Reference Materials - Environmental Science/Studies and Green Living
For bird-related sites see Ornithology.
An "online initiative featuring the sounds of some of the West's most iconic species and places. The Acoustic Atlas will collect the sounds of Montana and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, along with habitats and species from throughout the Western United States." From Montana State University. Also listed under Ornithology.
The Aldo Leopold Archives
The digital archives of conservationist Aldo Leopold.
America's Energy Future: Technology and Transformation
An ebook published by the National Academies Press.
A store and blog providing products and information about sustainable living.
"Environment Portal & Search Engine."
Electronic Green Journal
A peer-reviewed, open access environmental journal from UCLA.
Environmental Literacy Council
A nonprofit "striving to connect teachers and students to science-based information on environmental issues" with "over 1,000 pages of background information and resources on environmental topics."
Everglades Digital Library
"...an evolving library of information resources relating to the South Florida environment. The scope of our collections includes scientific and technical reports, natural history writings, educational and interpretive materials, datasets, maps, photos, and a directory of other Internet sites relating to the greater Everglades. ... a project of the Everglades Information Network, a collaborative effort of the Florida International University Libraries, the Florida Center for Library Automation, Everglades National Park, and numerous other agencies and research organizations."
Global Biodiversity Information Facility
"The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is an international open data infrastructure, funded by governments. ... It provides a single point of access (through this portal and its web services) to more than 400 million records, shared freely by hundreds of institutions worldwide, making it the biggest biodiversity database on the Internet. The data accessible through GBIF relate to evidence about more than one million species, collected over three centuries of natural history exploration and including current observations from citizen scientists, researchers and automated monitoring programmes."
The U.S. Global Change Research Program, "a Federal program that coordinates and integrates global change research across 13 government agencies to ensure that it most effectively and efficiently serves the Nation and the world. USGCRP was mandated by Congress in the Global Change Research Act of 1990, and has since made the world's largest scientific investment in the areas of climate science and global change research."
Happy Planet Index
"...the leading global measure of sustainable well-being."
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
"The IUCN Species Programme working with the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) has been assessing the conservation status of species, subspecies, varieties, and even selected subpopulations on a global scale for the past 50 years in order to highlight taxa threatened with extinction, and therefore promote their conservation. ... The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ is widely recognized as the most comprehensive, objective global approach for evaluating the conservation status of plant and animal species. From its small beginning, The IUCN Red List has grown in size and complexity and now plays an increasingly prominent role in guiding conservation activities of governments, NGOs and scientific institutions."
Montana Field Guides
Field guides to Montana animals, plants, lichens, and ecological systems. From the Montana Natural Heritage Program and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Native American Ethnobotany
"A Database of Foods, Drugs, Dyes and Fibers of Native American Peoples, Derived from Plants." From the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Also listed under Native Americans/American Indians.
"NatureServe is a non-profit conservation organization whose mission is to provide the scientific basis for effective conservation action. NatureServe and its network of natural heritage programs are the leading source for information about rare and endangered species and threatened ecosystems."
Renewable Energy World
News and information about renewable energy.
Smithsonian Ocean Portal
News and information about the world's oceans from the Smithsonian.
Aimed at children, Tox Town goes over environmental health concerns and toxic chemicals in cities, towns, farms, etc. with detailed information. From the National Library of Medicine.
Use searchable maps to explore on-site toxic chemical releases and hazardous waste sites from the EPA's Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) and the Superfund National Priority List (NPL).
U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)
Official energy statistics.
USFWS National Digital Library
"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Digital Library is a searchable collection of selected images, historical artifacts, audio clips, publications, and video, most of which are in the public domain. Those not in the public domain are intended for personal, private use."
Western Soundscape Archive
"Offers representative sounds of more than 570 different Western bird species, all of the region's vocalizing frogs and toads, dozens of reptiles and more than 100 different types of mammals. ... The project's geographic focus includes the eleven contiguous western states - Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming - as well as baseline sound monitoring in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska." Also listed under Ornithology.
Information about wetlands from the EPA.
This site is to help educate people on the value of wilderness and public land preservation.
Yale Environment 360
An online magazine published by the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
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