James H. Thomason Library

Biology 215 Course Guide: Environmental Science
Reference Sources

Theodore Roosevelt & John Muir on Glacier Point
[Yosemite National Park], 1906, Library of Congress.
ARTstor Image Database

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Reference Sources:    
Dictionaries   back to top

ATSDR Glossary of Terms [Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services]

ATSDR is not a regulatory agency like the EPA, but serves the public by using the best science, taking responsive public health actions, and providing trusted health information to prevent harmful exposures and diseases related to toxic substances.

Chemistry and Environmental Dictionary [Environmental Chemistry.com, J.K. Barbalace, Inc.]

Contains definitions for most chemistry, environmental and other technical terms used on the site as well as many other chemistry and environmental terms. Also contains information on environmental issues and career listings.

A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2007.

Social as well as scientific in focus, it provides comprehensive coverage of the social aspect of environmental science (including treaties, organisations, and agencies relating to the environment) and ecology, as well as biographies of key figures in the field. International in scope, it embraces a broad spectrum of environmental areas including sustainable development; biodiversity; conservation; environmental ethics, philosophy, and history; resource management; sociology; and policy on the environment. Also features entries on key topics and ten appendices.


A Dictionary of Weather [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2008.
A comprehensive dictionary of weather, forecasting, and climate terms with illustrative examples of specific events and extremes. Weather records and climate data from around the world are given and key terms from the related fields of oceanography, hydrology, and climatology are also covered.

Historical Dictionary of Environmentalism: An A-Z of Environmentalism [EBSCO eBook Collection], Peter Dauvergne, Scarecrow Press, 2009.

Macmillan Dictionary of Toxicology [CREDO Reference], Macmillan Reference, 2000.
Concise, informative entries on all the most important terms in toxicology. Coverage includes biochemical and environmental toxicology, chemical carcinogenesis, as well as those aspects of analytical chemistry and molecular biology that are of importance in toxicology. The most important toxic chemicals are covered, in most cases with structures and CAS numbers.

Soil and Environmental Science Dictionary, CRC Press, c2001.
Main Level, Reference: R 631.403 So34S 


Terms of the Environment: Glossary, Abbreviations, Acronyms [US Environmental Protection Agency]
Type in term or browse alphabetically.

Who's Who of Women and the Environment [United Nations Environment Programme]

"A database of influential women in the field of the environment who UNEP believes should be honoured and whose work should be recognized." description from the web site


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Access Science [McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology Online ed.]

Searchable database delivering the latest content of the trusted McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, 10th Edition. Includes news, biographies of over 2,000 famous scientists, a Student Center, images and multimedia. See the Environmental Science Study Guides - Environment & Human Impact.

Conservation and Environmentalism: An Encyclopedia, Garland Pub., 1995.

Main Level, Reference: R 363.7003 C765C 

CountryWatch [CountryWatch, Inc.]

A world leader in providing country specific geopolitical intelligence on each of the 192 countries of the world. Includes an Environmental Overview of issues, policies, energy consumption, pollution, greenhouse gas ranking and more for each country in the world.

Encyclopedia of Endangered Species, Gale Research, Inc., c1994.
Main Level, Reference: R 578.68 En19E [2 vols]

Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy [Gale Virtual Reference Library], Macmillan Reference, 2009.

This authoritative and impressively accessible two-volume encyclopedia covers the capacious and growing field of environmental philosophy. Its cross-disciplinary nature is reflected not only by the expansive variety of its over 300 peer-reviewed entries, but also by the breadth and diversity of subject expertise among its several hundred international contributors. Entries cover philosophy, religion, political science, sociology, economics, women's studies, law, agriculture, biology, geography, architecture. description from CHOICE Reviews Online 4/2009


Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues, Salem Press, c2000.

Main Level, Reference: R 363.7003 En19E [3 vols]


Encyclopedia of Environmental Studies, Facts on File, 2001.

Main Level, Reference:R 333.703 As39E 

The Encyclopedia of Ecology and Environmental Management [CREDO Reference], Blackwell, 1998.

