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Internet Resources for Eco-Festival 2013

KCC Eco-Festival 2011 Internet Resources

Selected Websites for Environmental Education

Bioscience, Business & Economics, Climate Change, Earth ScienceEnergy, Environmental Arts & Design, Farming & FoodHealth & Medicine, History, News, Water, Wilderness & Wildlife


Action Bioscience - Promoting Bioscience Literacy
Peer-reviewed articles by scientists, science educators, and science students covering the environment, biodiversity, genomics, biotechnology, evolution, and bioscience education.

Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)
BHL is a consortium of U.S. and U.K. botanical and natural history libraries. The website includes a digitized collection of some 46,000 titles dating back to 1450 that relate to biodiversity.

Global Invasive Species Database
Database of invasive species covering "all taxonomic groups from micro-organisms to animals and plants in all ecosystems." Experts located throughout the world provide and/or the review the data.

Microbial Life - Educational Resources
Resources examining various aspects of microbiology including the ecology, diversity, and evolution of micro-organisms.

National Invasive SpeciesInformation Center (NISIC), from the USDA
A clearinghouse of information for all manner of invasive species

USGS:  Ecosystems
Highlights from research pertaining to ecosystems, invasive species, and wildlife.

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Business & Economics

Ethisphere Institute is an international think-tank "dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability."

The Happy Planet Index
The Happy Planet Index measures human well-being as it relates to efficient usage of natural resources. The Index provides data that can be downloaded into an EXCEL spreadsheet.

Information and connections for the sustainable business industry.

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Climate Change

Berkeley Earth
Scientists and engineers working with surface station temperature data sets for the purpose of advancing knowledge about global warming.

Climate Ark
Climate change and global warming portal.

Climate Central
Collaboration between scientist and journalists providing information about climate change.

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)
Research, news, and policy issues covering climate change.

Climate Change: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Comprehensive information for climate change including data for greenhouse gas emissions and an overview of U.S. environmental policy.

Climate Institute
Click on 'topics' on the top menu bar to obtain news and information for key issues related to climate change. Additional information can be found under 'publications' and 'resources'.

Climate Literacy Framework at the United States Global Change Research Program
Tools for educators that can serve as discussion starters or launching points for scientific inquiry into climate change.

Global Climate Change: NASA
Multimedia features such as photographs, movies, animations, and interactive graphics depicting NASA's research into climate change.

NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory
Summaries of research on weather and climate change.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Publications from the United Nations including the Kyoto Protocol.

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
Agency of the United Nations dedicated to the study of weather and the climate.

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Earth Science

Environmental Geoscience Program at AGI: American Geosciences Institute: 
Educational tools created by an association of geologists, geophysicists, and earth scientists that cover major environmental topics.  Includes publications, slide shows, information about legislation, and more.
Created and maintained by a retired geologist and college professor, contains information relating to the environment al concerns such as fracking, climate change, and water.

MyEnvironment:  Environmental Information for My Area
Enter your zip code to receive reports and data related to air, water, land, health, and energy conditions for your community.

National Snow and Ice Data Center               
Data and research about the Polar Regions and the cryosphere.

U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library
Contains over 400,000 photographs taken during geologic studies of the United States and its territories from 1868 to the present.  All the photographs are in the public domain, but the U.S, Geological Survey requests that users credit the photographer.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
View Ocean Topics to learn more about oceans and climate, coastal science, ocean engineering, ocean life, ocean resources, polar research, and pollution.

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American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)
Trade association that promotes wind energy. The site includes statistics and facts about wind power.

International Energy Agency (IEA)
The International Energy Agency acts as an energy advisor to its 28 member countries. The site includes extensive statistical data by country.

Natural Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
U.S. government laboratory that conducts renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. Select 'student resources' to view education materials about renewable energy and technology.

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Environmental Arts & Design

EnviroArts: Orion Online
EnviroArts: Orion Online is collaboration between the EnviroLink Network and the Orion Society. The site contains essays, poetry, interviews, and images produced by leading environmental writers and artists.

GreenSource: The Magazine of Sustainable Design
GreenSource covers projects, products, resources, people, events, and images related to green design and construction. A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments
Online journal that publishes poetry, essays, fiction, and other articles about the intersection of open and urban spaces.

The Thoreau Reader
An examination of Thoreau's importance as a leading American nature writer.

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Farming & Food

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC)
Search AFSIC for news and resources about sustainable food systems and practices.

National Pesticide Information Center
Oregon State University and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency teamed up to provide information about how pesticides affect human health and the environment.
Statistical overview by country of land dedicated to organic farming, the number of producers, and domestic sales.

SARE: Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education
Grants and educational services for sustainable agriculture.

