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Recent Publications by Sustainable World Grant Recipients


American Lung Association and
Natural Resources Defense Council

Click here for a white paper on Fuel Cells (in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format).

Galveston-Houston Association for Smog Prevention

Click here for the report 'Trees & Our Air' (in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format).

Trees & Our Air attempts to summarize current knowledge about the role of trees and other vegetation inb contributing to and reducing air pollution.



Institute for Fisheries Resources

Click here for the IFR report on the impact of pesticides at sublethal concentrations on important survival characteristics of salmon. The official release date is 2/24th but the whole report has been posted on the Internet for reporters' advance review and downloading in Adobe Acrobat Reader format.

The Instititue for Fisheries Resources is a not for profit organization dedicated to the study, protection and enhancement of both marine and anadromous biological resources on the Pacific coast of the United States and Canada. The Institute is independent of but affiliated with the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations (PCFFA) -- the largest organization of commercial fishermen on the west coast. PCFFA has long been involved in resource conservation and protection issues, and the Institute for Fisheries Resources is expanding and carrying on PCFFA's 24-year conservation tradition.



Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides



If you're planning to fly to a sunny tropical paradise this winter for a healthful respite, or if you are making plans to go to the Olympic Games in Australia, a new publication by NCAP may cause you to think twice--or at least prompt you to ask some important questions about pesticide use--before booking your flight.



California Public Interest Research Group



Generations At Risk

A new report by the California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG) and Physicians for Social Responsibility (Los Angeles and San Francisco) that brings together for the first time information about the reproductive health effects of selected chemical exposures with California chemical use and emissions data.










Natural Resources Defense Council

Trouble on the Farm

This October 1998 NRDC report examines the disproportionate exposure to dangerous pesticides borne by children of farmers and farm workers, and the related threats to their health. The report makes policy recommendations at the national and state level and also provides practical actions that farm owners and workers can take to reduce children's exposure to pesticides.




National Environmental Trust

Toxic Toys

Recent product testing by the National Environmental Trust has found high levels of a toxic chemical called "DINP phthalate" in toys made out of soft plastic vinyl known as "PVC". In response to potential health concerns about the chemical, five European countries have taken action to control the chemical.




Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Studies

Does The Market Value Environmental Performance?


Previous studies that attempt to relate environmental to financial performance have often led to conflicting results due to small samples and subjective environmental performance criteria. We report on a study that relates the market value of firms in the S&P 500 to objective measures of their environmental performance. After controlling for variables traditionally thought to explain firm level financial performance, we find that bad environmental performance has a significant negative effect on the intangible asset value of firms. The average "intangible liability" for firms in our sample is 360 million dollars - approximately 8.4% of the replacement value of tangible assets. We conclude that legally emitted toxic chemicals have a significant effect on the intangible asset value of publicly traded companies. A 10% reduction in emissions of toxic chemicals results in a $31 million increase in market value. The magnitude of these effects varies across industries, with larger losses accruing to the traditionally polluting industries.




Worldwatch Insitute

Vital Signs, 1998


The new Vital Signs 1998 gives you more than 100 charts, graphs and tables that show you the worldwide trends that are changing our lives, for better and for worse. It includes the latest data on critical global trends, presented in simple but compelling graphics, along with concise, thoughtful analysis. The global trends documented in the book--from spreading water scarcity to big increases in wind power--will play a large part in determining the quality of our lives and our children's lives in the next decade. This seventh volume in the series from the Worldwatch Institute shows in graphic form the key trends that often escape the attention of the news media and world leaders--and are often ignored by economic experts as they plan for the future.




INFORM, Inc.

Gearing Up for Hydrogen:
America's Road to Sustainable Transportation


"America will not succeed in effectively tackling such pressing problems as urban air quality, toxic pollution, energy security, and the national debt if it does not also address its dependence on oil as a vehicle fuel. Transforming our transportation system is key to solving many of these problems, while also providing a great opportunity to develop models of transportation for a world secure from the threat of global climate change."


Foundation for Advancements in Science and Education

Exporting Risk: Pesticide Exports from US Ports, 1995-1996


Statistics on the trade in banned and hazardous pesticides and a 25 year timeline of attempts to reform export policy.


Environmental Working Group

Hospitals Need Green Overhaul, Survey Finds: Medical Waster Burners Contaminate Baby Food with Dioxin, Fish with Mercury.


An examination of hospitals' attempts to promote recycling, reduce use of some plastics and limit the burning of hazardous medical wastes. May, 1998


Environmental Working Group

Farm Pesticide Use on the Rise:

Clinton's 1993 Promise to Reduce Pesticides and Protect Children Proves Empty.
An analysis of data concerning pesticide use, applications for new pesticides and removal of pesticides from use following the Clinton administrations 1993 announcement to reduce the danger pesticides pose to America's children. May, 1998


NRDC PRO

Natural Resources Defence Council Technical Reports Website.

Recent additions include:

Contaminated Catch: The Public Health Threat from Toxics in Fish

A report on contamination in fish caught for sport or subsistence and the inconsistency of state monitoring and warning programs. April 1998


Environmental Working Group

Factory Farming:

Toxic Fertilizer in the United States 1990-1995.
Under the guise of 'recycling,' millions of pounds of toxic waste are shipped each year from polluting industries to fertilizer manufacturers and farmers, who used toxic waste laden with dioxin, lead, mercury and other hazardous chemicals as raw material for fertilizers applied to U.S. farmland. April 1998.


Wingspread Statement on the "Precautionary Principle"

This statement was drafted and finalized at a conference at the Wingspread Conference Center, Racine, Wisconsin, which took place 23-25 January 1998.
The conference was sponsored by:
Science and Environmental Health Network, A Project of Focus Project, Inc.
C.S. Fund
The Johnson Foundation
Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, University of Massachusetts- Lowell
W. Alton Jones Foundation


Green Scissors '98

[Green Scissors]
Taxpayer, environmental groups target 71 federal programs that waste $49 billion and harm the environment. Published by Friends of the Earth, Taxpayers for Common Sense and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group.



Galveston-Houston Association for Smog Prevention

Danger in the Air:
TOXIC AIR POLLUTION
IN THE HOUSTON-GALVESTON CORRIDOR

The Houston metropolitan area is one of the nation's hot spots for toxic air pollution, but few community leaders and even fewer area residents are aware of the problem's extent. Danger in the Air brings together an impressive array of often difficult-to-obtain information on air toxics in the Houston-Galveston region, including major discussions of industrial emissions, health effects, and regulatory inadequacies. No other document on air pollution in this region begins to address air toxics with such completeness.


Environmental Estrogens Home Page

[Environmental Estrogens]

An educational service and an interactive forum where the general public, students, educators, journalists, policy makers, scientists and others can obtain accurate and timely information and can objectively discuss all aspects of environmental estrogens.


Environmental Working Group

Kenneth A. Cook, President
Dishonorable Discharge
Toxic Pollution of America's Waters
Dishonorable Discharge - Learn how under "existing federal pollution control laws, the American people are kept in the dark about the vast majority of toxic pollution spewed into the environment by U.S. industry."
Where You Live - Water system violations, farm subsidy payments, political campaign contributions, and wetlands loss in your state, county or home town.


Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


Environmental Change and Security Project

This site includes many recent publications which examine key environmental issues in China and how they fit into the context of U.S.-China relations. May 1998.


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