Addresses core definitions and issues in pure and applied ecology through short-entry definitions and long-entry essays giving a comprehensive alphabetical guide to over 3000 topics. Covers: Aquatic ecology, Behavioural ecology, Biogeography, Climate change and its impact, Soils, water and biogeochemical cycling, Community ecology, Conservation biology, Ecological economics, Ecological genetics, Ecological monitoring, Ecopolitics, Ecosystem ecology, Ecosystem health, Environmental law, Environmental protection, Evolution and evolutionary ecology, Experimental ecology, Habitats, Impact assessment, ecomanagement and audits, Microbial ecology, Physiological ecology, Pollution and ecotoxicology, Population ecology and population genetics, Restoration ecology, Statistical methods, Taxonomy and classification, Wildlife and habitat management.


The Encyclopedia of Ecology and Environmental Management, Blackwell




Encyclopedia of Organic, Sustainable, and Local Food   [EBSCO eBook Collection] Leslie A. Duram, editor, Greenwood, 2010.

We also have PRINT EDITION:
Main Level, Reference: R 338.197303 En19E

Environmental Encyclopedia, Gale, c2003.
Main Level, Reference: R 363.7 En89E [2 vols]

Wiley Encyclopedia of Energy and the Environment, Wiley, 1997.

Main Level, Reference: R 333.7903 W648W [2 vols
An introduction to topics in energy production, energy use, and how these technologies affect the environment along with legal and policy issues. This highly technical source includes conversion factors, figures, graphs, tables, each entry with bibliography of sources.


Guides, Atlas   back to top


The Atlas of Food: Who Eats What, Where, and Why, University of California Press, 2008.

Main Level, Reference: R 641.3 M629A

"Award winning atlas mapping every link of the food chain, from farming, production and retail to the food on our plates. It also investigates how, in an era of new technologies, globalized food trade and even plentiful supply, millions remain hungry." description from cover

Atlas of Our Changing Environment, UNEP, 2005.
Compares and contrasts satellite images of the past few decades with contemporary images, illustrating dramatic changes. from United Nations Environment Programme using NASA map data


2011 South Carolina Energy Statistical Profile [South Carolina Energy Office]
Additional SCEO Publications available at the SCEO web site.

2005 South Carolina Energy Statistical Profile

Also available in print, Main Level, Reference: R 333.79 T93T

Beacham's Guide to the Endangered Species of North America [GVRL], Gale, 2001.

Presents extensive data on the habitats and ecosystems of more than 1,200 species identified as endangered or threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service. Arranged taxonomically, with image, information on species, and a bibliography of contacts for further information.

Hazardous Chemicals Desk Reference, Van Nostrand Reinhold, c1996.

Main Level, Reference: R 604.7 L588H 


Natural Resources, Salem Press, 1998.

Main Level, Reference: R 333.703 N219N [3 vols]


The Official World Wildlife Fund Guide to Endangered Species of North America, Beacham Pub., 1994.

Main Level, Reference: R 574.529 Of2O [4 vols]

The Oxford Companion to Global Change  [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2009.
An interdisciplinary guide to the range of issues surrounding natural and human-induced changes in the Earth's environment. This title brings together current knowledge about the relations between technological, social, demographic, economic, and political factors as well as biological, chemical, and physical systems.

Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, American Public Health Association, c1995.

Main Level, Reference: R 628.16 St24S



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American History in Video [Alexander Street Press]  *not available this time*
This collection is an exclusive collaboration with A&E Television Networks and features important documentaries and series from The History Channel®, A&E Network®, and Biography®. Historical coverage ranges from the early history of Native Americans, to the lost colony of Roanoke, to the 1988 Vicennes Affair in the Persian Gulf. Biographical coverage ranges from eighteenth century figures such as Benedict Arnold and Daniel Boone to modern day figures such as Thurgood Marshall and Helen Thomas. Search or browse-- powered by Semantic Indexing and searchable transcripts synchronized to video—gives the ability to drill down in seconds to find the footage of interest from thousands of hours of video.

American Environmental Photographs 1891-1936 [University of Chicago Library, American Memory Project, Library of Congress]

Photographs documenting natural environments, ecologies, and plant communities in the United States at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century.

The Evolution of the Conservation Movement 1850-1920
[American Memory Project, Library of Congress]

This collection documents the historical formation and cultural foundations of the movement to conserve and protect America's natural heritage, through books, pamphlets, government documents, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and motion picture footage drawn from the collections of the Library of Congress.

