Portal-- "Web interface developed by the NOAA/ESRL
Physical Sciences Division to access and display the
immense volumes of climate and earth system model output
that informed the recently released Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report
(AR5)." Both ocean and land data are available for
ECOLEX: The Gateway to Environmental Law-- From the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Conservation Union, several large databases of national and international legal instruments and materials related to environmental management, searchable by subject area, keyword, country, or date.
Environmental Performance Index--
Biennial index presents interactive results of
collaboration between Yale and Columbia Universities to
rank countries on environmental performance indicators
across policy categories covering "both environmental
public health and ecosystem vitality." Results are shown
in interactive maps, country rankings, country profiles,
and case studies. Also posts news and blogs.
Freshwater Ecoregions of the World--
"Global biogeographic regionalization of the Earth's
freshwater biodiversity... covering virtually all
freshwater habitats on Earth, [an] ecoregion map, together
with associated species data." From the Nature
Sources about the Global Environment
• Australian Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities-- Official governmental source of information on the environment in Australia.
• Center for International Earth Science
Information Network-- Excellent site from Columbia
University's Earth Institute, to further the
interdisciplinary study of global environmental change.
See especially their very useful Socioeconomic
and Applications Center, with datasets, interactive
maps, and links designed to integrate social and natural
science data for better decision making on environmental
• Commission for Environmental Cooperation--
Created under the North American Agreement for
Environmental Cooperation, under NAFTA, to address
environmental and related trade issues in North America.
• Convention on Biological Diversity--
Website of the Convention on Biological Diversity, with
news, fact sheets, country profiles, and many reports on
the Convention and related topics. See especially their
flagship publication "Global Biodiversity Outlook."
• Environmental News Network-- "A collection of resources, teachers, experts and tools that provide objective information and knowledge about the increasingly complex field of environmental science." Posts news, features, newsletter, and special reports.
• European Environmental Agency--
News, publications, datasets, multimedia, and maps from
this European Union organization. Also check out the European
Environment Information and Observation Network.
Site of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the
United Nations-- Detailed databased information on
the world's forests, including in country profiles. Note the State of the World's Forests and the
Global Forests Resources Assessments
• Global Footprint
Network-- "International think tank working to
advance sustainability through use of the Ecological
Footprint, a resource accounting tool that measures how
much nature we have, how much we use and who uses what."
The site develops, applies, and allows users to apply the
concept of the Ecological Footprint to "bring about new
solutions and spark a global dialogue about ecological
limits and overshoot."
• Greenpeace International-- This famous environmentalist group offers
information on many topics, emphasizing climate, oceans,
forests, agriculture, toxic pollution, and nuclear
• Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change-- IGO established by the World Meteorological
Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme
"to assess scientific, technical and socio-economic
information relevant for the understanding of climate
change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation
and mitigation." Posts reports, press releases, official
documents, and graphic presentations on the topic. Note
the IPCC's follow-up report on "assessment of the current
scientific knowledge on mitigating climate change," with
video, Climate Change
2014: Mitigation of Climate Change.
• International Institute for Sustainable
mission is to promote sustainable development in decision
making, internationally and within Canada, for audiences
and clients including businesses, governments,
communities, and concerned individuals. Publications are available in the Library.
• International Water Management Institute-- International research center supported by the network of 60 governments, private foundations and international and regional organizations, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, with the mission of improving the "management of land and water resources for food, livelihoods and nature," especially in developing countries. Posts a wide variety of publications, analytical tools, and databases.
• Mongabay-- NGO that "seeks to raise interest in and appreciation of wild lands and wildlife, while examining the impact of emerging trends in climate, technology, economics,and finance on conservation and development." Posts useful news and analysis of regional and global trends and issues in environmental science and conservation.
• National Centers for
Environmental Information-- From the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the U.S.
Department of Commerce, "responsible for preserving,
monitoring, assessing, and providing public access to the
Nation's treasure of climate and historical weather data
and information." Posts global environmental, climatic,
weather, and oceanographic information. Note especially
the worldwide Climate
Monitoring center and NOAA's National
Oceanographic Data Center.
• State of the World's Rivers-- "Interactive web database that illustrates data on ecological health in the world’s 50 major river basins," as measured by 14 indicators, from the International Rivers NGO.
• UN-Water-- Official United Nations
site that posts much information on and analysis of "all
aspects of freshwater, including surface and
groundwater resources and the interface between fresh and
sea water. It includes freshwater resources, both in terms
of their quality and quantity, their development,
assessment, management, monitoring and use (including, for
example, domestic uses, agriculture and ecosystems
• UNESCO Water Security Portal--
"Intended to enhance access to information related to
freshwater available on the World Wide Web. The site
provides links to the current UNESCO and UNESCO-led
programmes on freshwater and will serve as an interactive
point for sharing, browsing and searching websites of
water-related organizations, government bodies and NGOs,
including a range of categories such as water links, water
events, learning modules and other on-line resources."
Note as well UNESCO's World Water Assessment Program.
• United Nations Atlas of the Oceans--
"An Internet portal providing information relevant to the
sustainable development of the oceans. It is designed for
policy-makers who need to become familiar with ocean
issues and for scientists, students and resource managers
who need access to databases and approaches to
sustainability." Free registration required.
• United Nations Environment Programme--
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. Be sure
to consult the major UNEP year book "Global Environment
Outlook." You may find the UNEP
Library, the UNEP Knowledge
Repository, and the Resources
and Data sections to be helpful. For more data,
maps, and country reports, also try the United Nations
Environment Programme partners at GRID-Arendal.
World Conservation Monitoring Centre, the world
biodiversity information and assessment center of the
• World Bank Environment Site--
Outlines World Bank projects related to the environment
and provides plentiful data and analysis of environmental
conditions and issues around the world.
• World Resources Institute-- A policy research center striving to address
how societies can meet basic human needs and promote
economic growth without undermining natural resources and
environmental integrity. This site posts a large number of
full-text studies, an annual report, maps, data, videos,
and other resources.
Council-- Based in Marseille, this "international
water policy think tank dedicated to strengthening the
world water movement for an improved management of the
world's water resources" posts news and analysis about
world water issues and about conferences on the topic.
• World Wildlife Fund-- World's
largest independent conservation organization. Note the Publication and Resources page and
especially the Living Planet Report, a quantitative
picture of the world's natural environment and the human
pressures upon it, through the Living Planet Index, to
measure the change in the health of the world's natural
ecosystems since 1970.
• Yale Environment 360-- "Online
magazine offering opinion, analysis, reporting and debate
on global environmental issues [with] 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,"
from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental