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Environmental Studies and Policy Collection contains over 5 million articles published between 1980 and the present.  This collection, which includes magazines and academic journals, provides access to the multiple viewpoints of this volatile field of study, including perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests.

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This database covers topics such as Atmospheric Sciences, Energy Resources & Research, Environmental Engineering, Geology, Marine Technology, Metallurgy, Mineralogy, Mining Engineering, Oceanography, Petroleum & Gas, and Waste Management (among many others). Applied Science & Technology Source also includes all content from Applied Science Abstracts, Applied Science & Technology Full Text, and Applied Science & Technology Index Retrospective. Providing content from leading trade and industrial journals, professional and technical society journals, specialized subject periodicals, buyers’ guides, directories, conference proceedings and more, Applied Science & Technology Source focuses on traditional engineering challenges & research, as well as research concerning the business and social implications of new technology.

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Bioline International is a not-for-profit electronic publishing service committed to providing open access to quality research journals published in developing countries. BI's goal of reducing the South to North knowledge gap is crucial to a global understanding of health (tropical medicine, infectious diseases, epidemiology, emerging new diseases), biodiversity, the environment, conservation and international development.
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This interdisciplinary database offers abstracts and citations to research in biomedicine, biotechnology, zoology and ecology, and aspects of agriculture and veterinary science. Biological Sciences is a collection of over 25 databases including Ecology Abstracts, Neurosciences Abstracts, Plant Science, and TOXLINE.

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This database is a comprehensive geoscience resource containing over 3.2 million bibliographic records covering subjects such as mineralogy and crystallography, general mineralogy, mineralogy of silicates, and mineralogy of non-silicates. Bibliographic records from more than 3,500 journals are included in the database as well as journal articles, books, maps, conference papers, reports, and theses. Over 100,000 references are added to the GeoRef database annually.

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GeoScienceWorld (GSW) is a nonprofit corporation formed by a group of leading geoscientific organizations for the purpose of making geoscience research and related information easily and economically available via the Internet. GSW is an unprecedented collaboration of six leading earth science societies and one institute.
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This database provides access to information covering all aspects of human impact on the environment. This collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for approximately 600,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 6,300 records. GreenFILE draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology.

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ScienceDirect contains over 25% of the world's science, technology and medicine full text and bibliographic information. A rich journals collection is supplemented by relevant abstract databases to expand literature searches further and a growing program of online reference works, handbooks and book series.

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This resource indexes journals covering cultural, economic, political & social change. Coverage is international and interdisciplinary. Indexes nearly 300 alternative, radical and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines. The theories and practices of socialism and revolution which this database covers inlcude: Ecology; Democracy and Anarchism; Feminism and Organized Labor; Indigenous Peoples; and Gays & Lesbians.

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This database provides annual historical energy data from the four IEA/OECD Energy Statistics and Energy Balances, containing data for the 30 OECD Member countries and more than 100 non-OECD countries.
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Scopus is a unique new navigational product for all science from Elsevier. Apart from being the world's biggest abstract database covering 25 million abstracts from over 14,000 titles across 4,000 publishers, Scopus also offers powerful and innovative searching and browsing tools.
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SpringerLink is Springer's online full-text archive for journals and books. SpringerLink currently offers over 1,250 fully peer-reviewed journals and a growing roster of book series, comprising more than 3,000 books online.

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Wiley Online Library hosts a collection of online resources covering life, health and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities. It delivers access to over 4 million articles from 1500 journals, as well as over 9000 books, and hundreds of reference works, laboratory protocols and databases. Users can search, and can also browse by publication title and subject heading.

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Brooklyn College's Prof. Micha Tomkiewicz writes about climate change, population, poverty, and the planet's resources on his blog, Climate Change Fork.

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EnviroLink Network is a non-profit organization which provides access to thousands of online environmental resources. Topics include Agriculture, Climate Change, Natural History, Oceans, Population, Urban Issues, and Wildlife, and users can find articles and other publications, government resources, information about organizations, and educational resources.

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ENN's editorial mission is to inform, educate, enable, and create a platform for global environmental action.  The organization's site covers such topics as health, agriculture, wildlife, pollution, climate, environmental policy, energy, green building, ecosystems and technology, and publishes recent news and reports.

