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A Sampling of Environmental Websites

Quotation of the month: “It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility.” Rachel Carson

Environmental Libraries

NJDEP Information Resource Center
The Information Resource Center (IRC) is the science and technology library of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
New Jersey Environmental Digital Library (NJEDL)
NJEDL is a collaborative project between the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Scholarly Communication Center at Rutgers University to provide online access to New Jersey/NY Harbor "grey" literature, government documents that have been published by or about the State's environmental resources.
National Agricultural Library
The National Agricultural Library provides Agricola. Agricola links you to either the library catalog or to a bibliographic citation database. There are special collections, including the Forest Service Historical Photograph Collection.
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) provides several free online databases of information on environmental health: PubMed and TOXNET .
Encyclopedia of the Earth(EoE) (formerly known as the National Library for the Environment (NLE))
The Encyclopedia of the Earth is an electronic reference about the Earth's natural resources.
US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Library
At this web site, search the online catalog or USACE publications database.
US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Information Sources
The USEPA makes many of its publications available for download from its web site.  On its publications page, you will find links to technical reports and to NSCEP/NEPIS, a searchable database of USEPA reports.  In addition, the USEPA has a shared, centralized online catalog for all USEPA libraries. This is also an excellent tool for locating books, reports, journals, etc. held by USEPA libraries. EPA also launched recently a rulemaking gateway which simplifies the process of tracking changes to EPA's rules.
US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Conservation Library
The web site of the Conservation Library of the USFWS provides a searchable online catalog and a directory of USFWS publications that are available online. In addition, the USFWS has a National Image Library of digital photos that can be downloaded and GIS maps that are available to the public.
US Geological Survey (USGS) Library
The USGS Library has an excellent web site that provides access to its searchable online catalog, and several valuable databases, including the Geographic Names Information System and the National Geologic Map Database. In addition, the majority of USGS publications are now digitized and can be accessed at the USGS Publications Warehouse.
US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Central Library
The NOAA Central Library provides access to its searchable online catalog and links to web sites of NOAA's Photo Library, NOAA's Historical Map and Chart Collection, NOAA's Climate Data Imaging Project and to NOAA's WINDandSEA: The Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences Internet Locator.  In addition, the Central Library provides a link to sources of NOAA data and publications.
Water Libraries
This is an index of water libraries prepared by a librarian at a California water agency.

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Air, Energy, Transportation

Department of Energy Information Bridge
The U.S. Department of Energy Information Bridge is a full text and bibliographic database on all topics related to energy, such as renewable energy, chemistry, physics, engineering, etc.
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
EPRI is a nonprofit consortium of energy corporations, research institutions, academic institutions, etc that conduct research on new technologies.
Energy Citations Database
Energy Citations contains bibliographic records for energy and energy-related scientific and technical information from the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE). This database covers 1948 through the present and is updated regularly.
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network (EERE)
EREN, operated out of the U.S. Department of Energy, is an electronic clearinghouse of information on energy efficiency, providing technical and consumer information on topics ranging from photovoltaics to alternative transportation fuels.
Energy Information Administration (EIA)
The Energy Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) is the official source for energy and fuel statistics for the USDOE.
Energy Solutions Center's Air Toxics Compliance Consortium
This is the web site for a consortium of 24 energy companies created to help companies meet their air toxics compliance requirements. It provides interesting information on available technologies.
EPA Indoor Air Quality - Mold Resources
This web site from the USEPA provides excellent background information on the concerns for indoor mold and its impact on human health and homes.
Ozone
This is a web site maintained by the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection (USEPA). It provides information on the science of ozone, both ground level ozone and stratospheric ozone.
Toxic Air Pollutants
This web site from the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection (USEPA) provides detailed information on air toxics, their effects on human health, and regulations and other technical information to reduce air toxics emissions.
TRIS
TRIS is a citation database of U.S. and international transportation research hosted by the U.S. National Transportation Library and funded by the Transporation Research Board (TRB) of the National Research Council. TRB also provides the Transporation Research in Progress Database.

