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Waste generation from manufacturing industry (by sectors)
Turning raw materials into consumer products generates waste - depending on the technology used, the nature of the raw material processed and how much of it is discarded at the end of the chain. Very often manufacturing ...
17 May 2005 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Transboundary movements of waste in 2000
Waste, including extremely hazardous waste like radioactive material, toxic heavy metals and poisonous PCBs are routinely being loaded into trucks, and transported across continents. Some is loaded onto ships and export...
17 May 2005 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
How long does it take for some commonly used products to biodegrade?
Pollution emitted in industrial areas represents a threat to human health and the surrounding natural resources. We have a tendency to believe that the production processes are the only source of environmental damage, an...
17 May 2005 - by UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Global hazardous waste generation by type as reported by the parties to the Basel Convention for the years 1993-2000
Hazardous wastes can often be recycled in an environmentally sound manner. Wastes that cannot be recycled must be treated to reduce the toxicity and the ability of the constituents to move throughout the environment. Tr...
17 May 2005 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Recycling rates for selected OECD countries
The priority now is to decrease the amount of waste we generate. That means changing our consumption patterns, for example by choosing products that use recyclable material, market fresh produce instead of canned food, l...
17 May 2005 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Contribution of various waste management systems to greenhouse gas emissions, 2002
The disposal and treatment of waste can produce emissions of several greenhouse gases (GHGs), which contribute to global climate change. The most significant GHG gas produced from waste is methane. It is released during ...
17 May 2005 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Contribution from waste to climate change
The disposal and treatment of waste can produce emissions of several greenhouse gases (GHGs), which contribute to global climate change. The most significant GHG gas produced from waste is methane. It is released during ...
17 May 2005 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Import waste as reported by Germany, in tonnes, 2001
In 2000 Germany reported sending 317 528 tonnes of waste to 14 countries. All countries appeared to receive a broad combination of hazardous waste apart from China, which received nearly 50 tonnes of household waste. Dur...
17 May 2005 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Mercury pollution - transport and cycle
Mines use toxic chemicals including cyanide, mercury, and sulphuric acid, to separate metal from ore. The chemicals used in the processing are generally recycled, however residues may remain in the tailings, which in dev...
17 May 2005 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Different sources of danger and their impacts to the environment
Contaminated groundwater can adversely affect animals, plants and humans if it is removed from the ground by manmade or natural processes. Depending on the geology of the area, groundwater may rise to the surface through...
17 May 2005 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Composition of transboundary waste
According to the Basel Convention reports, of more than 300 million tonnes of waste (including hazardous and other waste) generated worldwide in 2000, a little less that 2% was exported. However 90% of the exported waste...
17 May 2005 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Total waste generation in selected OECD countries in mid-1990s
The Basel Convention has estimated the amount of hazardous and other waste generated for 2000 and 2001 at 318 and 338 millions tonnes respectively. However these figures are based on reports from only a third of the coun...
17 May 2005 - by UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Soil polluting activities from selected sources
Contaminants in the soil can harm plants when they take up the contamination through their roots. Ingesting, inhaling, or touching contaminated soil, as well as eating plants or animals that have accumulated soil contami...
17 May 2005 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Who gets the trash?
As we continually update and invent new products the life of the old ones is getting shorter and shorter. Like shipbreaking, e-waste recycling involves the major producers and users, shipping the obsolete products to As...
07 Nov 2005 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Emissions of organic water pollutants
Pollution emitted in industrial areas represents a threat to human health and the surrounding natural resources. We have a tendency to believe that the production processes are the only source of environmental damage, an...
17 May 2005 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Changing percentages of selected municipal wastes
Municipal waste is everything collected and treated by municipalities. Only part of it is comes from households, the rest is generated by small businesses, commercial and other municipal activities. A typical trend: as c...
17 May 2005 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Pesticides stockpiles in Africa
Mountains of obsolete pesticides are stockpiled in Africa. Problems with labelling, storage, and the supply of unsuitable products, means that they sit around unused, some for as long as 40 years. They include poisons lo...
17 May 2005 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Signatories to Aarhus convention (2001)
The Aarhus Convention is a new kind of environmental agreement. It links environmental rights and human rights. It acknowledges that we owe an obligation to future generations. It establishes that sustainable development...
28 Sep 2005 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Protected areas in IUCN categories (I-V) in Eastern European countries
The information on the state of biodiversity from 22 Central and Eastern European and former Soviet countries was assembled on the occasion of the 5th Conference of Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Na...
10 Mar 2006 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Land use in Eastern European countries - arable land and permanent cropland
The information on the state of biodiversity from 22 Central and Eastern European and former Soviet countries was assembled on the occasion of the 5th Conference of Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Na...
10 Mar 2006 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
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