United States

Region Related Areas: 
North America
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6 252 001

US Endangered Species Act

The Conservation Reserve Program

In the United States the 1985 Farm Bill lead to the creation of a program called the Conservation Reserve Program. It allows farmers to enter into a rental contract in which they are paid for idling and reverting agricultural land to natural ecosystems for conservation purposes.


A Future without Waste? Zero Waste in Theory and Practice

About this issue

Is a world without waste truly achievable? The essays in this volume of RCC Perspectives discuss zero waste as a vision, as a historical concept, and as an international practice. Going beyond the motto of “reduce, reuse, recycle,” they reflect on the feasibility of creating closed material cycles and explore real-world examples of challenges and successes on the way to zero waste.


Rivers, Memory, and Nation-Building: A History of the Volga and Mississippi Rivers

Beginning in the pre-modern world, the Volga and Mississippi Rivers both served as critical trade routes connecting cultures in an extensive exchange network, while also sustaining populations through their surrounding wetlands and bottomlands. In modern times, “Mother Volga” and the “Father of Waters” became integral parts of national identity, contributing to a sense of Russian and American exceptionalism. Rivers, Memory, and Nation-Building discusses their histories, through which we derive a more nuanced view of human interaction with the environment, which adds another lens to our understanding of the past.