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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.

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 >

Legal Protections for Sharks and Rays Report Cover

Integrating Legal Protections for Sharks and Rays into Western and Central Fisheries Commission Regulation

Greta Swanson & Xiao Recio-Blanco
March 2021

Sharks play an essential role in the marine ecosystem. As predators, they help to maintain balance in the food chain, eliminate sick and weak animals, and ensure species diversity; and may play a role in protecting coral reefs. Read More >