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Maps

GEO Data Portal
This is the authoritative source for geospatial data sets used by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). You can display on-the-fly maps, graphs and data tables or download information.
i-MapNJ
i-MapNJ is an interactive mapping application provided by the Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
New Jersey Geographic Information Network (NJGIN)
NJGIN is the state's clearinghouse for spatial data and maps for New Jersey.
New Jersey Environmental Digital Library Map Collection
The New Jersey Environmental Digital Library is a collaborative project of the Scholarly Communication Center of the Alexander Library at Rutgers University and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. This map collection includes many historical maps of New Jersey.
US Geological Survey (USGS) Maps
Find national and regional USGS maps, geospatial data, and aerial photography at this web site.

Natural Resources, Ecology, Biology

Amphibian Species of the World
This is a database of amphibians provided by the American Museum of Natural History.
Barnegat Bay
Barnegat Bay is a long, fragile estuary located in Ocean County, New Jersey. Numerous government agencies are involved in its management. Their work is coordinated through the Barnegat Bay Partnership, one of 28 national estuary programs in the U.S. The Information Resource Center of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection maintains a selected bibliography of ecological and land use studies on the Bay.
Brylogy Web Site
Brylogy is the study of bryophytes, aka hornworts, liverworts, and mosses. This web site from the Missouri Botanical Garden is packed with information and includes a gallery of photos, an index of mosses, literature and checklists.
Butterflies & Moths of the World
Butterflies & Moths of the World is a database from the Natural History Museum in London.
Crayfish Home Page
This is a comprehensive database of information about the biology and ecology of crayfish.
DuckData
This is a bibliographic database of North American waterfowl provided by the Paxtuxent Wildlife Research Center of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
EMYSystem Turtle Information
Terra Cognita Laboratory of Oregon State University provides this comprehensive web site of historical and current information on turtles of the world. It features the World Turtle database.
Endangered and Threatened Species of New Jersey
This web site from the Endangered and Nongame Species Program of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection lists threatened and endangered species for the state of New Jersey. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) lists plants and animals endangered or threatened in all or parts of North America.
EnviroLink Network
A non-profit, online referral source connecting communities with environmental information resources.
GAP Analysis Program Homepage
GAP stands for "Geographic Approach to Planning" and is dedicated to planning for and protecting biological diversity.
IUCN Red List
The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) maintains a global list of threatened and endangered species.
National Wetlands Research Center
Organized within the United States Geological Survey, the Center addresses biological resource issues within our nation's wetlands.
The Nature Conservancy
Major non-profit organization dedicated to preserving natural resources.
NOAA's National Ocean Service
This program of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) deals with national issues regarding protection ocean resources and coastal zones.
North American Amphibian Monitoring Program
This is a collaborative effort among U.S. state and federal agencies to monitor populations of vocal amphibians.
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Site tracks status and trends of the nation's biota.
PLANTS Database
This is a database from the National Plant Data Center of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). You will find standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.
Raptor Information System
The Raptor Information System of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is an online catalog of over 40,000 references on the biology and management of birds of prey.
U.S. Fish Wildlife Service (USFWS)
The lead federal agency for protection of fish, wildlife and their habitats.
WWW Virtual Library - Forestry
This web site provides an index of web resources on Forestry.

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Environmental News

Earth Portal
Earth Portal is a resource for science-based information on the environment. It includes environmental news, an environmental forum, and the "Encyclopedia of the Earth." It is supported by the National Council for Science and the Environment.
Environmental Health News
Environmental Health News is a daily news service from Environmental Health Sciences, a non-profit organization.
Greenwire
This is a subscription-based daily, online newswire of U.S. environmental policy and politics provided by E & E Publishing. The news stories appear to be updated at noon each day.
Planet Ark
This web site provides daily environmental news by country. You can also register with Planet Ark to receive daily email news alerts.
Science Daily
Science Daily is one of the most comprehensive news science services. It covers all of the fields of science.

