub Model of Bio-ecologic Value of the Ecologic-Economic Zonation process (ZEE) of the department of Cajamarca. The area studied covers 525,419 ha that represent 13,75% of the department area. The objectives of this study were: to identify the main eco-systemic services- SE.; to analyze the factors associated to the conditions of the main Eco-systemic Services and to find meas...

  14. Conditioning in Stuttering Therapy: Applications and Limitations. Publication No. 7.

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    Starkweather, C. Woodruff, Ed.

    Presented are seven papers given at a conference on the application of behavior modification techniques to the treatment of stuttering. An introduction to the papers gives an overview of behavior modification. The two papers of Part I present two approaches to stuttering therapy, one of which is based on operant conditioning and the other on…

  15. 磁源性影像对癫痫灶定位的临床应用--与VEEG、ECoG比较%Clinical application of magnetic source imaging in localization of epileptic foci-comparison with VEEG and ECoG

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    孙吉林; 王建华; 李铮; 吴杰; 李素敏; 吴育锦

    2004-01-01

    目的:探讨磁源性影像在癫痫灶定位中的应用价值.方法:20例难治性癫痫患者,男15例,女5例,手术前均行视频脑电图(Video-Electroencephalography,VEEG)、MRI及脑磁图(Magnetoencephalography,MEG)检查.将MEG所得的电生理资料与MRI所获得的解剖结构资料叠加,形成磁源性影像(magnetic source imaging,MSI).所有患者手术均在MSI指导下进行术中皮层脑电图(Electrocorticography,ECoG)监测.结果:20例患者MSI与VEEG符合率为50%,与ECoG符合率为70%,术后(3~20月)随访16例患者疗效满意.结论:MSI是难治性癫痫患者手术前无创伤性癫痫灶精确定位方法.

  16. The function of the public platform application to education attainment

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    张弟龙

    2014-01-01

    It supports the reform and development of people’s social life, having a profound and extensive influence to the spread of school education and social development. Based on the powerful communication function of wechat, this research discusses the possibility of using wechat to strengthen the education reform, and expounds the application to promote the education reform and accelerate the auxiliary education development from two aspects of connecting the family, school, society and all other various education channels and promoting teachers’ professional development.

  17. Scoring of medical publications with SIGAPS software: Application to orthopedics.

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    Rouvillain, J-L; Derancourt, C; Moore, N; Devos, P

    2014-11-01

    SIGAPS is a bibliometric software tool developed in France to identify and analyze Medline-indexed publications that are produced by a researcher or research group. This measurement takes into account the author's ranking on the paper along with the journal's prestige according to its impact factor within the research field. However, use of this impact factor is the primary limitation of SIGAPS. SIGAPS analysis results are used to assign a financial value to hospital facilities. The impact of the journal Revue de Chirurgie Orthopédique and its successor-Orthopaedics & Traumatology: Surgery & Research-was compared using the Medline-based ISI (SIGAPS) and SCOPUS-based SCImago journal rankings. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  18. TEXTS SENTIMENT-ANALYSIS APPLICATION FOR PUBLIC OPINION ASSESSMENT

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    I. A. Bessmertny

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper describes an approach to the emotional tonality assessment of natural language texts based on special dictionaries. A method for an automatic assessment of public opinion by means of sentiment-analysis of reviews and discussions followed by published Web-documents is proposed. The method is based on statistics of words in the documents. A pilot model of the software system implementing the sentiment-analysis of natural language text in Russian based on a linear assessment scale is developed. A syntactic analysis and words lemmatization are used to identify terms more correctly. Tonality dictionaries are presented in editable format and are open for enhancing. The program system implementing a sentiment-analysis of the Russian texts based on open dictionaries of tonality is presented for the first time.

  19. EVERYTHING MOVES NOTHING STANDS STILL. SOME ASPECTS ABOUT THE MEGASYSTEM EARTH ECO-SOC-ECO

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    Negucioiu Aurel

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available One of the most important moments of the start or restart of the academic activity has always been the opening of courses in each subject (discipline that would be studied. On these occasions each professor shows to the students the subject of the discipline, place and role that intellectual seizure of that object in the formation of their professional competence required by the exigencies of the time. Most teachers stop on the most important sources, sources of knowledge that young learners can turn to and would be better to turn. They indicate written sources, books, magazines and other publications available in classical libraries and add, especially now, the world’s largest library: the Internet. However, teachers advise students to seek permanently another source, a "book" - permanently opened, the book of reality that contains the most truth and what is very important - many problems waiting to be discovered and resolved. Leafing over "the first pages" of one of the "volumes" of this huge established "book", I found that the paradigm "Everything moves. Nothing stands still" as the paradigm "movement is absolute, and the repose - roughly" is far from having exhausted full knowledge of "everything". But knowledge can enrich through investigation of the unknown aspects. Substantially reducing the size of the unknown we have subscribed to communicate, stopping on several sides and objectives of the issues: Further examination of the main contents of the concept of development; Nominate a limited number of forms of movement in the "kingdom" of the Megasystem Eco-soc-eco; Further investigation of the causes of motion; Pace to and rhythm in which the different forms of movement develop; Which are the directions in which evolve different directions of movement forms.

  20. 77 FR 68196 - Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air...

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    ... Applications, or Motion to Modify Scope: November 13, 2012. Description: Application of Gama Charters Inc. (``Gama'') requesting a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing Gama to engage in the... (``BBJ''). Gama also requests the Department exercise its discretionary authority to issue Gama...

  1. Construction of Eco-tourism Sites Based on the Experience of Eco-tourism

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    2010-01-01

    Taking Lingtong Grand Canyon in Jingxi County, Baise City, Guangxi, China as a research object, the face-to-face questionnaire survey on tourist is carried out, in order to obtain the basic situation of the interviewees, as well as their expectation for the eco-tourism experience. Factor analysis method is adopted to test the interviewees′ expectation of the eco-tourism experience. Result shows that eco-tourism experience of tourist is mainly reflected in the ecological leisure experience, the ecological tourism experience, the ecological experience in scenic spot, and the self-realization experience. Analysis on the recognition of the expectation for eco-tourism experience shows that the interviewees′ expectations of the eco-tourism experience are in the order of the ecological experience in scenic spot, the eco-tourism experience, the ecological leisure experience, and the self-realization experience. Difference analysis on the interviewees′ expectations for the eco-tourism experience is carried out by market segmentation. Result shows that there are significant differences in the demand of eco-tourism experience among different types of tourisms. According to the investigation result, countermeasures for the construction and marketing of eco-tourism sites are put forward.

  2. The Eco-Efficiency and Sustainable National Projects in Egypt

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    Khaled Gaber EL Sakty

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available As national mega projects, the Suez Canal Area Development Project and New Suez Canal have logistically imposed two main questions. First, how the project can spot the preferred solution for balancing the business and environmental concerns? Second, how the project can enhance the trade-off between those two dimensions. In order to answer these two questions, the efficient frontier between the profitability and the environmental impact needs to be investigated. Three Levels of Thinking has to be applied. In Marlog 2, the Operational Thinking has been discussed using different supply chain approaches including SCOR and Lean Thinking. In Marlog 3, the Tactical Thinking has been explained for global growth opportunities including thinking process and value chain philosophy. This year, the Strategic Thinking approach will be discussed for improving the Eco-efficiency in logistics clusters with the application for the Suez Canal Logistics Corridor project.  The main purpose of this paper is to explore the eco-efficiency solution and the concept of eco-topology for the national mega project to transfer the Suez Canal region into a global logistics corridor.

  3. Eco-Anthropic Compatibility - a Multidisciplinary Model in Urban Ecology

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    MARIANO L. BIANCA

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper I propose a multidisciplinary model of urban development which goes beyond the notion of ecological sustainability, by building on the concept of eco-anthropic compatibility. First of all I will sketch the historical development of human aggregations and I will underline the difference between ancient and modern aggregations. On the basis of this analysis, I will take into consideration the notion of sustainability and its possible application to present conurbations. I will underline several limits of the notion of sustainable development and I will propose a multidisciplinary model grounded on a broader and new notion: the eco-anthropic compatibility. Using this notion, which includes the idea of sustainability, it is possible to handle, within the model, the human factors and human living conditions inside an urban aggregation. Finally, I will state that the actual urban model is decaying and therefore, sooner or later, we will have to face the end of urban civilization; for this reason we can start imagining new future ways for human aggregations on the planet based on the notion of eco-anthropic compatibility.

  4. PREFACE: International Symposium on Materials Science and Innovation for Sustainable Society - Eco-Materials and Eco-Innovation for Global Sustainability - The 21st Iketani Conference 2011

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    Takahashi, Yasuo

    2012-08-01

    my sincere appreciation to all the committees and secretariats, authors, participants of ECO-MATES 2011, and everybody involved in the publication of this special issue. It is a great honor for me that the special issue of Journal of Physics: Conference Series will contribute to establishing green innovations and a sustainable society. Chairman's signature Yasuo Takahashi Chairman of ECO-MATES 2011 Conference photograph ECO-MATES 2011 November 28-30, 2011 Venue: Hotel Hankyu Expo Park, Osaka, Japan The PDF also contains a list of the organizing committees.

  5. Does resilient mean eco-inefficient?

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    Pizzol, Massimo

    structure is improved or designed to be more resilient will not only be more inefficient, but also eco-inefficient, when studied by means of LCA. In this work a two steps approach is proposed to study resilience of product systems: 1) assessment of disturbance conditions and their inclusion within the scope......-efficient than their vulnerable counterparts and instead can allow for eco-efficiency gains. This goes against the intuitive idea that optimizing a system for efficiency only will necessarily allow achieving eco-efficiency as well, and suggests that design for resilience may be a valuable idea towards...... as long-term perfomance. Resilience is not explicitly taken into account within life cycle assessment (LCA). LCA determines the eco-efficiency of product systems, i.e. the ratio between the function provided by the product and its impact on the environment. The question is whether a product system which...

  6. ECO-SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND ROMANIAN TOURISM

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    MARIANA BĂLAN

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available In a changing world, the development of eco-sustainable tourism is manifested in the form of interaction of elements compatible with each other in various dimensions: economic, environmental, human, technological, environmental, ethical, etc. Through eco-sustainable tourism aims to satisfy the present needs of tourists in favor and not in detrimental to the interests of future generations, along with educating them in the spirit of reducing negative environmental impacts. This paper provides a brief overview of the tourism - ecology - sustainable development relationship, by highlighting the evolutionary theoretical considerations regarding the concept of tourism, the need for sustainable tourism development, the ecology as a priority in the development and integration of tourism activities within the coordinates the eco-sustainable development. It also discusses the main indicators used to characterize the tourism activities in Romania in the context of eco-sustainable development.

  7. [Eco-efficiency of Jiaozuo industry sectors].

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    Du, Yan-chun; Jiang, Pan; Mao, Jian-su; Xu, Lin-yu

    2011-05-01

    Jiaozuo city was taken as a representative industry city and its industry energy consumption and industry emissions such as wastewater,solid waste, SO2, dust and so on were selected as corresponding environmental loads. The contribution rate to the environmental loads and eco-efficiencies of Jiaozuo industry sectors were analyzed quantitatively. The results show that, the industry sector with the highest energy eco-efficiency is Mining and Processing of Ferrous Metal Ores (FMM), 43.19 x 10(4) yuan x tce(-1), and its contribution rate is 0.003%; the one with the highest wastewater-related eco-efficiency is Manufacture of Transport Equipment (TRM), 3.58 x 10(4) yuan x t(-1), and its contribution rate is 0.0001%; the one with the highest solid waste-related eco-efficiency is Manufacture of Special Purpose Machinery( SMM), 323.22 x 10(4) yuan x t(-1), and its contribution rate is 0.005%; the one with the highest SO2 emission-related eco-efficiency is Manufacture of Special Purpose Machinery (SMM), 19.74 x 10(4) yuan x kg(-1), and its contribution rate is 0.0001%; the one with the highest dust emission-related eco-efficiency is Manufacture of Rubber (RUM), 6.75 x 10(4) yuan x kg(-1), and its contribution rate is 0.001%. It can be seen that the industry sector with high value of eco-efficiency always contributes less to its environmental load, which results that the industry sectors with high eco-efficiencies only play a weak role in leading the overall industry eco-efficiency. A succinct distance index (SDI) was proposed to estimate the differences between Jiaozuo and China average for their eco-efficiency of every industrial sector. The values of SDI range from -1 to 63.45, and the absolute value of SDI with positive value is much greater than that with negative value, which indicates that the values of eco-efficiencies for the advanced industry sectors of Jiaozuo city are much higher than those for China's industry sectors average.

  8. ECO-SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND ROMANIAN TOURISM

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    MARIANA BĂLAN; Raluca I. IORGULESCU

    2014-01-01

    In a changing world, the development of eco-sustainable tourism is manifested in the form of interaction of elements compatible with each other in various dimensions: economic, environmental, human, technological, environmental, ethical, etc. Through eco-sustainable tourism aims to satisfy the present needs of tourists in favor and not in detrimental to the interests of future generations, along with educating them in the spirit of reducing negative environmental impacts. ...

  9. Construction of a multimedia application on public network

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    Liu, Jang; Wang, Chwan-Huei; Tseng, Ming-Yu; Hsiao, Sun-Lang; Luo, Wen-Hen; Tseng, Yung-Mean; Hung, Feng-Yue

    1994-04-01

    This paper describes our perception of current developments in networking, telecommunication and technology of multimedia. As such, we have taken a constructive view. From this standpoint, we devised a client server architecture that veils servers from their customers. It adheres to our conviction that network and location independence for serve access is a future trend. We have constructed an on-line KARAOKE on an existing CVS (Chinese Videotex System) to test the workability of this architecture and it works well. We are working on a prototype multimedia service network which is a miniature client server structure of our proposal. A specially designed protocol is described. Through this protocol, an one-to-many connection can be set up and to provide for multimedia applications, new connections can be established within a basic connection. So continuous media may have their own connections without being interrupted by other media, at least from the view of an application. We have advanced a constructive view which is not a framework itself. But it is tantamount to a framework, in building systems as assembly of methods, technics, designs, and ideas. This is what a framework does with more flexibility and availability.

  10. An Update of NASA Public Health Applications Projects using Remote Sensing Data

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    Estes, Sue M.; Haynes, J. A.

    2009-01-01

    Satellite earth observations present a unique vantage point of the earth s environment from space which offers a wealth of health applications for the imaginative investigator. The session will present research results of the remote sensing environmental observations of earth and health applications. This session will an overview of many of the NASA public health applications using Remote Sensing Data and will also discuss opportunities to become a research collaborator with NASA.

  11. Research and application of high-efficiency eco-engineering rural sewage treatment system%农村生活污水生态处理工艺研究与应用

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    刘晓璐; 牛宏斌; 闫海; 丁湛; 卢凤兰; 马晓毅; 杨柳青; 刘永智

    2013-01-01

    With the rapid economic and social development in China, rural per capita daily water consumption and sewage emissions have surged, resulting in a large amount of domestic sewage. However, the rural population is a dispersed population, and there are no sewage collection and treatment facilities. Domestic pollution in rural areas is an important factor affecting the water environment, particularly in the water source, and reservoir water quality cannot be ignored. Poor water quality directly harm the health of peasants, and can easily lead to the outbreak and spread of epidemic diseases. Therefore, research and development of both cost savings and operating costs, while maintaining the stability of the phosphorus and nitrogen removal effect of rural domestic sewage treatment process is very necessary. For rural scattered distribution, coupled with a long-standing way of living, habits, and economic status differences, the actual project was the basis to study the establishment of the “rings.” The formula (ACGMP, Anaerobic, Constructed wetlands, Genetic engineering of Rice, Microorganism, Pond) was for an eco-efficient rural domestic sewage treatment works system, with the system performing villages sewage treatment for households connected, construction of a sewage anaerobic reactor, constructed wetlands, planting high adsorption pollution factors aquatic plants, efficient investment in the decomposition of sewage dedicated micro-organisms, the use of a natural pond five links, and an entire engineering system power, to achieve complete self-liquidity. The rural domestic sewage treatment works application site is located in the Three Gorges reservoir area in Chunqiu Village, Chongqing. The process design and operating parameters were: a design population of 300, according to the volume of sewage 100 L per person, and sewage treatment capacity of 30-50 m3/d;design flow rate of 30-50 m3/d, design effluent standard GB8987-1996. The process used anaerobic

  12. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH ECO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

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    Vergina CHIRITESCU

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The issue of the relationship between humankind and the environment became scientific and economic concerns of the international community since the first UN Conference on the Human Environment (Stockholm, 1972 and resulted in the work of the World Commission on Environment and Development, established in 1985. Report of the Commission presented in 1987 by GH Brundtland, entitled "Our Common Future" provided the first universally accepted definition of sustainable development as "development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the opportunities of future generations to meet their own needs". Brundtland Report, 1987, was reaffirmed by the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development / Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro - Brazil, 1992 which established the principles of Agenda 21, which was intended to be a guide implementation of sustainable development for the 21st century, a development that was required to be applied at national, regional and local level. [1] In the context of developing new eco-economic system adopted a number of international conventions that establish detailed obligations of the States and strict implementation deadlines climate change, biodiversity conservation, protection of forests and wetlands, limiting the use of certain chemicals, access information on the state of the environment and other international legal space outlining the practical application of the principles of sustainable economic development in ecological conditions.

  13. ECO-Report - The case for research: How it makes a difference to managers

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    Janie Canton-Thompson; Marcia Patton-Mallory; Sue Heald; Sharon Ritter; Robert D. Pfister; Dean E. Pearson; Yvette K. Ortega; Alan Watson; Elaine Kennedy Sutherland; Greg Jones

    2003-01-01

    ECO-Report is an annual Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) publication which contains a set of articles showcasing the Bitterroot Ecosystem Management Research Project (BEMRP) research projects and activities. The articles are concise, user-friendly, and designed to inform a broad range of audiences interested in ecosystem management. Articles featured in...

  14. ECO-News - BEMRP: A first of its kind within the Forest Service

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    Madelyn Kempf; Kerry Foresman; Jack Lyon; Steve Arno; Cindy Chojnacky

    1995-01-01

    ECO-News is an annual Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) publication which contains a set of articles showcasing the Bitterroot Ecosystem Management Research Project (BEMRP) research projects and activities. The articles are concise, user-friendly, and designed to inform a broad range of audiences interested in ecosystem management. Articles featured in...

  15. ECO-Report - Fire recovery in the Bitterroot: "It’s a lot of work!"

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    Janie Canton-Thompson; Sharon Ritter; Dave Campbell; Julie Schreck; Peter Kolb; Brooke Thompson; Hans Zuuring; Alan Watson; Yvette Ortega; Kevin McKelvey; Elaine Kennedy Sutherland; Greg Jones

    2002-01-01

    ECO-Report is an annual Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) publication which contains a set of articles showcasing the Bitterroot Ecosystem Management Research Project (BEMRP) research projects and activities. The articles are concise, user-friendly, and designed to inform a broad range of audiences interested in ecosystem management. Articles featured in...

  16. California Freshwater Shrimp Project: An Eco-Action Project with Real Life Learning.

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    Rogers, Laurette H.

    The California Freshwater Shrimp Project is an example of a student-initiated, eco-action project. Students, from a fourth grade class in the Ross Valley School District in San Rafael, California, were linked to their community and environment through their work in rehabilitating habitat and educating the public. The paper gives an overview of a…

  17. Simulating Fire Disturbance and Plant Mortality Using Antecedent Eco-hydrological Conditions to Inform a Physically Based Combustion Model

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    Atchley, A. L.; Linn, R.; Middleton, R. S.; Runde, I.; Coon, E.; Michaletz, S. T.

    2016-12-01

    Wildfire is a complex agent of change that both affects and depends on eco-hydrological systems, thereby constituting a tightly linked system of disturbances and eco-hydrological conditions. For example, structure, build-up, and moisture content of fuel are dependent on eco-hydrological regimes, which impacts fire spread and intensity. Fire behavior, on the other hand, determines the severity and extent of eco-hydrological disturbance, often resulting in a mosaic of untouched, stressed, damaged, or completely destroyed vegetation within the fire perimeter. This in turn drives new eco-hydrological system behavior. The cycles of disturbance and recovery present a complex evolving system with many unknowns especially in the face of climate change that has implications for fire risk, water supply, and forest composition. Physically-based numerical experiments that attempt to capture the complex linkages between eco-hydrological regimes that affect fire behavior and the echo-hydrological response from those fire disturbances help build the understanding required to project how fire disturbance and eco-hydrological conditions coevolve over time. Here we explore the use of FIRETEC—a physically-based 3D combustion model that solves conservation of mass, momentum, energy, and chemical species—to resolve fire spread over complex terrain and fuel structures. Uniquely, we couple a physically-based plant mortality model with FIRETEC and examine the resultant hydrologic impact. In this proof of concept demonstration we spatially distribute fuel structure and moisture content based on the eco-hydrological condition to use as input for FIRETEC. The fire behavior simulation then produces localized burn severity and heat injures which are used as input to a spatially-informed plant mortality model. Ultimately we demonstrate the applicability of physically-based models to explore integrated disturbance and eco-hydrologic response to wildfire behavior and specifically map how fire

  18. COLONIALISM, HAN & ECO-THEOLOGY

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    Grace Ji-Sun Kim

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Today, nations exhibit imperial behaviour but not like the ancient agriculture driven landed empires or the 18-19th century mercantile empires. The land and trade divisions are not as clearly segregated as in the earlier ones, but Imperial nations do exist and do control other nations. Imperialism and colonialism has devastating effects on our world. It has nurtured self-worth through the accumulation of worldly goods for the purposes of serving their own interests and exploiting others for the sole purpose of self-gain. This is devastating not only to human beings but to the whole ecology of the planet. Consumerism drives trade, but consumer buying is now like an unchained beast with tooth and claw causing han for the exploited as well as the resources of the planet. Eco-theologians and feminist theologians examine the devastating effects to help ensure that we are seriously determined to preserve the planet. We will examine ways of rethinking and reimagining our errors and how we can work towards the right direction for a safer, sustainable planet. doi: 10.7833/111-1-15

  19. INNOVATIVE ERP APPLICATIONS IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF NEW ZEALAND EXPERIENCE

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    A. Sknar

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Contemporary economic science is looking for ways of research actualisation to resolve the challenges under the world financial crisis. Besides existing challenges in private de-regulated sector, one of the efficient innovations can be found in broadening ERP applications in the Public Sector. This paper approaches to the ERP applications mainly from the economical rather than from technical perspective. Comparative analysis of New Zealand public sector is supported by relevant international practical experience (implementations, and by core fundamental analysis of economical nature of business processes used by public entities. The key advantage (based on a historical timeline comes from a full integration of financial scope and operational activities. Using the example of ERP (as one of the drivers of productivity and performance improvement, the paper is aiming to underline how to bring the best practice and technology (data management and logical architecture from the private sector into the public sphere.

  20. Development of grid-like applications for public health using Web 2.0 mashup techniques.

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    Scotch, Matthew; Yip, Kevin Y; Cheung, Kei-Hoi

    2008-01-01

    Development of public health informatics applications often requires the integration of multiple data sources. This process can be challenging due to issues such as different file formats, schemas, naming systems, and having to scrape the content of web pages. A potential solution to these system development challenges is the use of Web 2.0 technologies. In general, Web 2.0 technologies are new internet services that encourage and value information sharing and collaboration among individuals. In this case report, we describe the development and use of Web 2.0 technologies including Yahoo! Pipes within a public health application that integrates animal, human, and temperature data to assess the risk of West Nile Virus (WNV) outbreaks. The results of development and testing suggest that while Web 2.0 applications are reasonable environments for rapid prototyping, they are not mature enough for large-scale public health data applications. The application, in fact a "systems of systems," often failed due to varied timeouts for application response across web sites and services, internal caching errors, and software added to web sites by administrators to manage the load on their servers. In spite of these concerns, the results of this study demonstrate the potential value of grid computing and Web 2.0 approaches in public health informatics.

  1. Eco-innovate: a guide to eco-innovation for SMEs and business coaches

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    Charter, Martin; Miedzinski, Michal; Doranova, Asel; Castel, Johanna; Roman, Laura

    2013-01-01

    This guide is a practical and comprehensive introduction to eco-innovation addressed primarily to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The booklet overviews emerging business opportunities eco-innovation has to offer to companies that reconsider business models, develop new products, technologies or services, or improve production processes.

  2. Applications of single-qubit rotations in quantum public-key cryptography

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    Nikolopoulos, Georgios M.

    2008-01-01

    We discuss cryptographic applications of single-qubit rotations from the perspective of trapdoor one-way functions and public-key encryption. In particular, we present an asymmetric cryptosystem whose security relies on fundamental principles of quantum physics. A quantum public key is used for the encryption of messages while decryption is possible by means of a classical private key only. The trapdoor one-way function underlying the proposed cryptosystem maps integer numbers to quantum stat...

  3. Application of situational leadership to the national voluntary public health accreditation process.

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    Rabarison, Kristina; Ingram, Richard C; Holsinger, James W

    2013-08-12

    Successful navigation through the accreditation process developed by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) requires strong and effective leadership. Situational leadership, a contingency theory of leadership, frequently taught in the public health classroom, has utility for leading a public health agency through this process. As a public health agency pursues accreditation, staff members progress from being uncertain and unfamiliar with the process to being knowledgeable and confident in their ability to fulfill the accreditation requirements. Situational leadership provides a framework that allows leaders to match their leadership styles to the needs of agency personnel. In this paper, the application of situational leadership to accreditation is demonstrated by tracking the process at a progressive Kentucky county public health agency that served as a PHAB beta test site.

  4. Application of situational leadership to the national voluntary public health accreditation process

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    Kristina eRabarison

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available AbstractSuccessful navigation through the accreditation process developed by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB requires strong and effective leadership. Situational leadership, a contingency theory of leadership, frequently taught in the public health classroom, has utility for leading a public health agency through this process. As a public health agency pursues accreditation, staff members’ progress from being uncertain and unfamiliar with the process to being knowledgeable and confident in their ability to fulfill the accreditation requirements. Situational leadership provides a framework that allows leaders to match their leadership styles to the needs of agency personnel. The application of situational leadership to accreditation may be demonstrated by tracking the process at a progressive Kentucky county public health agency that served as a PHAB beta test site.

