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Environmental Contamination and Public Health: The Kilauea Story

In the last century, sugar plantations blanketed the Hawaiian Islands from Hilo to Lihue. Today, just a single plantation remains in operation. Yet many of these plantations leave behind a hidden legacy of contaminated soil from old pesticide mixing areas. The Hawai’I Department of Health (DOH) has tracked down many of these sites in remote areas, where there are few risks to the general public. Now, for the first time, DOH has discovered an old pesticide mixing site with alarmingly high levels of soil contamination persisting in the heart of a residential community. This article describes how the site was discovered and how government agencies have mobilized to clean it up and protect the public. Read More

Planet Connect

Planet Connect, a component of Classroom Earth, is an online social network where high school students can learn about current environmental issues, funding opportunities, green colleges and environmental careers. Students can also share and exchange ideas about how they are playing a critical role in solving today’s environmental issues. Read More

Environmental Management Systems (EMS) Publications

List of documents with guidelines, codes, principles, and compliance issues. EMS documents describe the structure by which certain activities can be carried out, practices rather than the activities themselves. Read More

Region 8: Green Building

Seventeen descriptions with photographic examples of green building Read More

Finding a Balance Between Land and Sea

An 80-page resource on environmental management of coastal areas. Read More

Freshwater Under Threat: South Asia

This report focuses on three major South Asian river basins: the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna River Basin, the Helmand River Basin, and the Indus River Basin. The authors use a composite Water Vulnerability Index based on development pressures, ecology, and other factors, to demonstrate the vulnerability of the river basins. Read More

The National Tenth Five-Year Plan for Environmental Protection(Abstract)

The State Council approved the National Tenth Five-Year Plan for Environmental Protection on 26 December 2001, requesting that loca1 governments and the various departments strengthen environmental protection in close relation with the economic restructuring; raise funds for environmental protection through multiple channels in connection with the expansion of domestic demand, and establish the mechanism of environmental protection with the government playing the dominant role with market promotion and public participation. The State Council emphasizes that local governments should undertake the major responsibilities of environmental protection. The governments at various levels should integrate the tasks of the Plan into the target responsibility system for provincial governors, mayors, and county heads. Periodic examination should be carried out on the targets of total pollutant discharge control and environmental quality. The implementation of the Plan should be inspected and reported on every year. The State Council requests that the relevant departments should provide guidance and support in implementing the Plan according to their respective responsibilities. The State Environmental Protection Administration should conduct coordinated supervision, management, and inspection of the implementation of the Plan. Read More

Law of the People's Republic of China on the Promotion of Clean Production

This Law was enacted in order to promote cleaner production, increase the efficiency of resource utilization, reduce and avoid the generation of pollutants, protect and improve the environment, ensure public health, and promote sustainable development of the economy and society. Read More

Law of the People's Republic of China on the Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Solid Waste

This law was established in China to prevent the pollution of the environment by solid waste, to ensure public health and safety, and to promote the development of socialist modernization. Read More

Environmental Impact Assessment Act

This law was passed by the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to protect the natural environment from some of the negative effects of economic growth. Read More

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