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Research Databases

Agricola
Agricola is a citation database on agriculture provided by the U.S. National Agricultural Library.
ChemID Plus
ChemID Plus is a database of chemical properties provided through ToxNet, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. You will find chemical property information as well as molecular structures of chemicals.
Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)
The Defense Technical Information Center provides links to science and technology web sites of US military agencies. In addition, it provides a searchable database of publications.
Department of Energy Information Bridge
The U.S. Department of Energy Information Bridge is a full text and bibliographic database on all topics related to energy, such as renewable energy, chemistry, physics, engineering, etc.
Ecolex
Ecolex is a database of global environmental laws and treaties sponsored by the United Nations and the World Conservation Union.
Energy Citations Database
Energy Citations contains bibliographic records for energy and energy-related scientific and technical information from the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE). It covers 1948 through the present and is updated regularly.
EPA Databases and Software
This web site is an excellent guide to the numerous databases and software tools available from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).
EPA Publications
Looking for a publication from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)? There are several ways to find what you need. You can search Google and see if you can find the publication online. Also, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) provides a searchable database of publications: National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP). Full text access to most publications is avaialble.
Geneva Environment Network (GEN)
GEN is an international cooperative partnership between numerous United Nations, non-governmental and sustainable development organizations to foster collaborative projects. From this web site, link to databases such as CITES, IPCC, IUCN, UNECE, etc. Descriptions of each databse and dataset are available.
List of Lists Database
This database from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is a database of "EPA's October 2006 Consolidated List of Chemicals Subject to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act.
PAN Pesticide Database
This is a database of information on pesticides maintained by the Pesticide Action Network and supported with grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).
Paxtuxent Wildlife Research Center
This research center of the U.S. Geological Survey provides links to numerous databases on plants and wildlife.
PubMed
The National Library of Medicine provides free access to PubMed, a database of biomedical citations. PubMed is the free version of Medline. If you are looking for published literature on how environmental contaminants affect human health, this is an excellent place to start your research.
ToxNet
ToxNet is a toxicology information resource provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. ToxNet provides access to a group of databases that provide information on chemicals and their effects on human and animal health.
TRIS
TRIS is a citation database of U.S. and international transportation research hosted by the U.S. National Transportation Library and funded by the Transporation Research Board (TRB) of the National Research Council. TRB also provides the Transporation Research in Progress Database.
Wildlife & Contaminants Online
This site from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) provides data and reports on the effects of contaminants on terrestrial vertebrates..

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Water, Hydrology, Hydrogeology

EPA's Surf Your Watershed
This site allows users to locate information on watersheds around the country; a very valuable tool for local planning purposes.
Inter-American Water Resources Network (IWRN)
A group of networks whose purpose is to encourage partnership among water resources communities in the Americas.
Local Drinking Water Information
This web site of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides information to the public on the quality of their local drinking water. Additonal information for New Jersey is also available from the web site of the Water Supply Adminisration of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
USGS - NWISWeb data for the Nation
This site provides access to water-resources data for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Find data on surface water and groundwater flows and levels and water quality data.
USGS -- Water Resources of the United States
Created by the United States Geological Survey, this site provides referrals to state and local water programs and data.
Water Librarians' Home Page
This site provides an index of web resources related to water.
WaterWiser
Serves as an electronic clearinghouse for water conservation and efficiency.

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Environmental Policy, Sustainable Development

The Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)
Addresses global environmental issues such as population and global climate change.
National Council for Science and the Environment
Strives to improve the state of environmental decision making through the use of good science. This site provides access to Congressional Research Service Reports pertaining to the Environment and to the immpressive Earth Portal whose first project has been the creation of the free, onlineEncyclopedia of Earth.
New Jersey Sustainable State Institute (NJSSI)
NJSSI is an project of the College of New Jersey that works with state agencies and municipalities on sustainble policy issues.
Research Program @ Earthwatch Institute
This site offers information that helps match interested volunteers with environmental field research projects among participating organizations.
Global Environmental Outlook
This is a report from the United Nations Environment team that provides several useful pieces of information: a history of UN environmental policy and an overview of the current state of the global environment.
Governing with the Future in Mind
This report outlines the strategic initiatives that New Jersey is taking to achieve the goals of a sustainable state. It is a companion report to Living with the Future in Mind: 2000. These reports were prepared by the New Jersey Interagency Sustainability Working Group.
Smart Communities Network
This web site provides links to information on sustainability, including green building, land use planning, etc.
United Nations Sustainable Development
This web site from the UN outlines the UN's role in global sustainable development efforts. This site also provides an index of other sustainable development organizations, conferences, etc.
WWW Virtual Library: Sustainable Development
An index of web sites on environmental topics.