  5. Industrial sustainability in China: practice and prospects for eco-industrial development.

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    Fang, Yiping; Côté, Raymond P; Qin, Rong

    2007-05-01

    China is a large densely populated country undergoing rapid industrialization and is becoming one of the world's biggest consumers of natural resources. This circumstance provides a sharp contrast with other countries. As China is so significant in the global economy, studies of its eco-industrial development are very important. In this study we examined the state of eco-industrial development in China and have drawn conclusions from this analysis about some of the future prospects for sustainable development. In the analysis, we investigated the application of industrial ecology concepts by reference to several case studies. We have therefore described the current environmental situation in China, and have provided an overview of eco-industrial development and its implementation. Constraints to industrial sustainability in China have also been examined. We consider that eco-industrial development in China is in its infancy, and that closed loops involving chains and industrial symbiotic webs are the technological key and core of successful initiatives in the application of industrial ecology. In the case studies, we found that each system has different characteristics and management concerns. Our major conclusion is that even though China's Agenda 21 highlights the principles and sets the directions for eco-industrial development, these have not yet become essential ingredients in the country's industrial policy and practice for implementing Agenda 21.

  6. Legal assistance on the application of public procurement rules in the waste sector

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    Andrecka, Marta

    2016-01-01

    The report presents the results of a study investigating the application of public procurement rules in the municipal waste sector across the European Union conducted by Ramboll Management Consulting for the European Commission (DG GROW). The study is part of a process launched by the European...... Commission to analyse the application of public procurement rules in different market sectors. The scope of the study was set by the definition of municipal [solid] waste as presented in the Waste Framework Directive.1 The geographical scope of data collection was focused on seven Member States: Germany...

  7. Investigational research on eco-smart engines; Eco-smart engine no chosa kenkyu

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    1998-03-01

    The paper investigated the trend of research on eco-smart engines into which optimization function of engine performance, high environmental-adaptability, etc. are integrated. The investigation was made in Japan and abroad on technologies of combustion, structure/material, control, design/analysis, systematization, etc. In case of Japan, specifications were established for three types of engines, subsonic, supersonic and hypersonic aircraft, and the research subjects to fulfil the specifications were extracted. In case of the U.S. and Europe, the survey was made of combustion, materials, noise, design concept, control, etc. Important subjects are selected in priority order. Namely, for the enhancement of efficiency, the following were taken up: three-dimensional fiber-reinforced large-size light-weight structure application technology, heat-resistant advanced-material structure damage-tolerant design technology, pseudo-vesicular structure transpiration cooling technology, etc. For the reduction of NOx emission, the paper took up technologies of environmentally optimization combustion, AI combustion control, and non-cooling combustor liner application. For the noise reduction, technologies of new inclination hole orientation noise absorbing structure material application, super noise control, and innovative CFD utilization low noise aerodynamics. Moreover, the results of fiscal 1997 were outlined to indicate the research in the next fiscal year. 14 figs., 10 tabs.

  8. Misrepresentation of publications by radiology residency applicants: is it really a problem?

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    Eisenberg, Ronald L; Cunningham, Meredith; Kung, Justin W; Slanetz, Priscilla J

    2013-03-01

    The aim of this study was to determine whether the previous relatively high rate of misrepresentation of publications is still a problem with current applicants for radiology residency. The publications submitted by a sample of 300 applicants for a radiology residency in 2011 were assessed using PubMed and an extensive Internet search to verify whether the articles were in print and had the applicants listed as authors and in the same positions of authorship. Whether the applicants graduated from US or international medical schools was recorded. Of the 138 applicants (46.0%) who cited 1 or more publications, there were 5 misrepresentations (3.6%). These included 1 article not found in the cited journal, 1 journal that could not be found, 1 article in which the applicant was not listed as an author, and 2 instances in which the applicants were not in the same positions of authorship (listed as lead authors but actually second authors). The misrepresentation rate was 1.9% among US graduates and 8.8% among graduates of international medical schools. The low rate of misrepresentation of publications, especially among graduates of US medical schools, does not seem to warrant spending the time to check the citations of journal articles of all applicants for radiology residency positions. Nevertheless, it is reasonable to request that applicants bring to their interviews a copy of each cited article and to assess their knowledge of all other listed research activities. Copyright © 2013 American College of Radiology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Determinants of eco-efficiency in the Chinese industrial sector.

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    Fujii, Hidemichi; Managi, Shunsuke

    2013-12-01

    This study measures productive inefficiency within the context of multi-environmental pollution (eco-efficiency) in the Chinese industrial sector. The weighted Russell directional distance model is applied to measure eco-efficiency using production technology. The objective is to clarify how external factors affect eco-efficiency. The major findings are that both foreign direct investment and investment for pollution abatement improve eco-efficiency as measured by air pollutant substances. A levy system for wastewater discharge improves eco-efficiency as measured by wastewater pollutant substances. However, an air pollutant levy does not significantly affect eco-efficiency as measured by air pollutants.

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  11. Eco-spatial Structure of Urban Agglomeration

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    GUO Rongchao; MIAO Changhong; LI Xuexin; CHEN Deguang

    2007-01-01

    In terms of ecological theory, this paper makes a comprehensive analysis of the mutualism and coevolutionary mechanism between the eco-spatial structure and socio-economic development ofthe urban agglomeration,and maps out optimized modes of the eco-spatial structure of the urban agglomeration. The analysis is a case study of the urban agglomeration on different levels of global, national, provincial and local scales, on the basis of those conclusions are drawn: 1) Within the scope of the urban agglomeration, the cities should be reasonably sized and appropriately densified; the spatial combination of the urban agglomeration ought to be orderly, and its eco-spatial structure ought to be optimized and efficient; the relationship between the economic society and eco-spatial environment ought to be that of mutual benefit and co-evolution. 2) "The mode of corridor group network" is a certain trend evoked from the spatial structure of urban agglomeration. 3) The eco-spatial structure of urban agglomeration under "the mode of corridor group network" can further increase the environmental capacity of urban agglomeration, and is in favor of the harmonious relationship between man and nature.

  12. Eco-Evolutionary Theory and Insect Outbreaks.

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    Páez, David J; Dukic, Vanja; Dushoff, Jonathan; Fleming-Davies, Arietta; Dwyer, Greg

    2017-06-01

    Eco-evolutionary theory argues that population cycles in consumer-resource interactions are partly driven by natural selection, such that changes in densities and changes in trait values are mutually reinforcing. Evidence that the theory explains cycles in nature, however, is almost nonexistent. Experimental tests of model assumptions are logistically impractical for most organisms, while for others, evidence that population cycles occur in nature is lacking. For insect baculoviruses in contrast, tests of model assumptions are straightforward, and there is strong evidence that baculoviruses help drive population cycles in many insects, including the gypsy moth that we study here. We therefore used field experiments with the gypsy moth baculovirus to test two key assumptions of eco-evolutionary models of host-pathogen population cycles: that reduced host infection risk is heritable and that it is costly. Our experiments confirm both assumptions, and inserting parameters estimated from our data into eco-evolutionary insect-outbreak models gives cycles closely resembling gypsy moth outbreak cycles in North America, whereas standard models predict unrealistic stable equilibria. Our work shows that eco-evolutionary models are useful for explaining outbreaks of forest insect defoliators, while widespread observations of intense selection on defoliators in nature and of heritable and costly resistance in defoliators in the lab together suggest that eco-evolutionary dynamics may play a general role in defoliator outbreaks.

  13. Prevalence of Research Publication Misrepresentation Among Urology Residency Applicants and Its Effect on Match Success.

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    Pak, Jamie S; Pagano, Matthew J; Cooper, Kimberly L; McKiernan, James M; Badalato, Gina M

    2017-01-01

    To report the prevalence of research misrepresentation among urology residency applicants and assess its effect on match success. All applications to the Columbia University urology residency program for the 2014-2015 match cycle were reviewed. "In-press," "accepted," and "submitted" manuscripts were verified using PubMed, Google Scholar, and journal websites. Misrepresentation for "in-press" and "accepted" manuscripts was defined as: (1) nonexistent manuscript, (2) nonauthorship of existent manuscript, (3) self-promotion to a higher author rank, and/or (4) existent manuscript in a nonpeer-reviewed publication. Logistic regression was performed to identify associated factors of misrepresentation and of match success. Of 257 applicants, 204 (79.4%) reported 1098 total manuscripts and 142 (55.3%) reported 371 unpublished manuscripts. About 5% (13 of 257) of applicants misrepresented 1 or more publications: 10 listed nonexistent manuscripts, 1 listed a publication for which he/she was listed a lower author rank than reported, 1 listed an accepted manuscript in a nonpeer-reviewed publication and for which he/she was not listed as an author, and 1 listed 4 in-press manuscripts in a nonpeer-reviewed publication. Only 55.8% (139 of 249) of "submitted" manuscripts were published within 12 months, with 41% (51 of 139) published in a journal of a lower impact factor than the reported journal of submission. Higher number of unpublished manuscripts was associated with misrepresentation. Higher Step 1 score, number of away sub-internships, and publication ratio were associated with match success. Research misrepresentation is a persistent issue in urology residency applications. However, misrepresentation in this cohort did not confer a significant advantage in match success. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  14. Computational modeling for eco engineering: Making the connections between engineering and ecology (Invited)

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    Bowles, C.

    2013-12-01

    Ecological engineering, or eco engineering, is an emerging field in the study of integrating ecology and engineering, concerned with the design, monitoring, and construction of ecosystems. According to Mitsch (1996) 'the design of sustainable ecosystems intends to integrate human society with its natural environment for the benefit of both'. Eco engineering emerged as a new idea in the early 1960s, and the concept has seen refinement since then. As a commonly practiced field of engineering it is relatively novel. Howard Odum (1963) and others first introduced it as 'utilizing natural energy sources as the predominant input to manipulate and control environmental systems'. Mtisch and Jorgensen (1989) were the first to define eco engineering, to provide eco engineering principles and conceptual eco engineering models. Later they refined the definition and increased the number of principles. They suggested that the goals of eco engineering are: a) the restoration of ecosystems that have been substantially disturbed by human activities such as environmental pollution or land disturbance, and b) the development of new sustainable ecosystems that have both human and ecological values. Here a more detailed overview of eco engineering is provided, particularly with regard to how engineers and ecologists are utilizing multi-dimensional computational models to link ecology and engineering, resulting in increasingly successful project implementation. Descriptions are provided pertaining to 1-, 2- and 3-dimensional hydrodynamic models and their use at small- and large-scale applications. A range of conceptual models that have been developed to aid the in the creation of linkages between ecology and engineering are discussed. Finally, several case studies that link ecology and engineering via computational modeling are provided. These studies include localized stream rehabilitation, spawning gravel enhancement on a large river system, and watershed-wide floodplain modeling of

  15. 果园生草的生理生态效应研究与应用%The Research on Eco-physiological Effects and Application of Orchard Sod Culture

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    吕德国; 秦嗣军; 杜国栋; 李芳东; 马怀宇; 刘国成

    2012-01-01

    Orchard sod culture, the most effective technique to soil fertility maintenance and soil improvement, has been widely practiced in Europe, America, Japan, etc. In the early 1980s, China brought in orchard sod culture, and put it into use in Fujian, Guangdong and Shandong. As a result of the great difference in climate and site condition of different apple producing areas in China, there were not any standard techniques for the selection and application of grass species. In addition, affected by traditional thinking such as "All weeds should be removed" and "The grass would compete with the fruit trees for water and fertilizer", orchard sod culture hasn't been well spread and applied. Currently, the areas of clean tillage still account for more than 80% of the total area. Based on the current technological development in fruit tree industry and the researches on orchard sod culture by the Research Group, this paper summarized the eco -physiological effects of orchard sod culture on the microclimate environment, the physical-chemical properties of soil and the growth and development of plant. It also puts forward management strategies for orchard sod culture and provides reference for spreading orchard sod culture in suitable areas.%果园生草作为维持果园土壤肥力和改善土壤环境的有效技术,在欧美、日本等国得到广泛的应用.中国20世纪80年代初引进生草制,并率先在福建、广东、山东等地果园中应用.但因中国果产区气候、立地条件差别较大,在草种选择与利用上缺乏相应的规范化技术,加之受传统大田耕作“除草务尽”、“与果争肥水”等思想影响,果园生草制一直未得到很好的推广应用,目前实施清耕的果园面积仍占总面积的80%以上.本研究结合现阶段中国果树产业技术发展现状及课题组在果园生草方面的研究工作,从果园小气候环境、土壤理化性质及植株生长和发育方面综述了

  16. Model and Application of Eco-tourism Environment Capacity in Nanyigou Scenic Spot of Linzhi%林芝南伊沟景区生态旅游环境容量模型及应用

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    马守春; 张敏; 张长耀

    2013-01-01

    根据生态旅游环境容量计算的“木桶原理”或权重因素,在建立生态旅游环境容量评价指标体系的基础上,结合林芝地区米林县南伊沟景区的调查数据,建立或修改完善了自然条件方面生态旅游环境容量的数学模型,对相关指标的旅游环境容量进行了测算。结果表明,目前植被、道路交通、服务设施等是景区旅游业发展的主要制约因素,藉此提出了提高植被、停车场、住宿设施环境容量等建议。%According to the “cask principle” or the weighting factor which calculated from eco-tourism environment capacity , based on the evaluation index system of eco-tourism environment capacity , and re-ferring to relevant survey data of Nanyigou scenic spot in Milin County of Linzhi area , the mathematical model of eco-tourism environment capacity in the natural conditions has been created and modified , rele-vant index of tourism environment capacity also been calculated .Results showed that the vegetation , road traffic , service facilities were the main factors that restricted the development of Nanyigou scenic tourism . Suggestions to raise the capacity of vegetation , parking lot , accommodation facilities and so on have been put forward .

  17. Eco-Design of River Fishways for Upstream Passage:Application for Hanfeng Dam, Pengxi River, China%上溯型鱼道生态设计在中国澎溪河汉丰坝的应用

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    Gary E.JOHNSON; William S.RAINEY

    2012-01-01

    This paper provides a scientific approach for the eco-design of river fishways to allow upstream movement of fish past new and existing dams in China. This eco-design approach integrates principles of fish biology and engineering, a scientific field also known as bio-engineering or eco-hydraulics. We define a fishway as a structure or mechanism for conveying fish upstream past a dam. Man-made or natural stream beds can be part of the fishway. The problem is dams block access to upstream habitat used for spawning, rearing, and rehige; I. E. , dams decrease habitat connectivity. A solution to alleviate this problem is to design fishways, preferably while the dam is being designed, but if necessary, as retrofits afterward to provide a route that fish can and will use to pass safely upstream without undue delay. Our eco-design approach for fishways involves eight steps: 1) identify the primary species of importance; 2) understand the basic ecology and behavior of these fish; 3) characterize the environmental conditions where passage is or will be blocked; 4) establish eco-design criteria for the fish-way , either from management agencies or, if necessary, developed specifically for the given site; 5 ) identify fishway alternatives and select a preferred alternative; 6) where needed, identify and perform research required to resolve critical uncertainties and finalize the eco-design criteria; 7) apply the eco-design criteria and site-specific considerations to design the fishway, involving peer-review by local stakeholders in the process; 8) build the fishway, monitor its effectiveness, and apply lessons learned. Types of fishways are described, showing a range of eco-desifpis depending on the dam site and fish species of concern. We use the eco-design principles as a basis to recommend an approach and next steps for a fishway to pass fish upstream at Hanfeng Dam, an existing regulating dam forming Hanfeng Lake on the Pengxi River near Kaixian, China.%为中国目前

  18. Triple helix interactions for eco-innovation

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    Hermann, Roberto Rivas; Riisgaard, Henrik; Remmen, Arne

    Authority with insights from consultants, universities and donnor agencies. The proximity of the science park to the canal, has hitherto not yielded with the creation of a “green cluster”, which could be a precedent to promote eco-innovations. These findings suggest that, Triple Helix interactions...... the role of science parks in promoting eco-innovation. This study uses qualitative data gathered in two units of analysis: Panama Canal Authority and City of Knowledge Science Park. The study examines how Triple Helix interactions have built the regional system of eco-innovation at the Panama Canal...... are not institutionalized but take place through adhoc projects. Further, science parks could become mediators in Triple Helix interactions between industry, universities and governments....

  19. 新防腐剂EcoVance

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    管宁

    2008-01-01

    美国:美国环境保护局批准EcoVance(TM)高效非金属防腐剂用于木材保护。Viance LLC公司将首次将EcoVance防腐剂用于生产其新的Ecolife(TM)耐气候高稳定性木材。此产品比用其他防腐剂处理的木材有更优异的性能和环境效益,是本行业的一个突破。EcoVance具有独特的抑制表面霉菌的性能,可使木材长久保持其原有外观,而且与其他防腐剂相比,维护保养可显著减少,

  20. Public perceptions of agrifood applications of Genetic modification – A systematic review

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    Frewer, L.J.; Lans, van der I.A.; Fischer, A.R.H.; Reinders, M.J.; Menozzi, D.; Zhang, X.Y.; Berg, van den I.; Zimmermann, K.L.

    2012-01-01

    An extensive literature relating to public perceptions of genetically modified foods applied to agri-food production has been identified through the process of systematic review. Application of systematic review criteria indicated that 335 papers were of appropriate quality or relevance to be consid

  1. 77 FR 48512 - Northern Indiana Public Service Company; Notice of Application for Amendment of License and...

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    ... AGENCY Fipronil; Receipt of Application for Emergency Exemption, Solicitation of Public Comment AGENCY... from the Oregon Department of Agriculture to use the pesticide fipronil (CAS No. 120068-37-3) to treat... disproportionately high and adverse human health impacts or environmental effects from exposure to the...

  3. 76 FR 19093 - Fipronil; Receipt of Application for Emergency Exemption, Solicitation of Public Comment

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    ... AGENCY Fipronil; Receipt of Application for Emergency Exemption, Solicitation of Public Comment AGENCY... from the Oregon Department of Agriculture to use the pesticide fipronil (CAS Reg. No. 120068-37-3) to... disproportionately high and adverse human health impacts or environmental effects from exposure to the...

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    ... AGENCY Fipronil; Receipt of Applications for Emergency Exemptions, Solicitation of Public Comment AGENCY... from the Oregon Department of Agriculture to use the pesticide fipronil (CAS No. 120068-37-3) to treat... disproportionately high and adverse human health impacts or environmental effects from exposure to the...

  5. Public perceptions of agrifood applications of Genetic modification – A systematic review

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    Frewer, L.J.; Lans, van der I.A.; Fischer, A.R.H.; Reinders, M.J.; Menozzi, D.; Zhang, X.Y.; Berg, van den I.; Zimmermann, K.L.

    2012-01-01

    An extensive literature relating to public perceptions of genetically modified foods applied to agri-food production has been identified through the process of systematic review. Application of systematic review criteria indicated that 335 papers were of appropriate quality or relevance to be

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  7. Public perceptions of agrifood applications of Genetic modification – A systematic review

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    Frewer, L.J.; Lans, van der I.A.; Fischer, A.R.H.; Reinders, M.J.; Menozzi, D.; Zhang, X.Y.; Berg, van den I.; Zimmermann, K.L.

    2012-01-01

    An extensive literature relating to public perceptions of genetically modified foods applied to agri-food production has been identified through the process of systematic review. Application of systematic review criteria indicated that 335 papers were of appropriate quality or relevance to be consid

  8. Gaussian elimination in split unitary groups with an application to public-key cryptography

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    Ayan Mahalanobis

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available Gaussian elimination is used in special linear groups to solve the word problem. In this paper, we extend Gaussian elimination to split unitary groups. These algorithms have an application in building a public-key cryptosystem, we demonstrate that.

  9. Education as a Global Public Good: The Applicability and Implications of a Framework

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    Menashy, Francine

    2009-01-01

    This paper addresses a growing literature on global public goods theory, in particular the use of this framework to promote the equitable provision of goods and social services, such as basic education, on an international scale. Due to a lack of research into this theory's applicability to education, the author aims to discern how such a…

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  11. SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND ECO-EFFICIENCY

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    Mariana\tLUPAN

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The current economic and social contexts have brought forth the issues regarding growth and sustainability. The concept of growth has always been linked to an increase in consumption levels, and this inevitably led to pressures on the environment and on the resources that support human activity. Given these circumstances, the question whether we can avoid an environmental disaster while maintaining economic growth, has become more stringent. We chose to approach this aspect by examining the concept of eco-efficiency, a concept that embodies aspects of both economic efficiency and environmental efficiency. Eco-efficiency can be regarded as the effectiveness with which resources are used in order to create products and services that satisfy human needs. Based on this idea, the last decade has produced an increasing number of studies on eco-efficiency and how it can be measured and implemented in the production of goods and services, but also in the field regarding demand patterns. An analysis regarding the aspects of eco-efficiency at the macro level of the Romanian economy is in line with the current environmental concerns, thus I have chosen to cover these questions, as well as the evolution of the locale economy towards a more sustainable development. The outcome of the examined aspects shows that, in spite of an increase in eco-efficiency levels, energy and material consumption and emissions have increased. This raises the question if measuring economic and environmental efficiency by reporting to the GDP value is becoming obsolete and if there is a need to revaluate eco-efficiency indicators in order to measure the transition to a greener and more sustainable development from different points of view.

  12. Summarising the National Inventory of South Africa for the Public and its Application in Heritage Management

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    Mlungwana, N.; Jackson, C.

    2017-08-01

    This paper will focus on the national inventory of South Africa and application in heritage management. The South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) is mandated to compile and maintain an inventory of the national estate, defined as heritage resources of cultural and other significance as per Sections 3 and 39 of the National Heritage Resources Act. No.25 of 1999. This inventory is presented in a form of a database facilitated through the South African Heritage Resources Information System (SAHRIS). SAHRA is also mandated to produce a summary and analysis of this inventory of the national estate at regular intervals as per Section 39(7) of the NHRA. This inventory and its subsequent publication facilitate accountability for the institution, access to the data by the public as well as public awareness. The national inventory is populated through numerous digitisation projects by various heritage institutions namely museums, galleries, Provincial Heritage Resources Authorities (PHRA's) and the public at large.

  13. EcoCyc: fusing model organism databases with systems biology.

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    Keseler, Ingrid M; Mackie, Amanda; Peralta-Gil, Martin; Santos-Zavaleta, Alberto; Gama-Castro, Socorro; Bonavides-Martínez, César; Fulcher, Carol; Huerta, Araceli M; Kothari, Anamika; Krummenacker, Markus; Latendresse, Mario; Muñiz-Rascado, Luis; Ong, Quang; Paley, Suzanne; Schröder, Imke; Shearer, Alexander G; Subhraveti, Pallavi; Travers, Mike; Weerasinghe, Deepika; Weiss, Verena; Collado-Vides, Julio; Gunsalus, Robert P; Paulsen, Ian; Karp, Peter D

    2013-01-01

    EcoCyc (http://EcoCyc.org) is a model organism database built on the genome sequence of Escherichia coli K-12 MG1655. Expert manual curation of the functions of individual E. coli gene products in EcoCyc has been based on information found in the experimental literature for E. coli K-12-derived strains. Updates to EcoCyc content continue to improve the comprehensive picture of E. coli biology. The utility of EcoCyc is enhanced by new tools available on the EcoCyc web site, and the development of EcoCyc as a teaching tool is increasing the impact of the knowledge collected in EcoCyc.

  14. Looking for a Framework for Analyzing Eco-innovation Dynamics

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    Yang, Yan

    2011-01-01

    Looking for a Framework for Analyzing Eco-innovation Dynamics: A Triple Helix Model of Innovation Perspective.......Looking for a Framework for Analyzing Eco-innovation Dynamics: A Triple Helix Model of Innovation Perspective....

  15. Sustainable Development Through Eco-Cultural Tourism

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    2010-01-01

    Beginning with the fact that performant strategies of the financial institutions have programmes and management Eco-cultural tourism is usually defined as a concept in which ecological and cultural aspects of a landscape are combined to create a site for tourists. It is proposed as a way for communities with rather low economic resources to develop. Sustainability and participation are both crucial for the long-term future of this form of tourism. A key element to the success of eco-cultural ...

  16. Applications of Scalable Multipoint Video and Audio Using the Public Internet

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    Robert D. Gaglianello

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes a scalable multipoint video system, designed for efficient generation and display of high quality, multiple resolution, multiple compressed video streams over IP-based networks. We present our experiences using the system over the public Internet for several “real-world” applications, including distance learning, virtual theater, and virtual collaboration. The trials were a combined effort of Bell Laboratories and the Gertrude Stein Repertory Theatre (TGSRT. We also present current advances in the conferencing system since the trials, new areas for application and future applications.

  17. A meta-analysis of studies of publication misrepresentation by applicants to residency and fellowship programs.

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    Wiggins, Michael N

    2010-09-01

    Many studies from various fields of medicine about the accuracy of residency and fellowship applications have reported disturbing percentages of candidates with publication misrepresentation on their applications. However, other similar studies have found much lower percentages. No evaluation of these types of studies is currently available to explain this disparity. Therefore, this study evaluated the wide range of percentages of applicants with publication misrepresentation reported in the literature. Studies of residency and fellowship applicant misrepresentation were identified and reviewed. Using uniform inclusion criteria, the data reported by each study were recalculated to determine the percentage of candidates with misrepresentation. Thirteen out of 18 studies (eight residency and five fellowship) found in the literature from 1995 to 2008 reported sufficient details to perform a recalculation. The most common type of misrepresentation reported was listing nonexistent articles, followed by errors in authorship order and nonauthorship. After recalculation, the mean percentage of candidates with misrepresentation per applicant pool decreased significantly (7.2% to 4.9%, P = .03048). No study characteristic, such as sample size, was found to be predictive of the percentage of applicants with misrepresentation. No difference was found in the percentage of applicants with misrepresentation in residency versus fellowship programs. The variance in study results of misrepresentation decreases when uniform inclusion criteria are applied. Caution must be used in directly comparing the results of these studies as originally reported. Program directors should be aware that self-promotion in the authorship list is a common form of misrepresentation.

