SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
 
Editor’s Corner 6 October 2011
Volume 12 Issue 10
SETAC Africa Meeting in Buea, CameroonThis month’s issue of the Globe lives up to its name; take a look inside and you’ll see what I mean! Bruce Vigon covers the noteworthy role played by the SETAC-UNEP Life Cycle Initiative at the conference Life Cycle Management 2011 in Berlin. Audrey Barletta-Bergan and Dave Arnold describe a Trees for Africa project in Cameroon, supported by SETAC Europe, that’s aimed at enhancing and restoring important ecosystem services including water supply. Ruth Hull and Doris Vidal-Dorsch report from Mérida on the first ever SETAC North America Focused Topic Meeting in Mexico. Roz Schoof and I try to “walk the talk” of my column from the July Globe, where I challenged members to take full advantage of the Globe as a medium for spotlighting annual meeting sessions. Our article spotlights a session coming up at SETAC North America in Boston, jointly sponsored by the Human Health Risk Assessment and Ecological Risk Assessment Advisory Groups, concerning the possible side effects from over-prescribing active remediation of hazardous substances. Next we hear from the 43rd IUPAC World Chemistry Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with George Cobb, Laura McConnell and Karina Miglioranza telling us about SETAC members’ involvement in a symposium on advanced physico-chemical techniques to solve environmental science challenges, and a meeting of the subcommittee on crop protection chemistry. From there we hear more from Milan, including a feature article from Marc-Andree Wolf and Tomas Ekvall on life cycle inventory modeling and a third installment of session summaries from the 2011 SETAC Europe annual meeting. Take some time to explore the new Globe. After you do, let us know what you think of it. If you’ll be in Boston, you can catch me in person. At noon on Monday I’ll be at the Globe editors and contributors meeting in Room 204. On Wednesday evening during the poster social I’ll be at the Meet the Editors event in the SETAC bookstore. If that doesn’t work for you, then you can always find me at globe@setac.org. Bon voyage!
 
Life Cycle Management 2011 Conference Draws Hundreds Life Cycle Management 2011 Conference Draws Hundreds
Bruce Vigon
SETAC’s decade long collaboration with UNEP on our Life Cycle Initiative played a noteworthy part in the recent LCM2011 conference, where over 400 life cycle experts and users gathered in Berlin in late September.

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NorCal SETAC SETAC Trees for Africa Initiative
Audrey Barletta-Bergan and Dave Arnold
SETAC Europe Council member Audrey Barletta-Bergan put forward a proposal in 2010 that SETAC Europe support the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Billion Trees Campaign, particularly during the United Nations’ International Year of Forests, 2011, by supporting tree planting in Africa.

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Focused Topic Meeting in Mexico Focused Topic Meeting in Mexico “Un Enorme Exito” (A Huge Success)!
Ruth Hull and Doris Vidal-Dorsch
The first SETAC North America Focused Topic Meeting held in Mérida, Yucatán (México) was a tremendous success! With a theme of fate and toxicity of pollutants in the environment, the SETAC North America and Mexico Regional Chapter joint meeting facilitated closer cooperation among Mexican, American and Canadian colleagues.

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Evaluating Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessments and Remediation Decisions: Is the Cure Worse than the Disease? Evaluating Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessments and Remediation Decisions: Is the Cure Worse than the Disease?
Rosalind Schoof and John Toll
Remediation decisions typically focus on taking actions to protect people and ecosystems from hazardous substances in the environment. Other criteria such as cost, permanence, and public acceptability of the remedy might come into play in selecting an option, but the side effects of remedies on the ecosystem and the people who use it are not routinely considered. A combination of factors, though, makes it risky to neglect side effects.

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George Cobb, Karina Miglioranza and Laura McConnell at the 43rd IUPAC World Chemistry Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico SETAC Supports International Year of Chemistry Activities at the 43rd IUPAC World Chemistry Congress
George Cobb, Laura McConnell, and Karina Miglioranza
Scientists from 13 countries contributed technical presentations as part of the 2-day symposium Advanced Physico-chemical Techniques to Solve Environmental Science Challenges held this summer in San Juan Puerto Rico.

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IEAM Podcast Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) Modelling and Attributional/ Consequential Issues
Marc-Andree Wolf and Tomas Ekvall
The Milan session Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) Modelling and Attributional/ Consequential Issues tackled one of the most discussed methodological issues in life cycle assessment (LCA): how to model the inventory of the life cycle.

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SETAC Europe 21st Annual Meeting in Milan, Italy More from Milan
Our final series of session summaries from the highly successful 2011 SETAC Europe meeting…

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Life Cycle Management 2011 Conference
Trees for Africa
Focused Topic Meeting in Mexico
Evaluating Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessments and Remediation Decisions
SETAC Supports International Year of Chemistry Activities at the 43rd IUPAC World Chemistry Congress
LCI Modelling and Attributional/ Consequential Issues
More from Milan
 
SETAC North America 32nd Annual Meeting
 
NEWS AND UPDATES:
Seeking Nominations for Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (IEAM) Editorial Board 2012-2015. Learn more...

Former SETAC President William (Bill) H. Benson was named as the Interim Director of the U.S. National Exposure Research Laboratory. Congratulations, Bill! Read the full story...

Based on the results of a survey of its multi-sector, tripartite constituency, the ILSI Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI) will convene a new subcommittee on “Frameworks for Alternative Chemical Assessment and Selection of Safer, Sustainable Alternatives.” The subcommittee plans to develop a set of principles to guide comparison of alternative chemicals and build a framework for selection of appropriate alternatives based on performance, toxicity profile, and life-cycle assessment parameters. Broad agreement and endorsement by key stakeholders is a primary objective. To volunteer or to obtain more information about the project, contact Nancy G. Doerrer, MS, Associate Director, at ndoerrer@hesiglobal.org.

 
SETAC JOURNALS:
ET&C ET&C special virtual issue:
Nuclear Accidents: Chernobyl Revisited


ET&C top article:
Synergistic toxicity of atrazine and organophosphate insecticides contravenes the response addition mixture model
(Volume 16, Issue 11)
 
IEAM IEAM featured articles:
Managing and responding to oil spills


IEAM top article:
Consideration of exposure and species sensitivity of triclosan in the freshwater environment
(Volume 4, Issue 1)
Coming 3 November: Mercury Pollution,
Sustainability AG, more about Trees for Africa
 
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