Environment

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And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees,
books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.
"As You Like It" William Shakespeare
 
Associations/Organizations- Gov't and UN:
www.unep.org
United Nations Environment Program.
www.epa.gov
Environmental Protection Agency leads the U.S. environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts. The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment.
www.cec.org
Commission for Environmental Cooperation- Canada, Mexico and the United States cooperating to protect North America's shared environment.
www.usgs.gov
U.S. Geological Survey focuses on biology, geography, geology, geospatial information, and water, dedicated to the timely, relevant, and impartial study of the landscape, our natural resources, and the natural hazards that threaten us.
 
Associations/Organizations- Non Gov't:
www.nrdc.org
Natural Resources Defense Council.  NRDC is an environmental action organization, which uses law, science and the support of 1.2 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.''
www.wri.org
World Resources Institute (WRI) is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people's lives.
www.ewg.org
Environmental Working Group, a non-profit that uses the power of public information to protect public health and the environment.
www.edf.org
Environmental Defense Fund, tackles the most serious environmental problems with science, innovative markets, corporate partnerships, laws and policy.
www.pewtrusts.org
Pew Charitable Trusts is a major force in educating the public and policy makers about the causes, consequences and solutions to environmental problems.
www.nature.org
Nature Conservancy a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.
ncseonline.org
National Council for Science and the Environment, a non profit, improves the scientific basis of environmental decision making through collaborative programs with diverse communities, institutions, and individuals. While an advocate for science and its use, the Council does not take positions on environmental outcomes.
www.rmi.org
Rocky Mountain Institute, the energy and environmental "think and do tank" headed by the Lovins brothers....
www.foe.org
Friends of the Earth, defends the environment and champions a healthy and just world.
www.saveourenvironment.org
Save Our Environment Action Center is a collaborative effort of environmental advocacy organizations harnessing the power of the internet to increase public awareness and activism on environmental issues.
informinc.org
Inform prides itself on more than three decades of identifying innovative technologies, practices and products that provide practical solutions to complex environmental and health-related problems.
www.earthshare.org
Earth Share is a national fundraising federation whose member organizations work to protect human health, clean air and water, conserve wilderness and wildlife, combat global warming and safeguard parks and other natural spaces. EarthShare is committed to making environmental support as easy as possible by giving working people the ability to donate through workplace payroll contribution campaigns.
www.rff.org
Resources For the Future is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that conducts independent research rooted primarily in economics and other social sciences on environmental, energy, and natural resource issues.
www.americanhiking.org
American Hiking Society a national organization dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s hiking trails, the natural areas that surround them, and the hiking experience itself.
 
Conservation: see Biodiversity, Animal Welfare, etc...
www.nrcs.usda.gov
Natural Resources Conservation Service's natural resources conservation programs help people reduce soil erosion, enhance water supplies, improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat, and reduce damages caused by floods and other natural disasters. U.S. Dept of Agriculture.
www.lighthawk.org
LightHawk is a volunteer-based environmental aviation organization that provides donated flights to make the aerial perspective freely available to conservation groups. Founded in 1979, LightHawk illuminates environmental threats and empowers its conservation partners to protect land, water and wildlife in the United States, Mexico, Central America and parts of Canada.
 
Data:
webnet.oecd.org
OECD.Stat an online platform where users can discover and access statistical databases from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Large Search engine with diverse worldwide info. European Environment Agency.
 
Developing World:
www.gefweb.org
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) helps developing countries fund projects and programs that protect the global environment. GEF grants support projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants.  GEF is an independent financial organization that provides grants to developing countries for projects that benefit the global environment and promote sustainable livelihoods in local communities.
 
Economics:
www.neweconomics.org
New Economics Foundation is an independent 'think and do' tank who believes in economics as if people and the planet mattered. Unique in combining rigorous analysis and policy debate with practical solutions on the ground, often run and designed with the help of local people.
 
Education:
www.epa.gov
Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Education Portal.
www.globe.gov
Globe is a worldwide community of students, teachers, scientists, and citizens working together to better understand, sustain, and improve Earth's environment at local, regional, and global scales. Globe's Mission is to promote the teaching and learning of science, enhance environmental literacy and stewardship, and promote scientific discovery.
newton.dep.anl.gov
DOE's Argonne National Laboratory Division of Educational Programs. Argonne's Ask-A-Scientist program has over 600 questions and answers in their environmental science archive and provides a means to have questions answered that may not be easily found on the web or within common references.
 
