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Internet Resources for Eco-Festival 2014

KCC Eco-Festival 2011 Internet Resources
 


Selected Websites for Environmental Education

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

Bioscience 

Action Bioscience – Promoting Bioscience Literacy

URL:  http://www.actionbioscience.org/

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

Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)

URL:  http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/

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.   

Conservation Topics from NatureServe

URL:  http://www.natureserve.org/biodiversity-science/conservation-topics

News, publications, and data covering endangered ecosystems and species. 

Global Invasive Species Database

URL:  http://www.issg.org/database/welcome/

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. 

Knowledge Project:  Ecology

URL:  http://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/ecology-102

Peer-reviewed journal articles written by experts covering all aspects of ecology including conservation, community ecology, and animal behavior. 

Microbial Life – Educational Resources

URL:  http://serc.carleton.edu/microbelife

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

National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC), from the USDA

URL:  http://invasivespeciesinfo.gov/

A clearinghouse of information for all manner of invasive species. 

USGS:  Ecosystems

URL:  http://www.usgs.gov/ecosystems/about.html

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

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Business & Economics 

Ethisphere

URL:  http://ethisphere.com/

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

URL:  http://www.happyplanetindex.org/

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.                

Justmeans

URL:  http://www.justmeans.com/

Information and connections for the sustainable business.
 

Resources for the Future (RFF)

URL:  http://www.rff.org/Pages/default.aspx

Nonprofit organization focusing on the field of environmental economics.  See Research Topics for principle areas of focus. 

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Climate Change 

Berkeley Earth

URL:  http://berkeleyearth.org/

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

Climate Ark

URL:  http://www.climateark.org/

Climate change and global warming portal. 

Climate Central

URL:  http://climatecentral.org/

Collaboration between scientist and journalists providing information about climate change.  

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

URL:  http://www.c2es.org/

Research, news, and policy issues covering climate change. 

Climate Change at the National Academies

URL:  https://nas-sites.org/americasclimatechoices/

Reports, videos, and news from a consortium of scientific and engineering associations. 

Climate Change:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

URL:  http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/index.html

Comprehensive information for climate change including data for greenhouse gas emissions and an overview of U.S. environmental policy. 

Climate Institute

URL:  http://www.climate.org/index.html

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

URL:  http://www.globalchange.gov

Tools for educators that can serve as launching points for scientific inquiry into climate change. 

Global Climate Change:  NASA

URL:  http://climate.nasa.gov/

Photographs, movies, animations, and interactive graphics depicting NASA’s research into climate change. 

NOAA Climate.gov

URL:  http://www.climate.gov/

News, data, and curriculum materials about climate change. 

United Nations (UN) Climate Change Portal

URL:  http://www.un.org/climatechange/

Gateway to the UN’s actions on climate change. 

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

URL:  http://www.wmo.int/pages/index_en.html

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

URL:  http://www.agiweb.org/environment/index.html

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. 

Geology.com

URL:  http://geology.com/

Created and maintained by a retired geologist and college professor, Geology.com contains information relating to the environmental concerns such as fracking, climate change, and water. 

MyEnvironment:  Environmental Information for My Area

URL:  http://www.epa.gov/myenvironment/

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

URL:  http://nsidc.org/

Data and research about the polar regions and the cryosphere.

 

U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library

URL:  http://libraryphoto.cr.usgs.gov/earth.htm

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

URL:  http://www.whoi.edu/

Select Ocean Institutes under the ‘Research’ tab to learn more about oceans and climate, coastal science, ocean engineering, ocean life, and ocean resources.

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Energy 

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

URL:  http://www.awea.org/

Trade association that promotes wind energy.  The site includes statistics and facts about wind power. 

International Energy Agency (IEA)

URL:  http://www.iea.org/

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)

URL:  http://www.nrel.gov/

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 

GreenSource: The Magazine of Sustainable Design

URL:  http://greensource.construction.com/

GreenSource covers projects, products, resources, people, events, and images related to green design and construction. 

Terrain.org:  A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments

URL:  http://www.terrain.org/

Online journal that publishes poetry, essays, fiction, and other articles about the intersection of open and urban spaces. 

The Thoreau Reader

URL:  http://thoreau.eserver.org/

An examination of Thoreau’s importance as a leading American nature writer.

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Farming & Food 

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC)

URL:  http://afsic.nal.usda.gov/

Search AFSIC for news and resources about sustainable food systems and practices. 

Farm Subsidy Database

URL:  http://farm.ewg.org/

Detailed information about the farm subsidiary program from the not-for-profit organization Environmental Working Group. 

Farmland Information Center

URL:  http://www.farmlandinfo.org/

Clearinghouse for information about farmland protection and stewardship.  View the Conservation section for efforts to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality, and protect grasslands, wetlands, and wildlife. 

National Pesticide Information Center

URL:  http://www.npic.orst.edu/

Oregon State University and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency teamed up to provide information about how pesticides affect human health and the environment. 

Organic-World.net

URL:  http://www.organic-world.net/

Statistical overview of land dedicated to organic farming, the number of producers, and domestic sales. 

SARE: Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education

URL:  http://www.sare.org/

Grants and educational services for sustainable agriculture. 

