Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Environmental Resources: Websites and Books

Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Environmental Resources: Websites and Books

Article excerpt

This column lists websites and books on topics related to environmental science.

Web Sites are listed in the following categories:

Educational Websites

International Websites

Nonprofit & Research Organizations

U.S. Federal Agencies' and State Government Websites


Educational Websites

Academic Earth: Lectures in Environmental Studies

Academic Earth provides videos of lectures by top scholars in subjects that range from anthropology to astronomy to chemistry to entrepreneurship to media studies to religion. The lecturers hail from universities including Berkeley, Columbia, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, UCLA, and Yale. Visitors must register to view the lectures, but registration is free. Five lectures are categorized in environmental studies, and many of those listed under biology are relevant, covering ecology, oceanography, population growth, and the future of human health. There are more than 1500 video lectures available on the site, and the collection is growing. Visitors can even keep a playlist or download their favorite lectures. *

AgrowKnowledge: The National Center for Agriscience and Technology Education

The purpose of AgrowKnowledge is to "improve the math, science, and technical competencies of agriculture technology graduates across the nation who are preparing for careers that support the most efficient and sustainable food and fiber production in the world." Housed at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, the program aims to develop partnerships among secondary schools, colleges, and universities to standardize select agriculture technology education programs with guidance from industry. Major areas of activity are curriculum development, faculty development and capacity building. A link to "career clusters" offers descriptions of jobs in seven fields within agriculture, such as plant and animal systems, food processing, agribusiness, and environmental service. Each cluster provides an overview of the subfield, listings of active job openings, required credentials, and an employment outlook.*

American Experience: Civilian Conservation Corps

A film about the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) is presented in its entirety on this website. "Heal the man, heal the land," was the philosophy of the CCC, and they engaged in some of the first environmental conservation work in the country. Since many academics, politicians, and lay people compare the current troubled times with experiences in the 1930s, this film is particularly timely and viewers may form their own opinion if the comparison is realistic. The film tells the stories of the three million young men who benefited from the regular meals, healthcare, clothing, diversity and hard work as they participated in the CCC. *

Beaked Whale Identification Guide

This informative and well-executed online Beaked Whale Identification Guide is maintained by staff at the National Museum of Natural History's Marine Mammal Program. The website contains detailed identification guides and separate pages for each beaked whale species. In the "Species Identification" guide, readers can choose the link to skull morphology or external morphology to view photos and descriptions useful in identifying species accurately. The "Species" pages contain information about each species, including their basic morphology, habits, and geographic distribution. The site provides also a cetacean stranding database and a links to other information sources on beaked whales. *

The Big Energy Gamble

This is a companion website to a documentary that aired on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) NOVA series that "explores the pros and cons of California's bold approach [to fighting global warming], which could be adopted nationwide during the Obama administration. …

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