Hazmat Training Comes to Philadelphia

When workers handle hazardous waste or ship hazardous materials, training is not just a good idea, it’s the law. According to the EPA, workers who handle hazardous waste must be trained annually, and the federal DOT requires that workers involved in the shipment of hazardous materials be trained at least every three years.

Hazmat Training Comes to Philadelphia

Environmental Resource Center, the leading provider of environmental and safety training, will present the mandatory training in Philadelphia at the Embassy Suites – Philadelphia Airport on April 27 – 29, 2010.

Hazardous Waste Management: The Complete Course will be taught on April 27, and 28.

DOT Hazardous Materials Training: The Complete Course will be taught on April 29 at
the same location.

Registration for the training is available by calling 800-537-2372 or at
http://www.ercweb.com/classes.

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The Co-Operative To Create An Army Of Urban Beekeepers

An army of new urban beekeepers supported by The Co-operative could help to reverse the worrying decline in the British honeybee population.

The Co-Operative To Create An Army Of Urban Beekeepers

As part of its on-going Plan Bee campaign, The Co-operative has today (1 March) announced a further £225,000 to fund bee research, as well as a step up in its support of the establishment of hives in city gardens and allotments across the UK.

More and more city dwellers are taking up beekeeping since the plight of the British honeybee population, which experts believe halved in England between 1985 and 2005, was publicised. Last year, The Co-operative piloted an urban apiary and beekeeping courses in Manchester parkland using a revolutionary lightweight plastic beehive. Now it is planning to roll out the idea to other inner city areas in London, Manchester and Inverness.

In addition to the new hives this will lead to, The Co-operative Farms also has 600 hives on its farmland.

Launched in January 2009, the £475,000 Plan Bee campaign aims to raise awareness of honeybee decline, fund research, and encourage people to help save the bees and plant bee-friendly wildflowers.

To date the research programme has sponsored investigations into the mapping of native British black honeybees and the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides in the UK. The initial findings of which are expected in the summer of 2010.

Paul Monaghan, Head of Social Goals at The Co-operative, said: ”Nature’s number one pollinating machine appears to be breaking down and no one knows for sure why. Urban beekeeping is becoming increasingly popular and could be a vital tool in the reverse of honeybee decline in the UK.

“Through our urban beekeeper projects we want to show people that you don’t have to have acres of land to take up beekeeping.”

As well as the Plan Bee campaign to save the bees the Co-operative Group is involved in a number of important causes that are well worthy of recognition such as Marine reserves and the opposition to extracting oil from unconventional sources such as tar sands.

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New Film Shows The Folly Of £250 Billion Of Tar Sands Investments

The massive resources being poured into environmentally damaging tar sands could kick start ambitious plans to supply Europe with solar energy f r o m North Africa or enable the world to hit half of the Millennium Development Goals in the 50 least developed countries, including averting four million child deaths annually and providing universal primary education.

It is literally a matter of life and death that these enormous oil titans are re-steered to much more sustainable paths

These are the findings of a thought-provoking report by The Co-operative and WWF-UK, which puts into perspective the estimated £250 billion ($379 billion) the big oil companies are planning to invest in tar sands between now and 2025.

The report coincides today (15 March) with the UK premiere of Dirty Oil, a hard-hitting documentary film that outlines the impact tar sands extraction is having on the environment and the health of first nation Indians. The film, which is being distributed with the help of The Co-operative, will be premiered at 25 cinemas across the UK.

Narrated by Canadian actress and environmentalist Neve Campbell, the beautifully photographed documentary f r o m the Academy Award Nominated director Leslie Iwerks goes behind-the-scenes and tells the tar sands story through the eyes of scientists, industry officials, politicians, doctors, environmentalists and indigenous Cree Indians.

The ‘Opportunity Cost of the Tar Sands’ Report (PDF 562 KB), written by The Co-operative and WWF-UK as part of their Dirty Oil Campaign, shows how the money invested in tar sands would halve the proportion of people in the world living without access to clean water and sanitation, provide universal primary education, and hit the targets to avert the deaths of 4 million children, 300,000 mothers, and almost half a million victims of HIV and TB.

The extraction and production of oil f r o m the tar sands emits on average three times more greenhouse gases than conventional oil production and as a result has attracted considerable criticism f r o m environmentalists and investors alike.

The report finds the money which oil companies want to pump into tar sands would also cover the cost of the Desertec Industrial Initiative which would link North African solar plants into a supergrid and supply 15 per cent of Europe’s electricity by 2050, or fund a Europe wide shift to electric vehicles.

The report highlights Shell and BP’s involvement in tar sands investments. BP is set to invest £6.63 billion ($10 billion) in its Sunrise tar sands project and also plans to spend another £1.62 billion ($2.5 billion) converting a refinery in Toledo, Ohio, to process the synthetic crude oil produced f r o m the tar sands. Meanwhile Shell is spending £8.7 billion ($14 billion) to expand the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (60 per cent owned by Shell) to raise its capacity to 255,000 barrels per day.

Paul Monaghan, Head of Social Goals at The Co-operative, said: “The sums of money being invested in tar sands developments are enormous and difficult for the average person to grasp. This report puts things into perspective and demonstrates not only the scale of the problem, which could take us close to the brink of runaway climate change, but also the opportunity being lost.

“It is literally a matter of life and death that these enormous oil titans are re-steered to much more sustainable paths.”

Colin Butfield, WWF-UK’s head of campaigns, said: “The world is currently heading for a real climate change crisis which can only be headed off by a real drive for clean energy. But if Canada extracts its probable reserves of 315 billion barrels of oil f r o m tar sands, this will undermine the drive for clean energy – and almost single-handedly commit the world to dangerous levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. This would contribute to dangerous climate change, destroying ecosystems and habitats around the world. We cannot afford this to happen.

“This report has thrown up some quite staggering statistics in terms of how that money could be spent trying to save the planet rather than destroy it. The $379bn question is will the oil companies listen? For the planet’s sake, they have to. After all, if this kind of investment in tar sands continues, it’s not just a grave threat to the boreal forests, wildlife and communities in Canada.”

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