Environmental protection : what everyone needs to know by Pamela Hill

By Pamela Hill

Environmental defense: What every person must comprehend is helping readers to entry and navigate the powerful approach of environmental legislation that experience emerged to ascertain the deleterious effect of human job at the ordinary atmosphere. utilizing concrete examples to hide ancient heritage in addition to modern medical, felony, and financial themes, the ebook explores hot-button present matters from nanopollution to climate Read more...

summary: Environmental safeguard: What every person must comprehend is helping readers to entry and navigate the strong method of environmental legislation that experience emerged to envision the deleterious effect of human task at the ordinary atmosphere. utilizing concrete examples to hide old historical past in addition to modern medical, felony, and fiscal subject matters, the booklet explores hot-button present matters from nanopollution to weather switch

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For example, this empowers the EPA to regulate intrastate, onsite hazardous waste as part of Congress’s broader objective to protect interstate commerce from pollution; and the Fish and Wildlife Service to regulate endangered species whose habitat may be only in one small area because the species affects biodiversity and similar values that cross state lines. The reach of the Commerce Clause presents complex and evolving legal questions that have come into play with respect to important national issues such as federal gun control laws and the Affordable Care Act.

Nanopollution is a problem to which that principle could be applied. What is the precautionary principle? The precautionary principle is the idea that even without sufficient scientific certainty, some potential harms to the environment require action. Conversely, lack of clear evidence of harm should not be an excuse for refusing to minimize risk. ”2 The idea has taken hold as a policy framework in many countries and appears in many international environmental agreements. The important 1992 Rio Declaration from the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, for example, states as one of its principles that “in order to protect the environment, the precautionary approach shall be widely applied by States according to their capabilities.

Is there a cost threshold for regulating pollutants? Should there be? Such questions concerning how to identify and regulate pollutants are answered using a mix of science and policy. The result is a collection of substances called “pollutants” that is in some respects limited in scope and undercontrolled. What are persistent organic pollutants? Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are synthetic chemicals produced either intentionally (DDT, polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs, and dieldrin, for example) or unintentionally as industrial or combustion byproducts (dioxins and furans, for example).

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