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CQ researcher on saving the environment.
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Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, [2001]

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viii, 210 pages : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
Setting environmental priorities -- Environmental justice -- Saving open spaces -- Energy and the environment -- Regulating pesticides -- The economics of recycling -- Traffic congestion -- Population and the environment -- Protecting the national parks -- Saving the rain forests.
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CQ Researcher on Saving the Environment discusses the myriad of topics that concern both young adults and their parents including pesticide regulation, setting environmental priorities, population growth and world resources, and saving rain forests globally and open spaces nearer to home.

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Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
1 Setting Environmental Prioritiesp. 1
Should the United States do more to slow global warming?p. 3
Should the federal government cede to the states some of its power to set environmental policy?p. 5
Are Americans willing to pay for the next round of environmental-protection measures?p. 7
Backgroundp. 8
Status Reportp. 8
Current Situationp. 14
Global Warmingp. 14
Combating Sprawlp. 16
Outlookp. 17
Cost-Benefit Approachp. 17
Notesp. 17
Bibliographyp. 19
2 Environmental Justicep. 21
Do poor and minority populations suffer disproportionately from exposure to toxic materials?p. 23
Does President Clinton's 1994 executive order provide sufficient guarantees of environmental justice?p. 24
Does the focus on environmental justice distract attention from bigger health problems in poor and minority communities?p. 26
Backgroundp. 27
Plight of the Poorp. 27
Birth of a Movementp. 27
Clinton's Policiesp. 28
Current Situationp. 28
Recent Casesp. 28
Pressure on EPAp. 32
Aid for "Brownfields"p. 34
Outlookp. 34
Impact on Businessp. 34
Notesp. 37
Bibliographyp. 38
3 Saving Open Spacesp. 39
Should the federal government spend more money to conserve open space?p. 41
Should tax breaks for conservation easements be expanded?p. 42
Are private acquisitions of land for conservation in the public interest?p. 45
Backgroundp. 45
Patterns of Developmentp. 45
Buying Public Landp. 46
Current Situationp. 48
Clinton's Initiativesp. 48
Action in Congressp. 50
State, Local Initiativesp. 52
Land Trustsp. 54
Outlookp. 55
Action Stalled?p. 55
Notesp. 55
Bibliographyp. 57
4 Energy and the Environmentp. 59
Has the threat of global warming restored nuclear power's potential as an alternative to fossil fuels?p. 61
Should states be required to curb the emission of air pollutants that contribute to smog beyond their borders?p. 62
Does electric-utility deregulation pose an additional threat to the environment?p. 65
Backgroundp. 66
Clean Air Actp. 66
Greenhouse Gasesp. 68
Current Situationp. 70
Transportation Trendsp. 70
Alternative Fuelsp. 72
Outlookp. 72
Nuclear Wastep. 72
Candidates' Viewsp. 75
Notesp. 75
Bibliographyp. 77
5 Regulating Pesticidesp. 79
Is food treated with chemical pesticides safe to eat?p. 82
Is the government doing enough to regulate pesticide use?p. 83
Can farmers feed the country without using chemical pesticides?p. 85
Backgroundp. 86
DDT paves the Wayp. 86
Action by Congressp. 88
Political Stalematep. 90
Current Situationp. 92
Big Job for EPAp. 92
Will Congress Act?p. 94
Outlookp. 95
Consumer Educationp. 95
Notesp. 96
Bibliographyp. 97
6 The Economics of Recyclingp. 99
Do the environmental benefits of recycling outweigh the costs?p. 102
Do government recycling mandates impede the creation of efficient markets for recyclables?p. 103
Is a "pay-as-you-throw" system a more rational approach to waste management than other programs?p. 105
Backgroundp. 106
Birth of a Movementp. 106
Federal Rolep. 109
Landfill "Crisis"p. 109
Current Situationp. 110
An Uncertain Marketp. 110
Communities Pitch Inp. 112
Outlookp. 114
No End of Trashp. 114
Notesp. 115
Bibliographyp. 116
7 Traffic Congestionp. 117
Does building new roads ease congestion?p. 119
Is congestion inevitable with urban sprawl?p. 120
Can mass transit relieve traffic congestion?p. 121
Backgroundp. 122
Rise of the Car Culturep. 122
Mounting Congestionp. 124
A Shift in Policyp. 124
Current Situationp. 126
Battle in Atlantap. 126
Life in the Fast Lanep. 130
Outlookp. 132
High-Tech Solutionsp. 132
Notesp. 133
Bibliographyp. 134
8 Population and the Environmentp. 135
Can agricultural productivity increase without causing irreversible damage to the environment?p. 138
Should the U.S. government support international efforts to curb population growth?p. 139
Should immigration be limited to protect the U.S. environment from overpopulation?p. 141
Backgroundp. 142
A Radical Ideap. 142
20th-Century Concernsp. 142
Green Revolutionp. 145
Current Situationp. 147
Population Explosionp. 147
Environmental Impactp. 148
Outlookp. 151
Grain Crunch?p. 151
Consumption to Blame?p. 151
Notesp. 152
Bibliographyp. 153
9 Protecting the National Parksp. 155
Does America need more national park land?p. 157
Will additional federal funding solve the National Park Service's problems?p. 159
Can the Park Service protect both natural resources and cultural monuments?p. 162
Backgroundp. 164
A New Conceptp. 164
An Expanding Mandatep. 164
Postwar Expansionp. 166
Wilderness Act of 1964p. 164
Current Situationp. 168
Legislative Initiativesp. 168
Outlookp. 170
Resources Firstp. 170
Notesp. 171
Bibliographyp. 172
10 Saving the Rain Forestsp. 173
Are the rain forests doomed?p. 175
Can people profit from rain forests without destroying them?p. 176
Are wealthy nations contributing to tropical deforestation?p. 178
Backgroundp. 182
A Profusion of Lifep. 182
Disastrous Schemesp. 184
Current Situationp. 185
Government Initiativesp. 185
Market-Based Solutionsp. 186
Outlookp. 189
A Question of Moneyp. 189
Notesp. 190
Bibliographyp. 191
Appendix How to Write a Research Paperp. 193
Indexp. 203