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Environmental Sciences

Internet Resources
Clearinghouse for information on the environment. The site provides a library of documents; links to government and nonprofit organizations and publications; daily environmental news; and discussion forums. The site has an activist bent, with advice on how to "make a difference."

Environmental Protection Agency.
Information on the EPA and related organizations, with links to state, tribal, and local sites. Environmental databases include information on a variety of issues, such as safe drinking water and hazardous waste data. Users can create their own reports from the databases and their own maps with the site's mapping tools. Users can also read about legislation pertaining to environmental protection.

Wired for Conservation: Web Site of the Nature Conservancy.
Displays the Nature Conservancy's conservation efforts and includes databases in taxonomy, nomenclature, status, distribution, habitat, ecology, and management. The site provides information on the organization's research needs as well as links to government conservation efforts, such as the National Biological Information Infrastructure, which provides press releases on endangered species. Specialized pages (such as a page on freshwater fish) are full of facts for researchers.

WWW Virtual Library: Environment.
An encyclopedic set of links on the environment sorted into categories such as atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere. Users can search the site or view a list of all the links.


Library Resources
Beacham's Guide to Environmental Issues and Sources. 5 vols. Washington, D.C.: Beacham, 1993.
A bibliography and guide to various aspects of the environmental sciences; arranged by subject.

Encyclopedia of Energy, Technology, and the Environment.
4 vols. New York: Wiley, 1995.

Provides lengthy articles on the technologies used to produce energy and their effects on the environment. The book includes many tables, graphs, and diagrams; most articles, written by experts in the field, are followed by extensive bibliographies.

Encyclopedia of the Environment. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1994.
Offers concise articles on environmental problems, the impact of business and social institutions on the natural environment, government involvement, legislation, and other topics.

Environment Abstracts. Bethesda: Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, 1980-.
Provides abstracts of articles, reports, and other publications in environmental science, arranged under broad subject headings. Available in electronic format as Enviroline.

Environmental Encyclopedia. Detroit: Gale, 1994.
Offers concise definitions and discussions of organizations, people, places, economic and political issues, and terminology related to the environment; includes illustrations and tables.

The Environmentalist's Bookshelf: A Guide to the Best Books.
By Robert W. Merideth. New York: G. K. Hall, 1993.

A selective, annotated guide to classic and high-quality reading material in environmental studies, including a list of the most influential books on the environment and environmental issues.

HarperCollins Dictionary of Environmental Science. New York: HarperCollins, 1992.
Briefly defines terms related to natural and built environments, as well as to the agricultural and economic infrastructures worldwide.

The State of the World: A Worldwatch Institute Report on Progress toward a Sustainable Society. New York: Norton, 1984-.
An annual survey of the global condition of the environment offering an excellent overview of environmental problems and controversies.

Water Encyclopedia. By Frits Van der Leeden, Fred L. Troise, and David Keith Todd. 2nd ed. Chelsea, Mich.: Lewis, 1990.
Offers tables and maps concerning climate, water resources, water use, environmental policy, water law, and other issues, as well as a directory of relevant organizations and a list of colleges and universities offering programs in water use and conservation.

World Resources: A Report by the World Resources Institute and the International Institute for Environment and Development. New York: Basic Books, 1986-.
An annual report on global environmental issues, including land use, water resources, population, and pollution, with many comparative statistical tables and maps.

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