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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.

The Greenhouse Effect: Formulating A Convention

Environmental Law Institute
December 1990

Based on the author's experience helping to organize the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and representing the United States at IPCC meetings, the report sets forth an approach to formulating a convention that is designed to gain acceptance by all the key countries. The suggested formula combines a set of initial targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions with an assessment process and a requirement that individual countries prepare national or regional strategies for addressing the problem. Read More >

Wetlands Loss Due to Agricultural Conversion: A Survey of Recent Data

Environmental Law Institute
December 1990

This report surveys currently available sources of data on the conversion of wetlands to agriculture in the United States. Part One presents the best available sources of data on wetlands losses due to agricultural conversion. Part Two describes the data available regarding the potential for agricultural conversion of the remaining wetlands in the United States. Parts Three and Four examine several types of data that might indicated indirectly either the extent of recent conversions or the likelihood of future conversions. Read More >

An Analysis of State Superfund Programs: 50-State Study

John A. Pendergrass, Environmental Law Institute
December 1989

This original study in our popular series, it examines the cleanup programs of all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. The study provides a snapshot of state statutes, program organization, staffing, funding, expenditures, cleanup standards, and cleanup activities. Read More >

Toward a More Effective Superfund Enforcement Program

Environmental Law Institute
December 1989

This study was commissioned by the EPA to evaluate the Agency's current enforcement of the federal Superfund program and to suggest options for improvement. Read More >

Wetlands and 401 Certification: Opportunities and Guidelines for States and Eligible Indian Tribes

Environmental Law Institute
January 1989

This handbook examines the Section 401 State water quality certification process and how it applies to wetlands. The EPA's Office of Wetlands Protection recommends this report as a reference tool in establishing a wetlands protection program or improving wetland protection mechanisms. Read More >