United States Department of Agriculture

URL:  http://www.usda.gov/

Information about the environment and natural resources, energy, and food security. 

USDA Economic Research Service

URL: http://www.ers.usda.gov/

Data and reports covering agriculture, food, the environment, and development. 

Your Food Environment Atlas

URL:  http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/food-environment-atlas.aspx

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

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Health & Medicine 

CDC:  Environmental health

URL:  http://www.cdc.gov/environmental/

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

URL:  http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/emes

Information about environmental health concerns for health professionals, community groups, and the public. 

Environmental Health and Toxicology Information

URL:  http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro.html

Use the left menu bar to locate information about chemicals and drugs, occupational safety, pesticides, and more. 

Health & Environmental Research Online (HERO), by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

URL:  http://hero.epa.gov/

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)

URL:  http://www.niehs.nih.gov/index.cfm

NIEHS provides information about diseases and conditions that may be linked to environmental exposures.

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History 

Before New York, by the National Geographic Magazine

URL:  http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2009/09/manhattan/miller-text/1

Computer generated images of Manhattan’s ecosystem in 1609, when Henry Hudson and his crew sailed into what is now New York Harbor. 

Darwin Correspondence Project

URL:  http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/

Full text of more than 7,500 letters written by Charles Darwin.  Explore the site by clicking on “Themes” from the top menu bar. 

Environmental Affairs in New York State: An Historical Overview, by the New York State Archives

URL:  http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/research/res_topics_env_docproj.shtml

Project devoted to documenting the history of environmental affairs in New York State. 

EPA History

URL http://www.epa.gov/history/

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

Evolution of the Conservation Movement:  1850-1920, by the Library of Congress

URL:  http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amrvhtml/conshome.html

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

URL:  http://www.nelsonearthday.net/

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

URL:  http://www.theodorerooseveltcenter.org/

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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News 

E – The Environmental Magazine

URL:  http://www.emagazine.com/

Popular environmental news magazine covering a variety of topics. 

Earth Day News, by The New York Times

URL:  http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/subjects/e/earth_day/index.html

The New York Times has compiled a collection of news articles from its archives and related Web links that covers Earth Day and related environmental issues. 

Environment News Service

URL:  http://www.ens-newswire.com/

Independently owned and operated international wire service focusing on the environment. 

Inside Climate News

URL:  http://insideclimatenews.org/

Brooklyn-based non-profit and non-partisan news organization that covers clean energy, carbon energy, nuclear energy, and environmental science.  Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. 

Orion Magazine

URL:  http://www.orionmagazine.org/

Go to “Orion Classics” for groundbreaking essays by Wendell Berry, Barry Lopez, Barbara Kingssolver, and others. 

Renewable Energy World

URL:  http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/home

News about all forms of renewable energy. 

Treehugger.com

URL:  http://www.treehugger.com/

Clearinghouse for green news and product information.               

Yale Environment 360

URL:  http://e360.yale.edu/

A publication of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies covering global environmental news, opinions, and analysis.

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Water 

Aquatic Commons

URL:  http://aquaticcommons.org/

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

URL:  http://www.cwp.org/

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

FracFocus

URL:  http://fracfocus.org/

Managed by the Groundwater Protection Council, FracFocus provides information about the history of hydraulic fracturing, how hydraulic fracturing works, and the impact of hydraulic fracturing on groundwater. 

GeoPlatform – Gulf Response

URL:  http://www.geoplatform.gov/gulfresponse

Online tool that provides information about the response effort to the British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Great Lakes Information Network

URL:  http://www.great-lakes.net/

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

Harte Research Institute:  Gulf of Mexico Studies

URL:  http://www.harteresearchinstitute.org/

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)

URL:  http://nbii-nin.ciesin.columbia.edu/jamaicabay/index.jsp

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

URL:  http://www.nyharborparks.org/visit/jaba.html

Overview of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. 

National Water and Information System

URL:  http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis

Data for surface water, ground water, and water quality collected from nearly 1.5 million sites located throughout the 50 states and key territories of the United States. 

National Wild & Scenic Rivers

URL:  http://www.rivers.gov/

A joint project of four government agencies providing general information about protecting the nation’s rivers. 

Surf Your Watershed

URL:  http://www.epa.gov/owow/surf

Input your zip code to learn about your local watershed. 

U.S. Drought Portal

URL:  http://www.drought.gov/

Information about current droughts and their effects on the environment as well as forecasting future droughts. 

USGS:  Water Resources of the United States

URL:  http://water.usgs.gov/

Data, publications, and maps created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). 

Water, by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

URL:  http://www.epa.gov/ow

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

URL:  http://www.dec.ny.gov/23.html

Learn about how New York State preserves essential habitats and establishes regulations and policies that protect plant and animal resources. 

Endangered Species from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

URL:  http://www.fws.gov/endangered/

Portal for researching all aspect of endangered species. 

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

URL:  http://www.iucnredlist.org/

Database of endangered plants and animals. 

NOAA Habitat Conservation

URL:  http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/aboutus/index.html

Information for protecting and restoring coastal and marine habitats. 

Winderness.net

URL:  http://www.wilderness.net/index.cfm

Wilderness.net 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 March 12, 2014.
Please send questions, comments, and suggestions to
etompkins@kbcc.cuny.edu.


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