Hippocrates said 2,500 years ago - in 'Airs, Waters, Places' -
that, in order to understand the disorders in any subject, we must study its environment.
"Treatment of the inner requires treatment of the outer,
the greater part of the soul lies outside the body".
 
Environmental Health: see Health page as well...
www.niehs.nih.gov
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.The mission of the NIEHS is to reduce the burden of human illness and disability by understanding how the environment influences the development and progression of human disease.
www.cdc.gov
National Center for Environmental Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- plans, directs, and coordinates a national program to maintain and improve the health of the American people by promoting a healthy environment and by preventing premature death and avoidable illness and disability caused by non-infectious, non-occupational environmental and related factors.
www.who.int
World Health Organization is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.''
podclimate.
environmentalhealthnews.org
Environmental Health Sciences, a not-for-profit organization founded in 2002 to help increase public understanding of emerging scientific links between environmental exposures and human health.
www.besafenet.com
Center for Health, Environment & Justice's BE SAFE campaign is a nationwide initiative to build support for the precautionary approach and prevent pollution and environmental destruction before it happens.'' Campaigns against PVC, Nuclear, Dioxin, for Healthy Schools, etc...
chge.med.harvard.edu
Center for Health and the Global Environment was founded in 1996 at Harvard Medical School to expand environmental education at medical schools and to further investigate and promote awareness of the human health consequences of global environmental change.''
 
Environmental Law:
www.epa.gov
EPA's Environmental Justice Office oversees the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.
 
Environmental Policy:
www.doi.gov
Office of Environmental Policy & Compliance.
U.S. Department of the Interior.
www.heinzctr.org
Heinz Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan institution dedicated to   improving the scientific and economic foundation for environmental policy through multisectoral collaboration. Focusing on issues that are likely to confront policymakers  within two to five years, the Center creates and fosters collaboration among industry, environmental organizations, academia, and government in each of its program areas and projects.''
www.rff.org
Resources for the Future is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that conducts independent research – rooted primarily in economics and other social sciences – on environmental, energy, natural resource and public health issues.
irps2.ucsd.edu
Journal of Environment & Development: A Review of International Policy. Offers policy-makers, non-governmental organizations, scientists, academics, and the business community an international forum that combines cutting edge academic research with practical analysis of working policies.
www.wri.org
World Resources Institute is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people’s lives. Works to Empower people and support institutions to foster environmentally sound and socially equitable decision-making.
www.pewtrusts.org
Pew Charitable Trusts studies and promotes nonpartisan policy solutions for pressing and emerging problems affecting the American public and the global community.
earth-policy.org
Earth Policy Institute, dedicated to building a sustainable future as well as providing a plan of how to get from here to there. Lester Brown.
www.environmental-mainstreaming.org
International Institute for Environment and Development's (IIED) initiative- produced a ‘User Guide’ to approaches (tools, methods and tactics) for mainstreaming (or integrating) environment into development decision-making (environmental mainstreaming), steered by an International Stakeholders Panel.
 
Environmental Writing:
www.asle.org
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment  is a community of teachers, writers, students, artists and environmentalists interested in the natural world and its meanings and representations in language and culture.
Grants:
bullitt.org
Bullitt Foundation- focuses the majority of its wide ranging funding in the regions centered in and around metropolitan Anchorage, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, and Boise.
   
Fifty percent of U.S. wetlands, 90% of the northwestern old-growth forests,
and 99% of the tall-grass prairie have been destroyed in the last 200 years.
www.mindfully.org
 
Reports:
www.unep.org
Global Environment Outlook (GEO) project is the implementation of UNEP’s mandate to keep the global environment under review. Initiated at the request of the UNEP Governing Council in 1995, GEO is both a process and a series of reports, analyzing environmental change, causes, impacts, and policy responses. It provides information for decision-making, supports early warning and builds capacity at the global and sub-global levels.
www.climatescience.gov
"Adaptation options for climate-sensitive ecosystems and resources" U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research.  Preliminary review 2008.
books.nap.edu
"Valuing Ecosystem Services: Toward Better Environmental Decision-Making" Nutrient recycling, habitat for plants and animals, flood control, and water supply are among the many beneficial services provided by aquatic ecosystems. In making decisions about human activities, such as draining a wetland for a housing development, it is essential to consider both the value of the development and the value of the ecosystem services that could be lost. National Academies of Sciences, 2004.
www.nap.edu
"Understanding and Responding to Multiple Environmental Stresses" Report of a Workshop (2006)  Using case studies on drought and a wide range of atmosphere-ecosystem interactions, a workshop was held in September 2005 to gather different perspectives on multiple stress scenarios. The overarching lesson of the workshop is that society will require new and improved strategies for coping with multiple stresses and their impacts on natural socioeconomic systems.
 
