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The Environmental Forum
VOLUME 32, NUMBER 5
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Using Data to Pursue Social Goals
FEATURE ❧ Over the course of its history, the Toxics Release Inventory has not only provided information to the public, but also promoted environmental action.
By Catherine Miller and Warren Muir
With a SIDEBAR by Ron Outen, staff director of the Senate environment committee during enactment of the TRI
Triumph, Not Triage
FEATURE ❧ Healthy ecosystems depend on the presence of healthy populations of native species. A new policy claims that a species is endangered only if it is at outright risk of extinction. But that’s not what the law’s drafters wanted, nor is it all we can and should do.
By Michael Paul Nelson and John A. Vucetich
China Declares War Against Pollution
FEATURE ❧ The country’s reforms include increased emissions controls and discharge disclosure requirements, stronger enforcement penalties, increased transparency and public participation, and other steps to improve accountability and foster effective environmental governance.
By Ethan G. Shenkman and Steve Wolfson
With a SIDEBAR by Tseming Yang of Santa Clara University Law School
Book Excerpt: Environmentalism in the Balance
By Jonathan Z. Cannon
CONCLUDING CHAPTER ❧ Under the pressure of ecological problems of unprecedented difficulty, the movement is working out a new future for itself, an endeavor that is still much contested. The Supreme Court is positioned as an arbiter of that future, both legally and culturally.
The Debate: Water, Water, Nowhere
HEADNOTE ❧ As is well known, the western states have been suffering from a crippling drought for the past several years that has jeopardized agriculture, power generation, manufacturing, wildlife, and human consumption. Our debate looks at how California is facing its water shortages, so acute that Governor Jerry Brown has issued an unprecedented executive order mandating drastic cuts in urban water usage and has separately pushed new efforts involving voluntary water transactions and improved efficiencies. But will that be enough?