Search the collection, browse by subject (Adirondacks to Yosemite), author, or title and view the Chronology of related events.


Erosion in Wisconsin at Grabers Slide, University of Chicago, American Environmental Photographs 1891-1936


Environment, Conservation [American Memory Project, Library of Congress]

Five collections including the two directly above.

Western Waters Digital Library [Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA)] 
Digitized key materials from participating libraries lay the foundation for continued development of a comprehensive digital information resource about water in the western United States. The vision of the WWDL is to increase geographic coverage, subject matter, and contributing institutions incrementally over time as the project develops. The collection contains government reports, classic water literature, legal transcripts, water project records, personal papers, photographic collections, and video materials about the Columbia, Colorado, Platte, and Rio Grande river basins.


Style Guides   back to top

PC Writing Center

The Presbyterian College Writing Center in Neville Hall 206 offers one-on-one writing conferences on papers at any point in the writing process. A tutor can help you get started, form a thesis, organize and develop your ideas, integrate and cite sources, and learn to recognize and
correct errors in grammar and punctuation.


Locating Books   back to top
THOMCAT   back to top

Use THOMCAT to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name:              

Muir, John 1838 1914 [as AUTHOR]

  Muir, John 1838 1914 [as SUBJECT]  
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to environmental science:

Climatic Changes


Environmental Impact Analysis


Environmental Policy


Environmental Policy--Economic Aspects-United States-Case Studies


Global Environmental Change


Global Warming


Human Ecology

  Nature--Effect Of Human Beings On


  Sustainable Agriculture  PC has 13, PASCAL 216

Sustainable Development






Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • Try a KEYWORD if you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use. Search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips

· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
sustainability AND development

· Use OR between words to expand your search and
group words with parentheses:
(drought OR desertification) AND civilization

· Add * to the root of a word to truncate or expand
a term:
sustain* = sustains, sustainable, sustainability

Try KEYWORD searching with THOMCAT, other library catalogs & library databases


PASCAL Catalog   back to top

If you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, try your search here for books in other academic libraries in SC. Through the PASCAL Catalog, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days. This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.



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WorldCat & I.L.L      


A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in PASCALCAT.

Interlibrary Loan

ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Click link for more information.


Locating Articles:    
Article Databases   back to top

The following journal databases are available to PC students, faculty, and staff from on- and off-campus locations.  Search using terms dealing with your topic.

Academic Search Complete   [EBSCO] Pascal Logo  
The world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.

Catalog of the National Agricultural Library, as well as a primary public source for world-wide access to information on every major agricultural subject, including agricultural engineering and marketing, animal breeding, entomology, environmental pollution, farm management, foods and feeds, pesticides, rural sociology, veterinary medicine, and water resources. Citations consist of journal articles, book chapters, monographs, conference proceedings, serials, technical reports, and other materials on a range of agricultural topics.

BioOne [American Institute of Biological Sciences]
Index of full-text bioscience research journals focused on the biological, ecological and environmental sciences. Developed and operated as a non-profit venture by AIBS, the University of Kansas, and others for the benefit of scientific societies, universities, libraries, researchers, scholars and students.  BioOne currently includes over 100 high-impact bioscience research journals focused on the biological, ecological and environmental sciences, while continually adding new journals. Search or browse journals from the home page or view the BioOne Top 10 articles viewed in the previous month.  Coverage from 2000-present for many titles in the journal archive.

GreenFILE [EBSCOhost]

A free database from EBSCO including information for individuals, such as installing solar panels and recycling; for corporations needing information on green agriculture, hybrid cars or waste management; as well as, environmental laws, regulations and studies. GreenFILE does not link to full-text articles. You must use Journal Finder to determine if full-text is available for the date of the journal you seek.


JSTOR collections include journals in art, architecture, economics, film, folklore, history, performing arts, political science, religion, sociology, humanities, mathematics, and statistics.

In addition, the Biological Sciences Collection contains 29 titles in Ecology and Botany and more than 130 titles that span the sciences, including evolutionary biology, plant and animal sciences, paleontology, and conservation. Founded with the assistance of the Ecological Society of America, topics covered by the ecology journals are wide-ranging, from biodiversity and climate change to conservation and experimental biology. The most current three years [up to five years] of the journals are not available in this archive as specified by the publishers in their agreements with JSTOR.

