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International organizations
 
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U.S. Government
 
 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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The U.S. EPA is charged with setting national standards for environmental issues and writing regulations to help implement environmental laws. Site includes information on related topics, laws & regulations, and local environmental information.

 

The Department of Energy: Environment

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The DOE is in charge of cleaning up contaminated sites and disposing of radioactive waste. The web site includes information on clean air, soil and water, climate change and other related topics.

 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

NOAA collects data about the oceans, earth, air, space and sun and how they interrelate and uses the data to describe and forecast the state of the environment. In addition to weather information, the website provides information on related issues, including local topics by state and a searchable photography collection.

 

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

NASA is in charge of the nation's civilian space program and, according to their mission statement, aims to "pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research." NASA also conducts research relating to climate, weather, and natural hazards, including environmentally related topics such as atmospheric chemistry and ozone. The website provides resources for the general public, students and educators, news about the agency and its missions, images, etc.

 

NASA Science Mission Directorate

The SMD “uses space observatories to conduct scientific studies of the Earth from space to visit and return samples from other bodies in the solar system, and to peer out into our Galaxy and beyond.” The website provides information on a variety of topics such as atmospheric composition, weather, water and energy cycles, and climate change.

 

U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

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Information includes committee resources, contacts, a legislative calendar and a list of bills with related information.

 

FedStats: Environment

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FedStats provides statistics from more than 100 agencies searchable by topic, geographic area, etc. The environment section covers information from the EPA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Geological Survey on a variety of environmental topics.

 

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

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The agency’s mission is to reduce the burden of human illness by studying environmental links to human disease. The page gives information on environmentally related diseases, funding opportunities, health, education and research and includes databases on related topics.

 

USAID Environment

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USAID extends assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms. Their page offers information on biodiversity, climate change, forestry, etc., and on the agency’s work to support communities’ efforts in these areas.

 

Household Products database

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Created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this database covers health effects of over 10,000 consumer brands; it allows searches by name, manufacturer, ingredients and category (pet care, auto, etc.).

 

TOXNET

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This site, maintained by the National Library of Medicine, allows simultaneous searching of multiple databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases, including Toxline (biochemical, pharmacological, physiological, and toxicological effects of drugs), Hazardous Substances Data Bank and Chemical Carcinogenesis Research Information System.

 

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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Site provides information on threatened and endangered plant and animal species and conservation efforts; provides list of endangered wildlife and plants, historical information, critical habitats and related news and allows searches by species or location.

 

U.S. Geological Survey

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Provides news on ecosystems and environment, natural hazards, natural resources, impacts of climate and land-use change, water quality data and core science systems such as the Biological Informatics Program, Core Science Informatics, and National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program.

 

 State Resources
 
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fairchild's Center for Tropical Plant Conservation “is dedicated to conserving tropical plants, driven by the imperative to avoid the extinction of species and their habitats.” Fairchild's Florida Conservation Team “maps, monitors, and researches plants and plant communities that are native to South Florida,” aiming to decrease loss of tropical plants and habitats through research and support to field conservation.

 

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

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The website of Florida’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship provides information and resources for citizens, educators, businesses and government, including news, information on their programs and access to their publications.

 

 Illinois Natural History Survey

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First established in the mid-19th century for the purpose of documenting the flora and fauna of Illinois, the biological collections of the INHS still preserve some of the earliest natural history specimens collected in the Midwest. 

 

 Journals and other Reference Sources

 

Electronic Green Journal (EGJ)

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EGJ is a peer-reviewed digital journal providing open access to scholarly, international environmental information, published semiannually by the UCLA Library.

 

Encyclopedia of Earth

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Published by the National Council for Science and the Environment, this resource includes peer-reviewed articles, definitions, reports, images, videos, etc. on environmental topics.

 

Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP)

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EHP is a monthly journal of peer-reviewed research and news published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Health and Human Services. Articles cover a wide range of topics such as epidemiologic studies, risk assessment and environmental justice.

 

National Geographic: Environment

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News, information and articles on issues relating to energy, freshwater, global warming, habitats, natural disasters and other topics.

 

Selected Catholic Resources
 
The Environmental Justice Program

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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ EJP calls Catholics to “a deeper respect for God’s creation” and engages parishes in activities that deal with environmental problems. The site provides related news, developments on campaigns, issues and ministries, and resources for educators, parishes and clergy.

 


Catholic Education Resource Center: Environment

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CERC is a portal of online resources for Catholic faith and culture. The environment page contains articles on related topics.

 

 Educational and non-profit organizations
 
National Council for Science and the Environment

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This not-for-profit organization aims to improve the scientific basis for environmental decision making. Page includes articles on environmental topics, news and information on related collaborative programs between institutions, business organizations and government agencies.  

 

The Center for Conservation Biology

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Stanford University CCB conducts scientific and policy research to build a sound basis for the conservation, management, and restoration of Earth’s biotic resources. This page provides access to publications and information on academic programs and research.

 

The League of Conservation Voters

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The League is a non-profit organization that informs the public about environmental legislation and elected officials’ records on environmental issues and aims to educate the public, build coalitions and promote grassroots efforts on environmental matters.

 

 International organizations
 
European Union Directorate-General for the Environment

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The Directorate is responsible for the EU’s policy area of the environment; its main role is to initiate environmental legislation and ensure that agreed-upon measures are implemented. Page includes news, speeches, statistics, indicators, etc.

 

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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The FAO “leads international efforts to defeat hunger”. Page provides information on world agriculture, upcoming meetings, key programs and initiatives, full-text access to their publications, statistics, country profiles, etc.  

 

Department of Sustainable Development and Environment (DSD)

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Part of the Organization of American States (OAS), this department’s stated mission is to support OAS member states in creating and implementing policies and projects oriented to integrate environmental priorities with poverty alleviation and socio-economic development; the page provides information on their projects and related documents.

 

 Other Portals
 
Center for Environmental Philosophy

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Internet resources related to environmental ethics and philosophy.

 

Selected Ecology Websites from IMSETnet

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Instructional Materials in Science and Technology Education from North Carolina State University.  

 

 

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