  18. Use of agro-industrial organic sludge amendment to remediate degraded soil: chemical and eco(geno)toxicological differences between fresh and stabilized sludge and establishment of application rates.

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    Chiochetta, Claudete G; Cotelle, Sylvie; Masfaraud, Jean-François; Toumi, Hela; Quaranta, Gaetana; Adani, Fabrizio; Radetski, Claudemir M

    2016-02-01

    Soil degraded by coal mining activities can be remediated by amendment with agro-industrial organic sludge. However, the environmental impacts associated with this management practice must be properly addressed. In this context, the objective of this study was to evaluate the eco(geno)toxicity of a fresh and a stabilized sludge before use in a laboratory soil remediation test. Chemical analysis of the complex mixtures (degraded soil, fresh sludge, and stabilized sludge) was carried out, as well as a battery of eco(geno)toxicity tests on microbiological enzymes (fluorescein hydrolysis), earthworms, and higher plants (including Vicia faba genotoxicity test), according to published methodologies. The results of these tests showed that fresh sludge was more toxic than sludge stabilized over 6 months toward earthworms and higher plants (lettuce, corn, and wild cabbage), while phyto(geno)toxicity tests with V. faba indicated the same genotoxicity levels for the two types of sludge. In the soil remediation simulation using different mixtures of degraded soil and stabilized sludge, the proportions of 50:50% (dry weight basis) provided the lowest phyto(geno)toxicity effects and this mixture can be used for the revegetation of the contaminated site.

  19. Careers in Academe: The Academic Labour Market as an Eco-System

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    Baruch, Yehuda

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: This paper aims to explore the contrast between stable and dynamic labour markets in academe in light of career theories that were originally developed for business environments. Design/methodology/approach: A conceptual design, offering the eco-system as a framework. Findings: It evaluates their relevance and applicability to dynamic and…

  20. Adventure Racing and Organizational Behavior: Using Eco Challenge Video Clips to Stimulate Learning

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    Kenworthy-U'Ren, Amy; Erickson, Anthony

    2009-01-01

    In this article, the Eco Challenge race video is presented as a teaching tool for facilitating theory-based discussion and application in organizational behavior (OB) courses. Before discussing the intricacies of the video series itself, the authors present a pedagogically based rationale for using reality TV-based video segments in a classroom…

  1. Careers in Academe: The Academic Labour Market as an Eco-System

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    Baruch, Yehuda

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: This paper aims to explore the contrast between stable and dynamic labour markets in academe in light of career theories that were originally developed for business environments. Design/methodology/approach: A conceptual design, offering the eco-system as a framework. Findings: It evaluates their relevance and applicability to dynamic and…

  2. Decoding Finger Flexion using amplitude modulation from band-specific ECoG

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    Liang, Nanying

    2009-01-01

    EEG-BCIs have been well studied in the past decades and implemented into several famous applications, like P300 speller and wheelchair controller. However, these interfaces are indirect due to low spatial resolution of EEG. Recently, direct ECoG-BCIs attract intensive attention because ECoG provides a higher spatial resolution and signal quality. This makes possible localization of the source of neural signals with respect to certain brain functions. In this article, we present a realization of ECoG-BCIs for finger flexion prediction provided by BCI competition IV. Methods for finger flexion prediction including feature extraction and selection are provided in this article. Results show that the predicted finger movement is highly correlated with the true movement when we use band-specific amplitude modulation.

  3. Tagetes erecta mediated phytosynthesis of silver nanoparticles: an eco-friendly approach

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    ANIKET K. GADE

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Dhuldhaj UP, Deshmukh SD, Gade AK, Yashpal M, Rai MK. 2012. Tagetes erecta mediated phytosynthesis of silver nanoparticles:an eco-friendly approach. Nusantara Bioscience 4: 109-112. Nanotechnology is a multidisciplinary field having applications in the various fields like medicine, pharmacy, engineering and biotechnology. An important step in nanotechnology is to develop simple and eco-friendly method for the nanomaterial synthesis. Here we describe simple and eco-friendly method for synthesis of silver nanoparticles by extract of Tagetes erecta plant leaves. The phytosynthesis (synthesis by plant of silver nanoparticles was detected by color change from light-green to dark-brown. Synthesis of silver nanoparticles was confirmed by UV-Vis spectrophotometry, further characterization includes nanoparticle tracking analysis system (NTA (LM20 and transmission electron microscopy (TEM. TEM analysis confirms the synthesis of the polydispersed spherical silver nanoparticles of 20-50 n

  4. Constraints in the Adoption of Eco Friendly Conservation Practices

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    L. Murali Krishnan

    2016-05-01

    Insect pest and diseases management, Lack of awareness of agro environmental problems and farmer’s attitude towards the Eco Friendly Conservation Practices are the major constraints in the adoption of Eco Friendly Conservation Practices.The study suggests educational, extension & training strategies for fostering the adopted of ECO friendly Conservation Practices.

  5. Relationship between ecological economics and circular economy,eco-industry,cleaner production,and other relevant categories

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    Ma Chuandong

    2006-01-01

    Eco-industry, circular economy, cleaner production, industrial ecology or industrial ecosystem and other subjects are all categories related to sustainable development. This paper studies the relations and differences between the four categories and sustainable development as well as ecological economics. Circular economy, eco-industry,industrial ecosystem and cleaner production were put forward during the revolution in "end treatment pattern" of traditional industrial society. Industrial ecology, eco-indtustry and circular economy theory are three content expansions of cleaner production. Ecological economics is of instructive function theoretically and methodologically for circular economy, eco-industrial, cleaner production and industrial ecology. Circular economy theory is easier to be accepted,compared with ecological economics theory. And circular economy in nature is the complete application of ecological economics theory.

  6. Revision and extension of Eco-LCA metrics for sustainability assessment of the energy and chemical processes.

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    Yang, Shiying; Yang, Siyu; Kraslawski, Andrzej; Qian, Yu

    2013-12-17

    Ecologically based life cycle assessment (Eco-LCA) is an appealing approach for the evaluation of resources utilization and environmental impacts of the process industries from an ecological scale. However, the aggregated metrics of Eco-LCA suffer from some drawbacks: the environmental impact metric has limited applicability; the resource utilization metric ignores indirect consumption; the renewability metric fails to address the quantitative distinction of resources availability; the productivity metric seems self-contradictory. In this paper, the existing Eco-LCA metrics are revised and extended for sustainability assessment of the energy and chemical processes. A new Eco-LCA metrics system is proposed, including four independent dimensions: environmental impact, resource utilization, resource availability, and economic effectiveness. An illustrative example of comparing assessment between a gas boiler and a solar boiler process provides insight into the features of the proposed approach.

  7. Eco Awareness among Hotels in Terengganu: Cases of Redang Island

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    Sairah Saien

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available This study looks into the environmental management practices among hotels operating in Terengganu specifically in Redang Island. Hospitality industry nowadays has gained significant momentum in going green. Hotels and resorts around the world are going green and becoming more environmentally friendly because customers are seeking it and even requiring it. An investigation of the interest, understanding and perceived opportunities and barriers to the adoption of such practices was carried out through in-depth interviews with management staff of the hotels, with a census of 14 hotels. From this study, authors believed that hotels should be more proactive in their response concerning environmental performance. This research implies that eco awareness hotels can attract eco-concerned consumers and boost overall customer loyalty. It can also be seen as enhancing perceptions of hotels and their brands. In terms of practical implications, hotels by their very nature of transient guests, groups, excess consumption and housekeeping demands are inherently an impact on the environment. It is believed that green meetings can save money by conserving resources, create and enhance competitive advantage and reputation and present opportunities for marketing and public relations.

  8. 公共卫生大数据应用%Big Data Application in Public Health

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    马家奇

    2014-01-01

    本文从公共卫生的数据需求出发,分析了公共卫生大数据特征,提出了公共卫生大数据应用架构。并通过对传染病预警预报大数据应用和基于互联网大数据舆情监测预警应用的案例分析,阐述了大数据对公共卫生的应用愿景与应用模式,并以政府主导和社会参与为技术路径,提出了应用策略与关键技术。%From the perspective of data needs in public health, application features and application architecture of public health big data were analyzed. Based on the case study of infectious diseases early warning and monitoring on internet public opinion, vision and model of big data application in public health were described. The operation strategy and key techniques were proposed based on the support of government and community.

  9. Building a sustainable research & HCD eco-system: Case study of two wireless communication eco systems

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    Mekuria, F

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available capacity development and technology innovation endeavours of emerging economies is presented. Finally the paper proposes a technology transfer and innovation framework to convert ideas and new technology solutions in the wireless eco-systems into small...

  10. Spreading the Eco-Message: Using Proactive Coping to Aid Eco-Rep Behavior Change Programming

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    Matthew J. Zawadzki

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Making pro-environmental behavior changes can be difficult, particularly when these changes challenge daily routines and comfortable lifestyles. We designed and implemented an eco-representative intervention program to help students reduce their energy use by proactively coping with barriers to pro-environmental behavior change, and then communicate effective behavior change strategies to student peers. Twenty-nine first-year college students participated in a four-week proactive coping training to change five environmentally impactful behaviors and then spread behavior change messages to fellow residents during a two-week energy challenge. Eco-reps successfully changed their own behaviors in a pro-environmental direction by generating important barriers and successful facilitators for behavior change, and eco-rep residence halls were more likely to reduce energy and maintain reductions compared to non-eco-rep halls. Implications for future environmental behavior change interventions are discussed.

  11. Modelling Of Eco-innovation Diffusion: The EU Eco-label

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this article is to carry out a theoretical and empirical analysis of the process of eco-label diffusion. Eco-labels allow consumers to identify products and services that have a reduced environmental impact during their life cycle. Thus, they are aimed at diminishing the information gap between sellers and buyers. The results of the estimation using the Bass model indicate that the diffusion of the EU eco-label has been most dynamic in countries such as Hungary, Poland, Denmark, Germany and France. In turn, the scope of diffusion (absolute saturation level reached the highest value for companies in France and Italy. In addition, the results of the study confirm the stimulating impact of the scope of eco-label diffusion on consumer awareness of environmental issues. This finding points to the need for environmental education among consumers, which could in turn encourage firms to undertake pro-environmental actions.

  12. Applications of single-qubit rotations in quantum public-key cryptography

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    Nikolopoulos, Georgios M.

    2008-03-01

    We discuss cryptographic applications of single-qubit rotations from the perspective of trapdoor one-way functions and public-key encryption. In particular, we present an asymmetric cryptosystem whose security relies on fundamental principles of quantum physics. A quantum public key is used for the encryption of messages while decryption is possible by means of a classical private key only. The trapdoor one-way function underlying the proposed cryptosystem maps integer numbers to quantum states of a qubit and its inversion can be infeasible by virtue of the Holevo’s theorem.

  13. 'Changing climate, changing health, changing stories' profile: using an EcoHealth approach to explore impacts of climate change on inuit health.

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    Harper, S L; Edge, V L; Cunsolo Willox, A

    2012-03-01

    Global climate change and its impact on public health exemplify the challenge of managing complexity and uncertainty in health research. The Canadian North is currently experiencing dramatic shifts in climate, resulting in environmental changes which impact Inuit livelihoods, cultural practices, and health. For researchers investigating potential climate change impacts on Inuit health, it has become clear that comprehensive and meaningful research outcomes depend on taking a systemic and transdisciplinary approach that engages local citizens in project design, data collection, and analysis. While it is increasingly recognised that using approaches that embrace complexity is a necessity in public health, mobilizing such approaches from theory into practice can be challenging. In 2009, the Rigolet Inuit Community Government in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, Canada partnered with a transdisciplinary team of researchers, health practitioners, and community storytelling facilitators to create the Changing Climate, Changing Health, Changing Stories project, aimed at developing a multi-media participatory, community-run methodological strategy to gather locally appropriate and meaningful data to explore climate-health relationships. The goal of this profile paper is to describe how an EcoHealth approach guided by principles of transdisciplinarity, community participation, and social equity was used to plan and implement this climate-health research project. An overview of the project, including project development, research methods, project outcomes to date, and challenges encountered, is presented. Though introduced in this one case study, the processes, methods, and lessons learned are broadly applicable to researchers and communities interested in implementing EcoHealth approaches in community-based research.

  14. "I Like to Plan Events": A Document Analysis of Essays Written by Applicants to a Public Relations Program

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    Taylor, Ronald E.

    2016-01-01

    A document analysis of 249 essays written during a 5-year period by applicants to a public relations program at a major state university in the southeast suggests that there are enduring reasons why students choose to major in public relations. Public relations is described as a major that allows for and encourages creative expression and that…

  15. "I Like to Plan Events": A Document Analysis of Essays Written by Applicants to a Public Relations Program

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    Taylor, Ronald E.

    2016-01-01

    A document analysis of 249 essays written during a 5-year period by applicants to a public relations program at a major state university in the southeast suggests that there are enduring reasons why students choose to major in public relations. Public relations is described as a major that allows for and encourages creative expression and that…

  16. 21 CFR 316.52 - Availability for public disclosure of data and information in requests and applications.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 5 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Availability for public disclosure of data and... Information § 316.52 Availability for public disclosure of data and information in requests and applications... action on a request for designation, FDA will determine the public availability of data and...

  17. A declaration of eco-ethics

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    2002-11-01

    Full Text Available Eco-ethics is the essential foundation for sustainable use of the planet. Such a foundation must consist of a series of value judgments to which humanity is committed. This declaration is a tentative attempt to provide some illustrative examples.

  18. Eco-Innovation Manual:Tools instructions

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    O'Hare, Jamie Alexander; McAloone, Tim C.; Pigosso, Daniela Cristina Antelmi; Howard, Thomas J.

    2014-01-01

    This tool is designed to support you in identifying companies that are more likely to be willing and able to benefit from eco-innovation services. The tool provides questions to guide your research analysis, starting at the industry sector level, before progressing through the market level, down to specific companies.

  19. Designing eco-effective reverse logistics networks

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    Souza, De Vitor; Borsato, Milton; Bloemhof-Ruwaard, Jacqueline

    2016-01-01

    Reverse Logistics Networks (RLNs) have grown in importance after return policies became compulsory. Lately, questions have been raised whether they are as helpful to the environment as possible. Efforts have been conducted to optimize RLNs in terms of their eco-efficiency, minimizing costs and emiss

  20. Designing eco-effective reverse logistics networks

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    Souza, De Vitor; Borsato, Milton; Bloemhof-Ruwaard, Jacqueline

    2016-01-01

    Reverse Logistics Networks (RLNs) have grown in importance after return policies became compulsory. Lately, questions have been raised whether they are as helpful to the environment as possible. Efforts have been conducted to optimize RLNs in terms of their eco-efficiency, minimizing costs and

  1. Suppliers Showcase Their Latest Eco Collections%Suppliers Showcase Their Latest Eco Collections

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    Planet Textiles debut - conference on sustainability with internationally renowned speakers confirmed As demanct for sustainably produced fashion increases worldwide, designers and buyers attending Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics can expect to find a number of suppliers showcasing their latest eco fabric collections. In addition to a growing number of eco suppliers participating at the fair, which takes place from 18 - 21 October 2011, there will be special trend forums, designer fabrics and zones for:

  2. DEMONSTRATION BULLETIN: THE ECO LOGIC THERMAL DESORPTION UNIT - MIDDLEGROUND LANDFILL - BAY CITY, MI - ELI ECO LOGIC INTERNATIONAL, INC.

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    ECO Logic has developed a thermal desorption unit 0"DU) for the treatment of soils contaminated with hazardous organic contaminants. This TDU has been designed to be used in conjunction with Eco Logic's patented gas-phase chemical reduction reactor. The Eco Logic reactor is the s...

  3. DEMONSTRATION BULLETIN: THE ECO LOGIC THERMAL DESORPTION UNIT - MIDDLEGROUND LANDFILL - BAY CITY, MI - ELI ECO LOGIC INTERNATIONAL, INC.

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    ECO Logic has developed a thermal desorption unit 0"DU) for the treatment of soils contaminated with hazardous organic contaminants. This TDU has been designed to be used in conjunction with Eco Logic's patented gas-phase chemical reduction reactor. The Eco Logic reactor is the s...

  4. 32 CFR Appendix A to Part 47 - Instructions for Submitting Group Applications Under Public Law 95-202

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    ... 32 National Defense 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Instructions for Submitting Group Applications Under Public Law 95-202 A Appendix A to Part 47 National Defense Department of Defense OFFICE OF THE... Pt. 47, App. A Appendix A to Part 47—Instructions for Submitting Group Applications Under Public...

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 5 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Availability for public disclosure of data and... APPROVAL TO MARKET A NEW DRUG Miscellaneous Provisions § 314.430 Availability for public disclosure of data... acknowledged, no data or information in the application or abbreviated application is available for...

  6. THE USE OF COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN THE STUDY OF ROMANIA'S PUBLIC DEBT

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    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Total public debt represents all monetary obligations of the state (government, public institutions, financial, administrative-territorial units at a time, resulting from internal and external loans (in lei and foreign currencies contracted on short, medium and long term, and the state treasury and its own obligations for the amounts advanced temporarily to cover the budget deficit. Loans may be contracted by the state through the Ministry of Finance, in his own name or guaranteed by it. Public debt is expressed in local currency or foreign currency, depending on where the contracts and loan conditions. In order to evaluate Romania's public debt, obligations denominated in another currency than the national currency is calculated using the exchange rate of National Bank of Romania. Also, total public debt of a country can be expressed in absolute values (to know the load on that country's economy which is subject to its creditors, the relative values as a percentage of GDP (to allow comparison over time and between countries and the average size per capita (to allow comparisons and analysis in time and space. Total public debt is calculated and separately manages its two forms, namely domestic public debt and external public debt. Ministry of Finance shall prepare and submit annually to the Government for approval and to Parliament for information, report on public debt, which contains information on government debt portfolio, debt service, public indebtedness indicators and information about primary and secondary market securities state and how to implement the medium-term strategy in managing government debt for the previous year. In order to make comparisons quick and effective on public debt dynamics in Romania, Excel 2010 has new features such as charts and sparkline slicers features which can help discover trends and statistics in accordance with existing data. The aim of this article is accurate assessment of Romania's public debt and its

  7. A survey on virtual environment applications to fear of public speaking.

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    Vanni, F; Conversano, C; Del Debbio, A; Landi, P; Carlini, M; Fanciullacci, C; Bergamasco, M; Di Fiorino, A; Dell'Osso, L

    2013-06-01

    Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is one of the most prevalent anxiety disorders in Europe and comprises the fear of public speaking as its typical sub-type. Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the intervention of choice for SAD, and it includes exposure to anxiety-provoking stimuli to induce systematic desensitization and reduce anxiety. Similarly, exposure therapy per se has been used and found effective, although it is not as specific as CBT for the treatment of SAD. Interestingly, exposure to anxiety-provoking situations can be achieved in Virtual Environments (VEs) through the simulation of social situations allowing individuals with public speaking anxiety to live and develop real exposure-like reactions. The Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET) is the treatment of anxiety disorders based on such VEs. This article aims to provide an overview of the scientific literature related to the applications of Virtual Reality to the treatment of fear of public speaking. We conducted the literature review on PubMed and Google Scholar for studies including the fear-of-public-speaking VEs. Reviewed studies addressed two main aspects: the design parameters of the VEs for adequate reactions to synthetic social stimuli, and the efficacy of VEs for fear of public speaking treatment. VEs resulted effective for triggering as-if-real reactions in relation to public speaking. VE-based exposures reduced public speaking anxiety measurements, decreased scores and maintained them at 3 month follow-up. Studies comparing VRET to pharmacological therapy are lacking, and there are few randomized controlled trials that compare VRET to CBT, especially on fear of public speaking treatment.

  8. Theory and Practice of Agricultural Eco-engineering in China

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    BianYoushen

    2005-01-01

    Agricultural eco-engineering is not only the important content of eco-agriculture construction, but also the important measure for operating eco-agriculture construction. Applying principle of ecology, and combining the method of systemic engineering with the measure of modem technology, the essential of agriculture ecologic engineering is to build the production mode of using agriculture resource with high effectiveness, and technique system of realizing sustainable development. This article gives an introduction of what the agricultural eco-engineering is and the basic theory and the design principle of agricultural eco-engineering.

  9. Public health applications of remote sensing of the environment, an evaluation

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    1972-01-01

    The available techniques were examined in the field of remote sensing (including aerial photography, infrared detection, radar, etc.) and applications to a number of problems in the wide field of public health determined. The specific areas of public health examined included: air pollution, water pollution, communicable disease, and the combined problems of urban growth and the effect of disasters on human communities. The assessment of the possible applications of remote sensing to these problems was made primarily by examination of the available literature in each field, and by interviews with health authorities, physicists, biologists, and other interested workers. Three types of programs employing remote sensors were outlined in the air pollution field: (1) proving ability of sensors to monitor pollutants at three levels of interest - point source, ambient levels in cities, and global patterns; (2) detection of effects of pollutants on the environment at local and global levels; and (3) routine monitoring.

  10. Policy Instruments for Eco-Innovation in Asian Countries

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    Eun Kyung Jang

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Eco-innovation globally emerged as an effort to implement sustainable development. States and firms established and implemented policies and strategies for eco-innovation as one route to achieving sustainable development. Eco-innovation has been facilitated in developed countries, specifically OECD members and European countries, through action plans. Recently, eco-innovation policies have emerged in developing countries. Thus, this study analyzes eco-innovation policies in Asian countries. Policies related to eco-innovation in 17 Asian countries were investigated using policy instrument categories. National policies for eco-innovation were interpreted and compared with development stage classifications. The results indicate that there are similar and different policy approaches to eco-innovation in Asian countries. Given the balance between a technology push (supply side and a market pull (demand side in policy instruments for eco-innovation, 17 countries were identified by four categories: leaders, followers, loungers, and laggards. The results provide insight for designing national strategies for eco-innovation in Asia’s developing countries. Therefore, this research contributes to facilitating and diffusing eco-innovation toward sustainability in Asia.

  11. Understanding Eco-innovation and Green Business Models

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    2014-01-01

    and less successful green business models.The taxonomy entails seven main types of eco-innovations which are defined by the role these innovationsplay on the market, i.e. they represent different ways to attract green value. The categorization hencediffers markedly from existing taxonomies of environmental...... and definitions of ecoinnovationare lacking leading to much confusion and methodologically weak empirical analyses. This paperseeks to remedy this by offering a definition and taxonomy of eco-innovations and discussing theimplications for green business model thinking, bringing in examples of Danish successful......-oriented product eco-innovation (enables cleaner consumption) 4. Discontinuous product eco-innovations (alternative green trajectories)5. General purpose eco-innovations - enabling pervasive eco-innovation (ICT, biotech, nano)6. Macro-organizational eco-innovations - reorganizing production and consumption...

  12. An R&D Management Framework for Eco-Technology

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    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Although research and development (R&D affects new value-added creation, including that related to environmental aspects, there is little literature dealing with the integration of R&D management and eco-value. Here, eco-value of technology is defined as the advantage of environmental competitiveness in the market. This paper proposes a framework of R&D management of eco-technology (RDMOET, consisting of: (1 future research for sustainability; (2 making an original eco-theme portfolio and roadmap; (3 gap analysis and implementation of new eco-themes; and (4 eco-value evaluation. (1 and (4 are new processes compared with conventional R&D management. Through practice at the Corporate R&D Center of Toshiba Corporation, the usefulness of the proposed framework is verified from the viewpoint of not only technological eco-innovation, but also that of organizational learning for environmental sustainability.

  13. ICRP publication 82 on protection against prolonged exposure - application in accident situations

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    2003-06-01

    In the past 15 years, two events have occurred that cover a conceivable range of emergencies involving extensive post-emergency phase response, namely the Chernobyl and Goiania accidents. Large amounts of {sup 137}Cs were released to the environment during these accidents, leading to a prolonged or quasi-prolonged exposure of the affected populations. The experience gained from these accidents and others have revealed that there is a need for an updated and fully integrated system of guidance on implementation of countermeasures. A revised system must have a sound technical basis but must also be understandable, explainable and acceptable to the public and the decisionmakers. Once all protective actions have been undertaken, the situation should be considered 'normal' again with no further restriction being imposed. Therefore a common language explanation should be developed for the public and public officials that clearly state the risks of radiation exposure and what actions are appropriate and inappropriate, and what is 'safe'. The concepts of 'safe' and 'return to normality' should be developed together with intervention criteria, disengaged from the linear non-threshold risk hypothesis. Within this context, the application of the recommendations in ICRP Publication 82 for application in post-accident situations is briefly summarized with reference to observations and lessons learned from the Chernobyl and Goiania accidents. (orig.)

  14. Development of Grid-like Applications for Public Health Using Web 2.0 Mashup Techniques

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    Scotch, Matthew; Yip, Kevin Y; Cheung, Kei-Hoi

    2008-01-01

    Development of public health informatics applications often requires the integration of multiple data sources. This process can be challenging due to issues such as different file formats, schemas, naming systems, and having to scrape the content of web pages. A potential solution to these system development challenges is the use of Web 2.0 technologies. In general, Web 2.0 technologies are new internet services that encourage and value information sharing and collaboration among individuals....

  15. Eco-friendly polymer nanocomposites processing and properties

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    2015-01-01

    This book contains precisely referenced chapters, emphasizing environment-friendly polymer nanocomposites with basic fundamentals, practicality and alternatives to traditional nanocomposites through detailed reviews of different environmental friendly materials procured from different resources, their synthesis and applications using alternative green approaches. The book aims at explaining basics of eco-friendly polymer nanocomposites from different natural resources and their chemistry along with practical applications which present a future direction in the biomedical, pharmaceutical and automotive industry. The book attempts to present emerging economic and environmentally friendly polymer nanocomposites that are free from side effects studied in the traditional nanocomposites. This book is the outcome of contributions by many experts in the field from different disciplines, with various backgrounds and expertises. This book will appeal to researchers as well as students from different disciplines. The co...