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This site is a trove for government data, legal documents, scientific studies and laboratory tests, research results, expert testimony, and news releases on topics as diverse as Natural Resources, Energy Choices, Farming, and Health/Toxics. The EWG also publishes health tips, as well as chemical indexes.

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Through the Food and Water Watch organization, the Factory Farm Project works to eliminate factory farming in favor of a sustainable food production system which is healthful and humane, economically viable and ecologically sound. The site provides links to State Fact Sheets on Factory Farming, information about the beef and dairy industries, and relevant reports.

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Users can search or browse the Household Products Database for information about products, manufacturers, specific ingredients, and health effects. The site also divides its homepage into specific subjects, such as Auto Products, Pesticides, Personal Care, Arts & Crafts, and Home Office. Within, users can find chemical information, toxicity information, and biomedical references.

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The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) coordinates and integrates Federal research on changes in the global environment and their implications for society. Users have access to a Resource Library, Climate Reports, and Image Gallery, Resources for Educators, and a way to search publicly available Federal metadata and links for data sets and tools.

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The World Resources Institute is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to create practical ways to protect the Earth and improve people's lives. Users can find information about climate protection, governance, markets and enterprise, and people and ecosystems, as well as about topics ranging from biodiversity, forestry, global warming, and water.

Encyclopedias

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The EoE (sponsored by the National Council for Science and the Environment and Boston University) is an electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. The EoE is a free, expert-reviewed collection of content contributed  by scholars, professionals, educators, practitioners and other experts who collaborate and review each other's work.

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This resource covers environmental issues for each U.S. state and Canadian province. Essays include an introduction that describes the geographical and geological features of the state/province, information on global climate change, natural resources, energy, Green Economy, Green Jobs, and Green Building, and a special section that covers a major environmental topic in each state/province. Each entry also has a bibliography.

Government Resources

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The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This sites provides information about toxic substances and related illnesses and diseases, in the forms of toxicological profiles, substance resources, education and training materials, and press releases.

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GreeNYC is New York City's initiative to improve the quality of life in the five boroughs. This program strives to make the city greener, and increase sustainability, by offering tips that people can use at home, at work, on the go, and in all other aspects of their lives. 

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The site for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (originally called the Soil Conservation Service) has information about national conservation programs, technical resources, land use, soils, water, air, plants and animals, energy, climate change, and people.

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PlaNYC 2030 is New York City's initiative to combat climate change, and make NYC a greener place to live. The site outline's the city's plans, provides access to full progress reports going back to 2007, and details ways in which the city intends to improve quality of life. Topics include Housing & Neighborhoods, Parks & Public Spaces, Water Supply, Public Health, Food, and Green Buildings.

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Science.gov is a gateway to government science information and research results, providing access to over 50 scientific databases, and 2,100 scientific websites. The site includes technical reports, journal citations, databases, federal websites, fact sheets, and an image search. Users can access information on topics such as Agriculture & Food; Astronomy & Space; Earth & Ocean Sciences; Health & Medicine; Physics & Chemistry; and Science Education.

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The Bureau of Reclamation, a water management agency is best known for the dams, powerplants, and canals it constructed in the 17 western states. This site provides scientific and technologic information about regional hydroelectric programs, news releases, congressional testimony, and fact sheets. Researchers can search the site's database for information about specific dams, powerplants, and projects, and use its glossary of commonly used terms. There is also a library catalog, which returns holdings results for regional libraries.

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Users can find information on such topics as Animal Health; Biotechnology; Food & Nutrition; Forestry; Homeland Security; Rural and Community Development; and Travel & Recreation. Researchers can also access agency reports, USDA publications, research & statistics, and news releases.

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Researchers can use this site to find government published information, reports, directives, videos, and data on topics such as Fire Protection; Health/Safety; Nuclear Safety; and Sustainability.

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This site provides a wide range of unique national, state, and local environmental information.  Tabs at the top allow users to navigate through the EPA's abundant and complex information from a news, scientific, or legal perspective. "My Environment" enables the user to search for environmental information based on ZIP code and compiles data from other state and federal agencies to provide a comprehensive view of an area's environmental conditions. Users can find information on timely topics such as Acid Rain; Bed Bugs; Carbon Monoxide; Hydraulic Fracturing; Radon; and Water Pollution.

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The Mission of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats. This site provides access to information on topics such as Climage Change; Endangered Species; Hunting; International Affairs; and Migratory Birds. Users can also access an image bank, an online library, links to news and videos, and information about jobs.