Nature Pascal Logo
Index to the weekly, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, full-text journal of science. Also indexes Nature Publishing Group journals providing abstract only.

The New York Times Archive [1851-2005]
Full-text & full-image of NYT articles with coverage from 1851 up to three years ago.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

A one-stop source for information on today's hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed series published by Greenhaven Press and other Gale imprints, OVRC features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to Websites. Search or browse topics such as environmentalism, global warming, pollution, and renewable energy.

Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences of the United States
Index of PNAS with full-text articles available online. This journal is also indexed in MEDLINE, JSTOR, BIOSIS, PubMed. Browse current issue by discipline or search by word.

Science Direct [Elsevier B.V.]
Full-text of many scientific journals in the agricultural and biological sciences, energy and power, and environmental science.

Journal Finder   back to top

Journal Finder provides access to PC's electronic and print journals, magazines, and newspapers in one convenient location.

Search Journal Finder to determine if PC has full text for the journal, magazine or newspaper article you need. Library databases are connected by Journal Finder and lead you to full-text when available.

Web Sites   back to top
General Sites


ActionBioscience [AIBS]

A non-commercial, educational web site created to foster an appreciation for the biodiversity of our planet. Includes articles by scientists, science educators, and science students on issues related to seven bioscience challenges: environment, biodiversity, genomics, biotechnology, evolution, new frontiers in science, and bioscience education.This site also includes an Educator Resources section, which provides lesson plans and other material for middle school through undergraduate-level instructors.

Arctic Portal [Arctic Council and International Polar Year]

This site synthesizes information, issues, and online resources for nations and groups with Arctic interests. The developers collect and provide access to documents, videos, and other media relating to the Arctic. A noteworthy feature is the Interactive Data Map, which allows the user to overlay a map of the Arctic with biological, geographical, ecological, political, economic, and many other types of information in a graphical format. The Portlets section provides access to smaller portals on topics like Arctic Shipping, Energy, Sea Ice, and Fishing.

Biological Resource Discipline [US Geological Survey]

A resource for research on biological informatics, fisheries, wildlife, invasive species, ecosystems, and genetics. The BRD subject pages are well organized and include sections for research highlights, featured publications, links to databases, and short subject columns. Of particular note is the Status and Trends page, which provides biological data analyses for use by scientists and the public. description from CHOICE Reviews Online 3/2009

Campus ERC: The Environmental Resource Center for Higher Education [NACUBO, C2E2, CSHEMA, APPA, EPA]
Intended to be a library of resources to support campus environmental performance improvement. The primary audience is staff, administrators or faculty who are looking for resources to better understand environmental regulations, find relevant contacts, seek model practices, track news or build and manage better environmental programs. Resources tab includes model practices, tools & calculators, upcoming events, state resource locateor, and a compliance assistance guide for colleges and universities.

Climate Monitoring [NOAA's National Climate Data Center]

NOAA has a policy of providing open access to physical climate data, and as such, this Web site provides a vast amount of information, much of it updated monthly, weekly, or daily. Divided into 12 sections, each offers links to reports, data, maps, and other resources. The first section, State of the Climate, appears to be the site's premier offering and is very easy to use. Users may select from drop-down menus to retrieve national and international reports on the climate for any month of the year from 1998 to 2010. Other sections cover weather/climate extremes, both in the US and other parts of the world; droughts; tornadoes; hurricanes; and snow/ice. description from CHOICE Reviews Online 3/2011

CRS Reports [National Council for Science and the Environment]

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), part of the Library of Congress, prepares its reports for the U.S. Congress. CRS products undergo review for accuracy and objectivity and contain non-technical information that can be very useful to people interested in environmental policy. Browse CRS reports on environmental and related topics from Agriculture to Wetlands or perform quick or advanced searches.

Disaster in the Gulf [Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University]

Provides concerned citizens with the latest information on Gulf Coast recover from the oil spill of 2010. Includes blog posts of Nicholas students working in the area. [Presbyterian College participates in a 3-2 Environmental Studies Master's program with the Nicholas School at Duke University]

Everything you need to know about reducing your impact, reusing what you’ve got and recycling your trash, from gift card recycling to ferrous metal.