  16. Optical characterization of some modern "eco-friendly" fibers.

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    Brinsko, Kelly M

    2010-07-01

    Fibers that are termed "eco-friendly" or "biodegradable" by manufacturers are increasingly being used in textile products such as apparel and carpeting to appeal to the ever more environmentally aware public. As such, these modern fibers are expected to begin showing up more often in forensic casework, and it is important that the forensic examiner recognize them. This study employed polarized light microscopy (PLM) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) microspectroscopy to characterize selected fibers of azlon, polylactic acid (PLA), cellulose composites of alginate or chitin, and bamboo (viscose rayon). Fiber cross-sections, refractive indices, melting points, solubilities, and FTIR measurements were conducted. Results indicate that the azlons and PLA fibers are easily distinguishable from other textile fibers by their optical and chemical properties. The cellulose composites show only small differences in comparison with other cellulose-based fibers, while bamboo viscose rayon is indistinguishable from normal viscose rayon.

  17. Towards the eco-quarters for the Pescara urban regeneration

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    Donatella Radogna

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available The subject of the experimentation is the definition of some strategies for an efficient, responsible and sustainable building requalification, in the conversion of the public housing settlements of Pescara in eco-quarters, according to the aim of supplying a contribution to the local administration for the urban regeneration policies. Considering the high pollution indicators, the study aspires to an environmentally, economically and socially suitable cohabitation of the territorial and climatic and built elements. So we propose some requalification hypothesis, for an enhancement of the housing supply in a new urban mould with a positive environmental balance and able to cheer the considered context cultural and social conditions up. 

  18. ECO-TOURISM SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH PV TECHNOLOGY: A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW

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    Full Text Available Through the Economic Transformation program the Malaysian Government aims to consider tourism as one of the major contributors to the country’s economy and as an industry that imbibe on the principles of environmental responsibility and sustainable development. The growing challenges in the prevention of expansion in agriculture, forestry and aquaculture, and over-exploitation of the natural resources, have made ecotourism extremely popular as a solution for developing tourism sites. Ecotourism attracts many people who wish not only to explore natural wonders but also to protect them for future generations. Most of the ecotourism sites are presumably situated far from the conventional energy resources and thus transporting electricity to those areas are discussed as inefficient and unsustainable. However, solar Photo-voltaic (PV system is clean and alternative energy to suffice the energy demands of eco-tourist sites. This paper puts statements of the energy demand in global and its impact on the traditional fossil fuels and proposes PV as an alternative renewable technology pertaining to the eco-tourism application. The paper especially focuses on solar PV systems which not only could supply the energy demand of tourist sites but can also maintain the image of the ecotourism. A case of a model lodge is used for the study, through the energy demand analysis. A comprehensive review on the PV architecture is presented that derive interest in the implementation of such structure for the case presented.

  19. Methodologies Developed for EcoCity Related Projects: New Borg El Arab, an Egyptian Case Study

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    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the methodologies described here is to propose measures and procedures for developing concepts and technological solutions, which are adapted to the local conditions, to build sustainable communities in developing countries and emerging economies. These methodologies are linked to the EcoCity framework outlined by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. for sustainable community and neighbourhood regeneration and development. The framework is the result of a long experience in numerous EcoCity related projects, mainly Nordic and European in scope, which has been reformulated in recent years to respond to the local needs in the previously mentioned countries. There is also a particular emphasis on close collaboration with local partners and major stakeholders. In order to illustrate how these methodologies can support EcoCity concept development and implementation, results from a case study in Egypt will be discussed. The referred case study relates to the transformation of New Borg El Arab (NBC, near Alexandria, into an EcoCity. The viability of the idea was explored making use of different methodologies (Roadmap, Feasibility Study, and Residents Energy Survey and Building Consumption Assessment and considering the Residential, Commercial/Public Facilities, Industrial, Services/Utilities, and Transport sectors.

  20. EcoHomeHelper: An Expert System to Empower End-Users in Climate Change Action

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    Donato, Matt

    2010-01-01

    Climate change has been a popular topic for a number of years now. Computer Science has contributed to aiding humanity in reducing energy requirements and consequently global warming. Much of this work is through calculators which determine a user's carbon footprint. However there are no expert systems which can offer advice in an efficient and time saving way. There are many publications which do offer advice on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions but to find the advice the reader seeks will involve reading a lot of irrelevant material. This work built an expert system (which we call EcoHomeHelper) and attempted to show that it is useful in changing people's behaviour with respect to their GHG emissions and that they will be able to find the information in a more efficient manner. Twelve participants were used. Seven of which used the program and five who read and attempted to find advice by reading from a list. The application itself has current implementations and the concept further developed, has app...

  1. CHARACTERIZATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF ECO-FRIENDLY CONCRETE USING INDUSTRIAL WASTE – A REVIEW

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    Rajesh Kumar

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available At present in India, about 960 million metric tons of solid was te is being generated annually as byproducts during industrial, mining, municipal, agricultural and other processes. Advances in solid waste management resulted in alter native construction materials as a substitute to traditional materials like bricks, blocks, tiles, aggregates, ceramics, cement, lime, soil, timber and paint. To safeguard th e environment, efforts are being made for recycling different wastes and to utilize th em in value added applications. The cement industries have been making significan t progress in reducing carbon dioxide (CO 2 emissions through improvements in process technology and enhancements in process efficiency, but further improvements ar e limited because CO 2 production is inherent to the basic process of calcinations of limestone. In the past two decades, various investigations have been conducted on industri al wastes like flyash, blast furnace slag, Silica fume, rice husks and other industria l waste materials to act as cement replacements .This paper consist of a review extensively conducted on publications related to utilization of waste materials as cemen t replacement with an intention to develop a process so as to produce an eco-friendly concrete having similar or higher strength and thus simultaneously providing a remedy t o environmental hazards resulting from waste material disposal.

  2. E-Community: Mobile application for reporting incidents of public services of a city

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    Jaime Suárez

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports the mobile application call E-Community, an application of a social nature with the objective that the civilian population in the city of La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico, have an alternative to report incidents that deal with services public. Generally, citizens reported by telephone different types of incidents such as traffic accidents, water leaks, lighting shabby, fire, garbage collection, however sometimes the phone is not attended for various reasons so regularly only remains in the record attempt. E-community, is a mobile application that aims to make ads via a click, registering the report in a database making use of Geographical Positioning System (GPS and a smarthphone with the option to write a message describing details of the this information, this message is routed through the operations center to the appropriate authority depending on incident.

  3. ECO-EFFICIENCY INDICATORS’ EVOLUTION IN ROMANIA

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    Camelia CAMASOIU

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Due to the importance of improving the environmental performance and of integrating the environmental protection policies in long-term strategies, the practical interest has increased for identifying, selecting and building the most expressive eco-efficiency indicators. The paper analyses the basic performance indicators for environment at micro-economic level, which might show progress on the sustainable development road. The study of the eco-efficiency was developed based on a financing pilot study of urban infrastructure investments in Calarasi county for a municipal association. The main objective was to improve gas and sewerage systems for four localities (Calarasi, Oltenita, Lehliu Gara and Budesti under the conditions of improving the economic and ecological efficiency of the proposed project.

  4. ECO-EFFICIENCY WITHIN EXTENDED SUPPLY CHAIN

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    Handson Cláudio Dias Pimenta

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Designers make decisions that ultimately impact on both the economic and environmental performance of the products, and many of these costs and impacts occur across the supply chain. This paper proposes an initial discussion aboult eco-efficiency concepts applied within extended supply chain (ESC. Eco-efficiency (EE has the potential to incorporate both environmental and economic improvement by companies of ESC, and we explore the use of EE in the design process. It is noteworthy that it is an imperative in the current competitive market that companies must be able to manage their entire production chain taking into account environmental issues as an important factor in their decision-making processes. Therefore, it is believed that EE can integrate and strengthen a company’s functions and assist its decision-making processes as well as implement improvements within its ESC.

  5. A Framework Studies of Sustainable Eco Urbanspace

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    S. Roshanfekr

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available In this study the researcher introducing eco urban sustainable and explain about its components. It also mentions the relationship between urban and green with the description about the elements of sustainable green criteria in eco urban. Urban is known as a place with higher population density, very large proportion of the population live in urban area. They need great facilities for a comfortable life. Being complete of this feature shows the progress of urban development. The urban is a place for living activities, business opportunities, shopping centers, transportation and housing and lots of acting which is related with living. These activities makes urban polluted, noisy, crowded and populous. A city reaches to the sustainability once the planning managers and officials solved urban issues and problems. This strengthens its capabilities with policy, creativity and knowledge considering the abilities and potential which cities have.

  6. Eco-Efficiency Indicators for Urban Transport

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    Patrick Moriarty

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper focuses on urban passenger transport eco-efficiency, which can be defined as the production of maximum benefits to society while minimising environmental impacts from urban transport’s inputs of energy and materials. Researchers have intensively studied transport’s varied environmental impacts, particularly through Life Cycle Assessment; this paper argues that primary transport energy per capita is presently the best measure of impact. Although transport’s societal benefits have generally been regarded as self-evident, access to out-of-home activities, not passenger-km, should be considered as the fundamental useful output of an urban transport system, since transport is a derived demand. We argue that access levels are roughly similar in all high-income OECD cities, so that these cities can be ranked on transport eco-efficiency simply on the basis of per capita primary transport energy.

  7. The use of mobile applications by public transport commuters in Gauteng, South Africa

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    Cornelius J.P. Niemand

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Information and Communication Technology (ICT has brought about a ‘singularity’ – that is ‘an event which changes things so fundamentally that there is absolutely no going back’. The aforesaid change may be attributed to the way that the modern consumer thinks, communicates and interacts with the environment. Because businesses need to adapt and offer new, innovative ways of products and service delivery, early technology adopters are more likely to experience favourable business outcomes, including increased revenue potential and a better market position in comparison to competitors.Objectives: The transport industry may be regarded as early adopters of new technology. Thus, the objective of this study is to determine the perceived use and usefulness of mobile applications used within the public transport industry of South Africa.Method: This study adopted a positivist stance with a deductive research approach utilising the technology acceptance model theory as a departure point for the study. A mixed method research design was selected for this exploratory study, utilising a survey strategy comprising both closed and open-ended questions as a snapshot of the perceived usefulness of a mobile application within the South African public transport domain. A convenience sample of a hundred Gautrain commuters was selected.Main findings: Based on descriptive statistics, the main findings of this study indicate a positive relationship between the perceived ease of use and usefulness of the Gautrain Buddy application in the dissemination of Gautrain-specific information. Some of the results of the study have also been presented at an international conference [for the conference details, please refer to the reference list Niemand and Chauke (2016].Conclusion: The sample of commuters forming part of the study indicates that mobile applications can be useful in the dissemination of public transport information in Gauteng, South

  8. CAD Instructor Designs Eco-Friendly Shed

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    Schwendau, Mark

    2013-01-01

    Dissatisfied with the options offered by big box stores--and wanting to save some money and go as green as possible--the author puts his design and construction skills to good use. In this article, he shares how he designed and built an eco-friendly shed. He says he is very pleased with the results of working with his own design, reducing waste,…

  9. Chinese Forest Eco-Network System

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    2002-01-01

    Based on the current status of nature, economy and society, and in the light of interconnected patterns of material, energy and information flows, the Forest Eco-Network System in China (CFENS) is to be established to harmonizes the development of human, nature and society in this country, which is of integrity, multi-function, high efficiency and operability, and views the whole mainland as an ecosystem with different big parches consisting of different types of forests, grasslands, flelds, barren hill...

  10. CAD Instructor Designs Eco-Friendly Shed

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    Schwendau, Mark

    2013-01-01

    Dissatisfied with the options offered by big box stores--and wanting to save some money and go as green as possible--the author puts his design and construction skills to good use. In this article, he shares how he designed and built an eco-friendly shed. He says he is very pleased with the results of working with his own design, reducing waste,…

  11. "Et in Arcadia Eco: Law & Masonic Literature"

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    Pauline Chakmakjian

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo explora como la novela de Umberto Ecco,El péndulo de Foucault, pudo haber sido interpretada como unaparodia deHoly Blood and Holy Grailpor sus autores, Baigent y Leigh. Exploramos porqué Baigent y Leigheligieron llevar a juicio la novela de Dan Brown “El Codigo Da Vinci” cuando la obra de Foucault era un casoparecido. Especialmente porque la obra de Eco es conocida como “El código Da Vinci del hombre que piensa”.Primero, hemos analizado la proximidad de las estructuras de la novela de Eco a la deHoly Blood and Holy Grail.Después, ilustramos las semejanzas temáticas en las obras de Brown y Eco para demostrar cómo cualquier intento delitigio contra cualquiera de las dos publicaciones, según los jueces que ajusticiaron el caso en el Tribunal Supremo yen el de Apelación del Reino Unido resultaría en la pérdida del caso para los demandantes.

  12. Conceptual framework of public health surveillance and action and its application in health sector reform

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    Alemu Wondi

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Because both public health surveillance and action are crucial, the authors initiated meetings at regional and national levels to assess and reform surveillance and action systems. These meetings emphasized improved epidemic preparedness, epidemic response, and highlighted standardized assessment and reform. Methods To standardize assessments, the authors designed a conceptual framework for surveillance and action that categorized the framework into eight core and four support activities, measured with indicators. Results In application, country-level reformers measure both the presence and performance of the six core activities comprising public health surveillance (detection, registration, reporting, confirmation, analyses, and feedback and acute (epidemic-type and planned (management-type responses composing the two core activities of public health action. Four support activities – communications, supervision, training, and resource provision – enable these eight core processes. National, multiple systems can then be concurrently assessed at each level for effectiveness, technical efficiency, and cost. Conclusions This approach permits a cost analysis, highlights areas amenable to integration, and provides focused intervention. The final public health model becomes a district-focused, action-oriented integration of core and support activities with enhanced effectiveness, technical efficiency, and cost savings. This reform approach leads to sustained capacity development by an empowerment strategy defined as facilitated, process-oriented action steps transforming staff and the system.

  13. Review and analysis of quality improvement techniques in police departments: application for public health.

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    Riley, William; Brewer, Russell

    2009-01-01

    This qualitative study reviews and analyzes quality improvement (QI) techniques in police departments as a background for assessing ways to introduce QI into public health departments. Police departments and public health departments have many elements in common. These findings provide some understanding of how public health departments can incorporate QI methods as well as learn about the potential barriers to implementing QI projects that are inherent in government agencies. The study consists of extensive interviews of informants from academic settings and police departments across the nation. The findings describe (1) the extent of QI diffusion into police departments, (2) barriers and enablers of QI diffusion in police departments, (3) a typology of QI diffusion, and (4) the metrics and incentives to promote QI in the absence of profit motives. Seven specific recommendations are made to promote the application and adoption of QI in public health: (1) implement QI as a comprehensive management approach, (2) top official involvement, (3) a broad focus on mission and vision, (4) lessons for overcoming barriers, (5) how to find resources, (6) how to integrate proven methods, and (7) how to build on existing capabilities.

  14. Quartz-Crystal Microbalance (QCM) for Public Health: An Overview of Its Applications.

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    Bragazzi, Nicola Luigi; Amicizia, Daniela; Panatto, Donatella; Tramalloni, Daniela; Valle, Ivana; Gasparini, Roberto

    2015-01-01

    Nanobiotechnologies, from the convergence of nanotechnology and molecular biology and postgenomics medicine, play a major role in the field of public health. This overview summarizes the potentiality of piezoelectric sensors, and in particular, of quartz-crystal microbalance (QCM), a physical nanogram-sensitive device. QCM enables the rapid, real time, on-site detection of pathogens with an enormous burden in public health, such as influenza and other respiratory viruses, hepatitis B virus (HBV), and drug-resistant bacteria, among others. Further, it allows to detect food allergens, food-borne pathogens, such as Escherichia coli and Salmonella typhimurium, and food chemical contaminants, as well as water-borne microorganisms and environmental contaminants. Moreover, QCM holds promises in early cancer detection and screening of new antiblastic drugs. Applications for monitoring biohazards, for assuring homeland security, and preventing bioterrorism are also discussed.

  15. Approaches to the international standards application in healthcare and public health in different countries

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    Vitaliy Sarancha

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available As a result of consequent development, and guided by an increasing demand of different types of the organizations regarding structured management, the system of standardization has been established. The idea behind standardization is adjusting the characteristics of a product, process or a production cycle to make them consistent and in line with the rules regarding what is proper and acceptable. The “standard” is a document that specifies such established set of criteria covering a broad range of topics and applicable to commissioners of health, specialists in primary care, public health staff, and social care providers, as well as the local authorities and service users. Health products, ranging from medical devices and health informatics to traditional medicines and unconventional healing tools are all in the focus of standards’ application. Different countries have their own quality management traditions based on their history, mentality, socio-economic environment and the local regulations. Taking into consideration that community social system organization and the quality of social infrastructure are the main foundations of social relations and future prosperity, here we review the existing standardization environment in the health sector in different countries, both developed and those on a convergence path. We focused on standardization environment in the United States of America, Great Britain, Germany, Ukraine, Russian Federation, Croatia and Albania. In order to simplify comprehension, we also demonstrate the algorithm of standardization, as well as the opportunities for application of the international standards in healthcare and public health.

  16. Secure Application-Aware Service Differentiation in Public Area Wireless Networks

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    Weisong Shi; Sharun Santhosh; Hanping Lufei

    2005-01-01

    We are witnessing the increasing demand for pervasive Internet access from public area wireless networks (PAWNs). As their popularity grows, the inherent untrusted nature of public places and the diverse service requirements of end users are two key issues that need to be addressed. We have proposed two approaches to address these issues. First,the Home-based Authentication Protocol (HAP) that provides a framework by which to establish trust between a nomadic client and a service provider using a trusted third party (home). Second, we argue that the best-effort-based service model provided by many access points is not enough to satisfy the end user fairness and to maximize the wireless link utilization for a diverse user population. We have proposed an application-aware service differentiation (AASD) mechanism that takes both application semantics and user requirements into consideration. Our analysis of this framework shows several fruitful results. The total authentication latency increases with the number of clients but at a rate that is much less than linear increasing latency. Also, in comparison with two other bandwidth allocation approaches, the best effort and static access control, our proposed application-aware service differentiation method, outperforms them in terms of the client fairness and wireless bandwidth utilization.

  17. Reducing Energy Waste through Eco-Aware Everyday Things

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    Juan López-de-Armentia

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Society wastes much more energy than it should. This produces tons of unnecessary CO2 emissions. This is partly due to the inadequate use of electrical devices given the intangible and invisible nature of energy. This misuse of devices and energy unawareness is particularly relevant in public spaces (offices, schools, hospitals and so on, where people use electrical appliances, but they do not directly pay the invoice to energy providers. Embedding intelligence within public, shared appliances, transforming them into Eco-aware things, is valuable to reduce a proportion of the unnecessarily consumed energy. To this end, we present a twofold approach for better energy efficiency in public spaces: (1 informing persuasively to concerned users about the misuse of electronic appliances; (2 Customizing the operating mode of this everyday electrical appliances as a function of their real usage pattern. To back this approach, a capsule-based coffee machine placed in a research laboratory has been augmented. This device is able to continuously collect its usage pattern to offer feedback to coffee consumers about the energy wasting and also, to intelligently adapt its operation to reduce wasted energy. To this aim, several machine learning approaches are compared and evaluated to forecast the next-day device usage.

  18. Improving eco-labelling as an environmental policy instrument

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    Daugbjerg, Carsten; Smed, Sinne; Andersen, Laura Mørch

    2014-01-01

    Eco-labels have an import role in promoting green consumption since most eco-labelled products are credence goods, implying that the valued process attributes they contain are not observable to the consumer even after purchase or consumption. Therefore, the consumers rely heavily on eco-labels as......Eco-labels have an import role in promoting green consumption since most eco-labelled products are credence goods, implying that the valued process attributes they contain are not observable to the consumer even after purchase or consumption. Therefore, the consumers rely heavily on eco......-labels as a reassurance that these attributes are actually delivered. We argue that the label will only have the desired effect if the consumers know the production standards underpinning it and have trust in the label. We test this argument using organic food as our example. The empirical results obtained on the basis...

  19. Eco-efficiency evaluation of a smart window prototype.

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    Syrrakou, E; Papaefthimiou, S; Yianoulis, P

    2006-04-15

    An eco-efficiency analysis was conducted using indicators suitably defined to evaluate the performance of an electrochromic window acting as an energy saving component in buildings. Combining the indicators for various parameters (control scenario, expected lifetime, climatic type, purchase cost) significant conclusions are drawn for the development and the potential applications of the device compared to other commercial fenestration products. The reduction of the purchase cost (to 200 euros/m2) and the increase of the lifetime (above 15 years) are the two main targets for achieving both cost and environmental efficiency. An electrochromic device, implemented in cooling dominated areas and operated with an optimum control strategy for the maximum expected lifetime (25 years), can reduce the building energy requirements by 52%. Furthermore, the total energy savings provided will be 33 times more than the energy required for its production while the emission of 615 kg CO2 equivalent per electrochromic glazing unit can be avoided.

  20. Reduction of CO2 emissions by reduction of paper use for publication applications

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    Van den Reek, J.A.

    1999-10-01

    The main research question of this study is as follows: What is the technical potential for reducing paper use in the field of publication applications in Western Europe within a time frame of 10-20 years, and what will the consequences for CO2 emissions be? To answer this central question we have defined the next four subquestions, all related to Western Europe: (1) How were the historical trends for the consumption figures of publication papers?; (2) What will be the expected publication paper consumption the next 10-20 years based on the historical trends, and what will be the influence on the related CO2 emissions?; (3) What technical opportunities do we see to reduce the future paper consumption trend for publication applications and what will be the individual and cumulative technical potential of these innovations?; (4) Does implementation of the technical opportunities lead to a significant dematerialization effect? Chapter 2 describes the chosen research method. In Chapter 3 we will introduce and define the paper types studied. Furthermore, Chapter 3 describes the detailed division of publication papers we have used in this study and the relationship with pulp and papermaking. After reading this chapter it has to be clear which paper production methods and paper types are (per ton) responsible for how much CO2 emissions. To get an overall-impression of the relevance of certain papers for CO2 emission numbers it is important to have insight into the historical consumption patterns of publication papers. Chapter 4 pays attention to these consumption patterns. Chapter 5 describes the most important trend factors that may influence future paper consumption patterns and in Chapter 6 this is translated into three possible consumption growth scenarios. The first and second growth scenarios are only based on extrapolations from historical figures, the third scenario is based on some of the most significant potential reduction measures. Furthermore, Chapter 6 gives

  1. A Transcriptome—Targeting EcoChip for Assessing Functional Mycodiversity

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    Derek Peršoh

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available A functional biodiversity microarray (EcoChip prototype has been developed to facilitate the analysis of fungal communities in environmental samples with broad functional and phylogenetic coverage and to enable the incorporation of nucleic acid sequence data as they become available from large-scale (next generation sequencing projects. A dual probe set (DPS was designed to detect a functional enzyme transcripts at conserved protein sites and b phylogenetic barcoding transcripts at ITS regions present in precursor rRNA. Deviating from the concept of GeoChip-type microarrays, the presented EcoChip microarray phylogenetic information was obtained using a dedicated set of barcoding microarray probes, whereas functional gene expression was analyzed by conserved domain-specific probes. By unlinking these two target groups, the shortage of broad sequence information of functional enzyme-coding genes in environmental communities became less important. The novel EcoChip microarray could be successfully applied to identify specific degradation activities in environmental samples at considerably high phylogenetic resolution. Reproducible and unbiased microarray signals could be obtained with chemically labeled total RNA preparations, thus avoiding the use of enzymatic labeling steps. ITS precursor rRNA was detected for the first time in a microarray experiment, which confirms the applicability of the EcoChip concept to selectively quantify the transcriptionally active part of fungal communities at high phylogenetic resolution. In addition, the chosen microarray platform facilitates the conducting of experiments with high sample throughput in almost any molecular biology laboratory.

  2. Public health applications of remote sensing of vector borne and parasitic diseases

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    1976-01-01

    Results of an investigation of the potential application of remote sensing to various fields of public health are presented. Specific topics discussed include: detection of snail habitats in connection with the epidemiology of schistosomiasis; the detection of certain Anopheles breeding sites, and location of transient human populations, both in connection with malaria eradication programs; and detection of overwintering population sites for the primary screwworm (Cochliomyia americana). Emphasis was placed on the determination of ground truth data on the biological, chemical, and physical characteristics of ground waters which would or would not support the growth of significant populations of mosquitoes.

  3. China's Development of Low-Carbon Eco-Cities and Associated Indicator Systems

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    Zhou, Nan [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); He, Gang [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Williams, Christopher [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)

    2012-07-01

    China's urban population surpassed its rural population historically in 2011, when the number of Chinese living in towns and cities reached about 690 million1. In the years to come, cities in China will face major challenges as their rapidly increasing populations burden already crowded infrastructure systems and exacerbate environmental and climate change issues, threatening public health and quality of life. Low-carbon cities may be key to addressing those challenges, especially as regards mitigating and adapting to climate change. Government entities at both the central and local level have moved aggressively on building low-carbon eco-cities. According to statistics reported by the Chinese Society for Urban Studies, by February of 2011, China will have 230 cities at the prefecture-and-above level that have proposed to establish themselves as “eco-cities,” accounting for 80.1% of the 287 such cities nationally. Of those 230 cities, 133, or 46.3%, have established targets to develop specifically as “lowcarbon cities” (Chinese Society for Urban Studies 2011). Given the proposed scale of the effort, China’s potential success or failure in demonstrating and implementing low-carbon eco-cities could greatly affect how the world addresses both the climate change impacts of urbanization and the sustainable development of cities. Despite the multiple guidelines that have been developed, it remains unclear what defines a low-carbon eco-city. Additionally, although more than 100 indicators have been used or proposed for assessing such cities, few relate directly to energy use or carbon emissions. Nonetheless, policy makers and leaders continue to demand comprehensive toolboxes to facilitate development of low-carbon eco-cities. This paper presents the results of an extensive literature review of the development of low-carbon eco-cities in China. The paper also qualitatively and quantitatively analyzes 11 major indicator systems that researchers, planners

  4. A Study of Eco-service Valuation of Saihanba Forest

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    2010-01-01

    The study made a monetized valuation of eco-service provided by forests at Saihanba Mechanic Forest Farm in terms of water conservancy, soil conversation, carbon sequestration, micro-climate adjustment, air quality improvement, protection for agriculture, biodiversity maintenance, and landscape & recreation. The results revealed that the total value of various eco-services is 3.061 billion yuan/a, while the eco-services of unit area forest values at 42 300 yuan/(ha·a).