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The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security. Users can find information on

 

FDA Resources for Kids & Teens: http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/KidsTeens/

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NOAA's site provides copious and current information on weather alerts, graphical forecasts, national maps, radar, air quality, and satellite views. The site also allows users to find surveys, press releases, reports, and links to other organizations and offices, on topics such as Oceans, Fisheries, Climate, Research, and Coasts.

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OSHA's mission is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. Users can find information about workplace safety regulations, safety acts enforcement, data & statistics, training, and OSHA publications.

Journals

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The Electronic Green Journal provides access to peer-reviewed articles, book reviews, news, and information in current printed and electronic sources, concerning environmental protection, conservation, management of natural resources, and ecologically-balanced regional development. This journal is sponsored by the UCLA Library.

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Open Science Directory is a tool for finding open access journals in science, medicine, and agriculture (among other fields). There are over 13,000 scientific journals on the OSD, the most important collections being Directory of Open Access Journals, BioMed Central, HighWire Press, and PubMed Central. Users can browse/search by journal title, subject, and keyword. Access to each journal's website is provided through the Open Science Directory.

Conservation and Natural Resources Links

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Users can search, or browse by name, for information (scientific name, distribution, and color photographs) about the most imperiled plants in the United States. This site also provides access to information about invasive plants, bibliographice references to plant-related publications, as well as links to other plant-related sites.

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The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is the political voice of the national environmental movement and the only organization devoted full-time to shaping a pro-environment Congress and White House. The site provides access to information about issues such as the Clean Air Act, Big Oil, and Toxic Chemicals, political information (state and election related), current actions by the organization, and current and past National Environmental Scorecards.

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This website is part of the National Cooperative Soil Survey, an effort of Federal and State agencies, universities, and professional societies to deliver science-based soil information. The organization provides links to information about geospatial research, soil surveys, soil data, and world soils. The NRCS site also features images, posters, maps, and charts, as well as a soil glossary.

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The Wildlife Conservation Society protects wildlife and wild lands through careful science, international conservation, education, and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks. The WCS site features information about at-risk and endangered animals, conservation efforts, ecotourism, natural resources, and wildlife health (for animals in the wild as well as in zoos).

Environmental Justice

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CorpWatch counters corporate-led globalization through education, network-building and activism. Users can find timely articles and links to resources on specific industries (chemicals, food and agriculture, and natural resources, to name a few), as well as specific issues, such as the environment and globalization.

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The Legal Information Institute is affiliated with Cornell University. Its entry for Environmental Law provides overviews for Federal, State, and Common Laws, and provides links to resources such as Constitution and Federal Statutes, Judicial Decisions, Conventions and Treaties, and key internet sources.

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The Environmental Protection Agency defines Environmental Justice (EJ) as the "fair treatment for people of all races, cultures, and incomes, regarding the development of environmental laws, regulations, and policies." This site, connected to the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, provides access to basic information about EJ, action plans, related publications, and links to laws and regulations.

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Watch the 1993 PBS documentary of this groundbreaking, seminal book on the damaging effects of chemicals and pesticides on nature. This documentary is part of the American Experience series.

(55:14 minutes long)

Global Warming and Climatology

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Climate Monitoring is a service of NOAA's National Climatic Data Center.  It is divided into 12 sections, each offering links to reports, data, maps, and other resources.

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EPA's Climate Change Site offers comprehensive information on the issue of climate change in a way that is accessible and meaningful to all parts of society
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This multimedia site (subtitled "NASA's Eyes on the Earth") offers photos, movies, animations and interactive graphics as well as news and data from NASA's research into climate change.

Pollution Resources

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The Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators (ASIWPCA) is a national, nonpartisan professional organization. ASIWPCA members are the State, Interstate and Territorial officials who are responsible for the implementation of surface water protection programs throughout the nation. The organization's site provides access to newsletters, action plans, and annual reports.

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The Noise Pollution Clearinghouse is a national non-profit organization with extensive online noise related resources. Researchers can find reports and articles about noise pollution, an airport monitor, and information about noise pollution laws and legislation.

Organizations and Associations

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The purpose of UNEP is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. Users can find information on climate change, disasters and conflicts, ecosystem management, environmental governance, harmful substances, and resource efficiency.