Earth Observatory [NASA]

Contains new satellite imagery and scientific information about our planet with a focus is on Earth’s climate and environmental change. Includes data & images, glossary, NASA news, NASA missions, and experiments suitable for schools.



Encyclopedia of the Earth [Environmental Information Coalition]

A free, fully searchable collection of articles about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society written by scholars, professionals, educators, and experts who collaborate and review each other's work. The articles are written in non-technical language and will be useful to students, educators, scholars, professionals, as well as to the general public. Also includes the Climate Change Collection, Nobel Prize winning reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Energy Explained [U.S. Energy Information Administration, U. S. Department of Energy]

Contains fairly basic, short, attractively presented articles on a wide range of energy topics including definitions for common terms (including "energy") and units, explanations of energy production methods, examinations of major energy issues, and statistics on production and use. All common forms of energy production are covered. The site, like the agency, asserts a "policy-neutral" approach to its topic.  While the presentation focuses heavily on renewable versus nonrenewable sources and addresses issues of pollution and long-term sustainability head on, the articles are balanced and should appeal to people with a wide range of political or economic views. description from CHOICE Reviews Online, 03/2010

EnergyFiles: Subject Pathways[US Department of Energy, Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)]

EnergyFiles is a virtual library of science and technology databases and websites, providing access to information, tools, and technologies relevant to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  You can search EnergyFiles via a single query at the homepage, or utilize the Advanced Search for more customized results.  You can also browse useful links related to each subject, including links to relevant organizations, conference information, and reference materials. description from site 8/2011

EnviroLink, the Online Environmental Community

A non-profit, grassroots online community that unites hundreds of organizations and volunteers around the world with millions of people in more than 150 countries. EnviroLink is dedicated to providing comprehensive, up-to-date environmental information and news.

Environmental Chemistry.com: Environmental, Chemistry & Hazardous Materials News, Careers & Resources [J.K. Barbalace, Inc.]

Contains information on environmental issues and career listings.

Environmental History Resources [Jan Oosthoek, Univ. of Edinburgh]
While this site tends to focus on the environmental history of Europe, particularly Scotland and the area around the North Sea basin, EHR also provides general resources related to other parts of the world through bibliographies, links, podcasts [20], and videocasts.

The Links section offers a helpful annotated list of links to environmental history associations, gateways, and databases from around the world. description from CHOICE Reviews Online 10/2009


Environmental Policy Collection [University of North Texas Digital Library]

Focuses on environmental policy resources with an emphasis on climate change. The growing database is now just over 500 resources strong, with much of the information coming from "texts" and books. The collection is mainly culled from freely accessible documents scattered around the Web, with value-added features such as detailed metadata, centralized access, and convenient search options. Most publications are from the US, but the database also contains numerous documents from countries worldwide. CHOICE Reviews Online 2/2011

Environmental Working Group
[non-profit organization]

EWG's mission is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. EWG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1993 by Ken Cook and Richard Wiles. Link to info on Health/Toxics, Farming, Natural Resources, Energy Choices, a Chemical Index and Health Tips. 1/2010

Freshwater Ecoregions of the World [World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy]

Covers global freshwater issues that are important to all, with the intent to make people more aware of and sensitive to what is happening on this planet. Select an ecoregion from the map, browse a list of ecoregions, or search for an ecoregion. For each region, the site provides detailed, factual information including geographic boundaries, species found in the area, habitats, and climate. description from CHOICE Reviews Online 3/2009

Global Change Master Directory [NASA]

Earth science data and services.


Global Invasive Species Database [Invasive Species Specialist Group and NBII]

Search for information on numerous invasive species.

Information Bridge [Office of Scientific & Technical Information, Department of Energy]

Free public access to over 279,000 full-text documents and bibliographic citations of DOE research report literature. Documents are primarily from 1991 forward and were produced by DOE, the DOE contractor community, and/or DOE grantees. Legacy documents are added as they become available in electronic format. 1/2010

International Energy Agency [IEA]

A wealth of free energy information on a global level. It also contains even more detailed information covering many aspects of energy by $ subscription or purchase of various reports. Data provided include country inventories, imports/exports of oil, oil-related products, and natural gas and its related products. The site has an online bookstore for those wishing to purchase more detailed or specific energy data. Users can sign up for free newsletters that cover energy statistics and technology.description from CHOICE Reviews Online 9/2009


National Invasive Species Info Center [National Agricultural Library]

A reference gateway to information, organizations, and services about invasive species.  