United States Department of Agriculture
Information about the environment and natural resources, energy, and food security.

Your Food Environment Atlas
Your Food Environment Atlas provides statistics by county showing food choices, health and well-being, and basic demographics.

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Health & Medicine

CDC: Environmental health
Environmental health topics from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention.

Environmental Health and Medicine Education, by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Information about environmental health concerns for health professionals, community groups, and the public.

Health & Environmental Research Online (HERO), by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
HERO is a database of scientific literature that examines health risks from chemical contaminants and other stressors found in the environment.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
NIEHS provides information about diseases and conditions that may be linked to environmental exposures.

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Before New York, by the National Geographic Magazine
Computer generated images of Manhattan's ecosystem in 1609, when Henry Hudson and his crew sailed into what is now New York Harbor.

Environmental Affairs in New York State: An Historical Overview, by the New York State Archives
Online publication produced by the New York State Archives takes the reader through a review of the history of environmental matters in New York State.

EPA History
A timeline of the EPA's accomplishments, discussions of its origin, interviews with the EPA administrators, historical publications, and images.

Evolution of the Conservation Movement: 1850-1920, by the Library of Congress
Documents the development of the movement to conserve and protect America's natural heritage.

Gaylord Nelson and Earth Day: The Making of a Modern Environmental Movement
Gaylord Anton Nelson (1916–2005), a Senator from Wisconsin, was the principal founder of Earth Day. This site is a rich resource for historical information about the environmental movement, the founding of Earth Day, and a digitized collection of Nelson's papers.

The Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University
Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919) was the first American president (1901–09) to present conservation as a significant domestic political issue.  The Theodore Roosevelt Center is a digital archive of President Roosevelt's papers.  The website includes a biographical overview and a timeline of significant events.

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E – The Environmental Magazine
Popular environmental news magazine covering a variety of topics.

Earth Day News, by The New York Times
The New York Times has compiled a collection of news articles from its archives and related Web links that cover Earth Day and environmental issues in general.

EarthTrends is an online database that examines environmental, social, and economic trends. The home page contains news highlights and links to several research topics. Free registration is necessary to obtain more than three data sets.

EnviroLink, a nonprofit organization primarily run by volunteers, operates as a clearinghouse for environmental news and information for grassroots environmental organizations.

Environment News Service
Environment News Services is an independently owned and operated international wire service focusing on the environment.
Clearinghouse for green news and product information.

Yale Environment 360
Yale Environment 360, a publication of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, covers global environmental news, opinions, and analysis.

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Aquatic Commons
Aquatic Commons is a digital repository for documents related to marine, brackish, and freshwater environments. Browse the site by year, subject or issuing agency.

Center for Watershed Protection
Go to "Why Watersheds" for an overview about the importance of watersheds.

GeoPlatform - Gulf Response
Online tool that provides information about the response effort for the British Petroleum oil spill the Gulf of Mexico.

Great Lakes Information Network
Information and data pertaining to the environmental, economic, and public policy issues related to the Great Lakes.

Harte Research Institute: Gulf of Mexico Studies
Harte Research Institute, located at Texas A&M University, is an excellent website for students researching the Gulf of Mexico.

The Jamaica Bay Research and Management Information Network (JBRMIN)
Compendium of information about  Jamaica Bay from federal, state and local government agencies, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, and private industry.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge at New York City Harbor Parks
Overview of what is happening at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

National Water and Information System
Data for surface water, ground water, and water quality collected at approximately 1.5 million sites located throughout the 50 states and key territories of the United States.

National Wild & Scenic Rivers
National Wild & Scenic Rivers, a joint project of four government agencies, provides general information about protecting the nation's rivers.

NOAA's State of the Coast
Facts, statistics, and case studies for coastal ecosystems.

Surf Your Watershed
Input your zip code to learn about your local watershed.

U.S. Drought Portal
Monitor drought conditions and droughts in the news.

USGS: Water Resources of the United States
Data, publications, and maps created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Water, by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Gateway for information about all aspects of water including drinking water, ground water, wetlands, oceans, watersheds, and wastewater management.

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Wilderness & Wildlife

Animals, Plants, Aquatic Life by the New York State Department of Conservation
Learn about how New York State preserves essential habitats and establishes regulations and policies that protect plant and animal resources.

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Database of endangered plants and animals.

NOAA Habitat Conservation
Information for protecting and restoring coastal and marine habitats. is an educational website that focuses on the wilderness and the importance of public land preservation. The site contains an impressive image library of America's wilderness areas.

Compiled by Prof. Elizabeth Tompkins, Robert J. Kibbee Library, on February 13, 2013.
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