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From Inside Costa Rica

India’s state, Himachal Pradesh, would replicate the Costa Rica model for protecting Himalayan ecology by conserving the environmental conditions, said Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal at the concluding ceremony of the International Conference on Environment in San José, Costa Rica.

According to an official release, Prof Dhumal said Costa Rica and Himachal Pradesh had many a similarities in climatic conditions and added that mutual exchange of expertise was bound to result in achieving the objective of emerging carbon neutral State of the Country in near future.

Emphasizing that ecological conditions of the State had direct impact upon rest of the northern states of the country, he said out of total geographical area of 55,674 sq km, 37,033 sq km was under forest cover. Of the total 45 thousand plant species 3,295, making 7.32 per cent were in Himachal Pradesh.

Prof Dhumal said a major chunk of population of the state inhabited in rural area and the forests had been contributing significantly in absorption of the green house gases to maintain ecological balance in the northern region of the country.

The Chief Minister, while maintaining that Himachal Pradesh was leading in education in the Country with the highest literacy rate, he said people were aware about environment protection a an important subject.

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2010 will be a landmark year for the environmental sector as much-touted legislation and bills will officially go into effect.

Starting this week, several states and municipalities will enforce laws pertaining to proper disposal, recycling and pollution, among others.

While it’s a lot to keep up with, we thought we’d give you a quick rundown on some of the major legislation taking place.

Photo: Amanda Wills, Earth911.com

Earlier this year, the Empire State Building took on a $20 million eco-friendly retrofit. In New York City, buildings contribute 80 percent of total carbon emissions.

California: Recycling Mandate for Business and Apartments
The state’s Integrated Waste Management Board (IWMB) is formulating a program that will encourage businesses, apartment complexes and mobile home parks to institute recycling. The mandatory recycling directive will most likely set goals for cities and counties, allowing them to implement individual programs as long as they comply. Start date: Jan. 1, 2010

Minnesota: BPA Ban in Children Products
A new Minnesota law is banning the presence of Bispenol A (BPA) in food and beverage containers targeted for children under three-years-old, such as plastic baby bottles. The North Star State is the first to ban BPA, which has come under fire for possible health concerns. Start date: Jan. 1, 2010

United Kingdom: Mandatory Battery Recycling
British retailers selling more than 32 kg (approximately 70 pounds) of batteries per year will be required to offer free collection and recycling under a new British law. Start date: Feb. 1, 2010

United States: EPA Lead Paint Safety Requirements
EPA’s rule will cover renovations of facilities built before 1978, aiming to protect children from exposure to lead-based paint. Under the new law, “Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Program,” workers will have lead-safe work practice standards and required certification/training for paid contractors and maintenance professionals. Start date: April 2010

New York: State Green Construction Building Act
The new law will require all future construction and major renovation projects on New York state government buildings to follow new building standards set by the New York Office of General Services. Start date: Aug. 27, 2010

Delaware: Plastic Bag Recycling Legislation
The state of Delaware joined a handful of other U.S. states and cities to pass legislation requiring expanded consumer access to plastic bag recycling. Similar to those already passed in the states of California and New York, the new law requires retailers and chain stores that give out plastic bags to consumers to provide collection bins for their recycling. Start date: August 2010

Amanda Wills

Amanda Wills

Amanda Wills is the Assistant Editor of Earth911.com

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