National Public Radio: Environment [NPR]

Internationally acclaimed producer and distributor of noncommercial news.


Natural Resources Defense Council

Contains many useful reports and links, compiled by a leading environmental activist organization.

NOAA Arctic Theme Page [National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration]

More than 30 links at this site provide access to information from data centers that collect and share with the public scientific data on hydrographic, oceanographic and natural resource conditions in the Arctic. The site is easily navigable and accurate providing data, photographs, essays, and information on the Arctic, North Pacific Ocean, Bering Sea, and the Barents Euro-Arctic region. description from CHOICE 9/2011
Check it out > North Pole Web Cam on YouTube Summer 2012

A 501(c)(3) non-profit environmental organization based in Baltimore, Maryland. The organization was founded in 2006 by several recent graduates of Johns Hopkins University and led by an all-volunteer team of graduate and medical students as well as environmental experts and leaders from around the country. This site "makes it easier for people to find environmental informationThere are outstanding environmental programs, activities, initiatives, ideas, and grassroots efforts across the country but it can be difficult to sort through all of the websites and information available. As a result, important natural resources, energy savings, and pollutant reductions are lost each and every day, causing unnecessary damage to our planet."
Includes news, events, recycling, and really interesting link collections on topics from Animal Webcams & Videos to to Surveys & Polls.

Planet Ark

Comprehensive, daily, international, environmental news from Reuters news agency.


Red List of Threatened Species [IUCN Species Survival Commission]
Provides taxonomic, conservation status and distribution information on taxa that are facing a high risk of global extinction.


South Carolina Energy Office Publications [SC Energy Office, State Budget and Control Board]

Includes reports like the South Carolina Energy Office 2007-08 Plan, Residential Green Building Fact Sheet, Fuel Economy Guides for Vehicles, Bioenergy from Municipal Sludge Report, and more.

TOXNET [National Library of Medicine]

Includes the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB®), a database of potentially hazardous chemicals, TOXLINE® (containing references to the world's toxicology literature), and ChemIDplus® (a chemical dictionary and structure database). Search all TOXNET databases at once or select an individual database. Rolling cursor over database acronyms on left will provide name and information about individual databases.

Transgenic Crops: An Introduction and Resource Guide [Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Colorado State University]
The goal of this web site is to provide information and links to other resources on the technology and issues surrounding genetically modified crops.

UNESCO Water Portal
This web site is intended to enhance access to online information related to freshwater and provide information about UN programs dealing with water.


USAID Global Climate Change
This web site from the United States Agency for International Development includes information on policies and programs, annual reporting, publications and outreach, and country narratives. It also features information on the following sectors: clean energy technology, land use and forestry, adapting to climate variability and change, capacity building, and climate science for decision-making.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [US Government]
The EPA leads the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts by developing and enforcing regulations, offering grants to states, non-profits and educational institutions, sponsoring partnerships and programs, providing environmental education, and publishing information about activities in print and on the web.

EPA Climate Change

EPA Office of Water

U.S. Department of Energy [US Government]

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Energy Information Administration

U.S. Geological Survey [Dept. of the Interior]

A science organization that provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and useable information. Site includes news, science topics (from Avian Influenza to invasive species to wildfires), GAP Analysis Program of biological informatics, maps, imagery, publications and more.

The Virtual Library of Urban Environmental Management [Global Development Research Center]
This web site provides information related to environmental management in urban settings including documents, insights, links, networks, chronicles, and more.

Water Resources of the U.S. [U.S. Geological Service] 

Provides reliable, impartial, timely information that is needed to understand the Nation's water resources. Current stream flow conditions, water information by state or by topic, water resources programs, data, maps, and browsable links to science topics.


Western Waters Digital Library [Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA)] 
Digitized key materials from participating libraries lay the foundation for continued development of a comprehensive digital information resource about water in the western United States. The vision of the WWDL is to increase geographic coverage, subject matter, and contributing institutions incrementally over time as the project develops. The collection contains government reports, classic water literature, legal transcripts, water project records, personal papers, photographic collections, and video materials about the Columbia, Colorado, Platte, and Rio Grande river basins.

