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Global Environmental Protection in the 21st Century

Posted by the Foreign Policy in Focus gateway, this special report examines the deterioration of the environment since the promises for global environmental improvement made at the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED or the "Earth Summit"). Authored by the Executive Director of the Center for International Environmental Law, David Hunter, the report considers why the global...
Foreign Policy In Focus

Foreign Policy In Focus (FPIF), a cooperative project of two independent foreign policy research and analysis institutions--the Interhemispheric Resource Center and the Institute for Policy Studies, aims to provide the public and policy-makers with "recommendations for a more responsible and visionary US foreign policy." The FPIF project publishes a series of In Focus policy briefs as well as an...
Negotiating Protection of the Earth's Ozone Layer

Next week, the twelfth Meeting Of The Parties To "The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer" will take place in Burkina Faso to negotiate multi-governmental cooperation in the protection of the earth's ozone layer. Given the recent collapse of the United Nations climate talks in the Hague, at which the US refused to agree to reduce global warming through stricter pollution...
Summary for Policymakers: A Report of Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The Third Assessment Report of Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released this summary for policymakers (approved in Shanghai in January 2001), describing the current state of scientific understanding of the climate system. The report, available in .pdf format, provides considerable scientific evidence that warming is occurring across the globe and that...
Environmental Sustainability Index

A collaboration among the World Economic Forum's Global Leaders for Tomorrow Environment Task Force, The Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, and the Columbia University Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), the Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI) "is a measure of overall progress towards environmental sustainability, developed for 122 countries." The...
Ecological Indicators for the Nation (2000)

The National Academy Press (of the National Academies) has posted this Open Book (for browsing only), from the Committee to Evaluate Indicators for Monitoring Aquatic and Terrestrial Environments (National Research Council). The text provides criteria and methodologies for selecting and developing ecological indicators; proposes several ecological indicators and relevant data sources; and suggests...
EPA Enforcement and Compliance History Online

The US Environmental Protection Agency has recently launched Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO). ECHO retrieves environmental records for approximately 800,000 regulated facilities nationwide. These data are freely accessible under the Freedom of Information Act, but have not been available online until recently. Searching by location yields a list of facilities and businesses in the...
Natural Resources Defense Council: The Bush Record

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) offers The Bush Record -- "the real story on this administration's dealing on environmental issues, from NRDC's scientists, lawyers, and policy experts." The main Web page highlights the administration's most recent actions. Readers may also access related reports, search The Bush Record by date, and find out how to get involved with the NRDC's efforts...
EPA: For Citizen Action

The Concerned Citizens Resources Web site, provided by the Environmental Protection Agency, allows citizens to learn how they and their family can protect themselves and the environment. The Environmental Violations link provides information on what types of activities might be considered environmental violations, and what a citizen would need in order to report a violation. Other topics on the...
USGS Guide to Federal Environmental Laws and Regulations

This site is provided to aid government agencies (at the federal, state and local levels), private industry, academia, the general public, and public interest groups with an overview of the major environmental statutes and corresponding regulations. Visitors can choose from several subject areas including air quality, fish and wildlife conservation, solid and hazardous substances, water quality,...
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