  5. 78 FR 70075 - Notice of Permit Applications Received Under the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978 (Public Law...

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    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION Notice of Permit Applications Received Under the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978 (Public Law 95-541... Conservation Act of 1978, Public Law 95-541. SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is required...

  6. Creating a Liveable City - Eco-services, Systems and Place

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    Hamilton, R. J.; Dean, M.; Birtles, P. J.; Hore, J.; Dahlenburg, J.

    2014-12-01

    The use of an ecosystem service framework for natural resource management has gained increasing traction in the public sector. This is of especial interest in cities as residual ecosystems - typically located along creeks and estuaries, or remaining in scattered pockets throughout the urban area - offer some of the highest value social and economic returns per capita for the land area they occupy, yet are often impractical to manage from more traditional approaches to conservation. We posit that the well-being of humans and other species is the outcome of healthy, functioning ecosystems, and that, from a policy perspective, it is essential to consider services in this context. We arrange ecosystem services into three categories: life-enabling, life-sustaining and life-fulfilling, in a modification to the categories of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and identify additional eco-services unique to urban areas. At local scale, these contribute to the well-being of city residents and positively affect quality of life, forming essential elements of urban liveability. However, dynamics of co-located built and natural environments challenge the capacity of ecosystems to function and provide their full suite of services. Using Sydney as an example, we outline a modular framework of socio-ecological systems and places to show how eco-services supporting liveability can be considered in conceptual and physical space. At a policy level, framing systems-based management objectives that protect, improve and re-discover desirable ecosystem services within the city (as opposed to further increasing the environmental footprint outside), will allow for unique, positive, socially-enabling outcomes for urban centres, in Australia, and globally.

  7. Course Content for Life Cycle Engineering and EcoDesign

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    Jerswiet, Jack; Duflou, Joost; Dewulf, Wim;

    2007-01-01

    There is a need to create an awareness of Life Cycle Engineering and EcoDesign in Engineering students. Topics covered in an LCE/EcoDesign course will create an awareness of environmental impacts, especially in other design course projects. This paper suggests that an awareness of product impact...... upon the environment must be created at an early stage in undergraduate education. Deciding what to include in an LCE/EcoDesign Course can be difficult because there are many different views on the subject. However, there are more similarities than differences. All LCE/ EcoDesign Engineering courses...

  8. Patenting of university and non-university public research organisations in Germany: evidence from patent applications for medical research results.

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    Peter Tinnemann

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Patents are one of the most important forms of intellectual property. They grant a time-limited exclusivity on the use of an invention allowing the recuperation of research costs. The use of patents is fiercely debated for medical innovation and especially controversial for publicly funded research, where the patent holder is an institution accountable to public interest. Despite this controversy, for the situation in Germany almost no empirical information exists. The purpose of this study is to examine the amount, types and trends of patent applications for health products submitted by German public research organisations. METHODS/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We conducted a systematic search for patent documents using the publicly accessible database search interface of the German Patent and Trademark Office. We defined keywords and search criteria and developed search patterns for the database request. We retrieved documents with application date between 1988 and 2006 and processed the collected data stepwise to compile the most relevant documents in patent families for further analysis. We developed a rationale and present individual steps of a systematic method to request and process patent data from a publicly accessible database. We retrieved and processed 10194 patent documents. Out of these, we identified 1772 relevant patent families, applied for by 193 different universities and non-university public research organisations. 827 (47% of these patent families contained granted patents. The number of patent applications submitted by universities and university-affiliated institutions more than tripled since the introduction of legal reforms in 2002, constituting almost half of all patent applications and accounting for most of the post-reform increase. Patenting of most non-university public research organisations remained stable. CONCLUSIONS: We search, process and analyse patent applications from publicly accessible databases

  9. Design and Application of Data Center for Eco-environment Protection in the Qinghai Lake Basin%青海湖流域生态环境综合数据平台的设计与应用

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    王亮绪; 南卓铜; 葛劲松; 吴立宗; 聂学敏; 鲁子豫

    2013-01-01

    国家发改委《青海湖流域生态环境保护与综合治理规划》自2008年正式启动以来,有力地推动了青海湖流域的生态环境保护,积累了丰富的生态环境数据.青海湖流域生态环境综合数据平台是生态监测体系中的数据集成中心,为发掘生态环境监测数据的科学价值,辅助生态环境变化过程中的科学研究,充分发挥青海湖流域生态环境监测体系建设项目的投资效益,并面向青海湖流域的生态环境研究提供科学数据服务.平台依托地理元数据技术,集成了开源GeoNetwork元数据系统,构建了一个集在线元数据编辑、数据可视化、数据汇交、管理、发布和共享等功能于一体的WEB系统,支持缩略图导航、分类导航、时空导航、关键词导航等多种数据导航方式,定义了一套快速数据服务体系,实现了从数据汇交、数据发布到数据共享的业务流程.该系统已初步实现了9个青海湖生态环境监测单位的数据整理与汇交,数据量约为200 GB.%Ecological and environmental data in the Qinghai Lake Basin (QLB) have been systematically collected since the official launch of the Plan of Eco-Environmental Protection and Integrated Management of the Qinghai Lake Basin in 2008. The Plan has established a comprehensive monitoring system for ecology and environment studies in the QLB. The Data Center for Eco-Environment Protection in QLB (DEEP) is a data portal of the established monitoring system in QLB,aims which to collect,manage and disseminate ecological and environmental data to facilitate scientific studies in QLB. DEEP is built upon a geographic metadata architecture that is actually supported by the open source GeoNetwork,by which creation and edition of geographic metadata is implemented. DEEP offers full data sharing functionalities,including metadata editing,data collecting,auditing,managing and publishing,as well as data visualization currently only for partial

  10. [The application in public health nursing of the employee empowerment model and relevant considerations].

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    Chang, Li-Chun; Yen, Wan-Chuan; Lu, Su-Ying

    2006-04-01

    Empowerment, rooted in the black civil rights and other civic movements of the 1960s, has greatly impacted thought and theories on health promotion activities, management strategies, and educational reform. Public health nurses are vital facilitators to the introduction and implementation of the empowerment concept in the health care field. Employee empowerment, based on the concept of empowerment, comprises the two domains of ability and power, which may be assessed through psychological and organizational empowerment. This article illustrates the employee empowerment model, the combination of cognitive empowerment model, and its application in public health nursing. The empowering process includes confirming feelings of powerlessness during the dialogue phase; empowerment education and organizational dialogue during the development phase; and collective action for goal-setting during the action phase. This paper also notes issues that should be considered related to model implementation, including new technology of old paradigm, the risk for more disempowered status, and an appropriate methodology for research paradigms. The employee empowerment model presented in this paper may be used as a guide to design empowerment education curricula for public health nurses.

  11. ECO-INTELLIGENT TOOLS – A NECESSITY FOR SUSTAINABLE BUSINESSES

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    S. Nate

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Many of the challenges associated with sustainable development can be traced in the way modern society produces and consumes. Production, distribution and supply of goods and services require material and energy consumption, having an impact on natural resources both quantitatively and qualitatively, generating waste, pollution and disrupting ecosystems. Ecobusiness intelligence is the capacity of people, processes and applications / tools to organize business information, to facilitate consistent access to them and analyse them in order to improve management decisions, for better performance management of the organizations that are increasingly pressed to synchronize their processes and services with a sustainable development agenda, through the development, testing and implementation of decision support software. By adopting sustainable practices, eco – intelligent companies can gain added value, increase market share and boost shareholder value. Moreover, the growing demand for "green" products has created new markets and the visionary entrepreneurs already reap the rewards of approaching sustainability. Large and small companies are learning that sustainable business practices not only help the environment but also can improve profitability by pursuing higher efficiency, fewer harmful side-effects, and better relationships with the community and more. Gaining competitive advantage is a core concern of the companies and the existence of systems of identification, extraction and analysis of available data in a company, but also from the external environment, to provide real support for business decisions, is an essential ingredient of success. This paper highlights the necessity of eco-intelligent tools that help determining the organization's strategies, identifying the perceptions and capabilities of the competitors, analyzing the effectiveness of current operations, deploying long-term prospects for environmental action and establishing

  12. Low-carbon Economy and Eco-design of Commodity Packing

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    AN Li-li; XUE Qiu

    2011-01-01

    Research situation of eco-design is analyzed, and then thoughts and methods of eco-design are discused. The eco-design includes packaging modularization, dematerialization, energy-saving and bio-simulation.

  13. Artificial Fur: Another Choice of Eco-friendly%Artificial Fur: Another Choice of Eco-friendly

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    Wang Ting

    2012-01-01

    Coping with shrinking demand both in overseas and domestic markets, the Wool industry in China makes great effort to enhance industrial structural adjustment and upgrading. How to develop the eco-friendly green wool industry responsibly, especially integrating economic benefit and social benefit together? Nantong Hong Yang Cashmere Company develops a way.

  14. Organic Foods: Do Eco-Friendly Attitudes Predict Eco-Friendly Behaviors?

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    Dahm, Molly J.; Samonte, Aurelia V.; Shows, Amy R.

    2009-01-01

    Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine whether student awareness and attitudes about organic foods would predict their behaviors with regard to organic food consumption and other healthy lifestyle practices. A secondary purpose was to determine whether attitudes about similar eco-friendly practices would result in socially conscious…

  15. Organic Foods: Do Eco-Friendly Attitudes Predict Eco-Friendly Behaviors?

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    Dahm, Molly J.; Samonte, Aurelia V.; Shows, Amy R.

    2009-01-01

    Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine whether student awareness and attitudes about organic foods would predict their behaviors with regard to organic food consumption and other healthy lifestyle practices. A secondary purpose was to determine whether attitudes about similar eco-friendly practices would result in socially conscious…

  16. Chinese eco-cities, an integrated sectoral approach or an eco-cities approach?

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    M.P. van Dijk (Meine Pieter)

    2012-01-01

    textabstractCities, aware of their environmental challenges, have introduced policies and programs to deal with issues like climate change and pollution. They want to become more ecological which would secure them the label of ‘eco-city’. Policies found in such cases are: closing the water cycle to

  17. "Et in Arcadia Eco: Law & Masonic Literature"

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    Pauline Chakmakjian

    2013-01-01

    Este trabajo explora como la novela de Umberto Ecco,El péndulo de Foucault, pudo haber sido interpretada como unaparodia deHoly Blood and Holy Grailpor sus autores, Baigent y Leigh. Exploramos porqué Baigent y Leigheligieron llevar a juicio la novela de Dan Brown “El Codigo Da Vinci” cuando la obra de Foucault era un casoparecido. Especialmente porque la obra de Eco es conocida como “El código Da Vinci del hombre que piensa”.Primero, hemos analizado la proximidad de las estructuras de la nove...

  18. Integrated Land Governance for Eco-Urbanization

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    Zhan Wang

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available “Eco-urbanization” emphasizes the importance of the ecological and environmental aspects of urbanization, which is to approach a balanced and healthy ecosystem through paying attention to the ecological intercorrelation of many factors. This involves balancing the stocks and utilization of multi-resources and balancing the efficiency and equality of multi-resources allocation to improve the quality of life for both urban and rural areas. In this dynamic process, resource allocations are carried out at different administrative levels, which have posed challenges of developing an integrated approach for eco-urbanization. Due to interaction and intersection of ecological activities among adjacent regions, a complex ecosystem tends to be in a fluid catchment area with dynamic flows of activities that transcend rigid administrative boundaries. The management of ecosystem sensitively impinges on the effectiveness of having an integrated approach of land governance in a comprehensive planning of urban–rural development. This will require scientific findings to support a policy-oriented management approach, which can take account of land use/cover changes (LUCC, ecosystem services and functions, interactive impacts of socio-economic transformation and climatic variations for optimum land use allocation to achieve the objective of ecosystem conservation and socio-economic development for both urban and rural area in a sustainable approach. Three aspects of development are identified as the importance of achieving advanced land governance for eco-urbanization. This paper aims to discuss these in turn: first, to find the adaptive measures in response to the uncertainty of climatic variation; second, to understand and research the scale and level of sustainable consumption for balancing resource saving and consumption; and third, to study ecological intercorrelation among multiple factors. We, therefore, argue that the far insight of

  19. Exergy analysis on eco-industrial systems

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    YANG Li; HU Shanying; CHEN Dingjiang; ZHANG Dawei

    2006-01-01

    Exergy analysis of eco-industrial systems reflects the thermodynamic characteristics of resource utilization by studying complicated material flow patterns to an industrial system. Different indicators based on exergy analysis are presented, such as system exergy depletion index, cycling ratio of material exergy, etc. which can be used to evaluate the efficiency of resource utilization and the environmental potential effect. The interrelations of these exergy indicators and their interpretation on industrial ecology are further discussed. Finally, the result of case study suggests effectiveness of exergy analysis methods and practicability of these exergy estimate indices.

  20. "Et in Arcadia Eco: Law & Masonic Literature"

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    Pauline Chakmakjian

    2013-01-01

    Este trabajo explora como la novela de Umberto Ecco,El péndulo de Foucault, pudo haber sido interpretada como unaparodia deHoly Blood and Holy Grailpor sus autores, Baigent y Leigh. Exploramos porqué Baigent y Leigheligieron llevar a juicio la novela de Dan Brown “El Codigo Da Vinci” cuando la obra de Foucault era un casoparecido. Especialmente porque la obra de Eco es conocida como “El código Da Vinci del hombre que piensa”.Primero, hemos analizado la proximidad de las estructuras de la nove...

  1. Eco-evolutionary feedbacks can rescue cooperation in microbial populations

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    Moreno-Fenoll, Clara; Cavaliere, Matteo; Martínez-García, Esteban; Poyatos, Juan F.

    2017-01-01

    Bacterial populations whose growth depends on the cooperative production of public goods are usually threatened by the rise of cheaters that do not contribute but just consume the common resource. Minimizing cheater invasions appears then as a necessary mechanism to maintain these populations. However, that invasions result instead in the persistence of cooperation is a prospect that has yet remained largely unexplored. Here, we show that the demographic collapse induced by cheaters in the population can actually contribute to the rescue of cooperation, in a clear illustration of how ecology and evolution can influence each other. The effect is made possible by the interplay between spatial constraints and the essentiality of the shared resource. We validate this result by carefully combining theory and experiments, with the engineering of a synthetic bacterial community in which the public compound allows survival to a lethal stress. The characterization of the experimental system identifies additional factors that can matter, like the impact of the lag phase on the tolerance to stress, or the appearance of spontaneous mutants. Our work explains the unanticipated dynamics that eco-evolutionary feedbacks can generate in microbial communities, feedbacks that reveal fundamental for the adaptive change of ecosystems at all scales. PMID:28211914

  2. Eco-innovation Dynamics at a Large State-Owned Wind Turbine Manufacture in China

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    Yang, Yan; YIN, Shoujun

    This paper discloses the learning process and stakeholder relations in eco-innovation dynamics at a large state-owned wind turbine manufacture in China in the past 7 years. Based on an understanding of eco-innovation and eco-innovation dynamics, we propose an analytical framework of eco-innovatio......This paper discloses the learning process and stakeholder relations in eco-innovation dynamics at a large state-owned wind turbine manufacture in China in the past 7 years. Based on an understanding of eco-innovation and eco-innovation dynamics, we propose an analytical framework of eco...

  3. Eco-Industry: A New Pattern for Industrial Development

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    LiYourun; HuShanying; ShenJingzhu; ChenDingjiang

    2003-01-01

    Eco-industry is a new pattern for industrial development. This paper bnefly reviews the progress of eco-industry. The research work of Center for Industrial Ecology, Chemical Engineering Department, Tsinghua University is well introduced. Several academic issues that need further research are suggested from a system engineering point of view.

  4. The analysis of ink jet printed eco-font efficiency

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    Rastko Milošević

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Utilization of eco-font for office printing is one of sustainable, “green” printing concepts, which besides obvious economic benefits, as a result has a certain effect on environmental sustainability as well. The fundamental problem that this practice faces is decreased quality of text printed using eco-fonts comparing to those printed with regular fonts. The aim of this research is eco-font efficiency estimation, i.e. determination of toner usage reduction level of ink jet printed documents typed with this font type, as well as estimation of the extent humans perceive differences between text printed with eco-font and the one printed by its „non-eco“ equivalent. Combining instrumental measuring method and digital image analysis, it was found that this simple principle (eco-font utilization enables substantial toner usage reduction for an ink jet printing system, while visual test showed that visual experience of text printed using eco-font is sufficient. In addition, awareness of benefits that eco-font utilization brings, change users’ attitude towards eco-font quality.

  5. Constructing Ideologies and Valuing Nature in Two Eco-Cities

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    Eco-city development is flourishing as the scale and scope of environmental damage becomes increasingly clear. While there are no standard criteria of what constitutes an eco-city, the term has been increasingly applied to a number of different projects that straddle a broad arra...

  6. D3.2a Final ECO Platform Architecture Design

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    Loozen, Kjeld; Viñuales, Javier; Ternier, Stefaan

    2016-01-01

    This deliverable presents the ECO platform architecture. It reports on the outcomes of the work so far conducted under task T3.2: Overall platform architecture. It specifies all components that will constitute the ECO platform and describes the connection to each other.

  7. Validation of the ECOS-16 Questionnaire in Koreans with Osteoporosis

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    Son, Seung Min; Goh, Tae Sik; Kim, Taek Hoon; Noh, Eun Yeong

    2016-01-01

    Study Design Prospective study. Purpose To evaluate the reliability and validity of the adapted Korean version of the Quality of Life Questionnaire of the European Foundation for Osteoporosis (ECOS-16). Overview of Literature The validity of the Korean version of ECOS-16 has not been completely demonstrated. Methods Translation/retranslation of the English version of ECOS-16, and full cross-cultural adaptation were performed. The Korean version of a visual analog scale measure of pain, and the Korean versions of ECOS-16 and of the previously validated short form-36 (SF-36) were mailed to 158 consecutive patients with osteoporosis. Factor analysis and reliability assessment using kappa statistics of agreement for each item, intraclass correlation coefficient, and Cronbach's α were done. Construct validity was evaluated by comparing responses to ECOS-16 with responses to SF-36 using Pearson's correlation coefficient. Results Factor analysis extracted three factors. All items had a kappa statistics of agreement >0.6. The ECOS-16 showed good test/re-test reliability (0.8469) and internal consistency of Cronbach's α (0.897). The Korean version of ECOS-16 showed significant correlation with SF-36 total scores and with single SF-36 domains scores. Conclusions The adapted Korean version of the ECOS-16 was successfully translated and showed acceptable measurement properties. It is considered suitable for outcome assessments in Korean patients with osteoporosis. PMID:27790315

  8. Eco-efficient Agriculture: Concepts, Challenges, and Opportunities

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    Keating, B.A.; Carberry, P.S.; Bindraban, P.S.; Asseng, S.; Meinke, H.B.; Dixon, J.

    2010-01-01

    Eco-efficiency in the simplest of terms is about achieving more with less—more agricultural outputs, in terms of quantity and quality, for less input of land, water, nutrients, energy, labor, or capital. The concept of eco-efficiency encompasses both the ecological and economic dimensions of sustain

  9. EcoMark: Evaluating Models of Vehicular Environmental Impact

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    Guo, Chenjuan; Ma, Mike; Yang, Bin

    2012-01-01

    the vehicle travels in. We develop an evaluation framework, called EcoMark, for such environmental impact models. In addition, we survey all eleven state-of-the-art impact models known to us. To gain insight into the capabilities of the models and to understand the effectiveness of the EcoMark, we apply...

  10. D3.2a Final ECO Platform Architecture Design

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    Loozen, Kjeld; Viñuales, Javier; Ternier, Stefaan

    2016-01-01

    This deliverable presents the ECO platform architecture. It reports on the outcomes of the work so far conducted under task T3.2: Overall platform architecture. It specifies all components that will constitute the ECO platform and describes the connection to each other.

  11. Using Eco-Mapping to Understand Family Strengths and Resources

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    McCormick, Katherine M.; Stricklin, Sarintha; Nowak, Theresa M.; Rous, Beth

    2008-01-01

    As professionals and families work together to identify and celebrate the strengths and resources unique to each family, new and innovative ways to describe and discuss family characteristics are needed. The eco-map, borrowed from social science disciplines, is one method used to describe family strengths and resources. The eco-map was developed…

  12. Supporting eco-design implementation within small and large companies

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    Buckingham, Molly; Pigosso, Daniela Cristina Antelmi; Dekoninck, E.A.

    2014-01-01

    There is a need for a strategic and systematic approach towards eco-design implementation. By bringing together two case studies (one in a SME, the other in a multi-national company) this paper examines the impact of the organisational context and chosen eco-design implementation methodologies...

  13. Humanistic Care for Mountain Architectural Eco-Technology%山地建筑生态技术的人文关怀

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    马跃峰; 张庆顺; 梁文跃

    2011-01-01

    Mountain architecture, as intermediary of space and behavior between people and mountain environment, the eco-teehnology application for which has the characteristics of eco-pertinence and regional consilience, needs to reflect not only the ecological significance of technical body, but also the emotional care of cultural level. The paper describes the main content for the humanistic care of mountain architectural eco-technology from the four aspects: high integration of eco-technology and emotion, humanistic care for bionic mountain architecture, humanistic care for interior space and poetic expression of eco-appropriate technology.%山地建筑作为人与山地环境之间的空间和行为中介,其生态技术的应用具有生态的针对性和地域的契合性特征,既需要体现技术本体的生态意义,又需要体现人文层面的情感关怀。文章从生态技术与情感的高度统一、仿生山地建筑的人文关怀、室内空间的人文关怀、生态适宜技术的诗意表达等四个方面,阐述了山地建筑生态技术人文关怀的主要内容。

  14. EcoCyc: Enyclopedia of Escherichia coli Genes and Metabolism.

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    Karp, P D; Riley, M; Paley, S M; Pellegrini-Toole, A; Krummenacker, M

    1997-01-01

    The Encyclopedia of Genes and Metabolism (EcoCyc) is a database that combines information about the genome and the intermediary metabolism of Escherichia coli. It describes 2970 genes of E.coli, 547 enzymes encoded by these genes, 702 metabolic reactions that occur in E.coli and the organization of these reactions into 107 metabolic pathways. The EcoCyc graphical user interface allows scientists to query and explore the EcoCyc database using visualization tools such as genomic-map browsers and automatic layouts of metabolic pathways. EcoCyc spans the space from sequence to function to allow scientists to investigate an unusually broad range of questions. EcoCyc can be thought of as both an electronic review article because of its copious references to the primary literature, and as an in silicio model of E.coli metabolism that can be probed and analyzed through computational means.

  15. EcoCyc: Encyclopedia of Escherichia coli genes and metabolism.

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    Karp, P D; Riley, M; Paley, S M; Pellegrini-Toole, A; Krummenacker, M

    1998-01-01

    The encyclopedia of Escherichia coli genes and metabolism (EcoCyc) is a database that combines information about the genome and the intermediary metabolism of E.coli. The database describes 3030 genes of E.coli , 695 enzymes encoded by a subset of these genes, 595 metabolic reactions that occur in E.coli, and the organization of these reactions into 123 metabolic pathways. The EcoCyc graphical user interface allows scientists to query and explore the EcoCyc database using visualization tools such as genomic-map browsers and automatic layouts of metabolic pathways. EcoCyc can be thought of as an electronic review article because of its copious references to the primary literature, and as a (qualitative) computational model of E.coli metabolism. EcoCyc is available at URL http://ecocyc.PangeaSystems.com/ecocyc/

  16. Environmental Applications of Biosurfactants: Recent Advances

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    Swaranjit Singh Cameotra

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Increasing public awareness of environmental pollution influences the search and development of technologies that help in clean up of organic and inorganic contaminants such as hydrocarbons and metals. An alternative and eco-friendly method of remediation technology of environments contaminated with these pollutants is the use of biosurfactants and biosurfactant-producing microorganisms. The diversity of biosurfactants makes them an attractive group of compounds for potential use in a wide variety of industrial and biotechnological applications. The purpose of this review is to provide a comprehensive overview of advances in the applications of biosurfactants and biosurfactant-producing microorganisms in hydrocarbon and metal remediation technologies.

  17. Environmental applications of biosurfactants: recent advances.

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    Pacwa-Płociniczak, Magdalena; Płaza, Grażyna A; Piotrowska-Seget, Zofia; Cameotra, Swaranjit Singh

    2011-01-18

    Increasing public awareness of environmental pollution influences the search and development of technologies that help in clean up of organic and inorganic contaminants such as hydrocarbons and metals. An alternative and eco-friendly method of remediation technology of environments contaminated with these pollutants is the use of biosurfactants and biosurfactant-producing microorganisms. The diversity of biosurfactants makes them an attractive group of compounds for potential use in a wide variety of industrial and biotechnological applications. The purpose of this review is to provide a comprehensive overview of advances in the applications of biosurfactants and biosurfactant-producing microorganisms in hydrocarbon and metal remediation technologies.

