WorldBriefs: IFAT 2008 to explore trends in mobile gas detection

Also in this report: UCS slashes vehicles' fuel costs to 'Go Green'; GB Environmental, Octopus acquire Kaiku; CIWEM discusses faith in the environment; Optiqua appoints COO; EWB-USA, ASCE formalize partnership; Molecular Profiles welcomes addition to scientific panel; ACE urges parliament to investigate skills shortages; Water quality program, lab services available; Pumping station papers in the pipeline; Grontmij expands presence in northwest;...

Dec 11th, 2007

In other news below:
-- UCS slashes vehicles' fuel costs to 'Go Green'
-- GB Environmental, Octopus acquire Kaiku
-- CIWEM discusses faith in the environment
-- Optiqua appoints COO
-- EWB-USA, ASCE formalize partnership
-- Molecular Profiles welcomes addition to scientific panel
-- ACE urges parliament to investigate skills shortages
-- Water quality program, lab services available
-- Pumping station papers in the pipeline
-- Grontmij expands presence in northwest
-- Consortium for Ocean Leadership names president
-- Forty-five nations meet in cyberspace
-- Assessment of transboundary waterbodies launched
-- ICID Water Governance workshop overview, documents available

IFAT 2008 to explore trends in mobile gas detection
MUNICH, Germany -- Gas detectors are essential in environments where toxic or explosive gases are used or stored, in areas where oxygen levels are low, for example in badly ventilated rooms, and in shafts, tanks and sewers. In particular the fermentation or rotting processes in sewage treatment and the production of biogas can give rise to noxious gases, often in unfamiliar mixtures. At IFAT 2008, which takes place from 5 to 9 May 2008 in Munich, visitors have the opportunity of finding out all about the latest trends in the sector and the technological solutions to handle the problems...
Also see: -- "Biogas at IFAT 2008: Optimisation strategies in all areas"

Among other recent headlines:

UCS slashes vehicles' fuel costs to 'Go Green'
LINCOLNSHIRE, UK -- Cybit, the UK's leading online Telematics Service Provider, has announced that the installation of Fleetstar-Online has enabled UCS Plant Ltd, part of the growing Rand Group of UK construction businesses, to dramatically cut operational costs and reduce its fleet's carbon footprint...

GB Environmental, Octopus acquire Kaiku
ESSEX, UK -- Essex-based GB Environmental (GBE), supported by VC group Octopus Ventures, has acquired Kaiku which will be marketed in tandem with UV disinfection specialist company GB Environmental Ltd. The merger brings together two companies with unique and complimentary skill sets and their combined strengths will help producers to successfully monitor disinfectant and purification processes across the food, drink, health and pharmaceutical industries...

CIWEM discusses faith in the environment
LONDON -- As many religions believe that it is immoral to damage our world, CIWEM believes that the world's faith groups need to take a leading role in protecting the environment...
Also see: -- "Climate change affects human rights"

Optiqua appoints COO
SINGAPORE -- Optiqua, a clean-tech company for the water industry providing state-of-the-art optical biosensors for the detection of contaminants in water, announced the appointment of Dr. Huib de Heus to its management team. De Heus joins Optiqua as Chief Operating Officer and will take responsibility for global business development and strategic product development...
Also see:
-- "Optiqua appoints Melchior van Wijlen as CEO"
-- "Optisense establishes water activities in Singapore and appoints Dr Frans Carpay as Board member"

EWB-USA, ASCE formalize partnership
RESTON, VA -- In an effort to improve the quality of life in developing communities worldwide, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has formalized an affiliation agreement with Engineers Without Borders - USA (EWB). The agreement, which was approved at the meeting of ASCE's board of direction on October 31, 2007 in Orlando, Fla., establishes a relationship to provide assistance with engineering needs through the training and participation of civil engineers and engineering students...

Molecular Profiles welcomes addition to scientific panel
NOTTINGHAM, UK -- Molecular Profiles, a global leader in the provision of innovative contract research services to the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and biomedical sectors worldwide, announces the expansion of its Scientific Panel with the appointment of industry guru Professor Lisbeth Illum...

ACE urges parliament to investigate skills shortages
LONDON, UK -- Leading business association, the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) is calling on MPs to investigate skills shortages and the conduct of recruitment agencies in the construction industry...

Water quality program, lab services available
BURLINGTON, ON, Canada -- As a service to national water quality monitoring agencies, UNEP's GEMS/Water Program undertakes specialized auditing activities. These include a review and evaluation of the efficiency, technical rigor and scientific credibility of all aspects of water quality monitoring programs, from design to implementation. GEMS/Water provides national laboratories with the technical basis to judge their own ability to address their departmental water quality monitoring responsibilities...

Pumping station papers in the pipeline
CRANFIELD, UK -- BHR Group's fourth Water and Wastewater Pumping Stations conference is designed to meet requirements for authoritative information about an integrated approach which includes best practice and the latest ideas, products and techniques. It builds on the success of its predecessors to bring together industry specialists with a range of expertise. Organisers have extended the call for papers for presentation at the conference, which will be held in Cranfield, UK, 17-19 June 2008, until the end of 2007...

Grontmij expands presence in northwest
NETHERLANDS -- One of Europe's largest engineering consultancies Grontmij is expanding its team and developing its presence in the north west by opening a new office in Warrington, UK, and creating jobs in the consultancy's water area of expertise...

Consortium for Ocean Leadership names president
WASHINGTON, DC -- The Consortium for Ocean Leadership (Ocean Leadership) named Dr. Robert Gagosian as the first President and CEO. Gagosian becomes the first President of Ocean Leadership, which was formed earlier this year by the merger of the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE) and the Joint Oceanographic Institutions (JOI), both in Washington, DC...

Forty-five nations meet in cyberspace
BJERRINGBRO, Denmark -- In November, pump manufacturer Grundfos held a virtual conference for almost 300 of the group's employees. The whole session, entitled Grundfos Virtuel Brand Convention, was held via the Internet so that the company's many employees from all over the world could meet, without strain on the environment or their travel budgets...

Assessment of transboundary waterbodies launched
BELGRADE, Serbia -- "Our waters: joining hands across borders - First Assessment of Transboundary Rivers, Lakes and Groundwaters in the UNECE region" has been launched at the sixth Ministerial Conference "Environment for Europe" (Belgrade, 10-12 October 2007) and is now available online. The publication offers in-depth information on all major surface water bodies in the European and Asian parts of the UNECE region and transboundary aquifers located in South-Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia...

ICID Water Governance workshop overview, documents available
LONDON -- A successful meeting organized by Bruce Lankford for ICID.UK was held on 19 October to hear seven presentations on water governance. The workshop presentations discussed a number of topics, including: the concept of water governance with reference to conceptual models, methods and approaches for improving water governance and the value of various processes (such as participation techniques or the granting of water rights)...

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