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Environmental Health, Toxicology

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
ATSDR is a U.S. government agency that examines the impacts to public health from hazardous substances in the environment. It prepares numerous types of information, including toxicological profiles on hazardous substances found on the National Priorities List.
Consumer Labeling Initiative
This site serves as a good tool for consumers wishing to learn more about household pollution prevention and other environmental consumerism issues.
Distributed Structure-Searchable Toxicity (DSSTox) Public Database Network
DSSTox is a database from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) whose purpose is to help the public and decisionmakers predict the toxicity of a chemical based on its chemical structure.
E.Hormone
Emphasizes the scientific aspects of environmental estrogrens. This site is a good starting point for researching this 'hot' environmental issue.
Enviromapper
Enviromapper is an information resource provided by the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection (USEPA). Enviromapper allows you to view data by geographic area on brownfields, regulated facilities, watersheds, superfund sites and more.
Environmental Health Perspectives
Environmental Health Perspectives is a free, peer-reviewed journal published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Full text online access is free to the public.
EXTOXNET
The EXtension TOXicology NETwork is a cooperative effort between 4 major universities. Its intent is to provide an opportunity for the exchange of toxicological and environmental chemistry information.
National Toxicology Program (NTP)
The National Toxicology Program (NTP) of the US Department of Health and Human Services tracks the human health effects of chemicals. It publishes a variety of reports, such as the Report on Carcinogens.
Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)
This is the website for one of the leading professional associations addressing issues in toxicology.
TOXMAP
The National Library of Medicine provides this interactive web site that allows you to generate e-maps of chemical release information by region. You can search by chemical, by city, state or zip code.
ToxRefDB
ToxRefDB is a database of animal toxicity studies maintained by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
TOXNET
TOXNET is a toxicology information resource provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. TOXNET provides access to a group of databases that provide information on chemicals and their effects on human and animal health.

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Government Resources

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
The official website.
Code of Federal Regulations
The official electronic version, as issued through the Government Printing Office.
Federal Register
The Federal Register is the official source for notices of proposed and final changes to federal rules and regulations.
National Technical Information Service
Offers information on US and worldwide scientific and technical documents available through this federally operated service.
Science.gov
Science.gov is a gateway of US Government science and technology information that is organized by subject. It is maintained by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). This is an excellent free information tool for finding US government information published on a variety of environmental science and technology subjects.
State Environmental Agencies
This website offers an alphabetical listing by states of environmental and natural resource agencies.
US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)
The official website. Offers access to a wide range of electronic information compiled by and for its agency including a large number of full text reports, guidance documents, final and proposed regulations, and much more.

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Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, Pollution Prevention

Cornell Engineering Library - Engineering Research Guides
A compilation of internet sites related to Environmental Engineering compiled by Cornell University.
CLU-IN
An EPA sponsored site that provides access to information on innovative treatment technologies for hazardous waste sites.
Waste Prevention World
A web-based resource that encourages waste/source reduction along with improved efficiency.
American Chemical Society
This is the official website for the world's largest scientific society whose emphasis is chemistry and chemical engineering.
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
A worldwide association dedicated to Chemical Engineering.
Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Sponsored by the Dept of Commerce, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership offers assistance to small manufacturers for improving processes and technology.

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Climatology, Global Warming, Oceanography, Atmospheric Science