  18. Eco-innovations in the functioning of companies.

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    Ociepa-Kubicka, A; Pachura, P

    2017-07-01

    The development of entrepreneurships in the 21st century cannot occur without taking care of the natural environment. The article presents issues related to eco-innovation. Despite the opportunities offered by eco-innovations, implementation of such initiatives remains to lead to various difficulties. They vary across countries and sectors. The insufficient number of enterprises in Poland and other European countries implement adequate level of eco-innovations. The main aim of this paper is to indicate the causes of this status and activities aimed to develop eco-innovativeness. The benefits and risks connected with implementation of innovative products and technologies were also discussed. Furthermore, the advantages of and barriers to their implementation into companies were analysed. The entrepreneurs from the least eco-innovative countries emphasize serious barriers, including uncertain demand from the market, uncertain return on investment or too long a payback period for eco-innovation, lack of funds within the enterprise, insufficient access to existing subsidies and fiscal incentive. They are especially afraid of the financial risks, which raises uncertainty and leads to refraining from innovative initiatives. The possibilities were indicated for the entrepreneurs who face problems with the implementation of innovative solutions. Particular attention was paid to the European Union activities for the development of eco-innovations. Numerous programs supporting their implementation were indicated. The article also presents examples of eco-innovation in water and sewage enterprises. It was emphasized that planning of eco-innovative solutions should be based on comprehensive information about actual benefits and possibility of threats to the environment which can be caused by implementation of eco-innovations. The study presents the example of threats resulting from different methods of sewage sludge management. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights

  19. Risk perception of diagnostic and therapeutic radiological applications. Comparison of experts and the public

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    Arranz, L. [Hospital Ramon y Cajal, Madrid (Spain); Macias, M.T. [CSIC, Madrid (Spain); Prades, A.; Sola, R. [Ciemat, Madrid (Spain); Martinez-Arias, R. [Universidad Complutense, Madrid (Spain)

    2000-05-01

    Recent research has found many differences between experts and lay people in judgements of radiological risks. However, most of these studies were carried out on experts from nuclear power plants, regulatory bodies etc. This paper analyses the differences among several groups of 'experts' coming from the Health area and the lay people. A survey was designed to assess the perceived seriousness of seven diagnostic and therapeutic applications: conventional diagnostic radiology, computed tomography, chemotherapy, ecography examinations, radiotherapy, and diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine. The questionnaire was distributed to samples of experts (professionals exposed to ionizing radiations, and other health professionals), and outpatients. All samples were selected from ten countries: Argentine, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, and Spain, thanks to the collaboration of the different National Radioprotection Societies of the above mentioned countries, and of other concerned professionals (in case they didn't have any association at the time). The following comparisons will be presented: 1) Differences between experts' and the public; 2) differences among several groups of 'experts'; 3) within the 'expert' sample, differences between perceived seriousness as a patient and as a professional at risk; 4) within the public sample, individual differences related to some socio-demographic variables. A cross-cultural analysis of the above mentioned comparisons will also be carried out. (author)

  20. From an eco-industrial park towards an eco-city : a case study in Suzhou, China

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    Yu, Chang; Dijkema, Gerard P. J.; de Jong, Martin; Shi, Han

    2015-01-01

    As eco-industrial park policies have been in place for years, many mature eco-industrial parks tend to acquire more than just industrial functions and become new urban districts. We investigated this development and conducted empirical research in Suzhou Industrial Park, to obtain insight in how a

  1. Comprehensive Approach to Energy and Environment in the EcoCare Program for Design, Engineering and Operation of Siemens Industry Solutions

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    Wegener, Dieter; Finkbeiner, Matthias; Geiger, Dieter

    2009-01-01

    or benefits. To meet these requirements the main challenge is to simplify the assessment methodology as far as reliability and accuracy of results is preserved. To present results in both dimensions of economical performance and environmental impact the paper introduces the concept of the “eco care matrix......This paper intends to describe the outline of the Eco Care Program (ECP) at the Siemens-Division Industry Solutions and its implementation. ECP aims to embrace and to coordinate main activities within the product lifecycle management (PLM) process considering both economic targets in terms......” (ECM). Environmental sound industrial solutions have advantages in both “eco” dimensions (eco-nomical + eco-logical). The analytical approach presented is further on implemented in two complementary and independent industrial application fields: in order to exemplify usability of the approach in quite...

  2. 无人机在正射影像图制作中的应用--以罗格生态科技园为例%The Application of UAV in the Production of Orthophoto Map-With Luoge Eco-technology Industrial Park as an Example

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    陈凌; 陈雅娜

    2015-01-01

    采用无人机进行航空摄影,可以使正射影像图的制作,获得良好的时间效益与经济效益。本文以罗格生态科技园无人机影像制作为例,从航空摄影、像控点测量、空中三角测量到最后的影像制作,阐述了无人机在正射影像图制作中的应用。%Adopting UAV to aerial photography, can make the production of Orthophoto Map, for the good time efficiency and economic benefits. In this paper, with UAV image production of Luoge Eco-technology Industrial Park as an example, expounds the application of UAV in the production of Orthophoto Map, from aerial photography, photo-control-point survey, aerotriangulation and image production.

  3. The Role of Interaction Patterns with Hybrid Electric Vehicle Eco-Features for Drivers' Eco-Driving Performance.

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    Arend, Matthias G; Franke, Thomas

    2017-03-01

    The objective of the present research was to understand drivers' interaction patterns with hybrid electric vehicles' (HEV) eco-features (electric propulsion, regenerative braking, neutral mode) and their relationship to fuel efficiency and driver characteristics (technical system knowledge, eco-driving motivation). Eco-driving (driving behaviors performed to achieve higher fuel efficiency) has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions caused by road vehicles. Eco-driving in HEVs is particularly challenging due to the systems' dynamic energy flows. As a result, drivers are likely to show diverse eco-driving behaviors, depending on factors like knowledge and motivation. The eco-features represent an interface for the control of the systems' energy flows. A sample of 121 HEV drivers who had constantly logged their fuel consumption prior to the study participated in an online questionnaire. Drivers' interaction patterns with the eco-features were related to fuel efficiency. A common factor was identified in an exploratory factor analysis, characterizing the intensity of actively dealing with electric energy, which was also related to fuel efficiency. Driver characteristics were not related to this factor, yet they were significant predictors of fuel efficiency. From the perspective of user-energy interaction, the relationship of the aggregated factor to fuel efficiency emphasizes the central role of drivers' perception of and interaction with energy conversions in determining HEV eco-driving success. To arrive at an in-depth understanding of drivers' eco-driving behaviors that can guide interface design, authors of future research should be concerned with the psychological processes that underlie drivers' interaction patterns with eco-features.

  4. EcoFlex: A Multifunctional MoClo Kit for E. coli Synthetic Biology.

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    Moore, Simon J; Lai, Hung-En; Kelwick, Richard J R; Chee, Soo Mei; Bell, David J; Polizzi, Karen Marie; Freemont, Paul S

    2016-10-21

    Golden Gate cloning is a prominent DNA assembly tool in synthetic biology for the assembly of plasmid constructs often used in combinatorial pathway optimization, with a number of assembly kits developed specifically for yeast and plant-based expression. However, its use for synthetic biology in commonly used bacterial systems such as Escherichia coli has surprisingly been overlooked. Here, we introduce EcoFlex a simplified modular package of DNA parts for a variety of applications in E. coli, cell-free protein synthesis, protein purification and hierarchical assembly of transcription units based on the MoClo assembly standard. The kit features a library of constitutive promoters, T7 expression, RBS strength variants, synthetic terminators, protein purification tags and fluorescence proteins. We validate EcoFlex by assembling a 68-part containing (20 genes) plasmid (31 kb), characterize in vivo and in vitro library parts, and perform combinatorial pathway assembly, using pooled libraries of either fluorescent proteins or the biosynthetic genes for the antimicrobial pigment violacein as a proof-of-concept. To minimize pathway screening, we also introduce a secondary module design site to simplify MoClo pathway optimization. In summary, EcoFlex provides a standardized and multifunctional kit for a variety of applications in E. coli synthetic biology.

  5. The international river interface cooperative: Public domain flow and morphodynamics software for education and applications

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    Nelson, Jonathan M.; Shimizu, Yasuyuki; Abe, Takaaki; Asahi, Kazutake; Gamou, Mineyuki; Inoue, Takuya; Iwasaki, Toshiki; Kakinuma, Takaharu; Kawamura, Satomi; Kimura, Ichiro; Kyuka, Tomoko; McDonald, Richard R.; Nabi, Mohamed; Nakatsugawa, Makoto; Simões, Francisco R.; Takebayashi, Hiroshi; Watanabe, Yasunori

    2016-07-01

    This paper describes a new, public-domain interface for modeling flow, sediment transport and morphodynamics in rivers and other geophysical flows. The interface is named after the International River Interface Cooperative (iRIC), the group that constructed the interface and many of the current solvers included in iRIC. The interface is entirely free to any user and currently houses thirteen models ranging from simple one-dimensional models through three-dimensional large-eddy simulation models. Solvers are only loosely coupled to the interface so it is straightforward to modify existing solvers or to introduce other solvers into the system. Six of the most widely-used solvers are described in detail including example calculations to serve as an aid for users choosing what approach might be most appropriate for their own applications. The example calculations range from practical computations of bed evolution in natural rivers to highly detailed predictions of the development of small-scale bedforms on an initially flat bed. The remaining solvers are also briefly described. Although the focus of most solvers is coupled flow and morphodynamics, several of the solvers are also specifically aimed at providing flood inundation predictions over large spatial domains. Potential users can download the application, solvers, manuals, and educational materials including detailed tutorials at www.-i-ric.org. The iRIC development group encourages scientists and engineers to use the tool and to consider adding their own methods to the iRIC suite of tools.

  6. Application of Network Analysis for Development and Promotion of Sustainable Tourism in Public Forests

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    Brach Michał

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The issue of sustainable tourism within valuable natural areas has been extensively discussed ever since the emergence of sustainable development philosophy in the 1990s. In view of growing public interest in nature recreation and tourism development, the importance of addressing this subject matter has hitherto increased significantly. The main objective of the present paper was to offer a tool for supporting development and promotion of sustainable tourism in Poland’s forests managed by the State Forests - National Forest Holding. GIS technology, and specific tools for network analysis were used in the project. During task realization, only free and open software sources were used. The work was performed based on the example of the Forest District Żołędowo (Regional Directorate of State Forests in Toruń, Poland with the use of District’s spatial data resources. A web application was created to present information about tourist attractions and infrastructure on an interactive map with tools for route planning. As a result, there has been developed the web mapping application which provides general access to tourism related information and enables planning touristic routes by pre-specified criteria. Implemented routing algorithms can help traffic management and further protection of the areas vulnerable to anthropogenic pressures. The system created not only promotes attractive tourist sites but also, supports targeting tourist traffic, and accordingly - adds to the progress of sustainable tourism

  7. The international river interface cooperative: Public domain flow and morphodynamics software for education and applications

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    Nelson, Jonathan M.; Shimizu, Yasuyuki; Abe, Takaaki; Asahi, Kazutake; Gamou, Mineyuki; Inoue, Takuya; Iwasaki, Toshiki; Kakinuma, Takaharu; Kawamura, Satomi; Kimura, Ichiro; Kyuka, Tomoko; McDonald, Richard R.; Nabi, Mohamed; Nakatsugawa, Makoto; Simoes, Francisco J.; Takebayashi, Hiroshi; Watanabe, Yasunori

    2016-01-01

    This paper describes a new, public-domain interface for modeling flow, sediment transport and morphodynamics in rivers and other geophysical flows. The interface is named after the International River Interface Cooperative (iRIC), the group that constructed the interface and many of the current solvers included in iRIC. The interface is entirely free to any user and currently houses thirteen models ranging from simple one-dimensional models through three-dimensional large-eddy simulation models. Solvers are only loosely coupled to the interface so it is straightforward to modify existing solvers or to introduce other solvers into the system. Six of the most widely-used solvers are described in detail including example calculations to serve as an aid for users choosing what approach might be most appropriate for their own applications. The example calculations range from practical computations of bed evolution in natural rivers to highly detailed predictions of the development of small-scale bedforms on an initially flat bed. The remaining solvers are also briefly described. Although the focus of most solvers is coupled flow and morphodynamics, several of the solvers are also specifically aimed at providing flood inundation predictions over large spatial domains. Potential users can download the application, solvers, manuals, and educational materials including detailed tutorials at www.-i-ric.org. The iRIC development group encourages scientists and engineers to use the tool and to consider adding their own methods to the iRIC suite of tools.

  8. The prevention of schizophrenia--what can we learn from eco-epidemiology?

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    Kirkbride, James B; Jones, Peter B

    2011-03-01

    The search for the causes of schizophrenia has predominantly originated from 2 research paradigms; genetics and epidemiology. While each approach has made important contributions to etiological understanding, neither has fully resolved the exact milieu of risk factors for schizophrenia, and there is growing recognition that several pathways to the onset of such disorders may exist. Eco-epidemiology offers an integrative framework to study schizophrenia etiology, incorporating multiple, interactive levels of causation, including genetic, epigenetic, individual, familial, community, and societal domains over the life course. In this article, we review the current evidence base, through the lens of eco-epidemiology, to determine whether it warrants the design and implementation of putative prevention strategies for schizophrenia. We argue that while there are potentially large public health gains available, we do not currently have sufficient empirical data to design effective prevention strategies. It will be important for the research community to more fully elucidate the likely multifactorial, multilevel, polygenetic, and eco-epidemiological basis of schizophrenia before we can design useful prevention strategies. We conclude by speculating on the forms effective strategies might take.

  9. Pit and fissure sealants in dental public health – application criteria and general policy in Finland

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    Meurman Jukka H

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Pit and fissure sealants (sealants are widely used as a non-operative preventive method in public dental health in Finland. Most children under 19 years of age attend the community-organized dental health services free of charge. The aims of this study were to find out to what extent sealants were applied, what the attitudes of dental professionals towards sealant application were, and whether any existing sealant policies could be detected among the health centres or among the respondents in general. The study evaluated changes that had taken place in the policies used during a ten year period (1991–2001. Methods A questionnaire was mailed to each chief dental officer (CDO of the 265 public dental health centres in Finland, and to a group of general dentists (GDP applying sealants in these health centres, giving a total of 434 questionnaires with 22 questions. The response rate was 80% (N = 342. Results A majority of the respondents reported to application of sealants on a systematic basis for children with increased caries risk. The criteria for applying sealants and the actual strategies seemed to vary locally between the dentists within the health centres and between the health centres nationwide. The majority of respondents believed sealants had short- and long-term effects. The overall use of sealants decreased towards the end of the ten year period. The health centres (N = 28 choosing criteria to seal over detected or suspected enamel caries lesion had a DMFT value of 1.0 (SD ± 0.49 at age 12 (year 2000 compared to a value of 1.2 (SD ± 0.47 for those health centres (N = 177 applying sealants by alternative criteria (t-test, p Conclusion There seems to be a need for defined guidelines for sealant application criteria and policy both locally and nationwide. Occlusal caries management may be improved by shifting the sealant policy from the traditional approach of prevention to interception, i.e. applying the sealants

  10. How to grow eco-business; Eco business wo ikani sodateruka

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    Matsunaga, K. [Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Tokyo (Japan)

    1997-10-05

    The environmental industry called the eco-business was considered to be divided into six fields, a field related to environmental support, a field related to the waste treatment and recycling, a field related to environmental repair and environmental creation, a field related to an energy with environmental harmony, a field related to a product with environmental harmony and a field related to a production process with environmental harmony. In concrete, product manufacture with environmental harmony such as eco-materials and vehicles with low environmental pollution, the waste treatment and recycling industry, the industry of environment related equipment such as equipment to avoid environmental pollution, equipment for waste treatment and recycling and equipment for environmental analysis, and environmental repair and creation industry such as soil cleaning, water cleaning, and urban green were given. The current market scale for those environment related industries was estimated to be about 15 trillion Japanese Yen. It was necessary that the adjusted management was properly utilized to reduce the environmental loads for developing eco-materials, a standard for evaluating the goods and the business initiative considering the environment, and the social promotion system was established. 2 tabs.

  11. Eco-sustainable routing in optical networks

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    Ricciardi, Sergio; Wang, Jiayuan; Palmieri, Francesco;

    2013-01-01

    infrastructures are now widely recognized to play a fundamental role in the emission of green-house gases (GHG) in the at- mosphere, signicantly aecting the environmental sustainability of new evolutions in network architectures as well as technological developments in communication devices. In this paper......It is quite easy to foresee that in the next years, the future generation ultra-high speed network infrastructures and equipments will be no longer constrained only by their pure transport capacity, but also by their energy consumption costs and environmental eects. In particular, large network......, a novel eco-sustainable Routing and Wavelength Assignment (RWA) algorithm, based on shortest-path routing with an adaptive link weighting function relying on an extension of the OSPF-TE protocol to convey carbon footprint information, has been proposed to decrease the network ecological impact while...

  12. Teori Semiotika Komunikasi Hadis ala Umberto Eco

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    Benny Afwadzi

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available This article tries to outline the semiotic theory of communication traditions (hadith. This theory is found when doing integration-author of the study interconnect traditions of the Prophet with the theory of communication semiotics Umberto Eco. Semiotic theory of communication traditions include the nine components in the communication process hadith, that source (the Prophet, message I (editorial authentic Prophet, the transmitter (the narrators of hadith, signal I (various editorial traditions verbally, channel (various books of hadith, signal II (various editorial traditions in writing, receiver (reason riwâyah hadith, message II (single editorial hadith, and destination (reason semiotic. Methods of understanding hadith contained in destination components that implement the method of unlimited semiotics to find the final logical interpreting. One more thing that is important here, that the stored channel noise (interference communication in the form of transformation from spoken language into written language, which can result in distortion of meaning. 

  13. Where’s eco-design going?

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    McAloone, Timothy Charles

    2000-01-01

    -centric, strong sustainability and weak sustainability. Is it really possible to have these shades of green? This paper puts together some experiences and ideas around the state-of-the-art in eco-design, from both literature and personal experience and hopes to ask where, perhaps, we should be heading.......Thirteen years after the Bruntland Report, we have had time to read and digest and postulate about what is required to make the many small steps towards something which we call sustainability. In those years we have come great distances. We know how to systematically seek for solutions...... to environmental problems. We use the lessons learned from these systematic attempts to construct methods for preventing the problems from occurring in the first instance. Further to this, some environmental ‘leaders’ are beginning to make pro-active attempts at using the environmental credentials...

  14. Shell Eco-marathon Europe 2015

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    2015-01-01

    El UPCT Solar Team ha mejorado su prototipo y compitió a el 21 de mayo, jueves, en la Shall Eco-marathon Europe, que se disputó en el circuito de Rotterdam. Es la segunda vez que el equipo participa en esta carrera y, según el jefe del equipo, Miguel Ángel García, este año “vamos a por todas”. De igual forma piensa el profesor que coordina el equipo, Antonio Guerrero, que se ha mostrado muy satisfecho del trabajo realizado por los alumnos. “Este año ha mejorado el equipo a nivel de competició...

  15. Dynamic Comparison and Trend analysis of Southeast Guizhou’s Experimental Area of Eco-civilization Construction and the National Eco-efficiency

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    2012-01-01

    In order to better understand the development level of eco-efficiency in Southeast Guizhou’s experimental area of eco-civilization construction,we conduct dynamic comparison research of its eco-efficiency and the national eco-efficiency,using single ratio method based on the ecological footprint model,to grasp the gap between its eco-efficiency and the national eco-efficiency,so that we can take appropriate countermeasures to improve eco-efficiency. The results show that in the period 1978-2010,the eco-efficiency in Southeast Guizhou’s experimental area of eco-civilization construction was always lower than the national eco-efficiency; the long-time average annual value of its eco-efficiency was less than one half of that of the national eco-efficiency,with the absolute gap of 1 630. 095 yuan /hm 2 ,and the gap tended to widen year by year in the period 1978-2002 ( the gap increased from 276. 551 yuan /hm 2 in 1978 to peak of 3 227. 713 yuan /hm 2 in 2002,with an average annual increase of 118. 047 yuan /hm 2 ,and especially after 1992,the gap was particularly evident,with an average annual increase of 194.771 yuan/hm 2 ) ,but from 2003,the gap between the two tended to decrease. Based on the prediction results of grey system,in the period 2011-2025,the gap between the eco-efficiency in Southeast Guizhou’s experimental area of eco-civilization construction and the national eco-efficiency will gradually narrow,and from 2019, the eco-efficiency in Southeast Guizhou’s experimental area of eco-civilization construction will be higher than the national eco-efficiency.

  16. Measuring Eco-Efficiency of Agriculture in China

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    Jiaxing Pang

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Eco-efficiency is a tool for sustainability analysis that indicates how to carry out economic activities effectively. This paper assesses agricultural eco-efficiency using data envelopment analysis (DEA and the Theil index approach. Using basic data of 31 provinces in China during 2003–2013, we analyzed the agricultural eco-efficiency development level and spatial pattern in China. The results show that the agricultural eco-efficiency of only four provinces has been relatively efficient in the entire study period, namely, Zhejiang, Hainan, Chongqing, and Tibet. The results also show that agricultural eco-efficiency was higher mainly in south of the Qinling Mountains-Huaihe River Line and north of the Yangtze River area, that agricultural eco-efficiency is mainly affected by pure technical efficiency, and that highly efficient areas are mainly concentrated in the densely populated areas, i.e., the economic developed areas (except Tibet. The Theil index results show that the agricultural eco-efficiency difference weakened between provinces in China, as did western and northeast regions, but eastern and central regions show a slight upward trend.

  17. Eco-Labeled Seafood: Determinants for (Blue Green Consumption

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    Malin Jonell

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Eco-certification has become an increasingly popular market-based tool in the endeavor to reduce negative environmental impacts from fisheries and aquaculture. In this study, we aimed at investigating which psychological consumer characteristics influence demand for eco-labeled seafood by correlating consumers’ stated purchasing of eco-labeled seafood to nine variables: environmental knowledge regarding seafood production, familiarity with eco-labels, subjective knowledge, pro-environmental self-identification, sense of personal responsibility, concern for negative environmental impacts from seafood production, perceived consumer effectiveness, gender and education. Questionnaires were distributed to consumers in Stockholm, Sweden, and the data were tested with multiple regression analysis using linear modeling and model averaging (n = 371. Two variables were the best predictors of stated purchasing of eco-labeled seafood: (i recognition and understanding of eco-labels for seafood (Marine Stewardship Council, Fish for Life, Aquaculture Stewardship Council and KRAV; and (ii concern for negative environmental impacts associated with seafood production. Meanwhile, consumer environmental knowledge was a weaker predictor. Results from this study suggest that strengthening the emotional component of consumer decision-making and improving the level of consumer familiarity with seafood eco-labels could stimulate more pro-environmental seafood consumption.

  18. The genomic basis of eco-evolutionary dynamics.

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    Rodríguez-Verdugo, Alejandra; Buckley, James; Stapley, Jessica

    2017-03-01

    Recent recognition that ecological and evolutionary processes can operate on similar timescales has led to a rapid increase in theoretical and empirical studies on eco-evolutionary dynamics. Progress in the fields of evolutionary biology, genomics and ecology is greatly enhancing our understanding of rapid adaptive processes, the predictability of adaptation and the genetics of ecologically important traits. However, progress in these fields has proceeded largely independently of one another. In an attempt to better integrate these fields, the centre for 'Adaptation to a Changing Environment' organized a conference entitled 'The genomic basis of eco-evolutionary change' and brought together experts in ecological genomics and eco-evolutionary dynamics. In this review, we use the work of the invited speakers to summarize eco-evolutionary dynamics and discuss how they are relevant for understanding and predicting responses to contemporary environmental change. Then, we show how recent advances in genomics are contributing to our understanding of eco-evolutionary dynamics. Finally, we highlight the gaps in our understanding of eco-evolutionary dynamics and recommend future avenues of research in eco-evolutionary dynamics. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  19. Consumption of Eco-Innovative Food: How Values and Attitudes Drive Consumers’ Purchase of Organics?

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    Marcia Dutra de Barcellos

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Brazilian recent economic growth led to a rising demand for products that must satisfy desires that go beyond basic needs. Following this growth, social and environmental awareness upsurge, increasing demand for sustainable food, and subsequently, an opportunity for companies to add value through innovation in sustainable food products, e.g. to develop innovative ingredients and products (such as organics that provide healthiness for consumers and a sustainable offer for the market. Considering the importance of consumer evaluation for the adoption and success of an innovation, the aim of this paper is to investigate conscious consumption behaviour of organic food in Brazil. In specific, to verify the relationship between personal values, attitudes towards the environment and technology, and attitudes and consumer behaviour towards eco-innovative food. A survey with 401 consumers was held in organic street markets in Porto Alegre. Data was analysed through Structural Equation Modelling. Results indicate that consumers presented strong collectivistic values and very positive attitudes towards environment and nature. These attitudes positively influence the purchase of eco-innovative food. Attitudes towards technological progress negatively influence on its consumption. Theoretically, the hierarchical model is confirmed. This study addressed the consumption of eco-innovative food, in this case, organic food, trying to overtake the gap between attitudes and behaviour.  Public authorities and companies should work to increase consumer awareness and consumption of sustainable food, benefiting society and the natural environment, and must improve communication about the relevance of how technology can act to improve safety and increase the availability of eco-friendly food.

  20. Eco-Friendly Synthesis of Fucoidan-Stabilized Gold Nanoparticles

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    Kriengsak Lirdprapamongkol

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Metallic gold nanoparticles (AuNPs are widely used in many applications including medical, pharmaceutical, diagnostics and sensors. The chemical synthesis of AuNPs normally requires synthetic materials which might cause the toxicological concerns. The use of naturally occurring materials like fucoidans for successful synthesis of AuNPs is of interests. Approach: Fucoidans as sulfated polysaccharides from marine algae Cladosiphon okamuranus (o-fucoidan and Kjellamaniella crassifolia (t-fucoidan were used for synthesis of AuNPs. The suitable condition for the synthesis was investigated to obtain the nanometric size of AuNPs. The synthesized AuNPs were characterized for the size, morphology and Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR. Results: The fucoidan-stabilized AuNPs containing optimum weight ratio of gold atom to fucoidan yielded the spherical sizes with an average of 8-10 nm and the absorption maxima of SPR band around 527-530 nm. The AuNPs stabilized by o-fucoidan structured as linear polymer were more monodisperse than those stabilized by t-fucoidan structured as branched polymer. Conclusion: Fucoidan can be employed solely for AuNP synthesis and the sulfate constituent in fucoidan is important for gold reduction and stabilization. The simple yet eco-friendly synthesis of AuNPs stabilized by fucoidans would be attractive for application use of metallic nanoparticles.

  1. [Eco-efficiency of industry sectors for China].

