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Taming the Dragon Heads: Controlling Air Emissions From Power Plants in China--An Analysis of China's Air Pollution Policy and Regulatory Framework

Coal combustion is the leading source of industrial air pollution in China today, contributing up to 87% of total sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions and 75% of carbon dioxide (CO2)...

NAFTA's Investment Protections and the Division of Authority for Land Use and Environmental Controls

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)1 contains various "investor protections," including a provision requiring signatory governments to compensate property owners if the government either...

An Old Problem for a New Century: International Approaches to the Elimination of Lead Poisoning

Introduction

Lead poisoning, as a mirror of the persistence of its stolid and elemental agent,1 has remained a serious threat to health and development for centuries, indeed millennia....

Awkward Evolution: Citizen Enforcement at the North American Environmental Commission

The Lessons Learned Report: A Time to Reassess

The debate in the early 1990s over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)1 was extremely contentious in Canada, Mexico, and the...

Globalizing Environmental Governance: Making the Leap From Regional Initiatives on Transparency, Participation, and Accountability in Environmental Matters

In recent years, the critical role of civil society and the public in protecting the environment has become clear. International declarations and agreements increasingly recognize that individuals, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs),...

To Trade or Not to Trade . . .

"I'm Not Dead Yet: Genetic Mutation That Lives Up to Its Name Is Found."1 This heading from the December 15, 2000, New York Times is a precursor to one of the most fiercely debated issues of our times....

Time to Walk the Walk: U.S. Hazardous Waste Management and Sustainable Development

Introduction

The basic structure of the domestic laws of the United States with respect to hazardous waste was established in the mid-and late 1970s and the mid-1980s. In the face of widespread public concern over the...

Triangulating Sustainable Development: International Trade, Environmental Protection, and Development

The Agenda: "To Make International Trade and Environment Policies Mutually Supportive in Favour of Sustainable Development."1

Introduction

At the time of the United Nations (U.N.)...

The Global South as the Key to Biodiversity and Biotechnology-A Reply to Prof. Chen

This Dialogue seeks to respond to Prof. Jim Chen's recent Article in the Environmental Law Reporter, Diversity and Deadlock: Transcending Conventional Wisdom on the Relationship Between Biological Diversity and Intellectual Property...

Fresh Water: Toward a Sustainable Future

Introduction

It is difficult to imagine a resource more essential to a sustainable economy and to a sustainable, healthy human community than fresh water. Humans cannot live for more than several days without water,...