Newsletter #3 November 2008

Special issue of Chemosphere on BFR2007 has appeared


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IVM's department C&B was the organizer of the symposium on brominated flame retardants - BFR2007, in Amsterdam, April 21-24 2007. The symposium was successful with 250 participants and well-known keynote speakers such as prof. Ron Hites of the Indiana University and editor of Environmental Science and Technology. Now, the proceedings have been published in a special issue of Chemosphere, Volume 73, issue 2, ISSN 0045 6535.

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The Role of Integrated Hydro-Economic Modelling in Sustainable Water Resources Management


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Water is increasingly considered an economic good. Policy demand for information about the economic value of water and the economic consequences of water management has grown correspondingly over the past decades. In a special issue of the journal Ecological Economics, guest editors Roy Brouwer and Marjan Hofkes from IVM’s Environmental Economics Department provide an overview of international experiences and state-of-the-art modelling of the complex interactions between hydrological and economic systems. Different methodological approaches are highlighted, addressing a wide variety of surface and groundwater resource management problems worldwide, including water pollution, water scarcity, water allocation, and flooding.

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Preparing for a warmer world: The dilemma of climate refugees


epaClimate change threatens to cause the largest refugee crisis in human history, potentially affecting more than 200 million people.  Current institutions, organizations and funding mechanisms are not sufficiently equipped to deal with this emerging crisis.  Our research indicates an urgent need for a restructuring of international institutions to meet this challenge.

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Floating particles during sand mining for expansion of the Port of Rotterdam


spaceOn 1 Sept, the mining of 300 million cubic meters of sea bottom sands containing 1.5-2.5 % intercalated mud for the extension of the Port of Rotterdam started. This can potentially change instantaneous suspended particulate matter (SPM) concentrations along the Dutch coast. Therefore, Port of Rotterdam has asked IVM and Deltares to generate information on SPM concentrations before and during sand mining.

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