Research:
www.cerc.columbia.edu
Center for Environmental Research and Conservation's two-part mission is to build environmental leadership and to solve complex problems, in order to stem the loss of biological diversity and achieve environmental sustainability. CERC is a consortium of five scientific institutions and headquartered at Columbia University.
www.eee.columbia.edu
Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering. Engineering Solutions for a Sustainable Planet. Columbia University.
www.wmo.int
World Meteorological Organization's Atmospheric Research and Environment Programme co-ordinates and stimulates research on the composition of the atmosphere and weather forecasting, focusing on extreme weather events and socio-economic impacts.
www.usgs.gov
U.S. Geological Survey focuses on biology, geography, geology, geospatial information, and water, dedicated to the timely, relevant, and impartial study of the landscape, our natural resources, and the natural hazards that threaten us.
www.igbp.kva.se
IGBP is an international scientific research program that studies the interactions between biological, chemical and physical processes and how they impact (and are impacted by) with human systems.
ncseonline.org
National Council for Science and the Environment's online Handbook of Federal Funding for Environmental R&D was created to help faculty and administrators at universities and colleges identify opportunities for funding in the environmental and energy fields.
 
Society and the Environment:
www.ciesin.columbia.edu
Center for International Earth Science Information Network, an independent non-governmental organization providing information that helps scientists, decision-makers, and the public better understand the changing relationships between human beings and the environment. CIESIN's focus is on applying state-of-the-art information technology to pressing interdisciplinary data, information, and research problems related to human interactions in the environment.
www.energy.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Kyoto University's Graduate School's Department of Socio-Environmental Energy Science aims at the establishment of ideal energy systems harmonizing with natural and human environments in order to sustain the continuous development of human civilization. For this purpose, various energy problems are systematically analyzed from sociological, political, economical, biological and environmental perspectives.
 
Sustainable Development:
sustainer.org
Sustainability Institute. Focuses on understanding the root causes of unsustainable behavior in complex systems to help restructure systems and shift mindsets that will help move human society toward sustainability.
www.rri.org
Resource Renewal Institute facilitates the creation, development and implementation of practical strategies to solve the entire complex environmental problem by addressing it comprehensively. We are an incubator of transformational ideas designed to challenge and change the piecemeal way our resources are currently managed and protected.
www.lead.org
LEAD is an international not for profit organisation with a fast growing network of 2000 leaders in more than 90 countries, implementing innovative sustainable development projects and programmes.
sustainabilityscience.org
Forum on Science and Innovation for Sustainable Development is an attempt to outline the burgeoning field. Rather than looking broadly at sustainability, the Forum focuses on the way in which science and innovation can be conducted and applied to meet human needs while preserving the life support systems of the planet. It highlights people and programs that are studying nature-society interactions and applying the resulting knowledge to create a sustainability transition around the world. American Association for the Advancement of Science; Science and Innovation for Sustainable Development.
sustainableproduction.org
Lowell Center for Sustainable Production is associated with the Department of Work Environment and the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
 
Sustainability Reports/Research:
www.worldinbalance.net
"Our Common Future" aka the "Brundtland Report" 1987 report of the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development – the Brundtland Commission. Defines ‘sustainable development’ as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
sustainabilityscience.org
Key Overview Documents- lists a half dozen of the papers that the Editors believe provide an essential overview of the current state of discussion on science and technology for sustainability. American Association for the Advancement of Science; Science and Innovation for Sustainable Development.
thwink.org
"The Dueling Loops of the Political Powerplace"  
This paper presents an analysis of the social side of the sustainability issue using a simulation model. The model shows the main source of change resistance is a fundamental structure called the dueling loops of the political powerplace. 2005, Jack Harich, Twink.org.
Really interesting. PDF.
www.sustreport.org
An Environment and Sustainability Time Line. Sustainability Reporting Program. Developed with the support of Environment Canada -  Ontario Region and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.
 
Weather:
data.giss.nasa.gov
Global Temperature Trends: 2008 Annual Summation. GISS Surface Temperature Analysis, NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
www.wmo.int
World Meteorological Organization's Atmospheric Research and Environment Programme co-ordinates and stimulates research on the composition of the atmosphere and weather forecasting, focusing on extreme weather events and socio-economic impacts.
   
 
 
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