Wilderness.net [Wilderness Institute, University of Montana]

Connects the natural resource workforce, scientists, educators, and the public to their wilderness heritage through ready access to wilderness information by providing general information about wilderness, stewardship and educational resources, scientific information, agency policies, and relevant legislation. Includes maps, data, images, and links by subject to other wilderness sites.

Wind Energy Resource Atlas of the United States [Renewal Resource Data Center]
This site offers a resource atlas that allows visitors to look at wind power resources on either a macro or micro basis. The site presents maps of all areas of the US, showing wind speeds, direction, variability, seasonal fluctuations, and elevations.

World Conservation Monitoring Centre [United Nations Environment Programme]
Provides synthesis, analysis and dissemination of global biodiversity knowledge, providing authoritative, strategic and timely information for conventions, countries, organizations and companies to use in the development and implementation of their policies and decisions.


World Environment Library [Human Info NGO]
This web site provides access to about 400 publications concerned with ideas and solutions in the fields of Agriculture, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Environmental Impact Assessment, Energy, Health, Natural Resources, Policy, Sustainable Development, Waste Management and Water. Browse titles by subject, title, or search by word.

The WWW Virtual Library of Sustainable Developement [Bruno Kestemont, CESSE]
"A comprehensive list of internet sites dealing with sustainable development, including organisations, projects and activities, electronic journals, libraries, references and documents, databases, directories or metadatabases."

Yale Environment 360 [Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies]

An online magazine offering opinion, analysis, reporting and debate on global environmental issues. Features original articles by scientists, journalists, environmentalists, academics, policy makers, and business people, as well as multimedia content and a daily digest of major environmental news. [The opinions and views expressed in Yale Environment 360 are those of the authors and not of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies or of Yale University] 2/2010

Associations & Research Labs  

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AASHE defines sustainability in an inclusive way, encompassing human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world

for all generations.


Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

"Our mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. We do this by providing resources, professional development, and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research." description from site

Campus ERC: The Environmental Resource Center for Higher Education [EPA and Partners]
A library of resources to support campus environmental performance improvement. Developed collaboratively by NACUBO, C2E2, CSHEMA, APPA and the EPA, the primary audience is staff, administrators or faculty who are looking for resources to better understand environmental regulations, find relevant contacts, seek model practices, track news or build and manage better environmental programs. Includes state resources, tools & calculators.



Energy and Environmental Research Center [University of North Dakota]

"EERC is recognized as one of the world's leading developers of cleaner, more efficient energy and environmental technologies to protect and clean our air, water, and soil." See also EERC at a Glance for information on programs and more.

Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) [The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars]
As part of the Smithsonian Institution, ECSP produces and disseminates nonpartisan research for international and domestic policymakers.

Environmental Science Division - Argonne National Lab [U.S. Department of Energy]

"One of 25 programmatic divisions at ANL the EVS conducts applied environmental research, assessment, and technology development, primarily for federal agencies that have responsibilities for energy development and use, natural resource management, or national defense with the purpose to advance informed environmental decision making." See also EVS Program Areas.

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
A Canadian non-profit policy research institute with the mission "to champion innovation, enabling societies to live sustainably." Includes Sustaining Excellence: The 2007-2008 Annual Report of the International Institute for Sustainable Development.

National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT - Local Solutions for a Sustainable Future)

Since 1976 the NCAT has been serving economically disadvantaged people by providing information and access to appropriate technologies that can help improve their lives. During the organization's rich and varied history, NCAT projects have ranged from low-tech to high-tech, addressing complex issues of housing, economics, and environmental quality. Weatherizing houses, training farmers, monitoring energy use, demonstrating renewable energy technology, testing new products and providing information on building construction are just a few of the many ways that NCAT has contributed to fostering healthy quality of life for everyone. description from site

Southern Energy Network

SEN facilitates state networks, trains student leaders, and builds the grassroots student movement in the South for a clean energy future, working to combat climate change, advance renewable energy, and promote a smart, just energy economy by building a diverse movement of young people in the Southeast.

Upstate Forever

The mission is to promoting sensible growth and protect special places in the Upstate region of South Carolina.


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