Environmental Information Sources: Web Sites and Books

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Keywords:

environment, ecology, sustainability, water, land, conservation, water, forests, oceans, climate change

This column list website and books on topics related to environmental topics

Web Sites are listed in the following categories:

Commercial Entities

Educational Institutions

International

Nonprofit and Research Organizations

U.S. Federal and State Government Agencies

Books

Commercial Entities

GreenAnswers.com

http://greenanswers.com/

GreenAnswers is a free question and answer site designed to promote environmental education through an open forum and occasional debate. In addition to questions and answers, readers will find news articles and blog posts written by people with strong backgrounds in environmental science.

Greendex: Survey of Sustainable Consumption

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/greendex/index.html

National Geographic works with GlobeScan, a global public opinion and stakeholder research group, "to develop an international research approach to measure and monitor consumer progress towards environmentally sustainable consumption." The primary goals are to provide regular quantitative measures of consumer behavior and to promote sustainable consumption. In a quantitative consumer study of 17,000 consumers in a total of 17 countries (14 in 2008), researchers asked about behaviors such as energy use and conservation, transportation, food sources, use of green versus traditional products, attitudes toward the environment and sustainability, and knowledge of environmental issues. International experts analyzed the data to identify behaviors that are most critical to investigate. Visitors to the site can use an interactive map to learn about greenness of countries studied and a Greendex calculator to discover the degree of sustainability reflected by their own behavior. *

National Geographic: Environment

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/

Facts, figures, news, photos, quizzes, and much more are featured in the Environment section of National Geographic's website. Topics include energy, freshwater, global warming, habitats, natural disasters, and the ocean. A Green Guide enables readers to assess their behavior with regard to sustainability and offers information on topics like home and garden, parenting, food, and travel and transportation. A blog and monthly newsletter are also available. *

Nature Milestones

http://www.nature.com/milestones/index.html

The highly acclaimed journal Nature provides this website that "highlights key discoveries that have shaped different scientific fields and enables the wider recognition of these classic findings that are often recognized only by those in the field." Ten topics are featured on the site; some examples are gene expression, cell division, light microscopy, cutaneous biology, and cancer. Each section provides an interactive timeline, scientific commentaries, and collections of articles from the Nature Publishing Group. The complete collection of milestones spans 1600 to 2001, and relevant events and discoveries among the milestones are linked to the featured topics. The text for each milestone has a list of references. This site was recognized in the Scout Report's "Best Of" list for 2009 -2010. *

Scientific American: Energy & Sustainability

http://www.scientificamerican.com/energy-and-sustainability

This website is developed and maintained by the publisher of Scientific American to provide readers with reliable information about scientific subjects. Energy and sustainability is one topic for which the publisher maintains a broad collection of information; sub-topics on the website are environment, alternative energy technology, clean air policy, climate, ecology, green living, and energy technology. "Latest articles," "Latest Headlines," and "Popular Topics" link to breaking stories and other reports on hot topics. …