History of Global Warming
This web site from the American Institute of Physics describes how scientists came to understand global warming.
Intergovernmental Planel on Climate Change (IPCC)
The IPCC is an international organization created by the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme. The purpose of the IPCC is to analyze published literature on human-induced climate change.
NOAA National Oceanographic Data Center
NODC is a federal government site that provides oceanograhic research data supplied by major laboratories around the U.S.
Oceanography
This is a virtual library of oceanography resources that provides an index of online resources.
Make a Tide Prediction
Sponsored by the Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services system. You can calculate tidal predictions for more than 3000 tide stations.
WWW Tide/Current Predictor
Provides site maps and other useful information for predicting tides and currents.
Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions
A US Dept. of Energy (USDOE) site that provides guidance on voluntary reporting of emissions as a way of reducing greenhouse gases. USDOE also publishes the annual report titled, "Emissions of Greenhouse Gases in the United States." The US Department of Environmental Protection (USEPA) also tracks greenhouse gas emissions in the United States; see the USEPA series titled "Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks."
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
The website for the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat. Includes Proceedings of the Kyoto Convention.
National Geophysical Data Center
Provides information on the geophysical aspects of climatology. Another US sponsored site.
National Center for Atmospheric Research
This site gives information on collaborative atmospheric research done with university members.
NOAAServer
This website is a central portal for the vast number of sources of NOAA data.
Climate Change
This USEPA website is rich with information about the effects from global warming. This is an excellent site for understanding the complex cycle of global warming and its environmental impacts.
Climate Change: An Information Guide
This web site is a guide to government (both U.S. and international) resources on climate change. It was created by Mary Kearns-Kaplan of the NJ State Library.
A Paleo Perspective on Global Warming
This website from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides an excellent historical perspective on global warming.

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Electronic Publications, Web Tools

Encyclopedia of Earth
The Encylopedia of Earth is an electronic reference resource on the Earth and its natural and social resources.It is supported by the National Council for Science and the Environment.
Earth Portal
Earth Portal is an excellent resource for finding scientific information on hot environmental topics, environmental news, and it hosts the Encyclopedia of Earth, an excellent electronic resource on the earth's natural and social systems.
Journal of Industrial Ecology
A multi-disciplinary electronic journal pertaining to industrial ecology. Focuses on environmental issues relative to a products life cycle.
BIOSCI
A directory of usenet groups and email lists used by biological scientists.
Best Environmental Directories
This is an environmental metaindex, an index of "best" lists of environmental web sites covering over 650 environmental subjects.
Electronic Green Journal
Addresses a wide array of environmental issues such as waste treatment/technology, environmental assessment and environmental education; this electronic publication is refereed and international in scope.
Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP)
EHP is a journal published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Its content is free online.
Environmental Science and Technology (ES&T)
ES&T table of content information is freely available at this journal site, but full text access requires a subscription. This is a major environmental journal published by the American Chemical Society.
Government Technology
Covers technology and its application in government environments. This is a full-text electronic journal that duplicates the print version. Both versions are free to government subscribers.
PLOS - Public Library of Science
PLOS, the Public Library of Science, publishes free journals of scientific and medical information.
Science
The official website for the internationally popular magazine. Available full text by subscription only. Table of contents and a few other features can be freely searched.

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Agriculture, Pesticides

National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC)
The National Pesticide Information Center is a collaborative project between the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and Oregon State University. This web site acts as a virtual clearinghouse of information on the chemistry, environmental fate and toxicology of pesticides.
PAN Pesticides Database
This is a database of information on pesticides maintained by the Pesticide Action Network and supported with grants from the U.S. EPA.
Office of Pesticides Programs of the USEPA
This U.S. EPA web site provides technical and consumer information on the science, regulation and environmental safety risks of pesticides.
Radcliffe's IPM World Textbook
A full-text textbook on the topic of Integrated Pest Management.
Croplife America
Offers information on various agricultural industry issues.
What is a Pesticide?
Provides consumer based information on pesticides as compiled by the USEPA.
AgEcon Search
An academically oriented site focusing on agricultural economics.
Electronic Field Office Technical Guide (eFOTG) of the USDA
The Natural Resources Conservation Service of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) publishes technical guides as their primary scientific references for technical information about the conservation of soils, water, air and related plant and animal resources. eFOTG is the electronic version of these guides. Each guide is localized and is specific to a geographic area. There is information specific to New Jersey at this web site.
Economic Research Service
Provides economic analyses related to agriculture, food, the environment, and rural development to improve public and private decisionmaking.

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Environmental Organizations

The National Environmental Directory
The National Environmental Directory is an online database of approximately 13,000 environmental organizations in the United States.
The New Jersey Environmental Digital Library
In addition to providing online access to New Jersey environmental documents, data, photos, and videos, the New Jersey Environmental Digital Library (NJEDL) includes a directory of environmental organizations in New Jersey.

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Glossaries, Abbreviations, Acronyms

USEPA Glossary & Acronyms
This is a comprehensive environmental glossary and guide to acronyms from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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