Resource Pointer #40
July 11, 1995
For copies of the following resources, please contact
the appropriate publishers or organizations directly.
*Toxics Watch, 1995.* INFORM, Inc. Explores broad range
of U.S. data on the use and presense of toxic substances
in the environment, describes the major sources of toxic
contaminants and examines the impact of government and
industry pollution-reduction programs. Begins with
introductory review of toxic hazards and different
policy approaches for management of toxic hazards and
includes discussion of toxic contaminant sources, toxics
in commerce, toxics in waste, toxics in the environment,
environmental justice and case studies of government-
mandated and voluntary pollution prevention programs.
Appendix lists companies ranked according to waste
production and releases, and profiles industries for
toxic waste generation. 521 pp. plus appendices. US$125
plus US$3 postage and handling (contact INFORM for
discounts available to nonprofit groups and government).
INFORM, 120 Wall Street, 16 Floor, New York, NY 10005-
4001; phone (212) 361-2400.
*Background Information on Methyl Bromide in Chile,
1995.* (English and Spanish). Maggie Citrin, Maria
Isabel Manzur and Victoria Maldonado. Describes
principle methyl bromide uses in Chile, reviews hazards
to health and the ozone layer, and lists methyl bromide
alternatives. Provides an overview of laws and
regulations regarding the production, import,
registration and application of pesticides in Chile,
with emphasis on methyl bromide, and includes quantities
of methyl bromide imported into Chile from the U.S.,
Israel and Belgium between 1991-1994. 15 pp. US$5.
Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA), 116 New
Montgomery, Suite 810, San Francisco, CA 94105; phone
(415) 541-9140; fax (415) 541-9253;
*Towards a Future EC Pesticide Policy: An Inventory of
Risks of Pesticide Use, Possible Solutions and Policy
Instruments, 1994.* Centre for Agriculture and
Environment. Describes pesticide risks to health,
agriculture and environment in Europe and provides data
of pesticide concentrations detected in groundwater,
surface-water and soil. Summarizes pesticide trends and
policies in Europe country by country and argues that
the European Community should establish a comprehensive,
international pesticide policy. Investigates
possibilites for pesticide risk and use reduction at
farm level, such as safe use of pesticides, reduction in
applications and non-chemical alternatives, including
cultural, biological and physical controls. Concludes
with overview of possible instruments for EC pesticide
policy. 116 pp. Dfl$25 plus Dfl$15 for shipping abroad.
Centre for Agriculture and Environment, P.O. Box 10015,
3505 AA Utrecht, The Netherlands; phone (31) 30 44 1301;
fax (31) 30 44 1318.
*Pesticides in the Atmosphere: Distribution, Trends, and
Governing Factors, 1995.* U.S. Geological Survey.
Synethesizes findings from previous studies on
pesticides in the hydrologic system and summarizes data
regarding urban and rural differences, effects of
agricultural management practices, the influence of
climate and other natural factors and hazards to health
and the environment. Documents that the atmosphere
contributes significantly to distributing and depositing
pesticides in areas distant from application sites, but
suggests that accurate assessment is limited by the lack
of a consistent, long-term regional and national
monitoring study. Includes geographical distributions of
pesticides detected, summary of national use trends,
discussion of regulatory processes and analysis of
physical and chemical mechanisms of transport. 191 pp.
U.S. Geological Survey, Earth Science Information
Center, Open-File Reports Section, Box 25286, MS 517,
Denver Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225; phone (415)
329-4309; fax (415) 329-5130.
*California Water 2020: A Sustainable Vision, 1995.*
Peter Glick, Penn Loh, Santos Gomez and Jason Morrison.
Examines water-use in terms of quantity requirements and
effects or quality by urban, agricultural and other
sectors. Explores possibilities for making water-use
sustainable, and recommends technical, regulatory and
economic mechanisms for achieving long-term water-use
sustainability. Options discussed for agriculture
include irrigation technology improvements, crop
selection changes, integration of wildlife habitat with
agricultural land and tax incentives to alter water-use
practices. 113 pp. US$15. Pacific Institute for Studies
in Development, Environment, and Security, 1204
Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612; phone (510)
251-1600; fax (510) 251-2203; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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