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    Mao, Jian-Su; Zeng, Run; Du, Yan-Chun; Jiang, Pan

    2010-11-01

    Industry is the main source of resource consumption and environmental emissions of China, and the analyzing of eco-efficiencies for industrial sectors may provide essential information for the restructure of industrial system and the improvement of environmental quality of China. The industry composition was analyzed and the relationship between the industry and its environment was established. The energy consumption and the main environmental emissions such as wastewater, solid waste, industry SO2, smog, dust were chosen as the environmental impact categories, the corresponding eco-efficiencies of industry were defined and estimated for China in 2007. The results are as follows: the energy efficiency is 615.5 x 10(4) yuan x ktce(-1), the wastewater and solid waste related eco-efficiencies are 54.3 x 10(4) yuan x kt(-1) and 1.9 x 10(4) yuan x t(-1), respectively; industry SO2, smog, dust related eco-efficiencies are 59.6 x 10(4), 169.2 x 10(4) and 184.6 x 10(4) yuan x t(-1), respectively. The eco-efficiencies of 39 industry sectors were analyzed extensively and the results showed that, the distribution of industrial sectors in above eco-efficiencies is uneven, and the order of industrial sector in industry will vary with industry sector and eco-efficiency category. Meanwhile, for the same category of eco-efficiency, the values for different industry sectors may change from centuplicate to several thousand folds, therefore a great possibility for the improvement of industry eco-efficiency is exist in the restructure of industry system.

  2. EcoTILLING in Capsicum species: searching for new virus resistances

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    Nuez Fernando

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The EcoTILLING technique allows polymorphisms in target genes of natural populations to be quickly analysed or identified and facilitates the screening of genebank collections for desired traits. We have developed an EcoTILLING platform to exploit Capsicum genetic resources. A perfect example of the utility of this EcoTILLING platform is its application in searching for new virus-resistant alleles in Capsicum genus. Mutations in translation initiation factors (eIF4E, eIF(iso4E, eIF4G and eIF(iso4G break the cycle of several RNA viruses without affecting the plant life cycle, which makes these genes potential targets to screen for resistant germplasm. Results We developed and assayed a cDNA-based EcoTILLING platform with 233 cultivated accessions of the genus Capsicum. High variability in the coding sequences of the eIF4E and eIF(iso4E genes was detected using the cDNA platform. After sequencing, 36 nucleotide changes were detected in the CDS of eIF4E and 26 in eIF(iso4E. A total of 21 eIF4E haplotypes and 15 eIF(iso4E haplotypes were identified. To evaluate the functional relevance of this variability, 31 possible eIF4E/eIF(iso4E combinations were tested against Potato virus Y. The results showed that five new eIF4E variants (pvr210, pvr211, pvr212, pvr213 and pvr214 were related to PVY-resistance responses. Conclusions EcoTILLING was optimised in different Capsicum species to detect allelic variants of target genes. This work is the first to use cDNA instead of genomic DNA in EcoTILLING. This approach avoids intronic sequence problems and reduces the number of reactions. A high level of polymorphism has been identified for initiation factors, showing the high genetic variability present in our collection and its potential use for other traits, such as genes related to biotic or abiotic stresses, quality or production. Moreover, the new eIF4E and eIF(iso4E alleles are an excellent collection for searching for new resistance

  3. Exploring Ecosystems and Health by Shifting to a Regional Focus: Perspectives from the Oceania EcoHealth Chapter

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    Jonathan Kingsley

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available This article highlights contributions that can be made to the public health field by incorporating “ecosystem approaches to health” to tackle future environmental and health challenges at a regional level. This qualitative research reviews attitudes and understandings of the relationship between public health and the environment and the priorities, aspirations and challenges of a newly established group (the Oceania EcoHealth Chapter who are attempting to promote these principles. Ten semi-structured interviews with Oceania EcoHealth Chapter members highlighted the important role such groups can play in informing organisations working in the Oceania region to improve both public health and environmental outcomes simultaneously. Participants of this study emphasise the need to elevate Indigenous knowledge in Oceania and the role regional groups play in this regard. They also emphasis that regional advocacy and ecosystem approaches to health could bypass silos in knowledge and disciplinary divides, with groups like the Oceania EcoHealth Chapter acting as a mechanism for knowledge exchange, engagement, and action at a regional level with its ability to bridge the gap between environmental stewardship and public health.

  4. Exploring Ecosystems and Health by Shifting to a Regional Focus: Perspectives from the Oceania EcoHealth Chapter

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    Kingsley, Jonathan; Patrick, Rebecca; Horwitz, Pierre; Parkes, Margot; Jenkins, Aaron; Massy, Charles; Henderson-Wilson, Claire; Arabena, Kerry

    2015-01-01

    This article highlights contributions that can be made to the public health field by incorporating “ecosystem approaches to health” to tackle future environmental and health challenges at a regional level. This qualitative research reviews attitudes and understandings of the relationship between public health and the environment and the priorities, aspirations and challenges of a newly established group (the Oceania EcoHealth Chapter) who are attempting to promote these principles. Ten semi-structured interviews with Oceania EcoHealth Chapter members highlighted the important role such groups can play in informing organisations working in the Oceania region to improve both public health and environmental outcomes simultaneously. Participants of this study emphasise the need to elevate Indigenous knowledge in Oceania and the role regional groups play in this regard. They also emphasis that regional advocacy and ecosystem approaches to health could bypass silos in knowledge and disciplinary divides, with groups like the Oceania EcoHealth Chapter acting as a mechanism for knowledge exchange, engagement, and action at a regional level with its ability to bridge the gap between environmental stewardship and public health. PMID:26473903

  5. Evaluating Eco-Innovation of OECD Countries with Data Envelopment Analysis

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    Mavi, Reza Kiani; Standing, Craig

    2016-01-01

    Government regulations require businesses to improve their processes and products/services in a green and sustainable manner. For being environmentally friendly, businesses should invest more on eco-innovation practices. Firms eco-innovate to promote eco-efficiency and sustainability. This paper evaluates the eco-innovation performance of…

  6. The Eco-Club: A Place for the Becoming Active Citizen?

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    Lee, Elsa Ukanyezi

    2017-01-01

    This paper makes a twofold contribution. Firstly it presents a typology of eco-clubs that can be used to contextualise eco-club observations by researchers and can support management of eco-clubs by practitioners. Secondly it explains how participation in eco-clubs provides a space for a child to both enact and develop as a citizen, a place for…

  7. Supporting eco-design implementation within small and large companies

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    Buckingham, Molly; Pigosso, Daniela Cristina Antelmi; Dekoninck, E.A.;

    2014-01-01

    There is a need for a strategic and systematic approach towards eco-design implementation. By bringing together two case studies (one in a SME, the other in a multi-national company) this paper examines the impact of the organisational context and chosen eco-design implementation methodologies....... As well as providing empirical evidence of the opportunities and challenges faced in these two industrial contexts, the paper also highlights important generalities and differences. The learning outcomes are relevant to researchers and industry managers engaged in eco-design implementation....

  8. Eco-innovation: The opportunities for engineering design research

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    O'Hare, Jamie Alexander; McAloone, Tim C.

    2014-01-01

    Eco-innovation is an approach that has the potential to deliver step change improvements in the environmental performance of products, but the uptake by industry to date has been disappointing. The paper presents a selective review of the academic literature, choosing examples of research that gi...... a flavour of the key trends and interesting topics that are emerging from the eco-innovation body of knowledge. We conclude by suggesting 10 areas where we see potential for the engineering design research community to contribute to the advancement of eco-innovation....

  9. Eco-efficiency of grinding processes and systems

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    Winter, Marius

    2016-01-01

    This research monograph aims at presenting an integrated assessment approach to describe, model, evaluate and improve the eco-efficiency of existing and new grinding processes and systems. Various combinations of grinding process parameters and system configurations can be evaluated based on the eco-efficiency. The book presents the novel concept of empirical and physical modeling of technological, economic and environmental impact indicators. This includes the integrated evaluation of different grinding process and system scenarios. The book is a valuable read for research experts and practitioners in the field of eco-efficiency of manufacturing processes but the book may also be beneficial for graduate students.

  10. ECO2M: A TOUGH2 Fluid Property Module for Mixtures of Water, NaCl, and CO2, Including Super- and Sub-Critical Conditions, and Phase Change Between Liquid and Gaseous CO2

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    Pruess, K.

    2011-04-01

    ECO2M is a fluid property module for the TOUGH2 simulator (Version 2.0) that was designed for applications to geologic storage of CO{sub 2} in saline aquifers. It includes a comprehensive description of the thermodynamics and thermophysical properties of H{sub 2}O - NaCl - CO{sub 2} mixtures, that reproduces fluid properties largely within experimental error for temperature, pressure and salinity conditions in the range of 10 C {le} T {le} 110 C, P {le} 600 bar, and salinity from zero up to full halite saturation. The fluid property correlations used in ECO2M are identical to the earlier ECO2N fluid property package, but whereas ECO2N could represent only a single CO{sub 2}-rich phase, ECO2M can describe all possible phase conditions for brine-CO{sub 2} mixtures, including transitions between super- and sub-critical conditions, and phase change between liquid and gaseous CO{sub 2}. This allows for seamless modeling of CO{sub 2} storage and leakage. Flow processes can be modeled isothermally or non-isothermally, and phase conditions represented may include a single (aqueous or CO{sub 2}-rich) phase, as well as two-and three-phase mixtures of aqueous, liquid CO{sub 2} and gaseous CO{sub 2} phases. Fluid phases may appear or disappear in the course of a simulation, and solid salt may precipitate or dissolve. TOUGH2/ECO2M is upwardly compatible with ECO2N and accepts ECO2N-style inputs. This report gives technical specifications of ECO2M and includes instructions for preparing input data. Code applications are illustrated by means of several sample problems, including problems that had been previously solved with TOUGH2/ECO2N.

  11. Bit of History and Some Lessons Learned in Using NASA Remote Sensing Data in Public Health Applications

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    Quattrochi, Dale A.; Estes, Sue

    2011-01-01

    The NASA Applied Sciences Program's public health initiative began in 2004 to illustratethe potential benefits for using remote sensing in public health applications. Objectives/Purpose: The CDC initiated a st udy with NASA through the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) to establish a pilot effort to use remote sensing data as part of its Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (EPHTN). As a consequence, the NCEH and NASA developed a project called HELIX-Atlanta (Health and Environment Linkage for Information Exchange) to demonstrate a process for developing a local environmental public health tracking and surveillance network that integrates non-infectious health and environment systems for the Atlanta metropolitan area. Methods: As an ongo ing, systematic integration, analysis and interpretation of data, an EPHTN focuses on: 1 -- environmental hazards; 2 -- human exposure to environmental hazards; and 3 -- health effects potentially related to exposure to environmental hazards. To satisfy the definition of a surveillance system the data must be disseminated to plan, implement, and evaluate environmental public health action. Results: A close working r elationship developed with NCEH where information was exchanged to assist in the development of an EPHTN that incorporated NASA remote sensing data into a surveillance network for disseminating public health tracking information to users. This project?s success provided NASA with the opportunity to work with other public health entities such as the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the University of New Mexico and the University of Arizona. Conclusions: HELIX-Atlanta became a functioning part of the national EPHTN for tracking environmental hazards and exposure, particularly as related to air quality over Atlanta. Learning Objectives: 1 -- remote sensing data can be integral to an EPHTN; 2 -- public tracking objectives can be enhanced through remote sensing data; 3 -- NASA's involvement in

  12. Eco-technology service station: the future of gas station; Posto eco-tecnologico: o posto do futuro

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    Moura, Newton R. [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Daher, Humberto Antonio S. [PETROBRAS Distribuidora, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2004-07-01

    PETROBRAS Distribuidora and CENPES have a project to build an eco-technology service station at Ilha do Fundao, to know new technologies for vehicle fuelling, test of new vehicle natural gas compression system, and start projects with new fuels that are not available at Brazilian market. This service station concept shall be aligned with sustainability premise that are being established for both companies, that means, besides a technology focus, it shall have a social focus without any environment damage. PETROBRAS 'Board of Directors approved the expansion of PETROBRAS' Research and Development Center (CENPES) installations, including this service station construction. Some activities that will be developed at the service station are pointed out here: available of new natural gas compression system; micro-generation with micro turbine, fuel cell; and photo-voltaic cell technologies; hydrogen fuelling; oil-water system treatment; biodiesel fuelling. This station will have a show room opened to the public, with panels, videos and a CNG compressor in cut. (author)

  13. Dynamic Assessment on Regional Eco-environmental Quality Using AHP-Statistics Model——A Case Study of Chaohu Lake Basin

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    2007-01-01

    An indicator system closely connected with eco-environment, in which indicator involves in such fields as society, economy, resources, environment and ecology, is first proposed for eco-environmental quality assessment.Then, a hierarchical model with four levels is established by virtue of these indicators and attributes. In the model,weights of indicators and attributes are determined by combining Delphi method with the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and a statistic method is used to eliminate the influences arising from the differences in dimension and magnitude of indicators. On these grounds, an AHP-statistics model is provided for regional eco-environmental quality assessment. As a case, such AHP-statistics model is utilized in the dynamic analysis of regional eco-environmental assessment in Chaohu Lake basin. Study results show that natural environmental quality in the watershed was in the declining state while social environmental quality was in a markedly improved situation from 1996, and the synthetic eco-environmental quality was gradually and slowly improved under the common influences of both natural and social environmental factors. Example of application testified the capacities of above methodology to evaluate the real and dynamic state of regional eco-environmental quality.

  14. Application of situational leadership to the national voluntary public health accreditation process

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    Rabarison, Kristina; Ingram, Richard C; Holsinger, Jr, James W

    2013-01-01

    ...) requires strong and effective leadership. Situational leadership, a contingency theory of leadership, frequently taught in the public health classroom, has utility for leading a public health agency through this process...

  15. 76 FR 68257 - Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air...

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    2011-11-03

    ... Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air Carrier Permits Filed Under Subpart B... of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air Carrier Permits were filed under Subpart...

  16. 76 FR 35939 - Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air...

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    ... for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air Carrier Permits Filed Under... Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air Carrier Permits were filed under Subpart...

  17. 77 FR 46146 - Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air...

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  18. 77 FR 39793 - Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air...

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    ... Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air Carrier Permits Filed Under Subpart B... Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air Carrier Permits were filed under Subpart B...

  19. 76 FR 35938 - Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air...

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    2011-06-20

    ... Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air Carrier Permits Filed Under Subpart B... Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air Carrier Permits were filed under Subpart B...

  20. Eco-Efficiency Assessments as a Tool for Revealing the Environmental Improvement Potential of New Regulations

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    Ottar Michelsen

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Public regulations can result in improved environmental performance of products. In this paper eco-efficiency is used to assess the most likely outcome of potential new regulations. The paper presents a case study of furniture production in Norway where different scenarios for improving the environmental performance of the products are presented. Four regulatory options for imposing environmental improvements are assessed; (1 an introduction of a tax on emissions, (2 an increase of the tax on landfills, (3 an introduction of a tax on raw material consumption, and (4 introduction of take-back legislation.

  1. The Applications of Equivalent Effect Theory in Publicity-oriented C/E Translation

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    Jin Yue

    2014-01-01

    The article illustrates the publicity-oriented Chinese-English translation based on the Nida’s equivalent effect theory.Due to the feature and significance of publicity-oriented literature, it could be well served by equivalence theory.The article introduces the feature of publicity literature and Nida’s equivalence theory, then, indicates some translation problems.The article also claims the corresponding Chinese-English translation strategies in publicity-oriented materials by using equivalent effect theory.

  2. The Applications of Equivalent Effect Theory in Publicity-oriented C/E Translation

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    Jin; Yue

    2014-01-01

    The article illustrates the publicity-oriented Chinese English translation based on the Nida’s equivalent effect theory.Due to the feature and significance of publicity-oriented literature, it could be well served by equivalence theory.The article introduces the feature of publicity literature and Nida’s equivalence theory, then, indicates some translation problems.The article also claims the corresponding Chinese-English translation strategies in publicity-oriented materials by using equivalent effect theory.

  3. 76 FR 68256 - Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air...

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    2011-11-03

    ... for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air Carrier Permits Filed Under... Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air Carrier Permits were filed under Subpart B... Corporation (``JetBlue'') requesting a certificate of public convenience and necessity and requests...

  4. The Pursuit of Excellence: An Analysis of the Honors College Application and Enrollment Decision for a Large Public University

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    Singell, Larry D., Jr.; Tang, Hui-Hsuan

    2012-01-01

    Honors colleges housed in public universities began only in the last half century, but have become nearly ubiquitous over the last 20 years. This paper, using recent data from the oldest stand-alone honors college in the country, is the first to study how the application and enrollment decisions of honors college students differ from the general…

  5. 26 CFR 301.6104(d)-1 - Public inspection and distribution of applications for tax exemption and annual information...

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    ... 26 Internal Revenue 18 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Public inspection and distribution of... Section 301.6104(d)-1 Internal Revenue INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY (CONTINUED... recognition of exemption under section 501, it shall make its application for tax exemption (as defined...

  6. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Earth Science Applications Program: Exploring Partnerships to Enhance Decision Making in Public Health Practice

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    Vann, Timi S.; Venezia, Robert A.

    2002-01-01

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Earth Science Enterprise is engaged in applications of NASA Earth science and remote sensing technologies for public health. Efforts are focused on establishing partnerships with those agencies and organizations that have responsibility for protecting the Nation's Health. The program's goal is the integration of NASA's advanced data and technology for enhanced decision support in the areas of disease surveillance and environmental health. A focused applications program, based on understanding partner issues and requirements, has the potential to significantly contribute to more informed decision making in public health practice. This paper intends to provide background information on NASA's investment in public health and is a call for partnership with the larger practice community.

  7. Nanotechnologies in agriculture and food - an overview of different fields of application, risk assessment and public perception.

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    Grobe, Antje; Rissanen, Mikko E

    2012-12-01

    Nanomaterials in agriculture and food are key issues of public and regulatory interest. Over the past ten years, patents for nanotechnological applications in the field of food and agriculture have become abundant. Uncertainty prevails however regarding their current development status and presence in the consumer market. Thus, the discussion on nanotechnologies in the food sector with its specific public perception of benefits and risks and the patterns of communication are becoming similar to the debate on genetically modified organisms. The food industry's silence in communication increased mistrust of consumer organisations and policy makers. The article discusses the background of the current regulatory debates, starting with the EU recommendation for defining nanomaterials, provides an overview of possible fields of application in agriculture and food industries and discusses risk assessment and the public debate on benefits and risks. Communicative recommendations are directed at researchers, the food industry and regulators in order to increase trust both in stakeholders, risk management and regulatory processes.

  8. Evaluation and Analysis of Eco-Security in Environmentally Sensitive Areas Using an Emergy Ecological Footprint.

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    Chen, Han-Shen

    2017-01-30

    In this paper, the overall ecological and environmental sustainability in the Cing-Jing region in Taiwan is examined. As land use and cover change has been found to be an important analysis method, an emergy ecological footprint model was applied and the eco-security assessed to ensure authorities maintain a balance between ecological preservation and tourism development. While the ecological environment in the Cing-Jing region from 2008 to 2014 was found to be within safe levels, all related indices had increased considerably. A Grey model was used to predict the 2015-2024 ecological carrying capacities, from which it was found that there is expected to be a large increase in per capita ecological footprints (EFs), meaning that in the future there is going to be a larger ecological deficit and a higher ecological pressure index (EFI), with the eco-security predicted to reach a Grade 2 intermediate level in 2022. As the Cing-Jing region is predicted to become ecologically unsustainable, local, regional, and national governments need to implement regulations to strictly control the land use in the Cing-Jing region. This study demonstrated that emergy EF (EEF) theory application can give objective guidance to decision-makers to ensure that recreational non-urban eco-security can be maintained at a safe level.

  9. Evaluation and Analysis of Eco-Security in Environmentally Sensitive Areas Using an Emergy Ecological Footprint

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    Han-Shen Chen

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, the overall ecological and environmental sustainability in the Cing-Jing region in Taiwan is examined. As land use and cover change has been found to be an important analysis method, an emergy ecological footprint model was applied and the eco-security assessed to ensure authorities maintain a balance between ecological preservation and tourism development. While the ecological environment in the Cing-Jing region from 2008 to 2014 was found to be within safe levels, all related indices had increased considerably. A Grey model was used to predict the 2015–2024 ecological carrying capacities, from which it was found that there is expected to be a large increase in per capita ecological footprints (EFs, meaning that in the future there is going to be a larger ecological deficit and a higher ecological pressure index (EFI, with the eco-security predicted to reach a Grade 2 intermediate level in 2022. As the Cing-Jing region is predicted to become ecologically unsustainable, local, regional, and national governments need to implement regulations to strictly control the land use in the Cing-Jing region. This study demonstrated that emergy EF (EEF theory application can give objective guidance to decision-makers to ensure that recreational non-urban eco-security can be maintained at a safe level.

  10. Evaluation and Analysis of Eco-Security in Environmentally Sensitive Areas Using an Emergy Ecological Footprint

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    Chen, Han-Shen

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, the overall ecological and environmental sustainability in the Cing-Jing region in Taiwan is examined. As land use and cover change has been found to be an important analysis method, an emergy ecological footprint model was applied and the eco-security assessed to ensure authorities maintain a balance between ecological preservation and tourism development. While the ecological environment in the Cing-Jing region from 2008 to 2014 was found to be within safe levels, all related indices had increased considerably. A Grey model was used to predict the 2015–2024 ecological carrying capacities, from which it was found that there is expected to be a large increase in per capita ecological footprints (EFs), meaning that in the future there is going to be a larger ecological deficit and a higher ecological pressure index (EFI), with the eco-security predicted to reach a Grade 2 intermediate level in 2022. As the Cing-Jing region is predicted to become ecologically unsustainable, local, regional, and national governments need to implement regulations to strictly control the land use in the Cing-Jing region. This study demonstrated that emergy EF (EEF) theory application can give objective guidance to decision-makers to ensure that recreational non-urban eco-security can be maintained at a safe level. PMID:28146086

  11. The properties of weft knitted fabric medical and preventive treatment action using eco-raw materials

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    Halavska, L.; Batrak, O.

    2016-07-01

    A new trend in the world is the clothing production using the new types of ecological raw materials application - milk, pineapple, coconut, hemp, banana, eucalyptus, clams, corn, bamboo, soya, nettle yarn. This makes it possible to create textile materials of new generation with unique antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Such materials have a positive preventive and sometimes therapeutic effect on people, and their health. Eco-raw materials clothing is able to protect the human body from the environment harmful effects: cold, heat, rain, dust, opportunely remove from underclothing layer the steam and gases, sweat; maintain in underclothing layer the necessary microclimate for normal organism functioning. Study of knitwear consumer properties, produced with eco-materials, is an urgent task of the world vector, directed on ecological environmental protection. This paper presents the research results of hygroscopicity and capillarity weft knitted fabrics, what knitted from different types of eco-raw materials: bamboo yarn, yarn containing soybean and nettle yarn. Character of influence of the liquid raising level changes depending on the experiment time and the knitting structure is revealed.

  12. Product quality-based eco-efficiency applied to digital cameras.

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    Park, Pil-Ju; Tahara, Kiyotaka; Inaba, Atsushi

    2007-04-01

    When calculating eco-efficiency, there are considerable confusion and controversy about what the product value is and how it should be quantified. We have proposed here a quantification method for eco-efficiency that derives the ratio of the multiplication value of the product quality and the life span of a product to its whole environmental impact based on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). In this study, product quality was used as the product value and quantified by the following three steps: (1) normalization based on a value function, (2) determination of the subjective weighting factors of the attributes, and (3) calculation of product quality of the chosen products. The applicability of the proposed method to an actual product was evaluated using digital cameras. The results show that the eco-efficiency values of products equipped with rechargeable batteries were higher than those products that use alkaline batteries, because of higher quality values and lower environmental impacts. The sensitivity analysis shows that the proposed method was superior to the existing methods, because it enables to identify the quality level of the chosen products by considering all products that have the same functions in the market and because, when adding a new product, the calculated quality values in the proposed method do not have to be changed.

  13. Effects of 2'-O-methyl nucleotide substitution on EcoRI endonuclease cleavage activities.

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    Guojie Zhao

    Full Text Available To investigate the effect of sugar pucker conformation on DNA-protein interactions, we used 2'-O-methyl nucleotide (2'-OMeN to modify the EcoRI recognition sequence -TGAATTCT-, and monitored the enzymatic cleavage process using FRET method. The 2'-O-methyl nucleotide has a C3'-endo sugar pucker conformation different from the C2'-endo sugar pucker conformation of native DNA nucleotides. The initial reaction velocities were measured and the kinetic parameters, Km and Vmax were derived using Michaelis-Menten equation. Experimental results showed that 2'-OMeN substitutions for the EcoRI recognition sequence decreased the cleavage efficiency for A2, A3 and T4 substitutions significantly, and 2'-OMeN substitution for T5 residue inhibited the enzymatic activity completely. In contrast, substitutions for G1 and C6 could maintain the original activity. 2'-fluoro nucleic acid (2'-FNA and locked nucleic acid (LNA having similar C3'-endo sugar pucker conformation also demonstrated similar enzymatic results. This position-dependent enzymatic cleavage property might be attributed to the phosphate backbone distortion caused by the switch from C2'-endo to C3'-endo sugar pucker conformation, and was interpreted on the basis of the DNA-EcoRI structure. These 2'-modified nucleotides could behave as a regulatory element to modulate the enzymatic activity in vitro, and this property will have potential applications in genetic engineering and biomedicine.

  14. Measuring and explaining eco-efficiencies of wastewater treatment plants in China: An uncertainty analysis perspective.

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    Dong, Xin; Zhang, Xinyi; Zeng, Siyu

    2017-04-01

    In the context of sustainable development, there has been an increasing requirement for an eco-efficiency assessment of wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). Data envelopment analysis (DEA), a technique that is widely applied for relative efficiency assessment, is used in combination with the tolerances approach to handle WWTPs' multiple inputs and outputs as well as their uncertainty. The economic cost, energy consumption, contaminant removal, and global warming effect during the treatment processes are integrated to interpret the eco-efficiency of WWTPs. A total of 736 sample plants from across China are assessed, and large sensitivities to variations in inputs and outputs are observed for most samples, with only three WWTPs identified as being stably efficient. Size of plant, overcapacity, climate type, and influent characteristics are proven to have a significant influence on both the mean efficiency and performance sensitivity of WWTPs, while no clear relationships were found between eco-efficiency and technology under the framework of uncertainty analysis. The incorporation of uncertainty quantification and environmental impact consideration has improved the liability and applicability of the assessment. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. The Human Behavioral Ecology of Contemporary World Issues : Applications to Public Policy and International Development.

