Environmental Resources: Web Sites and Books

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Web Sites are listed in the following categories:

Commercial Entities

Educational Sites

International Sites

Nonprofit & Research Organizations

U.S. Federal Agencies' and State Government Sites

Books

Commercial Entities

ConsumerReports.org: Saving on energy costs

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/home-garden/resource-center/saving-onenergy- costs-10-07/overview/energy-ov.htm

Lists 10 actions that individuals can take to save energy costs based on Consumer Reports' experts' testing of products and programs designed to save energy and pointing out those "that promise more than they deliver."

Financial Times: Climate Change Series

http://www.ft.com/climatechangeseries

From the website for the U.K. newspaper, the Financial Times, this news series "looks at the politics of climate change." Includes stories related to the developed world and emerging economies, opinion pieces, and interactive features on climate change agreement and mapping carbon dioxide emissions. Provides links to stories on the science aspects of global warming. ***

GreenHomeGuide

http://www.greenhomeguide.com/

This website from the U.S. Green Building Council features a "combination of tips, case studies, expert Q&A articles and regional directories of products and services." Browse by area or feature of the home, such as bathrooms or flooring. A product directory (covering San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York City) provides a detailed description of the process of selecting and approving the products included in it, noting that "only a minority of products are approved." ***

Educational Sites

American Museum of Natural History: Science Bulletins

http://www.amnh.org/sciencebulletins/

This website stands in for visiting the American Museum of Natural History in person in New York City. Online video features present developments in the fields of astrophysics, human biology, biodiversity, and evolution. Science educators can benefit from guides on the website to help them incorporate content from the Science Bulletins in their teaching and classroom learning activities.*

Endangered Species Photo Map from National Geographic

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2009/01/endangered-species/photo-map-interactive

Accompanying the January 2009 National Geographic article, "Countdown to Extinction," the magazine's website presents an interactive photo map of animals in the United States that are endangered or threatened (20 species as of April 2009). Visitors to the site can learn more about the Endangered Species Act, which protects the animals depicted on the map, by clicking a link to "Feature Article" that appears above map.*

Forces of Change

http://forces.si.edu/index.html

This informative website from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History suggests that "to understand our world, we must understand change." The site looks explores change in climate, ecology, and culture. Based on a wide variety of research, the site's content examines how different types of changes affect life on earth, featuring phenomena like El Nino, volcanic eruptions, and atmospheric changes. Sections are labeled: arctic, atmosphere, science at work, media library, for educators, and in the news. Content includes interviews with researchers, reports of research findings, and educational activities for pre-K to ninth grade students. *

Forest Encyclopedia Network

http://www.forestencyclopedia.net/

This site, maintained as a joint effort of the USDA's Forest Service Southern Research Station and Southern Regional Extension Forestry, is an open-access information source to which scientists and others are invited to submit content. The available online encyclopedias include: the Encyclopedia of Southern Appalachian Forest Ecosystems; the Encyclopedia of Forest Environmental Threats (for all North American forests); the Encyclopedia of the Southern Pine Beetle; the Encyclopedia of Southern Fire Science; and the Encyclopedia of Southern Bioenergy. …