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  • Brazil:Management Environmental Pollution in the State of Rio de Janeiro - This two volume report addresses pollution from most sectors, including industry, transport, and sanitation. Volume 1 is the Policy Report which is directed at policy makers in the State of Rio de Janeiro and a general audience interested in environmental management. Volume 2 is the Technical Report which provides the analytical backup. You can download the full report at this address, or access an on-line summary.
  • Centre for Marine Studies at the University of Cape Town - This page covers topics such as marine mining, pollution and management issues in South Africa.
  • Civitas2004 - features a weekly edition of the latest news, events, links and resources-- all focusing on urban sustainbility issues. THe site is available in three languages--English, Spanish, and Catalan.
  • Consumer Recycling Resources Guide - A guide to everything the average person should know about recycling. Includes information on toxic and hard to recycle materials, and a list of local recycling web pages. Written at a level accessible to middle-school students and above.
  • E-House - Marketplace featuring environmentally sensitive building materials and systems. In order to be included in the database, a product must: promote energy efficiency, improve indoor air and water quality, or be manufactured in a sustainable manner (recycled content, nontoxic production, etc.).
  • GEO 2000 - A coordinated network of Collaborating Centres is the core of the GEO process. These centres have played an increasingly important role in preparing GEO reports. They are now responsible for almost all the regional inputs, thus combining top-down integrated assessment with bottom-up environmental reporting. A number of Associated Centres also participate, providing specialized expertise. Four working groups ?on modelling, scenarios, policy and data ?provide advice and support to the GEO process, helping coordinate the work of the Collaborating Centres to make their outputs as comparable as possible. Other United Nations agencies contribute to the GEO Process through the United Nations System-wide Earthwatch, coordinated by UNEP. In particular, they provide substantive data and information on the many environmentally-related issues that fall under their individual mandates; they also help review drafts.
  • Greenpeace International - Greenpeace is an independent, campaigning organization which uses non-violent, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems, and to force the solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future. Greenpeace's goal is to ensure the ability of the earth to nurture life in all its diversity.
  • Institute for Global Communications (IGC) - The Institute for Global Communications (IGC) is a nonprofit organization that provides alternative sources of information as well as online access and comprehensive Internet services for progressive individuals and organizations.
  • National Materials Exchange Network - Created by a grant from the U.S. EPA and now funded and overseen by Earthcycle, the National Materials Exchange Network has been the free local and international on-line marketplace for trading and recycling used and surplus materials and goods for over six years.
  • New Ideas in Pollution Regulation (NIPR) - This site deals with the question, how can governments, communities, and industry better understand and deal with the problems of pollution?. The site proposes a number of resources and interesting topics such as, Incentives and behavior related to pollution and pollution abatement, Tools for understanding pollution and its impact and options for controlling pollution.
  • Pollution Research Group (PRG) - PRG is based in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Natal, Durban. The Group is dedicated to the application of chemical engineering principles in solving environmental problems. Most of their research has been directed at water and wastewater management. Special emphasis is given to industrial effuents, clean technologies and closed loop recycling.
  • Recycling From The Source - The Source's hot links to recycling companies. Contains a wide variety of material recycling resources.
  • Renewables for Sustainable Village Power - NREL's list of programs of sustainable energy and renewables in developing nations. Contains case studies, a clickable map, a projects index, and interactive search.
  • Rights and Pollution - discusses whether land owners have the right to pollute, or do environmentalists have the right to clean water.
  • RCO On-Line - The Rcycling Council of Ontario's home page. Recycling Information, Databases, Publications, Waste Management Events, and the Electronic Trade Show for the Environment Industry.
  • EPA - United States Environmental Protection Agency.
  • World Wildlife Fund - Pollution from toxic chemicals threatens life on this planet. Every ocean and every continent, from the tropics to the once-pristine polar regions, is contaminated. Ecosystems and wildlife everywhere - seals, whales, alligators, panthers, migratory birds and many other species - have been seriously affected, and there is growing evidence of harm to humans as well. WWF recognizes that controlling pollution is important to conserving biodiversity. Our efforts to increase scientific understanding of toxic chemicals and to restrict or ban harmful chemicals stems from evidence of their ability to undermine the basic functions of entire ecosystems, as well as their impact on wildlife and human health.

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