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ELI publishes Research Reports available for free download that present the analysis and conclusions of the policy studies ELI undertakes to improve environmental law and policy. These reports contribute to education of the profession and disseminate diverse points of view and opinions to stimulate a robust and creative exchange of ideas. Those publications, which express opinions of the authors and not necessarily those of the Institute, its Board of Directors, or funding organizations, exemplify ELI’s commitment to dialogue with all sectors.

Brazil's Extractive Reserves: Fundamental Aspects of Their Implementation - English Edition

Environmental Law Institute
January 1995

Brazil has created an innovative conservation unit called an Extractive Reserve, which has significant potential for demonstrating the feasibility of sustainable development in tropical rainforests and other threatened ecosystems. Based on a progressive socio-economic concept that was developed by Chico Mendes and the National Council of Rubber Tappers, Brazil`s Extractive Reserves are lands owned by the Federal Government which are set aside for the exclusive use of the rubber tappers or other traditional residents of the area. Read More >

Brazil's Extractive Reserves: Fundamental Aspects of Their Implementation - Portuguese Edition

Environmental Law Institute
January 1995

Brazil has created an innovative conservation unit called an Extractive Reserve, which has significant potential for demonstrating the feasibility of sustainable development in tropical rainforests and other threatened ecosystems. Based on a progressive socio-economic concept that was developed by Chico Mendes and the National Council of Rubber Tappers, Brazil's Extractive Reserves are lands owned by the Federal Government which are set aside for the exclusive use of the rubber tappers or other traditional residents of the area. Read More >

A Radon Guide for Tenants

A Radon Guide for Tenants

Tobie Bernstein
December 1994

This pamphlet provides basic information about the problem of indoor exposure to radon gas and suggests steps to take to reduce risks from radon in rental housing. Read More >

ELI Research Brief #3 - The Transition to Sustainable Development Law

J. William Futrell, Environmental Law Institute
December 1994

The new international environmental law, codified at the 1992 Earth Summit, calls for a synthesis of environmental protection measures and economic development activities, merging the demands of ecology, economic development, and equity. The Transition To Sustainable Development Law puts content into this concept, and seeks to infuse the main body of development law--property, contract, and tort--with ecological principles. Read More >

ELI Research Brief #4 - Reorienting Risk Assessment

Paul Locke, Environmental Law Institute
December 1994

Used to evaluate environmental hazards and to set environmental health standards, risk assessment has increasingly captured the attention of policy makers. But to date, the EPA`s risk methodology concentrates almost exclusively on cancer, down-playing potential problems such as birth defects, neurotoxicity, and immune system damage. With roughly eight risk assessment bills or provisions pending in Congress, Reorienting Risk Assessment critically examines the current risk assessment paradigm and offers detailed suggestions for examining noncancer risks as well as cancer risks. Read More >