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    Tucker, Bram; Rende Taylor, Lisa

    2007-09-01

    Human behavioral ecology (HBE) began as an attempt to explain human economic, reproductive, and social behavior using neodarwinian theory in concert with theory from ecology and economics, and ethnographic methods. HBE has addressed subsistence decision-making, cooperation, life history trade-offs, parental investment, mate choice, and marriage strategies among hunter-gatherers, herders, peasants, and wage earners in rural and urban settings throughout the world. Despite our rich insights into human behavior, HBE has very rarely been used as a tool to help the people with whom we work. This article introduces a special issue of Human Nature which explores the application of HBE to significant world issues through the design and critique of public policy and international development projects. The articles by Tucker, Shenk, Leonetti et al., and Neil were presented at the 104th annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) in Washington, D.C., in December 2005, in the first organized session of the nascent Evolutionary Anthropology Section (EAS). We conclude this introduction by summarizing some theoretical challenges to applying HBE, and ways in which evolutionary anthropologists can contribute to solving tough world issues.

  16. [Emergy evaluation of power plant eco-industrial park].

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    Wang, Lingmei; Zhang, Jintun

    2004-06-01

    In this paper, new emergy indices for the material circulation utilization and energy cascade utilization were presented to evaluate the emergy of power plant eco-industrial park. The common contribution of the members in power plant eco-industrial park should be accounted for emergy yield ratio (PEYR) and emergy investment ratio (PEIR), namely, PEYR = sigma(i = 1)6 (Fi + Ri + Ni)/sigma(i = 1)6 Fi and PEIR = sigma(i = 1)6 Fi/sigma(i = 1)6 (Ni + Ri). Saved renewable and nonrenewable resources and purchased resources and decreased environmental load should be accounted for environmental loading ratio (PELR) and index of sustainability (PESI), namely, PELR = sigma(i = 1)6 Fi/F' and PESI = PEYR/PELR. Case analysis on the Shuozhou power plant eco-industrial park showed that new emergy indices were practical in evaluating the power plant eco-industrial park.

  17. Eco-innovation: The opportunities for engineering design research

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    O'Hare, Jamie Alexander; McAloone, Tim C.

    2014-01-01

    Eco-innovation is an approach that has the potential to deliver step change improvements in the environmental performance of products, but the uptake by industry to date has been disappointing. The paper presents a selective review of the academic literature, choosing examples of research that gi...... a flavour of the key trends and interesting topics that are emerging from the eco-innovation body of knowledge. We conclude by suggesting 10 areas where we see potential for the engineering design research community to contribute to the advancement of eco-innovation.......Eco-innovation is an approach that has the potential to deliver step change improvements in the environmental performance of products, but the uptake by industry to date has been disappointing. The paper presents a selective review of the academic literature, choosing examples of research that give...

  18. Eco-tourism potential along the Indian coasts

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    Untawale, A.G.; Dhargalkar, V.K.

    in India for creating awareness in education, research, conservation, sustainable utilization and management of flora and fauna. India has several biosphere reserves, marine parks and sanctuaries having different eco-biological components and uniqueness...

  19. Eco-geographic Distribution and Microcenters of Genetic Diversity in ...

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    Eco-geographic Distribution and Microcenters of Genetic Diversity in Faba Bean ... Ethiopia is considered an important center of secondary diversity for both ... the microcenter of genetic diversity for both crops may be located in the southern ...

  20. Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres (1991 and Archival Reimaginations of Eco-Cosmopolitanism

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    Scott Hicks

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available This article blurs the boundaries of literature, agriculture, public history, grassroots political activism, and public policymaking in order to problematize the current eco-cosmopolitan trajectory of ecocritical theory, a trajectory promulgated by Ursula K. Heise in important essays and books. Foregrounding the voices of grassroots environmentalists as well as the public-relations campaigns of multinational agribusiness trade groups, materials collected in the special collections of Iowa State University, the article resituates Smiley’s prizewinning novel and offers a complication of current conceptualizations of eco-cosmopolitanism. The article aims to show the struggles of rural people to embrace a planetary consciousness—a global awareness that can paradoxically foreground as well as participate in the continued ecological devastation of the landscapes these activists hold dear. These local voices underscore the challenges human subjects face in articulating and narrating environmental relationships—even despite their intimate proximity to these landscapes. Just as Thousand Acres’s mastery of a complex environmentalist voice is hard won, so too is that of dozens of rural people across the world. The challenges they face demand the close attention of the environmental humanities, not only to deeply engage appropriate texts, but to engage them with a framework that expands the orchestra and zeros in on the critical problems of global agriculture, planetary health, and human rights.

  1. Pesticide Applicator Training Manual, Category 8A: General Public Health Pest Control for New Jersey. A Training Program for the Certification of Commercial Pesticide Applicators, and Study Questions.

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    Schulze, Terry L.; Kriner, Ray R.

    This training manual provides information needed to meet the minimum EPA standards for certification as a commercial applicator of pesticides in the public health pest control category. The text discusses invertebrate pests such as cockroaches, lice, fleas, and mites, vertebrate pests; and plant pests such as poison ivy and ragweed. A study guide…

  2. Analysis of Marketing Margins in Eco-Labeled Products

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    Carambas, Maria Cristina D.M.

    2005-01-01

    This article aims to explain the marketing margins in the eco-labeled products market in Thailand and the Philippines. It focuses on labeled organic agricultural commodities that are commonly exported especially in Europe, which has demand for this type of products. Understanding the interplay of economic variables influencing marketing margins in the eco-labeled market as compared to its conventional counterpart is relevant in understanding how this growing niche market works. The analytical...

  3. Revisiting eco-ethics and econ-ethics

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    Otto Kinne

    2002-11-01

    Full Text Available Modern humanity can survive only if traditional ethics are extended to include eco-ethics and econ-ethics. Success or failure in developing and implementing these new ethical constructs will affect the fate of our species Homo sapiens and that of millions of other forms of life. In the long run failure to accept and apply eco-ethics and econ-ethics would reduce the capacities of Planet Earth to support life.

  4. Exploring Challenges and Opportunities for Eco-Feedback Technology

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    Verdezoto, Nervo

    This position paper explores challenges and opportunities for eco-feedback technology. Drawing on two design cases, I discuss the importance of supporting active participation as well as the articulation of work in everyday practices to facilitate reduction of consumption.......This position paper explores challenges and opportunities for eco-feedback technology. Drawing on two design cases, I discuss the importance of supporting active participation as well as the articulation of work in everyday practices to facilitate reduction of consumption....

  5. Proposal for the Evaluation of Eco-Efficient Concrete

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    Taehyoung Kim

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available The importance of environmental consequences due to diverse substances that are emitted during the production of concrete is recognized, but environmental performance tends to be evaluated separately from the economic performance and durability performance of concrete. In order to evaluate concrete from the perspective of sustainable development, evaluation technologies are required for comprehensive assessment of environmental performance, economic performance, and durability performance based on a concept of sustainable development called the triple bottom line (TBL. Herein, an assessment method for concrete eco-efficiency is developed as a technique to ensure the manufacture of highly durable and eco-friendly concrete, while minimizing both the load on the ecological environment and manufacturing costs. The assessment method is based on environmental impact, manufacturing costs, and the service life of concrete. According to our findings, eco-efficiency increased as the compressive strength of concrete increased from 21 MPa to 40 MPa. The eco-efficiency of 40 MPa concrete was about 50% higher than the eco-efficiency of 24 MPa concrete. Thus eco-efficiency is found to increase with an increasing compressive strength of concrete because the rate of increase in the service life of concrete is larger than the rate of increase in the costs. In addition, eco-efficiency (KRW/year was shown to increase for all concrete strengths as mixing rates of admixtures (Ground Granulated Blast furnace Slag increased to 30% during concrete mix design. However, when the mixing rate of admixtures increased to 40% and 60%, the eco-efficiency dropped due to rapid reduction in the service life values of concrete to 74 (year/m3 and 44 (year/m3, respectively.

  6. PPP as a modern concept for providing public goods and services and its application in Serbia

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    Drljača-Kanazir Svetlana

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Public-private partnership (hereinafter: PPP is an unconventional and modern pattern used to finance the construction and exploitation of public goods, which introduces the market based principles of operation in the public sector in the leading word economies as a result of market deregulation and liberalization. The purpose of this paper is to present the basic PPP characteristics, models of funding, and to highlight that this concept of financing the public goods and services is not sufficiently used in Serbia despite the fact that the necessary legal framework and educated staff in the public private and financial sectors, and active promotion of the concept as such are in place. This paper is intended to point that PPP is the only sustainable model of public infrastructure development (roads, tunnels, bridges, power generation plants, etc. in Serbia which is struggling with the significant budget deficit, huge public debt, high unemployment rate and a stagnating economy.

  7. Participatory eco-development in question:

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    Lucie Dejouhanet

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available While Indian forest policies have evolved from a directive paradigm to a participative one, protected areas are still managed by legislative acts, which advocate a clear separation between human activities and areas to be protected. Eco-development financed by the World Bank was planned as a tool for developing alternative activities to resource exploitation and for involving local populations in environment protection through participation. Started in 2001 in the Wildlife Sanctuary of Parambikulam in Kerala, its results few years after are rather inconclusive. While a report in 2003 was accusing the social disintegration of concerned people, I am more stressing on the inappropriateness of EDC to villages’ context. The essentialist cliché attached to adivasi people is an a-historical viewpoint, which does not allow thinking local development today. Eco-development, for reaching its goals, has to permit a real negotiation between protected area actors and to propose realistic compromises between restraining activities and allowing population survival.Si les politiques forestières indiennes ont évolué d’un paradigme directif à un paradigme participatif, les aires protégées sont encore gérées par des textes de loi qui privilégient la séparation entre activités humaines et espaces à protéger. L’écodéveloppement, soutenu par la Banque Mondiale, se voulait un moyen de favoriser des activités alternatives à l’exploitation des ressources et de faire participer les populations à la protection de leur environnement. Lancé en 2001 dans la réserve naturelle de Parambikulam au Kérala, ses résultats quelques années après sont peu concluants. Alors qu’un rapport de 2003 accuse le délitement social des populations concernées, cet article insiste davantage sur l’inadaptation des projets des comités d’écodéveloppement au contexte des villages ; le cliché essentialiste attaché aux populations adivasi constitue une

  8. [Research advances in eco-toxicological diagnosis of soil pollution].

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    Liu, Feng; Teng, Hong-Hui; Ren, Bai-Xiang; Shi, Shu-Yun

    2014-09-01

    Soil eco-toxicology provides a theoretical basis for ecological risk assessment of contaminated soils and soil pollution control. Research on eco-toxicological effects and molecular mechanisms of toxic substances in soil environment is the central content of the soil eco-toxicology. Eco-toxicological diagnosis not only gathers all the information of soil pollution, but also provides the overall toxic effects of soil. Therefore, research on the eco-toxicological diagnosis of soil pollution has important theoretical and practical significance. Based on the research of eco-toxicological diagnosis of soil pollution, this paper introduced some common toxicological methods and indicators, with the advantages and disadvantages of various methods discussed. However, conventional biomarkers can only indicate the class of stress, but fail to explain the molecular mechanism of damage or response happened. Biomarkers and molecular diagnostic techniques, which are used to evaluate toxicity of contaminated soil, can explore deeply detoxification mechanisms of organisms under exogenous stress. In this paper, these biomarkers and techniques were introduced systematically, and the future research trends were prospected.

  9. Standardized description of scientific evidence using the Evidence Ontology (ECO).

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    Chibucos, Marcus C; Mungall, Christopher J; Balakrishnan, Rama; Christie, Karen R; Huntley, Rachael P; White, Owen; Blake, Judith A; Lewis, Suzanna E; Giglio, Michelle

    2014-01-01

    The Evidence Ontology (ECO) is a structured, controlled vocabulary for capturing evidence in biological research. ECO includes diverse terms for categorizing evidence that supports annotation assertions including experimental types, computational methods, author statements and curator inferences. Using ECO, annotation assertions can be distinguished according to the evidence they are based on such as those made by curators versus those automatically computed or those made via high-throughput data review versus single test experiments. Originally created for capturing evidence associated with Gene Ontology annotations, ECO is now used in other capacities by many additional annotation resources including UniProt, Mouse Genome Informatics, Saccharomyces Genome Database, PomBase, the Protein Information Resource and others. Information on the development and use of ECO can be found at http://evidenceontology.org. The ontology is freely available under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0), and can be downloaded in both Open Biological Ontologies and Web Ontology Language formats at http://code.google.com/p/evidenceontology. Also at this site is a tracker for user submission of term requests and questions. ECO remains under active development in response to user-requested terms and in collaborations with other ontologies and database resources. Database URL: Evidence Ontology Web site: http://evidenceontology.org.

  10. Notification of the commission on the eco-toxicity of chemical substances; Avis de la commission d'evaluation de l'ecotoxicite des substances chimiques

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    The french commission on the evaluation of the chemical substances eco-toxicity, published recommendations concerning the use of additives for the automotive fuels, for the cooling circuit of electric power plants and for gases against fire. The risks for the public health are analysed and safety precautions are asked. (A.L.B.)

  11. Gillespie eco-evolutionary models (GEMs) reveal the role of heritable trait variation in eco-evolutionary dynamics.

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    DeLong, John P; Gibert, Jean P

    2016-02-01

    Heritable trait variation is a central and necessary ingredient of evolution. Trait variation also directly affects ecological processes, generating a clear link between evolutionary and ecological dynamics. Despite the changes in variation that occur through selection, drift, mutation, and recombination, current eco-evolutionary models usually fail to track how variation changes through time. Moreover, eco-evolutionary models assume fitness functions for each trait and each ecological context, which often do not have empirical validation. We introduce a new type of model, Gillespie eco-evolutionary models (GEMs), that resolves these concerns by tracking distributions of traits through time as eco-evolutionary dynamics progress. This is done by allowing change to be driven by the direct fitness consequences of model parameters within the context of the underlying ecological model, without having to assume a particular fitness function. GEMs work by adding a trait distribution component to the standard Gillespie algorithm - an approach that models stochastic systems in nature that are typically approximated through ordinary differential equations. We illustrate GEMs with the Rosenzweig-MacArthur consumer-resource model. We show not only how heritable trait variation fuels trait evolution and influences eco-evolutionary dynamics, but also how the erosion of variation through time may hinder eco-evolutionary dynamics in the long run. GEMs can be developed for any parameter in any ordinary differential equation model and, furthermore, can enable modeling of multiple interacting traits at the same time. We expect GEMs will open the door to a new direction in eco-evolutionary and evolutionary modeling by removing long-standing modeling barriers, simplifying the link between traits, fitness, and dynamics, and expanding eco-evolutionary treatment of a greater diversity of ecological interactions. These factors make GEMs much more than a modeling advance, but an important

  12. On eco-planning for an eco-demonstration park (EDP) and sustainability-Case study of the Luhua EDP in the Chongming Island of Shanghai,China

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    2008-01-01

    The background,concept,connotation,principles,and methods ofeco-planning for an Eco-Demonstration Park (EDP) and sustainability were examined based on a case study of the Luhua EDP in the Chongming Island of Shanghai,China,which is an important part of Shanghai Eco-city planning and construction in the 21st century.By analyzing natural,social and economic conditions,calculating population using the land capacity eco-model,eco-function zoning,and eco-construction,an innovative eco-industrial structure and technical chain were formulated.A comprehensive eco-planning scheme for the EDP was proposed,including planning and management strategies for subsystems of efficient industry,good quality human settlement,high standard eco-construction and eco-tourism as well as effective environmental protection and attractive landscape.The EDP should be an area with coordinated and sustainable economic,social and environmental subsystems.Eco-planning for the EDP should be a very important part of eco-city planning and sustainability.The paper aims to set up a theoretical framework and practical basis for eco-planning and promoting harmony between human and nature.

  13. Ecos da poesia no leitor mirim

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    Full Text Available Resumo Este artigo relata, a partir de pesquisa empírica, como estudantes de 4° ano do Ensino Fundamental configuram o poético, por meio do estudo orientado de poemas veiculados em obras selecionadas pelo Programa Nacional Biblioteca da Escola (PNBE. Parte de investigação maior, o artigo propõe procedimentos mediadores para o poema "O eco", de Cecília Meireles, problematizando o letramento poético. A investigação apoia-se principalmente em Huizinga e Kirinus. O problema posto justifica-se em virtude de a formação de leitores ser um desafio para o âmbito educacional e para a criação e a manutenção de políticas públicas. O artigo contribui para apresentar possibilidade de inserção escolar do acervo do PNBE e aponta caminhos para o desenvolvimento do poético, que tende a ser pouco explorado na escola.

  14. Assessment of public health risk associated with viral contamination in harvested urban stormwater for domestic applications.

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    Lim, Keah-Ying; Hamilton, Andrew J; Jiang, Sunny C

    2015-08-01

    Capturing stormwater is becoming a new standard for sustainable urban stormwater management, which can be used to supplement water supply portfolios in water-stressed cities. The key advantage of harvesting stormwater is to use low impact development (LID) systems for treatment to meet water quality requirement for non-potable uses. However, the lack of scientific studies to validate the safety of such practice has limited its adoption. Microbial hazards in stormwater, especially human viruses, represent the primary public health threat. Using adenovirus and norovirus as target pathogens, we investigated the viral health risk associated with a generic scenario of urban stormwater harvesting practice and its application for three non-potable uses: 1) toilet flushing, 2) showering, and 3) food-crop irrigation. The Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment (QMRA) results showed that food-crop irrigation has the highest annual viral infection risk (median range: 6.8×10(-4)-9.7×10(-1) per-person-per-year or pppy), followed by showering (3.6×10(-7)-4.3×10(-2)pppy), and toilet flushing (1.1×10(-7)-1.3×10(-4)pppy). Disease burden of each stormwater use was ranked in the same order as its viral infection risk: food-crop irrigation>showering>toilet flushing. The median and 95th percentile risk values of toilet-flushing using treated stormwater are below U.S. EPA annual risk benchmark of ≤10(-4)pppy, whereas the disease burdens of both toilet-flushing and showering are within the WHO recommended disease burdens of ≤10(-6)DALYspppy. However, the acceptability of showering risk interpreted based on the U.S. EPA and WHO benchmarks is in disagreement. These results confirm the safety of stormwater application in toilet flushing, but call for further research to fill the data gaps in risk modeling as well as risk benchmarks. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Assessment of public health risk associated with viral contamination in harvested urban stormwater for domestic applications

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    Lim, Keah-Ying [Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Irvine, CA 92617-2175 (United States); Hamilton, Andrew J. [Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Dookie Campus, Currawa, VIC 3647 (Australia); Federation University Australia, Mt Helen Campus, VIC 3353 (Australia); Jiang, Sunny C., E-mail: sjiang@uci.edu [Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Irvine, CA 92617-2175 (United States)

    2015-08-01

    Capturing stormwater is becoming a new standard for sustainable urban stormwater management, which can be used to supplement water supply portfolios in water-stressed cities. The key advantage of harvesting stormwater is to use low impact development (LID) systems for treatment to meet water quality requirement for non-potable uses. However, the lack of scientific studies to validate the safety of such practice has limited its adoption. Microbial hazards in stormwater, especially human viruses, represent the primary public health threat. Using adenovirus and norovirus as target pathogens, we investigated the viral health risk associated with a generic scenario of urban stormwater harvesting practice and its application for three non-potable uses: 1) toilet flushing, 2) showering, and 3) food-crop irrigation. The Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment (QMRA) results showed that food-crop irrigation has the highest annual viral infection risk (median range: 6.8 × 10{sup −4}–9.7 × 10{sup −1} per-person-per-year or pppy), followed by showering (3.6 × 10{sup −7}–4.3 × 10{sup −2} pppy), and toilet flushing (1.1 × 10{sup −7}–1.3 × 10{sup −4} pppy). Disease burden of each stormwater use was ranked in the same order as its viral infection risk: food-crop irrigation > showering > toilet flushing. The median and 95th percentile risk values of toilet-flushing using treated stormwater are below U.S. EPA annual risk benchmark of ≤ 10{sup −4} pppy, whereas the disease burdens of both toilet-flushing and showering are within the WHO recommended disease burdens of ≤ 10{sup −6} DALYs pppy. However, the acceptability of showering risk interpreted based on the U.S. EPA and WHO benchmarks is in disagreement. These results confirm the safety of stormwater application in toilet flushing, but call for further research to fill the data gaps in risk modeling as well as risk benchmarks. - Highlights: • Human health risks for three non-potable uses of treated

  16. Flood Adaptation Measures Applicable in the Design of Urban Public Spaces: Proposal for a Conceptual Framework

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    Maria Matos Silva

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Assuming the importance of public space design in the implementation of effective adaptation action towards urban flooding, this paper identifies and systematizes a wide range of flood adaptation measures pertinent to the design of public spaces. It presents findings from both a systematic literature review and an empirical analysis retrieved from concrete public space design precedents. It concludes with the presentation of a conceptual framework that organizes the identified measures in accordance to their main, and secondary, infrastructural strategies. The intention behind the disclosed framework is to aid a multitude of professionals during the initial exploratory phases of public space projects that incorporate flooding adaptation capacities.

  17. 7 CFR 1944.660 - Authorized representative of the HPG applicant and FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law...

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    ...HA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 point of contact. 1944.660 Section 1944.660... of the HPG applicant and FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 point of contact. (a) FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 will deal only with authorized...

  18. A critical review of frameworks used for evaluating reliability and relevance of (eco)toxicity data: Perspectives for an integrated eco-human decision-making framework.

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    Roth, N; Ciffroy, P

    2016-10-01

    Considerable efforts have been invested so far to evaluate and rank the quality and relevance of (eco)toxicity data for their use in regulatory risk assessment to assess chemical hazards. Many frameworks have been developed to improve robustness and transparency in the evaluation of reliability and relevance of individual tests, but these frameworks typically focus on either environmental risk assessment (ERA) or human health risk assessment (HHRA), and there is little cross talk between them. There is a need to develop a common approach that would support a more consistent, transparent and robust evaluation and weighting of the evidence across ERA and HHRA. This paper explores the applicability of existing Data Quality Assessment (DQA) frameworks for integrating environmental toxicity hazard data into human health assessments and vice versa. We performed a comparative analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of eleven frameworks for evaluating reliability and/or relevance of toxicity and ecotoxicity hazard data. We found that a frequent shortcoming is the lack of a clear separation between reliability and relevance criteria. A further gaps and needs analysis revealed that none of the reviewed frameworks satisfy the needs of a common eco-human DQA system. Based on our analysis, some key characteristics, perspectives and recommendations are identified and discussed for building a common DQA system as part of a future integrated eco-human decision-making framework. This work lays the basis for developing a common DQA system to support the further development and promotion of Integrated Risk Assessment. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Misrepresentation of research publications among orthopedic surgery fellowship applicants: a comparison with documented misrepresentations in other fields.

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    Patel, Manish V; Pradhan, Ben B; Meals, Roy A

    2003-04-01

    Study Design. A retrospective study was used to review fellowship applications over 3 years. Objectives. To assess the prevalence of research misrepresentation in orthopedic fellowship applications, and to compare such activity between subspecialties (e.g. spine, sports, hand). Summary of Background Data. Competition for orthopedic surgery fellowships is intense. The applicant pool includes orthopedic, plastic, and general surgeons, as well as neurosurgeons. Residency and fellowship training programs in other disciplines have documented shocking levels of misrepresentation in the curriculum vitae of prospective applicants. However, no study has looked at orthopedic residents applying for subspecialty fellowship programs. Methods. A retrospective analysis investigated 280 applications for fellowship positions in the department of orthopedic surgery at the authors' academic institution from 1996 to 1998 inclusively. To allow for press and publication delays, a minimum 24-month follow-up period was instituted. The listings of applicants' research publications were analyzed for evidence of misrepresentation through an exhaustive literature search. Only the most obvious confirmable discrepancies were labeled as misrepresentations. The results then were compared with those found in studies conducted in other fields: gastroenterology fellowship, emergency medicine residency, pediatric residency, dermatology residency, orthopedic residency, and medical faculty applications. Results. Among 280 (54%) applicants for orthopedic surgery candidates, 151 claimed journal publications. It was found that 16 (10.6%) of these 151 applicants had misrepresented their citations. This rate was highest in spine fellowship applicants (20%). However, considering the numbers available, this was not significantly different among the various subspecialty fellowship applicants (P>0.1). In addition, various demographic data did not correlate with the rate of misrepresentation (P>0.1). These

  20. Public attitudes and risk perception toward land application of biosolids within the south-eastern United States.

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    Robinson, Kevin G; Robinson, Carolyn H; Raup, Lauren A; Markum, Travis R

    2012-05-15

    A descriptive-correlational study of biosolids recycling was conducted in the south-eastern United States to assess current knowledge, attitudes and risk perceptions of participants in two communities that land apply biosolids as part of their waste management programs. One community, Amelia County VA, has been outspoken against biosolids recycling in the past, whereas the second community, Knoxville, TN region, has voiced few concerns about biosolids recycling. Additionally, gender differences within the entire study population were assessed. A 45-question telephone survey, utilizing a 4-point Likert scale, was developed and administered to 311 randomly selected adults in the two regions. Commonalities identified during the study revealed key risk perceptions by the public regarding biosolids regulations, treatment, and application. Given current perceptions and knowledge, respondents felt that the benefits derived from biosolids recycling do not offset the perceived health and safety risks. However, as distance between application and personal property increased, a decrease in opposition of biosolids reuse became evident for all respondents. Survey participants were dissatisfied with the level of stakeholder involvement in research and decision-making processes concerning biosolids. The outspoken Amelia County residents perceived greater health risks due to inadequate treatment of biosolids and odorous emissions during the application process than the less engaged Knox Metro respondents. Significant gender differences were observed with sampled females perceiving greater risks to health and safety from biosolids recycling than males. There was also indication that decisions and risks were not sufficiently communicated to the public, leading to respondents being inadequately informed about biosolids land application in both communities. Community-specific outreach programs must address these public risk perceptions and the differences in perception caused by