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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.

Indoor Wood Burning: Policies to Reduce Emissions and Improve Public Health

Indoor Wood Burning: Policies to Reduce Emissions and Improve Public Health

Tobie Bernstein
April 2021

Millions of households across the U.S. use wood stoves, fireplaces, and other wood-burning devices as a primary or secondary source of heat. Residential wood burning produces a multitude of air pollutants – most prominently particulate matter, which is linked to cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, cancer, and other systemic health effects. Wood burning also releases carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and toxic pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Read More >

Nature-Based Mitigation Goals and Actions in State and Tribal Hazard Mitigation Plans

Rebecca Kihslinger, Avi Li, and Heather Luedke
April 2021

Nature-based strategies are actions that use the conservation or restoration of nature, such as ecosystems like wetlands, or green infrastructure projects, to address the risks from natural hazards.  Nature-based mitigation strategies can help reduce the likelihood of future hazards occurring and minimize negative impacts when they do occur. Read More >

Reducing Exposure to Cooking Pollutants: Policies and Practices to Improve Air Q

Reducing Exposure to Cooking Pollutants: Policies and Practices to Improve Air Quality in Homes

Amy Reed and Tobie Bernstein
April 2021

Cooking in a home kitchen produces air pollutants. While some of these pollutants are perceptible in the form of smoke or odors, others – including combustion gases and ultrafine particles – are not as obvious. Cooking-related pollutants such as particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide are linked to human health impacts including respiratory problems and cardiovascular disease. Read More >