The Top EHS Stories From July 2022

Did you miss July’s top EHS stories?

We've assembled a list of 10 articles for you from EHS and global news outlets, industry leaders, and technology experts.

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The 10 stories that made our list include a Ukraine nuclear plant on the brink of environmental disaster, designing cities to withstand climate change, Starbucks’ controversial decision to close stores over workplace safety concerns, and more. 

UN Nuclear Chief: Ukraine Nuclear Plant Is ‘Out of Control’ [Associated Press] "Every principle of nuclear safety has been violated" at the plant, which Russian troops seized in early March, said International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi. "What is at stake is extremely serious and extremely grave and dangerous."

As Heatwaves Blanket Europe, Cities Turn to Nature for Solutions [UNEP] “Redesigning urban landscapes with more vegetation and water and implementing passive cooling strategies to improve thermal performance and reduce energy consumption in buildings are key to making cities more resilient to heatwaves,” said Jonathan Duwyn, head of the Cities Unit at UNEP.

Starbucks to Close Stores over Safety Concerns [EHS Today] Executives acknowledge workplace safety challenges and what the coffee chain must do to protect workers against potential workplace violence incidents from customers and the communities they operate in.

WHD Launches Heat Awareness Campaign [EHS Daily Advisor] The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced the launch of Operation Beat the Heat, an education, outreach, and enforcement campaign aimed at protecting migrant and seasonal agricultural workers. 

House Committee Advances Bill Aimed at Protecting Workers From Heat Illness [Safety & Health Magazine] The bill would direct OSHA to develop a workplace heat standard within two years of its passage. 

Historic Day for Human Rights and a Healthy Planet: UN Expert [United Nations] A UN expert hailed the adoption of a historic resolution by the United Nations General Assembly, recognising for the first time, that everyone, everywhere, has a human right to live in a clean, healthy and sustainable environment.

Netherlands, Denmark and Estonia Lead Europe's Energy Transition [] A new benchmark by Oliver Wyman shows that Netherlands has made the most progress in the transition towards environmental sustainability, followed by Denmark and Estonia. 

California Lawmakers Want to Decarbonize Shipping, But Is the Technology Ready? [GreenBiz] Experts say getting to net-zero will require more research and government support.

Be Part of Safe + Sound Week [Safety & Health Magazine] Registration is now open for Safe + Sound Week, an annual event intended to promote awareness and understanding of workplace safety and health programs. 

The Future of Sustainability: Managing ESG at the Asset Level [Perillon] Learn why and how companies are using technology to manage ESG at the asset level. 


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