Environmental Resources on the Web

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WEB SITES FROM EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, ORGANIZATIONS, SOCIETIES, AND THE US GOVERNMENT

PUBLICATIONS: PERIODICALS, ONLINE REPORTS, AND BOOKS

INTERNATIONAL WEB SITES

CONFERENCES & EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Web Sites From Educational Institutions, Organizations, Societies, and the US Government

All Species Foundation

http://www.all-species.org/

This non-profit organization has set a goal to conduct a complete inventory of all species of life on Earth in the next 25 years and to create a public database for access to inventory findings. Text on the web site explains the project's importance to both applied and basic science. The inventory will inform effective conservation practices and impact studies, and it will contribute to ecology by supplying greater understanding of ecosystem function and evolutionary biology. Scientists have identified fewer than two million of the ten to one hundred million species estimated to live on the planet; these are dominated by bacteria, fungi, nematodes, and insects. Presently about 15,000 species are described each year and the foundation hopes that by 2007 the pace will increase to 60,000 species per year.

Alternative Fuels Data Center

http://www.afdc.nrel.gov/

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory operates the Alternative Fuels Data Center, a Web site with vast amounts of information on alternative fuels and the vehicles that use them. A general table of fuel properties gives a quick comparison of gasoline to several alternatives, while sections devoted to eight different fuels go into much greater depth. There are several documents that examine new alternative fuel vehicles, including performance tests, fact sheets, statistics, and case studies. The site also has common questions and answers about converting a gasoline vehicle to one that uses alternative fuels. [From The Internet Scout Report, copyright Internet Scout Project 1994?2002, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/]

Biodiversity Month: May 2002

http://www.nrel.colostate.edu/projects/iboy/biomonth/

The United States Biodiversity Month provides an opportunity for U.S. citizens to participate in a global initiative both to raise awareness of biodiversity and to celebrate it through educational activities and scientific investigations. Scientists, educators, and citizens' groups are organizing events, and anyone may register their activities at this web site to publicize local efforts. Background information is available on the web site in a section called "Biodiversity Facts," and other tools are available for ideas and resources to help organize community events. The United Nations will celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22, 2002, and the year 2001-2002 is International Biodiversity Observation Year (IBOY).

Community Tree Planting: Program of the National Tree Trust

http://www.nationaltreetrust.org/CTP/New%20CTP%20Page.htm

The National Tree Trust, a non-profit tree planting organization, offers Community Tree Planting, a grant-funding program that supports planting of tree seedlings. In order to succeed, applicants must commit to: plant trees on public land, use volunteer labor to plant and maintain seedlings, obtain matching funds, and submit annual reports for two years. Seedlings are allocated on a first come, first served basis; they are available for delivery from January through April 2003. See the web site for application instructions, deadlines, and more details (important application dates: May 31, Seedling Request Form is due; Oct. 1, Project Information Form is due). Contact: Jeffrey Brown, Executive Director, Global Learning, Inc., 1018 Stuyvesant Ave., Union, NJ 07083, USA. …